We try to remember everyone on the holiday list, but sometimes it's just impossible. So we have to be ready with back up gifts.

Here's two things I know for sure. Each and every one of us has given a back up gift, and I know this is hard to believe, but we've all been the recipient of a back up gift, too. So what is a back up gift?

My definition of a back up gift is a group of gifts purchased with no one particular in mind, which will serve as gifts for people who give us something this holiday season, and we have nothing for them.

Some of the most popular back up gifts include wine, coffee gift cards, Christmas tree decorations, general gift cards and boxes of chocolate or cookies. You've both given and received one or more of these, right?  I thought so.

And guess what? There's nothing wrong with the concept. We all try to think of everyone, and sometimes we get surprised, or just forget, and sometimes we surprise someone else.

It happens and there's just nothing we can do about it. It's just another thing we roll with during a Jersey Shore holiday season. So which is your choice to give as a back up gift?

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