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    Updated on Dec 18, 2019. Posted on Dec 16, 2019

    41 Gifts For The Person Who's Basically Impossible To Shop For

    Cross even the pickiest of pals off your shopping list.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A third-generation Echo Dot that can do everything from play music and make calls to read the news and set alarms — all at the sound of their voice! Having the ability to send texts and shuffle playlists (all hands-free!) is about to completely change their life for the better.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying this). The sound quality is really good, especially considering its small size and relatively budget-friendly price. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Don’t even 'add to cart,' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (originally $49.99).

    2. A beverage cooler that might just save a life, and I don't think I'm being dramatic: This can take a cup of hot coffee and chill it by 130° in less than 60 seconds — without diluting the flavor in the process. If they love iced coffee, then they're bound to love this gift.

    instagram.com / Via @thehyperchiller

    Promising review: "This product is a must-have for iced coffee lovers on a budget. Using this avoids the sour flavor of cooling coffee, so it definitely replaced my trips going to a cafe and ordering coffee. I calculated how much I spend on coffee in a cafe vs. using this machine. Overall, a year of buying coffee outside would cost me $1,200-1,3000, which is a huge number. Using this with ground coffee from the super market reduces the spending to less than $100, which is a a huge save!" —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. A calligraphy guide book for anyone looking to improve their penmanship *or* eventually create their own Etsy shop. These easy-to-follow instructions will turn their doodles and scribbles into a work of legible art.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills." —KHenderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. An R2-D2 version of Bop It with the classic three prompts: Bop it, twist it, and pull it. This easy-to-play game has such a unique design that anyone would assume it's come from a galaxy far, far away.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My son and his cousin spent literally hours playing with this together and separately. I became very thankful that it has two volume levels, as the lower sound level is what saved me from 'losing' the batteries." —SusanandJames

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    5. A leak-proof champagne stopper that will keep their favorite beverage as fizzy as the day it was popped. This built-in pressure pump preserves bubbles and therefore preserves the champagne, meaning it won't go to waste if they don't finish the entire bottle on the day it's opened. Now without further ado, can I get a mimosa please?

    Amazon

    This stopper is even equipped with a date tracker so you always know how long the bottle has been sitting in the fridge!

    Promising review: "I purchased this stopper after seeing one being used at a local wine tasting event. I enjoy sparkling wines, but either have to drink the whole bottle myself before it gets flat (ugh) or throw it out (terribly wasteful). This product was the answer to my problem! It is very easy to use and keeps my sparkling beverage fresh and bubbly! Definitely a must!" —MKC

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    6. AND! Champagne flutes perfect for anyone who loves an at-home brunch (AKA everyone). The double-walled design guarantees a consistently chilled, condensation-less mimosa while the sturdy borosilicate glass won't feel as if it can be crushed by a firm grip.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are lovely and fun champagne glasses. They really do insulate and keep champagne cold. They also seem very durable and come out sparkling from the dishwasher." —Laura

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.95.

    7. An Elizavecca 24K gold mask here to deliver ✨luxury✨. If they're in the market for tighter pores, less excess oil, a brighter complexion, and an overall good deep clean, then this product is truly all they're thinking about whilst they sing along to Mariah Carey.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Literally love everything about this mask! I found out about this mask while reading through some blogs and was like eff it, I’ll try it out and I was obsessed right away. First of all the packaging is CUTE AF, I store the mask in the box because I like it so much. Like everyone else has said, it goes on gold and dries white and I actually love the smell of it, smells kind of soapy. It def helps sucking gunk out of pores and my skin looks much more clean, bright, and even and it helps existing zits dry up and go away faster." —Christopher Douglas

    Get it from Amazon for $11.78.

    8. A Tequila Mockingbird cocktail kit to turn that book-obsessed pal into a professional mixologist. This inexpensive kit comes with two swizzle sticks, a bartender's jigger to measure out drinks, and a shortened version of the original book (which outlines15 drink recipes and notes about which books inspired them).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my secret santa, who is an English teacher. She loved it! Such a unique idea with fun recipes." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    9. A storybook cocoa set packed with eight flavored hot chocolate mixes: gingerbread, snickerdoodle, s'mores, chocolate mint, caramel, gingerbread, classic milk chocolate, and double chocolate. Consider their taste buds delighted.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Completely adorable and festive. Hot cocoa is beautifully wrapped and makes the perfect gift. Tastes great, too!" —Chad Azzaline

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A silicone ice cube tray to give the Scrooge in your life that prefers Halloween to Christmas (#me). These molds make four giant ice skulls to ~liven~ up any mixed drink, and the molds themselves are microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my cousin and he loved them. The ice molds turned out great and are super easy to use." —Sarah Stinson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in two styles).

    11. An Anker wireless charger that one assumes could cost upwards of several trillion dollars, but is surprisingly less than $10. This gives battery power/life to your device (think everything from AirPods to Galaxy phones) and even works through tough external cases!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I leave this on my dresser and drop my AirPods on it or occasionally my phone. It’s compact, lightweight, gets the job done, and even charges my devices through their cases." —Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A game of Trivial Pursuit inspired by 80s pop culture and the ~upside down~. They'll soon begin hosting especially fun game nights with these 1,500 trivia questions ranging from six different categories; movies, TV, music, famous people, tech, and Stranger Things.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This version of Trivial Pursuit has some unique game play that makes for a quick and exciting game. The questions are great and one category is dedicated just to Stranger Things trivia." —M. Ledford

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A 2020 History Channel boxed calendar for the person who has *only* true crime shows queued on their Netflix account. Each new day will reveal a brief summary of unsolved mysteries, weird occurrences, and inexplicable events.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A vegan, cruelty-free, all-natural artisanal jam that will transform their complicated morning breakfast routine (toast and coffee) into a delicious raspberry treat. The only ingredients in this eco-friendly jar? Raspberries and sugar.

    instagram.com / Via @spreadthelove

    Promising review: "What raspberry jam is supposed to taste like: pure, bright, fragrant. No unnecessary ingredients and no pectin, so it's good for delicate tummies." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. A slow-rising squishy toy perfect for particularly stressful days — all they'll have to do is give this a good squeeze when they see another "per my last email..." note has landed in their inbox. For the seventh time today.

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    This squishy even comes in a box that gets rid of the need for wrapping paper or a gift bag!

    Promising review: "I purchased this for myself to keep on my desk at work. It is a great stress reliever and when you squeeze it, there is a slight aroma that comes out of it. It looks great just sitting on my desk and fits great in the palm of my hand. It also isn't too firm!" —Matthew J. Mellon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.45 (available in four styles).

    16. A magical cookbook they're bound to love if they're obsessed with the wizarding world, because this'll have them sipping on gin and (pumpkin) juice in no time. They hate pumpkin juice? FINE! This also contains recipes for treacle tarts, rock cakes, kippers, and more.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS. I'm no master chef, but this cookbook might change that: I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways, the recipes are phenomenal. The book has a bunch of cute references, and my younger siblings go crazy whenever I make something from this book. I most recently made the meat and potato pies, which can be found on page 44." —Tigerlily

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. A splurge-worthy heated razor for the gift of a smooth, comfortable shave. This waterproof razor is cleverly designed with adjustable heat sensors, flexdisc technology that conforms to every contour of their face, an aluminum zinc handle, and a wireless magnetic charger that will look *chef kisses fingers* on their bathroom vanity.

    Gillette

    Promising review: "I have this razor and can without a doubt state it is the best I have used. I have served in the military for the past 25 years and shave EVERY day. All I can say is how it has made my daily grooming process a little easier and proudly state I’m an owner of this awesome experience." —HappyMilitaryMan

    Get it from Gillette for $200.

    18. A limited-edition Revlon lipstick set inspired by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Each lipstick is infused with vitamin e and avocado oil to keep their pouts nourished, the formula itself feels super lightweight, and the hues are gorgeous: fuchsia red, orange red, and true red.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This formula is perfect. It's not overly creamy but not drying either, not patchy, and applies smoothly." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19.99.

    19. A lightning cable bracelet for the pal who's phone is always on the verge of dying. This versatile accessory ensures they'll have a charging device on hand at all times, preventing them from panicking whenever the low battery message pops up on their iPhone.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you are looking for products that help minimize travel bulk, while also not looking like a tourist, this product is for you. This bracelet looks lovely. The braided leather is tasteful and does not appear to be anything more than a nice fashion accessory. The charging component works perfectly and is very easy to use, albeit it is a very short cord." —Melissa G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A 52-week guide to encourage a more positive and appreciative attitude (AKA = I need this). This self-exploration journal is packed with inspirational quotes and prompts that will have them jotting down what they're grateful for on a daily basis, making this the perfect dose of self-reflection to go along with their morning coffee.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just started using this journal after being in a bit of a funk at the start of this year. I researched many different journals but this was the only one that i felt was simple, that didn't make too many 'demands' on my time, that was straightforward, in short, exactly what I was looking for. It's a simple concept and I've only being doing it for a week but I find myself looking for things to be thankful for, find myself adding lines below the three provided and writing in the margins...all because I want to." —silkeymilkey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. Reusable metal drinking straws for anyone looking to make eco-friendly choices that cut down on plastic waste *and* prevent their teeth from getting those dreadful coffee stains. These are perfect for both hot or iced caffeine, plus are just really darn pretty.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    This set comes with four straight straws, four bent straws, two cleaning brushes, and a storage pouch.

    Promising review: "These things are great! Perfect tube size, so you don't drink too fast or struggle to drink more. And I buy an iced coffee EVERY DAY, so this is great for eliminating (straw) waste." —Fernando Rivera

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $8.49 (available in four colors).

    22. A six-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker capable of turning meal prep into something that is not difficult. This handy thing can make everything from golden lentil soup and mac and cheese to chocolate lava cake and French toast.

    Amazon

    This Instant Pot is basically seven kitchen tools in one! It can be used as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, cake maker, and warmer! It can also sauté, because #fancy.

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot." —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (originally $99.95).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of the Instant Pot!

    23. A pizza box with four pairs of cotton socks that are *le deep sigh* not edible. They do, however, promise to make their feet look delicious and are guaranteed to get several laughs when opened.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Purchased these as a gag gift for my son and his fiancé who were eloping. Their ceremony was taking place at a local pizzeria. Needless to say, these were a hit. The packaging and presentation were well-done and very witty! The socks were cute. My daughter-in-law immediately claimed the Hawaiian pizza socks. So fun!" —Mary F.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    24. A wine bottle vacuum pumper that removers air from their ~vino~ to preserve freshness for up to a week.

    instagram.com / Via @vacuvin

    Just insert this wine vacuum into the bottle, pump until you hear a click noise, and that's it! Just add in a bottle stopper (this set comes with two!) to prevent air from getting in the bottle again.

    Promising review: "Wow! I have had this for about 5 months now and it works great! I drink red wine quite a bit and almost always leave a glass or two in the bottle. Prior to buying this, that glass or two is basically vinegar within one to two days (depending on the type of wine). If you have a half bottle or more remaining, this pump will keep that half bottle tasting like it was just opened." —Red

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    25. A memory book to gift the teacher in your pal group. Each page is designed with who, when, where prompts that they'll be able to fill in with ~memorable quotes~ given by their students.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the cutes book for teachers. I couldn’t see the pages and wondered if it was just a plain book inside, but it’s not at all. It has three places on each page that has who, when, and where, with lines under to write the quotes. Each page is outlined. It just looks cute. The teacher will love it!" —Tommera King

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. A rechargeable portable blender great for anyone who is perpetually late and trying to get some sustenance on-the-go. All they'll have to do is dump in their favorite ingredients, press the blend button while walking to their car, and BAM! They've got themselves a delicious smoothie.

    amazon.com

    This blender comes with an ice cube tray and a funnel, plus you can remove the base to turn the blender itself into a drinking cup.

    Promising review: "As a very busy college student, it's hard to eat healthy. Between my limited dining hall options and my busy schedule, I needed a way to both eat my veggies and get to class on time. ENTER: this amazing blender bottle. BEST purchase my limited paycheck was ever used on. Fill 'er up with wilted salad bar spinach, crappy orange juice, a grainy apple, some ice, and BOOM...a shake is born. No need to head back to my dorm to plug it into a wall-socket base like most blenders. To my amazed friends, I am now the wizard of smoothies. They all want one now!" —Adrianna Simmons

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in three colors).

    27. A tumbler of foodie dice to help the indecisive cook on a daily basis. This set includes five primary dice (protein, cooking method, grain/carb, herb, bonus ingredient) as well as four seasonal veggie dice. A roll of this and dinner possibilities will be endless *and* never boring again.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these dice as a gift for a family member along with a gift card to Whole Foods for ingredients and she loved it! Definitely a great gift for someone who enjoys cooking. The packaging in the upcycled wine bottle is clever and modern." —Bri

    Get them from Amazon for $32.

    28. A marble lap desk designed with a device ledge, phone holder, and mouse pad to turn their bed into a fully-functional home office. It's even equipped with a bottom cushion so it feels super comfortable all day long, even if they plan on being on their computer for a ridiculous amount of hours.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s lightweight, comfortable and definitely very handy. I love the marble look and like that it’s able to hold my phone at the same time." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in three colors).

    29. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey they'll never want to leave home without! This all-natural honey, chili pepper, and vinegar mixture add the perfect touch of spicy and sweet to any meal. Thought pizza was already perfect? Add some of this on a slice and prepare for your taste buds to explode.

    Amazon

    This paleo-friendly, gluten-free condiment is truly the cherry on top of any meal.

    Promising review: "I'm in love with this! My entire family (with the exception of my husband, who doesn't like spice) reaches for this bottle of Mike's many times a week. We've tried it on biscuits, cornbread, fried chicken, bacon (AMAZING), and more. Mike's offers just the right kick of heat to balance the delicious sweetness of the honey. I plan on keeping this in my pantry." —MichiganTraveler

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review on Mike's Hot Honey.

    30. An official BuzzFeed Tasty cookbook packed with mouthwatering recipes broken down into easy steps that turn cooking into a breeze. It's time for them to put their phone down, stop drooling over all those videos, and make the damn thing themselves.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Are you tired of eating take-out but don't have a lot of time to cook....or are you BORED of your repertoire and want something new? This book is brilliant in that it has a lot of trendy recipes people like to eat out or take out (like avocado toast) and has easy recipes to cook at home. Except for the shopping you have to do, it's rather like the recipes for those meal kits. Or a usual thing like lasagne but made with frozen ravioli." —Joanna D.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    31. A luxurious Dove body polish that enlists the help of crushed macadamia and rice milk for skin smoother than a baby's behind — and unlike most exfoliators, this formula won't leave their complexion feeling dried out the moment they step out of the shower.

    instagram.com / Via @dove, instagram.com / Via @dove

    Promising review: "I love to exfoliate, and I've tried virtually every product out there for face and body. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much due to the price of this body scrub, but let me tell you...it is fantastic!! It has the perfect consistency, washes off easily, smells nice, and leaves your entire body baby smooth. I absolutely LOVE this product!" —amiller

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    32. A fancy Scrabble game for the competitive pal who always suggests game night (*cue frustrated sigh*). The best part about this particular version? It's surprisingly compact and portable — the wood case closes for storage and can neatly fit all miscellaneous pieces inside.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Road trips without some good games along stifles the fun. This travel edition works well for a busy family and I highly recommend this version, which takes a beating better than the plain board." —Madd Maxx

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    33. Fluffy house slippers to enhance their already hoove-looking feet, all while a memory foam insole and soft fleece inner keep 'em nice and toasty.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I went to a pajama party and wore these cute bear slippers and received compliments all night long, plus everyone wanted to know where I got them. If you don't like attention, then don't wear them because all eyes will be on you/your feet the whole time." —cheryl t

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors and sizes 4-9).

    34. A sushi kit equipped with a rice spoon, rice spreader, reusable chopsticks, and two bamboo rolling mats that will bring an at-home sushi dinner into the realm of possibility. No more takeout! Just buy the ingredients beforehand and a California roll can be their in mere minutes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "For the price I was worried it would be low quality, but it isn't! Rolled my first sushi roll last night like a pro! The chopsticks are gorgeous as well. This kit is fabulous." —Clyderiver77

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    35. A nügg gift set packed with four masks to address all of their complexion concerns: a hydrating gel mask with camellia seed oil; a detoxifying mask with charcoal, oatmeal, and tea tree oil; an exfoliating mask with jojoba beads and cranberry seed oil; and a revitalizing mask with flaxseed and peppermint.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been trying out different face masks lately and these are by far my favorite. My skin can get pretty dry and many face masks leave my skin feeling dry afterwards, but these do not do that whatsoever and leave my skin moisturized and soft. Each individual formula honestly lives up to its description. Really happy I found these!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    36. A Thomas Kinkade 2020 wall calendar packed with absolutely beautiful illustrations that will infuse their daily life with the magic of Disney.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are my absolute favorite calendars. When I look at it, it brings me back to my childhood. The pictures are so beautiful and magical. I buy one every year." —Lwag

    Get it from Amazon for $10.75.

    37. A whiskey glass for anyone who has still not emotionally recuperated from the absolute emotional rollercoaster that was the Game of Thrones series finale.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This has a weighted base and is dishwasher-safe, which basically makes it the perfect whiskey glass.

    Promising review: "My old favorite whisky glass (a souvenir from a distillery tour)got broken, and with it my heart. How could I ever enjoy my bourbon again? My wife bought this one for me and my spirits (pun intended) were lifted once again. This glass is handsome, well-crafted, a perfect size, and best of all a marriage between two of my loves: bourbon and Game of Thrones. I highly recommend this glass as a gift for the whisky aficionado in your life." —Dr. Jerry

    Get it from Amazon for $21.96.

    38. A Pop Chart Lab scratch-off poster that gets rid of all "what movie should we watch tonight?" bickering. This provides the ultimate list of must-see, bucket list films (think everything from Fargo to Forrest Gump).

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    39. A bourbon-inspired lip balm packed with vitamin e, cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe butter, hemp oil, beeswax, and zinc oxide to keep their pouts nourished and reminiscent of their go-to drink at the bar.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I originally bought this as a silly little gift for my husband not thinking he would really like it and I was so surprised he loved it! My husband is insanely picky and stuck in his ways. He normally would only use a certain big brand lip balm but when he tried this, he instantly said how nice he thought it was. He also recently had some sunburnt lips and he said it soothed them and made them feel super hydrated. I would totally buy this again for him!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    40. A how-to-draw book because why catch 'em all when you can draw 'em all? This provides easy instructions that will turn them into a Picasso capable of perfecting a Pikachu illustration.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My son is an avid drawer and is obsessed with Pokemon, so I thought this would be the perfect gift. The illustrations are easy to follow and my son seems to love it a lot!" —Sarah Dorr

    Get it from Amazon for $14.65.

    41. A five-piece Nivea gift set that comes with face cream, a mousse body wash, in-shower body lotion, body lotion, and a moisturizing lip balm all neatly packaged into a reusable travel case. This is the perfect gift for that office acquaintance you drew for secret santa, but know nothing about!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great gift idea. The Nivea product has just enough scent without being overwhelming and the lotion works better for winter skin than anything else I have found." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50 (originally $25).

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