Here are some examples of gifts I gave recently. Since I'm trying to keep my consumer goods purchases to 10% of the average, I stuck (mostly) to second-hand and handmade gifts.
For hubby's b'day:
-4 second hand books from All Books and the Book Market
-a gift certificate for our favourite restaurant
-an antique whiskey glass from Champagne dit Lambert
-some candy from 7-11 (because it's a strange tradition)
-some hand made chocolates
For a friend's b'day:
a hand made journal:
I followed these instructions to construct the journal. And then these instructions for the embroidered cover. What you can't see in the pic is that I used paper that had already been printed on one side (non confidential paper from a friend's work). Also I used cardboard from discarded computer boxes from work and fabric I bought from used ottawa in the summer.
And these fingerless gloves:
I refined my earlier design - pattern to come (I'll put it in the comments). I made these ones with the yarn that was freecycled to me.