Ok, so they're not proper mixtapes, but mixCDs don't really have the same ring to them, do they?
Perhaps the way I devoured The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was fourteen is finally biting me in the butt, but it seems to me that there is not a more simple and perfectly personal DIY present than the mighty mixtape.
All you need to do to provide a lucky friend/family member with eternally happy ears is...
pick a musical theme
create a playlist of kick-ass songs
grab yourself a blank CD
burn the playlist onto the disc
make a super duper awesome paper sleeve to slot it into
*hand painting the cover in Ponytail Derek style is optional*
What songs will you be putting on your mixtape?