Gift Ideas

11 Must-Have Gifts For Hard to Buy For People in Your Life

Gifts for Difficult People in Your Life

There’s usually always at least one person in your life that gives you sleepless nights over what to gift them for an occasion, be it a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas, or something else. They’re not necessarily difficult people in the most literal sense, but they’re undeniably hard to buy a gift for. They’re just that special, which makes the quest for finding a suitable present a real challenge.

Fear not, present hunters. We’re here to provide some inspiration to ease your worries. Whether they’re picky about what they get or mysterious and aloof about what’s on their wishlist, you’ll find something to make them happy, whatever the occasion.

Gifts for Hard To Buy For Mums

Your mum knows plenty about you, from what your favourite food is, to even sensing when you’re feeling low. They’re great, aren’t they? This is why present-buying for them is an extreme task to be reckoned with. After all, you want to pull out all the stops for the woman that has never stopped for you. 

In the run-up to a birthday or perhaps even Christmas, mums are bound to throw the “I don’t want anything, I just want your love” line out there, but deep down, we know that she’d be over the moon with something you’ve carefully picked out for her.

So, for a difficult to buy for mum, how about some luxury with a sheepskin stool? Guaranteed to add something to any room, whether it’s to put at her dressing table in the bedroom or in the living room, it’s a chic and fancy upgrade for almost every room in the house.

Alternatively, how about a Full Body Massage Mat? It must get tiring be the best 24/7, so it’s only right that you treat her to something that’ll give her an at-home pamper on the sofa. It’s heated, is foldable for easy storage and you can switch settings all through the remote control functionality. She deserves to put her feet up, after all.

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Gifts For Hard To Buy For Dads

Ah yes, dad. The man who basically has everything. Another head-scratchingly difficult recipient to conjure a thoughtful gift for. Don’t worry, though. We’re here to save the day so you can impress the main man whenever the opportunity strikes.

Dads may have everything, but does your dad have a drinks dispenser? If not, then sort him out and bring his favourite pub to the home instead. Check out this one – it’s a free-standing drinks dispenser with four points so you can pour four drinks at the same time. Its sleek chrome design means that it won’t meddle with your home’s decor, either. If you fancy treating your old man to an upgrade, check out this awesome beer dispenser and watch him become a master pint puller at home.

You may have grown up listening to your dad’s old records, but are they currently gathering dust in the attic? If so, then this Lenco Turntable is just what you need to start bringing his vinyl collection back to life. Again, it’s another home decor-friendly piece with its trendy wood finish. Unlock his nostalgia-inducing tunes and you just might be the winner for best gift-giver ever.

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Gifts For Hard to Buy For In-Laws

Whether you’ve been with your partner for two minutes or two years, deciding what to get for your better half’s mum and dad isn’t always straightforward. You might feel absolutely lost because you haven’t interacted with them much aside from the odd special , or, know her so well now that coming up with someone is using up valuable brain cells. It can be tough to impress them, we get it. There’s a bit of a balancing act between not wanting to look like you’re unbothered, and looking like you’re trying too hard.

Present Ideas for a Difficult to Buy For Mother-in-Law

For a mother-in-law that is difficult to buy gifts for, we suggest going for something functional. If she’s partial to a glass of vino, check out this minimalist Vertex Wine Rack, which holds up to six bottles of her favourite tipples. They’re also an easy way to spruce up the kitchen without being too overbearing. Available in a choice of two colours – green and pink.

On the other hand, if you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on finding a gift that she’ll adore. This dainty Bird Jewellery Stand is a practical enough to land a place on her dressing table. Get right in her good books effortlessly!

Present Ideas for a Difficult to Buy for Father-in-Law

The same stands for your significant other’s dad, too. Keep it functional with this handy Woody iBed Lap Desk and allow him to browse and watch on tablet devices to his heart’s content – all from the comfort of his own bed.

Want something a bit more on the fancier side of things? Maintaining the functional gift-giving guidance, this aesthetically-pleasing Glass Globe Decanter doubles up as an ornament, and obviously a place for your partner’s dad to put his favourite tipple in.

Gifts For Hard To Buy For Partners

You might spend a lot of time with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or partner, but sometimes it can be difficult to decipher their hints when it comes to gift ideas. 

True love is being able to endure whenever your better half decides to set hundreds of alarms, each being 5 minutes after the other in the morning. Every. Single. Morning.

If you’re looking for a way out of the madness and want them to invest in a calmer routine when they first wake up, how about a Lumie Sunrise Alarm? Alarms in general can be quite harsh in the morning, and the last thing you want to do is start the day with a sudden shock to your system because of the sheer noise.

The Lumie Sunrise Clock works by mimicking the gradual onset of sunrise and slowly increasing the light’s intensity. What’s more, your significant other will also be able to choose from five wake sounds that are miles more calming than their usual sunrise siren. Smiles all around!

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Gifts For Hard To Buy For Kids

It’s hard to keep children happy sometimes. With their imaginative minds constantly searching for the next best thing, it can be quite a task to keep up with. Sometimes, though, you just need to keep it simple. Check out these two present ideas for kids below.

Make your kids instantly a morning person, even on school days, and make breakfast time more fun with this awesome Minions Waffle Maker. Fill it with your batter and they’ll get their very own minion-shaped waffles to tuck into. 

Perfect for any budding astronaut or young inquisitive mind, the NASA Telescope is likely to be somewhere high up on your kid’s wishlist. With a height-adjustable tripod to suit your young astronaut and three lenses so they can see the wonders of space near and far from their bedroom window our out in the garden.

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With Christmas coming up soon, now’s the time to get even the fussiest of folk something that they’ll genuinely want to receive. Take a peak at our Christmas gifts and find something for your friends, family, and even Secret Santa gift ideas for that person in the office that you barely ever speak to.



Maham Azam

Maham Azam

Writer and expert

With her love for live music, Maham is usually on the hunt for her next gig to go to, and is a fan of hip hop, soul and funk. As an International Relations graduate, she can also be found eating her way around different cuisines and brushing up on the four languages she knows.