Unique Gift Ideas for the People Who Are Hard to Shop For

gift guide 2021 for people who are hard to shop for

We all know those people…they’re impossible to shop for. Be it because they buy themselves everything they want, or they’re just that particular – we all love someone who is difficult to buy for. Can you relate?

Hopefully this 2022 gift guide can be our guiding light. A collection of gifts that are perfect for those hard-to-shop-for folks! We’ve researched, reviewed, trialed + error’ed…and came out on the other end to confidently present to you this very specific list of gifts. Enjoy!

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Unique Gift Ideas for the Person Who is Hard to Shop For

1. Masterclass Gift Card

masterclass gift card for holiday gift

If they’re obsessed with Ina Garten and Martha Stewart as much as we are, then all you need to get them is a gift card from MasterClass so they can take Gordon Ramsay’s classes or world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s baking class. Or, they can brush up on their interior design skills with Kelly Wearstler or improve their photography from Annie Leibovitz. Something for everyone here!

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2. Pure Silk Pillowcase

slip silk pillowcase cover

It’s the gift of great skin and hair! This silk pillowcase is pure magic – just let them feeeel the difference.

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3. Photo Books from Artifact Uprising

artifact uprising photo book gift idea

This Hardcover Photo Book touts premium fabric binding, display-worthy dust jackets, and minimalist layouts for durability and timelessness. Share your best experiences, from travel to family celebrations, in one of their many different album sizes. This book can be kept on display to spark the telling of your stories.

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4. Give the Gift of Travel

tinggly gift card

We are ALL ABOUT the experiences. And travel is right up there for us. We love this idea for someone who is hard to shop for. With a Tinggly travel gift card, it allows the recipient to choose from 100s of thrilling experiences in more than 100 countries, according to their own passions and interests. And with no expiry dates to worry about, they’re amazingly convenient too.

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5. Capri Blue Volcano Matte Jar Candle

anthro candle gift idea hard to shop for

Let’s be honest, candles always make a great gift (who doesn’t love a candle… and you can never have too many!). Capri Blue’s iconic vessels and fragrances – proudly designed and poured in Mississippi – are a long-standing favorite at Anthropologie and these new matte colors are STUNNING!

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6. Siblings DIY Scented Candle Kit

candle refill from siblings

A perfect gift for the candle lover in your life, this eco-friendly, DIY kit comes with everything you need to hand-pour wax into an old vessel for a cleaner, less wasteful fragrance experience. The perfect way to reuse all their candle jars that are empty but are still lovely to look at!

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7. Our Place Always Pan

Gifts for those hard to shop for 2021 Always Pan

One thing many of us could use? Updated cookware for our kitchen! With everyone cooking a lot more lately, this is a great time to upgrade some things in your kitchen. This pan is the PRETTIEST pan (comes in 11 gorgeous colors) and works amazingly well. Jen loves hers, in the ‘spice’ color! Bonus? It’s currently on sale for Black Friday for only $95!! (Regular price is $145)

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8. Gift an Experience

gift an experience

Gifting an experience was one of the most popular responses when we polled you all to ask for feedback on this post. We LOVE this as well. Who doesn’t love learning something new? Uncommon experiences offers lots of different experiences you can gift including learning how to make cocktails, pasta, flower arranging, tie-dye, tarot reading, painting and more!

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9. Wildgrain Bread + Pasta Subscription Box

wildgrain pasta bread subscription box

Remember when everyone was baking sourdough bread?! Well that craze just got a whole lot more fun with Wildgrain! Each box contains 4 sourdough loaves, 2 packs of pasta plus a seasonal pastry. Everything is frozen, and you cook when you’re ready! Clean + easy-to-understand ingredients And bonus? Each box also donates 6 meals to those in need. We’ve tried this one and can attest this one is GOOD! Seriously, the recipient will love this gift – I mean who doesn’t love pasta + bread! Use code GREENWEDDINGSHOES to save $10 on your first box!

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10. A Puzzle with a Magic Trick at the End

puzzle with surprise ending

Does your giftee love puzzles? This is one of the most unique puzzles in that there is a surprise magic trick when you are done! The illustrations are done really well also and would make a great gift for the hard-to-shop person. If you’ve done this one, they have 4 other unique designs!

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11. Plant Subscription

the sill classic subscription box gift idea

Add mood-boosting plants to your life to enjoy the energy, creativity, and calm that comes with a home filled with plants. The Sill (a female-founded company) has lots of different gift options where you’re sure to find something for that hard person to shop for! A green thumb is not required!

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12. Initial Ring

gold initial ring

For the friend who loves jewelry, this is such a sweet and personal gift. Perfect if they love stacking rings or to wear alone.

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13. Winc Wine Box

winc wine club

Unbox, uncork + enjoy. Give the gift of the world of wines right to their doorstep (and maybe yours, too!).

Current special: 4 Bottles for $24.95 with code EBF2022

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14. Lodge Moccasins

pink slippers

Everyone is working from home and slippers are kind of a universal luxury right now. Jen has this pair and swears by their coziness! The metallic gold is her fave, but they have 5 different color options. They feel a bit more like shoes but so are oh-so comfy.

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15. For the Schitt’s Creek Fan: Limited Edition Schitt’s Creek Monopoly Game

Schitt's Creek Monopoly Game

Missing our friends from Schitt’s Creek? This limited edition Monopoly game was just released and is the perfect gift for the Schitt’s Creek fan!

If they are a fan, another idea is this newest released book: Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt’s Creek

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16. DIY Boba Tea Kit

DIY Bubble Tea Kit

Perfect for your fave boba-loving friend! Make bubble tea at home with this handy kit – it has 5 stars with over 190 reviews! If boba isn’t your thing, there are lots of other really great food + drink gifts from Uncommon Goods

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17. The Friends Apartments Lego Set

friends apartments lego set gift idea

For the person who can’t get enough of Friends, the brand new Friends apartment lego set is a fun idea! Legos are always fun to put together and you’ll have a fun memento of your fave show! If Friends isn’t their jam, they have a Seinfeld Lego set and a Queer Eye Loft Lego set as well!

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18. Brightland Gift Set

brightland olive oil gift set

You’d be ahem hard-pressed to find a more lovingly crafted (or strikingly-packaged) olive oil. Consciously produced in California, these oils come in a glass bottle that’s been UV-powder coated to protect its precious contents from damaging light. This also means you can display it for all to admire on your countertop…The Mini Essentials include Brightland’s bestsellers in petite, easy-to-share sizes for everyone on your list: AWAKE, ALIVE, RAPTURE and PARASOL

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19. Japanese Snack Box

Bokksu Japanese Snack Box

Who doesn’t love fun Japanese snacks?! Bokksu delivers to your door the experience of tasting authentic Japanese snacks, candies, and teas sourced directly from centuries-old family makers. Every box you purchase comes with 20-24 snacks and supports a family-run businesses in Japan and helps keep their traditions alive. 

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20. Intersection of Love Print

Intersection of Love - Photo Print

Perfect for newlyweds or your favorite couple! Commemorate the moment their paths first crossed with this personalized art.

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For the friend who takes their water bottle everywhere: 21. Chic Water Bottle Bag

water bottle bag

We all know we need to drink more water but carrying around a bottle all day can be hard. This chic bag is the answer to those problems! Stay hydrated and never forget or lose your expensive reusable water bottles with this stylish WanderFull water bottle bag. Perfect for a day in the city, sightseeing, festivals, concerts, or the dog park. Fits a large water bottle and space for keys, id, etc. Comes in 5 different colors.

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22. Jennifer Fisher Salt Trio

luxury salt trio gift idea

For the friend who loves to cook, these salts from Jennifer Fisher add the perfect finishing touch to your meals! The curry salt is our personal fave, but these make such a great gift idea for that hard to shop for friend!

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