35 Impressive Gifts Even Picky People Will Love

Your holiday shopping just got way easier.

by Andrea Gale
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As the season of gift-giving rapidly approaches, you may be thinking of those hard-to-shop-for people in your life. The spirit of generosity is most powerful when coupled with the spirit of discernment; ideally, you want your gift to be appreciated even by (especially by) the very picky person for whom you are shopping.

To make holiday shopping as stress-free as possible, I’ve compiled 25 impressive gifts even the most discerning recipients will love. There’s an Augustinus Bader starter pack guaranteed to make the skin care fanatic in your life shriek with glee, a Coach bag in the season’s hottest metallic finish for that friend who’s obsessed with fashion, and a chicly functional 10-piece ceramic cookware set for the budding chef on your list. Scroll on and breathe a sigh of relief — all that holiday shopping just got way easier.


A Dermatologist-Backed Red Light Therapy Kit

The Solawave skincare wand uses red light therapy, galvanic current, and gentle massage to improve skin tone and texture: All it takes is clean skin, a layer of the included activating serum, and three minutes a day. “I’m kind of obsessed,” said dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang, while reviewers rave that it’s easy to use and produces a noticeable glow — if you’re shopping for a skincare enthusiast, put this at the top of your list.


This Timeless Shoulder Bag In A Trending Metallic Finish

A heritage brand like Coach always makes for a thoughtful gift. Crafted from genuine leather, the Tabby shoulder bag is built with the same quality that makes all Coach pieces so collectible — in a timeless yet currently trending metallic finish guaranteed to make any outfit pop. A detachable shoulder strap and short handle allow the bag to be worn as either a clutch, top handle, or shoulder bag, for the ultimate little day-to-night tote.


This Pair Of Chunky Gold Vermeil Huggies

Shoppers are obsessed with these Mejuri huggie earrings; “Looks fantastic on the ear” raved one, “elegant, subtle, [and] classic. Can wear these with everything”. Crafted from 18k gold vermeil over sterling silver, These lightweight, hypoallergenic earrings are minimal enough to blend with multiple piercings, and statement-making enough to be worn singly.


This Unbelievably Luxe Skincare Set

The name Augustinus Bader has been whispered — nay, shouted — in skincare circles for years, so this gift set is bound to impress even the most discerning of skincare enthusiasts in your life. Including the brand’s cleansing gel, an exfoliating and hydrating essence, a nourishing face oil, and, of course, the hero product The Rich Cream, this luxe set is an instant skincare upgrade.


An Award-Winning, Hair-Rejuvenating Gift Set

All hair types can benefit from this Coco & Eve hair-rejuvenating gift set. Formulated with nourishing Balinese ingredients, the kit includes the brand’s smoothing Miracle Hair Elixir hair oil, a leave-in conditioner, and a restorative hair masque that’s won some notable beauty awards, to leave the lucky recipient with hair that’s soft, glossy, and protected. The set is vegan, cruelty-free — and the Millennial pink packaging is just adorable.


An Essential Crewneck For Their Capsule Wardrobe

Even the ultra-picky style aficionado will appreciate this crewneck sweater. A part of Theory’s latest collection, it’s made of Italian wool in a timeless long-sleeved crewneck design that will elevate any capsule wardrobe. It’s fitted enough to be worn underneath jackets and blazers, and polished enough to wear all by itself. Offered in 12 shades, there’s more than enough here to satisfy lovers of color and neutrals alike.

Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large | Colors: 12


This Kendra Scott Gift Set For The Perfect Night In

Shoppers rave about the way this thoughtful Kendra Scott gift set is a treat for the senses: In addition to a delicate, sparkling pendant necklace, it includes a scented mother of pearl candle and the wine of your choice from a carefully curated selection. If the person you’re shopping for appreciates beauty in taste, scent, and jewelry — and is over 21 — this gift is an easy yes.


A Sweet And Sparkly Alphabet Charm

Personalize their jewelry with this sweet and sparkly alphabet charm by Mejuri; each charm is crafted from solid 14k gold, using only conflict-free diamonds, for a high-quality piece they’ll keep forever, and that will satisfy even the pickiest jewelry-lover. This charm can be added to an existing bracelet or necklace, or purchase one of Mejuri’s many chic chains—you’ll find this charm is as accommodating as it is gorgeous.


A Neuroscientist-Developed Stress-Reducing Band

A way to address the stresses of everyday life, Apollo Neuro’s wearable band is ideal for anyone who loves technology — or who’s looking for a non-invasive, substance-free aid to dealing with life’s stressors. Developed by a physican and a neuroscientist, the device uses gentle vibrations to combat stress, acting like a hug for the nervous system. It can be worn as a band on the wrist or ankle or clipped onto clothing, and can be used to help with everything from social situations to meditation.


These Simple 3-In-1 Cleansing Pods For The Traveler In Your Life

The perfect gift for someone who adores products that make traveling easier, these pods serve as makeup remover, cleanser, and exfoliant, all in one little ball. Lightweight and water-free, they can easily be popped in a carry-on suitcase without counting towards your TSA limits, and when you’re ready to use them, all you need is water — truly effortless.


A Dual-Sided Cleansing Brush With A Gemstone Massager

Bring luxury-spa-level luxury into their daily routine with this dual-sided cleansing brush. One side features soft, anti-microbial, medical grade silicone bristles, with a vibrating cleansing mode that features 11 levels of intensity; the other contains a gemstone that warms when the spa mode is activated. Compatible with their favorite cleansers, serums, and moisturizers, this brush is sure to become a skincare essential.


This Cozy Fleece Pullover That Supports The National Parks

Parks Project crafts its cozy fleece pullover from thick recycled sherpa, with elastic at both cuffs and waistband and a high neck to keep you toasty. The funky retro design is unquestionably vintage-chic, and is relaxed enough to be layered over tees and tanks. A portion of every purchase is donated to national park preservation efforts. Offering form, function, and sustainability, this is a gift destined to impress the nature lover in your life.

Sizes: X-Small — XX-Large


This Buttery-Soft (& Sustainable) Bamboo Sheet Set

Hot sleepers will adore these 400 thread-count bamboo sheets. They’re woven from organically grown bamboo, which feels cloudlike and can help with temperature regulation. You don’t have to be a hot sleeper to appreciate them, however; shoppers rave that the bamboo-based fabric is “buttery soft,” calling it “a treat beyond compare.”

Colors: 6


This Restaurant-Quality Anodized Cookware Set

One shopper raved of this cookware set, “I bought these last year and they're worth every penny. Easy to store, non-stick and super easy to clean.” The diamond-infused nonstick ceramic coating is pre-treated before being hard-anodized, for pots and pans that are exceptionally durable, and they’re designed to nest together for tidy storage. The set includes a stockpot and grill pan, along with two saucepans and frypans.


A Luxe Leather Charging Station

This charging station would make an elegant addition to any home. Crafted from real Italian leather, it features a charging area compatible with Apple, Android, and AirPods, along with an additional USB port, and a catch-all to keep items like pencils, lip balm, or jewelry looking tidy.

Colors: 8


A Glow-Boosting Toner & Serum

Shopping for a skincare devotee? Consider this glow-boosting toner and serum duo, which uses exfoliating polyhydroxy acid, soothing aloe vera extract, skin-building peptides, and hydrating hyaluronic acid for a luminous effect your intended recipient is sure to love.


A Classic Crewneck From A Celeb-Fave Brand

Buying for someone with their finger on the pulse of fashion? This oversized Elwood sweatshirt is a can’t-miss gift, with its roomy on-trend silhouette, made of organic cotton that will only look better with age and wear. A favorite of A-listers like Justin Bieber, the brand is known for their 90’s-inspired aesthetic, and this sweatshirt is one any vintage-loving recipient is sure to be obsessed with.


These Ceramic Tumblers For The Art Lover

Art lovers won’t be able to resist these vibrant tumblers; designed by Mexican artist Sergio Ponce, and handmade in Mexico, the floral motif was inspired by indigenous Mexican art, and pieces in the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the National Museum of American History. Each tumbler is dishwasher and microwave safe, and would be a vibrant and chic addition to any table.


This Instant Happy Hour Kit

The entertainer on your list is bound to enjoy this happy-hour-in-a-box. Containing nearly everything they’ll need for a chic and delicious cocktail hour, the set includes mixers like espresso syrup, hot toddy mix, and guava ginger beer, and an aromatic non-alcoholic tequila substitute, along with a selection of snack mixes — there’s even a cute gold-toned jigger and cocktail spoon. Simply add their liquor of choice, and happy hour starts now.


A Luxury Candle From An Award-Winning Brand

A luxury candle that impresses through sight as well as smell, the Winter Full Of Wonder candle from Spoken Flames is crafted from a vegan coconut wax blend that’s mixed with a subtle golden shimmer and features seasonal and woodsy notes of Siberian fir, Nordic cedar, and bright lemon. A dual wooden wick crackles like a campfire; voted “Best Smelling Candle” by New York Magazine, it’s also long-lasting, with over 50 hours of burn time.


A Treat Subscription Box For Cultured Snackers

If the person you’re gifting to is known for their cultured taste in food, try a Tokyo Treat monthly subscription box. Curated with a variety of Japanese treats and snacks to delight the most discerning tastebuds, every box includes surprise specialty items like savory instant ramen packets and exclusive Japanese Kit Kat flavors. Available in 1,3, 6, or 12-month subscription plans, this treat box is a snacking upgrade.


A Quiet Luxury Sweater Made With Baby Alpaca Wool

Sophisticated and versatile, the creamy natural shade of this shrunken turtleneck sweater will look incredible with denim, trousers, skirts, and dresses — and it’s also available in a vibrant tangerine shade, if the person for whom you’re shopping happens to love color. The textured detail is complemented by wide ribbed cuffs and a cropped hem that will look equally chic with high- and low-waisted bottoms alike. Made from a dreamy-soft alpaca and merino wool blend, this feels as good as it looks.

Sizes: X-Small — Large | Colors: 2


An Instant Print Camera For Recording Throwback Memories

Nostalgia lovers will adore this Kodak instant-print camera. It allows the fun of an on-demand physical photograph, produced with up-to-date technology like a 5MP sensor and a wide-angle f/2 lens, with a camera speed that allows you to take a new photo even as you print the previous shot. And, since it uses Kodak Zink Photo Paper, there’s no need to worry about ink cartridges or toner.


A Fun & Easy Board Game That’s Great For Parties

If you’re gifting to a game-night enthusiast, put this guessing game at the top of your list. Reviewers praise it for being simple to set up, easy to understand, and even describe it as “thought-provoking” and “refreshingly clever.” It can be played with groups ranging in size from 2 to 20, for gatherings large and small.


A Really Nice Pair Of Seamless, Cushioned Calf Socks

Socks are are a thoughtful and special gift when they’re made by Darn Tough, a Vermont-based brand that crafts their sturdy, comfy socks from wool, nylon, and spandex using a high-density knitting technique that offers more stitches per inch than the average sock. The result is a calf sock that’s cushioned, seamless, breathable, and can be worn all year long.

Sizes: Small — XX-Large


A Posh Padded Silk Sleep Mask That Blocks All Light

You might want to keep a few of these silk sleep masks on-hand to give as gifts. They’ll make going to bed feel extra luxurious for anyone. Made of certified 22-momme pure Mulberry silk, the mask is adjustable and features a thick band and soft triple-layer padding to totally block out light.

Colors: 16


A Time-Saving Meal Kit Subscription

For the busy bee in your life, how about a thoughtful meal kit subscription from Hello Fresh? Combining the gift of time and nourishment, you can customize the subscription to suit the needs of the recipient, with meals delivered anywhere from 2 to 6 days a week, and there are plenty of dietary options to accommodate lifestyles, ranging from vegetarian to meat and potatoes, and everything in between.


This Surprisingly Chic And Versatile Strap For Their Yoga Mat

This Alo Yoga Studio To Street strap does exactly what its name suggests: the recipient can use the nylon straps for stretch and support when in the yoga studio, while adjustable looped ends and a wide shoulder strap transform it into a strap for transporting yoga mats of any size. The chain detail is edgy and chic—an instant equipment upgrade.


An Aromatherapy Set To Support Their Wellness Journey

A sure bet for the self-care crowd, this aromatherapy set from Vos is a considerate gift sure to support any wellness journey. Including their Think Straight aromatherapy roller to promote focus, their relaxing Sleep Tight Aromatherapy roller, and their peppermint and chamomile-infused massage oil, this set will leave them feeling—and smelling—incredible.


These Comfy UGG Mini Boots

Upgrade their loungewear with the addition of these classic UGG ankle boots. An updated take on the brand’s classic shearling boot, this pair is crafted from pretreated suede with a cushy sugarcane foam outsole, and a lower shaft height that’s easy to pull on and off. It’s all lined in UGG’s signature cozy sheepskin that will feel luxurious whether being worn around the house or out for errands.

Sizes: 5 — 11 | Colors: 7


This Illuminating Serum To Improve Skin Tone & Texture

Heure packs its Flawless Serum with ingredients like niacinamide and diglucosyl gallic acid along with botanical oils and gardenia fruit extract, for a product that gently works to reduce hyperpigmentation and improve texture. For smooth, bright, even skin, this serum delivers clinically backed results.


A Citrus-Scented Aqua di Parma Gift Set

The scent of this Aqua di Parma Aqua di Parma gift set features top notes of lemon, sweet orange, and Calabrian bergamot mix with middle and base notes of rosemary and sandalwood for an effect that’s timeless and fresh — and an absolute shoe-in with the scent lover in your life. The set includes eau de cologne, bath and shower gel, and a perfumed deodorant spray — everything needed for a sumptuously coordinated scent experience.


This Moisturizing Butter London Gift Set

A manicure candle like the one included in this Butter London gift set is destined to wow even the very picky; presented in a spouted ceramic jar, the natural oil looks like a candle, but becomes a luxe moisturizing treatment when the wick is lit and the softened oil is poured onto hands, feet, and nails. Also included is Butter London’s Pink Champagne Lippy Lip Balm, a moisturizing treatment which will instantly hydrate lips with a blend of jojoba and coconut oil.


A Lush Faux Fur Throw

Gift this luscious faux fur throw to anyone who could use a little extra coziness — but who also has discerning tastes. Shoppers are obsessed with the plush, OEKO-TEX-certified material, and it’s available in a variety of shades to coordinate with virtually any aesthetic or design scheme.


This Electric Sit-To-Stand Desk With A Tray For Concealed Cords

Gamers and home office workers will be obsessed with the Secretlab MAGNUS Pro Sit-To-Stand desk. As the name suggests, you can electrically adjust the height of the desk from sitting height to standing, with three custom elevation presets, and an integrated power column with a concealed cable powers both your desk and devices simultaneously. A full-length cable tray neatly conceals all cables with the included magnetic cable anchor system — and looks ridiculously cool while doing it.

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