I don’t have anything against Christmas.  Far from it in fact.  I also don’t have any problem with exchanging gifts, especially when I’m able to come up with a gift that really hits the spot for that particular person.

The problem comes in when trying to figure out just what those gifts should be.  You see, in spite of the fact that 99.9999999% of any gift giving I do involves family members that I’ve known for all of my life or, in most cases, all of their lives you’d think that I would have a pretty good idea of what the perfect gift would be.  In actual fact there’s times when I’m sorely tempted to go out and buy a bunch of different colored MP3 players, personalized coffee mugs or a box of each person’s favorite Christmas candy and leave it at that.

Part of the reason is that obviously I’m not the only one that doing any giving.  This means there’s the need to coordinate with others to make sure that there isn’t any duplication (you’d be surprised just how often and how real that hazard is).  I mean, sure, an MP3 player can be a fine gift but who needs four of them?  I’ve seen times when that sort of thing has actually happened.  Talk about your basic awkward moment!

In the end though it’s worth it, I just wish there was some kind of an easier way to figure out the perfect item without having to spend months ahead of time trying to ask what they want without actually asking and giving away the surprise.

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