With Christmas officially less than a month away, it’s probably smart to start planning your holiday gift list to avoid a present shopping stress-induced meltdown on Christmas Eve. Instead of trying to pick up on subtle hints from your friends and family about what’s on their wish list, use the phrase “-ga hoshī desu ka” to cut to the chase and become a gift-giving guru.

Japanese English
Christmas ni wa nani ga hoshī desu ka? What do you want for Christmas?
MacBook Air ga hoshī desu. I would like a MacBook Air.
Tanjōbi ni nan-no cake ga hoshī desu ka? What kind of cake do you want for your birthday?
Chocolate cake ga hoshī desu. I would like chocolate cake.