Remember those gifts you used to get at Christmas, the ones which you had to smile and be polite at even though it was just another pair of socks. We all want that gift at Christmas that is memorable for the right reasons, but it seems as we get older the presents we receive are not as memorable as the gifts we receive as children.
Moonpig has conducted a survey exploring the most memorable Christmas gifts and favourite presents received by the British public. It seems as adults the gifts that are most well received are practical and contribute to our day to day living, on the list featured lightbulbs which although not a flashy gift aids our living. Also featured on the adult list was good news medically, pregnancies or just a clean bill of health. Presents handmade by children also feature, as it gets them engaged with the season and spending more time as a family on Christmas day. Yet the standout statistic was that 80% of adults say that the gifts we received as children are more memorable than those we receive as adults.
As adults we become more predictable and our tastes turn to the latest tech gadgets to help organise our day rather than the fun of a new toy under the tree. It also seems that children are easier to buy for as they are much more appreciative of the gifts they receive even if it is not the toy they wanted as long as it is toy it's the best Christmas ever!
Adults have admitted that the best gift is cold hard cash, clearly the true magic of Christmas lies in the innocence of childhood. To further their survey Moonpig also formed the kids institute to see what the perfect present for the children is and also see unfiltered reactions to gits that don't meet expectations. Kids really have no filter; with one young man aghast at opening a gift of a packet of Brussels sprouts, to a little lady bemused by an empty foil tin.
The day also showcased how buoyant kids can be; with two little boys exchanging a knowing glance following the unwrapping of a roll of toilet tissue, and a group of girls getting the giggles over a jar of pickled onions. This this has shown that while adults may cite money and gadgets as their top gifts, there's no denying that children are far less predictable - and funny - when it comes to their present expectations!