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80 Failsafe Gift Ideas for Every Person on Your List

Even the most difficult people to please.

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.

Custom Family Portrait Drawing
Love Becca Designs Etsy

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

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

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

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

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

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Super Smalls
'Big Presentation' Mega Jewelry Set

The perfect gift for any mini jewelry lover in your life. The set—which includes a necklace, two adjustable rings, and two sets of clip-on earrings—has all the sparkle without the accompanying price tag, so it's safe for parties and the playground. 

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A Zebra-Print Turtleneck Top
Samsøe Samsøe Intermix

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
$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behold a sensible and hilarious gift for your work wife. 

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A Perfect Dress

Reformation dress, $248


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

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

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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Marie Claire One-Year Print Subscription
Hearst Magazines Amazon

Not to brag or anything...but if you're shopping for a sister, co-worker, friend, or neighbor who loves being in the know of the latest fashion trends, career tips, and issues facing women around the world, gift her a one-year print subscription to Marie Claire

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A European Coat for Him

If you're at the point in your relationship where you can buy your boyfriend a new coat that he probably wouldn't get for himself (even though it'd look great on him!), act fast on this Italian wool coat from Samsøe Φ Samsøe that's currently on sale. 

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Shaving and Grooming Essentials for Him

If you're shopping for a man whose face touches yours a lot, this vibrantly packaged set of shaving and grooming essentials from Acqua Di Parma will be a gift for yourself too. The set includes a refreshing after-shave that leaves skin feeling moisturized and smooth without any greasy residue, a soft shaving cream, the brand's Colonia cologne, shower gel, and deodorant spray. 

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A Merino Zip Hoodie for Him

Upgrade his weekend wardrobe with a smart-casual basic.  Made from super soft merino wool, this hoodie will be tempting to borrow...indefinitely. 

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A Non-Boring Crewneck T-Shirt

For the bae, bro ,or friend you love who wears his heart on his sleeve, gift him a timeless wardrobe staple featuring Comme des Garçons PLAY's signature heart. 

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Men's ZERØGRAND Hiker Boot
Cole Haan Cole Haan

Whether he's an outdoorsman or a Brooklyn native, these brown leather hiking boots are sure to be a hit.

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A Men's Weekender Jacket
Belstaff Belstaff

This lightweight water repellant jacket has adjustable cuff closures and an interior drawcord at the waist that gives it a customized fit. The topper can easily be rolled into a backpack too, making it a hero for long weekend trips.

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A Trip-Changing Carry-On

This game-changing suitcase is favored by MarieClaire.com editors for good reason: It provides ample space, contains an ejectable battery, and comes with multiple storage compartments.

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A Cozy-Chic Blanket

Stay cozy this winter with a fuzzy reversible throw blanket. It's a gift sure to be appreciated by anyone on your list when the snow starts to fall.

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Decorative Plate

Whether you're shopping for an art lover or a lipstick fanatic, this decorative plate from Seletti and Toiletpaper Magazine will become the most cherished item in your loved one's kitchen.

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Gold Cameo Chain Necklace Set

Layering necklaces can be a complicated endeavor, so I love this chic gold vermeil set from it-brand Missoma for eliminating the struggle. The set includes a gold cameo pendant and a square snake chain that can be worn on their own or with each other (without getting tangled!).

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Diptyque x Mr & Mrs Smith Gift Set
Mr & Mrs Smith Mr & Mrs Smith

This season, Diptyque and Mr & Mrs Smith have collaborated to create the dream gift set for globe-trotting culturati: a trio of travel-sized candles that comes with a hand-illustrated gift card preloaded with £150 to spend on any hotel or retreat in the Mr & Mrs Smith collection within the next 12 months. 

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A Belted Denim Jumpsuit
AGOLDE Net-a-Porter

Oh no, did I accidentally order this denim jumpsuit in my size?? This relaxed black denim jumpsuit is a look that's chic as hell and easy breezy for women of all ages.

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Leopard Print Waist Belt

Few things in this world rival the playfulness of a leopard-print waist belt with a gold-tone heart buckle. It's fitting for the friend who’s as wild as she is lovely.

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Women's Lace-Free Running Shoes
NIKE Nordstrom

If she loves running or monitors her daily step count, gift her a pair of stylish hassle-free running shoes that'll add a kick to her workout wardrobe. 

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Bunny Night Light
LUMIPETS Nordstrom

Have a cute toddler on your shopping list? This huggable bunny lights up in nine soothing colors.  

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Little Feminist Book Set
Mudpuppy Amazon
$12.62 (16% off)

Teach them about inspiring women while they're young with this adorable book set that highlights major accomplishments by female artists, pioneers, leaders, and activists.

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Water-Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
LG Amazon
$110.37 (15% off)

Admittedly, I furrow my brows at people who blare their music in public spaces, but if your loved one can be trusted to use outdoor speakers responsibly, gift them these wireless Bluetooth-enabled speakers from LG. With 18 hours of playback, they will solve all of their portable audio needs next time they hit the beach, the slopes, or assemble a crew around a cozy bonfire. 

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The Reveller Hand & Body Care Set
AESOP Nordstrom

As far as I’m concerned, few things in this world are more luxurious than Aesop’s soap. Here, a beautifully packaged quartet consisting of hand wash, hand balm, body cleanser, and body balm. 

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Hearst Magazines Amazon

Give the modern man in your life a one-year print subscription to Esquire if he fancies award-winning journalism and conversation-starting articles. From interviews with iconic actors to style tips to political deep dives with legendary columnist Charlie Pierce, this is the most impactful $6 gift for men out there. 

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A Jewelry Box
Vlando Amazon

For the jewelry lover who needs to up their organization game, this sleek jewelry box will do the trick. Available in six different colors, this box features faux-suede interiors and storage compartments for rings, bracelets, and necklaces.

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Large Storage Basket

Gift a decorative storage basket to a slightly disorganized roommate and watch both of your lives transform. 

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Unisex Cardholder
Off-White FarFetch

This beautiful leather unisex cardholder will carry all of your loved one’s money. 

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A Chunky Hat
Peruvian Connection

Didn't have time to knit a homemade gift this year? (It's okay, same.) This soft chunky woven hat has you covered. Peruvian Connection is legendary for its long-lasting knits made from baby alpaca and merino wool, so this hat won't look gross by the end of the season. 

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A Smart Yoga Mat
Backslash Amazon

This grippy yoga mat is self-rolling and pairs with Women's Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa. It'll make practicing easier for the yogi in your life who may be running late to a class after work or practicing at home. 

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A Fresh and Flirty Perfume
Kilian Sephora

Intoxicating without being NSFW, this new scent from Kilian is well-suited for the friend who's the most fun to go out with. Seductively packaged in a bottle inspired by contemporary art, this fresh fragrance features key notes of blackcurrant, lychee, and rose. 

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Metal And Crystal Necklace
Gucci FarFetch

This Gucci crystal and metal necklace is the stuff of Logomania daydreams. You're guaranteed to win Christmas by gifting this special and vintage-feeling piece. 

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Eye for Drama Makeup Set

This limited-edition holiday makeup set from Chanel—complete with Chanel's iconic waterproof Stylo Yeux eyeliner in an intense black shade, a priming mascara base, and Le Volume De Chanel mascara—is equal parts luxe and practical. The beauty feen in your life will be able to incorporate the set's essentials for every occasion. 

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A Sleek and Practical SodaStream
SodaStream Amazon
$100.00 (23% off)

Blow a kiss goodbye to wasteful plastic bottles of seltzer from the grocery store. Set in a sleek monochromatic design, this SodaStream kit includes everything you need to make seltzer at home, including a carbonator.

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iPhone 11 Pro in Space Gray

Available in four sleek finishes, the iPhone 11 Pro delivers a major battery life upgrade and a super high-quality camera. With a 5.8-inch display, the 11 Pro can be easily held and operated with one hand, making it a truly failsafe gift for anybody on your list. 

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Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream
LA MER Nordstrom

La Mer's paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalate-free moisturizer is legendary for good reason. It's soothing without feeling heavy or greasy, and leaves skin feeling softer right after use. Gift this to the person on your shopping list who's most deserving of a skin care regimen upgrade. 

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