I’ve gotten pretty narrow with my Christmas want list, year after year. I always want a new Hess truck and a World Almanac. Every two or three years, a Leonard Maltin Movie Guide. And then I put a bunch of CDs on the Amazon list from which people select one or two; I’ve just added a couple albums by Florence + the Machine, so it’s not ALL 20th Century artists.
As for what I’m giving, except for the wife and daughter, I’m usually utilizing the gift card.