the theory of gifts
I have two philosophies about gift-related occasions: never buy stuff for yourself close to any gift-receiving dates, and never buy your partner kitchen or laundry related paraphernalia until you've been together for at least a year (or unless your partner specifically requests any such items). Don't buy your partner a laundry basket. Ever.
Stay tuned for more of my handy holiday tips. Coming up next, ways to politely turn down offers of fruitcake such as "Thanks, but I've just had my lower intestines removed and cannot digest gluten".