Yes, I am a shameless self promoter when it comes to my birthday. However I have never had the problem of people forgetting my birthday or not knowing what gifts I would like.
One of my wonderful Grrrrlz - the original Ms T often says: "Your presence is your gift."
The truth is I just love the thrill of unwrapping. My daughters know this. They are very wise. I often get gifts like a stone wrapped in a piece of fabric. Or, one of my all-time favourites, an earbud wrapped in toilet paper. I was in a good mood all day.
I guess for me it really is the thought that counts.