@CaptAmehrican Agreed. Tickets are my go-to when I am stumped. YMMV, but I think they qualify as a legitimate gift in a way that cash/gift certs do not. They also can provide a thrill on receipt and once again when the event rolls around.
If you tell me what you want, I’ll get that for you. But expect something random too. This year, people are getting stroopwafles with their gifts since I bought way too many. I’ve learned that you need to give something unexpected along with the anticipated or else it looks lazy and unthoughtful. That’s why my wife is getting a new toolbox this year. She’s also getting a nice new laptop bag (Thanks Instant Regret Kit!)
At the start of the plague I sent Spirograph sets to my brothers & sisters. I missed a gift note on one of them, and caused some entertaining confusion and speculation about where it came from. I wound up being dubbed the Spirograph Elf.
I’m trying the same sort of thing for Christmas. Some gifts are tailored to a specific person, but most were a cool game I found. Then Amazon cut me off at three orders, and said they didn’t want my money any more.
I’ll try again and see if the block has timed out yet.