I heard about the gifts and....
Well, I've been in a similar situation.
It really is the thought that counts. When I buy gifts for people I try to think about what THEY like (if it's the same as what I like the choice is easy), but I do buy gifts for people who have different taste to mine. I would rather not receive a gift than receive something which has had no thought put into it at all.
I'm the same with cards, putting a lot of consideration into the message and design of the card. (I abhor rhyming sympathy cards!)
Anyway, this is Twisted Spinster's vent about the presidential, er Presidential gifts to the Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown and his family.