I get notices for all kinds of specials and try to focus on the ones I would actually attend -- but who can focus when it comes to Elizabeth Garber's truffles?! No matter what shopping you're doing on Friday, stop in to The Best Chocolate in Town for their Friday-after-Thanksgiving special -- all truffles $1.50 each. With a range of traditional truffle flavors (like raspberry and amaretto) and newer creations (like basil, lavender, goat cheese, and even Guiness), they are a remarkably inexpensive gift for hostesses, pals, or even co-workers. They are fresh and won't last more than a week or so, but you can buy as few as four and still get a nice box.
Look for peppermint bark, too, much better, and less expensive, I'd wager than the $30 boxes in the gourmet shop catalogs.