I hate that question. Especially when it comes from family members. I am sure I have whinged about this before but honestly... what is the point of my telling them what to buy me and then they buy it AND WRAP IT UP!
Yes I know it means I get something I really want but ... actually, do I? For a start I am not going to ask for something really expensive, I'd be too embarrassed for that, and if its not expensive and something I really want, then I probably have it already. So what do I do? I wrack my brains for suitable gift ideas, things that will not be a waste of money and that I actually want. It's really hard. I worry about suggesting things that are too expensive or too difficult to find in case I offend or cause too much trouble - and lets not forget I am supposed to be the happy recipient of this gift, it's not supposed to be hard work for me. And then on Christmas day I open the gift and exclaim 'oh how lovely' or something of the sort. Well... I've had it, I am not playing any more!!
You tell me, which gifts have stuck in your mind the most? There will probably be two... one would be the terrible jumpers knitted by your nan or the worst present you ever got, like a girlfriend of mine who received a car battery from her fiancee, no, she didn't ask for it but she will never forget it (and neither will he) and the other would be the most amazing spot-on gift that you ever received... what did you get the rest of the time? Nope, I can't remember either.
To illustrate: Back in the mid 80's I received a plastic 'hors d'oeuvres' tree from my cousin. This was a clear plastic tree shaped thing with spikes to which you attached cheese cubes, pineapple cubes, pickled onions and olives and then you placed it as the centre piece of the table. I am sure it came from the Bettaware catalogue or it could have been the JML gadget you never knew you needed off the telly. It was and still is the most talked about gift we have ever had - we laughed until the tears tripped us, alas I have it no more (it proved very flimsy) or I would have photographed it for you.
So what do I do with the emailed Christmas list from a sister in law (who is not a child I might add) and whose gift we have already chosen (and it's not on her list, who is now desperately trying to get us on the phone to ask us what we want. Grrrrr.