Christmas Gifts for the Hard to Buy For

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Shopping for Christmas gifts is stressful enough, let alone when you're trying to find the right gift for that picky someone. Whether it's someone who has everything or a boss who you don't know well, having a few helpful ideas can help you start your search for the perfect present.

Gifts for Picky Teenagers

The young adults in your life might enjoy the following.

  • Portable charger: Few things frustrate a teenager more than when their laptop, tablet, or cell phone loses power and there's no charger in sight. This portable charger is small enough to keep in a purse or glove compartment. Several colors are available for around $14 plus shipping.
  • Wireless earbuds: Earbuds are practically a body part on teenagers, so they'll love wireless earbuds from Dr. Dre Powerbeats. They work with any blue-tooth enabled device from up to 30 feet. The cost is about $140. Shipping is free if you purchase from Best Buy.
  • Nintendo stock: Most teenagers grew up with the Nintendo brand and would be thrilled to be part owner of the company. You can purchase one share of Nintendo stock in a cardboard frame for $72 plus shipping. The stock certificate may also be framed in a premium frame for around $114 plus shipping.
  • Portable speaker: Most teenagers are less than thrilled to listen to their tunes or a movie through their phone's speaker. Problem solved with this set of two wireless speakers by Lyrix Jive. The speakers are bluetooth compatible up to 32 feet away. They also feature a mute option. The speakers are available in several colors and cost about $25 plus shipping.

Gifts for the Man Who Has Everything

Men will get a kick out of these items.

  • Glove box car jump starter: He won't ever have to search for someone with jumper cables again with this portable car jump starter. The rechargeable starter plugs into a car's cigarette lighter and transfers power to the car's battery. It costs about $40 plus shipping.
  • Guitar pick punch: Have a guitar player on your gift list? This fun, eco-friendly gift turns old credit cards, hotel keys, and old gift cards into functional guitar picks. The pick punch costs about $25 plus shipping.
  • NASCAR experience: Give the man in your life a memory he'll never forget with the gift of a NASCAR adventure. From driving a NASCAR qualifier to taking a few laps around the Pocono Raceway to a full fledged Orlando movie NASCAR experience, there's a wide selection of experience gifts to choose from. Prices start at about $130.
  • Beard grooming kit: Give any bearded man in your life what he needs to keep his beard clean and well-groomed. This all natural beard care kit contains beard wash, beard oil, beard balm, and a cruelty-free beard brush. The cost is around $38 plus shipping.

Gifts for the Woman Who Has Everything

Pick up something pleasing for the woman who has it all.

  • Bath caddy: Give the gift of pampering with this caddy. The teak wood caddy will hold a glass of her favorite beverage and prop up a book to help her make the most of her bathtub time. The caddy costs about $40. Shipping is free from Bed Bath & Beyond.
  • Jar of messages: Make any special lady feel cherished with a jar of personalized messages. Choose from pre-printed themes or create your own custom jar and sentiments. These cost about $35 and up, plus shipping.
  • Personalized silver journal with pen: This silver plated journal comes with a matching ballpoint pen. The journal can be personalized with a name or special message. Cost is around $25, plus shipping.
  • Champagne truffles: Jacques Torres' champagne truffles are a step far above traditional chocolates and treats. They'll melt any woman's heart and tantalize her taste buds. Each box of 10 truffles is a blend of rich cream and Taittinger Champagne and costs around $20, plus shipping.

Gifts for Seniors

Add a little something special under the tree for your favorite senior.

  • Flameless candles: Flameless candles make beautiful and practical gifts. Not only do they add ambience to a room, they serve as a night light. They're also safe for seniors who may forget to blow out a traditional candle. Try this flameless candle in an 8" brocade vase for about $28, plus shipping.
  • Library of classic literature: For seniors who don't have a lot of room to store books and music or for those who have failing eyesight, this MP3 player is a great gift. It's pre-loaded with 100 literature classics such as Little Women, Moby Dick, and Pride and Prejudice, as well as 50 classical music arrangements. The player costs about $100, plus shipping.
  • Wireless key finder: This is a wonderful gift for anyone who frequently loses their keys. To use, they'll attach an alarmed key fob to their keys. When the keys disappear, they'll simply press a button on the remote transmitter to activate an alarm. Cost is around $35, plus shipping.
  • Adjustable tray table: The possibilities are endless with this handy portable table. It can be used as a meal table, a place to do paperwork, or as a laptop desk or nightstand. The table folds away for simple storage and costs about $20, plus shipping.

Gifts for the In-Laws

Earn points with the in-laws by giving them these lovely gifts.

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  • Family name print: This gift includes the history of almost any family name beautifully framed in oak. The framed print costs around $30, plus shipping.
  • Dinner of the Month Club: Send your in-laws out to dinner each month with this gift. You choose the restaurant, the dollar amount, and the number of months, and they receive gift cards for each restaurant you choose. Three, six, nine, and 12 month options are available. The cost varies depending on the amount you choose.
  • Home portrait: Your in-laws will love receiving a beautiful portrait of their home in either watercolor or sketch mediums. An artist draws the portrait from any picture image you provide. The cost starts at around $70, plus shipping.
  • Digital frame: A digital frame pre-loaded with family pictures makes a thoughtful gift. Frames are available in a large variety of sizes and colors. This frame plays a slide show of hi-resolution photos and videos. It costs about $60 and shipping is free.

Gifts for the Boss or Co-Worker

Be the office Santa by giving these festive gifts.

  • Tabletop zen garden: This gift is sure to relieve serious office stress. It's a miniature Japanese meditative garden encased in rosewood. It costs about $21, plus shipping.
  • Insulated Vera Bradley lunch tote: If your co-worker or boss packs lunch every day, this fashionable lunch tote is a great gift idea. It comes in a variety of styles and costs about $34. Shipping is free.
  • Executive Decision Maker: For those you work with who struggle to make decisions, this is a fun gift. The spinning decision maker costs around $17, plus shipping.
  • World's Best Boss Mug: When in doubt, this mug is a safe choice. It may even earn you a few points with you boss, too. The 11 ounce mug costs about $17, plus shipping.

Give the Gift of Your Time and Experience

Sharing your time and experience with a loved one or neighbor makes a treasured holiday gift. Here are a few ideas:

  • Surprise groceries delivered
    If you're a great cook, make some frozen casseroles a busy new parent or senior citizen can reheat as needed.
  • If you enjoy cleaning, offer basic housekeeping services for an elderly relative or someone dealing with illness who may have difficulty with daily chores.
  • If you're a car mechanic, give a gift certificate good for one free vehicle tune-up.
  • If you have a friend who admires your musical talents, give the gift of a few free music lessons.

Share a Memory

For the person who has everything, consider choosing a gift you can do together that will create a special memory. Tickets to see a favorite band in concert, high tea at your local tea room, a day at the spa, or a plane ticket to come and visit you are thoughtful, memorable holiday gifts.

Support a Good Cause

A gift that supports a cause near and dear to the recipient's heart is a good choice. For example, animal lovers will appreciate a donation to The Humane Society, and environmentally conscious people will be thrilled when you give the gift of clean water to a family through World Vision.

Make Thoughtful Handmade Presents

Even if you don't consider yourself a crafty person, there are plenty of handmade presents that aren't difficult to create. A no-sew fleece blanket is practical, easy to make, and can be personalized to fit the tastes of the recipient. A customized scrapbook is another great homemade gift that is sure to be appreciated by friends and family. For teachers, coworkers, or neighbors, consider enlisting the whole family in making Christmas tree ornaments that can be enjoyed year after year.

Gifts to Avoid

When searching for Christmas gifts, there are a few items you may want to avoid:

  • Lotions or bath products: Fragrance is personal so finding one the recipient likes can be tricky.
  • Clothing: Unless you know the recipient well, finding the right size or style is challenging.
  • Self improvement gifts: These types of gifts -- such as a low-fat cookbook or set of anger management workbooks -- may imply something is wrong with the recipient and are never a good gift giving idea.

A Little Thought Goes a Long Way

No one wants to give or receive a bad Christmas present, but it can be overwhelming to come up with the perfect present in the midst of holiday chaos. When choosing gifts, take a few moments to think about your recipient's likes and dislikes -- their preferences, hobbies, and passions. With a little thought, you're sure to find that perfect present to make a lasting impression.

Christmas Gifts for the Hard to Buy For