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Gifts for Someone who has Everything

Updated on November 28, 2012
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We’ve all been there: staring at a shelf of stuff (or these days a computer screen full of items) and at a loss for what to get for the person we love who has everything.

For example, a friend of mine has puzzled over what to get his grandmother who is a hoarder. She literally has everything (and more), but he still wants to honor her with a gift for Christmas. So what to get?

Sentimental Gifts

In the case of beloved grandparents or other elders on your list who may have a lifetime of “stuff” in their home, consider something sentimental.

  • Framed photo of the two of you accompanied by a special poem or verse
  • A piece of jewelry with special significance with an attached card describing what it means
  • A family tree book filled out in as much depth as possible with some time carved out after the holiday to sit down together and fill in any blanks

Gifts that Don't Take Up Space

These are ideas for a loved one who lives in a small space like a dorm room, efficiency, or who has every nook and cranny already filled.

  • Spa gift certificate to be used for massage, pedicure, manicure or any other special pampering treatment
  • Membership to a gym (*Not recommended for someone who is sensitive about his/her weight as this can be perceived as offensive)
  • Membership to a bulk grocery store (e.g. Costco or Sam’s)
  • A donation to the person’s favorite charity
  • CD for college savings (for a child or infant)
  • Fruit or wine of the month (or anything similar that can be eaten or drank and not take up space) (e.g. Harry & David)
  • Books or magazine subscriptions for their eReader, if they have one. If they don’t have one, but like to read, consider this option depending on their level of technology comfort as eReaders take up much less space than paper books and magazines.

Gifts for a Romantic Partner

  • A book of special romance coupons (homemade or store-bought coupons will work) accompanied by any tools necessary (e.g. massage oils, lotions, bath salts, wine, etc.)
  • A weekend get-away with planned out events (e.g. wine country, ski trip)
  • A class the two of you can take together (e.g. cooking, pottery)
  • Tickets to an event (e.g. concert, musical)

If none of these ideas are clicking, try to get inside the head of the person you are gifting. My boyfriend loves the movie, “Idiocracy,” and we had watched it together early in our relationship. During the movie, he commented that it would be “so cool” if there was a Brawndo t-shirt (Brawndo is a company in the movie). Surprisingly enough, I was able to find a Brawndo t-shirt on eBay. I also got him “Idiocracy” on DVD and wrapped the shirt and DVD together. It was one of his all-time favorite gifts. It was fairly inexpensive and easy, but it meant a lot to him.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

--Mother Teresa

© 2012 Leah Wells-Marshburn

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