* Figure out what to buy the hardest person on your list
* Get more personal than gift cards
* Shop for needs rather than wants
We all have that one loved one who is nearly impossible to shop for. They tell you not to even bother, claim to hate everything, and won’t even give you a hint toward what they might actually like to receive this year. Or, worse, they act happy when they open it, yet they discard, return, or never use what you get them afterward.
Even a true Scrooge likes Christmas gifts – if they are useful. You can impress and delight your picky loved one if you think beyond standard present fare. Here, we’ve solved the mystery with 9 gift ideas for the person who hates gifts.
1. Treblab XR500 Bluetooth Headphones
No one in the history of this planet ever thought, “Gee, I have too many headphones. It’s not like I ever lose them.” These Treblab running headphones have good sound quality and won’t slip out if sweat or sunscreen gets in their ears. Even if they hate gifts, it’s hard not to like – and find a use for – headphones.
2. ZAQ B LiteMist Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser
The only way someone could hate this gift is if they like stinky air. This small ZAQ diffuser will silently mist their space, and they can personalize what scented oils to put in it, from cedarwood to flowers to cookies – making this a much better gift than cologne or perfume. It can run for up to four hours before it needs refilling and shuts off automatically when it’s empty.
3. Google Home
This smart home device will probably be one of the hottest gifts of the year, but it’s one of those things your picky pal probably doesn’t think he or she needs. That is, until life is made easier with its help. And we all know Scrooge needs an assistant, so give them one. Google Home answers your questions, turns on linked devices like your stereo (it takes song requests, too) or lights, and can even save the day by making an emergency call – even if that’s just for pizza delivery.
4. Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity can make even the tightest-lipped, serious person cackle. The darkly humorous card game is a small, lightweight gift that’s perfect for people who are traveling between holidays, and you can all immediately start playing it after opening. It will beat talking politics around the dinner table, that’s for sure.
5. Celestron PowerSeeker 60AZ Telescope
For most of us, telescopes fall under the category of “really wanted this as a child, but couldn’t get Mom to buy it for me.” You can make that childhood dream come true for your friend, or at least give them a laugh while they are opening it. This inexpensive Celestron telescope is an outside-of-the-box gift and is a portable but powerful entry into astronomy. Who doesn’t like stargazing?
6. iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Robotic Vacuum
Getting someone a robotic vacuum is like hiring them a maid once a week for the rest of their life. This Roomba is the best bang for your buck, and still offers a lot of the great features of higher priced models. It can get under couches and beds, and your loved one can use their smart device to program it while they are away. Looks like your pal is suddenly going to have a lot more free time to hang out with you.
7. Honeywell Cool Moisture Germ-Free Humidifiier
Escaping dry skin and colds in the winter is a Herculean feat, and while this Honeywell Humidifiier may seem totally unglamorous, anyone who lives outside of a tropical climate will love you for it. This model offers 24 hours of continuous moisture streaming, automatically adjusts to suit the humidity of the room, and destroys 99 percent of contaminants in the air.
8. Roku 3600RW Streaming Stick
Maybe they hate gifts, but it’s highly unlikely that they hate all TV and movies. For an affordable price, you can buy them a Roku Streaming Stick and give them access to more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes on Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and PBS KIDS. The remote is user-friendly, portable, and can stream to multiple HDTVs.
9. Ray-Ban Aviator Blue Polarized Sunglasses
Everyone looks good in a pair of Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses. This unisex pair is especially great, as the polarized lenses provide superior glare reduction. Polarized sunglasses are a must for people who spend a lot time on the water. And for everyone else, a spare pair always comes in handy.
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