However, the banana case has come to represent all the qualities of the perfect gift: completely unexpected, useful, peculiar, and well-made. A good gift need not be expensive, or difficult to find. It shouldn't be stuffy, or take itself too seriously. But it does need to have style, and a strong sense of self. A good gift should be stumbled upon, and, once discovered, it should consume the purchaser to the point of distraction. Missing out on the opportunity to give this item to a particular person would be such a dramatic misstep that the giver has no choice but to buy it. Immediately. And a good gift demands to be enjoyed right away, regardless of whether or not there is an occasion for giving.
A side note: These rules can also be applied to perfect dates, friendships, and meals.