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Why think of someone when you can just buy this?

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Nothing says "I'd rather just spend $50 on this token pre-wrapped, pre-selected gift rather than actually think about you" better than Gift Baskets, often available from websites with specious, guilt-assuaging names such as "Custom Gift Solutions" or "Dream Maker Gifts."

It's magical: you start with the items that are the most commonly given as token gestures, and the most commonly unwanted, such as fruitcake and spumoni-mascarpone cookies. Put them all together into a silly basket, machine-wrapped and shrink-wrapped with clinical precision, and you get something that takes on a whole new air of artificiality. What is it that attracts people to this?

I'd rather say "no."

Saturday, December 23, 14:21 2006 GMT

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