Here's some clever ideas for gifts they actually want, for even the most difficult people who are hard to please.
Giving gifts to the people you love is always fun. Unless, of course, you try to brainstorm what to give and you come up blank.
You can make gift giving easy by learning what the intended recipient likes to do in his or her spare time or what hobbies they might be involved in.
For children’s gift, you can get toys that are fun as well as educational - or that can help with a child’s development skills.
But even then, there are so many options to choose from, it can get confusing, so let’s dig into some gifts and toys that your recipient is sure to love!
When you’re buying gifts for people who drive a lot, there’s so much you can get.
When someone is often in the car, they need the accessories and conveniences of home.
For example, they need something to hold their cell phone and make it accessible.
You can get a holder such as like ones by Wuteku.
Driving a lot often means many hours in the car, which means snacking while driving.
Snack holders are a good gift idea and so are handheld cordless vacuums to scoop up any accidental messes. Black + Decker, HoLife and Homasy have a good selection.
Durable floor mats are another option. Husky Liners or Motor Trend have those and while many companies offer mats in plain, solid colors, you can find some that are customized with designs.
For the person who drives a lot and takes a pet along, you can find pet covers that keep pet hair off the car.
Organizers such as the ones offered by Miu Color, lebogner or MyTravelAide are good ideas for people who drive a lot, too.
Trying to find a gift for people who are always cold will be some of the least stressful shopping you can do because items to help warm a person up are plentiful.
You can find stuff for that person to use inside as well as outside the home.
Plus, these gifts can suit men or women. Getting colder at night is a big issue for people who are always chilled.
When the temperature drops, it can be hard to keep the room comfortable.
Every house has areas known as cold spots. You can give that person the gift of a personal heater.
These little heaters are portable, lightweight and can help make the recipient comfortable in any room in the house.
They also come in some really cool colors. These personal heaters are made by companies like Lasko, Trustech, NexGadget, or Bovado.
Electric blankets are also a great gift idea. You can find these in a variety of sizes and colors as well as prices from companies like MaxKare or Sunbeam.
Some people don’t like electric blankets but they still want to stay warm - so for those people, you could use blankets that are known for their ability to trap body heat.
You would want to get fleece or flannel blankets or throws. Look for ones made by Bedsure or Balichun.
There are also heated seat covers that you can get for easy chairs or for the car.
You can find game warmer seat pads for sports fans who are always cold, too. Hammacher Schlemmer has some and so does Benchwarmer’s.
Sweaters, hoodies or sweatshirts make great gift ideas for people who crave more warmth and so do thick socks or bedroom slippers.
A plush robe is a must in colder weather for people who are always cold.
Alexander Del Rossa robes are very luxurious and so are Richie House robes. These are wonderful gifts for cold winter months or any time of year!
People travel for business, pleasure, adventure or sometimes a mix of all three.
One of the most important items that these people need and want to have is good luggage.
A good piece of luggage can protect valuables as well as survive all those frequent flier miles.
You can find nice luggage pieces or sets that are soft or hardback. Some of the best hardback pieces are called “away” luggage.
You’ll find these by searching for the term wherever you’re shopping.
If you’re looking for soft luggage that’s pliable, you can find some great looking and affordable pieces from NewNomad.
Journals or travel diaries are at the top of the list of gift ideas for people who travel.
You’d want to get ones that are known for their sturdiness. Companies like Artisan Scribe have durable journals and so does Robrasim.
If you didn’t want to choose a journal or diary, then you could give a photo scrapbook for the person to store the photos of their trips.
Travel pillows are a good idea. Look for ones that are ergonomic.
You can buy things like adapters, since different countries aren’t always compatible with electronic chargers the traveler may have.
Wall art featuring the traveler’s favorite places to visit is one idea. Travel mugs are another.
Noise cancelling headphones can help a traveler find peace and quiet in noisy airplanes or other modes of transportation.
You can find a lot of
these manufactured by different companies such as Bose or Sony.
Portable hand luggage scales are also a traveler's essential tool to make sure their luggage does not exceed the weight limits.
Having the right kitchen tools means a lot to people who like to cook.
You can find gifts like mixers - and you’d want to go with some of the big names for these appliances.
Those would be ones such as by KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Sunbeam or Black + Decker.
Besides a nice mixer, a cookbook is always a good idea, and you can get one that has different recipes or you can one that focuses on a certain aspect of cooking such as one that’s all about desserts or a certain diet the recipient loves.
Prep bowls are good gift ideas. Stackable or nesting ones are the best choice because they can fit practically anywhere.
Look for ones like the bowls sold by FineDine or Glokers.
A set of pans is the kind of gift that anyone who enjoys cooking would love.
Stick to reputable names when it comes to buying cookware such as ones by T-Fal, Vremi, Rachael Ray or Cuisinart.
Stackable measuring cups or measuring spoons that are decorative are always a good idea.
You can find cute choices by Smart Crafts as well as other makers. You can find
them to match any kitchen color theme.
A selection of measuring cups, stirring spoons & tools, cooking book, jar or packet of gourmet food ingredient, oven mitt, and cooking accessories can also be packed up to be beautifully presented in a gift hamper by gathering them up in the largest container and wrapping it all together with cellophane.
If someone likes photography but isn’t a professional, you can buy a nice Canon, Nikon or Kodak camera.
There are cameras for beginners as well as ones for children.
If someone has been involved with photography for awhile and already has a nice camera, you can by some accessories such as a cleaning kit or tripod.
There are also lighting kits such as ones made by Emart that you can get.
Funny, quirky or photography related coffee cups or travel mugs that feature things to do with photography are a good bet.
Look for companies like Strata Cups, Antvee or Sornean.
Cleaning gear, nice camera bags or holiday ornaments in the shape of cameras also make great gifts.
If you want to get something more personal, you can find scarves, T-shirts or jewelry that are photography related.
There are many gifts that are perfect for people who have a creative knack.
If you have a sewer, knitter or person who loves to crochet in your life, you can’t go wrong with buying a craft tote bag.
This allows the crafter to keep everything for one project handy plus it creates a grab and go option for them to be able to take along anywhere, anytime.
Teamoy, Yarn Boss and BonTime all have a wide selection of craft bags you can choose from.
For those who sew, a new sewing machine might be needed. You can get something in the Singer or Brother line.
A mini iron would be a great gift idea as well.
Dressmaker forms are always nice options, too and Dritz or Bonnlo has a lot to choose from.
Custom pincushions or specialty rulers are something sewers enjoy receiving as gifts.
Yarn is something else you can buy for those who knit or crochet.
You can get minis or full skeins and some companies that offer yarn are Lion Brand, KnitPicks and Red Heart.
Sewing patterns, books on sewing, or ones that feature knitting or crochet patterns are always a hit.
Crafters like gifts of stitch markers, or needles like the ones sold by Knitpicks or Clover.
For kids who like to build, you can’t go wrong with a wooden building block set.
You can find these in bright colors or in natural wood. Plus, they come in choices of beginner or advanced sets.
You can get sets that are anywhere from 25 count blocks for younger kids to a hundred or more for older kids. Sometimes the block sets will be labeled as stacking cubes.
Look for ones that are made by companies like Melissa and Doug, iLearn, Pidoko Kids, Lincoln Logs, and of course anything by Lego that’s age appropriate.
You can look for any set by Magna-Tiles they have a huge selection and are STEM approved so kids can have fun building for play but are gaining valuable educational skills at the same time.
Dream Tree offers larger building block sets that are perfect for babies to build and play with.
You’ll also find some great toys for kids who like to build if you look at the selection that Tinker Toys has to choose from.
Like many skills, emotional development is something that can be learned.
A child’s brain naturally grows, but learns and is stimulated by his surroundings, by his peers, and by the adults that he interacts with.
By using teaching toys, children gain strides in emotional development as well as in emotional control.
The popular block maker Lego has toys that can help with both emotional as well as social development, but so do other block manufacturers.
You can also look for games that are geared toward development and control of emotions such as the ones that are created by Therapy Game HQ.
Many toys for emotional development will use things like facial expressions so a child can learn by matching which expression goes with what emotion.
It teaches children to understand how they feel in a fun, gentle way. Some of these toys aren’t blocks, but are plush like the ones produced in the Kimochis line.
Fisher Price also has some emotional development toys that can span age groups from infants to toddlers.
Any toy that can boost a child’s fine motor skills can help him in life with things like writing with a pencil, tying shoelaces, learning how to use a fork and more and are great gift ideas.
Games where you have to match objects or learn to identify numbers that go with items are teaching toys that work to improve fine motor skills.
Look for ones that are made by Kidslane.
You’ll also want to search for toys that feature certain tasks such as those that have a child putting similar colors or shapes into specific slots.
Look for any toy that makes a child laugh, helps them to remember how to grasp or move items as well as helps with hand and eye coordination.
Toys like these can be found in fun animal shapes by companies like Learning Resource.
Toys that offer learning skills such as learning numbers and colors in addition to helping with fine motor skills are also good gift ideas.
You can find a lot of these through Amosting.
Toys that allow a child’s imagination to soar can be found in a wide range of age groups.
To find the best match for the recipient, look for imaginative toys that have a link to what the child likes to do in real life.
This lets the child pretend that he’s doing that activity or can play act as that figure.
This would be toys such as those that can be used for pretend camping like the sets made by Learning Resources or Power TRC.
There’s no doubt that kids can create many different play activities to set their imagination free when they have toys that allow them to build objects, places or worlds.
You can find toys like that through Picasso Tiles.
Any toy that’s job related or has to do with things they experience like going to the grocery store can be the perfect imaginative toy.
Consider toys like cash registers, doctor kits or costumes that feature every day heroes like the ones made by Born Toys.
If you want to find toys for independent play, you have a lot of options. One choice would be a train and cars or the complete set.
You can find these for any age group. KidKraft has some great choices, so does Melissa & Doug, On Track USA or Lionel.
Dollhouses are another toy for independent play. Disney, Fisher-Price, KidKraft and Mattel all make dollhouses that can easily be put together.
For older kids, there are also dollhouse kits that can be put together and painted, then decorated.
Figurine or animal sets such as superheroes and villains, dinosaurs or animal themed sets work well for independent play.
Puzzles are another idea. You can find these in standard flat ones by Buffalo Games or in 3D ones by companies like RoboTime.
Art sets are something great to consider, too. You can buy brushes, instruction books, pens, pencils and sketch pads all separately or you can buy them in a kit.
Crayola has a big selection and you can also find them through Art 101 USA, or through Creative Art Sets for Kids.
Having quiet time for play is just as important for older kids as well as little children.
When kids become too old to nap, they still need some down time.
Activities featuring toys that are engaging, but restful, are best for quiet time gifts.
You’ll find quiet time toys in items such as kinetic sand or with Play-Doh kits.
Magnetic toys by Lee Publications has items for both younger and older kids.
Sticker or activity books are a good idea and you can get these based on popular kid’s shows or ones that feature ordinary items or places like farms.
Coloring books are some of the top rated items for quiet time. These can be purchased as individual sets or as standalones.
If you purchase them in sets, they usually have a central theme like a princess theme or a mammal theme or favorite cartoon characters.
You can find some by My Little Pony, Melissa & Doug, or by GirlZone.
Sometimes you can find quiet time toy sets that have the coloring book, sticker book, activity book and crayons together in one deal.
A lot of times finding it difficult to buy gifts they actually want is the result of a lack of knowledge or understanding about that person you are giving it to.
A bit of thought about their hobbies and interests will give you tons of thoughtful gift ideas for even hard to buy for people and hopefully this page has gotten you thinking creatively about your next gift shopping project.
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