10 Super-Thoughtful Gifts for All the Hard-to-Shop-for People on Your List

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Some people are just so hard to shop for! Maybe they already have just about everything, or you don’t know that much about them, or you feel the pressure to get something really good?

We’re trying to make it a little easier for you, though — with gift guides galore and this guide, specifically targeting the people you might be struggling the most to shop for. Take a breath and keep reading.

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Your Dad Who Has Everything:
Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $80

Whether your dad still heads into an office or he’s retired, he’ll get a kick out of this futuristic and highly practical mug. He can use his phone to set his desired temperature and the mug will keep his coffee or tea set to that exact temp. It’s not just a gimmick, promise — a bunch of Kitchn and Apartment Therapy editors have an Ember and are totally obsessed with it.

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Your Mom Who Has Everything:
Domaine Smoke Glass Punch Bowl, $70 at CB2

Chances are, your mom is probably nostalgic for party punches, or she still has the same punch bowl she got back when your parents got married. All that’s to say that she’s sure to love this modern take on the retro classic. Have you ever seen a cooler punch bowl? We’re guessing she hasn’t either!

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Your Significant Other:
Photive Sphere Wireless Speakers, $49 at West Elm

The couple that cooks together, stays together! That’s how the saying goes, right? Get one of these gorgeous speakers and you can leave it out in the kitchen to listen to tunes or podcasts as you work as a team to get dinner on the table. Or, give an experience and go for this Masterclass series taught by Thomas Keller. You guys can watch the classes online and make some memories while also learning some legit skills.

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Your Best Friend at Work:
Fred and Friends Fortune Notes and Eraser Set, $7

There’s no need to go all out: Just get your work friend a little something to show your appreciation for all she’s done for you this year. This set features a fortune cookie-shaped eraser and two notepads made to look like fortunes. You can use it in 2019 to leave her all sorts of fortunes — like, “There’s a coffee break in your future. Specifically at 4:00.”

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Your Best Friend in Life:
Work It Out Gym Bag, $35

This bag says what you’re both thinking. And she can use it to pack up for any weekend road trip that you guys decide to plan at the last minute.

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Your Stellar Employees:
Amazonian Açai Anti-Pollution Mask, $6 at Terrain

How to thank your team that works real hard to make you look good? With something they’ll actually use. Bonus if it’ll help them unwind during the holiday break! This face mask is made with real açai berries and costs only $6, so it won’t blow your budget if you have a large team. If you have more to spend, you can pair each mask with an always-appreciated gift card!

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Your Book Club’s White Elephant:
Enamel Bookmark Set, $25 for four

Because your book club buddy deserves a page marker that’s better than a random Post-it note. In addition to the cute icons, each bookmark features a cheeky phrase like “what a twist” and “taco bout it.”

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Your Cousin You Rarely See:
Pizza Tee-Shirt, $15 at Etsy

So you’re cousin’s away at college or moved out of town and now you only really get to see her a few times a year? Even without knowing anything about her, we’re guessing she loves pizza (doesn’t everyone?), so this cheeky tee is a safe bet. The maker is currently holding a sale, too, so you can probably cross a few other people off your list while you’re at it.

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Your Secret Santa:
Ranch, $17

Want to get something that’s sure to get a laugh and still be somewhat useful? Say hello to this Ranch dressing-centric cookbook. It’s got 60 recipes — like Ranch Battered Onion Rings and Ranch Buttermilk Waffles — to help home cooks turn the classic flavor profile into more than just salad dressing.

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Your Niece or Nephew:
Eco-Dough, $16 for six at Uncommon Goods

What do kids like? Anything colorful and squishy! This all-natural sculpting dough is colored with dyes from fruits and veggies. Once it’s opened, show your sibling’s offspring how to make all sorts of mini foods with the stuff.

Who else are you shopping for? Tell us who’s stumping you and we’ll try to help!

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