Holiday shopping can be both fun and chaotic at the same time and shopping for those who are hard to buy for only adds stress during a time when you should be relaxing, sipping hot toddies by a fire. This holiday season, here at Daily Mom, we have taken the stress out of your holiday shopping and found something for everyone on your list. From home decor to kids imaginative playsets to matching clothing for the boys, there is a little something for everyone, even those who are typically hard to buy for (we know there is at least one in every family).
The Hard to Buy for Sentimental Loved One
Photos are memories that surpass time. Even the hard to buy for loved one isn’t immune to the array of emotions evoked when taking a walk down memory lane. Many families holiday traditions involve reminiscing of days past. Whether it is old Santa photos, laughing at Mom’s big hair (you know 80’s big), Dad crying on Santa’s knee, or even remembering a loved one that is no longer with us, photos capture memories that bring us together. Photos are what take us back to the first time we held our sweet babies in our arms, or the last time we held our Grandmother’s hand. They hold an array of emotion, some are joyous, and others are hard, but either way, they are all memorable. Artifact Uprising takes these precious fleeting moments in time and creates beautiful, tangible ways to share them for many years to come.
For the new parents, give the gift of keeping track of all those memories this holiday season with The Story of You. The birth of a child is one of the most momentous events in a parent’s life. The story of you is an interactive photo journal that documents baby’s milestones, happenings, and firsts. Register your photo journal online to get photo tips, ideas, and a complimentary set of Everyday Prints. Each book purchase includes their recommended pen and adhesive for adhering prints.
For the budding photographer, the Brass & Wood Display Box is an ideal gift. Does your sister love her pooch too much to pick just one favorite? Or your brother-in-law took all those Instagram-worthy shots on vacation last summer. Either way, displaying your favorite prints in the Brass & Wood Display Box will wow anyone. The box holds up to 50, 5×5 Square Prints inside while showcasing your favorite on the front.
For the interior designer in us all, the premium Framed Canvas Prints add a touch of classy contrast to your everyday canvas wall art. We love a good photo wall for those wow shots that need to be displayed front and center. These are not your average canvas prints as they are printed on cotton-blended canvas that presents a museum-like quality. Choose your frame finish and photo to create a museum-worthy look of your own.
For the professional, the Brass Easel Photo Desk Calendar is perfect for the office whether it is at home or away. The piece beautifully combines a solid brass easel with premium quality paper to bring you a unique stand-alone calendar. Pick 12 of your favorite photos to display; this is a gift that keeps giving all year long.
For the grandparents and all extended family, photobooks are the perfect way to combine all of your favorite memories in one place. The Everyday Photo Book goes beyond everyday looks and eloquently combines pages allowing beautiful stories to unfold. This 7×7 book comes with a premium fabric bound cover and custom foil stamping.
For the perfect coffee table centerpiece, upgrade your photo book to a Hardcover Photo Book featuring 100% recycled interior pages. Complete with an editorial cover design, classic appeal, and archival quality, the Hardcover Photo Book allows you to create your own conversation piece by adding your favorite photos.
Finally, for the mom in your life who loves a good photo wall or even the proud papa who likes to display the grandkids at work, wow your family this Holiday Season with the Wooden Tabletop Frames from Artifact Uprising. Available in both maple and ebonized walnut, these freestanding or mountable frames are easy to display. Simply upload your photo to be printed on premium, archival paper and showcase your favorite photos of the year.
The Story of You| Brass & Wood Display Box|Brass Easel Photo Desk Calendar|Everyday Photo Book| Hardcover Photo Book| Wooden Tabletop Frames
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The Hard to Buy for Bride-To-Be
Ms. To Mrs.
Now is the time to pay attention to the brides-to-be in your life! Up until her wedding day, you can start your gifting now to help her plan, pamper, and prepare for her big day! Ms. to Mrs. is a subscription box created with your bride-to-be in mind. If you think she is just going to get the same gifts as every other bride, think again! These original, lovingly selected items will keep her calm, cool, and collected up until the big day.
Ms. to Mrs. has 8 uniquely-themed bridal boxes specific to the future bride’s wedding plans. These gift boxes provide both fun and useful items to keep her stress low during this intense time of planning and preparation. She will also stay up to date on the trending themes and products essential to wedding planning that are being rolled out throughout the various seasons. This ensures that every item will never be outdated or unused.
This subscription box gives you, the gifter, the flexibility to decide how many boxes to send, the length of time between boxes, and the theme of the boxes that will be sent to the lucky bride-to-be. This customization makes it perfect for someone who is typically hard to buy for. She will love receiving these thoughtful and swoon-worthy full-sized gifts of clothing, beauty items, wedding accessories, party essentials, and even decor ideas!
From the proposal to “I do”, keep the bride-to-be in your life happy and pampered this holiday season with a subscription box(es) from to Ms. to Mrs. Take the stress of what to buy that hard to buy for bride-to-be and gift her the fun and useful Ms. to Mrs. subscription box.
Ms. To Mrs. Subscription Box
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The Hard to Buy for Father and Son
Tom & Teddy
It’s hard to buy great looking swim shorts for both your husband and son, but Tom & Teddy make it easy. It’s never to early to start looking ahead to spring break, and Tom & Teddy swim trunks make the perfect pre-vacation holiday gift for dads and sons this year. We have long been obsessed with this brand, for its bright, whimsical prints, matching Dad-and-Me styles, and luxurious feel.
The new Island Living collection boasts incredible bold tropical colors and prints, with palm trees, flamingos, shells, watermelons, pineapples, and more. Each print is available in men’s and boy’s sizes, so your partner and son can get in on the matchy-matchy fun, wherever your travels bring you over the coming year.
Each pair of Tom & Teddy shorts is truly meant to last. Season after season, chlorine and salt water, hours and hours in the sunshine, these swimsuits will still look brand new. You will be blown away by the longevity of the high-quality materials, and timeless yet fun patterns and prints. They’re incredibly durable and the fabrics have been designed to withstand saltwater and chlorine, and have built-in UV protection. The fabric also dries super-fast, taking him from the beach to the boardwalk in no time flat. This is a gift that is sure to dazzle this holiday season so start planning that spring break vacation now with these great, matching swimsuits!
Island Living Collection
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The Hard to Buy for Inquisitive Pre-Schooler
One of the most magical things about the holidays is watching your kids open gifts. But as parents, we want to give them gifts that they not only love but that will also be educational. Teach My offers games and activity kits for children that help to stimulate their minds and even their bodies without the use of screens or technology.
Teach My has kits for children of different ages:
- Teach My Baby: for children 6 months and older, this learning kit will help baby begin to recognize animals, shapes, numbers, and letters from an early age.
- Teach My Toddler: for children 18 months and older, this learning kit goes a little further with letter, number, and sound recognition. They also have a Bath Time Fun kit and a Continents and Animals Kit.
- Teach My Preschooler: Starting around ages 3 and up, Teach My Preschooler offers writing skills, counting, and simple math.
- Teach My Kindergartener: This kit will get your kindergarten-aged child set for their first year at big kid school, or reinforce the concepts they are learning. It focuses on sight words, telling time, money recognition, and more.
TeachMy wants to make learning fun – so fun that the kids don’t even know they are doing it! With kits for all ages you will be sure to find something for every hard to buy for child on your list, even the ones you think have it all.
Teach My Baby | Teach My Toddler | Teach My Preschooler | Teach My Kindergartener
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The Hard to Buy for Imaginative Tot
Many toys today can be stimulation overload with all the lights and sounds (even more so for the parents who just want some quiet for a change). When buying toys for kids it’s hard to find something that isn’t digital these days. Created in Ireland, The Field replica farm field toy helps inspire real world, screen-free imaginative play. This must-have toy is free of batteries and features lush green grass, hedging, traditional wooden farm gates, farm animals, a tractor, and more! Creative play is proven to have intellectual, emotional and social benefits, and The Field toy is the perfect way to help boys and girls ages 3+ get away from the screens and use their ingenuity to develop a farm world right in front of their eyes.
The Field toy can be used indoors or outdoors for hours of turning imagination into reality and sets the stage for some serious fun and imaginative play. Experts agree that imaginative, real-world play has enormous benefits for children:
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that it “provides a singular opportunity to build the executive functioning that underlies adaptive behaviors at home; improve language and math skills in school; build the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships that buffer against toxic stress; and build social-emotional resilience. And that “it is intrinsically motivated and leads to active engagement and joyful discovery.”
The Field toy is a 2018 NAPPA award winner
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The Hard to Buy for Outdoor Activist
The holidays are here which means an abundance of overeating and lots of sweet treats. Getting out for some exercise might not be on your mind, not until after New Years at least! Running during the dark winter months is not something as enjoyable as during the summer. Plus, the early sunsets can cause safety issues as it’s hard to spot runners in the dark. SPIbeams Hat and Visor has your head and your safety covered. It was designed with LED lights to improve the visibility of runners, up to one-quarter mile away. SPIbeams are a new product from SPIbelt who created a way to carry personal items with you without being a burden.
SPIbeams comes in a hat style and also a visor for your hard to buy for outdoor activist. The hat features LED lights in the front and in the back to maximize visibility of the runner or walker in both directions. It also provides up to 6 feet of visibility to the wearer in order to see where you’re going in the dark. No need to carry a flashlight anymore! There are 3 colors available: Black, Pink, and Green.
- Multiple LEDs offer wearer 6 feet of visibility
- Easy On/Off switch
- Vents for breathability
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The Hard to Buy for Entertainer
Snowfox Drinkware is a great gift for those who are looking for fun and functional drinkware. The glasses and barware from Snowfox are made from high-quality stainless steel that keep your beverage from getting warm and condensating. Snowfox Drinkware is known for their durability and if dropped, these items will not shatter or damage.
The Stainless Steel Highball Glasses are a set of two tumblers in a fun, bright color. These double-walled cups keep your cocktail cold and fresh with an elegant design, guaranteed to please even the hard to buy for entertainer in your life. With two in each box, both you and your drinking partner can enjoy your drink in a lightweight cup with a thin rim that will not sweat and will not break.
The Stainless Steel Carafe is a streamlined bottle that holds an entire bottle of wine or your favorite cocktail mixture. Bring this vacuum-insulated carafe with you to quickly top off beverages whenever you need a refill. The insulation will keep your drink chilled at the perfect temperature even when you are outdoors. This bottle is not only unbreakable but has a leak-proof lid that prevents spills and messes. In addition, the easy-pour mouth makes pouring drinks with or without ice simple.
Stainless Steel Carafe|Stainless Steel Highball
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The Hard to Buy for Organization Aficionado
The Better Bungee
It’s always hard to buy for the guy that has everything. If you’re looking for a versatile way to keep things organized, secure, and tied down then the Build-a-Bungee Kit should be in your garage. The Better Bungee brings you a bungee system that allows you to custom craft the perfect sized cord to match your application. No more having to string multiple cords together or trying to wrap up something with a cord that’s too long. The BetterBungee products are made to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, are resistant to oil, diesel fuel, salt water, and most household chemicals. They are manufactured with their proprietary polyurethane, that will not crack, break, or become brittle. These bungee cords are virtually weightless and environmentally friendly. These products have a lifetime warranty and are made in the USA.
- Comes in a polybag
- 10′ of rope or strap.
- Rope is available in 2 size kits: 1/4″ or 5/16″
- 6 non-scratching hooks (4 ends) for building customized bungee cords
- Safely stretches up to 2x original length.
- Available in Black, and Military Green.
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The Hard to Buy for New Mama
Bamboobies has a great line up of products to help moms get through nursing with more comfort and relief. If you have someone that’s hard to buy for, practical and useful gifts are great. Bamboobies Chic Nursing Shawl is a fashionable accessory that is perfect for a nursing cover up, car seat cover, or even just to add style to your outfit. It’s UPF 50+ so it’s great for protecting yourself and baby from harmful sun exposure. The Chic Nursing Shawl is lightweight and breathable, made of rayon from bamboo and spandex. It is available in 4 colors: Blackberry (shown above), Black, Grey, and Graphite Dashes.
Bamboobies nursing pads are what started it all! They were designed to address the problem of being extremely “leaky” and provided a solution that other nursing pads just couldn’t fix. These ultra-soft, washable, nursing pads are made of bamboo rayon velour which provides amazing comfort and a milk-proof liner to prevent leaks. They come in the ultra-thin style for light leaks and are less visible through clothing. The round pads are larger and thicker, best for overnight use or to solve heavier leaking issues.
Boob-ease Nipple Balm is perfect for moms that suffer from sore, dry, and even cracked nipples from nursing around the clock. Bamboobies has a great solution and it’s 100% organic! This means that it’s completely safe for ingestion. Boob-ease Nipple Balm will soothe, protect, and moisturize your skin, and will make nursing a lot more comfortable.
Certified Organic Ingredients:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Shea Butter
- Marshmallow Root
- Calendula Flower
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The Hard to Buy for Brand New Baby
New moms and their new little bundles deserve soft, high-quality crib sheets for a comfortable, good night’s sleep. If the baby is sleeping well, then mom is sleeping well too. Petite Vigogne offers luxury bedding for infants and toddlers with their Pima Cotton Belle crib sheet line. With six options to choose from, these sheets are comfortable and gentle on sensitive skin, but also durable for the multiple machine washes that will no doubt be in store. Made from 500-thread count Pima cotton in Peru, these quality crib sheets are a step above anything else on the market. They’ll make the perfect gift for any new mama who may not have splurged on what matters most, quality bedding. Moms will love the detailed embroidered-finish, but most of all they’ll appreciate their new baby sleeping soundly.
There are multiple color and designs to choose from, so these premium sheets are appropriate for a boy, girl, or gender-neutral nursery. The Pima Cotton Belles sheets in white will match any girls’ nursery, and are designed with a gorgeous pink embroidered finish. Petite Vigogne also offers this option in color-reversal, with pink sheets and white embroidery. The Pima Cotton sheets in Bleu are the perfect pastel option for a new baby boy, and the color won’t fade in the wash. The Pima Cotton Khia sheets are an elegant and neutral off-white with delicate, neutral embroidery.
Every selection is made to a fit standard US crib mattress size of 28x52x8. Give the new mom in your life a little taste of luxury with a trusted, high-end brand known by Vogue and Forbes as having “the softest sheets ever”.
Pima Cotton Belle Crib Sheet| Pima Cotton Bleu Crib Sheet|Pima Cotton Khia Crib Sheet
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The Hard to Buy for Future Fashionista
Pink Princess Holiday Dresses
The holiday season is no longer around the corner – it’s here! Now, the big question is, do your kiddos have the perfect attire for those upcoming holiday dinners and events?! No? Don’t panic – we’ll get through this together – you, me and Pink Princess!
This Swea Pea & Lilli Red Velvet Holiday Dress with a sparkly rhinestone belt is a wonderful, festive contender. The red velvet material, rhinestone belt, and back tie sash make this the ultimate (and super affordable) holiday dress.â
Pink Princess has hundreds of holiday and Christmas dresses to choose from. And if you’re looking for something for the handsome little man in your life – they’ve got holiday outfits for him too! Get in the holiday spirit – and your little ones in the perfect holiday outfits!
Swea Pea & Lilli Red Velvet Holiday Dress
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The Hard to Buy for Adventure Seeker
The Escape Game
If you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season for someone who is hard to buy for, why not try something non-traditional? If you are in the greater Minneapolis area this holiday season we have the perfect gift for you, the gift of an adventurous and fun outing to the Escape Game.
The Escape Game is a heart-pounding gaming experience for a small group. The goal is to get out of the room by solving a series of puzzles and riddles together as quickly as possible. Working together you can have lots of laughs, enjoy each other’s company, and make some amazing memories.
An evening out at the Escape Game in Minnesota is a unique gift that won’t be shoved to the back of a closet within a few months. It is something that your loved one can cherish and remember – time well spent together – and that’s the best gift of all.
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This holiday season do not stress over the perfect gift for those hard to buy for people on your list. Instead, give them the gift of something ‘out of the box’, sure to be loved and enjoyed, but also guaranteed to please. From keepsake memories to mindful, adventure-filled experiences, spread the peace and joy of the season with some of these fun, unique gifts for your loved ones this year.
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