By military (DOD) regulation we had to keep all gifts at work $10 or under. We would place a list on the web page and people could put down at least 3 things they like as we have a lot of turnover and a young crowd. Most of the ladies...candles or gift cards, men either food or gamestop cards. (There are a lot of "gamers" in the military community)
We used to have a neighborhood party at my last residence. We would do a Chinese gift exchange so you did not know who would end up with the gift. Year before last I took a Zataran's cooking kit found at the grocery store. The men were fighting over it go figure.