when i first met my husband we lived on opposite sides of the state of california. we couldn't see one another that often, so we would each send little gifts by mail to surprise the other person. simple stuff. just to let the other know that they were being pleasantly thought of. this is the first gift i ever made for him...
first i collage a simple box.
the i printed out, on both sides of a sheet of paper, the lyrics to his favorite song (which, at the time, was the bends) and shredded it.
inside, i put "mel" the koala. why a koala? well, that is a story best saved for another time.
the important part wasn't the gift itself, but what it represented. each element of the gift was derived from different phone conversations we had had (because what do you do when you can't "see" a person? you talk to them on the phone- all night long).
he has held on to this box for five years now.
moral: it truly, very much, more than anything else, matters most, the thought that you put into the gift.