Buying a Christmas gift for a graphic designer is a minefield, which is why we've given you some great ideas in our 2017 gift guides such as The best Christmas gifts for graphic designers and The best Christmas gifts for design students.
But to ensure that you're on the right track (and with tongues firmly in cheeks), we've created this handy infographic guide to what not to buy. Carry this list with you when you head out to the Christmas market or do your last-minute dash around the supermarket's seasonal aisle.
And if you're a graphic designer, make sure you share this far and wide on your social media channels to avoid disappointment on the 25th.
The good news is, we have the solutions to some of these problems here. Our 8 useful Christmas card templates, for example, are ready and waiting to be used to create a tasteful homemade Christmas card, if you prefer the personal touch.
These 12 best pencils for designers and artists would all make thoughtful gifts, rather than budget art materials from the supermarket.
And although there are plenty of books with 'design' in the title that run the risk of offending experienced designers with their beginner-level content, there are also these 26 great books that every graphic designer should read.
You know that one of the nine most annoying things that all designers do is spending ages critiquing the design of a restaurant menu while you sit patiently, tummy rumbling, waiting to order. So to make everyone's lives easier, avoid taking them out for a 'nice meal' and get them something tasty to eat at home instead. As long as it has nice packaging. These 40 awesome packaging designs should provide inspiration.
Illustrations: Simon Middleweek