Giving gifts is an art, and unfortunately many people are still at the finger-painting stage. Here's ten-plus common gift ideas that should be avoided - and why - along with seven sure-bets when it comes to giving gifts.

  1. Exercise Equipment
  2. Anything Already Used
  3. Gifts That Require Recipient to Work
  4. Socks
  5. Homemade Trinkets
  6. Weird Items
  7. Clothing
  8. Lingerie
  9. Items That Could Hurt (or Annoy) Others
  10. Novelty Gifts (Gags, Quirky, etc.)
  11. Belts
  12. Anything that costs more than $500 without knowing for sure he/she wants it
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