It used to be that every year I had this huge fear that I would receive an unexpected present from someone with whom I had not planned to exchange.  Now I simply keep some $10 gifts on hand should this occur.  I keep them wrapped in generic paper--suitable for Chanukah or Christmas.  I like Starbuck's gift cards, scented candles, or body lotion.  It seems to save me at least once each year.  Might be worth a thought if you also occasionally have that fear near the holidays.  One less thing to worry about, at a time of year when it is always seeming like there are plenty of worries!


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