Don’t you feel like there are always people on your holiday list that you have no idea what to get them? It could be your in-laws, a coworker in a secret santa, a neighbor, or even someone you know well that is difficult to shop for. That’s why I created this gift guide with suggestions that work for men and women both young and old.
- Smart Cooler – Ready to solve the classic commute issue of how to keep your home-brewed beverages hot or cold while you get to work? Get the Smart Cooler. It has a lifetime warranty, so it’s a practical and dependable gift for your friend. Available in 7 colors.
- Cashmere Scarf – I already included this scarf on a previous gift guide since it’s just a great all around present. I ordered one for someone on my list, and I kinda want to get one for myself. It comes in several colorways, and it’s a great option for men or women.
- Tile Mate – This handy contraption is a small keychain tile that you can put on your key ring so that if you ever lose your keys, you can use Bluetooth technology from your phone to find them. And it works the opposite way…if you lose your phone, press your Tile Mate on your keys to get the phone to make a noise so you can find it. You can also use it for your luggage, purse, or bike. And if the worst happens and your item is actually stolen, the Tile Mate network can help try and locate it for you. Comes in packs of 1, 4, 8, and 16.
- Moleskine Notebook – I love the simple look and high functionality of Moleskine notebooks. You can use it for work, as a diary, or maybe as a travel journal. They come in several colors and are know for their high quality.
- Pom Pom Beanies – It doesn’t matter how many winter hats I have, I always want to buy more. And pom pom beanies are so ‘in’ right now! This listing is great because you have the option to buy two-packs in different colors or single beanies. These would be great for stocking stuffers.
- National Geographic – Magazine subscriptions are awesome gifts because you can tailor to whatever someone’s interests are. If you have a crafty friend, maybe choose a DIY magazine, or for someone who loves to cook, try the Food Network magazine. If you’re not sure what someone likes, National Geographic is a safe bet. I like this gift idea because some people don’t want more ‘stuff’ in their lives, and with a magazine subscription they get to enjoy it once a month when it comes in the mail and then they can recycle it.
- Crystal Glasses – These are advertised as whiskey glasses, but the shape would work well with wine or other mixed drinks. A reviewer mentioned how great they would look when serving brunch, and I totally agree! They’re handmade but also dishwasher safe, so beautiful and easy to use.
If you don’t like these options, I have one more suggestion. Sometimes donating to charity on behalf of someone is also a great way to give, as long as it is done well. If you know that someone volunteers at the Humane Society on the weekend, you could donate to that organization as a gift. If someone wears a puzzle ribbon, representing the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, it might be appropriate to donate to that non-profit. I always like to look up charities on Charity Navigator to make sure that the organization is accountable and transparent before donating, too.
If you don’t know someone well or any causes that they would identify with, I would not choose this route. You run the risk of donating to a cause someone is not comfortable with, or to a charity they do not like, which is no gift at all. And if you’re not comfortable donating to a certain organization, even though it is for someone else, don’t do it. The holidays isn’t a time to stress about something like that.
What are your gift ideas for the difficult people on your list?
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