A Holiday Look Back: The Dumbest Gift Ads Ever

From cigarettes to spark plugs, 8 bad ways to say 'I love you'

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If you’re reading this right now, there’s a good chance you’re still trying to find that perfect holiday gift. And if you’re a marketer, you’re probably also worried about how you’ve advertised that perfect holiday gift. Well, chill out. Those who’ve come before you have done much, much worse. In the spirit of giving, allow us to take you on a quick trip back through the decades for a peek at some of the worst gifts ever stuffed into a stocking—and the correspondingly bad advertisements that made people buy them.

@UpperEastRob robert.klara@adweek.com Robert Klara is a senior editor, brands at Adweek, where he specializes in covering the evolution and impact of brands.