Skip To Content

    32 Gifts To Give Your Tough-To-Shop-For Significant Other

    A guide for the bewildered.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This super-comfy, simple crewneck sweatshirt that will look great paired with literally (literally!) anything in your partner's closet.,

    Bonus: You'll feel just as cozy when you're cuddling your S.O. when they're wearing it. Aw.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24 (available in sizes XS–XL, in maroon, blue, orange, and gray).

    2. An essential-oil diffuser so they can bring a little zen to their life by choosing precisely what scents bring them to their happy place.

    Promising review: "I love this diffuser. The scent reaches my whole first floor! I primarily use in a 20x20 room. I use about five or six drops of oil. I purchased for a friend as gift and she loves it too. Easy to use. The beep when cycle is complete is very quiet and diffuser itself is very, very quiet as well." —Gia C

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    3. This journal that asks for just one line a day for five years, to create the easiest (and most fun) time capsule they've ever seen.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    Read the full review on it here.

    Promising review:
    "Beautiful, amazing. My partner and I have each been using ours for two years. Light enough that he takes it with us on all our travels, even backpacking (not me, I watch every ounce). We skip some days but as soon as my mood falters, I get right back to it, sometimes going back and putting in a few entries. It's SO fun to read the ones from last year after I enter the one each day for this year." —Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

    4. Or this Q&A a Day journal, meant to fill out ~together~ with your partner, which asks questions like "Where would you like to travel with your partner?" or the delightfully sappy "What does your partner's laugh sound like?"

    Your partner may not love everything, but they probably love love!

    Promising review: "Expectations: moderate. Reality: blown away. This is a wonderful journal, a great addition to our daily routine, and a painless way to always be engaging in our relationship, finding out new things about each other, and getting an interesting perspective into each other's lives. I would recommend it to everyone. I seriously cannot think of any relationship that would not benefit from it." —S. Kahlon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    5. A fancy AF ice cream bowl with an adorable heart-shaped spoon, because as picky as your S.O. is, let's be real: Only a monster doesn't like ice cream.

    Get it from Amazon for $64.95+ or Bloomingdale's for $65 (available in five colors).

    6. A personalized pet portrait, since there's no one in this whole damn world who wouldn't love a painting of their pup or kitty decked out in royal regalia and you know it.

    Promising review: "Very pleased with this purchase. Within an hour of submitting my order I had a message back saying she’d have a proof for me the next day. That following morning I got the proof and it was perfect. Received my portrait within a few days. The quality is exceptional." —heatherrogers89

    Available as print, poster, or on canvas in various sizes. Get it from CustomPetPrints on Etsy for $74.99+.

    7. A film camera with a charming dose of retro flair, so they can channel their photographic creativity down whatever path they desire.

    Urban Outfitters

    Read the full review of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 here.

    Get the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 from Amazon for $80+ (available in six colors) or the Fujifilm X UO Instax Mini 9 from Urban Outfitters for $69 (available in lavender and rose).

    8. Plus a set of photo coasters they can fill with their favorite images, sure to put a smile on their face with every sip.

    Promising review: "Love these coasters. Thick glass. Accommodate larger photos than many other photo coaster sets." —JR

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.

    9. A "Mates for Life" print to show your boo you're in it for the long haul — and so are these lovestruck lil' guys.

    Promising review: "I got this print for my girlfriend; we've been together for over three years. We both are divorced and in no rush to get married again. But we both are committed to the relationship and to each other. I thought this print would be a great way to signify that commitment to one another. I didn't opt to have the product framed; when I got it I wished I had! So I took it to a local framing business and they will get it framed for me. I believe one of the employees there is going to order one for her husband as well! Just a great, one-of-a-kind gift." —Kurtisse

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30–$100 (available with or without frame).

    10. A Snacksack subscription that can be tailored to gluten-free and vegan diets, because who doesn't love a surprise box full of snacks on their doorstep every month?

    Promising review: "This is seriously the BEST VEGAN subscription EVER! I bought this for my boyfriend who is vegan and I think he loves Snacksack more than me! Haha. Just kidding. Highly recommend. Snacksack vegan is five stars all the way!" —Tea

    Get it from Cratejoy for $22.95+/month (available in classic, vegan, and gluten-free).

    11. Or, for the partner with a more refined palate, an oil-dipping spice kit filled with 15 different spices from various regions.

    Promising review: "This was the perfect gift for my wife who is a lover of dipping seasonings. This kit comes with a great selection of spice and salt varieties and recipes to create unique flavor combinations. This will definitely be a gift to purchase again!" —Dadoo

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $38.

    12. A portable massage cushion that'll ease the tension in their neck and shoulders after a long day, because all humans adore the gift of relaxation.


    Promising review: "Got my husband and I one and the massager is amazing. If you want a deep massage it will do. Not for the faint of heart. This thing really goes to town!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    13. A practical and cute phone wallet sure to suit anyone who loves the convenience of having all their essentials in one easy-to-access place.

    Read the full review of it here.

    Promising review: "Love this case! This is the first case I've had other than an Otter Box and let me's liberating! Love the ease of carrying my debit card and cash and not worry about carrying a purse. Bought this for vacation and will continue to use long after! One tip, I would add a glass protector to your phone and you'll be good to go!" —Kelly F

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available for iPhone 7 and 8, in five colors).

    14. A cheese board for the significant other who loves to entertain that'll make 'em feel fancy AF — even if they're cheesin' alone.

    Cheese is a universal crowd pleaser, don't @ me. (Yes, vegans included!)

    Promising review: "I purchased this from my aunt and uncle who are very much into wine tasting and also enjoy trying it with different types of cheeses. They loved it and couldn't wait to try it out. They just can't stop talking about it and use it quite often. This is a very professional and elegant set. The quality of the slate is impeccable and doesn't even scratch when being sliced on. It includes four pieces of slicing utensils. It's great for everyday use, wine tasting events, or just entertaining guests with delicious cheese snacks." —Renee H

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A DNA kit to trace their ancestry, for the partner who's curious to learn more about their family history.

    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend this!!! Being adopted, I've always been curious about my background and AncestryDNA helped me figure it out easily! However, the best feature in my opinion is that they then provide you with information about potential family members. Because of this feature, I was finally able to connect with my biological sister after 25 years of dreaming about doing so! That right there means that I will forever say that AncestryDNA is worth every single penny and definitely earns and deserves five stars!!!" —K. McDermott

    Get it from Amazon for $79.

    16. A bidet attachment for their toilet, because regardless of their tastes, everyone can get behind having a sparkling-clean booty.

    Read the full review of it here.

    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    17. A chill getaway to their favorite city or weekend destination — you'll do the booking and they can tell you what they want to do when you get there.


    Check out Groupon Getaways for ~inspiration~ and travel deals in your area.

    18. A gorgeous, aww-inspiring cuff with a simple, dainty design that'll legit complement anyone's style in the sweetest way.

    Get it from Nordstrom for $35 (available in gold and rose gold).

    19. A MoviePass membership so they can go ahead and watch whatever damn movie they want for free (well, on your dime, but you know).

    Jacob Ammentorp Lund / Getty Images

    A flat monthly price — no blackout dates — gets you access to over 4,000 participating theaters. Once you sign up, you'll get your card in the mail, then you can browse theaters and showtimes on the MoviePass app and redeem your ticket at the box office or a kiosk using the card.

    Sign up at MoviePass for $9.95/month.

    20. A mug that truly speaks to the Parks & Rec fan's soul.

    Get it from theteatreasures on Etsy for $11.72.

    21. A personalized monthly vitamin subscription, because there's no better way to show the person you love that you want them to stay healthy forever and ever!

    Read the full review of Care/of, a service that makes taking daily vitamins easy, customizable, and worry-free, here. Why not get one for yourself, while you're at it? A couple that vitamins together stays together...or something.

    Get Care/of products from starting at $5/month (and free shipping over $20).

    22. An Amazon Prime membership, so they can order whatever the F their discerning heart desires and have it delivered the very next day.


    And juuuuust in case you messed up and they already happen to have one, they'll be able to exchange it for an Amazon gift card. Win-win!

    Get it from Amazon for $39 for three months or $99 for the year.

    23. A stunning bouquet of multicolored long-stem roses, because who in the world wouldn't love to stop and smell the roses?


    Flowers are a classic gift for a reason, you know.

    Get it from FTD for $29.99+.

    24. A personalized cookbook that's tailored to their culinary preferences — so it'll only include the recipes they'll absolutely love.


    Choose from categories like "five ingredients," "breakfast faves," "Southern comfort," and "slow cooker" to fill the cookbook with their favorite dishes.

    Get it from Tasty for $24.

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    25. A Rent the Runway gift card for the person with cultivated sartorial tastes who hates being tied down to the same ol' things in their closet day after day.

    They can choose from thousands of pieces for every occasion and style that they'll rent for a designated amount of time after shopping the site, the Rent the Runway app, or IRL stores. Fun!

    Get it from Rent the Runway from $50+.

    26. A rainbow set of Burt's Bees lip balms so they can think of you every time they moisturize their chapped lips *and* show their support for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.


    Promising review: "I'm a sucker for rainbow merchandise — these included flavors I had never seen before and really like!" —Allie

    Get it from Target for $16.99.

    27. This Marshall Bluetooth speaker that'll add an adorably vintage touch to their space and warm the cockles of the heart of *literally anyone* who enjoys listening to music.

    Promising review: "Great sounding and retro-looking Bluetooth speaker. I've had it about six months now and still love it. I'm very picky on sound and have found this one to be the best Bluetooth (from a sound and aesthetic perspective) speaker around. While it does get loud, it's not meant for a thumpin' house party. For that purpose, you'd likely want to look at some powered speaker options. If you're looking for super clear, great two-dimensional sound with the ability to control bass, mids and highs, this speaker is for you. It also comes with a nice gold-tipped aux cord in case you want to hard-wire it to a device (i.e., Amazon Echo Dot for multi-room music, etc.) and immediately upgrade the sound x 100." —Jimmy

    Get it from Amazon for $204.99+ (available in black and cream).

    28. Gorgeous glasses etched with the city grid of your choice, because they've gotta drink out of something, so it might as well be something pretty and sentimental.

    Promising review: "I got these glasses for my brother who is incredibly hard to shop for. He's very...particular. I wouldn't have gotten him regular whiskey glasses as I'm sure he has some, but two of these are a set that he could have out for decoration even if he rarely used them. They're very well made. The etching is clear and the glass is thick and durable. Looking forward to seeing his reaction." —Overthinking Gifter

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14 (available in 24 city options).

    29. A bottle of wine that speaks the words nearest to your loved one's heart — and you get to choose just what they are!

    Wordy Wine

    You can pick from red, white, and rosé as well as from six label themes, for the perfectly customized trio.

    Get three bottles from BuzzFeed's Wordy Wine for $49.99.

    PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

    30. An adorable pin with an explanation for why they're so damn picky about everything after all.

    Promising review: "I love this pin!!!! Super cute :) Looks even cuter in person." —Yara Reca-Vargas

    Get it from Towne9 on Etsy for $10.

    31. An extra-fancy toothbrush, since there's nothing more romantic than a super-hygienic mouth.

    Promising review: "This toothbrush is a beast. The Sonicare toothbrush is a workhorse, there's no doubt about that. If you inspect the back of your teeth you can usually see a small layer of plaque. Well, the Sonicare toothbrush is your answer to the best at home cleaning — after about two days of brushing, my teeth were noticeably cleaner. My colleagues were asking me if I whitened my teeth lol, I can never go back to a manual toothbrush." —Ozzy

    Get it from Amazon for $156+ (available in five colors).

    32. And when all else fails, the universal no-fail gift: fun socks!

    Happy Socks / Via

    These socks are part of a new Keith Haring collection that celebrates the legendary artist and that "love and art is made for all."

    Get them from Happy Socks for $12 (available in sizes 9–11 and 10–13 and in three colors/styles).

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides here!

    Ryan Pattie/BuzzFeed

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form