Have you even given somebody "the gift from hell"? No, I don't mean re-formatting your mom's hard disk by mistake, I mean (for example) giving your nicely-rounded Aunt Lou an autographed copy of _Buns of Steel_. It seemed to you like such a thoughtful gift--until she opened it in front of everyone and then-- why did she run out of the living room crying? We nerds often end up asking questions like this.
Anyway, there is actually some intelligent but funny advice at MSN (shudder)
Boy, I wouldn't dare post news like that outside my journal.