I'm a person of rationalism, without any selfishness and mascarade having one present what you can really use to me is more important than a present what is given because it is mandatory practise.
I find myself always quite frustrated to find a perfect present, so it is the perfect solution to avoid frustration! :)
My 40th birthday is coming and I thought that instead of small, individual gifts it would be great to surprise myself with a dream watch! A real useful and long lasting representation of my ageing :)
If you feel close enough and already thinking of giving a small present, send few EUR instead and drink a few in person! :)