Surely we all have at least one person in our lives that seems to have... absolutely everything. When they host a gathering, you realize they’ve procured the least-stuffy napkin rings in existence. When you mention a brand new ingenious kitchen tool, they’ve long been in the know. And they always have the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy.
As joyful as it is to know someone in this unique subset, coming up with something to gift them feels like a near-impossible task. The questions I usually run through when looking are: Is this something they’d pick out for themselves? Conversely, is this something they’d want but possibly not buy for themselves? And, would they really use this?
Below are items that pass one or more of these tests, and are therefore ideal for the hard-to-buy-for people in your life.
1. Clean Hand Sanitizer, $8
In a world of restocked hand sanitizer, there are a few things I look for: easy to stash in my bag or pocket, doesn’t smell like tequila, and is actually rated as effective. This one is ultra-slim, smells way better than most, and yep, really sanitizes.
2. Laniege Sleeping Mask, $22
This product has been recommended so many times in the past few years, I’m almost sick of hearing about it—except, it works. Even if someone has used this before, they’ll be endlessly grateful for another little tub of it to get their inevitably crusty lips through winter.
3. Clean Key No Touch Tool, $25
Public restrooms, trains, post offices, stores—you name it, they all have surfaces that need to be touched, and there’s not always a glove or paper towel handy. This little guy clips onto keys and expertly maneuvers door handles, levers, and even touch screens.
Compostable sponge cloths are a welcome addition in any household, whether someone knew they needed them or not. They do all the paper-towel grunt work, but can be cleaned and reused until it’s time to compost them.
5. USB Rechargeable Lighter,$32
A lighter that never runs out of juice? Yes, whoever it is on your list, they’ll appreciate it.
6. Haus Citrus Flower Aperitif, $35
Why aperitifs never got their deserved due is beyond me—they’re like wine that’s a touch stronger and drier, or liquor that’s a touch less alcohol-forward. They’re the perfect meet-in-the-middle beverage, and this one looks particularly stately on a bar cart.
Unlike many deep-conditioning hair masks, this one really walks the walk. It’s a fabulous thing to weigh a stocking down with, for those with already-healthy or heat-damaged hair alike.
8. Brightland Awake Olive Oil, $37
This is for someone who already knows—and goes on about how—a good olive oil is the only way to finish a dish. It’s also for the person who doesn’t know that, but would delightedly sop this up with bread before a meal all the same.
These leveled-up thermoses are everything the masses love about S’well bottles, but for meals. Like the water bottles, they keep food cold for 12 hours and hot for 7, and are leak-proof enough to toss into any bag with reckless abandon.
10. Snake Plant, $44
Whether they’re a plant parent already or new to the gardening game, a snake plant is the safest bet for a gift. They’re extremely hardy and easy to keep alive, so you can rest assured your gift will be appreciated for some time.
11. Totem Pillar Candles (Set of 3), $48
Like candles (okay, they are candles), but art. If you bought them yourself you might feel too attached to burn them, but as a gift, they’ll be fully enjoyed.
12. Philips Hue Smart Bulbs, $49
If you know that someone has an Alexa or Google Home (which seems to be the case more often than not, anyway), they’d be ecstatic to add smart bulbs to their home-automated arsenal. These guys dim, change color, and turn off with a voice command, of course.
13. Jacobsen Salt Infused Salt Vial Set, $49
Similar to olive oil, chefs and home cooks alike love to finish a dish with a sprinkling of the best salt—even better if it’s infused with pinot noir or smoked cherrywood.
14. Book of the Month 3-Month Membership, $49.99
If you know a reader, but don’t know exactly what they’ve read lately, they’d unlikely be disappointed by a membership to Book of the Month), which gives them options to choose from, so you don’t have to choose!
15. Pilo Fabric Shaver, $50
This little lifesaver is the ultimate in I-didn’t-even-know-I-needed-that gadgets. It breezes over pilled knits to reveal surfaces that look as though they’d never been run through the washing machine (in a good way). It’s adept at cleaning up fabric couches, too.
16. WWF Symbolic Species Adoption, $55
Instead of gifting an item they might never use, make a worthwhile donation to the World Wildlife Fund in their name. It does come with an adorable plush animal, and if the giftee really does have everything, maybe you should keep it?
17. Thrive Market Subscription, $59
All things organic, clean, and environmentally conscious in one place, and with this gift, you’ve just given someone the ticket in.
18. Gooseneck Pour Over Kettle, $60
Up your friend’s pour-over coffee game with a stately gooseneck kettle—one that never has to leave the stove, because that’s how good it looks.
19. Kyrgies Classic Wool House Shoes, $69
Everyone needs a pair of house shoes, especially given we’re in our houses all. The. Time. My current house shoes happen to be a pair of Birkenstocks, but they could really use a friend, and these are wool, warm, and have countless (well, 532, if you were to count) glowing reviews.
20. Infinite Objects Bouncing DVD, $69
Remember sitting in front of the TV screensaver, waiting, with bated breath, for the little DVD icon to perfectly hit the corner? Well, you can gift that nostalgic activity in a pared-down version, and let the person you give it to chase that high in a loop.
21. Daily Harvest Custom Gift Box, $75
If you’re going to give a gift that takes up freezer space, it’s gotta be worth it. Daily Harvest bowls certainly are, since they’re lightning-fast to prepare, full of whole foods, and probably won’t hang out in the freezer for very long anyway—they’re quite tasty.
22. Tushy Classic Bidet Attachment, $89
The way we do toilet hygiene here in the US just really leaves something to be desired. Paper? Every time? Really? Rather than discuss it further, just send of these amazing bidet attachments as a gift, and treat them to a little luxury.
23. The Criterion Channel Subscription, $99
If the movie-lover in your life is already a subscriber, do some digging and find out which streaming service they’re lacking, and get them that!
24. Shark VACMOP Cordless Vacuum Mop, $99
They might have a vacuum… they might have a mop… but do they have… a VACMOP? No, they do not. If you buy this (or rather, them), then they will.
Nonstick skillets (multiple!) are essential in any kitchen. Gift a set of these with their elevated color palettes, and you might as well be saying, “I love you.”
26. Katz Delicatessen Reuben Package, $110
Food gifts are the best gifts for those that have everything, because they don’t need to keep it, they just need to eat it. This Katz Deli Reuben package comes with the works (rye bread, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, pickles) and will definitely earn you major points, even among gentiles.
27. Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, $139
Nothing—and I mean nothing—is a better gift than a crisp set of percale sheets. If I got sheets every holiday for the rest of my days, I wouldn’t complain.
28. Bose Soundlink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker, $199.95
At some point in the distant past, smart speakers were an essential part of a dinner party or housewarming. Now, though, they cut through the doldrums of another day spent working in one’s living room, and queue up emotional soundtracks to shower to.
29. Sony Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones, $199.99
A work-from-home-with-other-people necessity: noise-cancelling headphones. Even those with Airpods will appreciate the superior dulling of others’ conference calls in the background once they try these out.
30. Super Soft Personal Weighted Blanket, $259
Hey, big spender. Whoever is on your list is mighty lucky, because not only does this blanket hug the user in a deep-pressure touch embrace, it’s also exceedingly soft.
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