My Christmas gift giving philosophy is this: I never buy people stuff they need, only things I don't think they'd buy for themselves but would totally want. Right now we need to get our washing machine fixed, but I'm not gonna be surprise my wife with a trip to the basement to show her the new agitator wrapped up with a bow on it. That's dumb, and a sure fire way to being forced to sleep underneath the porch with the family of chipmunks that reside there. Though it has been unseasonably warm as of late, and the idea of chipmunks sleeping next to me is reeeeeeaaaaallllly cute, I'd probably die.
For the toy/art lover in your life things couldn't be any easier when it comes to gift giving. They practically smack you over the head with everything they love. How about this nice set of figures from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters? These resin guys are cast in a dark, see through resin and feature hand painted faces. You can buy them individually for $65 each or as a set for $120 (which saves you some money for those of you playing along at home). Only 50 of each were produced and they're available right now from www.circusposterus.com.