It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other enthusiast compacts, but the XQ2 also isn't as expensive. If you want better image quality than your phone, but still want a simple point-and-shoot experience, this is a safe bet for the money.
Know a photographer who insists that all they need is their iPhone, despite the fact that they're not happy with a lot of the photos that come out of it? Get them the DxO One, a camera that attaches to any modern iPhone or iPad (the one with the Lightning connector) and let them take their photography up a notch.
When the phone isn't enough because it can't capture kids in action or decent bar and restaurant shots, the interchangeable-lens NX500 is an excellent gift for an upgrader who wants to jump past basic and into all-around-powerful without sacrificing the phone-like operation.