(quote) Johnny-975202 said: That it was the thought that counted and I will use it.
I had to do the list option with my kids after each were disappointed with a gift. They did not happen the same year. So, we applied "the list" to everyone and it worked out REALLY well. No disappointments at all from anyone.
Gift lists--another sub-topic here!
The definition of gift is "a thing given willingly to someone without payment." At Christmas, it's rarely gift-giving, isn't it? It's more thing-exchange. I know Aunt Martha will be giving me something, so I better not forget to get her another something! But I might get her something she won't like, and I don't want to do that. So I get a list from her of a couple of things she wants. And that changes the entire meaning, don'tcha think? It's not really a gift if you tell me what you want, & I tell you what I want, and we separately go fight the crowds and shop, then wrap, all so that on Dec 24 or 25, we can give each other the wrapped thingamajigs, tear open the packages, and exclaim to each other, "Wow, just what I wanted! Thanks!" What a surprise and delight. Not.