Buying that impossible gift: what to select when you reach a present dead-end

Everyone knows those people who simply make it impossible to shop for.

This makes it incredibly difficult to source the ideal gift, ensuring they do not have something that is either too suggestible, too cheap, too expensive, too predictable or an item they already have large quantities of.

Sometimes it is easy to settle for a voucher and leave the recipient to their own devices on their purchase, but if you have already fulfilled that obligation for other gifts or want to showcase an extra degree of effort, then there are solutions out there in the market.

Gift basket/hamper mix

One of the first port of calls that can be utilised for shoppers who feel like they are at a present dead-end is to scour the market for a suitable gift basket or hamper. There is a diverse range of creativity in this realm that can make them ideal products for Christmas or Easter, Mother’s or Father’s Day, and to ensure they can pick and choose what they would like to consume within the basket. Packed with treats and goodies to wines, oils, fresh produce and other accessories, this is a means of finding an equilibrium with the shopping endeavour.

Deluxe picture frames

For those proud family members or travellers who have a number of keepsakes at home, sometimes a deluxe set of picture frames can help to showcase their images. This is where the impossible gift becomes possible, allowing for individuals to pick and choose their own preferences. Especially in the age of the smart phone and social media, it is quick and easy to select which images would be best suited for a picture frame and to offer a tangible presence that is grabbed straight from the device.

Vaping pen

For those individuals in their 20s or 30s who are still happy to try something a little different, then a selection of vape pens and ejuice flavours could be just the right solution a good site to start is Kev’s Vape. Like a great bottle of scotch or that box of cigars being kept for a special occasion, this can be viewed as an ideal response to the impossible gift dilemma, giving the recipient the chance to experiment with cool flavours and adapt their own tastes to the vaping pastime.

Self-sustainable eating and drinking products

From fresh popcorn and soda makers to coffee machines, blenders and mixers for smoothies and juices, self-sustainable products in this niche are perfect solutions when reaching a present dead-end. There might be the concern that the recipient will have to pay for restocking with ingredients, but they are by and large a more cost efficient solution, environmentally friendly and enables the user to manage their portion control.

Music speakers/headphones

Music is a universal language and there will be every chance that a cool set of speakers or headphones will be a suitable solution to source the impossible gift. From reggae and pop to hard rock, metal, hip hop, R&B, classical, country, industrial, dance and beyond, these items ensure that anyone can enhance their listening experience. Headphones are perfect brands when heading to the gym, out on a run, working at the desk or engaging in household chores. Speakers provide a community experience where gatherings, parties and barbecues can be optimised as well.

A strategy that can be utilised for those individuals who feel like they are reaching a present dead-end is to be part of a collective gift and put money into the venture. Everyone will have skin in the game in this scenario and allows a group of 3, 4, 5 or more to put in for a flight, a home entertainment package or something that is worthy of everyone’s contribution.


Mike Smith
Mike Smith
Executive Editor at Best in Australia. Mike has spent over a decade covering news related to business leaders and entrepreneurs around Australia and across the world. You can contact Mike here.
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