via Get Rich Slowly
Forget about thinking up that perfect gift, stop thinking at all!
(No, that's not true. But wouldn't it be swell if it were?)
Just gift that certain someone an experience they would treasure, because; A) you don't contribute to clutter because let's face it, we have too many things; B) experiences are much more memorable, and; C) it's more personal this way!
The thing about experiences is that it can be created cheaply. Unlike material items, you almost always have to fork out a fixed amount for it (assuming they're new and cool and shiz).
On my last birthday, a couple of my friends came over to my place and danced to a Backstreet Boys' song as a birthday gift. Original choreography, mind you. It was one of the best gifts ever. I almost died laughing.
The best part (in an economy like this) is, they didn't have to spend a penny. Well, except for petrol but who's counting?
Stop giving stuff, give experiences.
That said, I'm aiming to make a cake this Christmas, and it'd probably cost at least Rm50 :D