I'm generally not a big gift giver, so it's hard for me to understand the impulse, but I have a friend who is a compulsive gift giver. For example, I'd casually ask if she's read any good books recently, and she'll go and buy me 4 books. Or, I'll pass her outside the grocery store and she'll give me food from her cart as a gift. There are also more normal gifts, like every time we see each other she'll come laden with presents (not just 1 or 2 things). I reciprocate, but my larger concern is that she's struggling financially and I don't need any of her gifts. I've thanked her and said I don't need any, but she continues to give and give.