- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 16, 2001

1. Give a gift to everyone you expect to get one from.

2. If someone gives you a gift unexpectedly, reciprocate that year.

3. When you add a name to your gift list, give that person a gift every year thereafter.

4. The amount of money you spend on a gift determines how much you care about the recipient.

5. Gifts exchanged between adults should be roughly equal in value.

6. The presents you give someone should be fairly consistent in value over the years.

7. If you give a gift to a person in one category (for example, a co-worker or a neighbor), give a gift to everyone in that category, and these gifts should be similar in value.

8. Women should give gifts to their close female friends.

9. Men should not give gifts to their male friends unless those gifts are alcoholic beverages.

10. Whenever the above rules cause you any difficulty, remedy the situation by buying more gifts.

Source: "Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season," by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli, William Morrow, 1991.

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