I saw a Kay's Jewelers commercial this morning while watching the news that I found particularly annoying. This lady is rocking her new baby, with a perfect Christmas scene in the background. Her husband says he just can't wait, and gives her a piece of gaudy jewelry. Then they proceed to have a sappy moment, and the commercial implies that giving expensive gifts = true happiness.
It's like retailers want you to believe that your life will be perfect if you can only find the right gift(s) to give. It makes me want to abstain from buying at all.