I'm 45 years old and I still ask for games. I asked for certain games and everyone knows ONLY to buy what I ask for and nothing else. Believe it or not games or DVDs are easier for people; you cna buy them everywhere and the system type and name is easy enough for most people to do. Buying clothing is about style & fit...so they are terrible gifts. Electronics are tricky because color and model can get confusing, and the electronics are want are invariable expensive. DVDs really depend on what you own or what you have watched.
The only open ended gifts I like are books, art, empty picture frames, gourmet food, or gift cards. For most gifts, I tell people EXACTLY what I want. I politely and discreetly asked for the sales slip so I can return it anything that just won't work.
Sure, although if it's because of a parent asking for gift ideas, I refuse to let them just go to Best Buy or whatever. I ALWAYS buy it myself at the retail source that has it cheapest, and then I give it to them to wrap, and they reimburse me for it. Very soulless and non-Christmasy for sure. But I take a lot of solace in the fact they don't spend 60 bucks on something I can track down for 20 or whatever.
No, the people I know don't know anything about games and I'm not sure what I want anyway. Additionally, I'd feel weird if any gift giver paid more for a game that I knew I could get cheaper on Steam or some online sale. So, I usually say get me a gift certificate to Bestbuy or something similar. As crazy as it sounds, I've reached the point in my life where I prefer getting socks, underwear, sweaters, etc...over games. Buy me the necessities that I am too lazy or too busy to get myself.
I feel like asking for a specific gift kind of undermines the point of a gift giving holiday.
I don't, since the vast majority of the time the question "what do you want for Christmas?" is presented prior to me asking. What's worse than asking for something? Coming back with a vague and frustrating "oh I don't know, whatever you get is fine" or even worse "you don't have to get me anything!" when there is no chance in hell that you're not buying each other gifts.
If there's anybody that thinks you can't/shouldn't receive games for Christmas when you're a certain age they can get fucked. What kind of old world mentality is that?
YOU STILL BUYIN KIDS TOYS WUT GO N WORK ON THEM RIGS LIKE A MEIN
This is the best response so far. Seeing crap like "I'm too old to ask for video games" is sad.
I never ask for video games. I can buy those myself. I want people to surprise me instead. I'm buying my brother Rocksmith 2014 though. It's the perfect teaching tool for him.
I'm never asking for clothes after last year. My grandma got me a knitted sweater that made me look like a rapist.(Into the Salvation Army box it went)
I ask for a video game at Christmas, because otherwise it might be months before I get round to buying it myself.
For example, my mother has just bought me Link Between Worlds. At 30+ quid, it's something I'd say to myself "I'll get that at a later date when I've more money to spare" and then never get round to it because I've more pressing matters deserving my money; bills, food, daughter etc
Anyhow, can't wait to play it Christmas Day! Hahaha
It's pretty common thing for me to both give and receive video games as presents. Mostly giving though. If there's a game I want, I usually just get it myself, so it's a pretty slim avenue for someone to go down. It's up to me to make sure the others have the games they need, though...!
So I usually get practical stuff. Which is good, since I'm not likely to get such things for myself.