Gift Guide for Hard to Buy for People

Gift Guide, Buying Gifts for Difficult People,

I’ve been hearing rumours that Christmas is around the corner. Like, just under a month away kind of close. Now, I know I am not the only person who has that ‘difficult to buy for’ someone who makes this time of year just a tad stressful and I know I am not the only person who has to find the perfect present for people who already seem to have everything they could possibly want or need so I thought I would share some of the things I have discovered. Some I’ve come to know about through being sent product, these will be marked with an * in the interest of full disclosure.

I have not been paid to write this list, nor was I expected to. I wanted to share some ideas and hear yours.

Personalise a gorgeous piece of art from Word Art Studio. Spell out a loved one’s name, a place or a special word to have framed. I have ordered the piece below* and, while it hasn’t come yet, I have been playing around with the options for Christmas ideas. I just love giving unique gifts and this certainly ticks all the right boxes!

Word Art Studio , Unique Christmas Gift Ideas, Brilliant Gift Ideas,

Start creating your own Word Art here! And if you want a chance to win one you can pop over to Todd & Cheree Plus Three oe Essentially Jess for a chance. I will also be hosting a giveaway soon!

Buy a family membership for the next year to your local zoo/animal park/theme park. I have at least two of these and today I got an early Christmas pressie of a Mogo Zoo family membership. Already completely worth it. A gift that will keep giving through out the year.

Anyone else looking to buy for me (Mum/Nan?) check out here and here for inspiration…

Bring the magic and spells from Harry Potter to life with the Wonderbook™: Book of Spells for Playstation 3*. This turned up unexpectedly recently and it’s pretty awesome. It’s fun and different.

I noticed a competition over at Trish’s blog if you’re interested in trying to win one.

For those people who literally have everything, give the gift of giving. Visit the World Vision or Oxfam Gift Catalogues and give a duckling, goat or clean drinking water to someone in need.

Get the kids involved with choosing the gift and make it a tradition.

PENS! Seriously. Everyone needs and wants them.

You can win some here*.

Pay their way (or help out) into a course/group/conference they want to be part of, especially if it’s something they can’t afford to pay for themselves. There are so many awesome things out there, like Book of Days or the Digital Parents Conference, where you can learn, grow and connect.

 Find out what they’d like to be a part of and help them make it happen.

 There you have it. The BeckyandJames guide for buying for difficult people. What are your hard to buy for tips?


  1. Some great ideas! Being a photographer I especially love the word art idea. And yes we all have those hard to buy for people!

    • Isn’t the Word Art awesome, I have to admit to being giddy with excitement while making mine.

  2. Some great ideas Becky- I love the World Vision and OXfam catalogs.

    • I do, too, Trish. I’ve been pouring over them and will be getting the girls involved in choosing what we purchase. It’s so hard to choose, though! They’re all such great ways to give someone a hand up.

  3. Hello, I’m with you on these, especially the pens and the annual memberships… Luna Park here in Sydney would be good for us, or the Aquarium. I love giving experiences as gifts, like horse riding lessons or surf lessons. This year I’ve made loads of candles and that felt great.

    • I love experiences, too, so much better than something they will get bored of and forget in a day or week or so.
      I also love hand made gifts, although I never find the time to make things as perfectly as I would like.

  4. Great ideas here Becky! I’m off to check out the Word Art – how funky is that!!

    • It is completely brilliant, isn’t it? I hope you had a good play with some words! I could seriously just have every word I love made up.

  5. I love these ideas! Especially number 1!

    • Thanks Rita – and that Word Art is the best idea.

  6. Love that Zoo pass idea, never thought to make a gift for the whole family instead of in piece meal child by chil

    • I actually hadn’t thought about it before either, but as my kids get older I am more and more about the experiences and I begged my hubby for the one I got as an early Christmas pressie. We’ve already been twice!


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