Christmas Gift Guide for People Who Are Awkward To Buy For

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There is always someone who is really awkward to buy for each year isn’t there! Be it birthdays or Christmas you find yourself trawling the internet for something different to give them am I right? This is me pretty much all year round. So I thought I would share with you my top ideas for buying gifts for those people who are just so difficult to buy for each year.

One Frazzled Mum’s Guide to Gift Buying for Those Awkward To Buy For People!

Personalised Gifts*

We are big fans of giving personalised gifts for presents. There are just so many things you can personalise these days. Bags of Love have a huge selection of items you can personalise. From clothing (from £19.50) to cushions (from £29) and canvas frames too (from £29). The choice is really up to you to put your mark on something and make it that little bit extra special for that special person.

collage family photo canvas frame for gift guide

photo collage cushion - gift guide image

Looking for something for someone who is always glued to their phone? Try a personalised phone case. It doesn’t just have to be pictures. This gorgeous phone case from Go Customized (cases from £13.99) has not only protected my phone from numerous drops, but it also looks good. Get a picture, quote or just a cute image printed on a phone case to make sure it stands out from the crowd.

phone case cover with quote in a set up with metal tin and pink beads

Subscription Boxes.

There are literally so many boxes you can get a subscription for these days aren’t there! I have opted for this in the past and it really is the gift that just keeps on giving. Most companies offer a one-off purchase for a gift that’s a little different. But you are always able to choose longer terms and pay up front should you wish. I gifted a 6-month package to one of my sisters for Christmas a couple of years back and she loved getting a little gift each month in the post.

For makeup lovers choose from boxes such as Birchbox (affiliate link), for teen and tween girls, The Betty Box (use referral code GO5VV8A5BA for a free gift if you purchase. Link is non-affiliate) is full of things from makeup to stationery and is all age appropriate and tailored especially to young girls for their period each month.


This always goes down well. Find out what they like and surprise them with tickets to see a show or a day trip somewhere. Having recently gifted my sister a Wicked Weekend in London to see Wicked for her 30th, you can’t go wrong with this kind of gift. In fact, we have recently just used up Olivia’s Christmas present from last year as she received tickets to see Little Mix. Head over to Amazon Tickets to check out what they have on offer. But remember to use a reputable site to make sure your purchases are protected. Instead of giving a gift that they may not need or use, give them the gift of memories for something extra special this year!

picture of girl group little mix standing on an elevated platform from their liverpool show on 20th november 2017Image taken by Tracey Bowden Liverpool Echo Arena November 20th, 2017. Please ask for permission to use.

Name A Star.

For something that is totally out of this world, buy them something they really won’t have thought of themselves. Forever and always up in the sky, they could have their very own star. We gifted this to Olivia for her 11th birthday and she absolutely loved it. With price packages starting £14.99 at Star Name Registry there is something for everyone.

certificate for name your own star gift idea

Adopt an Animal.

Pets are life, not just for Christmas, however, you can adopt a pet without actually owning one. For every animal lover, there is an animal out there waiting for them. Organisations like Chester Zoo and other zoos across the country along with organisations such as WWF and the Born Free Foundation offer up packages to adopt your own animal for the year.

sign for chester zoo animal adoptions


This year we became members of Chester Zoo. If someone you love has a place they love too why not think about buying them an annual pass or membership so they visit anytime they want at no extra cost as it is all taken care of. You will usually find this is the best way to make huge savings on the usual entry price too. You can buy Merlin Annual Passes (rrp from £139 per person) that cover all of their attractions across the country, Chester Zoo (family passes from £173 a year paid monthly by direct debit for 2 adults and 1 child) or any zoo local to you and a National Trust membership (£114 per year for 2 adults and up to 10 children) for access to all their land and properties across the country.

picture of a chester zoo membership card with girls face on

I hope this list helps you find a gift this year for someone who is awkward to buy for! If you have any tips or ideas for me I would love to know.

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  1. Such a fab list of ideas. I really love the idea of having membership somewhere. We have loads of National Trust places near so membership to that would be great! #KCACOLS

  2. I always find it really difficult to buy for my partner as he doesn’t really collect anything and isn’t really into anything so I always try and get something personalised for him as I love personalised gifts. I think the photo cushion is amazing and would be an ideal reminder of all the lovely photos we have taken over the past year so I will definitely be checking that out! 🙂

  3. I love that phone case! What a fab quote, I am totally putting that on my Christmas list! The personalised cushion is lovely too! #kcacols

  4. I’m not sure many on my list would be that impressed with having a star named after them but the zoo pass is genius #KCACOLS

  5. I’m not sure that too many people I know would be all that interested in having a star named after them, bu these are great ideas. The zoo pass is genius #KCACOLS

  6. Subscription box is a great idea! I’d not thought of that but will definitely bare it in mind for presents next year! #KCACOLS

  7. I love the idea of buying subscription boxes! I have a few tricky people to buy for and I think that’s a genius idea! #KCACOLS

  8. Great ideas! I’ve got a couple of secret santas this year for awkward people – I love the personalised gift idea. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  9. Membership to places is always a great gift. Gives people many happy days out for the year ahead and is better than having “stuff”. #KCACOLS