Day 14: Your Guide to Getting Through Gifting Season (Relatively) Stress-Free

The holiday season can bring up all kinds of thorny questions: Is it OK to make a wish list? If someone gave you a gift, are you obligated to give them one in return? Why does giving cash often feel weird but giving a gift card does not? Even as someone who loves to gift, I often find myself puzzling over a question of festive etiquette or present protocol this time of year. Luckily for me, the reporter Ali Trachta talked to a slew of experts to get answers to these and other tricky gift-related questions. (And if you’re in need of gift ideas for a particular person in your life, the editors of The Times and Wirecutter have put together a comprehensive guide, and a list of great last-minute options, to help with that, too.)