Why? Because I am in the frame of mind that I am going to spend money. Therefore, the normal checks and constraints that nominally exist when I walk into, say, a bookstore are gone.
So, so far I have found gifts for 8 of the 13 people on my list of people I plan to buy gifts for. In the meantime, I've also bought myself the Ultimate Run DMC (with Bonus DVD) CD, the Chemical Brothers Singles 93-03 [Limited Edition] CD, the Something Like This... The Bob Newhart Anthology CD (my first ever comedy album), The Art of UNIX Programming by Eric S. Raymond, Vivir para contarla by Gabriel García Márquez, a microphone for my laptop, a nice new hand moisturizer by Aveeno, and a nose hair trimmer by Remington.
I know some of you are going to buy me gifts because we have for the past few years, but most of you aren't. If you'd like to exchange gifts with me, let me know (and point me to any wish lists you may have) so that I can be actively looking. I enjoy giving, and I don't mind helping out the economy in whatever little way I can afford.
If you are planning to buy me a gift (Christmas or 30th birthday on January 22) and would like some guidance, I am going to slap together a wish list. It probably won't be complete for a few days, and I'll probably be adding to and removing from it as we get closer to gift-giving time, but it's more guidance than I usually give.
 I can only list the gifts I've bought for my parents and sister, since I don't want anyone I haven't yet given their gift to seeing what it is beforehand. For my mom, the Like Water for Chocolate DVD; for my dad, O'Reilly's TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition; and, for my sister, Cake's Fashion Nugget and Fashion Eagle.
 Make that 14. While I was writing this entry, I grabbed a name for the labs' gift exchange.
 And the Best of Bowie [Limited Edition] CD. I forgot about that one when I first posted this.