Background: I have a client(BWW) for whom I do a lot of the Christmas stuff (shopping, goodie baskets, cards, wrapping, shipping) and organize all of the special events at their home. I've been doing this for many years. One of the other people who handles other things for the family (JR) is on the Christmas gift basket recipient list. I have also known JR for years and have had a good relationship with him.
As I was preparing the delivery dates for the baskets in December I happened to speak with JR. During that conversation he mentioned his SO, who had been on tour for over a year, was coming home 12/20 and they were leaving the next day to spend a couple of weeks together. They would be away for almost 3 weeks. I mentioned that I'd have the basket delivered after they returned. He went into a long dissertation about how it was not necessary, they can't or don't eat or drink many of the kinds of things that are normally in such baskets, there wasn't a thing they need, Christmas is for kids, make a charitable contribution instead yada, yada, yada.
Now, I know BWW very well, and I know BWW wanted him to get something. I also know JR and SO like to go to movies frequently. So, instead of a basket full of stuff they wouldn't use, I got him a bunch of tickets to the movie theatre chain with the most outlets in this area. I don't mean a pair of tickets, I mean several pairs. I personally put the tickets in his Christmas card and mailed it.
I just got a call from BWW asking if I had sent him a basket. When called about some work that needed to be handled he said he heard that some other people had gotten gifts from BWW but he had not. When BWW asked him if he was sure he hadn't gotten a basket, he replied that he had gotten nothing. I outlined my convo with him and the fact that the movie tickets were of more use to him. BWW just chuckled and then asked me to send him "The biggest, most obnoxious basket you can conjure up."
Fortunately BWW isn't annoyed at me, but I am sure annoyed at him! So now I have to do obnoxious and I don't do obnoxious well!