A present which always looks fancier than it is is an engraved silver compact, like so:
This one is from ThingsRemembered (and is only $15) but there are dozens of sites online that offer custom engraving.
The important part of the gift is the choice of engraving; I like quotes, myself. A great one for a compact is from Ruskin: "Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance." (Kind of a memento mori, but for prettiness.) Or try Horace: nihil est ab omni Parte beatum.
[And we're still on the fundraising drive/Secret Lives poll:]
If we reach $1200 in donations by December 25, I will write a new "secret lives" story, that will include the top-two vote-getters below: