Ultimate gift guide for those ‘hard-to-shop-for’ loved ones on your list!

Quick Version: A gift idea for each of your hard to shop for loved ones – all found at Nordstrom!

Struggling to find the perfect gift for those notoriously difficult-to-shop-for friends and family members? We made this guide just for you! We get it, it can be a challenge picking out gifts that are unique, thoughtful, AND will totally excite them. That's why we've turned to Nordstrom and made this guide a one-stop, gift shopping destination! Whether it's for the girlfriend who always finds the best stuff, or the guy that still wears t-shirts from high school, this guide covers it all. Nordstrom offers an array of choices that are sure to interest even the most discerning individuals, and you're bound to find that perfect something for the last of those on your list. Let's dive in!

knit blanket

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Gift Guide

1. For the girl who has “nothing to wear”

We are most definitely guilty of this from time to time, and this sweater is that perfect missing, basic piece! Almost every major clothing designer is coming out with some type of striped sweater right now, and we LOVE this one. It has cozy bell sleeves and a suuuuper soft chenille fabric. Plus, it rings up at an affordable price too! Whether you gift this to a bestie, sister, mom, etc., this will effortlessly solve their occasional ‘nothing to wear' conundrum.

Stripe Sweater

2. Boujee gift for the person who already has everything

For a thoughtful and luxurious gift, the Organic Cotton Weighted Knit Blanket is IT. Unlike other weighted blankets, this one has an open woven design which means you won't get too hot under it. Genius!! It has the perfect amount of weight to give a comforting, soothing hug while you nap or sleep. Made from organic cotton, it's environmentally friendly and irresistibly soft, AND comes in multiple colors. Weighted blankets promote relaxation and better sleep, and what better gift to give than that?!


3. For the Athlete

You can't go wrong with giving the 32-Ounce Hydro Flask to any athlete or active person in your life! With its durable design and temperature-maintaining technology, it ensures their water stays refreshingly cold throughout vigorous workouts or long hikes. The convenient straw lid adds an extra layer of ease, allowing for quick sips without slowing down. It's available in a range of colors to match their personal style, too! This Hydro Flask water bottle is a thoughtful accent to their active lifestyle, making it a perfect present for health-conscious, on-the-go individuals.


4. For the chef who already has The Always Pan

The pan we (and the rest of the internet) have been in love with for a while now, but MINI! The Mini Always Pan 2.0 maintains all the features that made the original a hit, including non-stick ceramic coating and a lightweight design, but in a more compact form. It's an excellent choice for those quick single-servings, sauces, sides, you name it. Gifting this pan to a culinary enthusiast not only complements their existing kitchenware but also enhances their cooking ability.

mini pan

5. For the tween who loves to be cozy

The word in the tween fashion world is that they are LOVING faux fur and sherpa jackets right now, and this one is SO good. Its ultra-soft faux fur offers top tier comfort, making it a favorite for chilly days or holiday outings. Whether they're lounging at home or out with friends, this hooded jacket promises to keep them wrapped in warmth and style. This is bound to be their most-reached-for jacket!


6. For the girlfriend who always discovers the best stuff

Have a trendsetting bestie who always seems to be one step ahead in discovering the coolest items? This relaxed ball cap is the perfect gift for her. In fact, it is simply the best ball cap EVER. It covers the top of your ears and is comfortable to wear all day, and doesn't cause a headache in the slightest. There are sooo many colors to choose from, but this neutral color will match everything in her closet!


7. For the guy who is still wearing his shirts from high school

For the guy who's still clinging to his high school tees, it's time for a much needed upgrade with the Strato Tech T-Shirt by Vuori. This isn't just another t-shirt; it's a fusion of comfort and modern style. Designed with Vuori's signature soft, performance fabric, it feels like a second skin, perfect for both active and leisure outings. Its sleek, versatile design means it can easily be paired with jeans or shorts, elevating his everyday look. Gifting this tee is a subtle nudge towards a more sophisticated, yet equally comfortable wardrobe, perfect for the guy ready to step up his style game.

vuori tee

8. For the college student

The Carhartt Work In Progress Short Watch Hat, available here, is such a good gift for the college student who embraces both function and fashion. This iconic beanie is a warm accessory for chilly campus walks AND a trendy staple in any young adult's wardrobe. Known for its durable material and snug fit, the Short Watch Hat is an ideal present for the fashion-conscious student who appreciates practicality in their daily wear.


9. Boujee gift for beauty lover

Dyson's newest hair tool, the Airstrait Hair Straightener, is so perfect for the boujee beauty lover in your life. This isn't just any hair straightener; it's a revolution in hair styling, offering a sleek, frizz-free finish with very minimal effort. Its advanced technology ensures even heat distribution, protecting the hair from damage while delivering impeccable results. The Airstrait is a coveted item for anyone who cherishes salon-quality hair at home. Gift this to that special beauty enthusiast and watch as they revel in the joy of perfect hair days, every day.


10. For the person who loves a warm drink and hates a burnt tongue

Corrine loves the Stagg EKG Electric Pour Over Kettle SO much so that she gifted this to each of her siblings last Christmas. Its precise temperature control ensures that every sip is just the right amount of warm, never too hot. You can set it to the ideal temperature for you, or for your kids, and it quickly heats up right to your setting. The stylish design of the Stagg EKG kettle makes it a countertop statement piece, too!


Good tidings to you & everyone on your list

As we wrap up our faves from Nordstrom's unparalleled gift selection, we hope you are free from the stress of finding the perfect gift for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. With a variety of options, Nordstrom has proven to be a veritable treasure chest of gift-giving gold. You can find all of our picks linked below – happy gifting!

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