Re: Christmas gift recommendations 2013
Since you don't want it specifically about you, I'll throw out a handful of ideas. Cost is always an issue, some families might spend $300+ on a family member, others scrap together to spend $20 on somebody, so its all relavant:
Watch. I know not everyone wears one, but for those that do, its the one thing I wouldn't fork out extra cash for just to have a "different" watch, but I recognize not all watches are for all occasions. Do you have an all purpose steel watch, perhaps gold watch or a leather band watch would fit an outfit a little better, or vice versa. Or perhaps you need an "athletic" watch that is more plasticky, but fits w/ a pair of athletic shorts and T-shirt better than that leather band watch you've been wearing. Have a black face, perhaps you need a blue face..... Nobody really needs more than 1 watch (the argument could be made that noone really needs a watch these days, but that was made in a seperate thread), but different attire can be meet w/ different watches, a good gift for the person who doesn't really need anything. Watches can be expensive, but I get a ton of use out of the $20ish watch my wife bought me that is water proof and I can wear when I take the kids up to the pool. You can fit a bunch of differnt watches into a bunch of different budget levels.
Do you grill out? Grilling tools wear out, grille brushes, tongs, etc.. all need replaced over time. You can get them themed to something they like, or keep them simple. My brother in law once gave me a handful of rubs from The Dizzy Pig as well as a handful of their different spices in sample size. That same christmas, we got a set of rubs from Williams-Sonoma from my sister. I think it was nearly 2 years ago, we still use those rubs today on various meats, poultry & fish. Again, there are multiple items that would serve the griller out there to meet multiple budgets.
How about a 1 year subscription to netflix? I don't know if that can be setup that way, or if you'd have to create an account and they'd prepay the first year (or 6 months or whatever) but that would be something to consider.
A magazine subscription. They can often be a hassle, but everyone needs something to read in the "library" and they make one to serve everyone's varying interests.