Gift Guide: What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

Peter Dolkas


The friend who has everything. Damn her (or him). Shopping for gifts is hard, but for these friends and family members, it feels impossible. Instead of worrying about buying something your friend already owns, buy one of these foolproof gifts.


You can't go wrong with a gift that makes a friend laugh. Select something that's silly, slightly inappropriate, or just plain clever. It may not be as luxe as a cashmere sweater, but it'll earn prime placement in your friend's costume box.

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Insanitea Bags, $13, CB2 Black Tie Wooden Toothbrush Set, $21, Urban Outfitters Banan Appeal Phone Stand, $8, ModCloth


Your friend has everything, but there are only a few people who have a signed first edition. Identify your friend's interest (cooking, birdwatching, gemology) and then scour ebay, 1st Dibs, and your local thrift store for the one and only.

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Iron Alligator Nutcracker, $125, 1st Dibs All Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post Covers, $225, Second Shout Out Vintage Ice Bucket, $65, Jayson Home


A little initial goes a long way. A cozy throw emblazoned with one's monogram is much more exciting to open than one that's, well, not. As the prepsters has thoroughly proven, everything -- from tumblers to Volvos -- can be monogrammed.

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Cashmere Jersey Blanket, $399, Mark and Graham The Jack Bag, $148, Iomoi Metallics for iPad Air Dodocase, $85, Dodocase


People who have everything tend to have a lot of stuff (really, that's what defines them). But one can only have so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Has your pal they flown to the moon at back? Or had dinner catered by Tyler Florence?

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Private Meal at Your Residence with Tyler Florence, Price Upon Request, If Only Flight Lesson Over Long Island, $129, Xperience Days The Original Chicago Pizza Tour, $60, Zerve


It's the thought the time you spent slaving that counts. A handmade gift is always one-of-a-kind, so tap into your skill set and make something even the most frequent shopper doesn't own.

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DIY Gemstone Bar Accessories, LEAFtv Dip-Dye Napkins DIY, P.S.- I Made This... DIY Felt Acorns, Honestly WTF
Photograph: Sony Pictures
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