Buying Gifts for Difficult People

What Gift to Get

There’s enough on your plate in today’s busy world and when the holidays roll around, the added stress of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is only made worse when even one of them is hard to please.

If you’re in that position, or anticipate that you will be, take heart. Here’s a few suggestions on how to disarm those picky people with a gift that can’t help but bring a smile to their face.

People with Everything

Number one on almost everyone’s list of people that are hard to buy for is the most logical type—the person who has everything. Here you really need to put your thinking cap on and come up with list of the things they do on a regular basis or their hobby.

If the person in question stops at the same coffee shop everyday on her way to work, looking at a unique travel mug might be just the thing. If she loves to cook or spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a new apron or unique tea strainer could break that hard-to-buy-for gridlock. The point here is by personalizing a gift they’ll find useful at the same time, you can’t go wrong. These gifts just take a little more preplanning.


Your Mom and Dad are two of the most difficult people to buy for. They might even belong in the first category, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to buy them something a little more off the beaten path. Lots of Dad’s especially like automotive gadgets that actually double up on safety like a flashlight that has a metal spike to break windows in an emergency. Something for Mom can generally be found in the Beauty and Spa section of your favorite online gift shop. Remember to make sure to look through all the accessories as well for something that catches your eye because it has a sense of nostalgia attached to it.

Getting the right gift for people that are hard to buy for doesn’t need to be a nuisance or hardship. Armed with just a little imagination and some background information on what the person’s interests and hobbies are, you should be able to sit down in the comfort of your own home and search online for that special something that matches anyone’s tastes. Even if they are notoriously hard nosed about the gifts they usually get.

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