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80 Failsafe Gift Ideas for Every Person on Your List

Even the most difficult people to please.

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Morgan McMullen

If the thought of trying to figure out a holiday gift for everyone on your list, particularly those people who are hard to buy for (cousin Emma, I'm looking at you) triggers heart palpitations...fear no more! From unique accessories to old standbys to quirky novelties you've never thought of before, here's our guide of failsafe gifts for every person on your list—at every budget.

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Custom Family Portrait Drawing
Love Becca Designs Etsy
$31.58

Not sure what to get that family on your list? Opt for a custom illustration, which are available from an Etsy vendor that has over 400 glowing reviews.

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Marie Antoinette Decorative Candle
Cire Trudon Net-a-Porter
$130.00

Who doesn’t need a pink decorative candle of Marie Antoinette modeled exactly after her portrait in The Louvre? Fun fact for history buffs—the storied brand, Cire Trudon, was founded in 1643 and created candles for Marie Antoinette herself.

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Poodle Salt & Pepper Shakers
Jonathan Adler Saks Fifth Avenue
$48.00

This glossy set of salt & pepper shakers is well-suited for various personalities: the cousin who tolerates humans but loves dogs, the newly-engaged couple on a mission to take over your Instagram feed, and the parent who makes the world’s greatest comfort food.

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Fashionable Slippers
Soludos Zappos
$56.25

These plush slippers will provide more than just a respite for her frozen toes: With fashion-forward celestial beaded designs, all of her roommates, guests, and visitors will be green with loungewear envy.

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Small Porcelain Box
BITOSSI HOME Yoox
$28.00

Gift the quirky maximalist in your orbit a small porcelain box to house their nifty finds. 

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A Zebra-Print Turtleneck Top
Samsøe Samsøe Intermix
$125.00

Here, a vibrant turtleneck in an electric zebra pattern that looks chic on its own or layered beneath a chunky sweater. 

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Royal Bingo
Amazon
$29.99
$16.46 (45% off)

For your loved ones who woke up at 6 a.m. for the royal wedding last year, this royal bingo set features monarchs from all over the world. Fun for the whole family—royal or not.

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A Throw Pillow With Meaning
Bella Freud Matches Fashion
$171.00

This chic, cozy, and minimalist pillow from Bella Freud’s homeware collection is ideal for the tastemaker who makes you feel fuzzy inside.  

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An Architecture-Inspired Kama Sutra
Miguel Bolivar Amazon
$9.99

This creative Kama Sutra from London-based architect Miguel Bolivar is for cultured significant others only. Each sex position is inspired by a famous building or furniture design with detailed data and annotated scale drawings.

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P.volve Beginner Set
P.volve
$79.99

Let’s be real...a more defined butt is the gift that keeps on giving. For the gal who loves boutique workout classes, P.volve’s starter set includes everything she’ll need to have a game-changing low-impact workout right from home: a P.ball, 2 lb hand weights, and light ankle weights.

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A Smart Ukelele
Populele Walmart
$120.33

For that special someone who’s always wanted to learn an instrument—and you don’t share a tight space with—gift a smart ukulele. Connected to an app full of lessons, the Populele has 72 built-in LED lights that’ll show the singer/songwriter-to-be where to place their hands on the instrument’s frets. They'll be seated in front of their laptops and performing their songs in no time.

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No-Rinse Hand Wash
BYREDO Nordstrom
$35.00

No-rinse hand wash is a dream come true for anybody who commutes on public transportation. It smells like roses and is effective like Purrell without leaving hands feeling sticky either.

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Andy Warhol Domino Set
Mudpuppy Amazon
$23.49

The recipient of this creative and colorful Andy Warhol domino set doesn’t even have to be into gaming. It's a fun gift for a family, grandparents, and art lovers alike.

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A Retro Polaroid Camera
Polaroid Verishop
$100.00

Shopping for a sentimental content maker? The updated version of Polaroid's classic OneStep camera will be a huge hit for capturing special moments (...or great outfits). 

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Neon Acrylic Cactus Sculpture
Brightecture Etsy
$29.00

This handmade acrylic cactus sculpture is another smart art gift that looks way more expensive than it actually is. Standing 5.5 inches high, it'll bring a punchy splash of modernity into your loved one's home. 

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A Coffee Table Book with Fuzzy Feels
Weldon Owen Amazon
$25.00
$14.99 (40% off)

Who doesn't like looking at pictures of cute pups? This tome is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for hipsters, grandparents, and city-goers of all ages alike.

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A Luxury Cardholder
Chloé Ssense
$295.00

If my boyfriend is reading this...please look at how beautiful this textured wallet from Chloé is! With four card slots in the back, it would hold all of my credit cards, random small bills, and business cards exchanged at networking events. Its sleekness is reserved for a sophisticated woman (cough cough) like me.  

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Warm Ginger Body Wrap
Origins
$45.00

Send this stress-relieving standard-sized pillow to the loved one you don't get to see as much as you'd like. It features a soothing blend of cinnamon, clove, and lemon essential oils, and feels exactly as its name suggests. 

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DIY Chocolate Truffles Kit
UncommonGoods
$35.00

Presented in a nifty set, this DIY chocolate truffles kit includes everything you need (sans kitchen appliances and cream) to make 36 truffles.

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An Artsy Vase
Need Supply
$160.00

Add a splash of color to your loved one's home with a decorative vase that looks fabulous with or without flowers.

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Women's Pearl Hoops
SHASHI Amazon
$38.00

Heart jewelry has come a looong way since season six of The Office when Pam insinuated that women wouldn't ever buy heart-shaped jewelry for themselves. Kitschy and playful, these hoops made from Swarovski pearls will add a fashion-forward spin to all of her looks. 

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'50s Retro Style Electric Kettle
SMEG Nordstrom
$149.95

The recipient will want to keep this retro-style electric kettle on their kitchen counter 24/7 because of the design cred it brings. Plus it's actually useful: It can boil water in just over three minutes, making it one of the fastest kettles on the market.

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Carry-On Toiletry Set
Malin and Goetz
$45.00

Containing all of the toiletry essentials you need when you're on the road, this carry-on approved travel set from Malin + Goetz will introduce your loved one to his or her new favorite unisex grooming brand.

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The Perfect Nail Polish
Dior Sephora
$28.00

Including a precision brush designed to deposit the perfect amount of polish in a single sweep, Dior's Nail Lacquer is a savvy gift for even the least-skilled manicurist in your life. The first couture nail polish of its kind, expect gel-like shine for manicures that will last at least two weeks.

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A Fragrance for Your S/O
BYREDO 24s.com
$175.00

Give your boyfriend a distinguished cologne with a dapper name and dreamy aroma. This evocative and sophisticated scent features a woody base of black amber and white cedar wood with notes of neroli flower and mandarin leaves. 

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A Funny Mug
AW Fashions
$11.88

Behold a sensible and hilarious gift for your work wife. 

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Reformation
A Perfect Dress

Reformation dress, $248

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Anybody else catch those photos of Kaia Gerber looking like a goddess in this dress while on a date with Pete Davidson recently? Fitted on top and loose from the waist down with a flattering leg slit, this dress is perfect for the gal whose social calendar is always full of events and parties. Available in sizes ranging from 0 to 14, it'll be her new go-to.

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Python Boots
Dolce Vita FarFetch
$250.00

When it comes to shoe trends right now, snakeskin knee-high boots are the hottest thing since toast. Up her shoe game with this stylish pair. 

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A Sweater That Feels Like A Cloud
H&M
$24.99

This boxy sweater is the softest thing I own and sharing this with the world feels like giving away a secret. I own two different sizes that I wear different ways. My mom and work wife have recently ordered their own because of the shockingly low price point.

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Faux Fur Mittens
Jocelyn Amazon
$70.00

Spare a woman you love the wintery dilemma of answering a text or losing feeling in her thumbs. If she's the type to easily lose a pair of gloves, these faux-fur fingerless babies also come in bright pink. 

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