Are gift cards an act of thoughtlessness?
I ran across an interesting article that said gift cards are turning the lovely tradition of the gift exchange into the lazy exercise of swapping store credit.
Miss Manners agrees, calling gift cards "a pathetic compromise convenient to people who do not trust their judgment about selecting the right present for those whose tastes they ought to know."
I'm torn on the issue. While I do think gift-cards/gift certificates are a cop-out, I prefer them to having to create gift registries for people who want to know what to buy us, which makes me feel squeamish and greedy.
What do you think: are gift cards destroying real gift giving or just a necessary way of dealing with those who already seem to have it all?