"Here's my list- I wrote it out on a register slip from 1975, don't ask me why....my daughter. She's getting into gaming."
Me: "Ok, let's nip that right in the bud. Why not head over to Barnes and Noble and ask what's big this month in the Young Adult genre? Because you don't want to feed that particular passion. I mean, unless you WANT her to be a fat, housebound, socially isolated tribble."
"But she really likes games...."
Me: "That's great! Maybe it's not too late to get her on the neighborhood hockey team. Or ask her if she prefers non-contact ice skating. How about signing her up for skiing lessons? And keep an eye out for softball and baseball tryouts when spring comes. Fresh air, exercise, and new skills...no downside there!"
"Um...ok. Now, for my husband...."
Me: "I was told to tell every female who comes in here that guys are really into drones. Since drones have only been available gifts for maybe 2 Christmases, I'm not sure how anyone could possibly know that. So I'm not going to tell you that your husband wants something that is insanely dangerous to use unless you live on an isolated farm somewhere. Since you're one of the 90 percent of Americans who live in an urban area, a drone would be a really stupid, senseless, and as I just mentioned dangerous toy, I suggest the hottest video game."
"I thought you didn't like video games...."
Me: "I fight the battles I can win. If your daughter is 'really getting into gaming,' you probably already have a nice gaming system, which means your husband is an overgrown child who likes to waste his life staring at a screen. It's probably too late to save him. So here's the latest Pretend to Be What People Who Have Never Seen Combat Think A Soldier Is game...."