Gifts - What to Do If You Don't Know What to Buy Someone

What do you buy for the person on your list that already has everything? It can be tough to know where to start when the intended recipient doesn't actually need or want anything. Don't worry; I can help you figure out how to shop for someone who has everything. I warn you, it will require some outside the box thinking!

Make something unique


Make something handmade and totally unique. What are your talents? Can you sew, knit, paint, etc? Try to think of their likes and dislikes and whether it's possible for you to create something special and one of a kind for them. If you aren't crafty, check out Etsy or eBay for artisians who can create something special and unique for your friend or loved one.

Gifts - What to Do If You Don't Know What to Buy Someone

Give something consumable

So they have everything, but I doubt they have your grandma's chocolate chip cookies or aunt Debbie's pecan pie. Make them a tasty treat that will mean a lot, but not take up extra space in their home and lives. It might not be the first (or last) fruit cake they'll receive, but it will be special and repeats are actually encouraged when it comes to consumable gifts! In addition, you can also buy soaps or perfumes which can be used and tossed when they are finished.

Give a donation in lieu of a gift

Donate to their favorite charity and let them know a donation has been made in their name. If they already have everything, they probably enjoy the opportunity to give back. Be sure that you make the donation in their name and to a charity they would want to donate to (not your personal charity). Buy some toys for a child through your local Toys for Tots program. Warm their heart by donating to their favorite cause, and you won't go wrong.

You might not be able to get them the latest gadget or the coolest pair of jeans, but you certainly can buy worthwhile gifts for the person who has everything! It takes a bit of out of the box thinking, and a bit more thought; but it is possible! Make or buy them something unique and one of a kind. Give them something they can use and toss when they are done. Or donate to their charity of choice. Just 3 of many ways you can shop for someone who has everything!

Gifts - What to Do If You Don't Know What to Buy Someone

Heather Shaw writes for the What to Buy section on Be sure to visit and learn more about buying that perfect gift, how to save money, and great weekly hot deals and steals!