1) How does this work?
Answer: It's very simple. You sign up for a date in 2012 where I will meet up with you at a coffee shop, your workplace, or wherever is convenient for you. On that date, I will give you a gift from the person who signed up on the previous day. I will collect your gift and give it to the person the day after I see you. I do not keep the gift, except on December 31, 2012.
2) How much should I spend on a gift?
Answer: It's up to you. Funny gifts are good. But, you can give a bookmark or a 7-week paid vacation to Ireland. This is a no-pressure exchange, though the person you're giving a gift to would prefer the vacation.
3) Are there any items I should avoid giving?
Answer: Yes, I will not pass along the following items: old mattresses, jars of fleas, radioactive waste, dryer lint, hair and/or nail clippings, the complete third season of King of Queens on DVD, and any kind of refuse.
4) Are there any preferable items to give?
Answer: Yes, but only on December 31 when I get my gift. Sacks of loot with the money symbol on the outside are preferred.