We hate to break this to you, but if you've been putting a lot of thought into your wedding gifts, then you've been wasting your time. At least according to a press release for a new survey conducted by One4all, a British gift card company.
The survey, which polled both guests and couples, revealed that a whopping 82 percent of newlyweds admit to selling their wedding gifts online on sites like eBay.
Twelve percent of guests said they have been embarrassed by gifts they've given to the bride and groom. And 20 percent said they expect that their gifts will be left unused, returned or even sold.
Some of the most bizarre gifts newlywed couples said they'd received included a wrapped banana, a "bad oil painting of [their] cats" and a meerkat garden ornament.
Below, Redditors describe the worst wedding gift they received.
"A giant jar. Just a jar." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/Jon1renicus">Jon1renicus</a>
"The Lamp. There was no name tag attached to it, so no idea who gave it to us, but it was made out of a bunch of pebbles all glued together in a less-than-artistic manner. I think it was supposed to be kind of nuevo-Black Forest or something but it was hideous and went straight in the garbage." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/pair-o-dice_found">pair-o-dice_found</a>
"My wife's friend bought us an ashtray even though she knew we both weren't smokers." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/malleus__maleficarum">malleus_maleficarum</a>
Chocolate Fondue Fountain
"I got a chocolate fondue fountain from someone who wanted it for themselves. And I mean she put it on my gift registry herself. It ended up in the trash." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/HissingPixie">HissingPixie</a>
"When my parents got married, my mother's uncle gave them a set of bed sheets. More specifically, a mismatched set of sheets for a twin-sized bed. When my father called the manufacturer to ask about buying a la carte to make multiple sets (just for fun), the woman on the other end said, 'I've worked here for 32 years and I've never heard of that line.'" -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/rockytopreb">rockytopreb</a>
Pink Hat Box
"A hat box (pink and orange paisley pattern with fuzzy balls on the borders.) Inside was a thick heavy family bible, three pocket bibles, a sun catcher, two cans of salmon and an incomplete set of drinking glasses." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/DarrenEdwards">DarrenEdwards</a>
"One of the guests gave us a towel. Not a set of towels. Not one towel for me, one for him. A single towel. Needless to say I, as the wife, claimed it as mine." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/enygmaeve">enygmaeve</a>
Anonymous Letter Of Sex Tips and Astrology Book
"We got an anonymous letter (which we figured out was from my wife's kinda crazy septuagenarian aunt) full of really bad sex tips. Also a book about astrology as it relates to weddings. Apparently we did everything wrong. That one went straight to Goodwill." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/reallybigc">reallybigc</a>
"My sister got my husband and I (athiests) a bible. She spelled my first name wrong in the inside cover." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/frogdogmama">frogdogmama</a>
"I was the person who gave the worst gift. I wasn't even able to afford food at the time so I chose the cheapest thing I their registry, $25 for 4 short drinking glasses and I brought it to their expansive wedding at a huge Catholic church and their fancy reception at a Marriott. I don't think the husband knew I was broke, and his wife had never met me before so I was probably listed as their cheapskate friend." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/arbitrary_cantaloupe">arbitrary_cantaloupe</a>
"The Ultimate Guide To Getting It On"
"'The Ultimate Guide to Getting it On' with a note explaining it was to help us out in case we "didn't know what to do." Thanks, Jed." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/StChas77">StChas77</a>
"A check that bounced, so it was a gift of -$35." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/brerjeff3">brerjeff3</a>
Coffee Thermos And Yellow Towel
"My husband's wealthy uncle gave us a used coffee thermos and a yellow bath towel. Very strange. We found out years later that he gave my husband's brother the same thing at his wedding 6 months after ours." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/changachoo">changachoo</a>
$100 In Nickels
"Not the worst, but my friend gave us $100 cash. All in nickels." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/ZestfulShrimp">ZestfulShrimp</a>