I usually would appreciate any kind of gift. But I really like it when they put more effort into it than cash. Getting cash is like someone saying, "Hey, I don't know you well enough to get you a thoughtful gift." I've gotten books I've never read, and games/movies that I've already had a copy of, but I still found those gifts to be more enjoyable than cash. I guess, its actually just having something physical. Whenever I see the gifts, they remind me of the one who gave them to me, where as cash is so fleeting. But then again, every dollar helps now a days, so not going to be picky.
i feel like cash is the best cause the basically said "look i want you to have the best thing you can think of for yourself...sadly i dont know what it is so here 300$ ENJOY!"
that way there isnt any sort of awkward moment when you get something that you dont like and the person can see it in your face that you dont like it,but you try to play up the "oh no i like it" face yet its so transparent its basically non existent...
This happened to me twice. On Christmas AND my birthday, and they are only a few weeks apart. Apparently my parents don't understand what kind of music I like, or that just because my nails are long, doesn't mean I like to paint them. My mom ended up giving the presents to my younger sister. OTL