Unless I am asked, I never hint or tell people what I would like for Christmas. However, for about 5+ years, I have had 3 items that I would really like. And every year, when asked, I tell the asker that one of those items would be lovely. These are not expensive, in the $10-30 range at the very most. And even though I would really like them, for some reason I have just never gone out and purchased them for myself. Other than things for my office or clothes, I don't really buy anything for myself.
These are the askers, and what they buy me instead of what I would like to receive
My parents: Usually give nice knick knacks or trinkets, or sometimes kitchen gadgets. I don't display what-nots, because A) I don't really have the space, and B) I have a very active toddler.
Husband: Picks out decent, mid-range priced jewelry (think $50ish). It's all nice, but not always to my tastes. And I can only wear so many rings or earrings. we don't go out to a lot of places that I can wear these peices.
Brother: Buys me video games that are also not my tastes (imagine Halo-type games) that he wants to play with me online
These people ALWAYS ask what I would like, and I still never get it. I know there is no way to politely say "Buy me THIS, and only THIS please." So after the holidays, I'm going to go out and start buying these much-coveted things for myself, because no amount of hinting & urging seems to get it across. This sort of falls into the "Christmas Dissapointment" category, because I have had to fake too many cheery gift openings.
Does anyone else have this problem, or am I just strange? Not just getting off-the-mark gifts, but NEVER getting the things you want??