I've got the best gift idea for your beer loving friend: the Norther Brewer Starter Kit. It basically allows you to create a personal brewery in the comfort of your own home. Considering that many will be staying indoors rather than braving the cold, it might be the perfect way to pass the time.
Priced at only $80, the Norther Brewer Starter Kit is comprised of two 6-gallon buckets, a fermentation lock, tubing, a bottle filler, a brush, a capper, 144 bottle caps, a hydrometer, a sanitizer, instructions and a tutorial DVD. All you need to provide are the ingredients.