I confess that I wanted a little more gratitude for the presents I bought for some people this year. In each case I made an effort to buy and give gifts that were both useful and not cheap. Of the 5 people only 1 showed any true appreciation, or at least they liked me enough to pretend to care.
I'm tired, emotionally
You should read a book called the five love languages. For some people receiving a present is really special and they appreciate it and will thank you. There are others where it's just OK. Nice but nothing special and at the other extreme are those who find receiving a present to actually be stressful.
I am in that last group. If someone gives me a present, then I feel a weight of responsibility. At occasions like Christmas and birthdays I have learned to quickly take notes of who gave me what and to send them a text or an email the next day thanking them and naming that present. I say I have learned that because I am a bit aspergisy and don't really get social cues so I try to do the right thing. But inside I am thinking ** what do I do with this thing now. This thing I don't really need because if I needed it, I would have bought it already.
For me, show me you love me by giving me a hug or spending a few minutes just talking to me. That's better than any physical present.
MY NAME IS ILHAN OMAR IM A ZOOMALI BEETCH I ** AMERICA BECAUSE IM A DEMON WOOHOO WOOHOO WOOHOO