Christmas gifts that are too racy and lacy: 12m pairs of knickers will NEVER be worn


Too racy, too lacy: Twelve million pairs of Christmas knickers will NEVER be worn 24 million pairs of knickers will be given over Christmas – half will never be worn31 per cent of knickers bought by men for their partners are too small

A pair of knickers might seem like the perfect last minute present purchase as Christmas Day looms ever closer… but men should choose very carefully.

A national survey has shown that half of the 24 million pairs of knickers given over the festive period will never be worn. They”re too small, too racy, too lacy, or simply the wrong colour.

Twelve million pairs will simply get pushed to the back of the underwear drawer, while a third will get worn just once before being relegated.

So much choice, so little time: Men rarely choose the

So much choice, so little time: Men rarely choose the “safe” option when choosing knickers for their partners

Men are bad at choosing knickers all year round, but they”re at their worst in the run up to Christmas period – the season when they are most likely to impulse buy underwear for their partner.

According to the research commisioned by laundry specialist Dr Beckmann, the worst offenders are men who buy red lacy underwear or other items they consider “sexy”.

Male-bought racy underwear is twice as likely as any other kind never to be worn by women.

Women say they will put an astonishing 48 per cent of all knickers, bought for them as Christmas presents, directly into their underwear drawer and will never, ever, wear them.

Of those remaining knickers that are worn, just 20 per cent will be worn more than once before being hidden at the bottom of underwear drawers across the nation.

Some 31 per cent of all Christmas knickers bought by men for their lovers is the wrong size, often too small but sometimes, unforgivably, too big.

Choose carefully: Some 31 per cent of all Christmas knickers bought by men for their lovers is the wrong size, often too small but sometimes, unforgivably, too big

Choose carefully: Some 31 per cent of all Christmas knickers bought by men for their lovers is the wrong size, often too small but sometimes, unforgivably, too big

A further 12 per cent are too racy and some 10 per cent are a colour that their lady-love would never wear.

Dr Beckmann spokesman Susan Fermor said: “Women love new underwear but it seems that their men often get it wrong when it comes to buying lingerie for their loved ones.

“This seems especially true at Christmas, when men are most likely to buy their women underwear. Men”s opinion of what their women would like seems to be way off the mark in many, many cases.

“Britain”s women clearly prefer their own lingerie choices. Like men, many have a few pairs of “favourite” pants, which they prefer to wear on a regular basis.

“Men rarely play it safe when buying ladies underwear – they seem to go for risque or racy undies which rarely, if ever, get worn.”