When asked, I just say Gift Voucher if family ask or want to know.I don't need anything personal or things for the house or me now.
Gift Voucher's for Coles or Woolies....then with any money I may have from not spending on food, I can pay a bill like NRMA...or Phone....or Service my car. Anything else, is really wasted money spent on me.I not even fussed at how much, anything is very much appreciated. :)
I like being surprised with a gift knowing that the giver understands what I like. For example, my family knows me well enough to give me lovely books, music or stationery. Some not-so-great surprises make you realize that the giver knows nothing about you.
I like to surprise and I like to be surprised. I am sick and tired of family members TELLING me what they want or what they want for for my grandchildren. I have friends my age that "give in" to this rudeness. They mainly give in to the their children on the choice of Xmas gifts for the grandchildren so that they don't "feel" old or old fashion. I was even told about the choice of books I can give to my 7 year old grandson. His parents aren't that literate so I'll be making the choice myself.
I always have to specify to my husband otherwise he doesn't have a clue, although sometimes I wouldn't mind a surprise, I guess he surprised me once, and he seemed excited about it, when I unwrapped it, it was a hand cheese slicer! I tried to contain my excitement over it, not!