Re: What do you prefer to give during holidays?
It depends on who it's for.
For the kids, I pay attention all year to what they CONSISTENTLY say they want and try to get them each something they think will be really cool and not just get played with for a week and then forgotten about.
And pretty much the same for other family members/friends if we're doing presents for others that year. This year, we aren't. This year we're getting one thing for each of the kids, and I'm getting DH a gift. That's it. I MIGHT make fudge or popcorn balls or cookies for my church family, but I doubt I'm going to have time or energy this year to do that.
When I do gifts for my dad, I always do a coffee gift that includes some gourmet coffee and a travel mug or nice mug. Step mom gets a similar basket but with tea.
I'm getting DS1's teacher a coffee mug and a gift card to Starbucks. Even if she doesn't drink coffee, everyone could use a nice travel mug.. tea, hot cocoa, soup, whatever... and she could use the gift card to buy tea if she's not a coffee drinker.
I'm one of those people that when I buy a gift, I put a lot of thought and effort into it. So it's not the same for everyone... it could be books or toys for kids, adults could get coffee mugs or gift cards to their favorite stores... it all just depends on who I'm buying for.