This article is getting a bit old now, but despite the dated references, the message still rings absolutely true. I implore you to read it to the end and see how it changes your views on showing love through objects. The Gift of Death - George Monbiot. The article is centred around Christmas but it rings true for any gift-centred event.
If you do still want to buy gifts (We're not saying never ever buy gifts!) then we heartily recommend keeping it useful and local. We have so many beautiful local and independent stores... have a look at the Harborough Green Directory for inspiration!