Gift ideas for the hard-to-shop-for people on your list

Around the holidays, the people in our lives tend to fall into two categories: those who are easy to shop for and those that are hard to shop for.

For example, I can’t walk into a store without finding something I am tempted to buy for my brother-in-law. He loves bees (he’s a beekeeper), computer/techy things, Transformers and Angry Birds. And he’s so appreciative, no matter how small or expensive/inexpensive the gift, which takes a lot of the pressure off.

On the other hand, his wife, a.k.a. my older sister, is pretty difficult to shop for. She’s just very particular – and though I’ve got a pretty good read on her after 24 years, gifts for her usually come down to the wire.

But never fear, there’s still time for gift shopping and I’ve found some ideas for this second category of people:

“Feel good gifts” are a good option for the hard-to-shop for, according to KTLA in Los Angeles. They show that you put thought into selecting a quality item and the sale of such items typically support a good cause.

For picky teenagers, gift cards may be the best option. That way, they can pick out something that matches their specific interests or allows them to hang out with their friends – i.e. movie tickets or food gift cards – while saving you the hassle of keeping up with the latest trends.

Personalized gifts can be perfect for the hard to shop for, according to the Guardian. They show you thought about the recipient.

The Etsy.com “Gift Ideas” feature will help find personalized recommendations by analyzing your Facebook friends’ “likes.”

What are your suggestions for buying something for the hard-to-shop-for?

About Ashley Wislock

Business reporter focusing on retail for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. In my spare time, I’m a social media, sports, reality TV and celebrity gossip junkie. Contact me at awislock@ydr.com or 717-771-2029!

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