10 Gifts for the Difficult-to-Please
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Buying Christmas presents should be easier than it is. After all, it's nothing more than going out and finding something fun, pretty or useful, right? With the modern shopping mall at our disposal, not to mention the entirety of the Internet, that should rightfully take about 15 minutes.
Sadly, as we all know, the holidays don't work that way. Some friends and relatives aren't that easy. We all know them -- we all have them: that buddy who only wants four-digit items, the monk-like brother who genuinely doesn't want anything at all or the uncle who just buys whatever catches his eye during the year. We may love this person but does he or she have to be so difficult?
Take heart, there's always something out there! To help with your holiday cheer, here are a few gift suggestions for the hard to please.
Zingerman's is living proof that a deli can somehow achieve brilliance (and that you really can ship cake, cheese or ice cream). Although based in Ann Arbor, Mich., this shop gathers its food from all across the world. Want to try Italian cheese, Mexican hot chocolate and Madagascar vanilla all in one sitting? Look no further.
Although any Zingerman's product would satisfy the food lover in your life, the way to really win Christmas is with a subscription to one of their food-of-the-month clubs. Although one of the more expensive options on this list, this gift offers you an ace in the hole: variety. With a rotating case of foods delivered monthly, there's bound to be something in here that your aunt hasn't seen, and plenty that she'll love.
At 99 cents apiece, the gift of a smart phone app might seem a little underwhelming. Not to mention difficult to unwrap; how, after all, do you put a bow on an Angry Bird?
That doesn't make it a bad idea. In fact, a collection of useful, fun and offbeat smart phone apps can make an absolutely amazing present with a little time and preparation. By now both the Android and iTunes stores have become enormous haystacks hiding a handful of needles. There's some great stuff in there, but it's buried under a pile of Zynga games.
Save your dad the time and root them out yourself. Digitally gifting a half dozen fantastic games and utilities that he'll use and love will make a far better gift than that DVD you'll all watch once then never think of again.
No one can ever go wrong with Bill Watterson's masterpiece. This hardbound collection of comics looks great on a shelf, and even better left open on a night stand.