I'm the type of person who finds shopping extremely stressful. Lines are irritating, I'm convinced that department stores are intentionally disorienting, and finding jeans that fit my baby-bearing hips as well as my 4'11" height? Impossible. Perhaps the worst shopping experience, however, is finding gifts for people who are notoriously hard to buy for. Nothing ever seems adequate enough, and more often than not, you end up reaching for a pair of socks out of desperation. You then justify your purchase with, "But they've got sushi on them."
Maybe this loved one has everything already, or maybe they're just a really pragmatic person who prefers practical gifts that they'll actually use. Either way, a paperweight and a mug full of candy isn't going to cut it here. Your best bet here is thinking outside of the box.
For the particularly challenging people on my list, my go-to is always Amazon. They've got tons of weird but genius products that'll suit even your hardest-to-please friend. In addition to a great review section and super reliable shipping, Amazon has items that solve actual problems, have multiple functionalities, and are totally new to the market, so you can be sure that said difficult gift-receiver hasn't seen anything like it before.
1Give The Gift Of Bonsai Trees With This All-Inclusive Set
The Nature's Blossom Sow and Grow Bonsai Trees germination kit gives you everything you need to grow your very own Bonsai trees. It comes with organic seeds, peat soil disks, growing pots, plant markers, and instructions, and each set comes with four different types of trees. It’s a number one best seller in plants and seeds, and it makes an incredible housewarming gift for someone who has it all.
2The Gift Of A Spa-Like Coconut Milk Bath
Luxurious, healthy, and amazing for skin, this Herbivore Botanicals coconut milk bath soak isn't your average spa gift. It's made with all natural ingredients — primarily coconut milk, which soothes inflammation, supports healing, balances the skin, and leaves everything feeling silky smooth. People also say that this stuff smells amazing.
3These Sensible Nesting Bowls That Cover All Your Bases
For the extremely practical person's housewarming party, you've got this Joseph Joseph nesting mixing bowl set. It comes with nine pieces including bowls, measuring cups, and a colander, and they all effortlessly fit together to save room in your cabinets. They're also super durable and dishwasher-safe.
4For All Your Beer Drinking Needs
Beer lovers are really digging this bottle-opener fridge magnet, which sticks right on the fridge door without any damaging tools. No more scrounging for the bottle opener that always seems to disappear at the most critical moments, like, for example, 6 p.m. on a Friday night.
5This Versatile USB Vacuum To Clean Up Small Messes
Portable, effective, and oh-so-convenient, this LIVION mini desk vacuum cleaner helps you to clean tight corners and delicate areas using nothing but a USB port. It comes with multiple heads and a no-bag canister to collect dust and crumbs from your keyboard, desk, camera, and craft table. It also comes in three cool colors, and can be used with AA batteries instead.
6These Fun Alternatives To Your Standard Pot Holders
These Fred Pot Pinchers silicone pot holders are a fun and effective alternative to pot holders. They’re made from heat-resistant silicone that protects your hands and fingers from pots, lids, and handles, and they’ve got surprisingly good grip and control.
7Have Odor-Fighting Power Wherever You Go
This car air purifier offers a pretty clever solution for keeping your car's air clean and smelling fresh. It pumps out negative ions, which destroy odor-causing particulates, rather than just covering them up with scent. It even kills airborne mold, bacteria, and viruses. Plug it into your car's 12v outlet to immediately let the purifying begin.
8The Most Adorable Tea Infuser That Ever Was
This set of two Cute Platypus Tea Infusers has been on my wishlist for quite a while, and people are totally raving about them. Fill their bellies with your favorite loose-leaf tea and prop the adorable heat on the side of your mug. They're also made of durable food-safe silicone, have fine holes that prevent leaves from getting through, and are dishwasher-safe for easy clean up.
9The Solution For All The Smelly Things In Your Home
remodeez Footwear Deodorizer, $10, Amazon
If you're dealing with gross smells in your shoes, refrigerator, or closets, you should check out this all-natural solution. Instead of just covering up odors like other air fresheners do, these activated charcoal fresheners actually absorb moisture to prevent lingering smells and bacterial growth — stopping funky smells at the source.
10A Face Wash With The Most Unique Ingredients
Hear me out: Combining volcanic ash and kaolin clay may sound more like a science experiment than what you'd put on your face, but these two ingredients really give you clearer skin. The kaolin clay naturally purifies the skin, and volcanic ash works to retain skin's moisture long after washing. Want an even deeper clean? Use it weekly as a detoxifying mask.
11These Korean Wine Pads To Exfoliate And Soften Skin
This popular Korean beauty product is called the Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze peeling wine, and it uses grape-infused pads to remove build-up, dead skin, and dirt from the face. The innovative formula uses a double-sided gauze pad to exfoliate and soak up impurities, leaving your face ultra soft and smooth. “My skin feels amazing after using this,” says one reviewer. “Smell is like grape jelly… Enough to help take off the dead skin without harming the live cells.”
12This Sleek Essential Oil Diffuser And Humidifier
Riverock Essential Oil Diffuser, $25, Amazon
Sleek, modern, and safe, the Riverock essential oil diffuser delivers a steady stream of cool mist and aromatherapy into your room. It's designed for efficiency and ease of use in spaces like yoga studios, offices, and bedrooms, and it's got a built-in light that changes colors for ultimate relaxation.
13Prop Your Phone Up In Jurassic Style
To hold everything from your business cards to your phone, you've got this Comix mini dinosaur mount. It comes in multiple colors and makes an adorable desk decoration, but reviewers also find it particularly functional, too: "I usually watch Netflix/Hulu/Prime Video on my phone when I'm in bed, and I've dropped my iPhone on my face more times than I'd care to admit. It's a plus too, so it hurts. This little dino now holds my phone so I can safely binge in bed."
14This Space-Savvy Himalayan Night Light That Purifies The Air For You
Carved from natural Himalayan salt crystals, this Himalayan salt lamp night light plugs straight into any wall outlet to give you a calming orange glow. However, it also purifies the air by releasing negative ions into your space, which cling to dust and allergens to clear them away. “I wanted put a Himalayan salt rock in my bathroom but I didn't have a good spot for a large one,” says one reviewer. “The glow in my bathroom is just enough light and it is so pretty.”
15This Natural Exfoliating Cleanser That Does It All Without Damage
With organic ingredients like lavender and avocado oil, this exfoliating facial scrub is a gentle way to cleanse, moisturize, protect, and remove dead skin all at once. It uses natural jojoba pearls to unclog pores and exfoliate without damaging your skin’s natural oils, and the reviews are absolutely glowing because it removes all makeup and grime without leaving your face overly dry.
16The Easiest Way To Defrost Your Dinner
This VonShef Magical Defrosting Tray thaws food up to 10 times faster than it would thaw at room temperature. It doesn't use chemicals or electricity — thus, the magic — so you can be sure your food is ready to eat when you want it. It's the perfect solution for when you forget to defrost your dinner (again).
17For Pistachios, Olives, And Edamame
For someone who loves to entertain, the Joseph Joseph Double Dish is a simple yet brilliant addition to their kitchen. The removable top dish sits in the bottom dish that has three wide lips, so the snack goes in the bowl while the remains go in the tray. It's awesome for things like olives, pistachios, and edamame beans, and they're dishwasher-safe.
18One Of The Most Versatile Beauty Ingredients Out There
This Bentonite Clay is one of the most versatile beauty products out there, and that’s because it’s ultra-absorbent, entirely natural, and incredible for so many things. You can use it as a face mask for glowing skin, a hair detoxifier for cleaner roots and stronger strands, or as a face wash that shrinks pores. It also diminishes wrinkles, gently exfoliates, and soaks up toxins in the skin. To top it off, it’s pure and high-grade quality, and its extremely high rating ensures that even your hardest-to-please friend will be thrilled.
19The Only Kitchen Tool You'll Need
For anyone's who's super committed to this adulting thing, this multi-use kitchen tool combines commonly used kitchen gadgets (think: measuring cup, citrus reamer, and cheese grater) into one wine-shaped container. Its compact design means it won't take up much of your precious cabinet space, either. It's probably the most efficient, best value-for-your-money gadget you'll find in anyone's kitchen.
20Weekly Inspiration To Reach Your Goals
This year, any of your goals are in reach with the help of the 52 Lists Project. Its design helps you easily outline your route to success, including challenges for self-growth, space for self-reflection, and plenty of room for list-making. This best-selling journal is top-rated, and it will guide any reader to a more inspired life.
21This One Kitchen Utensil That Does Just About Everything
This 5-In-1 utensil slotted solid spoon is a must-have for any kitchen. That’s because it functions as a slotted spoon, a turner, a solid spoon, a spatula and, a cutting tool, and it’s entirely heat-resistant and dishwasher safe. Reviewers use it for barbecuing, cooking, and serving, and are saying thing like, “You will never use another kitchen tool once you get your hands on this little gem!”
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