Holiday shopping can be a challenge. For some people on our list — from those who already have it all to those who say they want nothing — it’s just tough to know what to buy.
In other cases, we may simply struggle to come up with the perfect gift idea for someone special.
Whatever the reason, these off-the-beaten-path shopping spots offer gifts that anyone on your list is sure to remember.
Their products tend to be on the more expensive side, but Brookstone often offers sales leading up to the holidays. Additionally, you can often find discounted gift cards for Brookstone, and some other retailers on this list, at marketplaces like Raise.com and Cardpool.com.
This company makes customized stuffed-animal versions of real-life pets. You submit photos of the pet and choose a few customization options, like ear and tail position. Then, Cuddle Clones sends you a “clone” of the pet.
If you’re skeptical, check out the photo gallery for side-by-side comparisons of pets and clones.
This online marketplace allows artists, crafters and other creators to sell handmade items (and resell vintage items) directly to e-shoppers.
Check out this website if you have any scientifically or medically minded gift recipients on your list. You’ll find stuffed “animals” resembling more than 100 types of microbes and other organisms.
Chances are good that this online store stocks the candy your gift recipients remember eating as a kid. You’ll find sweets from every decade from the pre-1920s through the 1990s.
This online retailer sells clothing and accessories for the bookworms in your family or circle of friends.
Check out this online store if you’re shopping for a child or for an adult who is a kid at heart.
This company describes its products as “tools for efficient living.” Its focus on simplicity and functionality makes simplehuman a good place to shop for people who are hyper-organized, or who recently moved into a new home or will soon do so.
This website describes itself as a product-launch platform for undiscovered products with a purpose.
If you’re unsure what to buy the wife or girlfriend this year but have a few hundred dollars to blow on 5-foot-tall roses, this is your site.
This website is a great place to shop for intellectual gift recipients who appreciate philosophy, psychology, politics or puns. RetireMints, anyone? The sweets promise to “put that needed pep in every retiree’s step.”
This online store’s unique gifts reflect its focus on creative design, craftsmanship and innovation. Take, for example, plush internal organs, dachshund-shaped oil and vinegar bottles, and an “F bomb” paperweight.
If you get stumped, the gifts section allows you to narrow options based on details such as the person for whom you are shopping or the amount you want to spend.
Perhaps you’ve seen this company’s TV commercials featuring its 5-pound gummy bears. The self-described purveyor of “curiously awesome gifts” also offers flat-rate shipping and “Shop by Recipient” options.
This company makes environmentally friendly products — primarily shelving and storage — for people who “appreciate frustration-free essentials.” That means Way Basics’ storage solutions offer frustration-free assembly and can be stacked and arranged to suit various needs.
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