Katya's Gift-Giving Guide
In the spirit of Christmas and a general penchant for classifying the world, I present to you my very own gift-giving guide, to be posted in seven parts.
1. The Random Gift
What it is: This type of gift is, as the name suggests, completely random. In fact, it may be so random that you will check the gift tag again to check that this present actually is intended for you, and you will rack your brains to figure out why someone gave this gift to you.
Who it's good for: The random gift can be very funny in its randomness, and there is a certain type of giftee who will appreciate an intentionally random gift. (In fact, I believe that Melyngoch's family has a longstanding tradition of putting highly random gifts in each others' stockings.)
Who it's not good for: Nothing says "I didn't really think about you at all" like a completely random gift. (To be fair, a purposely random gift actually requires a bit of thought, and is thus somewhat less random.) If expensive, this gift can be particularly unwelcome, prompting thoughts of what might have been purchased for the same amount and trouble.
Bottom line: Good for small stocking stuffers and a must for white elephant gifts, the purely random gift has little place elsewhere in the greater world of gift-giving.