Little by little, all of those things have mostly faded away. The office parties and the gossip they usually wound up entailing ended with retirement. The kids have all grown up and if there is an "amazing" gift they long for, it's too expensive to think about. Most of my lifelong friends are either gone or have moved far away. Family gatherings are cut short a participants have other obligations or plans. No amazing gifts to be surprised with, we need or want for nothing.
Then there is a knock at the door, a surprise bouquet of flowers from the kids in Scotland..and I'm like a kid again.