Inish: I really like when the gift is an experience, especially when the giver is taking a leap of faith and thinking, "I hope my loved one will enjoy this!"
And Ocean, homemade gifts are awesome! The creativity, patience, and thoughtfulness required to make something are a gift in themselves.
In my family, it's the being there that counts. I'm very fortunate to have 3 weeks off every Christmas and a car that can carry me the 430 miles to the family home, but sometimes the rest of the family can't make it. This year, my mom booked a rental car for my brother who lives about 250 miles away but doesn't have a vehicle. Although he couldn't be with the family on Christmas (working), that car rental allowed him to spend four days with us. We're quite scattered geographically, but this year I was able to take a holiday photo with both of my brothers for the first time in perhaps ten years.