I do cakes, and my loved ones usually get a cake for their birthdays. Sometimes I ask their preferences, sometimes I surprise them. Thankfully I don't get any greedy requests.
However, I'm moderately technically proficient, and apparently people think that that means I'll solve any tech issue. For free. I get sooo many annoying requests--and often it's something I don't even know how to do!
-We don't have an IT department at work and the owner is a technophobe. I do what I can and they generally respect that. A couple years ago the owner upgraded to an Android smartphone, and I set up her phone (preferences, apps, notifications, etc) because it was easier to just do it all myself. A few weeks later we were at an unrelated party (boss is a family friend) and Random Relative said that she just got a new Android phone and didn't know what to do with it. Boss immediately chimed in "Oh, just give it to Cake and she'll do all the setup and install the apps for you and teach you how to use it." She volunteered my service to three other people before the evening was out. Of course nobody wanted to pay for such a thing, and I flatly refused to do it for free.
-My father is elderly and well-intentioned, and very religious. He asked me to set up a religious website for him, and though I know absolutely zero about that, I agreed. I spent probably 20 hours getting it set up, and then he started handing me hand-written articles that he wanted me to put up on his site. Then he kept wanting me to create new pages, put up more and more articles, and do things that frankly I haven't the first clue how to do. Finally I told him that he needed to hire someone to manage the website for him. He asked how much the company I work for spends on website support, and I told him it was $xxx per month. To say he was shocked and appalled was an understatement. Finally he stopped asking me.
-My mother likes to upload photos to RiteAid to have them printed. I showed her how to do it, and all was well. One day I got a call at work that RiteAid had completely changed the photo upload site, and Mom wanted me to walk her through it. Over the phone. While I was at work. She does things like this a lot. I'm a visual person, I absolutely cannot walk you through something unless I can see it myself.
-Mom works from home and does a lot of printing. At last count she had 4 different printers, a desktop, two laptops, and two tablets. She was having trouble with her network, her wireless internet, and also with the printers. So she decided that everything needed to be re-set-up from scratch. She demanded that I come over to uninstall everything, set up the network, configure her wireless connection, install all 4 printers to each computer, and oh yes, find an app for her tablets that would let her print from the tablets. And figure out why the duplex printing function wasn't working on her printer. OH HECK NO.
I should point out that I HATE PRINTERS. They are the most confounded, finicky, dang-blasted pieces of technology I have ever had the misfortune of working with. I avoid messing them whenever possible.
On a positive note, the last time I was at my tattoo artist's shop, he couldn't get his printer to work and asked if any of us knew anything about printers. I wasn't getting any work done (husband and cousin were) so I volunteered to look at it. I uninstalled and reinstalled the printer software and then it worked just fine. I didn't mind because he didn't demand it, and he always gives us a significant discount on our tattoos.