In my family we have a concept called "Threat of treatment".
The minute you make an appointment for your mechanic to look at your car that noise goes away.
The minute you make the appointment to see the doctor the cough/fever/whatever goes away.
The laser printer here in the parish house wasn't working. We called the repair guy. It just ran off 12 perfect two sided copies.
One of my favorite Episcopal blogs is "Telling Secrets" by Mother Elizabeth Kaeton. She's smart, she's funny and oh yeah she's got that whole living a life in faith thing down pretty good too. Well she's got a great Christmas gift with a twist post up here. You should definitely check it out. Hard to pick my favorite item but I know how much it annoys my coffee addicted brothers and sisters to have someone take their cup. So how about this:
Lock Cup - Anti-Theft Coffee Cup. Are you tired of others stealing your coffee cup? Well now there's a solution. The Lock - Cup has a hole which prevents most people from using it. Only the owner of the cup can use his/hers shaped key to close the hole.
Check out the banana guard, day clock, toilet seat lifter and more...