Sometimes inspiration strikes when it comes to gift shopping—but we all have those people on our holiday list who are real head-scratchers. Maybe it’s a coworker you don’t know very well, an ultra-picky tween, a parent who swears they don’t want anything, or a friend who seems to have…well, everything. Stop the endless scroll. We’ve got your ultimate selection of thoughtful gifts for everyone on your roster. From a lavish bundle stuffed with savory eats to a pass that lets them discover a breathtaking natural landscape, these clever and crowd-pleasing options are sure to win over the trickiest, choosiest, and most perplexing folks you’re shopping for this season.
Deluxe Christmas Gift Basket
Long a gold-standard for elusive giftees from colleagues to new neighbors, the food basket promises a delectable something for everyone. This one from Harry & David is a standout thanks to top-tier goodies like succulent pears, chocolate truffles, and a sweet and salty popcorn blend they won’t be able to stop munching on. It’s all packed into a festive crate that’s easily repurposed for seasonal decorating. What’s more, a handy order-scheduling feature lets you arrange delivery for a specific day or date range—set it up while gifting is top of mind, and tick another item off of your holiday to-do list.
The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
With thousands of nationally protected parklands spread across the United States, there’s a spectacular piece of the great outdoors suited to anyone on your holiday gift list. Whether they’re a regular on the camping circuit or they’re just discovering their inner nature-lover, they’ll be ready for their next adventure with this pass, which covers entrance admission and several fees and is usable at over 2,000 locations.
The Skincare Edit
A comprehensive and easy-to-use set of self-care supplies is just what your frontline worker friend needs to unwind. This facial in a box by beloved beauty brand Glossier takes the guesswork out of setting up a skincare regimen. It’s packed with miniature versions of best-selling products, including a skin-softening gel cleanser, a velvety priming moisturizer, and a humectant lip balm which can double as a skin ointment.
Verë Tee Crochet Kit
Consider this nifty knitting set two gifts in one: they’ll learn an impressive new skill, and have a chic wardrobe addition to show for it. Even if they’ve never picked up a crochet needle, this kit will get them set up with all of the materials and instructions they need to whip up a handmade masterpiece.
Red Lion Amaryllis
An ambience-enhancing find that requires minimal effort for maximum impact? Now that’s the gift that keeps on giving. This pre-planted red lion amaryllis bulb is ideal for a faraway relative, your child’s teacher, or your family’s primary care physician. The bud comes in a seasonally-inspired decorative tin container, and with just a little sunlight and water, blooms into the stunning crimson flower in four- to eight week’s time.
Your Name in a Snowflake Ornament
Once they see the artful personalization on this innovative wooden ornament, your giftee will want to display it all year round. From afar, it simply looks like a stunning snowflake, but upon closer inspection, they’ll notice their name hidden in the intricate, laser-cut design.
MasterClass Gift Membership
Here’s a gift that will impress just about anyone: a one-on-one session with an A-lister. With a subscription to Masterclass’s extensive range of on-demand, celebrity-guided lessons, they can hone an existing hobby or try their hand at something totally new, from cooking taught by an award-winning chef to tennis lessons from a grand slam champ. Whether they’re a budding photographer, an aspiring writer, or a rock and roll super-fan, they’ll find a course that’s just up their alley.
HA KO Japanese Paper Incense & Dish Gift Box
These elegant incense papers, designed to look like delicate leaves, burn slowly in the included ceramic dish and keep a space smelling sweet for hours. With eight distinct scents, there’s an aroma to match any mood: soothing jasmine is ideal for a relaxing bubble bath; invigorating citrus wakes up the senses; and winter-perfect cinnamon gets the holiday vibes going.
Charcuterie and Cheese Assortment
This sumptuous platter loaded with a trio of cheeses (the peppercorn harvest cheddar is a favorite) and three Italian salami varieties is a winner for any food-lover or frequent party host come holiday season. To sweeten the gesture, add a bottle of wine to the mix—they’ll be raising a glass to you before going in for seconds.
Book of the Month Gift Subscription
With a three-month membership to the Book of the Month Club, they can select their favorite option from a curated list of five buzzy reads each month. Even better, this is a pressure-free subscription box: if nothing tickles their fancy, they can skip a month and roll their credits over into the next one.
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