Gift Ideas for People You
Just Don't Get
Whether it’s your casserole-loving aunt or that teenager who likes to play video games, these gifts are perfect for the people in your life you don’t quite understand.
It’s that time of year again. The Halloween candy is about to hit the clearance rack and the grocery aisle will soon morph into rows of red-and-green tinsel. It’s only a matter of time before Mariah Carey starts singing “All I Want For Christmas” approximately 173 times a day. In addition to the lovely things this holiday season brings (eggnog, candy canes, snowmen, etc.), there’s a chore that accompanies it: shopping for people you don’t really get.
It’s hard to find a thoughtful gift for people you don’t know much about. Take your great aunt, for example. She’s famous for green bean casseroles and panda-themed embroidery but, other than that, you really have no idea. Or what about that shaggy-haired teenager who always shows up at family gatherings? You don’t even know who he belongs to, let alone what he might want for the holidays.
The good news is, you don’t have to lose sleep over this anymore. Below, we’ve gathered five people who might be on your shopping list, along with great gift ideas for each of them. So go ahead and close your Amazon browser and quit typing in “what to buy my random in-law.” We’ve done all the work for you. Just scroll down the page to find the gift you need.
The aunt with too many cats
- A rain jacket — She can stay dry while walking Fluffy.
- A cozy fleece — Bundling up in a fuzzy Sherpa is a great way to make a cat lady happy.
- A casual top — From t-shirts and tank tops to stylish tunics, find a top that epitomizes casual comfort.
- A warm, comfy gaiter — She’ll love a fleece-lined gaiter even more than the knit one she made last year with elf patterns.
The spaced-out teenager
- A rain jacket he’ll actually wear — This cool raincoat (which packs into its own pocket) will keep him dry while he’s skating around town.
- A half-snap pullover — A colorful fleece to wear snowboarding or walking around the city.
- A comfy shirt — A t-shirt or hoodie never goes out of style with teenagers.
- A stylish beanie — This one’s a two-fer: It keeps him warm while also appealing to his fashion sensibility.
- A fanny pack — Believe it or not, fanny packs are all the rage right now with the hipster teen crowd.
The super parent
- A quality piece of luggage — Even if it’s just to debate tournaments, they travel a lot so extra nice luggage is a real treat.
- A fishing shirt — Whether they fish or not, our PFG shirts offer parents utility, style, and comfort.
- A handy multi-tool — There’s nothing multi-taskers love more than multi-tools and this one has 14 functions.
- A fuzzy beanie — Moms and dads will love a fuzzy hat that blends warmth, function, and fashion.
- A sleek water bottle — You know what people who are always on the go need? Hydration. A double wall water bottle or tumbler can keep drinks cold (or hot) for hours.
The ultra-hardcore athlete
- A rugged backpack — Whether running, skiing, hiking, or simply adventuring around town, a lightweight backpack is perfect for the athlete on the go.
- A sports duffel — A versatile multi-sport bag is great for carrying gear for any activity or a change of clothes.
- Trekking poles — Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, Columbia's collapsible trekking poles are lightweight and grippy.
- A handy headlamp — It’s hard to find a better gift for an outdoor athlete than a headlamp, which comes in handy everywhere.
- Dry bag set — Whatever water sport they’re into, this set of dry bags will keep their belongings from getting wet.
The energizer kiddo
- A cozy winter jacket — If they’re going to spend 12 hours on Saturday digging snow tunnels in the yard, they’ll need to be warm.
- A versatile backpack — A backpack is a great place for them to keep all their stuff (although good luck getting it all back in).
- Shoes with traction — Active kids need good shoes. From sandals to snow boots, Columbia has the footwear to keep them going.
- A cute hat — Winter is coming. Kids beanies come in several styles that are both practical and adorable.
- Warm gloves or mittens — Whether they’re climbing a rope, pushing the tire swing, or doing cartwheels in the lawn, warm gloves or mittens will prevent their hands from freezing.