For some time I have believed that this would be: a set of new wiper blades ...installed
It's the sort of thing one never gets around to doing until there's a slushy muddy mixture of "slud" on the windshield. And by then it's freezing cold and of course the blasted things are not on sale. Imagine your giftee's surprise and delight, settling into the front seat, turning on the wipers...and they are perfect.
Other wonderful, memorable gifts of my experience:
--Alumni band shirt, embroidered with my name and instrument. Sis stopped by a table in the band hall; we went to homecoming, I played with the band, she did some advance holiday shopping.
--Custom calendar with family pics. My brother priced these at Kinko's, and decided to make our own. Seems like he did up the first ones the year they got married, and they just celebrated #20. Each person gets to star in their birthday months. (I am usually the star of several months since Some People don't seem to be able to operate a digital camera, let alone hit SEND.) It has inspired a new phrase: "that's one for the calendar."
--One year I gave each family member a subscription to a magazine of their interest. (Why can't Gift Card Sis extend my GR Press or Sunday Freep?)
--For my 50th b-day I threw myself a contra dance party. My brother, in Texas, not only showed up, but he also "bought a bike," donated one unit's worth to my Elves & More good cause.
--The year our mama turned 60, us four kids collaborated and sent her five dozen yellow roses. (Her favorite color.) She cried.
--For one of my birthdays, I sent her flowers. She cried.
--For one of my sis' birthdays, I took her grade school daughters shopping. We picked out several celo packs of carnations, and the kiddos arranged them in a vase.
--One year for Christmas, I took my other sister wardrobe shopping at a thrift store. She had just landed a professional job, and we left with enough "corp casual" separates for her to get through several weeks on the job. (My outlay: around $50)
--A workplace secretary was in for a surprise. Her fiancee told her, "we're going out to dinner." She didn't eat all day. This was on a Friday in January, and she came back on Tuesday, all pinky tanned. He'd picked her up at work and taken her to the airport, where they flew to the Bahamas! Her mother had packed a bag for her, and the boss was in collusion, giving her a couple extra days off.
--Brother has a boat. He looooves his boat. He made up some business cards (inkjet) offering his services for fishing trip charters. Since I get constant freebie offers from Vistaprint.com, I designed up some professional business cards for him, and got the 250 glossy finish set (only cost to me was shipping). And I got him and SIL matching T-shirts: the boat on the back, small photo of it on the front, and their names and titles. (He's Captain, she's Admiral.) Since it was getting close to Dec 25, I had these shipped directly to their house, and the box arrived Dec 23.
Have at it, folks.