It’s the holidays, which means it’s time to brainstorm for the perfect gift without breaking the bank. You’re probably buying gifts for a variety of people — loved ones, significant others, or just people you feel obligated to purchase a gift for. Let’s be honest, some of those people fall into the category: hard to shop for.
It could be for a variety of reasons: they’re picky, wealthier, or just not materialistic. Here’s a guide with tips on how to find a present for those who are just a bit harder to shop for.
The “I Don’t Really Need It” Person
This is for the person that’s too practical for presents. They’re your Plain Janes and Simple Sams, the people who only really live off what they need. Thankfully, these people won’t be easily disappointed, and their minimalistic nature makes it easy to narrow down options.
The key is finding something practical.
- Buying accessories for someone like this could be an easy route. Almost everyone has a cell phone with a case, but having an extra case never hurts. You could even personalize it with an added touch.
- For the more tech savvy people, buying an extra plug that would help them make use of their Alexa or Apple devices is a great way to help them utilize what they already have.
- Buying Plain Jane more jewelry or Simple Sam another tie also helps them expand their wardrobe.
The “I Already Have It” Person
You know who I’m talking about: the person who thrives on instant gratification. The type of friend or family member who gets what they want automatically. It can be annoying when trying to shop for this type of person because you don’t know what they have, or if they’ll buy it for themselves before you get it for them.
The key is focusing on experiences.
- Think concerts, dinner shows, movie tickets, etc. Don’t just go for a plain old gift card, add the personal touch by going the extra mile and being specific. Escape rooms are growing in popularity, and are fun enough to do twice. Movie tickets are great, especially if they’re IMAX or 3-D, adding that extra oomph.
- If your friend is a passholder for any major attractions or theme parks, buy the extra event tickets that they may have to pay for. Think Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas for your Disney passholder friend. Going this angle shows that you take note of what they’re interested in.
- Groupon also has a lot of deals on such experiences, and works on showing you offers by location. That’s always a great place to start.
The “I Don’t Want Anything” Person
The humblest of the bunch. This could be your grandmother, your super nice best friend, or your significant other that says “but I already have you.” You know you should still get them a gift, and you want to. These tend to be the people that are happy with anything, but you’re not satisfied with just getting them a gift card.
The key is to make memories.
- These are the people you buy board games for, just to insinuate that you want to spend quality time with them. Board games are coming back, revamped and better than ever. They’re also a gift people don’t usually buy themselves but are always great to have around and are a fun way to create memories.
- Specialized frames, blankets, or pillows also work well with these people, since they’re items that are custom and meaningful to the gift-receiver.
- One route may even be to shop local, finding one-of-a-kind items unique to your area or where they grew up. It could be a local wine, home decor that is special to their hometown, or even college memorabilia. A gift with a meaningful origin story will be displayed proudly in their home, and carry a memory.
No matter who you are shopping for, there’s always a perfect gift to find for them. Use these tips and give your most complicated loved ones a gift they won’t forget (or at least won’t return come the 26th).
by Gabriella Nuñez