New PayPal Advert accused of “Ruining Christmas” for kids


PayPal aired an advert in the UK entitled “No Presents” and it has caused quite a stir. Since its release on the 1st of November, the UK advertising watchdog has received more than 200 complaints from angry viewers.

The complainants are mostly angry because the PayPal advert suggests that Santa Claus does not exist and that it “ruins Christmas” for kids. The advert shows two brothers trying to catch their parents bringing home Christmas presents.


In response to the feedback PayPal has confirmed that it will no longer show the advertisement before the 9 PM watershed in the UK to decrease the chances of younger children seeing it. In a statement the company (which was co-founded by Elon Musk) has said that they “want every child to experience the magic of Christmas.”

Check out the advert below (and make sure that your kids aren’t watching it with you):

This isn’t really a clever advert in my books, but it’s not a bad sales pitch for using PayPal. Maybe they should’ve thought of airing it on television when the kids are asleep in the first place though. It’s also interesting to note that this advert was already uploaded to YouTube on the 30th of October, so there’s a chance that clever already saw the ad before it actually aired on TV.

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What do you think about this advert? Leave a comment and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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