Wonderful though they are, are entirely and utterly predictable. I sent them an email several days ago, asking them what the want for Christmas. In my family, we have a tried and true method of wishlists. Everyone is responsible for submitting one and discussions take place between the other family members. No one ends up with something they didn't want or can't use. Sure, some of the spontaneity and creativity but that issue is mitigated by the fact that you get something you actually want.
So back to this email. I am leaving for England in a scant few days. I wanted to be able to get all my Christmas shopping done and be able to have sent the packages off yesterday. So I sent them the requisite email, then walked into Ryan's office and said, "I've just sent an email asking my parents and brother what they would like for Christmas, but I bet nobody replies."
Sure enough, 3 days later and not even a "Yes, sorry, I'll get to it later" response. Totally ignored.
The same thing happened at the beginning of the year, when I was trying get our trip to England in order - we were going for my grandmother's 100th. I sent out a long email about what dates we could go, how we would work out certain sleeping arrangements, what our tentative plan would be while we were there. Nothing. Nobody even mentioned to me that they received the email until I threw a fit about it.
I'm not really sure what to do, except not buy anyone presents.