Shopping for the “Ungiftable” Person On Your List

Today kicks off a fun collaboration with PopSugar and HomeGoods, just in time for the holiday shopping season.  Each week, for five weeks, I’ll be given a mission to find the perfect gift for someone on my list, depending on that week’s theme.  And, each Sunday, I’ll post pictures of my HomeGoods in-store finds.  There’s also a great opportunity to share your own finds for a chance to win big.  Keep reading!



We all have that special someone on our Christmas shopping list.  You know, the “ungiftable.”  Every family has one.  The one that’s never impressed, surprised or overwhelmed by their gift, no matter your efforts each year.  This week, I was challenged to “outgift the ungiftable” and set out to my local HomeGoods to find the perfect present.  Practical was the word that kept coming to mind while I was shopping.  I looked specifically for items that could be used for one purpose or another—even if you’re shopping for the person who has everything.  Here’s what I found:






Who can’t use bookends? And, horses are a classic choice.  Even if your hard-to-buy-for friend doesn’t have bookshelves, bookends are a great (stylish) way to display favorite reads on a nightstand or coffee table.  I loved that these were a substantial weight, making them feel much pricier than their very affordable price tag.











A super soft designer throw in a great color works for anyone.  And, I’ve been seeing all kinds of mustard accents lately.  I also love the texture.













I’m no cook, but even I  love a pretty cutting board.  They’re perfect for serving and nice to display in your kitchen.  I love the rich grain on this one.













Sentimental might be the way to go for the person on your list who has everything. I really liked the rustic frames on these shadow boxes, and it would be easy to tack on an old photograph, a sweet note or favorite recipe for the perfect gift.












An oversized metal initial is a great way to give a personalized gift and can be used just about anywhere.  This one has a fun vintage feel and was marked way less than the ones I’ve been seeing from flea market vendors.











An all-American cookbook is a pretty safe choice for even the pickiest of eaters, or the most novice of cooks.  I saw several nice, hardback cookbooks while I was at HomeGoods, discounted from what you would normally pay at big-name bookstores.












I’m a big fan of trays for every room in the house.  This particular one was big and sturdy enough that it could even be gifted with a favorite casserole or filled with treats. . .












I found this big white ice bucket (with handles) that would be perfect for icing down drinks when you have friends over.  And, it might be fun to fill it up with colorful glass soda bottles instead of wrapping it up when you’re giving it as a gift.












Maybe I’m just thinking of myself here, but I believe anyone can benefit from the gift of organization.  These airtight containers would be perfect gifts filled with snacks or Christmas treats and could be recycled in their pantry.











Woven baskets are great for adding texture to a room, and who couldn’t use more storage?  I think even the hardest person to buy for would be happy with a pretty basket filled with his/her favorite magazines.  (I’ll take mine filled with celebrity gossip, thanks.)









Now it’s your turn!  If you want to play along each week, be sure to follow the TJX brands on Twitter (HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx).  They’ll be tweeting out each week’s holiday shopping challenge and those who tweet their photos with the hashtag #TheGifter will be entered to win that week’s drawing for a $500 TJX gift card.


(Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.)


  1. says

    Great ideas! I’m probably an “ungiftable” myself and would love every one of these except for the horse bookends (bookends = great, horses = no) and the cookbook (too taste-specific – I have hundreds of cookbooks but wouldn’t want that one).

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