10 Christmas gifts you should never give to anyone [SLIDESHOW]

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Taylor Bigler
Entertainment Editor

There are bad Christmas gifts (Hanes boxer briefs), and then there are bad Christmas gifts.

Sure, we should all be thankful for our gifts this holiday season, but it is safe to say that there is absolutely nobody who would be pleased with the following “presents.”

Here are 10 Christmas gifts that you should not ever give to anyone. (And if you have already purchased one or more of these, we hope you kept the receipt.)

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  • Never give an unsuspecting friend or family member a puppy, or any sort of living creature for that matter. Sure, they might be super cute and you might think "Oh, my sister Jenny who has three kids already would really like a puppy!" but it's a really bad idea to give someone a pet who has not expressed a desire for a pet. Because, you know, then they have to take care of it.
  • Ladies, don't purchase your spouse or boyfriend cooking classes and pretend like it's a gift for him. He'll see right through it. Unless, of course, he is some sort of gourmand and likes to cook. But most couples' activities are nauseating in general.
  • Has your special lady expressed a desire to get into shape? Great! Everyone should exercise. But that doesn't mean you should buy her a scale or a gym membership unless you want to spend the rest of winter in the doghouse.
  • Even the most die-hard "Grease" fans would not want Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's recently released Christmas album. Just... ugh.
  • The Snuggie
  • Unless you really hate the person you got as your office Secret Santa, don't give them a Shake Weight.
  • The Shake Weight logic applies to "Keeping up with the Kardashians" DVDs as gifts. Even if you know for a fact that your friend loves the series, please don't contribute to the poisoning of society by giving this family any more money. Have the decency to illegally download them and copy them to a CD, if you are so technologically inclined.
  • Want to get your kid a pet for Christmas, but not one that you have to train or take for walks? A guinea pig sounds like perfect middle ground, right? WRONG. They smell really bad and they chew through their cages and will end up in your dress shoe. Promise.
  • Even if your girlfriend said she wants to go on a diet, gifting her an Atkins diet book is a recipe for disaster. Plus, the brains behind that diet died of a heart attack.
  • Stay away from "Tickle Me Elmo" this year because, well, you know.

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