Stuff they want, but never buy for themselves.
- Pepper Grinder / Sea Salt Grinder
- Do they drink cheap coffee or tea? Maybe get them the good stuff.
- You can get a little bit of real perfume or cologne made from real flowers in the $30 range. Even an ounce will last months. If you're unsure, consider a pack of samplers off of Ebay.
- Antique stores have stuff from when you were a kid. Get over it, and buy that Star Wars lunch box.
- Ebay and sites like it are great too. The price went down on a lot of collectibles when the internet showed us how common they really were.
Something they can't afford. (No, I'm not talking about breaking the bank)
- I'm suggesting things like tickets to a luxury parade of homes.
- Or how about a nice knock-off of a luxury brand.
Something you do vs. something you have.
- Studies show that spending money on something you do like a concert usually brings more happiness per dollar than something you have like a Walkman.
- Have you noticed they own something that they love? Maybe that thing could use an accessory.
- Maybe you notice they have nice nails, or feet, or a car. These things don't happen by accident. They care about those things, so buy them a manicure, or a deluxe car wash and wax.
- Places like Groupon, or Living Social will stretch your buck.
- Where I live there's a place that sells packs of discount dining cards.
- There are places online to buy unwanted gift cards at a discount. For example you can get a $50 Buca di Beppo gift card for $40 at Cardpool.
And remember folks, it's the thought that counts...
So put some thought into it!