Some people are super easy to buy presents for. They know what they want and don’t mind telling you. But finding gifts for hard to shop for friends—well, that’s easy to put off. Maybe it’s because you know they have Bottega Veneta taste but you’re on a Zara budget (relatable); maybe it’s because they already have everything. Or maybe it’s both? Either way, nobody wants to waste their hard-earned coins in this economy—so before you decide to splurge on the Samantha Jones in your life, consider what they like and what they might need, and then try to find them something worthwhile.
Safe bets (like ultra-comfy slippers and limited-edition beauty boxes) fall into this category, but you can also go the practical route with unexpected-yet-useful gifts, like a coffee subscription service they would never know about if it weren’t for your five-star gifting skills. This year, there’s no shortage of thoughtful presents to wow even your frenemies, so shop our no-fail list of gifts for hard to shop for friends ahead.
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