Monday 5 December 2016

Watch: Christmas presents unwrapped - Shoppers reveal both the gems and the stinkers they've received over the years

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 23/12/2015 | 14:37

Christmas shoppers out in force at Arnotts on Dublin’s Henry Street this week. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Christmas shoppers out in force at Arnotts on Dublin’s Henry Street this week. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Both festive cheer and seasonal stress were equally tangible in the air today on Dublin's Henry Street, as shoppers pounded the pavements in the lead up to the big day.

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Susanne Griffin from Artane, Dublin was full of seasonal merriment, and laughed as she recalled the worst present she ever received - "Ill-fitting underwear".

She revealed her practical nature by declaring that the best gift she ever received was a lawnmower.

Irish actor Don Wycherley was out and about in the capital "looking for bad presents to buy" for his 15-year-old and 19-year-old daughters.

"The best pressie I got was a lovely watch from my kids. They knew I had recently broken one so it was a nice idea," the actor said.

He described another "excellent" gift he received as a child - a cowboy suit straight from the wild west.

"There was the biggest excitement ever. I begged my mother to let me go to mass in it.

"Eventually she agreed. Guns in the church," he quipped.

Meanwhile Will Cribbin from Kildare was cool, calm and composed, having finished his Christmas shopping a whole month ago.

"I'm an organised type of person.

"I'm up here today for the atmosphere," he said.

Niamh from Tallaght had a suitable tale of woe regarding the worst present she ever received.

"My neighbour, who I don't see very often, got me a €20 top up for my mobile phone but as I'm bill pay it's useless," she laughed.

Sean from Louth admitted that he was "flying around the shops, trying to get the last few things."

He recalled a rather memorable gift that he received from his aunt in years gone by.

"I got a Barbie gift-set. I presume it was a mistake. I never told her, I just said thanks."

Good man Sean.

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