What The %$#@! do I Buy This Person?

Gifts for people who are impossible to buy for

My husband is impossible to shop for. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. If I could buy him a $5,000 watch or a 1970 Porsche 911, he’d be quite content.

Come to think of it, it’s hard to find gifts for everyone who isn’t a kid. Besides my sister. She’s happy with gift cards, but what do you do if you are tired of buying boring old gift cards for people, or you’re buying for someone and you really can’t get away with going that route?

You come here is what you do. And you send this list to everyone you know, because they will be indebted to you for the rest of their lives and I think they may even throw parades for you.


I love the idea of buying bowls as gifts. All sorts of bowls! Who doesn’t like bowls!? And who couldn’t use a new beautiful set of stainless steel mixing bowls with lids? I could. I could use these real good.

You may laugh at these silicone BBQ gloves, but I can think of several grill masters who would be smitten if they owned these things. My husband would probably wear these ALWAYS IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.


Dammit! It’s the Dammit Doll. This doll has been created to be your personal inanimate whipping boy. Throw it, stomp on it, swear at it, break down in tears and tell it your woes. This is an all-around fun gift.

Simple, beautiful, high-quality candles are always a good idea when you’re not sure what to buy. Most people love candles, and if they don’t, it’s great to regift…


Christian and I made some personalized stamps from Zazzle a few years ago, and the reactions we got when we sent mail were priceless. This makes an extremely thoughtful, unique gift. You may even win the gift-giving competition you have with your brother every year for coolest present ever.

Another fun idea for something personalized is an ink stamper. Use the person’s address or just name, or whatever else you can think up. Total class.


There’s pretty much nothing wrong with this stein. Pop your can into it and you are all sorts of ready to get sloshy drunk and sing weird German drinking songs.

Maybe the person you’re buying for is a bit more classy, then you need to impress them with whiskey stones. Keep your whiskey to the perfect temperature without diluting it.


A sort of generic, but I think usually appreciated gift idea is a magazine subscription. It’s always fun to have a magazine delivered to you, and there are about 40 million zillion billion to choose from, no matter what your recipient is into. *Nudge, wink*

This would make kids, hipsters, geeks, teachers, you name it, happy as can be. At only $10 for a set of two, it’s a no-brainer for everyone on your list. P.S. You will need to buy your own Lego bricks. Here’s a good pack to take apart to tuck in with this gift.

Gifts for people who are impossible to buy for


This is day 4 of my 12 Days of Shopping collaboration with Pragmatic Mom. Here is her post on difficult to shop for people (and dogs!)
See all of the gift guides in our 12 Days of Shopping:

Day 1: DIY or Buy Advent Calendars – see Pragmatic Mom’s post on a DIY gratitude Advent calendar.

Day 2: Gifts That Give Back – Mine • Mia’s

Day 3: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids – My post on Gender Neutral gifts • Mia’s post on Gender bending gifts

Day 4: Gifts for Those Impossible to Shop for – My postMia’s post

Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant ArtistsMia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers

Day 6: Oops, I Did It Again; Worst Gifts Ever – My tacky gifts post • Mia’s post on ugly Christmas sweaters and other terrible gifts

Day 7: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones – My postMia’s post

Day 8: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts- My postMia’s post

Day 9: Gift Ideas for Clients (mine) •Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten (Mia’s post)

Day 10: Gifts for New Year’s Resolutions – my postMia’s post

Day 11: My post: Easy Holiday DIY Gifts • Mia’s post: Giving and Receiving Unwanted Gifts

Day 12: The Art of the Thank You Note- My post and Mia’s post

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I totally agree that everyone can use metal mixing bowls; we JUST gone some but ours don’t have lids so now I am feeling deprived. Oh well, there’s always Christmas to rectify this mistake.

    I love your list and we actually both love personalized return address stampers. Yay!

  2. Awesome list! We are totally giving away personalized stamps this year. It actually might be the one gift I am most excited about giving.

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