Lists have been made, double-checked, and presents procured.
For adults, the point is to give a gift that will make them say something like “oh, wow! I wanted this” or “oh, wow! I never even knew I wanted this!” but avoid something like “oh, wow! I’m going to be the hit of the White Elephant party!”
For kids, the point is to give a gift that will make them say something noisy when they open it (my favorite: the five year old screaming “I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THIS”), but then spend the next hour in rapt silence (exceptions can be made for sound effects).
We’re wandering into the weirdness of teenagers, though. Trying to figure out the point there. When the one kid said something like “I really like hip hop”, I immediately went to EPMD (and am thinking about Public Enemy) but I know, deep down, he doesn’t want the old stuff but probably wants DJ Kahled or something. I want to get all political and the kid probably just wants some gold slugs.
Perhaps the goal is to turn them into adults who know how to give good gifts.
You don’t have to believe in Santa to be one of Santa’s Helpers.
So… what’s on your docket?