Well a gift is a gift, it's the thought that counts, right? I feel weird getting gifts at all, I am not sure why because for the people I care about most I usually like the challenge of trying to find something they'll love.
I haven't ever gotten anything terrible. I'm actually really easy to buy for and I am pretty sentimental, so I cannot let go of any gift, even if it's not really me, I still cherish it for the person that gave it to me. I still have things from elementary school gift exchanges and I can tell you who gave them to me. I've gotten a lot of unusual gifts, at least to me they are unusual because I never would have thought of buying them. One year my brother got me a fireproof safe for my house - I do actually use it, just never would have occured to me to get one. My dad usually buys me tools - he a very practical gift buyer - my tools and I are the envy of many men. They do always come in handy. If my grandma chooses my gifts, she has this idea that I am still 9 years old - one year she chose a limited edition Barbie, only I was in my late 20's and have never collected Barbies. She also does a lot of ceramics, so one year she gave me this Holly Hobbie ceramic figurine and one year a turtle shaped planter that had eyes that make it look like an alien. They are cute, but I am outside the target demographic and they don't match my decor. She loves trinkets and is a pack rat, I hate dusting, so have very few decor items, so that dusting is not so involved a chore. My family has always wanted me to be a doctor and I have no desire to go to medical school, so for the past two Christmases, it has amused my brother immensely to give me medical books. While they make interesting reading, I still have no desire to become a doctor. The first year it was funny, the second, umm, not so funny, but he got me an ipod too, so I can't complain. lol Usually I get cash and in my book, that can never be bad. I don't get those people who hink cash or gift cards are too impersonal. I figure they care enough to let you chose something you want and need, that is incredibly thoughtful.