I specifically stated that I wish NOT to participate in an office gift exchange. However, a few people still opted to buy a gift for me. I am thankful, but this puts me in a bind. I am a singe mother and I just can't afford to purchase gifts for the five others on staff; its a hardship - and if its the thought that counts, than please respect the fact that a simple "Happy Holidays" will suffice. Don't add stress to coworkers by ignoring this request!