We all have that one friend or family member who is infuriatingly impossible to buy for: the one who has us scouring the “quirky” gift guide ideas relentlessly each Christmas before sheepishly plumping for a gift voucher.
But sometimes with present-buying it’s best to think quite literally outside of the box, and surprise your recipient with something they would never expect to receive.
And what could possibly be less expected than the gift of a very real, and very permanent, tattoo?
As strange as it might sound, giving the gift of a tattoo is downright common in some places, with the list of the top 10 cities in the world where tattoos are most likely to be given as a gift even including two areas right here in the UK.
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The study found that Tahiti in French Polynesia and Auckland in New Zealand were the most popular cities for tattoo gifting, with 60% of tattoos in each city being inked as a gift. Of these, 10% were given as a gift by a parent to their child, while 40% and 43% respectively were given as a present from a partner.
Glasgow came a close third, with 40% of tattoos in the city being given as gifts.
You can see below for the full list of 10 cities and remember – whether you opt for a delicate symbol or a literary tribute, the gift of a tattoo is for life, not just for Christmas…
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- Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Auckland, New Zealnd
- Glasgow, UK
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Denpasar, Indonesia
- Norwich, UK
- Honolulu, USA
- Call, Colombia
- Marmaris, Turkey
- St. Petersburg, Russia