GarnetJ, I love it! You are so creative!
I think the point behind "no gifts" is usually that people have enough stuff and don't want more. That's when meaningful tokens of affection are so wonderful! If they are coffee drinkers, maybe some coffee and accessories (sugar stir sticks, biscotti, and the like). Home baked cookies are always good, too. GarnetJ's idea of a book of devotions or poetry is also lovely.