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Gifts for Your Impossible-to-Buy-For List

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Remember that feeling of panic when Christmas is days away and you have no gifts wrapped? Not this year! We're introducing our 2014 holiday gift guides -- with ideas for everyone on your list, arranged by personality and price.

Today: If ideas for some people on your list elude you, you’ll need to think outside the box. We went ahead and did that for you -- read on for ways to gift better for the trickiest people to buy for.

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Wearable Gifts

Perfect For: Your best friend who collects funny bumper stickers, can pull off a hat with confidence, and sends you temporary tattoos on your birthday. 

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Our Picks: A t-shirt proclaiming her love for noodles in a cool font; a brass necklace in the shape of a pretzel; or a shirt that reads “Thyme To Turnip the Beet” -- because eating your vegetables is the new black.

  


DIY Gifts

Perfect For: Your college roommates who can light a fire in five minutes flat, listen to Car Talk, and brew their own beer.

Our Picks: A kit to make their own bitters; a hot sauce making set so they can bottle their own blend; or a Pullman loaf bundle -- complete with yeast, flour, and a pan -- because nothing is as satisfyingly hands-on as baking your own bread.

  


Unique Gifts

Perfect For: Your boss who can rattle off the Michelin-starred restaurants in any city, went deep-sea fishing on his last vacation, and has a weakness for a very good steak.

Our Picks: A monthly subscription of letters and recipes from notable chefs; a smart digital thermometer that connects to his iPhone, because it’s a fun party trick to show off; or a pair of hand-crafted oyster and clam knives nestled in a butter-soft leather wrap.

  


Handmade Gifts

Perfect For: Your cousin whose kitchen looks like a page from an Anthropologie catalog, knits you a scarf every Christmas, and makes a perfect rum punch.

Our Picks: A stunningly cool handblown decanter that she doesn’t need but secretly wants; a set of linen bowl covers to use instead of plastic wrap; or blue-tinged Moroccan tumblers to brighten up the breakfast table.

  

See all the gift guides here!

Photos by James Ransom and Mark Weinberg

Tags: gift guide, holiday, gift, DIY