These are the 5 hardest people to buy gifts for
Here's what to get them.
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Stumped on what to buy a certain someone on your list? You aren't alone, according to a recent study by SEMrush, which revealed the people that we have the most difficulty buying presents for. And surprisingly, they aren't your coworkers or someone else you don't know well—they're some of the people who are the closest to you. Below are the top five trickiest people to shop for, along with the best gifts to buy them this year.
1. Your mom
You can't put a price on everything your mom does for you—but you can get her one of these top-rated gifts. For the mom who's trying to get healthy in the new year, give her our favorite voice-controlled FitBit which tracks everything from her steps to her sleep or the Instant Pot so she can cook healthier meals in minutes. And for the mom who's super busy (a.k.a every mom), consider the number one robot vacuum. Powerful and efficient, it picks up more dirt per run than any other model we've tested so she can kick back and relax while it does the cleaning for her.
- Get the Fitbit Versa 2 from Amazon for $129.95
- Get the Instant Pot Ultra from Amazon for $179.95
- Get the Eufy RoboVac 11S from Amazon for $239.99
2. Your dad
Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. What do they like besides coffee, beer, or ties? And while all of those make for acceptable gifts, we've rounded up some even better presents for the fathers in your life. Like a pair of Apple AirPods, which our experts deemed the best wireless earbuds of 2019, or a Roku Ultra, which is a must-have streaming device for techie dads (or just the dads who love to binge Netflix on Friday nights). And if you're on a budget, opt for a box of colorful and comfy socks for less than $50.
- Get Apple AirPods from Amazon for $168.95
- Get the Roku Ultra from Amazon for $69
- Get the Dot Gift Box (4-pack) from Happy Socks for $48
3. Your boyfriend
Whether you just started dating or you've been together for years, it can be tough to come up with gift ideas for your boyfriend. We recommend these expert-approved noise-canceling headphones (they're better than Bose!) or a sleek Apple Watch that does everything from play music to make phone calls. Or, if you're willing to splurge, you'll score major brownie points with the wildly popular Nintendo Switch, which doubles as a home console and a handheld gaming device.
- Get the Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones from Amazon for $278
- Get the Apple Watch Series 4 from Amazon for $349.95
- Get the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Bundle from Amazon for $365
4. Your grandma
Grandma will love anything you get her (or at least she'll pretend to). But if you want to gift her something she'll actually use, we recommend the Kindle Paperwhite so she can read her favorite books anytime, anywhere or the popular Gravity weighted blanket so she can get a better night's sleep. Another great option is a home DNA kit like this one from AncestryDNA—your grandma can use it to discover long-lost relatives, learn about her family, or find out important health and genetic information about herself.
- Get AncestryDNA at Ancestry.com for $59
- Get the Gravity Weighted Blanket from Gravity for $249
- Get the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $119.99
5. Your girlfriend
Not sure what to get your girlfriend? While it's important to consider her own tastes and lifestyle, there are some gifts almost every woman would like. Like the super trendy Away luggage (which is one of our favorite suitcases!) or a cute instant camera like the Instax. You also can't go wrong with the KitchenAid stand mixer, especially if your girlfriend is into cooking or baking—the iconic kitchen appliance is as fashionable as it is functional.
- Get the Large Away Suitcase from Away for $295
- Get the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer from Amazon for $279
- Get the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic from Amazon for $119.95
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