Of course, more a time for giving than receiving, so, in that spirit, what do you hope to be given this year? As always, I've written a very specific (with Amazon links!) list of books and dvds that I want. Any deviation from that list is likely to result in grave disappointment/ feigned delight. How do you and yours go about deciding what presents to get: lists? Subtle hints over the year? Horror of horrors: genuine surprises? Terrible father though my dad was he has perfected Christmas gift giving as far as I'm concerned: One rather shabby, plain envelope bearing my name. No card. Large cheque. Every year. Without fail.