Christmas gift ideas for people who are hard to shop for

Christmas gift ideas for people who are hard to buy for

40+ Christmas gift ideas under $30 for those on your list who have everything

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The most challenging part of Christmas shopping can be coming up with good Christmas gift ideas for the person on your list who has everything. Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for someone you don’t know so well is also challenging.

While I can usually come up with ideas for kiddos I don’t know as well, I often struggle to come up with ideas for adults. After talking with a few friends, I quickly realized I am not the only one!

So I scoured the Internet for some ideas and spent time on Amazon tracking down 40 awesome Christmas gift ideas for the hard to shop for folks on your list. And I kept the budget at $30 or less to keep your wallet happy as well!

Savory food Christmas gift ideas

Even the people on your list who have everything still need to eat. Food gifts can be a great Christmas gift idea if you aren’t sure what to get for someone. While you can put together your own basket of items for someone, I am a big fan of gifts I can just order and they’ll take care of themselves. I’ve also found it’s usually cheaper to find a pre-made basket than to try and make one myself.

Popcorn is the perfect snack food in my opinion. I love this popcorn set from Urban Accents that includes three different kinds of popcorn and five premium seasonings. In a year that will have folks at home more than usual, this Christmas gift idea would come in handy for movie night at home for anyone!

Another popcorn option is this Popcornopolis 12 Cone Snack Pack. It includes zebra, cheddar cheese, caramel and kettle corn in adorable Christmas themed cones.

Because I’m a fan of puns, I can come up with some groan-worthy puns to go along with this nut platter from Jaybee’s. Your friends and family will go nutty for this tray of delicious cashews, smoked almonds, roasted salted mixed nuts, pistachios and toffee & honey roasted peanuts.

If you’d rather go for a mix with more than just nuts, this nut and dried fruit gift basket from Oh Nuts! might be the perfect Christmas gift idea. The vegan treat includes kiwi tidbits, papaya bites, royal dates, dried pears, raisins, plump apricots, dried summer plums and peaches, exotic pineapple, apple rings, heart-healthy pistachios and premium roasted almonds.

This set of organic infused and smoked maple syrup from Runamok Maple Sugermaker’s in Vermont comes in an assortment of flavors. Who wouldn’t want to cover their pancakes in vanilla cinnamon real maple syrup?!

This 5-pack of gourmet organic spices from FreshJax is a great gift for anyone, especially someone who loves to grill. There are a few different variety packs available. Each seasoning lists what food items it would be good for. For example, Grill Master works well for burgers, veggies and kabobs. Cheeks is tasty on ribs, pork, chicken and even popcorn.

FreshJax is a small, family-run company who donates a portion of their profits to feed children in need. So that makes buying from them feel even better!

My maternal grandpa loved good summer sausage. I remember snacking on it with him sometimes as a kid. It’s still a special treat to me, so I always think of Hickory Farms gift boxes as a great Christmas gift idea. This set includes two summer sausages, 4 ounces of sharp cheddar, sweet hot mustard, crackers and 8 strawberry candies.

Food gifts don’t have to be gourmet or fancy. Especially as families are home more throughout the holiday season, snacks are always appreciated. Pretty much anyone would like this holiday snack box variety pack.

Sweet food Christmas gift ideas

You can seldom go wrong with sweets. I love this Christmas chocolate and snacks variety box. It has a little bit of everything in it from cookies to truffles to candy.

Christmas gift ideas that include chocolate get me excited! And Godiva chocolate is some of the best there is. It’s so creamy and delicious. It is also pricey, but there are some great lower-priced options that you can get solo or combine into a larger gift.

Godiva milk chocolate hot cocoa powder
Also available in dark chocolate
For coffee lovers, check out the caramel ground coffee blend.

Chocolate covered pretzels always seem like a treat and this large box of gourmet chocolate covered pretzels from Hazel and Creme would make a great Christmas gift for just about anyone.

Hazel and Creme also has this gift box of chocolate covered cookies that looks absolutely divine!

Around the home or office Christmas gift ideas

Decorative items for the home or office can make good gifts. I love the versatility of bowls. They can be used for their named purpose (like holding fruit) or for decoration or really whatever your gift recipient has in mind.

And if you think the bowl may need a filler, consider including some decorative rattan balls with it as well. These 2-inch balls are available in a wide variety of colors as a pack of 24.

Sometimes the person who has everything doesn’t have some unique kitchen gadgets. A couple of small appliances are great Christmas gift ideas for the person who has everything or is otherwise hard to buy for.

My family got this Nostalgia electric indoor s’mores maker a few years ago and we absolutely love it. You could easily pair it with s’mores ingredients to make a nice gift for someone.

I keep coming across this hot dog toaster and hearing incredibly good reviews of it from people I trust. It’s a bit quirky, but it would also make an excellent Christmas gift. (There is also a 4-slot hot dog toaster, but it costs $40.)

Another helpful kitchen item that just about anybody would like is a pizza cutter. My husband prefers the rocker pizza cutters. This one from Checkered Chef is stainless steel, dishwasher safe and comes in 14-inches or 16-inches.

And then I have to throw in this pizza wheel from Fred and Friends that looks like a saw. It’s a bit quirky and fun. If you are buying for someone who uses saws regularly this might really be a fun Christmas gift idea!

Candles are also a great gift idea for those who are challenging to buy for. You can go for a scented candle like this one from La Jolie Muse that comes in four different scents and burns for 50 hours.

Or you can go for a battery-powered, flameless candle like this set of three. With flickering LED lights, they look like burning candles without the risk of the flame. There are four color options and styles to pick from.

Along with decorative items, everyone can always use tools around home. And there are a couple of multi-tools that are ideal for a kitchen drawer for anyone.

Book Christmas gift ideas

While I’m an avid reader, I know that not everyone is. However, there are still books that work for just about anyone, even those who don’t enjoy reading as a hobby. Check out these books that just about anyone would like.

Pampering Christmas gift ideas

Who couldn’t use some pampering once the holidays are over? I love pampering products as a gift for anyone. Lotions and bath gels are almost always a hit with women, especially. Go for light, clean scents instead of stronger scents if you aren’t sure what she’ll like.

Bath bombs are another great pampering gift idea. From Life Around 2 Angels, these handcrafted bath bombs are made in California.

Quirky Christmas gift ideas

Sometimes you ned a Christmas gift idea that’s just a bit quirky for the person who has everything. (If you need more of these ideas, be sure to check out my post of quirky, fun gift ideas under $25 for everyone on your list.)

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for someone who has everything, consider this gift that they surely don’t have: a star. You can order this kit and complete paperwork to name a star after someone. You can do it for them or let them do it themselves. How fun is that!

While we are celestial, check out this really cool moon nightlight. It comes in three sizes and is USB chargeable. The light works by touch to adjust its brightness.

Another space-related gift idea is this 6-inch nebula plasma ball. It’s sensitive to touch and sound as it safely conducts colorful electricity.

Coming back to earth, this mini zen garden with pattern stamps is a fun Christmas gift idea!

Another fun option is this set of 112 Scrabble magnets. You could practically write your grocery list in magnets on your fridge!

I’m not sure it gets much more quirky or fun than this tortilla blanket from mermaker. The double-sided blanket is 71 inches and comes in three different colors as well as in pizza or waffle.

And because it’s 2020, I just had to add in this final quirky gift for your friend who has everything, including a sense of humor! This 1,000-piece puzzle is covered in toilet paper rolls and should certainly keep your friend or family member busy putting it together during times of quarantine and self-isolation. (Funwares also makes a 1,000-piece puzzle covered with face masks!)

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