Published: 24th November 2016
Author: Bethanie Lunn

Top Tips for Buying the Perfect Gift for the Hard-to-buy-for

Everyone knows someone who is hard to buy for every Christmas.  Either they have everything they need, they know what they like (so others seldom get it right), or they’re just plain fussy!

My gift ideas and shopping advice will help…

 Whether this is you or a loved one, my advice is to keep it classic and choose a gift is both timeless but appealing to the recipient’s era and general interests…

If you want to keep it as surprise, ask yourself what they do for a living, what they’re always talking about.  Take note when they discuss what they need, what they saw, what they’d love to have.  You can also view their profiles on social media.  Most people share what their main interests are and post pictures of things they are coveting.  The clues are out there.

These ideas will also help:



No woman can resist classic accessories such as leather gloves, a silk chemise or a diamond ring as everyone loves a touch of luxury.  If you’re thinking of proposing, the romance of the festive season is the perfect time to do it and this designer shiner will guarantee a yes!



Accessorize pom pom and zip leather gloves, £25

Boux Avenue Crystal Chemise, £38

River Island Earrings, £12

  • Vera Wang for Ernest Jones 18ct White Gold 0.95 Carat Diamond Ring, £3,750



Generally speaking, men tend to love practical gifts the most and anything that brings the big kid out in them.  Luxe knits, work briefcases with style and fun indoor ‘sports’ always please.


Tiger Magnetic Dart Board, £10

Debenhams Men’s Jumper J by Jasper Conran, £42

Next Briefcase, £55

Families and Pets

If you’re buying for a hard-to-please family, choose a gift that caters for all of them or their home so they can enjoy it together, and don’t forget their pets or you’ll fall off their Christmas card list!


Debenhams Home Dog Bowl, £12

Debenhams Family Hamper, £75

River Island Light Box, £25


Teens and Young Adults

Teens and young adults tend to love the latest trends so impress with a fashion statement or the latest tech gadget.  Hitting leading High Street stores such as TOPSHOP, apple, River Island, H&M and Urban Outfitters will keep your choices fail-safe.



Miss Selfridge Girl Gang Bag, £20

Office ‘Literally’ Embroidered Boot, £64

Urban Outfitters Brown iPhone Projector, £25




It could be the kids or the kids parents that are hard to buy for, but get it right with the kiddies and you’re in with both!  No child can resist vehicles that move and anything that looks giant when wrapped, and no parent can resist fashion-lead favourites when it comes to clothing.



Tiger Remote Control Race Car, £20

Debenhams Bluezoo Unicorn Glitter Top, £10

Ted Baker for Debehnams Ted Baker Bonded Bomber Jacket, £30

Early Learning Centre Wooden Train Table, £125


Happy Shopping!



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