Christmas panic buying: the 7 Christmas gifts to avoid

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Harry Wallop rounds up some of the gifts that even the truly desperate should steer clear from this Christmas.

Shops have been trying to bully us to part with our Christmas cash since at least October, but data from the high street suggests that consumers have left it later than ever this year to buy gifts.

Though time may be running out, and stress levels rising, that does not mean you have to be one of the estimated 20 million consumers who succumbs to panic buying at Christmas.

So, in an attempt to help feckless shoppers, who find department stores in December as comforting as sunbathing on the Titanic, we have compiled a gift guide – of all the items you should avoid.

Watch the video to see some of the worst gifts of 2013.

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