So I figured out the best christmas gift to give to my friends while I am financially... unable to purchase things for everyone I love: a story about them.
I'm not saying my stories are the best, but I do consider myself a good writer. I can write something interesting and readable (if you discount my first drafts with grammar problems up the wazoo) and people tend to geniunely enjoy what I write. I'm thinking that's the way to go.
Usually when somebody does a gift that is hand made, it's a bit more useful than a story. Like a knit sweater or a built spice rack. I just hope the friends I give these stories to appreciate them. I'm going to try and cater to their personalities too.
Oh, and if you're a friend of mine reading this, pretend you didn't.