The act of giving and receiving gifts seems to be more important as a child than as an adult, or maybe it has shifted its meaning. I am thinking of the night before christmas when you are struggling to fall asleep, hoping for everything you wished for and then the moment you tear open the wrapping paper with that sparkle in your eyes - just to find socks or underwear. No I'm just kidding. But then you grow older and more worldly-wise and don't want to know anything of these childish things. What I mean is this (and I know it, too): Material gifts are not as important as non-material gifts and giving a present with a thought behind it is the best you can do. That's an ideal thought and very mature. As a child you have this exact picture in your head of something you want and you want to have it, but I think as I grow older I don't want anything in particular but rather something given to me that shows me that the person has thought about it and that I would like it and that it would fit to me, no matter what price. But that's just my opinion. Personally I am excited as a child when giving a self-made present to someone, and I still kinda fear they won't like it.
Aaanyway, to come to a fairly related point: It is my birthday in about a month and I have been asked what I wanted as a present. My first thought was: I don't know what I want. My second: I don't really need anything. And my third: Okay, there are a few things I want, but I have a rather expensive taste for my student wage, so that's that. BUT: A girl can dream...and make an ideal birthday wish list.
Okay, that kind of took on a life of its own...but that's the advantage of virtual window shopping: you don't have to pay for anything! And I think you can see that I have a thing for gold...well.