If your friend's birthday is approaching and you want to buy him something, yet you're completely out of options/ideas, do you usually buy the first thing you consider suitable or do you think that passing on the present overall is a wiser idea?

It honestly depends on what kind of person the friend in question is in general. From my experience people from my cycle don't care enough about their birthdays to even "demand" presents, so in this situation both options work just fine. I do think though that if you don't give any present at all, it's a nice gesture to add something along the lines of "sorry, couldn't think of a good present" if you usually give your friend a birthday present, but there's a year when you don't have any idea what would be a good one and you run out of time while trying to find a good present.