Got one of those pesky people on your shopping list who seems to have everything (or worse, not like anything)? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up a list of gifts – from the quirky to the luxurious – sure to please even the most difficult friends and relatives.
1) You’ve heard it from us before – Etsy is a gift giving goldmine. If you know anything at all about a person’s likes or dislikes, simply type it into the search bar and wait for the magic to happen. You can also browse by type of item (i.e. art, housewares, accessories, etc.) or get your inspiration from the site’s daily handpicked items. If you don’t know where to start and are in need of ideas, simply click on Gift Ideas and check out the amazing curated collection, organized by topic/recipient.
2) For the person who truly wants for nothing, a donation made in their name is a wonderful way to honour them while giving back to those in need. If the individual has an organization close to their heart, that’s a great place to start. If not, Plan Canada is a fantastic non-denominational organization doing amazing work world wide. Plan has an array of “gifts” available, from home birthing kits to cows.
3) Unless the person you’re shopping for is a total stick-in-the-mud, a board game is a fun and easy gift idea. Many of the classic games (Scrabble, Monopoly, etc.) are available as special editions, particularly around the holidays. For the social butterfly, simple games like Jenga and Pictionary can be loads of fun at parties and don’t require much in the way of concentration. A new version of a childhood favourite can also be a fun way to shake things up (turns out Clue is a fundamentally different game when played as an adult).
4) One thing that people don’t seem to have much of these days are printed photos. If your person who has everything is a digital camera user, chances are it’s been some time since they’ve sat down with a photo album of memories. Getting some favourite shots printed or compiling an album is a priceless gift that will stay with the person forever.
5) For the hipster who has everything, steal some shots from their instagram account and turn them into super cute square fridge magnets. Only $14.99 for a sheet of 9 with free worldwide shipping via Stickygram.
6) Although art can be tough to buy for another person, a small, unique print is also a great gift for someone who seemingly has everything. Society6 features the work of thousands of artists from around the world and small prints are typically under $25. If you’re not sure you’re ready to pick out a wall hanging, you’ve also got the option to turn i-phone cases, tees and tote bags into custom works of art.
1) Perhaps the easiest go to gift for all (or at least all of those who drink) is booze. Even the person who has everything can use more of that! Make it special by picking out a nice bottle of champagne, a good bottle of scotch or perhaps some port or ice wine for those with a sweeter tooth.
2) Charcuterie! Seriously. This item might more properly be included in the Foodie Gift Guide, but what better for the person who thinks they’ve got it all than a big tasty box o’ meat??? Taste of Cheese is a Canadian company that sells (and ships) amazing cheese and cured meat gift sets and taster boxes.
3) Memberships are the gift that keeps on giving, but unfortunately many of these clubs come with high price tags. We’ve found a few Toronto based on operations that might help set you on the right track. Octopus Garden in Toronto offers monthly yoga memberships for $90; Martin’s Flowers will work with you to customize a monthly flower delivery gift based on your price point and preferences; and a Bixie membership gives holders 24 hour access to bikes parked around the city for only $95 for the year. If you’ve got any difficult to buy for film buffs on your list, check out yesterday’s post!
4) If you live in a big city, then unless you’ve got a private driver (which I suppose the person who has everything could) or never leave the house you’ve probably taken a cab a time or two. When all else fails, I’d say that makes a gift certificate for Uber – the on demand private driving service (which texts you with an estimated arrival time and allows you to register with a credit card on file so you can ride and run) – a pretty safe bet.
5) Talk about a luxury gift, who doesn’t love lying in a hammock? This may sound like a crazy idea, but there are all kinds of hammocks: ones for the backyard or one for an indoor lounging space. Are you dealing with a smaller space? There are hammock chairs that can fit in a living room in place of a chair. Hammocks are (or can be?!) the new bean chair!
6) For the special lady on your list, an Umba Box lets you look super thoughtful without the thought! The people at Umba curate a box of 2-3 women’s handmade goods: jewelry, accessories, home goods, bath products, or stationary which are then shipped to the recipient in pretty gift boxes. Because they are handmade and specially selected, these items should be unique enough to please even the more difficult of ladies. A monthly subscription is $25 or sign up now for the limited edition holiday subscription featuring higher end products for $49/month ($149 prepaid).
1) What better gift for the person who has everything than an amazing experience? Go with them up the CN Tower to do the new Edgewalk, go dogsledding up north, eat with your hands and cheer on your knight at Medieval Times, or send them to circus school. Has the person who has everything always talked about wanting to sky dive? Call them on it and pay to have them jump out of a plane!
2) Help bring an unexpected pop to a room by gifting a golden piggy bank by Harry Allen. This pig is truly luxury: while not harming a piglet in the process, these pigs are true casts and gold plated. Presumably the person who has everything has a lot of spare change to leave in the little gold piggy!
3) You’ll never hear anyone say “I don’t care for another massage” or a lady say “No thanks!” to the gift of a pampering facial or pedicure. A trip to the spa is something we often have trouble buying ourselves but always enjoy. Around this time of year, spas offer holiday packages so you get more services for your money. In Toronto, consider Hammam, for the ultimate steam room experience. Further north, the Scandinave Spa in Collingwood is the ultimate day spa experience. WaySpa also sells gift certificates that allow your giftee to choose where to redeem their gift from one of 2000 spas in North America, which can be very convenient.
4) Monogrammed anything is a personable and thoughtful gift and can really apply to anything. The Pottery Barn has a range of items they monogram, from bath robes, to cashmere throws to jewelry boxes. If you don’t like the selection there, you can buy your own gift and take it to a shop to be embroidered for that extra personal touch. If you’ve got a little bit of extra time to play with, LA Plates make awesome, colourful monogrammed housewares that can be custom designed (Note: You may have to call for orders to Canada).
5) I can’t think of many men out there who wouldn’t love the chance to drive a Ferrari, Lamborghini or race car at 180 km/hr around a racetrack. There are a few companies who offer luxury car rentals and fantasy race car rides and are sure to make dreams come true. There’s even a racing academy that offers courses just outside of Toronto. A little tip: these experiences can often be bought at a fraction of the full cost from Groupon and other comparable companies.
Coming up tomorrow… Gifts for the foodie / home chef!