Having a bit of trouble with Christmas shopping nowadays. I used to love it, and seemed to be pretty good at picking out what people might want. But for the last few years, it’s just been meh. People ask what I want and I’ve got nothing. Try to think what they might want, and I’ve got nothing.
Maybe just coincidence, but it’s been a few years since I cut cable and started using ad-blockers. I don’t listen to broadcast radio anymore. So I don’t see Christmas episodes of shows or hear Christmas music unless I seek them out in the streaming services. I see lists of stuff online (including here), but my mind views them like something out of They Live - “Generic consumer good #47 that you should buy. Consume. Obey.”
I’m not looking for gift suggestions, just wondering if anybody else feels the same way and whether it happens to map to changes in media/advertising consumption? Does seeking out Christmas music/shows/movies bring back the Christmas spirit, or does it need the ads?