No matter what the occasion is, you’re always going to have that person in your life. You know what I mean...The person that is impossible to find gifts for. It doesn’t matter how clever you try to be, you always swing and miss. Lucky for you, this blog was written to conquer ANY hard to gift person in your life. 

1. Listen to their complaints 

One of the easiest ways to come in with the perfect gift is to find something that addresses their complaints. Everyone has something in life that they like to complain about, it’s human nature. If your wife is the person who constantly complains about cleaning the house, consider purchasing a maid service for a month or two for her birthday! There’s literally no way to lose the gift-giving game when you’re solving a problem for the receiver. 

2. Ask them to play a game of 20 questions

...But modify the rules a bit. In the traditional version of the game, you can pick anything you can think of as the subject for 20 questions. In your situation, tell them they can only choose an object that would fit in a box. Even if they don’t end up describing an object you can buy as a gift, you will have 20 questions that tell you about the type of person they are. This is especially helpful if you are trying to find a gift for a person you don’t know very well. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!

3. Creep on their social media

‘Creep’ probably wasn’t the best word choice, but you can find out a lot about a person from their social media profiles. On profiles like Facebook where people are given the option to like bands, books, and venues - you can get a lot of ideas for gifts. If they’re talking about a movie they can’t wait to see, consider getting them a gift card to their local theatre! 

4. Ask the people around you

Isn’t it funny how we’re all so shy to ask others when we need help? When gifting this is especially useful. Just ask. Seriously. Someone you know may have a great idea! If you’re still drawing blanks, add another dash of guile to your questions. For example, ‘What do you think of when you think of Stacy?” When you ask a question like this, the vast majority of people will rattle off what they know about the person or think of when they think of that person. This will give you a lot of ideas for fail-safes. If it’s well known that Stacy loves cats- just about anything that relates to cats is going to be a good gift!

5. Visit Define Awesome

When you can’t think of anything, try to make them laugh. Gag gifts are another classic way to please whoever you’re gifting. Our go-to gift guide for emergency gifts is always Define Awesome. This site is full of clever ways to make you the best gift-giver in the room! From weird nic-nacs to tools you never knew you needed, this site is the perfect way to deliver with your gift-giving. 

Bonus Tip: Craft your heart out

Pinterest was created for occasions like this! If you've tried all five points on this list, chances are you can find a craft on Pinterest that hits at least a few of their interests. Homemade gifts have a place in everyone's heart. After all, nothing says 'I care' like 'I tried'. Even if your gift doesn't look the best, the receiver is going to know that you cared, deeply.  


You can truly find a good gift anywhere. Most of what makes gift-giving hard are our tendencies to overthink. Gift-giving is simple. It truly doesn't doesn't matter what you give someone so much as what you put in to what you gift someone. Gratitude is a tangible feeling. If you put your heart into finding someone the right gift, you're going to give them the right gift. It's really that simple.

Published by Daphenee Plaisir