I prefer practical gifts myself--gift cards for gas or food, for instance! Or a book for my library as the pp suggested...When accompanied by a heartfelt note, it can mean the world to me. Sometimes people gift me with other things, and I always appreciated gifts so much. Anything at all is wonderful, but of course over the years a person might end up collecting tons of pretties--these are harder to keep or even store as memorabilia, as they accumulate. But it's so easy to store cards and letters--and then, I can reread them whenever I need reminded of positive things and the good work I do.