I think if you alter your perception on the purpose of gifts, you might find your problem easier to solve. Gifts are meant to be something you give to someone to show your appreciation of them, not because of obligation. If you ask for a list from your sister (although it is easier), you're missing the point, as is your sister who responds with the easy solution. Gift cards suggest that the gift was given out of obligation rather than thought. Giving presents isn't easy, and yes, you can do it wrong, but at least it shows thought and effort on your part. If nothing else, when a bad gift is given, it makes for a good opportunity to teach the 'accept graciously' lesson.
Appropriateness of Gift Cards for
Young Children? Good Questions
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