HTC wants to replace your bad gifts with a free HTC One this Christmas.

A new contest from HTC lets Instagram users show off their “bad” gifts and hopefully win a brand new phone from the company. To enter the contest all you have to do is follow HTC on Instagram, post a picture of the offending bad gift to the service, explain why its so bad in the caption with the hashtag #ReplaceMyGift, and tag HTC in the photo. Okay, so maybe the contest is a bit more complicated than some others, but it’s still relatively simple.

The contest will run until 11:59 p.m. PST on January 5, 2014. After that, HTC’s judges will view all of the photos submitted and evaluate them to see who gets the free HTC One and who doesn’t. The company will give away total of 12 phones in the contest. Six of those will go to Americans, and the other six will go to fans outside the U.S.

HTC asks that nobody mention other companies or products in their posts, so try to talk around why you aren’t a fan of that iPod touch somebody gave you without mentioning Apple.

The contest seems like a fun way to get people talking about and excited about HTC, but it could potentially cause a few problems for users. Nobody wants to see their gift put online as an example of a bad gift. Unless it’s intended to be a bad gift, in which case you might end up getting a laugh and a free phone.

Will you try your hand at the #ReplaceMyGift contest? Here’s the full list of rules and stuff to know if you’re going to enter!

Also, we’ve got giveaway happening here every Sunday on Android Authority, and we always make them international. Good luck guys, Happy Holidays!

  • RanRu

    Kind of weird for them to allocate half of the phones to America. Why not just give all 12 away globally?

    • Fred Chiang

      probably htc usa running the tournament or something

  • Hubert Song

    Can I just send them air and complain how that is such a bad gift. I mean nothing is pretty bad.

  • HTClolz

    So, from bad to worse then.

  • Charles Owen

    I think it’s quite fun, I like the idea, I haven’t tried an HTC yet tho, but it looks like a nice phone, maybe I’ll add one to gadgets list =) For my electronics I’m using Unioncy’s web app ( to keep track of warranties and keep all product information and documentation stored in the cloud. This way you can go paperless and don’t have to worry about lost receipts or manuals again.

  • F_Errari

    Hi! Just wondering how you can see where people come from on Instagram.