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We Asked If You Needed Help Finding Holiday Gifts. 1,607 People Responded.

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The trouble with wanting to give someone the perfect gift is that first you have to find the perfect gift. The search can be fun, at the beginning. You think of everything you know about the person, what they love and what they need, and where those two might intersect. You check out curated lists of the best gifts for dads, moms, kids, teens, tweens, co-workers, gamers, tool-lovers, hikers, and priests.

But sometimes, despite all that work, you still can’t find the perfect gift. That’s why we offered to help. Just before Thanksgiving, we asked our newsletter subscribers to tell us who they were having trouble finding a great gift for, what that person was like, and how much they wanted to spend. More than 1,600 readers responded, asking for help finding gifts for moms, dads, and grandmas. For conservative uncles and 2-year-olds that like throwing rocks. For a 16-year-old daughter who likes hoodies, soccer, discord, and music.

Below are our gift picks for 79 of the 1,607 challenging giftees you sent in. We’re sorry that we couldn’t help everyone, but for those of you who didn’t get specific answers, hopefully these will provide the inspiration that you need. (If they do not, we suggest visiting our 2019 gift-guide hub for many, many more ideas.)

My 30-something fiancé whos into baking, hiking, cycling, beginner carpentry, and reading. Budget: $100-200

BioLite CampStove 2 Exclusive Bundle

My longtime partner/girlfriend of 11 years, whom I want to propose to, and whos into a modern engagement ring in gold, with an understated diamond or other jewel, and maybe kind of artsy. Budget: $3,000

Catbird three-diamond equilibrium ring

My wife, whos into the Procreate app. Budget: $250

MoKo Leather Organizational Case for Apple Pencil
True Grit Texture Supply Procreate Brush Bundle

My 18-year-old nephew, whos into I dont know! Budget: $25

Champion UO Embroidered Logo Beanie

My 17-year-old son who likes spicy potato chips. Budget: $20

Jabsons Organic Roasted Chana Hing Jeera

My daughter whos into long-distance hiking. Budget: $200

Danner Mountain 600 4.5” Hiking Boots

My 27-year-old daughter who likes cats, cheese, concerts, and storage. Budget: $100

Cowgirl Creamery Everybody's Favorite Cowgirl Cheese Gift
Yamazaki Home Tosca Storage Basket

Order the cheese and put it in this basket, which she can later use for storage!

My husband whos into tech, film, music, the outdoors and weed. Budget: Less $$$ than a transeuropean flight.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller

My 23-year-old girlfriend who is originally from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and likes designer clothing, eating food, her dog, all things Harry Potter, horror movies, and the color black. Budget: $200

Acne Studios Canada Fringed Wool Scarf

My mom whos into coffee, live-laugh-love paintings, and family. Budget: $150

Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-Over Kettle

My sister who likes clothes and cooking, and is allergic to everything Budget: $100

Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier

My 12 and 15-year-old granddaughters who enjoy cooking, swimming, music, photography, dogs, and cats. Budget: $100 (each)

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

My 34-year-old daughter with eclectic taste who likes rainbows, sparkles, and high-end clothing. Budget: $400

UGG Scuffette II Cosmos Slipper

My childhood friend whom I havent seen since I was 13. She just had a double mastectomy and likes the color green, travel, and parties. Budget: $50

Madewell Central Drapey Shirt, Kale

Breast cancer survivor Hil Moss told the Strategist that button-down shirts are an essential part of her post-operation wardrobe. She noted that Madewell’s shirts are “comfortable and stylish,” and we think this one (in green) could be worn on a plane, or to a party — plus, it’s on sale.

My brother who likes pot, and vaping. Budget: $50

Flower by Edie Parker Ceramic One Hitter

My 38-year-old brother whos into 80s and 90s nostalgia. Budget: $75

SEGA Genesis Mini

My boyfriend who likes baking, sports, and public transit. Budget: $100

JK Adams Baking Board with Rolling Pin Holder
OnlyNY MTA Logo Sock

My assistant whos into being politically correct and finding her purpose. Budget: $50

Passion Planner 2020 Dated Brilliant Blush

My book-loving friend whos into plants, crystals, and essential oils. Budget: $50

Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren
Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

My sister who just moved into a new apartment with her boyfriend and likes minimalist design. Budget: $100

Hay Medium Kaleido Tray

My fiancé who likes untucked shirts. Budget: $200