Give a unique gift that perfectly suits a friend or family member.
For the true book lover, assemble a few treats to enhance his or her enjoyment of a favorite pastime. Box up some bookmarks, highlighters, a protective book cover, and a small dictionary to keep handy by the bed. Book plates and an embossing tool let your friend give favorite books a personal stamp. A small portable reading light makes reading in bed easy.
If the song your favorite handyperson most often sings is "If I Had a Hammer," answer the plea with a backup tool kit to store in the kitchen or den. Fill a rectangular plastic basket with a small hammer, various screwdrivers (Phillips, slot, large, and small), a tape measure, and pliers, both needle-nose and plain. Tools will always be handy when they're needed.
Give a relaxing night at the movies with all the comforts of home: package a tub of microwavable popcorn with a videotape of a favorite movie and perhaps a certificate for a movie rental. Some candy, bottles of soda, and a copy of a comprehensive movie guide complete the gift.
For friends or family members who usually eat lunch at their desks, make the experience more civilized with a lunch-for-one set that fits into a desk drawer. Camp flatware, a microwave-safe plate, mini salt and pepper shakers, and a place mat and napkins can all be stored in a small plastic box, along with a small bottle of dishwashing liquid for cleanup.
If someone on your gift list is likely to make (again) that most common New Year's resolution, help him or her put a best foot forward with a "bouquet" of athletic socks, wrist bands, wrist or ankle weights, shoelaces, and a certificate for a visit to a local health club for a class or fitness evaluation.
For the tiny tots on your list, make bath time a rub-a-dub good time with a net bag full of bubble bath, floating toys, a spout protector (shaped like a friendly animal), and children's soap in fun shapes.