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

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    1. A copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 that's chock-full of facts so they can have the satisfaction of being right at least every once in a while.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Farmer's Almanac is a staple. It gives you heaps of useful information and tips on nearly everything domestic from gardening and cooking to advice and trivia. We buy one every year." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: " I'm so happy with this purchase! I work in an office and I was having back pains. Now I use it every morning when I wake up, at the office, and before I go to sleep. I still haven’t use it in the car, but I’ll definitely try it soon! It made my back pains go away and relaxes my muscles. I definitely recommend this product, and it is great for the low price." —Jose

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    3. A Porter Bowl so they can eat their desk lunch with dignity out of a chic, functional vessel they'll want to show off.

    Amazon

    I use my Porter Bowl basically every time I bring my lunch to work. The lid vacuum seals tightly, and I've never had a problem with leaks. It's both microwavable and dishwasher-safe which is obviously a huge win in my book. And it just feels nice to eat lunch out of a real piece of dishware, rather than flimsy plastic. I have the ceramic version and haven't had any problems with scratching. It's rubber coated, so it's easy to travel with and doesn't slide around. I would personally like more as gifts, please!

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in 10 colors in plastic and ceramic versions).

    4. A Capri Blue Volcano candle that is *RED ALERT* the candle they burn in Anthropologie, the greatest-smelling place in the universe! I honestly can't imagine somebody NOT enjoying this flawless scent.

    Anthropologie

    The candle comes in multiple scents, but "Volcano" is the Anthro smell that I personally can't get enough of. I was gifted so many of these last year by people who know it's my favorite that I don't even need to ask for them again this year (thanks, mom!). Extend your loved one the same kindness! Note that the candles from Anthro and Amazon are the same scent but come in different tins).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50 (available in three scents) or Anthropologie for $11.20 (originally $14, available in two colors).

    5. A Book of the Month subscription so they always have a book they're looking forward to reading next. Each month, they'll get to choose from five best-sellers in different genres — a fun activity in and of itself and great for a picky reader who's hard to buy for.

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    What they get: Their choice of one of five titles a month with an option to skip a month and save their credit whenever they please. With the purchase of a six- or twelve-month gift subscription, you get a free month for yourself!

    I have a Book of the Month subscription and love it! While trying to get back into the habit of reading this year, it's been wonderful to have a curated selection of current best-sellers to choose from. I love being able to read their descriptions of the books before choosing and haven't been disappointed yet!

    Get a three-month subscription for $49.99 (also available for six- and twelve-months).

    6. An 11-in-1 stainless steel pocket tool for the practical sort who just likes to be prepared.

    Amazon

    The multi-tool includes a can opener, bottle opener, 4-position wrench, 2-position wrench, butterfly screw wrench, direction ancillary wrench, knife edge, saw blade, screwdriver, ruler, and keychain hole.

    Promising review: "I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn't want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won't break with average use." —Johann Christine Alcaraz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.52.

    7. A cold brew maker to save them big bucks on bean juice in the new year — all those early morning coffee runs are starting to add up! And having their favorite bevy in the comfort of their home? Heaven.

    Amazon

    The cold brew maker is BPA-free, has a non-slip handle, fits in most fridge doors, and produces four servings of the good stuff. The coffee stays good for up to two weeks.

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I bought this for a gift for my husband who drinks iced coffee all year long. He says it makes such a smooth-tasting and strong iced coffee. He gets two drinks out of each batch that he makes. It's easy to clean and can go in the dishwasher. It's durable — I know as I'm clumsy and have dropped it several times without an issue. We are considering getting a second one!" —rnnichole

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).

    For a glowing review of this baby, check out "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker".

    8. An essential-oil diffuser so they can surround themselves with scents that bring them to their happy place.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this diffuser. The scent reaches my whole first floor! I primarily use in a 20-by-20 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 $22.99 (available in two colors).

    9. This journal that asks for just one line a day for five years, so they create a fun little time capsule without the effort of hardcore journaling.

    Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    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 $10.17.

    For more on the journal, check out "This One Line A Day Journal Is My Most Prized Possession."

    10. Or this Q&A a Day journal you can fill out ~together~, which asks questions like "Where would you like to travel with your partner?" or the delightfully sappy (or potentially offensive, if you have some OPINIONS) "What does your partner's laugh sound like?"

    Amazon

    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 $13.74.

    11. An Instax camera with a charming dose of retro flair, so they can channel their creativity anywhere and maybe snap some cute shots of you while they're at it.

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    Promising review: "I highly recommend this camera! I used it for Thanksgiving and everyone got a good kick out of it! Many commented they are so glad that they are back into style and love the photos! The film is easy to store, but it does take practice adjusting on how to take it. I will continue to use this baby from here on out!" —Song Bird

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in five colors and with film packs).

    Hear more praises for the Instax in "Here's Why You Should Start Traveling With An Instant Camera."

    12. A fill-in-the-blank book to woo your S.O. with sweet, sweet compliments. Oh, nice things about me? You shouldn't have!

    A small book titled "What I Love About You by Me" with "You fill in the blanks" in the corner.
    Amazon

    The book has 112 pages and comes with a plastic sleeve for safe-keeping. Prompts such as "You deserve the ______ award," and "You have the greatest taste in ______," guide you towards some sweet sentiments. May I suggest, "You have the greatest taste in partners."

    Promising review: "For Christmas, I wanted something personal for my boyfriend. Sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time to show your appreciation for the one you love. After doing some researching, I decided on this fill-in-the-blank book. Some of the questions were a bit goofy and a laugh for us both, but I loved being able to fill out and answer the questions. It was a gift that he definitely will remember and it made my day to see how much he appreciated hearing all the things I love about him!" —Jenna G

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95 (available in 15 subjects).

    13. A Hydroflask travel coffee mug, because their pickiness about beverage temperature is one of the things you love most about them.

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    The stainless steel mug keeps beverages hot for up to six hours or cold for up to 24 hours while using the lid! It's BPA-free and phthalate-free.

    Promising review: "This is my best coffee friend. I had no idea how lacking I was until I purchased it. I can get busy and forget I have coffee (I know, blasphemy!) but this thing keeps it warm FOR HOURS! No joke, HOURS! I will buy another one for the person I love in this world, because they deserve this type of coffee happiness! And so do you! Buy it — you are welcome." —Ari Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in five sizes and 13 colors).

    14. A cheese board for the significant other who loves to entertain. No more serving their beloved triple-crème on an old, chipped plate.

    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "The bamboo is a very solid piece of wood, beautiful in color and function — I've rarely seen a cheeseboard that has specially designated sections for crackers which saves you from cluttering up your table with extra dishes. The size is perfect, large enough to serve several kinds of cheese without crowding. Can't wait to use it for upcoming holidays!" —BookBabe

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    15. A wine and can holder so they can enjoy their favorite adult beverage from the comfort of their own tub.

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    Promising review: "Got this for the wife. It its solid. I've bonked my head on it, shoulder rushed it, donkey punched, and tea bagged this thing and it will NOT fall off our glass shower door." —Captain Spungo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

    16. A Waterpik water flosser for getting their teeth so clean they make a *ding* sound when they smile like in a cartoon. The grown-up gift they never thought they'd be excited for, but hey — this is 30.

    Amazon

    It has 10 pressure settings, seven water flossing tips, and 90 seconds of water capacity.

    Promising review: "I love this product. It makes your mouth feel so clean. After using it for several weeks, I noticed several things: no more bad breath, no more bad taste in my mouth, my gums are much healthier, no more bleeding, and my teeth are less sensitive at the gum line. This is, by far, one of the best buys I've made this year. I highly recommend for folks with a lot of crowns, receding gum lines, pockets, or if you are not great at flossing due to bleeding or teeth so close that it's difficult to floss." —JS

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in nine colors).

    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.

    Groupon

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

    18. A Squatty Potty, because the ultimate sign of true love is knowing each others' poop schedules. And trust me, once they try a Squatty Potty, they'll never look back.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this about a month ago for my wife and I and really wanted to get some good time in with it before I wrote this review. We are pretty healthy people, work out when possible, and have no problems when it comes to #2. That said, this is by far the best bathroom accessory you can buy. I like to poop. It's literally the first thing I do in the morning. This will make it that more enjoyable. Sit down, pull it out from the toilet, put your feet up, and bombs away! It feels like a straight pipe coming from your colon. Remember those difficult to push out BMs? No more! With just a slight push, you are done. Gravity takes over, and out she comes. This is how the human body was designed to poop. We literally pooped like this for thousands of years! I recommend this to all my friends, who laugh at me till they try it. Stop making it hard on yourself when you poop. Buy a Squatty Potty!" —jjl1911

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Learn more about the Squatty Potty in "I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same."

    19. An Amazon Prime membership, so they can order whatever the heck they want and have it delivered the very next day.

    Amazon

    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 $119 for the year.

    20. A set of nesting stoneware bowls with spouts that are so lovely I dare anyone not to fall in love with them at first sight. Simple but functional, well-designed but not snooty, *sigh* they're just the best.

    Food52

    ^Lol, can you tell I really want these for myself????

    Promising review: "Beautiful and useful. Love that these bowl are wide enough to let you mix many ingredients without having gems fly out of the bowl... Like the pouring spout and love the look." —Lucille G.

    Get a set of three from Food52 for $99.

    21. An Aerogarden for the home chef whose ultimate dream is to grow their own herbs year-round but who maybe doesn't have the greenest thumb. No shade, but the dry, brown basil on the windowsill speaks for itself.

    Macy's

    Make their dreams come true with this seriously awesome countertop garden that reminds you when to water and add plant food! Each one comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (originally $189.99, available in three colors; use code HOME for 40% off).

    Check out "Grow Herbs In Your Apartment With Zero Effort Using This Smart Countertop Garden" for more info!

    22. Gorgeous glasses etched with city grid of your choice, because they've gotta drink out of something, so why not make it something pretty and sentimental.

    Uncommon Goods

    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 $16 (available in 31 city options).

    23. A subscription to PETure Perfect, which will send them a monthly goodie personalized with their pet's image on it, because who couldn't love that adorable, squishy, perfect angel face.

    PETure Perfect / Cratejoy

    What they get: Their choice of PETure Perfect's "Photo Club" or "Pawtrait Club" options to receive one item a month with either a photo or hand-drawn illustration of your pet. Each box contains a main item featuring your pet, plus a pet milestone card and treat recipe card. Illustrations are created by artists with over 20 years' experience, and you can change your picture every three months to switch things up a bit!

    Promising review: "I got the cat portrait box and I couldn't be more pleased. I received a wooden snack/drink coaster with a drawn portrait of my furbaby, some clothespins with her name engraved on them, a cat treat recipe, and a card marking the month and year for photographing my cat. The portrait was amazing! The artist captured her expression perfectly. It's not just a generic cat. It's my cat! Beautiful work! And the clothespins were a nice touch put in to close bags of homemade treats. I live in the US and I received my box from England in under a week for an awesome shipping price. I will definitely be continuing my subscription & telling my friends." —Jesse

    Get it from Cratejoy for $13.99+/month.

    24. 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.

    Rent the Runway, Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    Thousands of dresses, purses, coats, pants, accessories and MORE will be available to them with just a click! With a Rent the Runway Unlimited plan, they can rent up to four items at a time, keep them as long as they want, then swap them out for new items. I have Unlimited and absolutely adore it. As someone who likes to take some ~fashion chances~ but can't necessarily afford the clothes I want, renting is the best! Do I need to OWN a rainbow pirate top and leather pants? Nope. But did I have the time of my life rocking them for a day? You better believe it!

    Get it from Rent the Runway from $50+.

    Head to "I Tried Rent The Runway's Unlimited Membership And It Literally Changed My Life" for a full review!

    25. A mug warmer that regulates the temperature of coffee or tea they can nurse their drink for hours without sipping an ice-cold beverage. A feat of technology.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I felt I really needed to give a shout-out to this little mug warmer. I drink a lot of coffee and tea, but I find when I'm working, I'll get sidetracked and next thing I know, I'm faced with a cold cup of whatever I'm drinking and that just makes me unhappy. I bought this hoping, but not expecting anything fantastic. I have now had this for a year and use it it every single day and it has been awesome. No more having to rewarm my drink in the microwave or just plain throw it out. I can't believe how long its lasted. Like I said I use it everyday but it's also on for a good part of the day and works just as good as it did on the I bought it." —C21Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    26. A stovetop espresso maker for making rich, smooth espresso in under five minutes *and* feeling like the classiest kid on the block.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "So happy with my espresso pot purchase. Excellent and simple. It makes the best coffee ever. It's streamlined, sleek, and attractive sitting next the stove without cluttering up counter space with some electronic digital nightmare to deal with. It's a breeze to clean — no disposable filters either. Everyone who drinks coffee needs this." —melanie m. pool

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39+ (available in five sizes and three colors).

    27. A stunning bouquet of multicolored long-stem roses, because who in the world wouldn't love to feel adored with a traditional arrangement.

    FTD

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

    Get it from FTD for $35+.

    28. A pair of leather sneakers for stomping, kicking, moonwalking, and whatever else their feet do with the utmost sense of style.

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    Greats suggests ordering men's sizes a 1/2 size down and women's sizes a 1/2 size up for the perfect fit.

    Promising review: "The shoes are so comfortable and well-made. My husband has a pair and I loved his, so I ordered my own. Now I want to purchase a black pair." —Anna P.

    Get them from Greats in women's sizes 6–10 for $179 (available in four colors) and men's sizes 7–15 for $179 (available in seven colors).

    29. An essential-oil stick that makes for a thoughtful add-on gift for the frequent headache-sufferer in your life.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed, Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Check out "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life" for more info!

    30. A Simple Elephant planner to help make life a little more manageable for the partner with things to do and goals to achieve.

    BuzzFeed, Amazon

    This is one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best productivity planner!

    Promising review: "This freaking planner... it's EVERYTHING I needed. I'll let you guys in on how I organized mine. Color coded all 5 goals at the beginning, and then when I was doing something daily, weekly, monthly that served those goals, I wrote that in the corresponding color. So you can glance at a week and say, 'Yes, I'm hitting Goals 1, 2, and 3 but not 4 and 5' or whatever, but that system helps me feel tethered in my daily activities to my bigger goals. I also love the vision board and space for mind mapping. I have severe adult ADHD and am a trauma victim, so I need therapeutic tools (plus meds) to help organize my thoughts, and this planner has thought of everything. Space for journaling at the back — like 60 pages. On each weekly page spread, there's a place for weekly goals (again color-coded to yearly goals), successes, and what I can work on. This is the planner!!" —Kelly Wolfe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

    31. A press-and-go tumbler for your love whose adoration of iced tea rivals only their adoration of you.

    Macy's

    Just add hot water and loose-leaf tea or a tea bag to the outer chamber, let steep, then fill the inner chamber with ice and press it down into outer chamber, and boom — instant iced tea! The 16 oz. BPA-free tumbler is odor-, taste- and stain- resistant as well as dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99 (originally $28.99).

    32. A Nintendo Switch Lite so they can game on the go. They still talk about their Gameboy from 1999 with such fondness...I think it's time to bring the magic back.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This feels sooo much better in the hands than the bulkier original Switch, that I can't go back. Even though it's lighter, it feels more solid as the Joy Cons do not come off, and it doesn't bend like the old one did. My arms don't get tired at all holding this. AND it had an actual D-pad! I also do not notice the smaller screen when playing, at all. It's just a much more pleasant handheld experience, which is exactly why I go it." —J. fox

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in four colors).

    For more on the Switch Lite, check out "Here's Why You May Want To Buy A Nintendo Switch Lite Even If You Already Have A Switch."

    33. A grocery tote from BuzzFeed's Eating Your Feed so they always have a designated bag on hand to carry home their produce. Bonus: if and when they're using it to carry something *other* than groceries it's fun and ironic.

    BuzzFeed

    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $19.95 (originally $29.99).

    34. Some ~cheesy~ socks, because you can never, EVER have too many socks, especially when they come packaged in a pizza box.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought the pizza sock box for my girlfriend's birthday. And she loves them so much that she won't even wear them because of how awesome the packaging is. So know I'll be purchasing a second box of them just so she can wear one and collect the other." —Amazon Customer

    Get a box of four pairs from Amazon for $25.99 (available in men's and women's sizes).

    35. A cashmere knit cap so their ratty old hat can retire with grace and be replaced with one that's a little more fashionable and about one million times softer.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "Ordered this for my husband, he absolutely loves it. The fit is great, super soft and warm. Great winter staple!" —Cgnh

    Get it from Nordstrom for $69.50 (available in four colors).

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

    Amazon

    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 for Amazon for $29.97+ (available in two colors).

    Check out "This Bidet Has Made My Butt Cleaner Than Ever" for more!

    37. An external battery, because despite being the smartest, best person you know, their phone is ALWAYS about to die. Let's remedy that.

    Amazon

    My partner got this for me, and I truly use it every day. It holds three FULL charges for an iPhone and is an essential, especially considering I'm lost 100% of the time.

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my wife before we went overseas for two weeks. She was able to charge her phone during the day for four or five days before it needed to be recharged. I was actually very impressed with it." —Ray Detwiler

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    38. A Warby Parker gift card so they can get a new pair of specs. I've gotten one a few years in a row, and very much appreciate being able to pick out new frames to match my look for the year — I think they will, too!

    Warby Parker

    Get a gift card from Warby Parker starting at $50.

    Good luck gifting! Hope you don't get a dreaded medium reaction!!!!

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