Even though Shine is about to embark upon an eight-week-long gift guide extravaganza for the masses (how magazine-y of us, don't you think?), we know that presents (especially the good ones) are incredibly personal and specific. The greatest gift exchanges require thoughtfulness, listening, and really understanding who another person is and what they like and need-that's what I always strive for in giving and it's the only thing I hope for in receiving. These experiences have little to do with what you spend or how you wrap it up. They're more centered, though it sounds cheesy, in a spirit of generosity and in that feeling of excitement and anticipation you get right before someone you love opens a present that you think is perfect for them. With that in mind, we could no more tell you exactly what to buy your sister-in-law than you could tell us what to get our grandmothers, but, our hope for this guide is to help you with time-saving tricks, money-saving resources and some really good, inspiring ideas along the way. Ask us questions, share your stories-we want to know! For example: What's the best gift you ever received? Check out my top five in the slideshow above.