Thoughtful Gifts for Friend Who Has Everything

We’re all about end-of-year festivities at SELF: delicious home-cooked meals, an excuse to spend all day lounging with family and friends, playing in the snow, unwrapping presents—it’s all a form of self-care. But with it also comes the much anticipated (okay, maybe dreaded) holiday shopping. Finding a gift for your friends is hard enough, but it’s especially challenging when you’re shopping for the person who already has everything. Oh sure, no matter what you get them, they’ll smile and say it’s the thought that counts. But you don’t want your present to be returned—or re-gifted. It’s the season of giving, but let’s be honest, it’s also about getting the sweet satisfaction of proffering the perfect gift.

If you’re looking for some thoughtful gift ideas for the friend (or significant other) who is impossible to shop for, here’s our list of unique crowd-pleasers they definitely don’t have yet.


Artifact Wood Block

Anyone who’s gone to the trouble of framing pictures knows you can easily end up spending hundreds of dollars on a bespoke piece. But with Artifact Uprising, you can custom design your own frames and print out beautiful photo albums or calendars without spending a small fortune. For a super thoughtful gift, you can have a dozen photos printed and sent to your friend with this simple wood block frame. They can put it anywhere and switch up the pictures as they please.

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Lula’s Garden’s Jewel Garden

For the aspiring plant mom, Lula’s Garden makes the most adorable pre-planted succulent gardens. Succulents are easy houseplants anyone can take care of and they also last much longer than flowers. You can buy a single one, or a lush display that’s perfect as a centerpiece at home or at work. What’s great about this gift, too, is that you can customize the sleeve of the box with a message that says “Happy Holidays” or “I Love You.”

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Cheesemonger Set

Take your friends’ hostessing game to the next level with this set of cheese knives in stainless steel that can be used to cut soft, semi soft, hard, and spreadable cheeses. Whole Foods Market sells this specific gift set at stores nationwide (bonus points if you pick up some brie or camembert on your way over for a cheese platter) but if you’re pressed for time and prefer to order online, check out the link below for a similar set from the brand.


Now House by Jonathan Adler Glass Knot

A stylish glass knot that does nothing else but look great on their chic stack of coffee table books.

Le Creuset Metallics Collection Cappuccino Mugs (Set of 6)

So they can sip their oat-milk cappuccino in style.


Kvell Rollo Hamper

This hand-woven hamper can be scrunched or rolled to lower the height, or folded and placed out of sight. They can use it for dirty laundry or storing extra blankets by the sofa for movie night.

STATE Crosby Fanny Pack

In a buttery burgundy leather, this fashion-forward fanny pack is an unexpected gift your friend can take everywhere with her. The size is compact enough to not be bulky, but big enough to carry an iPhone Plus, and has a back slip and interior mesh zip pocket. The strap is adjustable—and notice the lining, which is a map of Brooklyn.

Paddywax Mercury Prism Holiday Collection Scented Soy Wax Candle

For your candle-collecting friends, choose from a range of festively scented options, each in its own beautiful glass vessel with a gift tag on the lid. Such a pretty package, you can get away without wrapping paper.


Kvell Pop Clock

Punctuality is the politeness of kings (and now they’ll no longer have any excuse to be late). This clock comes in eight colors, so there’s sure to be one to match your friend’s decor and personality.


Paravel Packing Cube Trio

This packing cube trio is the perfect travel companion to save space and categorize packing (just think how happy they’ll be separating their clean and dirty clothing, socks, underwear, and any other odds and ends). It comes in five colors—including a very elegant safari green and a bright yellow.