I am the easy one to shop for. I have an Amazon wish list. You can get me something off of it, or use it as a spring board. My tastes are broad. If all else fails, you can always grab me a bottle of wine on the way over. This makes me perfectly happy. You don't even have to wrap it. And hell, if I don't like it, I'll say I do and find someone who will adore it for me.

My family is not easy to shop for.

My step-father has everything he would ever need. Every tool, every gadget, every book: He owns it all. I used to be able to get him some nice booze, but even that has been nixed in the past few years.

My mother's tastes are extremely particular, and she prefers quantity over quality. So I can't just give her one gift that's really nice and just what she likes and call it a day. She must have many boxes. And if I miss the mark...

Well, let's just say it's better not to miss the mark.

They're also not great at gift giving (well, my mother isn't. My step-father only shops for the kids). She won't use my wishlist. She has actually called the things I like lame (because she's fourteen inside or something). And when she does buy things, she buys cheap.

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I want to ask them if we can just skip the whole thing this year. No gifts. Just come over, drink some cocktails, eat breakfast, shoot the shit. That's it. I don't even know how to begin to phrase it. Money isn't an issue, so I can't use that tack (and that approach has failed before). When I've mentioned time being tight, she talks about how good I am at finding things, and how they would be hurt if I didn't get them anything. And how she loves to shop for me! You know, while she talks about how much she dislikes the things I like!

I just... I can't even with this.