5 Simple Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2019

simple gift ideas for the person who has everything

Are you still contemplating simple gift ideas for that one person (or the handful of people) on your Christmas list who already seems to have everything? Or the person who insists they don’t want anything?

Yes, we have a few of them on our shopping list too, and it’s tricky for sure! 

Whenever I’m unsure what to give to someone who has everything, I almost always resort to one of the options below.

I hope this list of simple gift ideas is helpful as you make last-minute Christmas preparations this year!

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1. Food

Assuming the person does not have food allergies, I gift them something I made (tailored towards their taste buds). 

  • Homemade bread (wheat bread or quick bread)
  • Bars or fudge
  • Christmas cookies
  • A dry brownie or cookie mix (with instructions to make cookies)
  • Home-canned jam, tomatoes, applesauce, etc.
  • Homemade hot chocolate mix
  • Gourmet coffee or tea
  • A bar of nice chocolate
  • Fancier meats, cheeses, and crackers

NOTE: I don’t usually do gift cards, but that’s definitely an option too

Just make sure you really think about what types of food your recipient enjoys. Don’t just throw some leftovers from your freezer or pantry in a box and call it good. 

I’ve given several very pretty food gifts over the years and I’ve always felt these gifts were personalized and creative. 

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2. Cleaning or Personal Care Products

If I know the person well enough and think they would be happy to receive cleaning products or personal care products, this is often my go-to gift because it’s non-perishable and it can be tailored to fit almost any budget. 

One year, I gave every female on my list a container of Method dish soap (a bright red holiday scent), Method dishwasher tabs, and a fun bamboo kitchen scrubber

It was such a cute set, it was fairly frugal to put together, and since many of the recipients were newlyweds and new home-owners, it was also extremely useful and practical. 

Right now, Grove.co is offering a really fantastic holiday deal for new subscribers — get this full set of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products with your first purchase! 

Hand soaps, lotions, and other personal care products are a great gift idea too (depending on the person and if you know their favorite scents).

I’ll talk more about this next year, but I’ve been buying most of my own personal products from Bend Soap Company. Their lotions, soaps, deodorant, and lip balms are all made with goat milk — my skin has never felt SO soft! 

Bend Soap is offering 25% off gift baskets and 15% off everything else on their site. AND you can use the code AD10 to save an additional 10% off your entire shopping cart (free shipping after $50 and super reasonable shipping otherwise).

Also, if you sign up for their email list, you will get $10 off your first order — so many deals! 

I just ordered 4 gift baskets for our own home because they are a cost-effective way to order several of my favorite items in one discounted package!  🙂

Bend Soap is a fantastic made-in-America, family-owned company with excellent customer service, and I highly recommend their products (yes, I will share lots more next year!) 

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3. Photos

When it comes to the world of photos, there are SO many really cool, really frugal, really simple gift ideas that work for many of those hard-to-buy-for people. 

We often give grandparents photo calendars of the grandkids, and photo magnets to great-grandparents. Photo ornaments are also a fun idea and they can be packed away with the Christmas gifts. 

These days, I think it’s possible to print a photo on almost any surface — mugs, bags, t-shirts, mousepads, wood, metal, plastic, etc. You name it, you can probably get a photo printed on it!

Of course, some of these require a bit of computer knowledge and most of them require at least a few days of advance notice to get them printed (and potentially shipped). If you’re short on time, simply print a few 4″ x 6″ photos and arrange them in a few coordinating frames. We did this for my mom one year and she still displays these frames in her living room. 

Also, I should mention that photo gifts do not need to be “pictures of people”.

Use photos of nature, animals, colorful abstract designs, cool buildings or bridges, specific destinations, and so much more! Pick something each recipient would enjoy. 

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4. Amazon Prime! 

If someone on your Christmas list has a computer or a smartphone, give them an Amazon Prime Membership. No matter their age, location, interests, hobbies, shopping preferences, reading preferences, movie preferences, etc. etc. Amazon Prime will have what they need and want!

Dave and I were gifted with an Amazon Prime membership about 5 years ago, and we’ve honestly never looked back. The 2-day FREE shipping is amazing, but we utilize the FREE eBooks, TV shows, and movies on a daily basis. 

It’s one of the best simple gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for people as it works for almost anyone. 

Last year, we gave my parents an Amazon Prime subscription — and although they originally said they didn’t need it, they apparently liked it so much that they asked us to renew their subscription for our gift to them this year! 🙂

If you’re still on the fence about signing up, I recommend testing it out with the free 30-day trial. The holiday season is one of the best times to do that because of all the extra shopping and shipping. You can get all your last-minute items shipped to you within 2 days (sometimes the very next day!) You can also use the free Kindle deals and free movies during your Christmas break! Then simply cancel before your trial period is over (or purchase a subscription if you love it!)

MORE Amazing Amazon Deals!! 

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5. A hand-written note. 

The majority of adults I know would appreciate a thoughtful hand-written note on a nice sturdy card… even if they aren’t overly-sentimental. 

The kids and I have been doing so much more of this over the last 2 years, and the feedback is AMAZING! 

We mail hand-written letters, pictures, and drawings to various relatives, neighbors, acquaintances, and people from our church each week and, more often than not, we get a phone call, an email, or another hand-written note of thanks back again. 

Some ideas for your notes are: 

  • something you appreciate about the other person
  • a few reasons you are thankful for them in your life
  • a memorable event or fun story from your past 
  • something you look forward to doing with this person
  • a few of your favorite things about this person
  • a story of how they have impacted your life (possibly even without knowing it). 

I honestly can’t think of one single adult (or even a grown child) who wouldn’t appreciate this simple gift idea.

They might not show it outwardly, but they’ll recognize the thought behind the gift. 

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Do you think any of these simple gift ideas will work for you?

Here’s another HUGE list of clutter-free gifts for all ages and all budgets (if you need a few more ideas!)

With a little bit of thought, I’m confident you can come up with a fantastic gift for all the hard-to-buy-for-people on your holiday shopping list. 

What are YOUR favorite simple gift ideas for those people who seem to have everything? 

simple gift ideas for the person who has everything

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16 comments

  1. Pascale Forest

    12/17/2019

    So glad you recommended Bend Soap. I’ve been using them for over a year now and I really like their products. i cannot even tolerate essential oils during the winter because of eczema flare ups and I really like their unscented goat milk soap and lotion as well as the oatmeal & honey goat milk soap. It’s so nice to have natural products that don’t contain essential oils.l

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    Andrea Reply:

    glad to hear these products work for you and that you like the unscented!

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  2. Kathy

    12/16/2019

    I ordered some of the paint pens that you had recommended recently for my 2 granddaughters (aka GrandGems). The pens were intended to be Christmas gifts. However, today was a snow day for them, and I got to babysit. I broke out the new paint pens and a roll of white art paper and we created some beautiful Christmas art, without creating a giant mess! The girls loved the pens and I must say I am a fan, too. Thank you for your recommendation and your inspiring ideas for living simply.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — so glad you liked the paint pens/markers! I have 3 in-real-life friends who recently ordered them too (and they all love them too!)

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  3. Becky

    12/16/2019

    I gave my daughter a subscription to Instacart as a baby shower gift. She loves it!

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    Andrea Reply:

    sweet — what a great gift!

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  4. JJ

    12/16/2019

    Andrea, my husband needed a gift for a white elephant present. I had gotten a selfie stick tripod(one of your posts inspired me). He “won” it by stealing it(an item can only be stolen once at his party), so now I get it for Christmas. ‍♀️ I’m so excited!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    cool — a gift you actually need (and want!)

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  5. Audrey

    12/16/2019

    One year our 2 daughters went on a hike and took pictures of branches of trees forming the letters of the word “family”. They printed the pictures and put them in a long wall frame with 6 openings. And gave it to my husband and me to use on our family gallery wall. It was perfect!

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    Andrea Reply:

    my sister has something like this at her house too — such a neat idea!

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  6. Mary

    12/16/2019

    Last year I needed a very small gift for a game at bookclub. I took a couple bars of soap that I’d brought home from New Zealand. Turned out to be the most “stolen” gift in what we call dirty bingo. I’ll definitely do that again.

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    Andrea Reply:

    that’s so funny! Looks like everyone wanted the practical gift!

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  7. red2red

    12/16/2019

    Thanks for your list of great gift ideas!
    I would like to take advantage of the Bend Soap deals this week, checking the site out to see the best basket deals…
    Are there any particular items or scents that you would recommend? And, have you tried any of the unscented items?
    Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    You’re welcome 🙂
    For the Bend Soap products, all their lip balms are amazing, but I do really love the peppermint.
    I tend to use more lavender scented things as it’s calming for me — but the almond lotion is really yummy and the coconut smells like a tropical oasis!
    I don’t use the unscented — but in my opinion, you can’t really go wrong with unscented (especially if you have sensitive skin)
    If you’re just getting started, I would recommend one of the gift sets as they are the best bargain right now and will give you a chance to try a few different products!

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    red2red Reply:

    Just ordered 2 of the essential baskets – thanks for the info!

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    Andrea Reply:

    awesome — I got a couple of those myself. It’s such a great way to try lots of product for a reduced price!

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