The Buying Game

Present Tense

It's that time of year. Ugh!


imageSimi Tolani
Age: 18
Resides:: Union Square
Occupation: Student
How much do you plan to spend on gifts? Normally, I'd buy at least 10 gifts. But this year, I'm only getting four, about $80. And my parents don't like getting gifts from their kids because it's like they're getting their own money back.
What's the worst gift you ever got?I got soaps once. They were in the shape of little animals.
The worst you ever gave?One time me and my friend split on a gift for our friend, a sweater. But everyone told her it was horrible, ugly.

imageJanet Caracciolo
Age: 27
Resides:: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Occupation: Student
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?Probably about $100.
What's the worst gift you ever got?A self-help book from someone I didn't really know. I didn't need the book. I was in a good place. I exchanged it for a CD.
The worst you ever gave?My father used to collect trains and once I got him this gizmo for the trains and he hated it. He stopped collecting trains because he had a bad association with it. I had no idea. It opened up a Pandora's box.

imageMichael Malone
Age: 30
Resides:: Long Island City, Queens
Occupation: Printer
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?Well, my family, we made a pact this year not to spend too much. We're all in the same economic boat. So about $200.
What's the worst gift you ever got?One time, in the mid '80s, I got this, sort of, dress shirt. Really horrible. It was really '80s. And even then, that trend was kind of over. I wore it once a few years later as a kind of joke.
The worst you ever gave?One year I wasn't doing so well, and my girlfriend, she had one of those game consoles, so I got her a game. What she really wanted was a ring. It ended the relationship.

imageJessica Lucaj
Age: 18
Resides:: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Occupation: Student
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?A little more than $300.
What's the worst gift you ever got?I got this really ugly necklace from my boyfriend this year. But he also got me a stereo. Another time, my parents gave my brother some money to buy me a present and he got me Silly Putty. He kept the rest of the money for himself.
The worst you ever gave?When I was a kid I used to buy my mom this cheap perfume.

imageKaz Sakuma
Age: 31
Resides:: Upper West Side
Occupation: Photographer
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?Between like $300 and $400.
What's the worst gift you ever got?I got a golf ball from my uncle last year. And I don't even play golf.
The worst you ever gave?When I was 10 I gave my girlfriend a Christmas tape, with Christmas songs. It was pretty corny.

imageStella Kakoun
Age: 39
Resides:: Queens
Occupation: Hairstylist
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?Me and my husband, we get gifts for each other every day for a few weeks, instead of just on one day. So far, we spent about $3000 to $4000.
What's the worst gift you ever got?Probably a 45. One of those records. That's how old I am.
The worst you ever gave?I always give good gifts.

imageRich Goldman
Age: 32
Resides:: East Side
Occupation: TV producer
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?About $500. But I'm not going to be here, I'm going scuba diving with my friends.
What's the worst gift you ever got?A gym bag. It was the wrong kind of gym bag. People who know will understand what I mean.
The worst you ever gave?A self-made card.
imageGaius Charles
Age: 46
Resides:: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Occupation: Graphic artist
How much do you plan to spend on gifts?I've already spent over $1500. I have kids with expensive tastes. But I like this holiday. I spend it with family in my home in the Poconos.
What's the worst gift you ever got?A shirt with the sleeves too short. I wore it once.
The worst gift you ever gave? A shirt with the sleeves too short.
 
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