This thread it kind of sad, so here is a "reverse disappointment" story.
I have an "aunt" (read:uncle's trophy wife) who is younger than I am. They have a lot of money and like really expensive things. This aunt gives gifts such as a half-used bottle of lotion and Walgreens perfume gift samplers with the sale tag still attached. One year after we opened gifts, she said in all seriousness "Next year let's not buy each other anything and just spend the money on ourselves."
Fortunately they like to read and I love to give books so it all works out. But one year I decided that this aunt must have something handmade because the year before I had made my uncle a hand-knit scarf (which he appreciated). So with great trepidation, I bought some ribbon yarn and ladder yarn in gorgeous fall colors and made a simple garter stitch scarf with longish fringe. When it was done I decided not to send it but my mom talked me into giving it anyway. I put a note in it that said "This year YOU get the handmade scarf".
To my utter astonishment, the aunt absolutely loved the scarf and told everyone how nice it was for me to make her something. And even better, she actually WROTE ME A THANK YOU NOTE! To this day I am the only family member that has such a thing from her.