From bath mats to HP sauce, people are sharing their worst ever Christmas online shopping substitutions

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
People are sharing the weird and wonderful substitutions from their online shop. [Photo: Getty]

Doing your Christmas shopping online seems like a smart plan, allowing you to avoid the last minute dash in-store.

That is, until you are hit with a whole list of ‘substitutions’ for your festive groceries – as a number of unlucky Twitter users discovered.

Taking to the social media platform, one user revealed they had been given HP sauce instead of cranberry sauce for their turkey on the big day.

In the thread below, others waded in to share their own not-so-suitable substitutions.

Christmas cod, anyone? How about leeks instead of sprouts?

Fruit and dessert foods seemed to cause no end of confusion for online shopping systems.

Someone was provided with inedible meat and allergy triggering foods.

Meanwhile, one particularly unfortunate person was left without any Christmas dinner at all.

While Brits generally agree on the traditional (and not so traditional) foods in their festive shopping baskets, the debate about how to do Christmas crackers has divided opinion this year.

A Mumset user sparked debate over whether festive diners should keep the prizes of the cracker placed in front of them, or battle it on with the person next to them to ‘win’ the prizes – with users split as to the ‘right’ way.

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