We all have one—that friend or loved one who’s just really hard to shop for, either because they have everything they need or their interests are incredibly specific. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with this quirky but awesome list.
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Who It’s For: The person living their best hygge life (or who loves to ski)
Icebreaker has thought of everything when it comes to this onesie base layer: It’s 96 percent moisture-wicking and odor-resistant merino wool with Lycra thrown in for stretch. It has mesh for ventilation, gussets for movability, a hood for coziness, and a backflap or fly so you don’t have to take it all the way off to use the bathroom. It’s just as comfortable to wear under your layers on the slopes as it is on its own on your couch at home.
Who It’s For: The neat freak who lives in an impossibly small apartment
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a person who lives in a small apartment is in want of a vacuum that gets the job done without taking up a ton of space—but it can be tough to find a vacuum that’s both small and powerful. Enter the Shark ION F80: With two li-ion batteries, the compact device can run for 80 minutes, and has no trouble picking up pet hair and debris big and small from both carpets and hardwood floors. The bendable stick allows the vacuumer to get under the couch and other hard-to-reach places. That feature also means the vacuum can be folded in half and stored in a small space. Another bonus: The top part of the ION F80 detaches, turning it into a hand vac and creating two vacuums in one.
Find It at Amazon for $299 and also at these other retailers:
3. One Eleven Watches
Who It’s for: The person who never remembers to replace their watch batteries
There’s nothing worse than putting on a watch and realizing it’s no longer ticking. That’s almost guaranteed not to happen with One Eleven watches: The stainless steel, water-resistant watches, which have mineral crystal lenses, are solar-powered. (The face itself is a mini solar panel; it charges in natural and artificial light.) One Eleven is currently offering free overnight shipping with the code FREESHIP, so you’ll be sure to get the watch in time for Christmas.
Who it’s for: The person who can never peel their hard-boiled eggs.
The crunch of a shell in egg salad is horrifying for the chef who has spent all day in the kitchen. If your recipient knows that horror, this is the gift for them. This device makes it easy to remove the shells from hard boiled egg: Put a quarter cup of water in the cylinder, add the egg, snap on the cap, and shake. The inside of the cylinder is equipped with bumps which help to loosen the egg membrane and shell. When the whites appear, stop shaking, pull out the egg, and pinch the shell—it will slide right off.
Find It at Uncommon Goods for $18.
5. Injinji Outdoor Midweight Crew NuWool Socks
Who It’s For: The person whose feet are ALWAYS cold
Sure, these socks are technically designed to make you run or otherwise perform better athletically; according to Injinji, they “[allow] your toes to splay naturally and align properly, enabling greater stability and more comfort.” Isolating every toe helps prevent blisters and wicks away moisture—but also, they’re like gloves for your feet, keeping every single tootsie warm and snug.
Find It at Injinji.com for $20.
6. Nautical Works
Who it’s for: The person who can’t stop reading about early days of exploration
Your exploration-obsessed recipient will love this “XL”—it’s 10.9 by 15.6 inches and contains 264 pages—reprint of Les premières œuvres de Jacques Devaulx. In the 16th century, sailors used the book, which is loaded with maps and illustrations, as a guide and an encyclopedia; your friend will use it as a conversation-starting showpiece on their coffee table.
Find It at TASCHEN for $150.
Who It’s For: The person who fantasizes about living in the forest
Instead of buying a single plant for your loved one this year, give them the gift of a monthly subscription. They'll be able to pick from either low light, beginners, and pet friendly subscriptions, then update their planter color as they wish. They’ll receive the plants, pre-potted in a stylish planter and complete with care instructions.
Find It at The Sill for $105 for three months or $210 for six months (click on “I want to give a gift instead”).
Who It’s For: The llama lover
The “holly” version of this unisex sweater comes adorned with llamas—perfect for the friend who’s always telling you to “save the drama for your llama.” This is also a gift that gives back: Cotopaxi earmarks 2 percent of all profits to fund initiatives that alleviate poverty and to give “targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.” You can find out more here.
Find It at Cotopaxi for $140.
Who It’s For: The person who’s always tripping over things when they walk their dog at night
In designing this headlamp, BioLite set out to make something both comfortable and functional. The light is thin, the band is made of moisture-wicking fabric, and the rechargeable power source is placed in the back of the headlamp to comfortably distribute weight. It has one-handed tilt, allowing the user to easily redirect the 330-lumen light (which has five settings including spot, flood, and strobe). It’s useful on a night hike or at a campsite, yes, but also when your loved one has to walk the dog outside in the dark.
Find It at BioLite for $50.
Who It’s For: The Jurassic Park fan who also loves to garden
Cut from cold rolled steel in Arizona by Chris Crooks, this set includes one large and one small raptor. Crooks hasn't missed any details—including the iconic claw Dr. Alan Grant uses to terrify a mouthy kid in Jurassic Park. Your dino-loving friend will be muttering "clever girl" every time they head out to the garden.
Find It at UncommonGoods for $180.