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Foolproof Gift Ideas for the Person Who Has You Stumped

You’ve probably been there. It’s crunch-time, the final countdown before the holidays, and everybody has been checked off your gift list. Everybody, that is, except that one person who, for the third year in a row, has you stumped.

All those hard-to-shop-for people you love? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Our gifting experts have put together a curated list of some of their favorite suggestions for gifts that will keep recipients smiling well into the New Year.

Here are the five personality types we get asked about the most, and the gifts we know they’ll love:

The Plant Parent

For those who are slowly turning their home into an indoor jungle, gifts that reflect their gardening skills are the perfect solution. The Rustic Hanging Planter is handmade in India and adds a stylish touch to their favorite fern.  The Floral Garden Tools are hand painted by artisans in India. But don’t let the dainty motif fool you. They’re a sturdy addition to their outdoor tool kit. Check out more gifts for the Plant Parent here.

The Adventurous

Send those who have a case of wanderlust on their way in style. The Expedition Bag is crafted by women in Bangladesh using vegan materials. This convertible tote can be worn three different ways, and is the perfect travel companion. We recommend the True Compass Necklace for those who are always dreaming of their next destination. Encourage them to wear it close to their heart so that wherever the journey of life takes them, they’ll always find their way home. Check out more gifts for the explorer here.

The Extroverts

For those who don’t ever need an excuse to throw a party, a unique piece of serveware goes a long way. Especially if it has a story to go along with it, because a good conversation starter is always welcome. The Folklore Divided Dish, hand-painted in West Bank, is the perfect gift for the host with the most. The Roots Motif Coaster Set is handcrafted in India from sustainably harvested Mango wood that has been skillfully electrified to create each one-of-a-kind design. They’re just the thing for the eco-friendly host. Check out more gifts for the host here.

The Minimalist

It’s not always easy shopping for the person who truly believes that less is more. Our artisan partners are pros when it comes to streamlined design and delicate details. The Cozy Brown Wool Wrap is made from a luxurious blend of Merino and alpaca wool so soft that they’ll never want to take it off… and since it can be worn three different ways, they won’t have to! The Modern Hoop Earrings are understated, but never underestimated. Handmade in India and designed to go with everything in their closet, these will make even your most minimalist friend smile. Check out more gifts for the minimalist here.

The Down-to-Earth

For your favorite nature-lover, all-star recycler, or sustainability devotee, there is always an eco-conscious alternative that will suit their style. Baskets handmade with repurposed sari and fast-growing kaisa grass are perfect for organizing at home or bringing a pop of color to a room. Tagua nuts, also known as vegan ivory, are turned into beautiful jewelry by being sliced and dyed vibrant colors. It is a completely sustainable process, as the nuts are collected from the ground and do not harm the tree when harvested. The Tagua Tree Necklace is part of our classic collection of jewelry in this miracle material. Give them an eco-friendly place for all their thoughts with the Earth News Journal. The materials used for the cover of this journal are recycled newspapers woven together, and the pages inside are made from tree-free paper. Check out more gifts for the eco-conscious here.

If you need a few more gift ideas, explore our favorites on our Gift Finder or find inspiration over on our Pinterest page. It’s easier than you think to bring joy to everybody on your list with handcrafted gifts from a wonderful world.

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Valentina

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Valentina lives in Lancaster, PA where she runs slowly, hikes often, and excitedly points out historical landmarks to friends and family. She is fond of curry and guacamole, and insists that vanilla ice cream is a waste of time and calories. Val is convinced that the greatest feeling in the world is stepping off a plane in a new place, and is a passionate believer that all the best days include books, baking, border collies, and bagpipes.

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