Gifts Ideas for Hard-to-Buy-For People

Amy Lawrenson

It doesn’t matter how much you think you know someone, when it comes to gift shopping certain people can be really, excruciatingly, tricky to buy for. We all know that person—be it the friend who has everything, the mother-in-law, or even your dad.

And, of course, it’s easy to plump for the effort-free and (dare we say it?) thoughtless store vouchers—unless they asked for them, then that’s fine!

To make the fraught task of gifting a little easier, we have identified six troublesome types of recipients and the beauty or grooming gift that they’ll love. We promise.*

Read on for the present solutions for the hard-to-gift people in your life.

*And if they don’t love these, then next year, vouchers it is.

We all know one, the gal pal who earns enough to buy whatever she wants and who doesn’t hold back in the self-gifting department. Enter a Glossybox Beauty Box 3-Month Plan (£38). She’ll get a box delivered to her door each month filled with a specially curated selection of beauty products that she can then buy in full-size if she loves them.

Glossybox 3-Month Plan (£38)

If your dad loves golf, football, or gardening, there are plenty of themed gifts out there, but the hobbyless dad is the trickiest to buy for. Of course, you’re a dutiful daughter, but no you can’t remember his favourite music or films because the stress of Christmas has put it right out of your mind. Just breathe. Buy him this Aesop Cepheus kit (£57) complete with Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, Body Scrub and Body Balm. He’ll love it, mostly because you bought it for him.

Aesop Cepheus (£57)

You can’t go wrong with a candle, especially not one as beautiful as this No.22 Centrepiece Candle (£38). Even when it’s not lit (then it smells like plump white flowers), it will look just lovely on her dining table, garnering compliments and envious looks from all her friends. You’re guaranteed brownie points with this.

No.22 Candles Centrepiece (£38)

We’ve all been there, the first Christmas with the new boyfriend. You need to play it safe, but also appear as if you have bought him a thoughtful gift. Rather than deciding on one cologne, gift him with five miniatures in the form of this Tom Daxon Fragrance Collection (£45) so you can decide on a favourite together. FYI, Tom is a perfumer in his twenties so each of the fragrances is perfectly formed for the young (or, young at heart).

Tom Daxon Fragrance Collection (£45)

Now this gift works just as well for neighbours as it does for work colleagues, your mother’s friends, or anyone else you have to buy token gifts for. You can never go wrong with the gift of hand cream in December, let alone a hand cream set in a lovely box like this Crabtree & Evelyn La Source 60 Second Fix Kit (£8). 

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source 60 Second Fix Set (£8)

You really do love him, but boy he can be annoying, which in turn makes him tricky to buy for. If he has a beard, then he is probably pretty obsessed by it (that’s boys for you), so this Mr Natty Emergency Flare Beard Gift Set (£25) containing two beard elixirs and a moisturizing butter will be right up his street. He shaves, you say? They have a kit for that too; Mr Natty thinks of everything.

Who do you find particularly hard to buy gifts for? Sound off in the comment box below!

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