It's hard enough shopping for the people you know, but what do you get the people you don't really know? Don't stress over what to buy your co-worker, your kid's teacher, or that neighbor down the street you never see but who still randomly showed up at your door with a gift last night. There are tons of last-minute gifts to choose from that anyone would enjoy. In fact, you'll probably want to pick up a second item for yourself after searching through this list.
A Starbucks gift card is not the only "safe" option. You can still get a thoughtful gift that doesn't require much thought. Here are 17 great gifts to get just about anybody (under $40).
Moleskine Daily Planner
Give a gift that’s light and practical. Moleskine’s color-a-month gift box comes with individual daily planners for each month of the year. It’s the perfect organization tool for anyone to use.
Daily planner, $39.95, Moleskine
Holiday Coffee Sampler
Get this 5-pack coffee sampler from World Market with rich flavored coffee blends, like Red Velvet, Fireside Rum, Chocolate Peppermint, Eggnog, and a classic Holiday Blend. It’ll make any coffee-drinker’s holiday a little merrier.
Coffee sampler, $10.99, World Market
The last thing anyone wants on a cold day is for their coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to go cold after just five minutes. This mug warmer keeps your favorite hot beverages at the perfect temperature. Plus, with dual temperature settings, your gift recipient can set their beverage to piping hot or just comfortably warm.
Mug warmer, $19.99, Brookstone
'Humans of New York'
New Yorker or not, “Humans of New York” is the ultimate coffee table book. It’s filled with the most incredible photos of everyday New Yorkers and inspiring quotes. In other words, it’s a must-have!
‘Humans of New York,’ $17.99, Amazon
Bag-Shaped Glass Bowl
This contemporary candy dish is shaped like an unzipped disposable plastic bag, but has a flat base for stability. This unique bowl will add a bit of art to any coffee table.
Glass bowl, $11, Amazon
Flex Tech Beanie
Give an ultra warm and useful gift this winter, like this Urban Outfitters beanie made to keep your ears and head as cozy as can be.
Beanie, $24, Urban Outfitters
Microwave Popcorn Popper
This Catamount glassware is perfect for making popcorn without the hassle. Simply pour the uncooked popcorn in the container, place the butter on the silicone melting lid, and microwave. Once the corn is popped to perfection, you can serve a treat that everyone will enjoy. Now who wouldn’t want that?
Microwave popcorn popper, $22.95, Amazon
Tea Bag Holding Mug
This innovative mug has a boat deck-inspired tie-off for your tea bag. Finally, the eternal problem of fishing around in your mug for the tea bag tag is over.
Tea bag holding mug, $20, uncommongoods.com
Ghirardelli Holiday Set
Everyone loves a little chocolate, especially during the holidays. So what better gift to give than a Ghirardelli holiday set full of their most popular chocolate and an oversized mug (for hot chocolate, of course)?
Ghirardelli holiday set, $17.99, Target
Nate Berkus Candle
Nate Berkus, an interior designer and Oprah’s BFF, has designed the perfect balance of style and scent. This fruity blackberry-scented candle is perfect in any room, and can burn for up to 25 hours.
Scented candle, $12.99, Target
Golla Air Wallet
This stylish wallet case from Microsoft is the perfect size and accessory for holding a phone, cash, and cards.
Golla air wallet, $34, Microsoft
Threshold Throw Blanket
Give the gift of warmth and comfort with this sweater-knit throw blanket. The heavy-weight fabric makes lounging anywhere in the house so much better.
Threshold throw blanket, $34.99, Target
Tea Infusing Tumbler
This stainless steel snowflake tumbler includes a removable tea basket and is vacuum-insulated, keeping your tea hot or cold for hours so your gift recipient can enjoy brewing on-the-go.
Tea infusing tumbler, $28.95, Teavana
Mara Mi Animal Journals
These simple yet chic journals make the perfect add-on gift for anybody, literally — teachers, bosses, students —ANYBODY.
Mara Mi animal journals, $4.99 each, Target
Double Layer Scarf
Everyone loves a good scarf, and a pop of color in the winter is always welcome. This double layer infinity scarf from Zara does just the trick.
Double layer scarf, $25.90, Zara
Shatterproof Wine Glass
The thumb-notches in the side of the glass make for a secure grip, which looks cool but is kind of unnecessary considering these wine glasses are shatterproof. Even if your gift recipient isn’t a wine drinker, these Govino wine glasses are a great addition to any kitchen.
Shatterproof wine glass, $14 each, MoMa store
This high-tech outdoor blanket is made of a hyper-light nylon that is both waterproof and puncture-resistant. The best part is this 44” by 55” blanket fits in your back pocket. Your next picnic just got a whole lot fancier!
Pocket blanket, $30, Bespokepost.com