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33 Gifts That Even Incredibly Picky People Will Actually Love

Yes, even the person who has yet to actually like or use a gift you've given them.

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1. A little journal to fill with reasons why you love them, even though they're picky as hell.

Amazon

These cuties come in tons of different versions for different occasions or people in your life, but all of them are filled with 50 fill-in-the-blank prompts you can complete about your loved one. I have given my parents the Mom and Dad versions of these and received the Bestie one as a birthday gift from my BFF, and they have all been perfect!

Promising review: "This is very little, but a big hit! It's a bit bigger than the palm of my hand. We used this in place of a birthday card for my dad’s 70th birthday. Everyone (seven adult children, spouse, and grandkids) was able to fill in the blanks and sign their name to each page! The answers that people filled in the blanks with were so special! There were some hilarious responses, some super sweet, and all in all it was a total hit of a little gift! It truly evokes lots of awesome memories and my dad, who is a total alpha male, was choked up with all the love and affirmation that was exemplified through our little sayings. It's super special and I’m so glad I found this! A gem, for sure!" —zacknabi

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in 13 themes, from mom to grandpa to teacher).

2. A luxe and classic sweets and snacks gift basket capable of satisfying every craving, with goodies ranging from nuts to caramels to lemon wafers to drizzled popcorn to dried fruit.

Gift Tree

Save up to $50 on your order with our code AFFGTBUZZFEED21.

Promising review: "We send the same gift basket to a friend twice a year. That’s because she said it was the best gift basket she ever received. She loves the variety of goodies inside. Gift Tree is the only company I will use for my gift baskets." —Denise

Shipping info: Expedited shipping is available for an additional cost.

Get it from Gift Tree for $89.95.

3. Some super-warm and cozy socks, because that's what Dumbledore wanted for Christmas and he's probably really hard to shop for.

Amazon

Promising review: "These socks are perfect for this winter season. One of the most important things for me when buying socks is to make sure I don’t get a line around my calf from them being too tight. These are a very comfortable fit for my feet. I usually wear a size 10 in shoes and these didn’t feel small. I also really enjoy all the different colors you are able to purchase. I usually don’t put my socks in the dryer to have them last as long as possible, and I can see these socks going a long while. Great product, would definitely buy again. 👍🏼" —AmazonRShopper

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 13 colors and prints).

4. A gorgeous and affordable cheese board complete with four stainless-steel cheese knives that they'll think cost you a heck of a lot more cheddar than it did.

The wooden board with grooves for crackers and a knife drawer that slides out
Amazon

Promising review: "Bought this board as a gift for a friend's housewarming, loved it so much I bought one immediately for our home! It is a great piece, perfect for get togethers with friends or simply for date nights at home 😉. Would definitely recommend!!" —Niki

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

5. A velvety throw blanket that'll melt even the pickiest friends (and pickiest doggos) into cozy piles of mush.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I bought this because my friend has one and I fell in love with it. But it seems even my dog loves this blanket! Look at her face! Comfiest dog I have ever seen!" —joshua clark

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

6. A super-personal Birthdate Candle with a label featuring an in-depth horoscope, character reading, and tarot cards and a scent customized just for their date of birth. Even if they're not super into astrology, they'll be amazed by this special, personal gift.

the August 15th candle in tall clear jar
Birthdate Co

It's from an Asian-owned small business!

Promising review: "Out of luck this popped up for me on TikTok right when I was looking for a present for my best friend — and let me tell you it's the best present I have ever gotten her!!!! She loves it so much and every time she tells me it's literally her favorite scent in the whole world I get so happy! She's a very specific person with her scents haha, so I was a little nervous to get it, but from the description and having trust in the horoscopes, I knew they'd know what was perfect. So happy I got it and I can't wait to order more for my loved ones!! The horoscope was also on point!!" —Camila D.

Shipping: Ground, two-day, and next-day shipping offered.

Get it from Birthdate Co. for $38 (available in 365 days).

7. The Squatty Potty, because everyone poops and would appreciate something that makes that a little easier.

Amazon, amazon.com

The stool helps you comfortably assume a squatting posture, which is the prime position for emptying your bowels with ease. Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Squatty Potty.

Promising review: "Going number two will never be the same! This is the best invention known to man. Seriously — whoever invented this brilliant piece of potty art needs a golden shrine in their name! Every time I use this bad boy, I say a quick thank you to the creator of the Squatty Potty and go about my day in pain-free comfort, because the Squatty Potty took care of me and my number two comfort needs. If you don't have a Squatty Potty in every bathroom of your home, do it now! It's a perfect gifts for loved ones, and when they look at you quizzically, wondering why on earth you bought them a Squatty Potty, you will look at them and say, 'Use this next time you go number two and you'll understand why.' You might even receive thank you cards and words of praise!!! Poo in comfort...poo in peace." —Sydney Armstrong

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

8. A crowd-pleasing game you can play together, like Bananagrams, a slightly addictive word game with tons of variations so you'll never get bored.

Banana shaped pouch with letter tiles
Barnes and Noble

This is a personal fave among my family and friends. You can play with up to eight players, and there's even a solitaire variation. The different ways to play are all outlined in the instruction booklet, but the basic gist is this: you divvy up the letters between the players, and see who can use all of them up by creating a Scrabble-like grid of words first. I personally love it because it's much more fast-paced than Scrabble, and you're challenging yourself just as much as the other players. It's also really fun that you can move the letters around as you go, so even if you make a word you can go back and change it to suit your strategy.

Shipping info: Expedited shipping available at an additional cost; see full shipping info here.

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $11.21 (originally $14.95).

9. And a set of collapsible metal straws with comfy silicone tips that they can keep in their bag to help them stay eco-friendly when they drink said liquids on the go.

Amazon

They're BPA free and would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone!

Promising review: "I use straws a LOT, in both hot and cold beverages. I had some one-length metal straws that worked fine in tall glasses, but not in shorter ones, and absolutely didn't work with hot beverages — I don't care for burned lips!!! These resolve all those issues. They are telescoping, so will work in both shorter and taller glasses, and they have a silicone tip, so no burned lips. LOVE. THESE. Easily cleaned with the included brush. Would absolutely buy again, and they come with a fabric case to easily carry around." —NoorReader

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get two straws, a cleaning brush, and a travel pouch from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon $8.72+ (available in two colors).

10. Beautiful, opalescent studs featuring major sparkle and a mini price tag that are simple yet different from what anyone else will have. They're simply ~ear~resistable.

the rose gold and opal studs
amazon.com

Promising review: "These earrings are absolutely beautiful and very sturdy. There's no bend to them and no residue has been left on my ear from extended wear, even after wearing them in the shower." —Joshua Briley

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

11. A brightly hued instant camera that'll make them the life of any party (not to mention help them channel 1989-era T. Swift).

amazon.com, amazon.com

Swifties, is this gift a 1989 Easter egg???? Either way, it's also got a built-in mirror to make taking selfies a snap.

Promising review: "What a great product! We bought two cameras for our wedding as a guest book idea. We took a couple pictures as soon as we got them and we're totally in love! Growing up with instant cameras as our primary source of photography, my husband and I both were sent back a few years. The quality of the pictures is better than expected, the camera is super easy to use. We're looking forward to not only using it at our wedding but for future pictures to capture our special moments in a vintage-y sort of way. I'd definitely recommend this camera to anyone and everyone!" —Krista PRuske

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it for $64.99+ (available in 10 colors) and a 50-pack of film for $45.90, both from Amazon.

12. A merry and bright gift box of 12 buttercream-frosted holiday cookies to bring a smile to anyone's face and taste buds.

the cookies decorated with gingerbread men, snowmen, polar bears, reindeer, and santa and elf belts
Cheryl's

Shipping info: Expedited one-to-two-day shipping available at an additional cost. 

Cheryl's also offers SmartGift, a genius feature for picky recipients — they can be notified by text, email, or Facebook that you've ordered them a gift, then select the delivery time that works best for them *and* even swap their gift for a different item of lesser price if they'd prefer!

Get it from Cheryl's for $39.99

13. A chic and timeless checked scarf they can rock in countless ways, no matter their style. Just ask the over 1,000 folks who've left positive reviews!

amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: "What an incredible value! I read the terrific reviews before I ordered it, of course, but I wondered how nice it could it actually be for that price. Well, let me assure you, it's absolutely beautiful! Large, soft, warm — I'll be wearing it all through fall and winter this year. It would also make a wonderful gift. No one would ever believe what you paid for it! Lovely quality and it can be worn as a large scarf or shawl. I love it!" —Hyndsight

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 16 patterns).

14. A pretty deck of happy hour conversation starter cards with prompts designed to go a bit deeper than the average icebreaker to really tap into their friends' and fam's memories, dreams, and values.

Bifties

For example, the card above reads: "The year is 1983. You just found $10K, no strings attached. What do you invest in?"

Bifties is an awesome gifting destination, whether you're shopping for your loved ones or yourself. Everything in the shop is from Black- and Afro Latinx–owned brands!!! You can even customize your own gift box with up to five of their items and a card or shop their pre-curated gift boxes.

Shipping info: Expedited two-to-four-day shipping options are available at additional cost. Ships Monday–Friday.

Get it from Bifties for $25.

15. A sleek and stylish neoprene duffel bag perfect for workouts, weekend getaways, and all the other adventures they have planned for 2022.

model holding large black duffel
Alo Yoga

It's got interior and exterior pockets and a detachable strap!

Shipping info: Expedited two-day and one-day shipping options are available at additional cost.

Get it from Alo Yoga for $288.

16. A donation to refugees from the kind and creative Choose Love store — it allows you to "purchase" an item or service that will then be delivered to a family in need. Once you order, you'll be emailed a link to a downloadable gift card to give your loved one to let them know the awesome thing you did in their name!

Choose Love

Learn more about the program here.

Donate a child's coat for $15, mental health support for $35, and clean water for $35.

17. A regal mirrored bar cart sure to (literally and figuratively) ~reflect~ their awesome taste in booze and decor in the rest of their home.

The two-layer rolling cart with mirrored shelves connected by criss-crossing light gold beams and handles
Wayfair

Promising review: "Absolutely in love with my new shiny bar cart!! Who knew I would ever need one?! This stylish bar cart looks expensive! Very easy to set up, it took about 20 minutes. The mirrored levels makes it super shiny and you can roll it out for a fun night!" —Marcia

Shipping info: Free shipping on qualifying orders over $35, otherwise it's a flat rate of $5. Times vary depending on location and shipping type.

Get it from Wayfair for $219.99.

18. Sleek and minimal monochrome, fine-tip gel pens with the ~write~ stuff (I'm talking cute packaging and a fun-but-practical appeal) to be the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.

the red, peach, lavender, blue, and green retractable pens
the pens in their cute box next to a page showing their fine tip writing in their respective colors
Amazon

Promising review: "Initially just bought these pens for the look; however, once I got them, I was impressed with how nicely they write. I had bought another pack of $20 pens that I got just for function, and I think these ones write just as nicely. These definitely feel like a good value — both cute and actually work well." —Amazon Customer

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $6.98 (available in seven color combinations).

19. An amazingly resilient (and affordable) waterproof Bluetooth speaker that simply can't be ~beat~ for use in the shower, on outdoor adventures, or pretty much anywhere.

blue speaker hanging on a shower head
amazon.com

It can be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled device and works from up to 33 feet away. I have one of these and while I haven't used it for much besides blasting music at birthday parties in the pre-COVID times, I found it super easy to pair and transport and to have great sound!

Promising review: "I live on the river, and we kayak and tube all the time. We've spent lots of money on waterproof products that never work long after getting splashed. I actually dropped this one and submerged it underwater accidentally, but we've used it four times since — it didn't phase it. I LOVE IT! It's very loud and the acoustics are great! It's so easy to connect, and it has a bag to keep it in. I've spent seven times more on others that weren't nearly as good! Update: Two months later, it still works great, after being dropped and splashed in river and after several trips down the river, tubing, and biking. And we can use it for two days without recharging before battery dies. The BEST EVER!!!!!" —Shine.bright.baby

Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this speaker (#2)!

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

20. An 23andMe DNA kit to help them discover their roots and maybe even a story worthy of their own TLC show — who knows?

Amazon

The kit includes a saliva collection tube with a container and specimen bag, plus a prepaid package for them to send it out for lab testing. Then, they'll get their results on 23andMe's website within six to eight weeks. The site provides all kinds of cool information, from DNA relatives who are already in the database to a breakdown of ancestry by region. They'll be able to see a timeline of which generations of ancestors likely came from which places, and even see how genetically predisposed they are to all kinds of traits, from dimples to disliking cilantro!!!

Promising review: "So I did the DNA test a while ago, the test was simple, and I got my results in six weeks. Whats kind of cool about it is that in my case some of my results have changed slightly over time. The more genetic info they get from all over the world, apparently the more accurately they can pinpoint your results. I like that even though it was a one-time purchase, they still update your profile to the most accurate results they have. I actually just checked it again today and they narrowed down even more of my results. Plus it's pretty cool to see where your ancestors came from." —caro_

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $79.

21. A sophisticated glass etched with a map of their hometown, because if they drink liquids and are from a place, then they're sure to love these.

Three of the short glasses etched with LA, Chicago, and Brooklyn filled with bourbon
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "Great gift. Recipient was super excited and instantly started identifying places on the map!" —ks2019

Shipping info: Economy, standard, and express (one to two business days) shipping options are offered. See full shipping info here.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $18 (available in 32 cities).

22. Classy and classic cable-knit cashmere gloves they'll be so grateful to have this winter. They (and their formerly freezing fingers) will thank you profusely.

Amazon

Promising review: "Love love love! Everything I love in a cashmere glove. Super soft. Super comfortable. They say to hand-wash, but I wash on gentle and lay dry. I've always been a big fan of cashmere gloves. A great gift and it comes in a lovely box." —Heather S.

Shipping info: Varies by color, but available on Amazon Prime with express delivery and non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get them from Amazon for $37.61+ (available in five colors).

23. A cute, curated box to get anyone ready to ring in the new year in style. It features a cypress and fir soy candle, champagne sweet and crackly popcorn, a toffee milk chocolate bar, and a card of your choice all in a (202)2-adorable-for-words plaid box.

hands opening the package
Happy Box

Or customize your own gift box here!

Shipping info: Two-to-three-day expedited shipping available for an additional cost. Flat rate for standard shipping is $7.

Get it from Happy Box for $41

24. A classic Kate Spade bangle with a sweet little inscription (it reads "heart of gold" on the inside) that will go with everything and is sure to become one of the most treasured pieces in their jewelry box.

amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: "The perfect gift. If you are looking for a simple quality gift for the wife this is it. She loved this. I was impressed by the quality of finish at this low of price. I could not be happier about this purchase and highly recommend to anyone looking to make a big splash for a lower price point." —Andrew B

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $38.

25. A professional-looking genealogy chart that'll make a fascinating project for anyone, but especially older family members who can fill this in instead of just telling you stories about about your Great-Great-Grandpa Steve for the hundredth time.

the poster with an arch shaped chart with paternal and maternal sides and the word "genealogy" at the bottom
Amazon

It fits up to nine generations on both sides.

Promising review: "This chart is SO cool! It's printed on high-quality, aesthetically pleasing paper and it makes it so easy to see your ancestors. You can fill in your ancestry and then frame it. It makes a beautiful conversation piece, and it made for a great family evening at home talking about genealogy." —susan j. page

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery and non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

26. A gift card to Our Place so they can finally splurge on the fancy cookware (like the famous Always Pan) they've been eyeing.

red always pan
Our Place

Gift cards start at $50 and can be delivered via email.

27. A classic cardi with cool buttons that'll make layering a snap all season long — especially for folks whose temperature fluctuates more than the public opinion of the Kardashians.

Amazon, amazon.com

It's got over 1,000 positive reviews!

Promising review: "I'm VERY picky about sweaters and how they fit. This sweater is soft and warm, and the color is very rich. The snap buttons are really stylish. My teen has the green one in a medium and I have the royal blue in an XL, and both fit perfectly for each of us. Both look great. Quite impressed with the quality. Would definitely buy again and gift to others." —SoHappy

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in women's sizes S–XXL and in 18 colors and prints).

28. A monthly sticker subscription, because is there a human alive who doesn't love stickers?

Animal, food, flower, ballerina, star, heart, and letter sticker sheets coming out of a decorated envelope
Cratejoy

Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Club will send them up to 15 sheets a month, including archived designs by the iconic sticker brand, plus a discount for the Mrs. Grossman's website. Do those classic teddy bear stickers hit anyone else RIGHT in the childhood???

Promising review: "This is it. The one you have been looking for! ALL high-quality stickers. You will love every single sheet. The colors pop, the quality of the stickers is terrific, and the cost? Wholesale. These are expensive stickers at the stationery store — get them for a fraction of the price in a beautiful, monthly package. ♡ I'm hooked and I tell all my grown-up sticker lovers about Mrs. Grossman's!! The best sticker subscription in the world." —Elizabeth R.

Shipping info: Sign up before 4 p.m. PST on the 25th of each month to get the next month's box.

Get it from Cratejoy for $12.95/month.

29. A "Pot It Yourself" succulent kit equally wonderful for experienced plant parents and novices — and even tough-to-shop-for older kids and teens. Basically, anyone who could use a couple low-effort cuties to care for in 2022. 💚✨

The unboxed kit with two planter pots and two small succulents
The Nice Plant

It comes with two plants in ceramic pots, a scooper, organic soil, pretty stones for decorating the pots, and instructions! This wonderfully giftable kit is from an LA-based, Black-owned business founded by a plant-loving couple seeking to provide "self-care in a box."

Shipping info: Orders over $30 ship free, expedited options including next-day shipping available. See full shipping info here.

Get it from The Nice Plant for $64.99.

30. A gorgeous bouquet of flowers from The Bouqs Company, which can deliver sustainably grown gorgeousness as quickly as the next day.

Bouquet of roses, sunflowers, and spider mums
The Bouqs Company

Check out more of the best places to order flowers online.

Shipping info: Many bouquets available same day or next day depending on location; see full shipping info here.

Bouquets start at $44, and you can get the bouquet above for $49+.

31. A double-sided laptop-cleaning brush perfect for anyone who 1) owns a computer and 2) believes practical stocking stuffers are the best stocking stuffers.

Amazon

It's got a microfiber tip on one side and the WORLD'S SOFTEST retractable bristles on the other. I ordered one of these for each of my parents' stockings a couple years back as well as one for myself, and we use them all the time!

Promising review: "This is the little gadget I didn't know I needed. My laptop was a mess. I barely ever clean it. This little retractable brush is soft but got away the hidden crumbs. The microfiber cleaner is a microfiber cover over a firm base. It's small but effective. You can clean both the brush on the microfiber with basic soap and water. Like most Oxo products, it's well-made. I have to say that I Iike it more than I thought I would. My laptop has never looked so good!" —jeanneserenity

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

32. A set of gold-trimmed agate coasters sure to score them compliments while keeping their precious coffee table looking its best. Yup, these ~rock~.

purple, pink, blue, and tan coasters
Amazon

Promising review: "Stunning. I got these coasters for a friend as a thank you gift. They were absolutely beautiful in person. The gold rubber rim made these look so expensive. The colors were vibrant and are well shown in the product photos. The coasters came with little adhesive rubber feet which was a bonus." —Jason Herrera

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with express delivery and non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get a set of four from Amazon for $42.99.

33. And finally, a donation in their name to a cause close to their picky picky picky but very kind heart.

CBC

Check out Charity Navigator to find ideas for awesome organizations, or do something based around their interests. For example, if they're an animal lover, find a local shelter through Adoptapet.com.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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