Raise your hand if you've ever been given a sparkly pair of pierced earrings, despite the fact that your lobes are hole-free. It feels a bit like being set up on a blind date with somebody who wears a fanny pack and speaks only Portuguese. What in God's name was the person who came up with this little match thinking? Actually, they weren't thinking. So here's our present-picking mantra: If it's the thought that counts—then have one! There is an art to selecting exactly the right gift for somebody. You must take note when they happen to mention the darling birdhouse that caught their eye. You must listen up when they refer to the obscure author they love. Or the fact that their bathroom needs a fresh coat of paint. It's all about paying attention. Here are fabulous, well-priced ideas to get you started. Needless to say, you can always spend more—we'd like to suggest that you spend it on a favorite charity !