Comments: To gift or not to gift.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone in the circle of gift giving would just abstain from giving gifts and just allowed everyone to keep their own money, they would have spent on everyone elses present, and buy themself one cool kick ass present.

Posted by Dr. Phat Tony at December 19, 2005 11:44 AM

I'm into restaurant gift certificates. Gives me an opportunity to get out. But I generally don't want gifts that I have to give ideas for. if you don't know me, don't buy me gifts. Unless it is chocolate . . .

Posted by Oddybobo at December 19, 2005 11:59 AM

God I hate obligatory gifts. Of course, I'm going out today to buy a few of those, because I hate the family guilt trips more than the obligatory gifts, but still.

I actually had a few things in mind for people that I actually *want* to get stuff for but I spent too much time searching, and as it turns out I'll only be able to get the stuff mail-order if at all there's no way I'd be able to get them by christmas now - maybe I'll have to make the belated gifts or something...

Posted by Shadoglare at December 19, 2005 01:25 PM

We love food, I mean loooove food.

We ask for gift certificates to different restaurants so we can try them.

Family refuses to get them for us saying they are not real gifts, so instead they go buy some useless gift we never use. Wastes their money and our storage space at home.

Posted by Machelle at December 19, 2005 02:55 PM

Worst part is - for my parents and my husband's father... what do you get people who have the stuff they want and don't ever really go anywhere or do anything?

Years ago I asked if the family could halt the gift giving thing. Husband and I were flat broke with a child and everyone knew this... but I was the scrooge because I didn't want to give useless gifts for which I had no money!

So, now I give Borders gift cards to the nieces and nephews. I did get something for my dad... since my sister insisted (she called and told me what to get him - then when I called her back to tell her it was being delivered to the house... she said "I already got him one of those"... I said - oh well, he'll have 2 then... GRRRR!!!! )... still don't know what to get my mom. Man I hate this crap!

Then today I went out and bought something for a friend... and had no trouble at all. Amazing how that works!

Posted by Teresa at December 19, 2005 04:50 PM

I think I just learned one of the keys to your psyche "I’ve been thinking about why that is since November when I started doing this years.". Dude, you've gotta turn in your "Man Card" for that offense. I would think that it was from the "Heap-Big" brainwashing you'd recieved from those nice ladies, but this happenned BEFORE your visit with them.

(Sigh) This is how Metrosexuals are born you know.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at December 19, 2005 06:16 PM

Johnny-oh.. what part of that bothers you? I started shopping in November so I could avoid going the mall/stores during the busy time, thus not body checking an old lady and ending up in jail or the fact that I actually dwelled on that though for that long? :)

Posted by Contagion at December 20, 2005 06:58 AM

Well, I WAS going to give you the gift that keeps on giving, deer hide, but eh, they all had holes in them.

Posted by Raging Mom at December 20, 2005 10:23 AM

When buying for women, remember this truism:

"If it has a cord, it isn't a gift"

Pretty sure that it's the opposite for guys.

Posted by Harvey at December 22, 2005 06:51 AM

Check out http://www.gifts4ladies.co.uk/

They have fab ladies gifts!;-)

Posted by Gina at March 14, 2006 07:29 AM