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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 who’s into baking, hiking, cycling, beginner carpentry, and reading.’ Budget: $100-200

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

‘My wife, who’s into the Procreate app.’ Budget: $250

‘My 18-year-old nephew, who’s into I don’t know!’ Budget: $25

It’s a little more than $25. But he’ll love it!

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

‘My daughter who’s into long-distance hiking.’ Budget: $200

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

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

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

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