17 gift ideas for people who are hard to shop for

17 gift ideas for people who are hard to shop for

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Nov 17, 2016 

As the festive season rolls around, you’ll start to realise that some people are easier to buy gifts for than others.

Your best friend since secondary school? You know she’ll love that sassy Kate Spade coffee tumbler.

That colleague with a sweet tooth? Chocolates and more chocolates. Done.

But there are those few who are particularly problematic. Try as you might, you just can’t think of what to give them for Christmas. Here are six types of people that are especially hard to shop for.

The woman who has everything

We all have this person in our lives. She’s discerning, she has sophisticated taste, and she has the means to treat herself to just about anything she wants.

Shopping for her is difficult because she already has it all. Even if you manage to find something that she actually might not own (yet), you run the risk of getting her something that she might find too cheesy.

Look for simple, timeless items with a touch of class. Skincare is a good bet — every sophisticated lady knows that good skin is invaluable.

For make-up, go for neutrals from reputed brands; while for fragrances, sleek and sexy (but not trashy) is the way to go.

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Estee Lauder High Performance Skincare Set


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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Essentials


Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss Set

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss Set


Bobbi Brown Chocolate Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Chocolate Eye Palette


Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Collection Set

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid EDP Set

The technology nerd

You might try recalling the last time you went shopping with the tech nerd for clues on what he may like — only to remember that he absolutely hates shopping.

Not one to fall for “marketing hype” or the latest trends, the tech nerd is only impressed with things that work. He is fussy about specifications of products and make sure he does his homework before committing to a purchase.

To delight him during Christmas, seek out products that are backed with plenty of scientific research, with results to show. For instance, when picking out skincare sets, go for brands that are backed by dermatologists or scientific research.

Lab Series Max LS Set

Lab Series Max LS Set


Clinique Smart Custom-Repair

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair

The creative but shy type

Although outwardly quiet and introverted, this person is brimming with inner creativity and a wild imagination.

The words that she doesn’t speak instead appear on her Instagram feed in the form of beautiful calligraphy, cute illustrated comics or snappy graphic designs.

You know that she sticks to her familiar repertoire of beauty products as she tries not to attract too much attention, but you believe her appearance can be a way to showcase her colourful personality as well.

Your Christmas gift can be something that challenges her to go out of her comfort zone. Encourage her to jazz up her look with bolder make-up or even try a girly new scent.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Face Compacts

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Retro Matte Kit

Estee Lauder Pleasures Perfect Touches

Estee Lauder Pleasures Perfect Touches


Estee Lauder Beautiful

Estee Lauder Beautiful

The nature lover

Ah, that one friend who spends all of her weekends hiking, camping and bird-watching. She has little material wants and is probably the least image-conscious person you have ever met.

But even nature lovers want to pamper themselves too. For this friend, go for natural scents and ingredients that are not too over-the-top.

Consider a herb-infused skincare gift set or a light, sporty scent that reminds her of her beloved outdoors.

DKNY Be Delicious Blockbuster Set

DKNY Be Delicious Blockbuster Set


Origins Radiance Ready Set

Origins Radiance Ready Set

The difficult-to-please matriarch

Most likely, this will be one person that is hard to impress, but you are obligated to anyway. (Your mother-in-law, perhaps?)

Fret not, these two guidelines will help you make a safe gift purchase: one — classy packaging; two — an expensive brand name.

If this person happens to be someone who knows her beauty products, choose nothing less than luxury. Classic brands like La Mer, Tom Ford and Tory Burch will definitely put you in her good books.

La Mer The Discovery Collection

La Mer The Discovery Collection


Tory Burch Luxe Holiday Set

Tory Burch Luxe Holiday Set


Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP Set

Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP Set

The friend who’s had a rough year

Perhaps you may know of someone who’s been having a rough time. Due to your hectic schedules, you have not caught up recently and only know about his situation through his life updates on Facebook.

The Christmas season is a great opportunity to arrange for a long overdue meet-up. At the same time, why not get a thoughtful gift as well?

For this friend, choose a gift that allows him or her to be totally pampered and relaxed. A gift that she can use as a night-time routine before going to bed is great for showing that you care.

Origins Moisturize and Be Merry

Origins Moisturize and Be Merry


Lab Series Expert Skincare Gift Set

Lab Series Expert Skincare Gift Set

Already know what you’re getting? Buy them online on Robinsons Click & Collect.

If you’re still undecided as to what to get, why not head down to Robinsons to try the products for yourself first at the respective brand counters? Receive a complimentary service or a sample trial kit before making your purchase. This way, you get to treat yourself too.

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