Gift Ideas for Hard-to-Buy-For People

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There is nothing better than seeing the smile on someone's face when they open a thoughtful gift. Finding the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list can sometimes be a chore that ends with a gift card. Show off your perseverance and creativity by finding a unique gift to please that difficult person on your list. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Celestial Gifts

  • For the stargazer man, name and register a star after him and frame up the certificate and star map included. A great conversation piece that lasts a lifetime, a star can be part of a larger romantic gesture.

Personalized Portraits

  • A humorous gift that will take him by surprise, have artists digitally re-create a classic portrait to hang in a den or office. Transform the woman you are shopping for into Mona Lisa or any number of other classic fine art subjects via digital processing. A couple or a single person will enjoy seeing their faces in the "American Gothic" painting or as the subject of "Girl With a Pearl Earring."

For the Book Lover

  • Voracious readers are sometimes hard to shop for. Gift cards usually fit the bill, but they don't have that personal touch a thoughtful gift requires. Put a new twist on a book lover's gift by broadening the scope of your search. For her, a Banned Books Bracelet makes a political statement in style. Covered with small reproductions of banned book covers, the bracelet states, "I Read Banned Books, " ideal for the free-speech enthusiast. Or, purchase a colorful famous author mug featuring Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen or other great authors and poets to dress up someone's reading desk or bedside table.

For Seniors

  • Seniors tend to be hard to buy for, as they usually have everything they want and have frugal desires, often shunning the frivolous gifts you might want to buy for them. Delight them by taking them back to their heydays. Classic family shows from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s are now available on DVD and make for great entertainment. Make it even more interesting by providing old mystery movies, such as those featuring. Add a thick throw to keep them warm while watching the television.

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