I don’t know how you all do your Christmas shopping, but in my family we forgo any sort of surprise by just telling each other what we want. Only this creates further problems because none of my family actually seem to know what they want.
I start to send them irate texts or emails demanding to know. The closer it gets to the 25th of December the more irate my messages become. I also have to withhold telling them what I would like because otherwise what happens is that I suggest a gift to them and then they just don’t tell me what they want.
This year, I have threatened my brother and sister (the main perpetrators) with socks.