I don't have a job, right? So I don't actually have any money coming in to me. Which means that everything I spend on gifts really comes from my dad. In the case of friends and whatnot, it's just like the money he's alloted me to spend, on whatever...myself...the movies...gifts, etc. But when I spend it on gifts for my dad, he is, in essence, intrusting me with his cash to spend on things he may or may not want. I mean...don't get me wrong, I don't think gift giving is a bad thing... I've just come to realize that it's inefficent. for the same money, he could get something he really wanted. So, you say--ask him specifically want he'd like, right? But then that takes all the surprise out of it, and I am just running an errand: getting something he wants with his money, AND THEN making him wait for it. aw well. Someday, I will have and maintain a job long enough to provide me with my own christmas spending money. but today is not that day.