20 Unique and Thoughtful Gifts for When You Run Out of Ideas
Don't know what to get the last person on your list? Snag any of these stellar finds, all of which are conveniently under $100.
So, you've found the perfect gift for your immediate family members, co-workers, kids' teachers and more, but you still have someone left on your list — and you're completely out of ideas. You've considered their unique hobbies and interests, of course, but keep coming up empty-handed. It's a tough spot to be in.
The good news? You have us, and we've gathered some special gems for this very occasion. Think chic accessories, clever gadgets and pampering products they never knew they needed or wanted. Best of all? Every item is under $100. Keep scrolling to see our 20 best out-of-the-box gift ideas that are guaranteed to please everyone from the cool mom to the home chef and dog lover.
Chances are they've seen this trendy tumbler on the internet, and they're dying to try it out for themselves. Deliver the goods and encourage them to stay hydrated with the sleek Stanley 40-Ounce Quencher Tumbler. The mug has double-walled vacuum insulation that will keep their drink cold for up to 11 hours, plus a tapered bottom to fit in their cupholder.
For the new mom or mom-to-be on your list, we highly recommend the Kibou Vegan Leather Diaper Belt Bag. This chic accessory is deliberately minimal for moms on the go but still holds all of the essentials: 20+ wet wipes, food pouches, pacifiers, her keys and credit cards, etc. It can also be worn across her waist or chest so she can easily attend to her little one.
This journal is so good, you might need to buy one for yourself too. Help your loved one start the new year on a positive note by presenting them with The Five-Minute Journal. The book uses a simple, structured format to reframe how they see each day and ultimately develops a deep sense of gratitude for the little things.
This multipurpose pan will completely change the way they move around the kitchen. Instead of searching for a specific skillet or steamer, they can use the bestselling Always Pan to braise, sear, saute, boil, strain and serve a variety of dishes. (In other words? It's super convenient.) The nonstick ceramic coating and pour spouts make cleanup a breeze as well.
'Tis the season for sipping mulled wine and roasting chestnuts (or marshmallows) by the fire. Give your loved one the perfect excuse to head outside and indulge in all of the above with this tabletop fire pit from Solo Stove. The Mesa is easy to set up and even includes a stand, pellet adapter and nylon carrying bag.
Whether they're slightly embarrassed about the state of their car or neat as a pin, they'll appreciate having this organizer in their trunk. The water-resistant design features three generous compartments for supplies, plus interior pockets, snap closures and two carrying handles. They can use it for groceries, sports equipment, camping gear, etc. The possibilities are truly endless.
Pull out all the stops and pamper your loved one with an internet-famous ice roller. Unlike similar products, this beauty tool stays cold for a long time and works to soothe the skin and boost circulation first thing in the morning. (Or lock in serums and moisturizers at night.) Once they try it, they'll seriously wonder how they ever lived without it.
If your giftee loves a good riddle or puzzle, then treat them to 12 Days of Brainteasers. This interactive Advent calendar opens just like a book and offers a Christmas carol guessing game on one side and holiday trivia on the other. And behind each door? They'll find a new "metal mind-bender" that can be reset and replayed over and over again.
If she's a sports fan, then she could probably use a transparent purse for her next trip to the stadium. This clear crossbody bag is the perfect size for her phone, keys and wallet, and it even includes a faux-leather tassel for a hint of style. You can choose the trim color and straps and add her initials for a small fee.
Instead of a gift card to an Italian restaurant, why not spoil your loved one with an Italian night at home? This beautifully packaged crate has everything they'll need for three authentic meals, like handmade ravioli and a wedge of Pecorino Romano cheese. The pastas cook quickly, too, so they can enjoy their desired dish with very little prep work.
Looking for a gift that's beyond practical and that they'd never think to buy for themselves? Try the Hilife Portable Garment Steamer. This handy gadget is great for work trips, weddings, vacations and more because it's so lightweight and eliminates wrinkles in minutes. Plus, they can use it on a range of fabrics, from durable cotton to delicate silk and chiffon.
We're pretty sure that everyone needs a self-watering planter. This sleek ceramic pot uses a sub-irrigation system to gradually hydrate roots, and so takes all of the guesswork out of caring for pothos, monsteras, etc. In turn, your giftee can enjoy fresh greenery without the usual maintenance.
Who knew mouse pads could be so stylish? Add a little flair to their desk with this cheeky accessory inspired by ornate carpets. The mouse pad is made from tightly woven nylon — so their device will glide right over the surface — and it comes in two brilliant colors.
You can't go wrong with a beautiful coffee table book, especially if it relates to their favorite subject. Delight the dog lover on your list with this charming collection of pups in photography. The expansive book includes famous works by Elliot Erwitt, William Wegman and Vincent Versace and showcases a range of playful personalities.
If they're the sentimental type, then they'll definitely swoon over this gold foil map. Each print is made to order and showcases both the geographic location of a special event and what the stars looked like at that moment. You could commemorate their first date, engagement or wedding.
We guarantee they don't have drinking glasses like these. Impress the beer lover on your list with these freezable cups, which will keep their favorite beverage perfectly chilled for hours. Each glass has a silicone base, too, which acts like a coaster and protects their hand from that biting sensation.
Now, this is the gift that keeps on giving. Bring out their competitive side (and bring on a ton of laughs this holiday season) with this '80s and '90s Hum the Song game. After choosing a card and rolling the dice, they'll land on a category and have to hum their way to victory.
Show your favorite chef or baker how much you care with this innovative cookbook stand. The acrylic cover provides a clear view of their favorite recipes and protects pages from splatters and spills. Best of all? The warm Beachwood frame folds completely flat and out of the way when they're done using it.
If they're an avid reader, then they'll love this one-of-a-kind book caddy. The acacia wood unit can sit on any surface (including their sofa or bed) and puts all of their reading essentials in arm's reach. If you look closely, you'll notice there's even a triangular opening for their phone.
When in doubt, send a little sweetness their way from one of New York City's best bakeries. Levain Bakery's mouthwatering treats are truly the gold standard and feature a thick outer shell and an unbelievably ooey-gooey center. You can choose from a four-pack, six-pack or eight-pack assortment and trust that the cookies will be delivered in a bright blue box with hand-tied ribbons.