My whole attitude towards gifts is the same attitude I take with reviews: I never ask for them, this, for me, puts an element of "fake" into the situation and I don't do "fake". I have no list on my website telling you what to get me, I don't find that very classy and I don't see my cleints as a source of gifts. If anyone is going to give me a gift, I want it to be from their own free will, their own idea. This is where the value is for me. I don't care about the mointary value of the gift, it's the thought that really resoniates with me.
A few things that stick out in my mind:
A gentleman who read my blog got me a gift card to a health food store near me.
A few gentlemen got me gift cards based on our previous conversations to stores that carry the organic foods I like to eat.
Another gentleman got me a biker shirt in my favorite color.
Another gentleman printed out some great info on hiking trails in a certain area.
A few others gave me gift cards to vegan restaurants.
One guy gave me a candle holder made out of selenite.
I've got flowers on a few occasions.
I've been given other thoughtful gifts as well.
How thoughtful is all of this???
I can honetly say it's the thought that counts. The feeling I get when someone gives me a gift that's picked out with who I am in mind is priceless. It doesn't matter the cost, I honestly don't care. Someone taking the time to get to know me enough to buy a gift that's for me as a person is something I'll always be grateful for.
Gifts are never expected or asked for from me, they are a bonus. I'm grateful for everyone who took the time to get to know me and buy me a gift. You can't put a price on that.