Such sentiments are echoed among parents around the world. When shopping for little ones, bypass the noisy electronic toys and stick with items that stimulate the imagination. Legos, for example, will never go out of style.

Pets given as gifts, sadly, often find their way back to the shelter. Adopting a pet is a personal decision. As much as your girlfriend fantasizes about owning an exotic Sugar-Glider, does she really have the room in her apartment for a six foot tall habitat? Your nephew might be begging for a puppy, but your brother-in-law might be terribly allergic to that little ball of fluff with the big red bow attached to his collar.

When buying gifts, use common sense and don't fear the gift card. People have more 'stuff' than ever, and sometimes choice is the most welcome gift of all.