I think their own idea's would be great if either one of them took a moment to think of who they were shopping for. It'd be like me buying a side of beef for a vegetarian, of a bra for my father, or a full size mountain bike for an infant. The items are so off based to the person, there is no thought in it. That's the point.
I agree with this 100%. I understand the concept of its the thought that counts but I find it mean and hurtful when the giver clearly put no thought into the gift. My MIL knows that my oldest DD HATES anything pink. Now remember, she KNOWS this and every year she buys her some type of pink clothing. She has been asked over and over not to buy clothes for this child and yet this has gone on for years. Uh, hello? Now exactly what thought does that convey? I find it to be not only mean but insulting.
I have asked ppl what they want and if it isn't something I find interesting they don't get it.
I have to ask, then why do you bother to ask people? I mean the point of giving someone a gift is, I would hope, to give them something that THEY would find interesting. If you wanna buy something that YOU find interesting then go shopping for yourself.