Any day now, Oprah is going to spring her "Favorite Things" on us and red-blazered ladies coast to coast will freak out.
Well, I am going to list mine here. Maybe nobody will shriek over my list of favorite things, but I hope they will guide maybe somebody to a good gift idea. For the past couple years, I've really latched onto making people personalized photo books on my Mac. I take pictures all year and then make people books of photos of themselves. Who doesn't want to get a book of great pictures of themselves in four seasons worth of Scoop Styles? If you haven't been taking photos, but like the idea of personalized gifts, throw together some Mix CDs and create personal cover art for the CDs from adverts out of W magazine.
If you are still interested in making something, but are bored by my other suggestions, consider the Potpourri Party Tape. Long before YouTube, there was the Potpourri Party Tape. Usually on VHS, but I suppose now buildable on DVD, the potpourri party tape is basically exented viral vids, from Lucy drunk on Password screaming "Mattresses!" at Carol Channing to Latin Superstar Iris Chacon singing "Gloria", you'd have to be a broken down loser not to love a potpourri tape!
If you are in the NYC area, you should consider spending "A Night in Osaka." Buy a gift certificate or just bring your honey or a good pal (but not a work colleague) to Osaka (2 midtown locations) for 90 minutes of nudie time in a dry sauna, Japanese hot and cold tubs, steam circuit, and then an hour of shiatsu mixed with the Japanese version of Mr. Bentley walking on George Jefferson's back. This is a date night classic!