For the most part, we actually enjoy picking gifts. As professional shoppers, we delight in finding that one trinket that’s going to surprise our loved ones, but there are always outliers in this shopping scenario — the people that leave us hemming, hawing, and scrolling to find the just-right thing that will satisfy their highly exacting, unique gift preferences. The hard-to-shop-for ones.
You know the type: If you’re going to get this person a sweater, you can’t get them just any sweater; it has to be ethically sourced, top-of-the-line cashmere. A simple glassware set just won’t do, either; it has to be design snob-approved. Well, look no further, harried shopper. Because when it comes to those difficult-to-please folks, we’ve got you (and them) covered. Ahead, find 31 holiday gifts for difficult people that will actually pass muster with even the pickiest people on your shopping list.
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