I discovered Brian Eno about two years ago through a Lester Bangs interview and have been a big Eno fan ever since. Shortly thereafter, I became fascinated by the Oblique Strategies, which is a deck of simple cards with enigmatic prompts on them like "Water" and "Shortcut: A man trying to increase his virility by shoveling peas straight into his lap." I made my own deck by cutting up sheets of cardstock and writing out all of the strategies by hand. It was fun and I still use that deck.
Last November, it struck me that homemade Oblique Strategies decks would make wonderful Christmas gifts for four very dear friends I met over the past year. At first, I was going to do all four decks by hand but that soon became impractical in light of the Christmas deadline and upcoming finals. Instead, I made a word document, culled the 120 best cards from all editions of the deck, and formatted it for easy cutting. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the printed decks. However, I uploaded the document file I used. It is in an unusual font so it may not show up well on many computers. http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/ObliqueStrategies4.doc
Pretty cards were only half of the work. The decks had to have equally elegant boxes to go in. After finals, I finally made a trip to Micheals and got four little trinket boxes, primer and glossy black spray paint. While I was doing the actual painting, I covered the metal parts with rubber cement. In hindsight, that just made things more difficult and I shouldn't have bothered with covering them because they would have come out fine anyway. And here is a finished box.
The boxes made it to their destinations in time to still be considered New Years gifts.