Foolproof gift ideas for the person who has you stumped

You’ve probably been there. It’s crunch-time, the final countdown before the holidays, and everybody has been checked off your gift list. Everybody, that is, except that one person who, for the third year in a row, has you stumped.

All those hard-to-shop-for people you love? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Our gifting experts have put together a curated list of some of their favorite suggestions for gifts that will keep recipients smiling well into the New Year.

Here are the five personality types we get asked about the most, and the gifts we know they’ll love:

Foolproof Gift Ideas | The High-Spirited

The high-spirited

For those who can turn a simple cocktail into a work of art, consider providing them with a beautiful canvas worthy of their next masterpiece. The Chic Cocktail Glass Set is handmade in India and made from silver plated brass. Their sleek and sophisticated silhouette will pair perfectly with this holiday aperitif and some Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes. Fossil Stone Drink Cubes are a classic solution to the connoisseur’s curse: watered down drinks. Don’t let them dilute their barrel-aged Scotch with ice cubes. They can store these handy stones in the freezer and pop them in their tumbler if they prefer to sip a cool dram. Check out more gifts for the high-spirited here.

Foolproof Gift Ideas | The Adventurous

The Adventurous

Send those who have a case of wanderlust on their way in style. The Coffee & Cotton Weekender is made with repurposed huipil fabric, and is the perfect size for a few days away. We recommend the True Compass Necklace for those who are always wandering, but never seem to be lost. Made from brass once used in bombshells, it is the perfect reminder to trust that path you’re on. Encourage them to wear it close to their heart wherever the journey of life takes them. Check out more gifts for the explorer here.

Foolproof Gift Ideas | The Extrovert

The Extroverts

For those who don’t ever need an excuse to throw a party, a unique piece of serveware goes a long way. Especially if it has a story to go along with it, because a good conversation starter is always welcome. The Palm Wood Serving Dish, handmade in Cambodia from sustainably sourced wood, is the perfect gift for the host with the most. Bonus points for gifting it along with a jar of compound butter made from one of the included recipes. The Giving Plate is a heart-warming addition to any host’s collection. The intricate design and sweet poem is hand painted on each plate by our partners in the West Bank, and it’s a fun way to encourage your friends to pay it forward. Check out more gifts for the host here.

Foolproof Gift Ideas | The Minimalist

The Minimalist

It’s not always easy shopping for the person who truly believes that less is more. Our partners are pros when it comes to streamlined design and delicate details. The Cozy Elegance Alpaca Cowl is so soft that they’ll never want to take it off… and since it’s a classic gray that goes with everything, they won’t have to! The handmade Pour-Over Coffee Maker is just the thing for those who love the art of slow living. Simplify their morning routine and give them a few moments of peace and quiet with coffee made the old-fashioned way. Check out more gifts for the minimalist here.

Foolproof Gift Ideas | The Down-To-Earth

The Down-to-Earth

For your favorite nature-lover, all-star recycler, or sustainability devotee, there is always an eco-conscious alternative that will suit their style. Baskets handmade with repurposed sari and fast-growing kaisa grass are perfect for organizing at home or bringing a pop of color to a room. Tagua nuts are turned into beautiful jewelry by being sliced and dyed vibrant colors. It is a completely sustainable process, as the nuts are collected from the ground and do not harm the tree when harvested. Or, put some love in their mailbox with the Correspondence Card Set made from recycled sari fabric and tree free paper. Check out more gifts for the eco-conscious here.

If you need a few more gift ideas, explore our favorites on our Gift Finder or find inspiration over on our Pinterest page. It’s easier than you think to bring joy to everybody on your list with handcrafted gifts from a wonderful world.




A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Valentina lives in Lancaster, PA where she runs slowly, hikes often, and excitedly points out historical landmarks to friends and family. She is fond of curry and guacamole, and insists that vanilla ice cream is a waste of time and calories. Val is convinced that the greatest feeling in the world is stepping off a plane in a new place, and is a passionate believer that all the best days include books, baking, border collies, and bagpipes.

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