Via Marginal Revolution...... Are you no good at gift wrapping but don't want to let on that someone else did it? In the UK you can go here.
Firebox.com is paying 20 of its male forklift truck drivers and warehouse assistants to wrap presents as quickly as possible, using ugly brown duct tape and very little care. And the $9 service, cheekily called CrapWrap, has attracted more than 500 customers since it launched last week. Whether it's a book, DVD or something trickier such as a kitchen utensil, the team guarantees to make a mess of it.
I can imagine expanding this to personal shopping. Rather than hiring the typical personal shopper who would find a perfect gift that the recipient would know you didn't pick out, you could hire someone with similar questionable taste who would buy something you would buy.