We all have hard-to-shop-for people on our Christmas lists! Check out these unique gift ideas for the person who “wants nothing”!!!
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You know that person on your list? The one who cannot ever give a satisfactory answer to the “what would you like for Christmas?” question? Well, this list is for them.
I have put together a list of gift ideas that are sure to work for anyone on your list— from your grandmother who likes to keep things simple with hot tea and reminiscences about your childhood, to your friend with young kids and minimal free time, to your mom with the long commute, and even to your young hipster brother.
There is something here for everyone!
Unique Gift Ideas for The Person Who “Wants Nothing”
(this is the one I have)
Hot tea, coffee, cocoa drinkers...this mug makes a great gift for them all. We have two and I LOVE that they make ones for lefties like me. These mugs are beautiful and well made. Put one together with a bag of coffee or box of tea and you have a winning gift idea for all ages.
2. Fountain Pen & Notepads
We love good pens in our family and our children have become pen snobs themselves. Which is why my husband began having a difficult time locating a pen when he needed to– they were all being hoarded by my little artists.
So he decided to buy a pen that only he could use. And everyday I hear about how wonderful it is. (I’ve since asked for one to be in my stocking this year too).
If you have someone on your list who writes, makes lots of lists or notes, or is just generally pen-snobbish like we are, then this fountain pen would make a really fun gift! You can pick from a dozen or more colors of ink and choose different tip sizes too. Throw in a fountain pen friendly notebook and your loved one is ready to go.
(Here is another more user-friendly version that uses cartridges for ink).
3. The Gift of Subscriptions
Subscriptions are truly the gifts that keep on giving. In the past, I have always given magazine subscriptions for gifts. Cooking magazines for my mother-in-law, fishing magazines for my husband, kid magazines for my (you guessed it) kids.
I love now that there are so many more types of subscriptions with which you can gift people! These are three of my favorites.
Plan to Eat :: A subscription for ANYONE who likes to eat.
Plan to Eat is AHHH-MAZING. It is everything you need to make sure food is ready to cook in one place. The service provides a seriously user-friendly place to organize recipes, make shopping lists, and put together meal plans. There are videos to help you figure it out and great customer service if you get stuck.
It would be an awesome gift for anyone who buys their own groceries and tries to make meals at home. AND THIS WEEKEND IT IS 50% OFF! SUCH a great deal! That means it’s just $20 for a year’s subscription and they have gift subscription available too, so you can buy it now and it will not begin until the recipient activates their account.
Kindle Unlimited :: A subscription for readers of books & magazines.
If you are shopping for someone with a love for good books and magazines, you should consider gifting them with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. You do not even need a Kindle to make use of it because you can simply download the free Kindle app to access your books, magazines, and more.
Stitch Fix :: A subscription for the well-dressed.
Did you know that Stitch Fix has a service for men too? And pregnant women?
With Stitch Fix, you get to sign up, choose styles and clothes you like, and have a personal shopper put together a box of clothes and accessories to be sent to your doorstep. Try the clothes on, keep what you love, and send back the rest. Easy, peasy.
A gift certificate to Stitch Fix is the PERFECT gift for a guy on your list who likes to look put together, a mom on your list who gets hives at the thought of taking her kids with her to buy clothes, a daughter or sibling who you have NO IDEA what they would like to wear, and anyone else who finds putting on pretty clothes and trying new things fun.
(Hint: I wouldn’t mind this under the tree).
4. Moka Pot
We LOVE coffee, but have not had a coffee maker since ours broke at the beginning of summer. Instead, we have been putting our stovetop espresso maker to use multiple times a day. The Moka Pot is easy to use, takes about ten minutes to brew, and then can be mixed with water or a little milk for an amazing cup of coffee.
My husband was at a friend’s house just this week, and his friend even said he preferred the coffee from his Moka Pot over coffee from his expensive countertop espresso machine!
This is the perfect gift for any coffee lover on your list!
*the Amazon description says 6-cup, but it means 6 shots of espresso, not 6 cups of coffee!
5. Man Crates
Guys. These crates are SO COOL. There are literally hundreds of gift ideas on the Man Crates site to choose from. This is where I’m doing most of my shopping for the men on my list.
Personally I love the project idea crates. You can gift your husband, brother, or father a crate to make their own hot sauce or beer, carve their own pipe or knife, or even cure their own bacon! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving– process and product.
There are pricier options and less expensive options. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to end up with a unique gift.
6. Milk Frother
Ok, so maybe I’m adding this because I want one for myself. But, it does seem like exactly the kind of thing that would be so much fun to have around, and yet unlikely that you would buy one for yourself.
I first got this idea when Crystal Paine (aka Money Saving Mom) shared about how she was loving hers.
A milk frother is not just for coffee drinkers. It is also great for warming milk for tea and hot chocolate! What a great gift for keeping warm in the winter months!
7. Edible Gifts
If all else fails, give food. Sweet treats, tasty baskets, and salty snacks always make good gifts.
Make it yourself ideas:
Build a basket ideas:
- butter cookies, coffee, & a chocolate bar
- summer sausage, hard cheese, crackers, & fruit
- fresh baked bread, herb butter, & sparkling lemonade
- pickles, stuffed olives, nuts
- “around the world candy”– try to find candy from as many places as you can, include a map and highlighter to mark off countries
- loose tea leaves, a tea ball, and biscotti
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