That being said, slamming Rod by proxy isn't the only thing gift-giving is good for. Lynn can also use the giving of gifts as a means of giving a middle finger to other people she doesn't like. As by way of example, we have to deal with Thérèse Caine and Mira Sobinski as both the givers and the recipients of gifts. As we all remember, the Evil Career Woman was made even more evil because she wanted seed money for the Weird French Girl's RESP instead of baby clothes that she'd outgrow and the Domineering Mother In Law never respected the Pattersons' generosity because she had to win all the time. Speaking of time, both women are subjected to canting nonsense about how time is better than gifts; when you remember that Mira gives both and Elly neither, this is rather something of a ludicrous thing to say.
The most annoying thing about the war on gift-giving is something that howtheduck notice. What interested him is looking at strips that have one of the Pattersons buying an expensive gift on some holiday and lamenting that the holiday requires gift-giving. The odd thing about this sort of whining is the timing: right when Lynn was getting divorced again; it would seem that her bitterness leached out and took the form of making the Pattersons into miserly idiots.