I believe that hand-crafted gifts are the most precious. Don't get me wrong, store bought things are great too, but I find the handmade gift more meaningful. I have a lovely stack of abalone shells from Tom's abalone diving when we lived in the Bay area. He really trys to be "King of the Sea", so I turned him into King Neptune. Of course no King is complete w/o his trusty Merdog - truly a King's best friend! Yes, a bit kooky... but Tom has had 9 years with an artsy-kook so he's use to it.