Gifts for that person who never knows what they want

I think we all have (at least) one of these people in our family. The person who, when asked what they want, inevitably replies “oh, I dunno. I don’t really need anything.” So even though it’s only 10 more days to Christmas…you might not have figured out what to get that person yet. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of gifts that I think you could give to almost anyone.

Electric kettle

No, this suggestion is not just for your tea-obsessed friend. An electric kettle is one of those things you don’t realize you want until someone gives you one. (Unless you’re not American, in which you case you may be wondering how the heck we manage without kettles. Answer: we use the microwave to boil water. At least, that’s how I did it for decades. I don’t know what’s wrong with us either.) Anyway, one of my husband’s coworkers gave him an electric kettle several years ago and it quickly became our most-used kitchen appliance. Everyone needs to boil water sometimes.

Supplies for their hobby

This one can be tricky: if someone needs art supplies I’m going to need very specific advice, because I’m mostly clueless about the quality of paints, pencils, papers, etc. When you share a hobby with someone it’s easier – runners always need some good running socks, right? If some stealthy questioning of your recipient doesn’t turn up anything they might want, head to a specialty store for advice…and if all else fails, you can always go for a gift certificate to that store.

A product of your hobby

If you knit, sew, woodwork, leatherwork, bake, brew, can, draw, paint, craft, and I’m sure I could add many things to this list…there’s more than likely something you make that your recipient would appreciate.

Local-to-you products

There are some locally made products that you can find variations of in almost any locale – like handmade pottery, jewelry, knits. Those are all great if you’re buying for someone who’s into them, but I’m thinking more of things that are hard to find just anywhere. For example, my parents have several native Texas pecan trees; if you’ve never had native pecans, they make the ones you typically find at the grocery store seem flavorless. I ask for more pecans anytime I visit, because you definitely can’t get those in Montana. Things that are produced in Montana include huckleberry products, merino and alpaca wool, sapphires, and handmade hiking/hunting boots…though those last two are the “in your dreams” type of gifts!

The experience gift…pass

Look, I like experience gifts in theory…but personally, I don’t want a gift that requires me to be somewhere/do something on a specific date unless you’ve discussed it with me beforehand. But experience passes? Yes, please. I’m thinking of things like a national or state parks pass, a local museum pass, or a hot springs or fitness studio punch card. Who wouldn’t want one of those?


Need to buy a gift for someone who has no clue what they want? Here are some ideas to help!


What do you make to give as gifts – can you add to my list of hobbies?

What’s your favorite locally made/grown product?


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5 Comment

  1. I think that I am easy to buy for because I would like anything running related and everyone knows how much I love to run!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That does make it easier!

  2. Yep, I am totally the non American who is always wondering why Americans haven’t yet realised how convenient an electric kettle is… or even a stovetop one! I had to buy a camping kettle for my mother in laws house because I couldn’t even find a regular stovetop one when we were there and I hate heating water in the microwave!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      It’s so weird! We bought my parents an electric kettle and it’s basically in non-stop use when everyone is home.

  3. Victor says: Reply

    Hey Hannah, great ideas !

    You don’t necesarily have to spend lots of money, sometimes you just have to be a bit creative or just buy something that you don’t usually do.

    I did bought one kettle for my mum once and she loved it. She lives in Spain she does lots of teas 🙂

    This year I’ve struggled to buy her something, I didn’t know what to buy. But then I’ve thought that a cheap but yet a beautiful gift would be a mug for her tea with a picture of her baby grand doughter 🙂

    She loved it!
    Great post, thanks for sharing!
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