Yesterday my nephew and business partner, Scott, helped simplify what to buy the GUYS on your Christmas list (who typically fall under the “hard to buy for” category for me.) Today we’re focusing on the REST of the people who fall onto the “hard to buy for” portion of your gift list. You know…people like your parents, grandparents, your in-laws, your boss, teenagers, etc.
We decided to consult the “experts”….YOU! We posted the question to Facebook and you didn’t disappoint! We got some great ideas! Then we consulted our friends at Chippmunk.com, the savings search engine that helps save you both time and money, and got even more great ideas! We’ve curated the best of the best of all of those ideas for you today!
Pie a month punch card or just a homemade pie. If you have a pie-lover on your list, fashion a homemade punch card that promises the recipient a pie a month for the coming year! I personally would LOVE to receive this gift! :-)
A few more “food” ideas:
- Fresh meat from a butcher.
- Homemade jam.
- Fruit basket with tea and a mix of nuts included. DeanDeLuca.com HarryAndDavid.com
- Nice box of candy. Sees.com, FannieMay.com
- Coffee gift card. CafeBritt.com
- Homemade goodies.
- Mugs with packets of flavored cocoa.
Cooking classes. For the budding chef on your list, a gift certificate to take a cooking class (or two) at someplace like Sur La Table. Even better? Take the class with them!
Trading cards. For a collector, these are truly exciting things to receive! If you read my nephew’s post yesterday you would understand. :-) Recently a friend of mine introduced me to a NEW kind of trading cards! Rising Empress encourages young girls (ages 4 to 12) to discover their gifts and talents through their trading card collection. Great gift idea for the “hard to buy for” tween on your list!
Customized photo gifts. There are lots of places online – like Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Zazzle, and Snapfish – that will help you easily create personalized photo gifts like a yearly calendar, photo-to-canvas print, even photo blankets and pillows!
Here are a few:
- Homemade ornaments – personalized for the recipient.
- Bracelets & necklaces
- Homemade soap
- Trivets and coaster
- Hair bows and barrettes
- And much, much more…….
A homemade DIY mani-pedi kit complete with nail polish, file, foot cream and hand cream. SallyBeauty.com
A close shave. If you have a local men’s “spa/salon/barber” a nice old-fashioned hot lather straight edge shave is a very nice gift!
Candles. A perennial favorite that you can always find at TheBodyShop.com
Scented body spray AND body lotion. Check out VictoriasSecret.com. Lately I’ve been wearing one of their inexpensive cologne’s called “Tease” (I know, embarrassing! lol) and get compliments on it all the time! :-) I love layering it with the lotion too.
Aloe-infused socks and gloves. So great for this time of the year when dry, cracked skin is running rampant! Bliss.com carries great ones!
Essential oils. Buy your “hard to buy for” person a diffuser and a kit of essential oils to introduce them to the wonderful world of aromatherapy!
The gift of flowers. This is truly the gift that “keeps on giving.” Especially if you get them a once-a-month delivery of fresh flowers or a living amaryllis. A fresh balsam wreath is another lovely idea that will last a good long time and make your home smell wonderful! 1800Flowers.com ProFlowers.com
Maid For A Day. For the person on your list who could use a little extra help. Maybe a new mom or someone who recently had surgery. A day of guilt-free house cleaning (because they didn’t have to pay for it!) could be a gift that they remember for a very long time to come!
Cute note pads with pens. BarnesAndNoble.com
Magazine subscription. Buy magazine of choice, attach a gift tag that says, “Good For One Year.”
Tickets. Theatre, sporting events, concerts, beer festivals, etc. ScoreBig.com
A movie night gift basket. GiftBaskets.com
Charity donation in their name. I love this idea for the TRULY hard to buy for! Like the person who has “everything.” Chances are they DON’T have a charity donation made in their name to the Project Healthy Children, Books For Africa, or Wounded Warrior Project (just to name a few!)
Give “activity/experience” gifts, like going on a road trip and taking someone to a place they’ve never been before.
The gift of savings. Open a custodial savings account for your kids or grandkids. Then each year for Christmas and their birthday contribute a set amount to the account. Then when they turn 18 they will get a very nice gift.
Give the gift of comfort. I know I don’t usually buy myself really “cozy” things, but I LOVE to receive them as a gift! A really nice pair of gloves, a thick pair of socks, a fleecy pair of sweat pants, and a warm, soft knit cap are all great choices. I personally love just about anything from LLBean.com!
Hopefully this list has opened your eyes a bit and given you a few ideas to convince you that those “hard to buy for” people on your list aren’t so hard to buy for afterall! :-)