Majority of Canadians admit they've faked excitement over a bad gift

Heath Carr looks at a Christmas Tree that comes complete with a moving model train during the 29th Annual Festival of Trees at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton

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More than three quarters of Canadians - 77% - have admitted to faking pleasure when it comes to receiving terrible holiday gifts.

To mask their true feelings, 72% of those polled said they hold a smile for as long as possible after opening the offending gift, 57% give a hug to avoid commenting, 56% start using or wearing the gift right away, 50% deflect attention to someone else in the room and while 48% exclaim, "Oh, you shouldn't have!"

While 85% said it's better to fake happiness than hurt the gift-giver's feelings, 75% said they'd rather get a gift card than something they do not like.

As for those bad gifts, 46% said they will return or exchange it, 45% said they'd regift it and 19% said they would throw it out.

The online poll using 1,372 Angus Reid Forum panelists was conducted Nov. 20 and 21 on behalf of Boston Pizza. The margin of error is 2.7 percentage points.

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