Holiday time can overwhelm even the most organized among us. Armed with lists for party invitations, recipients of Xmas cards, presents, monetary distributions (that group mysteriously inflates at Christmastime - hairdressers, trainers, dog-walkers, baby-sitters, and on and on) and the usual "to do" reminders, life gets daunting. If only a few industrious elves would materialize to shoulder the onerous part -- the crowds, the lines, and returns -- of the holiday cheer machine.

Lighten your burden a bit and remember that not every gift has to come in a package, and thinking literally outside the gift box can be liberating: donate to charities in someone's honor or give a gift of your own time: mow the lawn for a few months for an elderly neighbor, prepare a homemade dinner once a week for a shut-in, babysit for new parents -- you get the idea. And gift cards, too, do not have to be for the usual suspects like Amazon and iTunes. Give the gift of an executive-level medical exam for the harried professional who doesn't take care of herself or a few workout-consults at a gym, diet-oriented cooking lessons with a local chef, a wardrobe/closet clean-up with a style consultant.

Having said all that, though, it's still nice to indulge someone at holiday time and offer a little -- or a big -- something under the tree. We've consulted the present pixies and collected a few ideas we like...and perhaps those on your list will like them, too. Here are some ideas of what to get a special lady in your life.