You would think giving someone a simple present wouldn’t be a complicated affair. Aside from the obvious musts—mom, dad, siblings—how do you determine what family members get a gift over the holidays?But during the holidays, the gesture of gifting can be tricky. “My family is so big, we usually limit gifts to immediate members, and then do a Secret Santa exchange with our extended family,” shares one writer.Unfortunately this sometimes results in buying fabulous, unique items for people I don’t even like, and dumping defeatist gift certificates on loved ones who are hard to shop for.
It takes the pressure off the table.”Most of the staff said they no longer exchange gifts with friends.
“It was something I used to do back when I was in college,” says one editor.
But still problematic if he shows up empty-handed or (worse) with a cheap, thoughtless, last-minute chocolate orange from the drugstore.
Part of me loves the idea of giving him the cool, expensive engine kit, because I totally relate to shopping for The Perfect Gift.
What if she gets you a nice, thoughtful gift and you have nothing for her?