Gift-giving. Seldom do we engage in an activity that invokes so many conflicting values.
On the one hand, we hope our gift will entertain, educate, and amuse.
We dream of seeing our special gift proudly displayed in the home of the recipient.
We hunt and search and shop, trying to find just the right gift to stand for the relationship we're celebrating.
On the other hand, gift-buying brings us up against our limitations. While our emotions urge extravagance, our wallets counsel frugality.