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20 gift ideas for people who are notoriously hard to buy for

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Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever

Let's face it, some people can be hard to shop for — but finding an awesome gift that would never occur to most people to buy for themselves isn't as hard as you think.

Crown yourself the best gift giver ever when you score your hard to shop for loved ones these unique finds. Some of these options are fun, some are functional, and some are just downright hilarious.

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1. Globe decanter

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Bourbon & Boots

This globe decanter will make for a stunning conversation piece in someone's study. (Bourbon & Boots, $59)

2. Poo-Pourri

Yes, the commercials are disgusting, but they're also pretty knee-slapping. Poo-Pourri would make for the perfect gift at a white elephant gift exchange. (Amazon, $9)

3. Smartphone projector

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Dillard's

No more crowding around a tiny screen with this smartphone projector. The cell phone enthusiast in your life will love you for this one. (Dillard's, $40) 

3. Phone soap

Bet you didn't know a public toilet is 18 times cleaner than most cell phones! Friends and family who like to keep things germ-free will be head-over-heels for Phone Soap — it cleans and sterilizes mobile phones with UV light while thy charge. (phonesoap.com, $60) 

4. Mermaid tail blanket

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Iwantitsobad

Who doesn't want to be a mermaid? A mermaid tail blanket is adorable and functional. (Iwantitsobad, $45)

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5. Personalized docking station

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Palmetto Wood Shop

This docking station is super functional and can be engraved with a personalized message on top. (Palmetto Wood Shop, $40)

6. Sea creature hanging planter

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Anthropologie

An octopus hanging from the ceiling whose tentacles are plants? Yes, please. (Anthropologie, $20)

7. Mosquito net pants

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Hammacher Schlemmer

Sure, they look completely ridiculous, but trust that your outdoorsy friends will love you for sparing their legs from a million mosquito bites by buying them these pants. (Hammacher Schlemmer, $30)

8. Desktop slingshot

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Gifts.com

Anyone who spends hours upon hours of their day in a lonely office will totally appreciate shooting paper wads across the room with this slingshot. (gifts.com, $49)

9. DJ cat scratching pad

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Uncommon Goods

DJ Whiskers on the ones and twos! This scratching pad is adorable and hilarious. Plus Whiskers will have way more fun spinning than clawing the crap out of the couch. Win all the way around. (Uncommon Goods, $35)

10. Himalayan salt with a grater

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Uncommon Goods

This chunk of Himilayan rock salt looks gorgeous on the kitchen counter. (Uncommon Goods, $9 to $35)

11. Couch arm table

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Etsy

This couch arm table makes it easy to balance a beer and some snacks while watching the game or a favorite show. Perfect for a man cave. (Singulierlampandcab/Etsy, $83)

12. Sriracha to go keychain

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Sriracha 2 Go

Your favorite hot sauce lover will be in heaven with a Sriracha keychain set (Sriracha 2 Go, $12)

13. Monogrammed steak brand and carving board

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Williams Sonoma

The king of the barbecue will adore personally branding his steaks with a monogrammed branding iron (Williams Sonoma, $70).

14. Crumb catcher

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: The Container Store

No one will ever know your friend is vacuuming up crumbs with this cute little bug. (The Container Store, $11.99)

15. Game of Thrones beer mug

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Etsy

Game of Thrones and beer. Enough said. (idesigngiftstudio/Etsy, $12)

16. Beard grooming kit

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Etsy

If Millennial men do one thing right, it's growing a luscious beard. Help him keep it beautiful with a sturdy grooming kit.(BeardedBearProducts/Etsy, $48)

17. Kombucha brewing kit

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Amazon

It's healthy and tasty, but it's also super-expensive. Kombucha lovers will embrace the challenge of brewing their own, and it'll save them some serious dough. (Amazon, $54)

18. Bluetooth shower speaker

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Amazon

A waterproof bluetooth speaker is so much fun, and a whole lot safer than bringing an iPod in the shower! (Amazon, $20)

19. A hilarious doormat

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Etsy

A funny doormat will have them giggling every time they leave the house. (foxandcloverboutique/Etsy, $38)

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20. "Hotline Bling" holiday sweatshirt

Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
Image: Yetee Mart

An ode to Drake on a holiday sweatshirt just feels so right. (Yetee Mart, $25)

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Buying holiday gifts for someone who has everything doesn't have to be the worst thing ever
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Originally published December 2013. Updated November 2016.

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