I have very nearly finished my Christmas shopping. I think I’m on track to have everything wrapped before school is out (yay me!) But there are a few presents that are still eluding me. It’s the people that are always hard to buy for. I reckon there’s a few of them on everyone’s Christmas list. Those that have all they need, buy what they want immediately and/or don’t have many hobbies or interests.
Here’s my guide to buying for them…
Get the inside word from someone close to them as to what they want. I find the hard-to-buy for are also very particular, so you often need a little help to ensure a gift that they really want. Keep receipts.
It may be a little late to do this for Christmas, but I try to watch and take notes during the year. Have you been to their place and noticed something broken or missing? Have they borrowed something from you? Have they mentioned a band, a restaurant or TV show that they like? Have they taken up a new hobby or sport? I might be slightly crazy, but I actually make a note of these things on my phone (surreptitiously of course).
Buy during the year
Again, this is good advice for next year, but whenever you see something that you think your hard-to-buy-for loved one might like, snap it up then and put it away for Christmas, birthdays etc.
Stalk their pins
If the person you are buying for is on Pinterest, their boards will give you a good idea of the things they are coveting. My hard-to-buy-for folks are all men and not into Pinterest. But maybe I can convince them to do it, just for the sake of the rest of us.
What does their 2017 look like?
Are they planning any trips? Any new projects for the home? Are they starting a new job or course? Trying to figure out what their new year looks like might give you an idea of what they need.
Here are some gifts ideas for those you are scratching you head over …
This is often a good bet as you can beat them to buying the latest tech. Charging stations are a great idea to keep things tidy. Less expensive items like car chargers, extra USB leads, power banks, external hard drives, large USB sticks and headphones are always practical. The lovely folk over at Laser Co gifted me some bluetooth headphones to try and they are fabulous. They are perfect if someone has a new iPhone, without the jack. They are also great for walking around and listening to music. I used them while cleaning the house, before my 7 year old stole them and used them while watching YouTube on the iPad. The back of head design means they fit me just as well as him. They are extremely compact and fold away easier. You can purchase them from Laser Co for $29.95.
My husband and I just enjoyed a cooking class with Spirit House and it was so much fun. It was actually my present to him last Christmas but we left it until the last minute to book. You can buy gift vouchers on their site.
A magazine subscription to something they love is always welcome. But subscriptions have come a long way. What about a wine subscription, a t-shirt subscription or any manner of box subscriptions? It’s a gift that keeps giving and if you need to watch costs, many allow you to sign up for less than a year.
Lessons in something creative
My gorgeous husband bought me silversmith lessons a few years back and I still look back on the hours spent in the little workshop with fondness. We often don’t get to learn new things as adults, so lessons are a fabulous gift for the person with everything. New skills are always welcome.
Experience vouchers are a great present for the person with everything and a growing trend. Red Balloon offers lots of experiences. My Best Gift has recently launched with a focus on experiences just for kids. Because, let’s face it, kids often have absolutley everything the need and can be hard to buy for. They also have experiences for the tricky-to-buy-for teens.
These are great idea for grandparents in particular. There is often a stage of life where we really don’t want or need any more stuff. But a book of photos of family is always welcome. I like Mixbook. It’s also a cute idea for Insta or Snapchat obsessed teens – you can create a “Selfie Book” of them and their friends. Or if they’ll consider that slightly stalky why not get them a voucher for somewhere like Social Print Studio, and they can choose their own prints and options.
Tongue-in-Cheek Emergency Kits
These are a great practical present. For the person with a shoe obsession, put together leather protector, a shoe bag, shoe polish and brush. For someone about to head on holiday, a kit of sunscreen, a book, travel toothbrush and paste. For the party girl, a few things to get them through the season – you could use this as inspiration. It’s a thoughtful gift, that needn’t cost much.
Tell me about your hard-to-buy-for folk