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The gift of guilt
The gift of guilt

It's about this time every year when you start feeling bad about your history of conspicuous holiday consumption, and you vow to reform your gift-giving habits. You decide that experiences are more valuable than jewelry, and you gather everybody for pizza and a movie, or you take the little ones to a holiday train garden display. You decide that everybody has everything they need — or they can buy it themselves — and you gather everybody and hike into the snow-covered woods to feed the birds. You decide to give everyone on your list "consumables," like jams or wine or jars filled with the ingredients for 15-bean soup. Stuff that they won't need to find a...