THE old cliches appear to be the best when buying Christmas gifts, with more than a quarter of men actually hoping to receive socks this Christmas, a survey has found.
TK Maxx found that 27pc of men want to receive socks this Christmas, while 26pc would like to receive a present that will help them stock up on their underwear supplies.
Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of women (23pc) have kitchen essentials such as pots and pans on their Christmas wish list and 22pc want socks or tights.
Researchers suggested that the practical gift requests were a response to the turbulent year for the economy, leading people to expect to receive more basic presents.
The retailer said 1,055 UK adults took part in the study.