My friend Bess is the type of person who feels the need to buy Christmas gifts for every single person she’s ever met. It’s weird, it doesn’t make sense and a lot of the time she’s confused as to why she didn’t get a gift in return. Well, Bess, maybe the mailman doesn’t like you as much as you like him. OK?
I stopped giving gifts outside my immediate family years ago. I think college was the last time I exchanged a gift with a friend and that was with Bess. These days my friends and I do holiday dinners where gifts are never exchanged, and Bess has been give a strict “No Gifts For Mandy” rule. It’s hard for her to stick to it, but considering the fact that she gives gifts to everyone else under the sun, I think she’s dealing with this just fine.
But what about you? Are you like Bess — the type who buys gifts for every single person you’ve ever known (she even buys presents for ex-boyfriends), or do you just stick to your family? Yes, the holiday season is about giving, but at some point you need to draw the line.