15 Gifts for Hard-to-Shop Friends

The perfect gift.

Are you struggling to find the best holiday gifts? This 2021 Holiday Gift Guide will help you shop even for your hard-to-shop friends.

Regardless of how creative you get in your holiday shopping, buying gifts for some of your friends might seem like a nightmare. Everything you can come up with is something they already own, something they want is out of their budget, or everything you can think of is out of their taste. While it’s hard to shop for friends like these, you’ll still need to come up with something for the gift exchange, and that’s probably why you’re reading this article. Searching for gifts for our friends and colleagues during the holiday season is sometimes what keeps us awake at night, so don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas that might help you find a perfect gift for your hard-to-shop-for friends. 

1. Anker Powercore 20 Power Bank

If your hard-to-shop-for friends already have a portable charger, you can skip to the next gift option. But, if not, here’s why a decent power bank will make anyone happy. 

In 2021 it’s most likely all of your friends already own a smartphone and different electronic gadgets and accessories, all of which have limited battery life. For example, when you are on a nice walk, your Bluetooth headphones’ battery suddenly dies, and all you can hear is the street noise, which can get frustrating. Have you ever returned home only to recharge your phone? Okay, you probably have already experienced many frustrations because of dead batteries, and so have your friends – that’s when power banks come in handy. Anker power banks are amongst the best on the market with their charging speed and power. Anker PowerCore 20 works with any smartphone device, so it’s an excellent gift for friends who don’t yet own a power bank.

Buy it on Amazon.

2. The North Face Jester Backpack

When searching for a perfect gift for your adventurous female friends, consider buying the North Face Jester backpack. It’s an excellent option for those with an outdoorsy lifestyle, but those with an urban lifestyle will equally love this backpack as it allows you to carry your stuff around like books, laptops, or anything you’d like. North Face designed this bag specifically for women. Its Women-specific FlexVent™ suspension system features a flexible yoke built from molded shoulder straps; a comfortable, padded back panel; and a lumbar panel for the ultimate in carrying comfort.

Buy it on The North Face website.

3. Picnic Blanket

Everyone loves picnics, yet not many of us have a collapsible picnic blanket we can keep in our car and grab once we spontaneously decide to go on a picnic or spend time outdoors, in a nice park, or by the lake. Many of your friends might not own a picnic blanket like this, so that it can be a great gift, especially for your outdoorsy friends.

In any circumstance, they can use the blanket, fold it back after using it, keep it in their trunk, or easily carry it on their journey.

Buy it on Amazon.

4. Scented Candles

Not all are aware of the power of aromatherapy, but everyone will appreciate a lovely smelling candle, so scented candles are one of the best gifts you can buy, even for hard-to-shop friends. Season-specific scents such as under the Christmas tree combining fragrances of Fir Balsam, Juniper Berries, Vanilla Eggnog, Sage Leaves with Natural Essential Oils are great to get your friends in a festive mood. 

Shop for it at Bath & Body Works.

5. Aromatherapy Diffuser Gift Set

Aromatherapy is widely used to promote better psychological well-being, but even if your friends aren’t wellness gurus, they’ll appreciate a pleasant smell in their room. An aromatherapy diffuser will enrich the room with the scent of numerous essential oils – the gift set includes 20 of them! So whether it’s for relaxing, uplifting, energizing, or mood-boosting effects, your friends will love using their new aromatherapy diffuser. 

Buy it on Amazon.

6. Skincare Mini Fridge

Is one of your friends a big beauty enthusiast?? Not that you should buy them a beauty product – that’d be a hustle, as they seem to know everything and might not like your skincare product. But have you noticed how many skincare products they have? Now skincare fridges are becoming a hit, where they can keep products chill and possibly extend their shelf life by keeping them refrigerated. So if they don’t yet own one, a skincare fridge can be an excellent gift for your beauty enthusiast friends.

Buy it at the Beauty Spy.

7. Hand Warmers

Does your friend always have cold hands? They might struggle to stay outside all day long or go on a nice hike in the winter. Although there’s a great selection of thermal gloves, what’s more comforting for people with cold hands is HotHands. These are single-use air-activated heat packs they can use when feeling cold. Hand warmers are a perfect winter gift and will show your friend how much you care!

Buy them on Wamers.com.



8. Robe

Everyone needs a bathrobe on cold winter days. That’s why a robe can be a perfect gift for everyone, even if they already own one. If you know it’s their jam, buying a bathrobe for your hard-to-shop friend is the easy way out.

Buy one on Bed Bath & Beyond.

9. MasterClass Subscription

With recent events, many of your friends might decide to stay in during the holidays. Online learning classes are now widely popular and widely available, so they can surprise your friends and help you spread holiday cheer.

MasterClass is a platform allowing subscribers to learn from the world’s best practitioners. With 11 categories to choose from, it’s an excellent gift for friends with all kinds of interests. 

You can buy an annual subscription, gift it to your friend choose what day you want it to be delivered.

Buy one at MasterClass.

10. Google Nest Mini

One of the greatest holiday gifts to buy for your friends is a mini and mighty Google Nest Mini. Everyone loves it because it’s convenient and easy to use. Your friends will only have to say ‘Hey Google’ and receive answers to their questions, learn what’s the weather outside, play their favorite music from numerous available platforms, and accomplish their tasks remotely using their voice. Does this sound like something they might like? Then the mighty smart speaker is a great gift for your hard-to-shop friends. 

Buy it on Google.

11. Temperature Control Smart Mug

Have you seen your friends forgetting their cup of coffee and leaving them at random places around the house or drinking only half? Some people like to sip coffee throughout the day rather than drink one cup in the morning, which requires brewing several cups of coffee per day. Isn’t it a great way to waste coffee and time? That’s why a temperature control smart mug is a perfect gift for coffee-lover friends who will have their coffee hot at any time throughout the day. The smart mug keeps the beverage at ideal temperatures all day through.

Buy one at Amazon.

12. CBD Gummies

Is your friend a wellness enthusiast? So are we, and nothing can cheer them up more than a high-quality product on the market.

CBD is a wellness hit, so either they have already tried it or are on their way to jump on the bandwagon of CBD enthusiasts. CBD gummies are chewable mouthwatering candies containing the famous hemp-derived compound.

They are fun to consume and rich in flavor, plus your wellness enthusiast friend will want to reap some benefits from the natural ingredient. The Hemp Doctor’s CBD gummies are vegan, so your vegan friends can enjoy them too. It comes in three delicious flavors – tangerine, strawberry, and elderberry.

Buy these at The Hemp Doctor.

13. Yoga for Beginners Kit

Has your friend mentioned they want to start yoga? Then yoga for beginners kit is the perfect gift for them. It comes with a yoga block to support them in difficult poses and a strap to increase their range of motion. In addition, the mat features guides to position the body during poses correctly. It’s all they’ll need to get started with yoga with confidence. 

Buy it on Gaiam

14. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Does your friend like to read and also seems to worry too much about everything? Then this book by New York Times best-selling author Mark Manson is the perfect gift for them. It’s like a manual for people who tend to care too much, but rather than teaching you how to be indifferent, it teaches you how to be comfortable with being different.

Sound like something they’ll like?

Buy it on Amazon.

15. Balaclava

With cold weather coming up and some expected storms, a face warming mask – a balaclava, is a perfect gift for your thermosensitive friends to keep them warm on cold winter days. 

Buy on Burton