Clues, hints, begs: twisted tales of elusive gifts - Article Photos 1/1

This 2010 photo released by Katie Jackson shows, Margaret Smith, left, and her niece Katie Jackson with a stuffed dog Jackson received for Christmas in Lewistown, Mont. For the past three years, Jackson has asked for a Leonberger, one of those gentle giant breeds that can cost up to $1,500 and would occupy a good chunk of her Long Island City apartment. While her parents have good reasons for not granting her wish, including cost and size, other people aren't so sure why their numerous gift hints year after year yield a big fat nothing, even when their sought-after treasures aren't out-of-this-world expensive. (AP Photo/Becky Jackson)