I've seen a few threads on this forum about advice for how to choose a gift from what to give to whether you should give a gift card. When it's hard to decide what to do there are so go to items that make giving easier. The best thing though is to start a gift trunk/box/bin with a variety of items that work for male or female recipients that can be given on any occasion. I usually keep photo frames and albums, journals, and small gadgets that are interesting and useful and I check sales and clearances regularly to stock up on these items. Sometimes you can give someone a really nice gift that might have been out of your budget if it hadn't been on sale just because you bought it at a time you didn't need it.