15 Amazing + Unexpected Gifts for When You Run Out of Ideas

Don't know what to get the last person left on your list? Snag any of these stellar finds, all of which are conveniently under $75.

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December 13, 2019

I don't know about you, but every year, I feel like the people on my Christmas list fall into one of two categories: Those who are easy to shop for and those who are a bit more difficult. And it's not even that the latter group is picky or hard-to-please so much as that their interests just vary so widely, which makes it challenging to know what they'd "like" versus what they'd love.

All of that is to say that I almost always end up strapped for ideas when I get to the second half of my Christmas list. So, this year, instead of gifting yet another pair of socks or some punny mug, I decided to track down 15 alternative (and affordable!) presents that are thoughtful while appealing to a variety of people. Scroll on to steal these ideas for yourself!

If they hold a certain city close to their heart, gift them a map of the metro area. Printed using archival full-color ink and copper foil, these one-of-a-kind posters showcase local neighborhoods in detail in the most beautiful way possible.

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Perfect for the person who hesitates to buy nice things for herself, this Capri Blue Volcano hand soap and lotion set will truly give her hands a luxurious, spa-like experience. Plus? The iconic blue bottles with golden spouts will make an elegant addition to her bathroom vanity.

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Now here's a gift that's guaranteed to get a good laugh. If your bestie or buddy prefers to sip their coffee on-the-go, hand them this travel mug that looks like it came straight from Friends' Central Perk. Because the piece is made from porcelain and finished with glaze, it's conveniently dishwasher and microwave safe.

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If they're always pouring over some new recipe in the kitchen, present them with this sophisticated cookbook stand. A warm beechwood frame props up books (or tablets) for easy-reading, while an acrylic cover protects the pages or screen from splatters and stains.

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It's common knowledge that makeup lasts longer and performs better when kept in cooler spaces, like the refrigerator. So what better gift for your favorite beauty guru than a mini fridge specifically designed for makeup? Two compartments and a shelf on the door give her plenty of room for face serums, masks, crystal rollers and more.

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$39.99

Know someone who suffers from seasonal affective disorder? Gift them a therapy light, which emulates a bright sunny day and elevates their mood with its UV-free rays. The light's compact design makes it easy to place on a desk next to their laptop.

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Everyone could use another vase for their flower arrangements, don't you think? When in doubt, we suggest shopping this set of three; each one features hand-painted stripes, dots or lines, which ensures that all the pieces coordinate well with each other.

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Is she always on the go with a suitcase in tow? Gift her a hanging jewelry organizer that she can use in the hotel room. A golden hook will allow her to put it on the back of the door, while four small pockets keep all of her earrings, bracelets and dainty necklaces organized.

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$15 (Set of 10)

If they never go anywhere without their Instax, gift them this 10-piece magnet set that will turn their favorite pics into art for the fridge. Clear sleeves protect the images from splatters and allow the recipient to reminisce on their favorite memories.

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Don't we all dream of toting our favorite wine, cheese and crackers to the park for an impromptu picnic, just like the French do? Now your recipient will have an excuse to with this eco-friendly, recycled canvas cooler bag. PVC lining promises to keep their provisions at the perfect temperature, while two leather-topped handles provide a comfortable way to carry it all.

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Trust us on this one: They might not know they need this gift, but they will definitely appreciate it. Though it looks like a standard PopSocket, which allows users to browse social media or watch videos hands-free, the piece actually opens up to serve as a compact mirror, so they can also check their makeup or teeth after eating!

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$14.99

Another gift they might not think to get for themselves, but that they'll get a lot of use out of? A water-resistant belt bag. With nearly 2,500 positive reviews and an average 4.5-star rating, this piece from Waterfly is a no-brainer buy. The bag boasts one main double-zippered compartment, two front pockets and a hidden rear compartment.

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If they're always looking for an excuse to break out their charcuterie board, gift them this set of cheese markers. For less than $15, they'll get six signpost shaped markers that can be labeled and re-labeled with chalk.

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Make the new Mr. and Mrs. smile from ear-to-ear with this personalized pillow cover. Sewn from pure linen for subtle texture and luster, the piece has a finish that will stand out on their sofa or bed.

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Still strapped for ideas? Gift your loved one a pair of tickets to a football game, concert or award-winning musical performance. If you use the code "TICKETS10" you can even save 10 percent on your order at checkout.

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