I'm one of those parents that still believes in surprises during the holidays.
As in, I tell my kids you can make that Christmas list as loooong as you want to but there will be a few things under the tree that you never knew you wanted ;)
Each year, we brainstorm ideas for some unique gift that we can get each of them -- something we just know they would LOVE but that probably didn't make it on their list.
We start by thinking about their current passions and obsessions. You know how kids get crazy for certain things -- they become nuts over dinosaurs or horses, or all of a sudden they are infatuated with art or building. We like to find gifts that engage their minds and feed their curious side.