12/31/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gift Ideas: The 16 Best Presents Huffington Post Readers Ever Received

1. My son surprised me and came home to visit from faraway.

2. A 10-speed bicycle when I was 11 years old. Since then? Has to be the cashmere sweaters from Mom and Dad. Precious and warm.

3. A subscription to The Economist.

4. Season tickets to my favorite ski slope.

5. A huge jar of real maple syrup, tapped, cooked and processed at my friend's farm.

6. A friend hosted a dinner party in my honor with good friends and great conversation.

7. A super-8 camera.

8. A trip to hot springs in Colorado.

9. A trip to Ireland.

10. 4 hours of horseback riding in Central Park.

11. An iPod.

12. A puppy.

13. A string of pearls.

14. An iPhone.

15. 36 sessions with a personal trainer.

16. My kids and Obama.