Some might call them "high maintenance," but really, they've just got great taste: You know the friends and family members that I'm talking about, and for them, it's imperative to find gift ideas for people who are hard to buy for. When a holiday or a birthday rolls around, you know that a bottle of liquor and a pair of bookends aren't going to cut it for this person. Maybe it's because they're unbelievably practical, or maybe it's because they're just your pickiest friend, but either way, you can rest easy knowing that you're covered this time around.
I don't think I have anyone in my life who's particularly easy to buy for (except maybe my brother, who's spent the past 29 Christmases getting psyched over knitted hats and Star Wars memorabilia). For everyone else, I need something that's functional, yet sleek, so it fits their space as well as their choosy lifestyle. If it solves multiple problems at once, even better, because there's absolutely no room for "impractical clutter" in these people's lives. If you know someone who fits into the aforementioned category, check out these weird but genius gifts on Amazon for people who are especially hard to shop for.
1A Highly-Rated, Do-It-All Vacuum Cleaner
Consumer Reports raves about this powerful do-it-all handheld vacuum, which easily tackles hard-to-reach areas like stairs, upholstery, and even your car. Its unique design has a rotating brush cover that twists both vertically and horizontally as you maneuver the machine, making cleaning a breeze. Plus, this lightweight vacuum is just a fraction of the cost of comparable cleaners.
2Get A Professional-Grade Massage At Home
This acupressure mat and pillow set is cheaper than hiring a personal masseuse, and just as effective. The set has nearly 8,000 combined acupressure points that - despite their prickly appearance - relieve tension, loosen tight muscles, and boost circulation to help induce relaxation.
3Never Spill Your Hot Coffee Again
Java junkies, rejoice: There's a new stainless steel travel mug in town, and unlike some of the competition, this one's got a lid that automatically seals to prevent leaks and spills. In addition to keeping beverages hot for hours, it's designed to use with one hand for ultimate ease.
4Keep Your Phone Fully Charged At All Times
There will come a day - thought if you're like me, that day is every single day of your life - where your phone dies at an inopportune time. Save yourself from the horror of being phone-less with this ultra-thin external battery charger. At just 4mm, the device isn't much bigger than a credit card and can easily be stored in a wallet. PSA: Got an Android? Check out a similar product here.
5Squeeze, Scoop, Cut & Grate Your Favorite Fruits
Because it's space-efficient, sleek, and extremely useful, the OLizee Creative Fruits plant multi kitchen tool makes an awesome gift for any hard-to-please chef. When assembled, it looks like a colorful and modern plant, but it's got ten tools to squeeze, scoop, cut, and grate your favorite fruits.
6Clearer and More Vibrant Photos With Your Smart Phone
The VICTONY professional 2 in 1 phone lens kit comes with a wide angle and a micro lens that clip onto any smart phone, instantly upgrading your phone camera so that your pictures are clearer, more vibrant, and way more precise. It's awesome for the amateur photographer, or just anyone who loves taking pictures.
7For The Coldest Beverages Of All Time, Look No Further
With these beverage cooling sticks, your days of warm, watered-down drinks can be behind you. Whether you're drinking an iced tea, beer, or soda, these coolers will keep your favorite drink chilled without diluting it. Perfect for barbecues, festivals, and camping, this package comes with two sticks, so be ready to share this life-changing stick with a friend.
8The Best Solution To Garlicky Hands
Garlic smells amazing when it's in food, but much less so when it's on your hands. This stainless steel "soap" is the ultimate solution to remove the lingering scent of garlic, onion, fish, or other odors — or, as I like to call them, "The Ghosts of Meal-Prep Past."
9Sprinkle Magic Onto Your Dinner
These wand-shaped salt and pepper shakers are entertaining props and serve a purpose at the dinner table. Watching salt and pepper sprinkle out of the waving wands creates a magical illusion that both adults and kids will find hilarious. Go ahead, access your inner wizard and princess.
10A Luxurious Serum For Salon-Quality Hair
This Davines Oil absolute beautifying potion is a luxurious and gorgeous-smelling serum to detangle, style, and seriously reduce frizz. "My coworkers thought I had had a salon appointment - my hair looked that good despite the fact that I have no hairdressing skills whatsoever and did nothing else different than usual to style my frizzy locks," says one reviewer. Others say it works infinitely better than Moroccan oil, and smells so good, it can replace your perfume.
11Relax And Refresh With A Simple Click
We could all use a little more zen in our lives, and for those of us who need a little help in de-stressing, this aromatherapy diffuser and humidifier can help us get there. Simply add your favorite essential essential oils and the aromatic mist will circulate it around a wider area compared to other diffusers thanks to its innovative fan technology. You'll also get the benefits of a humidifier, leaving your skin feeling more moisturized.
12This Spa-Like Hydrating Cream
Coconut oil is one of the beauty-world wunderkinds, and for good reason: This all-natural moisturizing cream tackles three common beauty concerns in one rich, luscious product that smells like heaven. Suitable for all skin types, it hydrates your body deeply without being greasy, make-up remover, and even conditions hair. In other good news, the salon-sized container will last you forever.
13Detoxify Your Pores With These Effective Nose Strips
Korean beauty is everything right now for those who seek clearer skin, and this three-step blackhead clearing kit is at the top of everyone's wish list. Created by the Korean beauty brand Holika Holika, these nose strips use pink clay to effectively open, clear, and minimize pores.
14For The High-Maintenance Reader
This adorable yet practical Songbird reading table lamp has three touch-control light intensities that you can dim, and it's got a built-in Bluetooth speaker, so you can listen to your favorite music straight from your device. It's also got a hands-free bendable neck, no wire, and is 100 percent rechargeable.
15Volcanic Clay Detoxifies Your Skin
Clay masks are quite the rage in the beauty world right now, and this pure clay mask ups the ante by sourcing its clay from volcanic eruptions on the South Korean island of Jeju. This rare ingredient deeply cleanses pores, drawing out impurities and absorbing excess sebum to revitalize your skin and leave it looking bright, clear, and restored. Use it twice a week for maximum impact.
16Wherever There's Sunlight, There's A Charge
Imagine a world in which wherever there's sunlight, there's a charge on your phone. This genius solar phone charger has a high capacity 8000 mAh power bank that uses the light from the sun to charge your devices. It has two USB ports and is resistant to dust, drops, bumps, and moisture.
17The Solution For Your Weirdest Leftovers
Finding the right cover for leftovers is no easy task, especially if you're dealing with, say, a half-eaten watermelon. Enter CoverBlubber food covers, which stretch to fit even the most awkwardly shaped leftovers, whether they're in a container or the food item itself. The eco-friendly covers are reusable, and each set comes with four covers of different sizes, so you're — ahem — covered no matter what.
18Car Radio Doesn't Use Bluetooth? No Problem
The hands-free car charger and Bluetooth transmitter is an incredibly good gift idea for anyone with a pre-Bluetooth car. It plugs straight into your cigarette lighter to charge two devices at once, but it also syncs up your car's radio to Bluetooth and hands-free calls, meaning that the sound from your phone goes straight through to the stereo system.
19Get Immediate Muscle Relief
Work away tension and relieve tight, overworked muscles with this personal shiatsu massager. In a glorious display of design genius, it wraps around the hard-to-reach shoulders and upper back, kind of like the world's greatest hug. Turn on the heating effect for even deeper muscle relief.
20Use This Mask For The Softest Feet Possible
Okay, this foot exfoliation mask is amazing, albeit just a little creepy. About three to seven days after application of the mask, your feet will start peeling — a lot, in fact. Within about two weeks, all that dead and crusty skin will have sloughed off, leaving you with baby soft feet that are perfectly primed to show off.
21How To Make Cleaning Much More Fun
Dust bunnies are endless sources of annoyance — unless you mean the Dust Bunny dusting mitt, which is an endless source of awesome. Simply slide it over your hand and get to dusting. Its clingy microfiber material keeps your space dust-free by picking up lint, fuzz, hair, and yes, even dust bunnies — which multiply like, well, bunnies. This mitt makes dusting much more fun, so cleaning won't even feel like a chore.
22The Perfect Knife Set For Any Kitchen
This colorful set of six multipurpose knives spices up dinnertime with their fun patterns, and their different blades (think paring, serrated, and Santoku) ensure that while they're playful, they can still get the job done. Bonus: Each knife comes with a protective blade guard to help prevent the blades from dulling. At such an affordable price, this set is a great value for stocking your kitchen with the most necessary knives.
23Get The Guac Of Your Dreams, Every Time
Friends don't let friends have brown guacamole — and you can be that friend by giving this Guac-Lock container to your favorite avocado lover. It sucks the air out of the container to keep guacamole looking as green as nature intended, and it can even be used for serving. Who's got the chips?
24When All Else Fails, Teach The Art Of Acceptance
Finally, when all else fails, remind your loved one to loosen up a bit with this New York Times best seller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It's written by famous blogger Mark Manson and teaches the art of acceptance through academic research and hilarious commentary. It asserts that, instead of trying desperately hard to be perfect all the time, what people really need is to cut through the crap to become better, happier people.
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