A Christmas Gift Guide for People Who Are Difficult to Buy For
Christmas shopping can be stressful and difficult, particularly if some people on your list are notoriously hard to buy for. When finding the perfect present turns into an unnecessary chore, it’s time to re-evaluate your approach. There are plenty of innovative, beautiful, and charming items to be found through local artisans. Choosing handmade wares means you are giving the people in your life a one-of-a-kind gift unlike any other while at the same time, doing your part to support small businesses.
Gifts For The Home
Textiles are an incredibly versatile medium and the artwork created from them is often vibrant, intricate, and entirely unique. A textile gift would be a good choice for those who enjoy personalised home decoration or those who enjoy expressing themselves through colourful, statement-making fashion. Some textile artists do customised orders to better capture the individuality of their client, so it is worth reaching out to some now in order to ensure you have a gift ready for the holiday season.
Such is the versatility of textiles that there are many other ideas for your consideration, such as:
- Throws, Blankets and Quilts
- Wall hangings
Jewellery That Evokes a Sense of Nature
Choosing the right kind of jewellery to give can be tough when you consider just how many styles there are, as well as the fact that everyone has their own personal preferences. For the nature lover in your life, consider exquisite handmade earrings featuring blooms hand-picked and native to Australia, encased in clear resin. These earrings are eye-catching, perfect for casual or formal wear, and make a wonderful accessory for those with a deep love of all things botanical. They come in a variety of fun shapes, and the posts are crafted from surgical steel to make them safe for those with sensitivities.
There are plenty of jewellery options out there that evoke a sense of nature in different ways, too:
- Leaf/flower shaped pendants
- Rings made from natural stone such as labradorite or turquoise
- Etched/carved stone pendants or earrings
- Seaglass Jewellery
All Natural, Beauty-Enhancing Cosmetics
The cosmetics market is a massive one, and with so many products available, it can be hard to make the right choice. If you are struggling with the perfect gift idea, it may be time to look over some homemade cosmetic options. Bamboo shampoo bars are an original, all-natural option. Free of palm oil and nuts, these soap bars can be purchased for different hair shades and provide a healthy, calming hair washing experience. They also contain essential oils, ensuring that the pleasing scent lingers for hours after. You can add to this wonderful gift by including some homemade soaps, available in a bevy of soothing scents and colours to make you feel even more luxurious.
The selection of cosmetics that don’t have harmful additives and ingredients is surprisingly large, and if you are looking for more ideas, these are some that are readily available:
- Makeup brushes
- Lip Balms
- Shampoo Bars
- Skin care sets
- Lipsticks, blusher, and eye-shadows
- Eco-friendly nail polish
Cosy, Heart-Warming Children’s Prints
If you know someone who is expecting a little bundle of joy soon, or someone looking for ways to decorate their child’s room, there are an abundance of wonderful prints available that would make the perfect addition. When shopping for pictures for a nursery or young kid’s room, a reliable and popular choice is to buy those that feature animals. These prints by a local artist, for example, portray different animals in a playful way in muted, calming colours and will be cherished by parents and children alike for years to come.
There’s no end to just what decoration you can get for a child’s room, so if you’re looking for something in addition to a print, look these suggestions over:
- Handmade, personalised mobile
- Handwoven rug
- Knitted blankets
- Patchwork quilts
- Muslin blankets
- Playful, colourful picture frames
Durable, High-Quality Men’s Luggage
For the adventurous, travel-loving men in your life, perhaps a practical gift is the way to go. Those afflicted with wanderlust are always going to be in need of good, sturdy luggage, so why not choose a duffle bag made of fine leather and crafted with acute attention to detail? Not only does it possess a suave, rugged aesthetic, it also possesses strategic compartments to make it easy to access your items and documentation easily when you need to.
Here are some other great, creative gift ideas for the men you love most:
- Lightweight, boldly coloured tie clips
- Personalised wallets
- Grooming kit made of all-natural products
- Gourmet collection of meat jerky
- Handmade wooden docking station for phones/tablets
Customised, Handmade Stationary
Stationery aficionados will always enjoy hand-crafted products made with care and from the finest materials. A great gift for those who derive delight from such things is a notebook with a hand-crafted design on the cover. Additionally, there’s no better way to send a caring message than through a handmade, hand-illustrated greeting card made on the finest quality paper.
For those who have a love of all things stationery, here are some other gift ideas to consider:
- Customised book embosser
- Personalised sticky notes
- Book stamps
- Printable letter paper
- Monogram stickers
A Creative Approach to Christmas Shopping
Having hard to buy for people on your gift list can make holiday shopping needlessly complicated, but instead of stressing, why not take a new and creative approach? The gift ideas above are original and provide a personalised aspect to gift giving that traditional presents may lack. What’s more, by choosing to purchase from local artisans, you’re helping to spread awareness of their fine craft, as well as supporting their businesses and hopefully encouraging them to continue along their wonderfully creative paths!