Admit it. There's someone on your holiday gift list who already has everything. There's no need for another knick-knack, no space for another book, and no gadget they don't already have two of. So each year, you rack your brain, wondering what to buy this person, before breaking down and buying them yet another bottle of wine, or another tin of mixed nuts.
We feel your pain, and we've decided to do something about it. We've created a list of good gift ideas for people who already have everything. You're welcome.
Make a charitable donation on someone's behalf
Does your favorite cousin have a passion for animals, literacy, or entrepreneurialism? Make a donation to her local Humane Society, Room to Read, or Kiva. If Uncle Larry loves bird hunting, consider a donation to Ducks Unlimited. There truly is a cause for every passion, and that cause can always use more support.
Buy tickets to an event
When a Chicago Cubs fan friend turned 60 this year, we gave him a pair of tickets to a Cubs game in San Francisco against the Giants. The fact that the game was a few months in the future meant that we were able to get good seats for a reasonable price, and he was able to plan far enough in advance to incorporate the game into a weekend get-away for him and his wife. (Currently, SF Giants tickets for next season start at $9 each.) Besides sporting events, other ticket options include concerts, plays, comedy shows, and museums.
Give Good Food
Food gifts are always a good option for friends who have everything, because we all have to eat. But no one really wants another giant tin of popcorn, a Pepperidge Farm sausage log, or a Claxton fruitcake. In fact, last year's fruitcake is still in the freezer. If you're going to send food, make sure it's something they'll truly enjoy, such as a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. Of course, all our gourmet food gift boxes - both savory and sweet - are guaranteed to please even the most finicky foodies.
Share your knowledge
If you have hard-to-buy-for friends who live nearby, or who will be visiting in the coming year, consider creating a customized city guide of your favorite local places, including bars, restaurants, parks and tourist attractions. It's a lot easier than you think, thanks to Telescope Cards, whose tagline is, "You choose the places, we print the guide."
No matter how many ornaments someone has, there's always room for one more on the tree. A friend told me once that her favorite uncle - who lived several states away - sent each of his nieces and nephews a different, hand-blown glass Christmas ornament to place on the tree. Each year, as she and her sisters placed their ornaments on the tree, they would fondly remember Christmases past.
Name a star
Whether or not grandpa is an astronomy buff, he'll be thrilled to know you have named a star after him. For $20, you can dedicate a star in honor of granddad, and print an instant, customized certificate, which he can hang on the wall. This is also a great gift for parents of newborns, or for kids who love all things outer space.
Happy holiday shopping!