Foolproof gift ideas for the person who has you stumped

We get asked about these five personality types the most, so we’ve put together a list of gift ideas they’re sure to love.

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 gift ideas 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:

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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 Ruby Warmth Drinking Glasses are hand-blown in Egypt and made from recycled glass. The vibrant red color will pair perfectly with this holiday aperitif. 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.

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The Adventurous

Send those who have a case of wanderlust on their way in style. Both the World Traveler Bag and the Global Chic Bag are handmade with traditional weaving techniques and blended with modern designs. And, even better, both are carry-on sized so your favorite jet-setter won’t be slowed down at the airport!

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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 Puzzle Pieces Cutting Board, handmade in Indonesia from sustainably sourced wood, is perfect for intimate gatherings. Each guest can use a section as their personal charcuterie board.

The Medieval Reverse Painted Tray is an elegant addition to any host’s collection. The intricate design is screen-printed on each tray by our partners in Peru. Because they are painted in reverse, there is no way to fix mistakes. The artist must be highly skilled and have a steady hand in order to paint perfectly from start to finish.

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The Boldly Chic

The Slow Fashion movement is proving to the world that ethical style doesn’t have to be drab or daunting. Design collaborations between our buyers and our maker partners around the world have led to bold, modern accessories that will catch the eye of your favorite fashionista. The Innovation Necklace from Indonesia seamlessly blends chic minimalism with locally sourced jasper stone.

Rough-cut stones that keep their organic edges are on trend, while silver is back and here to stay; the Corridor Necklace combines classic elegance with a bit of boho flair. And of course, for those who want to make a fashion statement with a statement about fashion, the Riding the Metro Wristlet is a functional and fun way to put the finishing touches on an outfit. It’s made from repurposed clothing tags and is great for carrying the essentials.

See more gift ideas for the trendsetter >

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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 or 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, add a bit of earth-friendly flair to their office with the Current Events Wall Clock made from recycled paper.

See more gift ideas for the eco-conscious >

If you need a few more gift ideas, explore our favorites on the 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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