My friend Rob is the kind of guy that you find yourself regularly describing as "going through a phase." Of all his phases, my favorite came about time we were wrapping up college. Instead of buying people gifts for their birthdays or holidays, he'd write them very sentimental, gushy letters about how important those people where to him. I never got one, and that's okay because Rob and I never need to give each other gifts. And thank god for that, I don't know what I would have done with some sappy letter a friend gave me because they were too cheap to buy a present.