Right now, gift guides are everywhere in the blogosphere - for him, for her, under $50, for the dog lover etc. I, personally, find them incredibly helpful as I start my Christmas shopping and hope not to run out of ideas/time as I gather my holiday gifts. One idea that I have seen which I really like comes from Hither & Thither - a custom portrait. I had never given this sort of thing much thought but as we have gotten a bit older and have many friends going through significant life milestones - marriages, babies, new homes, pets - I think it would make a great, super personalized gift. I found these illustrators and artists on Etsy. As a group they offer custom portraits of people, homes, couples, pets and more across a range of prices. Some of them are still even guaranteeing delivery before Christmas!