What to do for one person you can't figure out Xmas Gift for?

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Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

curiouscat2017 :  I would personally rather get an Amazon gift card from someone than get something that I don’t really care for. I know I’m not the easiest person to buy for (not for the same reasons as you’re mentioning, I just enjoy picking things out for myself and I’m quite picky). If I were this person, I would not be offended at all with an Amazon gift card. Plus, he/she can use it to buy kindle books if they want those, or can use it to buy something they really want. I don’t think you can go wrong with that route. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

Darling Husband and I really don’t like receiving gifts as we already have tons of things. Mother-In-Law gives us a restaurant gift card every Christmas. I love an all expense paid date night with the honey! 

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

If it’s a chick just grab her a gift basket of Bath and Body Works shit.

It’s the ultimate “I don’t know you or your interest but everyone likes to smell good and I needed to get you something” gift.

Also, socks. Everyone has feet. And feet get cold.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

It is ok to give whatever gift shows thought about what the person would like and use. If that is money, then that would be a good gift. 

No, just because you get one person money or a gift card, does not mean everyone has to get one too. We cannot know whether the sibling would be hurt at a monetary/GC. You are the only one here acquainted with them. Money would never insult me.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

An amazon gift card will be greatly appreciated since he’s still in school. Textbooks are pricey and he will appreciate any contribution towards his textbooks. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Amazon Gift Card is my go to for difficult to buy for people… They have everything. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee

Casting my vote for Amazon gift card. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

this year I’ve decided to start buying things for people who actually need shit instead of buying gifts for our parents who are impossible to shop for.

For my parents I bought a harry potter box set for the local low income housing apartments (they asked for donations of used fiction books).

For my in laws I bought a GoT box set and the two books in the “kingkiller chronicles” (my favorite!), also for the low income housing apartments.

For Darling Husband I bought a bunch of dog toys on the local animal shelter’s wish list.

Done.  Honestly, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy–I think/hope it’ll make them feel warm and fuzzy–the past few years, aside from the occasional inspired gift, generally my and DH’s parents have thrown out our gifts 😐  Even the friggin gift cards!  How do you not use a gift card (to something we all KNOW you like!?)  So yes, i give them the gift of helping someone who actually does want something but can’t afford it.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

i LOVE gift cards. as a college student i always needed stuff that wasn’t flashy or fun (so wouldn’t be received as a gift). i prefer to give gift cards unless i am seriously inspired to give someone a physical gift.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

curiouscat2017 :  We actually had a similar situation come up with FI’s family.

So, he has 2 sisters – one is very easy going and goofy, loves comedy, movies, music, etc. and the other is very picky and definitely girlier – she loves clothes, jewelry, home-stuff. She had recently gotten a new apartment and was so excited to decorate it. so, we decide to get sister A a bunch of funny goofy stuff (a funny party game, DVD of a standup special, and silly socks) and we got Sister B a gift card to bed bath and beyond to help furnish her new place. We thought we killed it – Sister B was so excited to pick out her own stuff and had STRONG opinions about decor, but she ended up being really hurt that we didn’t get her something personal and that she didn’t have stuff to open and for others to oooh and ahh over – I definitely feel like that could hurt feelings. That said, I don’t think you need to worry if the gift is somewhat generic though. Here are my suggestions:

– A scrabble game, potentially even a personalized one

– A puzzle or book of NYT crossword puzzles

– A scarf, hat, or gloves (if cold weather area)

– Bath bomb / other self care items (if a girl)

– Fuzzy slippers and bathrobe (unisex)

– Messenger bag (if boy), purse or clutch (if girl)

 

Edit: I think it’s less bad if you get one of the smaller items on the list and supplement with a $25 amazon GC. Just make sure they have something to open, YK?

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

I must be just jaded, as I feel no one has any right to feel hurt, because I gave them money. I don’t give anyone gifts much anymore, except a check for weddings. 

Maybe I am just a lousy gift-giver, but it has happened too many times that someone told me they didn’t like what I spent my time & money picking out just for them. So my solution is not to get them anything again. 

And the other thing, it happened too much that I found out someone gave my gift to someone else, the thing I got for them. If I had wanted to give that other person a gift, I would have. I know if I give someone something it is theirs to trash or regift if they want to, but again the solution is that it will be the last gift they ever get from me.

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