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I grew up poor and we learned early on not to ask for much for Christmas. My twenties and thirties were pretty tight, too, so when I finally reached the point where I didn't have to scrape just to pay the bills, I was ecstatic! But it is difficult to shop for those of us who don't crave "things" so I usually try to think up a few suggestions, like a cologne or a newly-published book so that my kids can easily cross me off their lists, 'cause my parents were hard to buy for, too, and I never felt that I ever hit on anything they liked. I'm actually happy without gifts, but you can't tell your kids that...

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