Not in the market for a custom candy wall and 1 million pieces of candy or a 74-foot solar yacht for that hard-to-shop-for person on your gift list? (Yes, those are actually things on Neiman Marcus’ famed “fantasy gift” list.)
Even if your budget doesn’t include a resort vacation, you still don’t have to resort to yet another tie or tote bag. We’ve got you covered with thoughtful, creative and unique gift ideas for even the trickiest recipient on your gift list.
FOR THE COOK
Move over Instant Pot; this is a better “it” way to cook, sous vide, which takes food to the perfect done-ness every time, while retaining moisture and flavor. Choose a “smart model” that links to an app that notifies you once it’s done.
FOR THE WINE LOVER
Wine Preserver Bottle ($50)
Finishing an entire bottle every night may be a bit much. That’s where the wine preserver bottle comes in. It will allow them to open up their favorite vintage and enjoy it over several days, or even up to a week.
FOR THE MOVIE AFICIONADO
True movie lovers probably have some old DVDs gathering dust, but also want to stream from a laptop or even phone. Eliminate the format issue with a mini projector, which works with all media formats, and displays sharp, clear images wherever they are — even in the backyard. While you have a number of choices, this one promises more brightness and reduced noise.
FOR THE BOOK LOVER
Personal Embosser with Stand ($39.95)
Yes, you could get them more books or rare books, but chances are they already know their next preferred read. Most true book lovers delight in sharing their new favorite finds. Encourage them to share the wealth (maybe even with you!) but make sure they get their books back by imprinting them with this fancy embosser.
FOR THE GADGET GURU
This showerhead with a wireless speaker takes the concept of “singing in the shower” to a whole new level. The combo is particularly notable for its quality, which delivers both concert-like music and a spa-like shower experience.
FOR THE SPORTS LOVER
3D Replica Stadiums ($99.99)
It’s just like front-row seats (sort of). These 3D replica stadiums come in MLB, NFL or NCAA versions. While it’s a great stand-alone gift, they probably won’t complain if you turn it into an “experience gift” by adding tickets to a real game, too.
FOR THE DIY-ER
Anyone who regularly takes on projects will love this laser distance measure. With this handy tool, they can forget the adage of “Measure twice, cut once,” and just measure once…really, really accurately.
FOR THE TRAVELER
Coordinate Cuff Bracelet ($58)
Help them remember where they came from with this elegant cuff bracelet that sports the coordinates of their home address (or somewhere else with sentimental value). They’ll only have to look at their wrist to remember that someone at 43.0391° N 87.9021° W loves them.
FOR THE PET LOVER
Most pet-related gifts are for the actual pet; you know, cozy blankets, fun chew toys and costumes. But this paw wash, which comes in three sizes, is perfect for the pet owner who prefers not to have muddy footprints or garden chemicals tracked all over the house. Possibly not a bad idea to include some treats too, to encourage sitting patiently.
FOR THE TEENAGER
If your teenager’s drawers are overflowing with Ts or sweatshirts from every tournament, band camp or rock concert they’ve been to, have them made into a memory blanket that allows them to preserve their memories…and storage space.
FOR THE MOM
If what she really seeks is serenity now, give her some peace with a meditation pillow. Choose one filled with buckwheat hulls, which allows the pillow to conform to the body, so mom can focus on her Zen, and not how uncomfortable she is.