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Gifts that don't keep on giving?

I have a gift-giving etiquette issue I'm looking for advice on. I'm a little leery about buying friends subscriptions or memberships for magazine/museums/etc as Xmas presents, even if I think they'll enjoy them, because they run out after a year, and then said friend is sort of under pressure to spend the money themselves to renew them. I feel like I'm putting them under something of an obligation to do so. Of course I could renew it myself for ever, but maybe I won't want to do that. Any opinions?

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I think those things make good presents, because they're the sort of thing people tend not to buy for themselves.

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