What to get that hard-to-buy friend


For when you’re out of ideas.

Everyone loves receiving gifts. We’re only human, after all, and knowing that someone has thought and put in the effort to choose something they think you’ll like tends to create warm blurs.

On the other hand, giving gifts and eliciting that response from the people we love can be a real rush. Unless, of course, there’s someone on your list who just can’t buy from.


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Some people are picky, some people aren’t particularly open about their interests, and some people have nerd tastes outside of your budget. Whatever the reason, shopping for gifts even for your own friends can sometimes be a stressful challenge.

With the help of Australian gourmet gifts – the home of locally sourced luxury hampers for all occasions – we’ve rounded up some gift ideas for even the pickiest of your friends. Covering everything from birthdays to engagement parties, we’re here to help take the stress out of gift giving all year round.

Birthdays

Wine tasting basket

Any friend who loves a drink will be happy to receive a box of sips and snacks like this (unless they’re a beer drinker, but there’s a basket for that, too). Two bottles of wine give them options depending on their mood, while savory and sweet treats let them really indulge. If you’re close, why not plan an evening of drinks and snacks together, adding some quality time as a bonus.

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flowers

It’s a classic, yes, but there’s a reason for that. Flower deliveries are a great gift for friends who live far away, as well as friends who don’t want to receive material goods they don’t need. A sweet-smelling delivery with a personalized note is a great way to tell your friend, “Thinking of you. Choosing a service that matches the mood of the recipient, and perhaps an arrangement that comes in a vase they can keep, adds an extra thoughtful touch to the gift.

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Vinyls

This idea assumes your friend owns a record player (or at least enjoys displaying records as decor), but if they do, they’re a winner. Either ask the staff at your local record store for recommendations based on your friend’s tastes, or be super sentimental and gift them one of your own favorite albums as a sharing and bonding exercise.

Engagement

Moët Extravagance Basket

Few things are worth celebrating with more enthusiasm than an impending wedding. Treat your recently engaged friends to a bottle of champagne – the official drink of celebrations everywhere – and delicious local snacks to feed each other with love. With everything from mini fresh honey cookies to a wooden cheese board, it’s a luxurious way to say “Hey, congratulations.”

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Matching bathrobes

Prepare your friends for sweet marital bliss by buying them matching dresses to wear around the house together. A nice, comfy robe to slip into in the morning or after a shower is a simple luxury that’s underappreciated, and giving the bride and groom in your life something sweet to share is thoughtful. and aesthetically pleasing. Go for something light and easy, like Kip & Co’s Waffle Bathrobes.

Housewarmings

Premium beer and wine basket

If you’re giving presents to multiple people who are living out their new home fantasy, you can’t go wrong filling their cupboards and refrigerator. This particular hamper includes two bottles of wine and five cans of beer, providing a bit of something for everyone. Even if they don’t have a dining table yet, they will at least have olives and cookies.

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Declaration Household Items

Sure, household items are the ultimate housewarming gift, but you can do better than a boring old candle. Browse Makers’ Mrkt and let the vast selection of artistic, sculptural and wacky household items speak to you. Go bold and decorative with something like a Kathleen Campone candelabra, or a standout practical piece like colored glassware by Sophie Lou Jacobsen.

art prints

Much like fun household items, art prints are a great way to brighten up a new home, and not having to buy them all yourself is a real treat. If your friend is an Instagram follower, scroll through the accounts they follow to see if they’re eyeing a particular artist. If you’re nervous about buying a piece of art before you even see the new digs, you have our permission to write an “IOU an impression that matches your interior design vibe” card.

Christmas

Sparkling Christmas Basket

Christmas is still a long way off, but it’s never too early to start planning. Christmas hampers are a long-standing tradition, but they can be a little stuffy or disappointing. A well-stocked seasonal hamper like this — filled with shiraz, sparkling wine, Christmas pudding, local snacks and more — is about as luxurious as it gets. Plus, they won’t have to worry about what to eat on Boxing Day.

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Vouchers

Good ones sometimes get a bad rep for being a little impersonal, but they don’t have to be. Buying the right voucher in the right place means: “I know enough about you to know where you like to shop, but I respect your right to make your own purchasing decisions.”

The key is in what kind good you get. If they love luxury fashion, offer them a voucher from an online luxury retailer. If they like to browse operating stores, get them a voucher for their favorite channel. If they like books, movies or music, you get the exercise.

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