Hmmm...I'm afraid i may have a rude reaction later in the week, but no one will see it! I have a relative in the military, and she was recently deployed. she also got an e-reader for Christmas, and mentioned, IF we were going to exchange gifts, that a GC to the store she got her e-reader from would be nice. I had already planned to get her that, and i also "suggested" if she were stuck for ideas for me, that would be nice to give to me, as I want an e-reader too. But I didn't expect it.
Her brother sent me a VERY generous GC to the same store, so my gift to the two of them was a GC to that store. I hadn't received anything from her, but didn't think twice about it. She then emailed me and asked if i had gotten the stuff she left me at her house (I stopped on my way to Christmas) I said no, you didn't tell me you left me anything - she then said, i thought i did, where it is, and that she hadn't had time to wrap it! So while I know i can't dictate what people give me, I suspect I will be slightly disappointed, as she has this "stash" of gifts, and just pulls things out from there to give as gifts. I know this because she gave me the SAME gift 2 years in a row, and i saw more in the room where she keeps her stash.
So I suspect I will be getting something I didn't really want or need, and she already had. But I will be gracious in thanking her, but its just frustrating when I put thought into every gift I give, and she doesn't..but I'm an adult so I'll get over it.