A Holiday Look Back: The Dumbest Gift Ads Ever

1

Perfection Smokeless Oil Heater (1915)

Nothing helps spread that holiday cheer like a little carbon monoxide.

2

Lucky Strike Cigarettes (1936)

Hey kids, enough with the milk and cookies. Leave Santa some cigs, eh?

3

Hoover 305 Vacuum (1939)

C’mon, you sentimental fool, give her a chore machine!

4

Champion Spark Plugs (1940)

For that special V8 engine in your life.

5

Muzak (1954)

Don’t lay off those workers before Christmas. Pipe in Muzak and they’ll just quit.

6

Hanes Cotton Underwear (1959)

You’re right dad, playing with toy trains is a lot more fun in my underwear!

7

Schlitz Beer (1966)

What’s tackier than a six-pack of Schlitz for Christmas? A five-pack.

8

Alka-Seltzer (1979)

Sammy says: Don’t let gas and bloating ruin the party, Daddy-O.