23 Awesome Gifts For The Impossible To Shop For

Shopping for holiday presents follows a simple flow — identify the giftee, then find a gift that works. But sometimes, it happens the other way around. Making our way through store after store, we end up gravitating toward something without a person in mind, but putting it back on the shelf isn't an option. Yes, some gifts are that good.
It's easy to dismiss potential presents-to-be if there's no obvious future owner. But, sometimes all the fun is in buying the item, then figuring out the lucky winner who gets to have it. Ahead, we’ve rounded up all the eye-catching goodies we've come across this season, and the perfect people to give them a home for the holidays. They may seem quirky, but we swear — there's a bow-wrapped soulmate for everyone on your list.
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The Gift: A cozy gray turtleneck
The Giftee: Your roomie who always complains about the apartment being too cold. This oversized turtleneck is sure to warm her right up.
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The Gift: A French girl-approved lipstick palette by none other than Jeanne Damas
The Giftee: Your brother's girlfriend who has a certain je ne sais quoi.
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The Gift: An at-home ramen set
The Giftee: Your college roommate who still hasn't kicked her Box-o-Noodles habit. Teach her what real ramen is like this year.
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The Gift: A pretty city guide
The Giftee: Your bestie who's micro-famous on Instagram (or at least is trying to be). Not only is this city guide (book and app version come with this gift) helpful for her jet-setting lifestyle, it also serves as a pretty background piece in flat lays, too.
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The Gift: A travel skin-care set
The Giftee: Your long distance BFF, because having super hydrated post-red eye skin is reason enough to jump on a plane and come visit.
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The Gift: A feminist graphic tee
The Giftee: The college bestie who's always retweeting Jenny Slate and and reposting Instagram memes that fight the good feminist fight.
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The Gift: A trendy shaving set
The Giftee: Your best guy friend who swears he "doesn't want anything this year," every year.
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The Gift: The "is that a shoe or a slipper?," slip-on
The Giftee: The friend who suffers in high-heels in the name of #fashion and her recent string of first dates. This season, give the gift of a stylish slip-on that are as chic as they are cozy.
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The Gift: A Warby Parker gift card, complete with a festive box that doubles as eye glasses storage.
The Giftee: Your teen half-sister who just decided she's going to study fashion design in New York City will appreciate a little cash to spend on a cool new pair of specs.

Warby Parker Gift Card, starting at $50, available at Warby Parker.
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The Gift: A tomate basilic scented candle
The Giftee: That friend who's really into (read: snobby about) food. If their taste in cuisine often leans towards gourmet, this is a mouthwatering option that won't disappoint their elevated taste buds.
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The Gift: A fancy, feather-trimmed set of pajamas
The Giftee: Your friend who always opts out of Friday night plans in favor of staying in. At least her late night Instagram stories will look good!
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The Gift: Punny napkins that are almost too cute to use
The Giftee: Your friend who loves to host boozy brunches, and was the first to graduate from Solo cups to glassware.
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The Gift: A customizable necklace
The Giftee: The Pinterest-obsessed newbie mom who feels the need to customize everything (and we mean everything) with her little bundle of joy's name.
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The Gift: A chic carry-all, weekender, and post-workout dirty clothes holder all in one
The Giftee: This is perfect for your boss who's well, a boss. If she's got a killer sense of style and is the type to charge in at 8 a.m. on the dot after an early morning boxing class, this bag will make her day-to-day commute so much easier.
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The Gift: A mini does-it-all kitchen appliance
The Giftee: Your college age cousin who just moved into their first off-campus apartment.
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The Gift: A minimalist Mickey Mouse keychain
The Giftee: Your friend who A. really loves Disney or B. is stuck on a nostalgic '90s kid kick and needs a grown-up outlet for their obsession.
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The Gift: A friendship scrunchie
The Giftee: The work-wife who will appreciate a coordinating accessory in the name of your matching feels for days that are unmatched in office drama.
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The Gift: A terrarium.
The Giftee: The first-time homeowner still figuring out the feel of the new space. They're probably too busy picking out a couch to think about the rest of the living room decor.
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The Gift: A chic, yet fun, pet sweater
The Giftee: That friend who can never make brunch or weekend getaway plans since she's too busy sleeping in with her pup.
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The Gift: A pair of headphone/earmuffs
The Giftee: Your sister whose new apartment is a little too far of a walk to the train. She deserves a pair of earmuffs that will keep her warm and entertained with her latest podcast obsession.
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The Gift: A set of bedazzled barrettes
The Giftee: The tween cousin who is somehow mastering today's biggest trends better than you are.
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The Gift: A Stüssy sweatshirt
The Giftee: Your cool teen sibling who has interests you haven't caught onto yet. Instead of deferring to a Target giftcard, go for an unexpected hoodie by none other than this cool-kid streetwear brand.
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The Gift: Modern charcoil air freshener
The Giftee: The hosts that are taking you in for the holidays when you can't travel home, so they can get some fresh air and some fresh new decor

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