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SPY Guide: The Best Gifts for People Who Say They Don’t Want Anything

SPY GUIDE: Best Gifts for Those
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* Great gifts for those who say they don’t want anything
* Enjoyable holiday presents, no crass materialism required
* Give the gift of knowledge with content subscriptions and courses

We all know someone, or a few someones, who say don’t want anything for the holidays. Whether out of charity and a modest resistance to self-indulgence or mere ha-humbug anti-holiday spirit, chances are some of your friends and extended family pose a particular challenge when it comes to holiday shopping. Since you can’t really show up to your friends houses with nothing but gag gifts or lumps of coal, here are some of the best choices for those who insist they don’t want anything. Let your inner Elf free with Zooey Deschanel-levels of holiday cheer with the SPY guide to the best gifts for people who say they don’t want anything.

1. Magazine Subscriptions

A magazine subscription makes a great all-purpose gift. With access to quality longform content and up to a year’s worth of reading material, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Support writers and publishers and feel less crassly materialistic, too!

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2. Gourmet Coffee

This gourmet coffee sampler is a high quality gift that any fans of good coffee can appreciate. Bring home cafe-quality beverages with this Bean Box sampler.

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3. Personalized Ice Bucket and Wine Chiller

This Hampton Collection Engraved Chiller and Ice Bucket features handsome, hand-hammered details, solid construction and rolled edges, with a great attention to detail. The best part? You can personalize it by etching any name or message into the top of the bucket. Gift it with a bottle of champagne for a gift they can’t refuse.

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4. Amazon Prime (3 months)

Another gift that keeps on giving, this special 3-month Amazon Prime membership lets your gift’s recipients do all the choosing, and enjoy free shipping, great deals on books and streaming content and more.

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5. A Nice Bottle of Bourbon

If there’s someone on your list who just gets no pleasure from gadgets, clothes or other material goods, they may find more satisfaction and holiday cheer in the form of some high quality wine or bourbon. This four grain bourbon from Hudson Whiskey is a sophisticated, yet accessible choice.

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6. Craft Beer or Wine Subscription Box Service

A gift that keeps on giving for those who can’t decide what they want or insist they want nothing, these wine or craft beer subscription box services are a great way to round out the family and friends checklist.

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7. A Luxe Candle

It’s almost a cliche to suggest a scented candle, but this Diptyque luxe candle is enough to render it almost brand new. And just in case you haven’t heard a candle be called “game changing” before, well… now you have!

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8. Genetic Testing Kit

23andMe’s innovative mass market genetic testing kit is more than just a gimmick; it gets more useful the more genes science is able to identify. Beyond risk factors for specific genetic disease, it can now shed light on at least 74 different risk profiles as well as provide information about ancestral haplogroups. An optional feature lets you connect with other individuals you may be unknowingly related to.

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9. Buy Them a Class

A great gift for the un-materialistic is the gift of knowledge! You can buy your friends or family a course, with options ranging from foreign languages to software and coding.

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2017