We all have that one friend: the one who nobody wants to get in the Secret Santa because they’re so unbelievably picky—and therefore impossible to buy gifts for.
Maybe to you, that person is your sister; or maybe it’s your coworker who you did get in the office gift exchange this year. Regardless, it can feel like a shot in the dark to try to find a gift for someone who’s ultra-picky. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t as hard as it seems; some presents are so good that absolutely anyone is going to be excited to receive them.
Save your panic and decision-making for trying to figure out which Christmas cookies to make, and let us do your shopping for you. After this, you’ll get a reputation for the best gift-giver your pickiest loved one has ever had.
If your loved one is a reader, there’s no better gift than Book of the Month. As the fastest-growing subscription service, they promote new and emerging authors every month, selecting five amazing new releases to choose from.. As a subscriber, you choose one of the five, and it’s sent directly to your door. The titles range all genres (sci-fi, romance, thriller, historical fiction—you name it, they’ve got it), and they’re even beginning to incorporate nonfiction titles as well. It’ll be the gift that keeps on giving into 2021 and will help solve the problem of needing to try to figure out what to read next.
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No matter who you’re shopping for, they need to eat, and Blue Apron is an unexpected gift that will spice up their cooking routine. You can curate it based on the amount of people they’ll be cooking for, how many boxes a week they want, and by dietary restrictions (like if they’re a vegetarian). From there, they can customize their boxes based on that week’s menu (which discloses how much time the recipe will take) and will get the perfect amount of ingredients for the recipe delivered straight to their door. It’s a thoughtful gift that will make anyone happy, regardless of their cooking skill level.
This tumbler has gone viral over the past few months (thanks to the youths of TikTok), but after owning it myself for about a month, everyone in my family is getting one as a stocking stuffer. It comes with two lids: a flip lid to turn it into a to-go mug for hot drinks, and straw lid for sipping water from all day. It’s the only cup you need and makes getting your daily water intake a breeze, making it a perfect gift for anyone on your list.
While it’s absolutely on the expensive side for a candle, this cult-favorite is popular for a reason: its throw, scent, and quality are second to none. I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t be happy to receive this is a gift—especially considering that after it’s burned through, the gorgeous glass can be used as storage.
It’s hard to find a hair tool that hasn’t already been done, but this oversized curling iron will change anyone you gift it to’s hair game for good. Meant to create a soft “bend” in the hair—rather than a curl—it’s a foolproof and quick way to mimic the look of a fresh blowout. It’ll be the gift that keeps on giving, one good hair day after another.
If you’re looking to buy a gift that’s a little more indulgent, this is the crème de la crème of leather totes. It’s big enough to fit a laptop, but isn’t so big that it feels like it can’t be used as an everyday bag. It’s made out of amazing quality leather and with both a shoulder and crossbody strap, it’s a safe bet that it’ll be worn to death for years to come (bonus points for monogramming—our team loves the smaller monogram option!).
If you’re scared to get your loved one something because they’re known for being ahead of the trend, this candle will impress the hell of them. From an up-and-coming brand and packed with notes of wintery scents like cardamom and patchouli, it’s something they’ll proudly display in their homes.
When in doubt, a customized gift is always a safe bet; it ensures that your gift receiver knows that you put thought into it and didn’t rush out hours before and wrapped it in the car (no shame, we’ve all been there). This hand-painted dog portrait ornament is something they can have forever and that will bring them cheer every Christmas season to come.
This vegan leather laptop case is a little luxury that your loved one will wonder how they ever lived without. The bold monogram letters give this one a little something extra (and you’ll get bonus points for giving them something you got custom made).