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100 Gifts That Will Impress Even the Pickiest People on Your List

Top chef, too-cool teen, and everyone in between.

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It’s that time of year. You know, that time when you have to look into a crystal ball and ask yourself, “What does Uncle Jeff, who I see only once a year, want for Christmas?” And if you don’t have an Uncle Jeff, you certainly have a sassy best friend with expensive taste, a grandmother who keeps (and collects) everything under the sun, or a dad who always says he just wants a card. 

Among Domino staffers, we’ve encountered every difficult-to-shop-for type out there. So consider this your editor-approved guide on how to keep even the most picky loved ones feel seen, with 100 specific yet crowd-pleasing gift ideas. 

For the Host With the Most

Composing a photo-worthy table setting and making sure everyone is having fun, all while preparing a full-on feast, is no easy job. But we all have that one friend who manages to pull it off with aplomb every time. And while they might have their go-to pieces, gifting them the cookbook of the season or a graphic oven mitt is a wonderful way to show your appreciation, all while encouraging them to keep the parties coming. 

Serving Bowl by Conran Shop

Nordstrom
$78
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u0022Antechinusu0022 Cheese Knife by Alessi

Amazon
$46
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Amante 1530 Aperitivo Amaro

Amante
$35
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More Is More: Get Loose in the Kitchen by Molly Baz

Amazon
$25
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Wilshire Tablecloth

Furbish Studio
$78
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Alfredo Salad Servers by Georg Jensen

Burke Decor
$59
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Striped Oven Mitt

Dusen Dusen
$24
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Jabali Mezcal

Yola
$149
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Multicolor Small Confetti Cutting Board by Fredericks u0026 Mae

Ssense
$45
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Yellow Straight Medium Glass

Nickey Kehoe
$10
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Mini Stripe Cocktail Napkins (Set of 4)

Heather Taylor Home x Domino
$26
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Larch Wood End-Grain Premium Round Cutting Board

Food52
$118
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The Alpine Aperitivo

Doladira
$48
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Large Napkins (Set Of 2)

La Double J
$60
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For the Spa-Goer Who Leaves Yelp Reviews

Who could say no to a gift that promotes relaxation and respite? If your gift recipient loves a spa day and, let’s just say, knows what they like, don’t let that discourage you from gifting in their favorite category. A supersoft Skims lounge set, a plush Drowsy eye mask, and a hinoki bathtub caddy are fit for even the most particular of friends. 

Shearling Wool Slides by Jake Arnold

Parachute Home
$109
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Soft Lounge Rib Sleep Set by Skims

Nordstrom
$118
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Grande Heirloom Claw

Machete
$42
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Total Body Glow Trio

Osea Malibu
$98
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Hinoki Bath Caddy

Jinen
$95
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Le Glaçon Facial Ice Roller

Doré
$40
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Planta Futura Cactus Soap

Nopalera
$14
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Check Hand Towel

HAY
$20
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Lavender Haze Eye Mask

Drowsy
$79
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Big Lauda Long Robe

OAS
$230
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Walden Meditation Cushion

Walden
$148
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CAST Coffee Cup by Kinto

Amazon
$13
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For the Green Thumb Who’s Already Planning Their Spring Garden

There’s nothing prettier than a lush plot of green, but the same doesn’t always go for tools to maintain it. Watering cans or clippers can quickly pass their prime, and replacing their dirt-coated ones with beautiful versions will make them love their hobby even more. If they’re really into gardening, a Lettuce Grow Farmstand will be the gift they truly never stop talking about. 

The Farmstand

Lettuce Grow
$699
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Sentei Ikebana by Niwaki

Goodee
$35
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Contour Planter by Andrew Molleur

DWR
$60
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Plant Daddy Kit by Sowvital

Goop
$72
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Variegated Pink Lemon Tree

Bloomscape
$79
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Hori Hori Classic

Barebones Living
$35
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Plant the Box Scented Candle by Kobo Candles

Goodee
$30
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Bodega Clog

Seavees
$90
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Rainbow Chard Seeds by Plant Good Seeds Store

Amazon
$9
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Haws Indoor Watering Can

Williams Sonoma
$135
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For the Little One With an Already-Stocked Playroom 

Especially for the nonparents out there, it can seem like the kids in their lives have more than enough toys cycling through. There are plenty of toys that can stand out in a playroom while sticking around for the long haul, from a wood espresso machine to bean-shaped chalk, as well as a potion-making kit and cookie-themed puzzle that will keep them occupied for hours. And if they have a passion for fashion, look no further than a Mini Rodini puffer jacket, which is bound to be a hit on the playground.  

The 90s! For Babies!: A Totally Rad Counting Book

Amazon
$17
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Holiday Cookie Tin Puzzle

Piecework Puzzles
$42
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Gathre Nightfall Blue Foam Kids Arc Playset

Crateu0026kids
$319
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Magic Power Potion Necklace Kit

Super Smalls
$45
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Bean Chalk by Nikolas Bentel

Areaware
$25
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Kids Multicolor Color Block Beanie by Bobo Choses

Ssense
$55
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Babyccino Maker by Tenderleaf Toys

Maisonette
$55
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Friendly Bear Money Bank

Good Friend
$20
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Toy Taco Truck by Candylab Toys

Amazon
$22
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Kids Blue Lemons Puffer Jacket by Mini Rodini

Ssense
$170
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For the Home Cook Who Outshines You at the Potluck 

Shopping for someone who would undoubtedly win Top Chef is intimidating to say the least. Whether you’re just looking to get them a little something like an olive oil upgrade or blow their mind with a pizza oven or an heirloom-worthy ladle, the below gifts are anything but amateur. There’s more where that came from in our gift guide dedicated to food-related buys. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2-pack)

Rubirosa
$48
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Pi Prime Pizza Oven

Solo Stove
$300
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100 Essential Restaurant Recipes from the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters

Amazon
$32
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Chef’s Knife Set

Hedley u0026 Bennett
$265 $195
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Stone-Finish Ladle by Astier de Villatte

Abask
$120
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Cuisinart 14-Cup 50th Anniversary Edition Food Processor

Williams Sonoma
$300
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Geo Salt u0026amp; Pepper Grinder Set by Bodum

MoMA Design Store
$49
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Trizor 15XV Professional Electric Knife Sharpener by Chef’sChoice

Amazon
$160
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Pasta Maker Set by Gefu

Food52
$112
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The Resting Stone (Set of 2)

Material Kitchen
$60
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For the Adventurer Who’s Always Planning Their Next Excursion

While we’re big fans of gifting housewares, spending time at home is last on the priorities list for some. Travel-related buys, like a graphic Italian leather luggage tag or fabulously retro binoculars, will make them even more excited for their upcoming trip. And when they get on their next red-eye with the luxurious silk neck pillow you got them, their good night’s sleep will be all thanks to you. 

Nocs x OV Provisions 8×25 Waterproof Binoculars

Outdoor Voices
$98
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Medium Train Case

Leatherology
$150
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Jet Setter Travel Pillow by Slip

Revolve
$99
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Luggage Tag

Clare V.
$55
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Cashmere Donegal Beanie

Alex Mill
$110
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The Bigger Carry-On

Away
$295
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Men's UNEEK Sneaker

Keen
$130
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Perfect Brew Pour Over Set with Camp Mug by Stanley

Amazon
$40
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Day Bottle

Bink
$38
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Getaway Car Keytag

Various Keytags
$15
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Mini Hozuki

Snowpeak
$50
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Sports Chair

Picnic Time
$120
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For the Decorator With an Appreciation for the Finer Things

There’s nothing wrong with high standards, but there’s a lot of room for error when shopping for someone who has a very clear idea of what they like. You can’t go wrong by keeping it classic, like with an Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co. dish, but the real way to impress them? By introducing a new-to-the-market item like Diptyque’s seasonal candle or a just-released book on decorator Mario Buatta. If you’re looking for the gift that keeps on giving, the Loftie lamp will spark joy on their nightstand while also improving sleep hygiene night after night (hello, sunrise alarm!). 

Glass Chanukiah

Via Maris
$235
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Thumbprint Dish by Elsa Peretti

Tiffany u0026 Co
$100
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Loftie Lamp

Loftie
$250
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Mario Buatta: Anatomy of a Decorator

Amazon
$43
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Shetland Throw by Ezcaray

Goodee
$185
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Brass Matchbox Sleeve

Matilda Goad
$60
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Llorente Recycled Glass Vase

Hawkins
$58
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Délice Scented Candle

Diptyque
$86
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Smoking Lips Incense Holder by L'Objet

Bloomingdale's
$95
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Pink Antique Tray by Les-Ottomans

Ssense
$80
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Tomato Candles by Nonna's Grocer (Set of 3)

Goop
$52
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Mushroom Earthenware Tureen by Bordallo Pinheiro

Matches Fashion
$83
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For the Teen Who Thinks They’re Cooler Than You (and Is)

There’s no dancing around it: Teens are tough. They’re too old for toys but have no use for, say, an artisan-made tea towel. We went straight to the source and tapped the actual teens in our lives for gift-giving intel. And the result? A teeny-tiny projector, retro film camera, and tattoo pen that lasts up to two weeks. (Don’t worry, their parents will forgive you for that one eventually.)

Puffy Lunch Bag

Baggu
$38
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Pastel Gradient Phone Case

Casetify
$68
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Milky Lip Set

Tower 28
$65
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Kodak M35 35mm Reusable Film Camera

Amazon
$18
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Mini Projector for iPhone

Amazon
$99
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Kids Purple u0026amp; Green Micro Basket Tote

Marni
$115
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Fine Tip Tattoo Marker

Inkbox
$24
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Crystal Embellished Insulated Water Bottle by Collina Strada

Nordstorm
$100
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Big Plans Bundle

Poketo
$68
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Essentials Bead Box

Susan Alexandra
$65
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For the Friend Who Says “Seriously, No Gifts!”

Some people just don’t want more stuff. But if we have anything to say about it, they’ll at least be receiving a thoughtful stocking stuffer. Everything in this category is under $45 but will bring them a priceless amount of joy, especially the artist-designed chocolate bar pack that will last for weeks of sugar cravings.

Little Bowl by Departo

Afternoon Light
$16
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Five Bar Milk Collection by COCO Chocolatier

Food52
$45
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Hand Cream by Salt u0026 Stone

Amazon
$20
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David Hicks Playing Cards Set

Cabana
$45
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Citrus Rosemary Syrup for Cocktails and Sodas by Raft

Amazon
$20
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Vegetable Brush with Oiled Beechwood Handle by Redecker

Amazon
$19
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Candy Cane Candles

Hu0026M Home
$11
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Mavis Notepad Set

Papier
$18
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Lip Conditioner

Ilia
$26
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Archivist Matchbox by Anthropologie

Anthropologie
$15
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Julia Stevens

Contributing Editor

Julia Stevens is a Domino contributing editor. Basically, she’s a professional online shopper. She started at Domino as an intern and spent almost seven years in the style department curating products for our gift guides, trend roundups, and product reviews and on set styling the beautiful homes we get to share. Off hours, you can find her scouting New York’s newest design shops and restyling her shelves