My entire family is on the east coast, unimaginative, and/or too lazy top pack up a box and drag it down to the post office, UPS store, or Fed Ex Office Print and Ship facility, so I get cash or gift cards.
With the cash my father sent, I bought myself a tool kit because now that I am the only one in California, I can put a tool away and expect to find it again the next time I need it.
My brother sent me a Lowes gift card, which I put towards something I was planning on buying anyway; a pick axe, which I need to dig up some ficus bushes in my front yard and install a hole for planting my new cherry tree.
Plague of Locusts actually sent a gift, but he works in the shipping department so it was pretty much effortless. He sent me a pair of TempurPedic slippers, which are really great when your entire house is either hardwood or ceramic tile.