When you're buying a camera to give as a gift, some of the considerations are the same as if you're buying if for yourself--you want to get the best, most suitable equipment for the best price, after all. Some of the things you'll want to look for, then, are the same no matter who you're buying for, and you'll find information about those factors in the "General Tips" section below.
But it's pretty likely that the person you're buying for won't have the same needs in a digital camera as you do. Maybe, for example, you're a studio photographer, and they're into getting outside and shooting in places you wouldn't want to take a high-end DSLR. Or maybe you don't take pictures at all, but your kids are showing an interest and you want to support them. Either way, if you have some idea of what the person you're buying is going to photograph, you'll be better armed to get them the perfect gift camera, and many of the articles below are aimed at helping you get from knowing what the person wants to getting the right camera for their purposes.