With the holiday shopping season officially underway, I thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know (Santa Claus included)what NOT to get me for Christmas.

It seems to me that it is getting tougher every year to buy gifts for people. Of course, there is so much to choose from, but beyond that, what does the person really want and/or need and what would they actually appreciate.

That being the case, I want to just bring some clarification to your Christmas shopping process -- just in case I happen to be on your list. I think I'm pretty easy to please, but here are five things that I really don't want to be receiving this Christmas.

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    It's one of the most polarizing gifts of the season. Some people inexplicably just love a good fruitcake, while quite a lot of us would not come within a mile of a fruitcake, let alone each one. Fruitcake confused me, and I'm not exactly sure what I'm eating and that's a clear violation of Zane's Rules of Food. I would never buy a fruitcake as a gift, however, if somehow I end up with one, I'm pretty sure I will pass it along.

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    Zane Mathews

    It seems like an odd thing to put on my list of things not to buy me, considering the fact that I love getting clothes. It's not that I don't want clothes, even though I don't need clothes. (#150 shirts in my closet) It's just that I don't want you to buy me clothes.  You may think I look good in purple polka dots. I have gotten a little more particular about the clothes I wear in recent years and I have certain preferences, so I would just rather do the clothes shopping myself.

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    Fruit baskets make nice gifts. They are easy and everyone loves fruit, right? Well, it's not that I don't like fruit, but I don't think I love it enough that I can down an entire fruit basket before the fruit starts to go bad. It's not that a fruit basket is a bad gift idea, just not for me. If you are giving it to a family where there are plenty of mouths for all the fruit, that's great. I am a fruit eater, not a fruit lover, so a fruit basket is a bad idea - unless you are filling it up with popcorn balls and Christmas cookies.

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    You know I love music, I'm a radio guy. But, the fact is, I rarely listen to a CD. Times have changed and technology has changed the way we consume music. Radio, mp3s, and  YouTube pretty much fulfill all of my musical needs. Yes, I DO love CDs. I have a whole collection of them - along with rows and rows of cassette tapes that would reach to Denver and back. But the fact is, I do not need or want more CDs.

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    Zane Mathews

    Through the years I have always been one that was fond of little desk gadgets. They are cool. But, the sad fact is, my desktop is full enough, and I already have a tough enough time finding room for everything on my desk and keeping it all organized and tidy. Fact is, my desk resembles a war zone. So, truly, the last thing I need is something else to add to the clutter on my desk that I have to work around.