2. If you will have time in the future:
Time together. We have friends who have everything. We have close to everything. We certainly don't need more stuff. But we don't get to see each other as much as we would like. We don't give each other presents anymore. We do give each other a weekend together once a year. Together we have explored the Hudson River Valley, Savannah, Georgia, the Chesapeake and this year, for more than a weekend, Scotland. We know that we are extravagant, but you can go with an annual walk in the local park and you'll achieve the same result. The gift is putting aside the time for each other, so it doesn't really matter where you do it.
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. Every creative person on the planet should own this book. Actually every person. Tharp, one of the greatest choreographers of our time, explains in great detail how she has thrived as a creator. My favorite chapter is the one about failing. Exercises included to get brains going. This book changes lives.
Tickets. Yup. Tickets to concerts, plays, operas, art exhibits, museums. Most arts organizations now offer gift cards, like this one to the Walnut St. Theatre here in Philadelphia. In fact, if you buy THAT one, the lucky recipients could see me in Walnut's upcoming performance of Sister Act, or they could see the kid's show, Miss Nelson Has A Field Day, which I'll be directing. How's that for self-promotion AND a great gift?
By the way, artists, those discount tickets you often get offered by the producers of your show? They make great gifts.
Alright, these 4 ideas should get you started. I'd love to hear your Oh No ideas.