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Gifts for men:
Rule #1: When in doubt, buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17, and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.
See other rules at Gifts for Men | Car Talk
See Cordless Electric Screwdrivers & Impact drivers here
See gadgets below.

Gifts for All:
At "Worst Gift I've Ever Gotten: Spouses Spill All" in Huffington Post they say,
"It's the thought that counts, right? Wrong! Unless any of these items were specifically requested by your long-time spouse, don't even think about buying your partner a self-help book, a vacuum cleaner or anything having to do with exercise this holiday season."

My old standby is the NY Times Holliday book recommendations.
They have more at: 2015 Holiday Gift Ideas and Guide - Movies, Music, Books, Clothes & More - The New York Times
They comment, "WHEN THEY SAY the three most stressful things in life are death, divorce and moving, they're leaving off the fourth: gift-giving. What do you get for a person who keeps an eye on the most current "it" objects, or for the 15-year-old member of Generation Z who thinks your taste is "soooo lame"? Take a load off; we're here to put the "happy" back in holidays."

Amazon.com: Best Books of 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide - Consumer Reports

Holiday gift ideas | looksmart.com

Gadgets:
Holiday Gadgets 2015 by Doug Dixon

Holiday gift ideas from Techno Claus (David Pogue) - CBS News

The Ultimate Guide to Tech @50+ - Gadget Review - AARP

7 gadget gifts to send to yourself this holiday season | Mashable

Coolest Gadgets - reporting on the latest cool gadgets

25 Valentine's Day gifts for your favorite geeks | Network World

Gifts for Women:
25 Christmas Gifts For Her - AskMen
Unique Gifts for Women | Real Simple
Women's Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get the Ladies in Your Life | The Art of Manliness

General:
There's always the standard guidelines:

  • Think about their hobbies
  • Think about where they live
  • ...

The Art of Receiving:
"Appreciation is an excellent thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us, as well." ~Voltaire

Not being good at receiving denies others the pleasure of feeling valued.
Bruna Martinuzzi, President, Clarion Enterprises Ltd.

When we don't receive graciously, we thwart an opportunity for connection and prevent a mutually satisfying transaction from occurring.
The Art of Receiving | Tiny Buddha<

Don't dismiss a gift with the proverbial "You shouldn't have" or, worse still, "You know you don't have to do this." Every person offering a gift experiences an anticipatory excitement--the dismissal unintentionally robs the moment of its energy.

Psychology Today says 'respond to the "spirit of the gift" instead of the gift itself.'

See:
The Art of Receiving | Tiny Buddha
The Neglected Art Of Receiving | OPEN Forum

See also Invitations - Gifts etc

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last updated 21 Dec 2015