Nobody close to me (family, friends, girlfriend) would ever buy me music or movies or books because they have no clue what I already own/already seen, read, etc./what I'm interesting in buying, and so on and so forth. This is true, even for people who know my tastes pretty well. so generally I get a gift certificate to a record shop or something...
so do you guys actually tell family/friends/girlfriends exactly what records/films/books you want? isn't that kind of boring? Like, for example, Billdude, there's no way that Momma Dude or Mrs. Dude just went out and got you a Church album. You told them to get you it... right? just curious!!!