I really don't see the point in trading gifts, especially when you're going to be lazy about it and trade money like so many people do.
My dad just gave me $100 for this Christmas.
and I gave my mom $20 to buy some jacket she said she wanted.
that in itself is essentially like giving 20% of my dad's gift to my mom, but she got me some $20 paints, so really, it's as if I gave my mom some cash to go buy me some pants and convinced her to buy with her own money something she wanted but wouldn't before for no good reason.
back to that $100 my dad sent me.
if I was a decent son, I'd give him what he really wants for Christmas, more money, but since he only gives me money, it's the same as just sending his gift back to him, but instead I bought him some memorabilia from one of his favorite movies of old, thin cost me $25 and another $10 to ship it to him, which means my gift to him only has 65% the value as his gift to me.
Even if you factor in the thought, which they say counts a lot, I can't see it having a value matching that of his gift.
The guy might be an ass, but it's still an unfair trade, almost as if he's overpaying me twice as much as he should to buy him something he might like.
why does the exchange of this junk being on December 25th make any difference?
hell, even without money being involved, it's little more than bartering blindly, with just as much disappointment and feelings of being screwed over as you would expect.
What I'm trying to say here is, this shit is pointless.
either you give something worth more than what you get, and get screwed over.
give something of lesser value and be shamed for it and disappointed that person.
or you give equal value gifts that nullify each other, making it pointless to buy someone anything
each participating party is better off using the money they would have on something the other person might like, and use it on themselves for something they know they'll like.