25 Gifts to Give the Hardest-to-Shop-for People in Your Life in 2019
These thoughtful gifts are perfect for those people on your list who already have it all.
There are some people who feel downright impossible to shop for—whether it's your friend who "hates stuff," your brother's girlfriend who already has everything she needs, or your cute co-worker who you don't know that well but still want to impress. Shopping for these people can be agonizing—if you get them something practical, they might already have something just like it. But if you get them something unique, you could miss the mark entirely. Luckily, we've cracked the code and found useful, unique, and thoughtful gifts for the hardest-to-shop-for people in your life. And for some great presents you can buy on a budget, check out the 50 Best Gifts $50 and Under.
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This ingenious water bottle
No matter who you're shopping for, one thing's for sure: They should probably be drinking more water. This glass water bottle reminds its recipient to stay hydrated with fill lines marked with motivational messages like "A little more!" and "Getting close!" And for more great holiday buys, check out these 25 Amazing Amazon Holiday Gifts Under $50.
This heated throw
The only thing better than curling up under a cozy blanket? Curling up under one that stays warm all night long. With five heat settings and a four-hour automatic shut-off, this blanket provides therapeutic relief as you sleep. Pro tip: turn it on before you get into bed to warm up the sheets.
This clever cutting board set
Unless your hard-to-shop-for person is the main character in a Nancy Meyers movie, they likely don't have unlimited counter space. Enter the Index™ Chopping Board set. Each one of this clever set's four color-coded cutting boards features index-style tabs to indicate which food type they should be used for: vegetables, raw meat, fish, and cooked food.
This mid-century plant stand
Need a perfect gift for the home gardener on your list? This easy-to-assemble birch and maple plant stand will elevate any home décor with its modern design and eye-catching colors like coral and robin's egg blue. Pair it with a potted plant and you're good to go!
This spinning utensil set
Whether your gift recipient is a casual cook or an avid gourmet, they'll be able to keep surfaces clutter-free with this clever utensil set. It includes six vibrantly-colored kitchen tools— a slotted spoon, ladle, solid spoon, spaghetti server, flexible turner, and slotted turner—and comes with a non-slip rotating carousel stand so that they can be stored stylishly and compactly.
This squeaky clean sanitizer
Got a germaphobe on your list? Help them give their phone a bath with this liquid-free personal sanitizer that uses ultraviolet light to eliminate 99.9 percent of germs, viruses, and bacteria. It's not just a one-trick pony, though—they can use it to clean earbuds, keys, toothbrushes, small toys, and watches, too.
This mod worktop saver
Equal parts cutting board, heat-resistant pad, and piece of modern artwork, this gorgeous worktop saver is the perfect gift for the host or hostess on your list. Made of toughened glass with non-slip rubber feet, it will look gorgeous at any dinner party.
This fragrant candle
This soy candle makes any home a whole lot cozier. With unique, well-balanced scents like Canopy (teakwood, moss, eucalyptus, and water lily) and Nirvana (sandalwood, peppercorn, Darjeeling, and vetiver), your gift recipient will feel like they're at the spa the moment they light the wick. And for more perfect presents, check out The 20 Best Gifts to Give from Target.
This functional weekender bag
Whether you're shopping for a gym rat or a jetsetter, this duffle bag makes the perfect gift for practically anyone on your list. Lightweight yet durable, this bag folds into a tiny pouch that takes up barely any room at all in your suitcase.
This whimsical mirror
For the person whose home is full of quirky, one-of-a-kind items, this whimsical face mirror from Like Minded Objects is sure to delight. This unique piece comes in a variety of colors, including blue, yellow, and black-and-white checkered, meaning there's one perfect for any design scheme. And for more perfect gifts for the home, check out these 27 Practical Housewarming Gifts for the New Homeowner.
These hilarious cork coasters
These coasters are for that friend who always manages to misremember song lyrics (Hit Me With Your Pet Shark, anybody?) In two styles, Classic Rock (I Wanna Hold Your Ham) and Greatest Hits (Shake It Like a Polar Bear Ninja), this gift is both hilarious and practical.
This functional knife sharpener
Have you ever noticed that food actually tastes better when it's been cut by a properly sharpened knife? Give the gift of tastier meals with this compact knife sharpener that uses rare earth magnets to create a full beveled edge on both sides of the blade.
This spice mix set
For the person who loves preparing dishes from all over the world, this spice sampler takes the guesswork out of perfecting any flavor profile. Follow the recipes under the lid or grab extra virgin olive oil and some bread for dipping and enjoy!
This all-in-one Instant Pot
Called "the world's most advanced Instant Pot," this incredible device does it all—it's a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, steamer, sterilizer, and even a sous vide cooker. This is for the person on your list who likes eating well but doesn't want to labor over a hot stove for hours (so…literally, everyone).
This compact leather wallet
This classic leather wallet by Frye is simple, practical, and thoroughly stylish. It holds everything its recipient might need, with six card slots, a bill slot, and a center ID flap, but it's small enough to comfortably fit in the pocket of even the skinniest jeans.
This truffle making kit
Sure, everyone loves a box of chocolates, but this gift takes it a step further for the amateur cook on your list. This all-in-one truffle making kit allows them to customize their creations by mixing in any of the included ingredients, like coconut flakes, peppermint, vanilla, or even sea salt. And if they happen to be so grateful that they make you their personal taste tester, all the better.
These bespoke marbled journals
These bespoke hand-marbled journals are the ideal gift for your friend who's always working on a story or sketch. Covered in trippy pastel patterns and bound by hand, these 10 x 7-inch notebooks feature 30 pages of acid-free paper, giving those budding creative geniuses plenty of room to capture their thoughts.
This custom hometown map puzzle
We all know someone who oozes hometown pride; they're the one with their area code tattooed on their arm and an apartment covered in their home team's memorabilia. This year, help them pay tribute to their special place with this custom-made hometown map puzzle.
These noise-cancelling headphones
If you've got a frequent flyer to shop for, consider these noise-cancelling wireless headphones. With a battery life of up to 20 hours, they are the perfect gift for someone who wants to listen to their favorite podcast on the subway, sleep on a noisy flight, or jam to Lizzo in a busy coffee shop.
This portable white noise machine
New parents on your shopping list need this portable white noise machine that turns any hotel room into a serene nursery. It features peaceful, non-looping white noise and an optional companion app that includes a remote control, a night light, and a scheduling timer.
This tea infuser
Anyone looking to replace single-use plastic water bottles with a more sustainable, eco-friendly option needs this bamboo thermos. The removable infuser allows you to flavor your drink with lemon, cucumbers, even berries, and can keep any beverage cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to six.
This copper French press
For the java fan in your life, this gorgeous copper French press—constructed from heat-resistant glass—brews up to eight cups. Just add hot water to coarse-ground beans and plunge, resulting in a perfect cup each and every time.
This adjustable rolling pin
Bakers understand the importance of precision. Enter this innovative rolling pin. It comes with four sets of rings that raise the rolling pin by different amounts, ensuring that your cookies, pizza dough, and biscuits are exactly as thin or thick as the recipe dictates.
This set of six whiskey glasses
This set of six delicately shaped whiskey glasses will be a welcome addition to your gift recipient's bar. Their unique design enhances the complex aromas of your favorite scotch or bourbon. We think that's neat (sorry, not sorry).
This microwave rice cooker
Got a college student on your list? They'll love this microwave rice cooker, which lets them measure, wash, steam, and serve perfectly fluffy rice in minutes. And if rice isn't their grain of choice, fear not: it can also be used for everything from oats to riced cauliflower!