Peter in California says:
I wonder if our crew would like to chip in on ideas of what to give their clients for holiday gifts, if at all. I am hopeless. If they like wine, I get them a nice bottle. If they don't, I am at a complete loss. We have given some a gift basket of edible goodies that don't go off with nuts, dates from Hadley's, cookies, etc. A few years ago, I sent a box from Harry & David, the delivery was late and arrived the day before Christmas when they were all gone to regions far off and the fruit and cheeses were all squishy and moldy awaiting their return. Not the message I meant to send! I would welcome ideas.
Personally, I am very partial to Amazon gift cards because you can give them to anyone and they can get themselves anything they want and you don't have any of the problems you list. While you can get Amazon gift cards at most grocery stores, what's even better is you can buy gift cards on Amazon and send them via e-mail or print a custom card on your printer. All very painless for the giver and people get exactly what they want!
What are some other ideas?