Holiday Gift Guide: What to Give that Hard-to-Buy-for Person on Your List

It’s that time of year again… the holidays. Much like Santa, you are making your list and checking it twice. But unlike Santa, you don’t have the benefit of Christmas lists and magical elves to help you select the perfect gift for everyone on your list. (Unless you do, which is awesome.) If you are anything like me, you may find that some gift ideas come easily, and for others you may feel stuck. Before you pull out your wallet, close your eyes, and start purchasing items at random from Amazon, check out my holiday gift guide for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Remember, “it’s the thought that counts” only really applies if there is actual thought involved. I know… I’m sorry! If gift giving isn’t your strong suit, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. 

Start Early 

I know it may be a bit late in the game for this advice, but: start early. If you have someone that is notoriously hard to shop for, and you find yourself stressing year after year, start a little note in your phone and jot down ideas as they come to you. Maybe over the course of the year, they will mention a wine that they love, or a vacation that they enjoyed, something that they love to do or somewhere that they love to eat. All of this information is valuable when trying to pick out a gift. It will give you ideas and inspiration, and will let the recipient know that you are paying attention. 


Ok, so maybe it is too late to start early this year. Fair enough. Take some time to sit down and really think about the person you are trying to shop for. What are their interests? What do they value? What is important to them? Really think about them and your interactions throughout the year. Maybe you notice that Aunt Carole always borrows a pie dish for Thanksgiving because she doesn’t have one of her own…  Or that your brother Bill listens to his music on a walkman from the 80s… Ideas are everywhere. Taking five to ten minutes to think about your recipient will save you time, money and stress in the long run. It will ensure that your gift is not a waste of your money and will be truly enjoyed by the receiver.

Think Outside the Cart

But what about the person that seemingly has everything? Go back to your recipients likes, interests and values. Frame a family photo for them or have it turned into a ornament. Donate to a charity that is meaningful to them. Grab a bottle of nice wine and set a date to share it together. The meaning of giving is to show the people in your life that you appreciate them and care about what makes them tick. This is where it IS the thought that counts. Don’t have the money to fulfill your vision? Write them a nice letter, cook them dinner, volunteer for a charity that is important to them or offer to help them with a project of their choice. 

Hire a Professional

If you are fresh out of ideas or don’t have the bandwidth for gifting this year, hire a professional. There is no shame in asking for help, and it can save you from selecting the same-old tired gifts or spending your nights and weekends in a crowded mall. I promise, giving is so much more fun when you are excited about your gift. At sukeban creative, we have a line of pre-curated ready to ship gifts, and are also available to help you create something unique and personalized. Just consider us Santa’s magical elves! 

Holiday gift guide - what to give the hard-to-buy-for person on your list!