I think she had a very good point about gift giving in general.
When I was a kid, 30 years ago, we generally got new toys for Christmas and birthdays. That $10 cheque from my grandparents (which at the time would by 1.5 paperbacks) was appreciated, because I didn't get much spending money.
Now, though, I have trouble buying gifts for my nieces and nephews. In one family's case, they simply already have way too much stuff, to the point that their house is uncomfortably stuffed with things and a claustrophobic mess as a result. So I actually feel bad giving things that are just going to get lost in the piles of toys and cute clothes and books and electronics and games and craft supplies. In the other family, they're much better off than I am, financially, so they can go out and buy what they want or need, at least when it concerns anything I could give them.
Part of this is a change in the definition of what's considered a normal amount of stuff, part of it is that I grew up in a one income household, and both of theirs are dual income, so there's a lot more disposable income.
We've certainly seen enough posts on this forum where *receiving* gifts is a burden and a nuisance. Grandparents who insist on buying bucket loads of toys that the parents don't have room for. Relatives who gift dollar store junk that breaks immediately. Gift certificates for stores you don't have access to or that don't sell stuff you use, or certificates that only cover part of a purchase and require an outlay of cash. People who give stuff that's the wrong size, or a style you'd never wear, or you already own. Work exchanges that result in yet another coffee cup or bath products you're allergic to. Gifts given because it's something the giver thinks you should want based on their own prejudices. Gifts that come with strings, or are intended to manipulate you.