When it comes to shopping for everyone on our holiday list, things can get extra tough when you reach that picky person who often beats you to the punch regarding buying what they want. These are the sorts of people who know what they like and when they want it -- and that usually means they don't wait to make those special purchases. So that leaves the question: What do you get the person who seemingly has everything? Instead of running yourself ragged with stress, allow us to take control of the situation and share some wonderful gift ideas. The key is focusing on quality over quantity. Basically, the gifts to keep an eye out for are the ones that are useful, highly unique and, of course, exquisite.
In order to have your friend or loved one in awe of your gift, the item needs to be top-of-the-line, have an element of intrigue and be captivating. We've put together a list that features items for all tastes. From an award-winning headset for gamers to a cafe-quality grinder for coffee aficionados, the selections here are a cut above. For the beauty maven in your life, there's a trending makeup collection; for the beer snob, a pressure-regulated growler and much more. If you're primed and ready to ace this holiday season, here are the best little luxuries to get the pickiest people on your list.
What do you get the serious home chef who likes to tinker in the kitchen any chance they get? Some extra bells and whistles, of course. The Ooni Koda pizza oven has a devoted following, and for good reason. It can reach up to 950 degrees, cook a 12-inch pizza in 60 seconds, and can even cook steaks, fish, vegetables -- anything really. That alone makes it a culinary gadget to covet.
To say this is a popular luxury skincare brand is to put it mildly. SK-II claims it sells a bottle every two seconds, and it counts celebs like Chloe Grace Moretz and Olivia Culpo as devoted fans. This bundled gift box introduces your giftee to all of the brand's favorites: the beloved Facial Treatment Essence, a mini cleanser, a mini toner, two Facial Treatment masks and SkinPower cream.
Impress the beer drinker in your life with this high-end growler. They will puff out their chest every time they bring this to their favorite brewery to top off their supply. The double insulated walls will keep their beer cold all day, the pressure gauge maintains carbonation so it tastes like a freshly poured glass each time, and its compact size makes it easy to bring to barbecues, beaches, or camping trips. It's the ultimate beer-head gadget.
There's nothing quite like a cozy pair of slippers, and these are unmatched in quality and style. Sliding your feet into the thick sheerling lining will feel extra luxurious, and the chunky outer soles will ensure your slippers don't slap with each step you take. They will keep your giftee warm in style all winter long.
Solo Stove makes some of the best smokeless fire pits available, which is why the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 made CNET's list of the best fire pits for 2023. While the original models had a notable drawback in terms of cleaning, the introduction of the Solo Stove 2.0 alleviated this issue, according to CNET's David Carnoy. These upgraded models, available in the familiar three sizes -- Ranger 2.0 (small), Bonfire 2.0 (medium) and Yukon 2.0 (large), now come equipped with a removable ash pan, a feature that was absent in the 1.0 versions.
Coffee enthusiasts know that buying beans whole and grinding them yourself creates the freshest, most flavorful cup of coffee possible. So gift the java nut in your life the cafe-quality Fellow Ode Briew Grinder. It has 31 grind settings, allowing you to get the perfect grind for everything from cold brew to espresso. The design is also sleek and iconic, transforming the grinder from "counter clutter" to "kitchen eye candy."
We've all heard of weighted blankets, but have you heard of a weighted robe? It provides the same decompressing and calming effect but with a little more style. There Hush one is made from a super soft, ultra-plush material, and it has three pounds added to the neck, helping your giftee slip into a relaxed and zen mood.
Are you tired of gifting your hostess with the mostess tablecloths and cheese boards? This year, think outside of the box and provide them with a quality travel cooler like the Yeti Roadie Cooler. It's the smallest cooler in their hard case collection, but that doesn't mean you can only fit a handful of things in there. It keeps 18 cans cold and can easily stow a couple of wine bottles. They can grab this and go to any picnic, barbecue or beach day they expertly plan.
The best gifts are the most frivolous ones, and the Cuzen Matcha Maker falls wonderfully in that category. While this might not be a necessary kitchen accessory, it will definitely make your giftee's mornings more fun. Rather than buying powder in a can, they can use this gadget to grind their own matcha leaves into a fine powder, which is then automatically added to water to create a hot brew. They will never be able to drink matcha any differently after getting this.
Want to truly impress the gamer in your life? Upgrade their headset to one of the best ones on the market -- the award-winning SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. It has stellar sound quality, superior noise canceling, and is specially designed to fit the shape of one's ear. It also has two rechargeable batteries, allowing you to keep playing without having to wait to recharge.
Just a fair warning: You might see less of them after giving them this!
If you know someone who enjoys reading but doesn't always have the time to hunker down with a book, consider gifting them an Audible subscription. People with long commutes, or even runners and cyclists, will appreciate being able to listen to a book they've been meaning to read -- and having another entertainment option beyond just listening to music.
A one-month gift subscription costs $15, and your recipient gets one book credit to start them off. Or you can purchase three months with three credits ($45), six months with six credits ($90) or 12 months with 12 credits ($150).
Do you have a beauty buff on your list? Elevate their daily makeup routine with the help of Merit's "The Full Collection" bundle. It includes the brand's best sellers, such as its much-loved Complexion Stick, Blush Balm and lightweight lipstick. It also includes essentials like bronzer, eyeshadow, glow serum, eyebrow pomade, mascara and highlighter. It's meant to provide an entire beauty routine in one stylish bag.