There's a bit of a rush that comes when you watch someone open a gift you've given them, and their expression leaves no room for wondering whether or not they love it. This year, more people are looking for gifts that have substance without costing a substantial amount.
Staying within this frame of thinking, Ron Lieber of The New York Times suggested a different approach to giving.
Everyone in the family puts their gift budget into a pot. A designated banker sets half aside and divides it by the number of gift recipients. Everybody takes their share and buys one special thing, though I might exempt small children. Everybody wears or brings their gifts to the holiday gathering for appreciation. Then, over dessert, the family votes on how to distribute the rest of the money to a worthy cause (or several).
His test panel reacted with several objections to his proposal. What do you think of his idea, is it brilliant or baffling?