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8 Christmas Gift Ideas For People You Barely Know

The struggle is real.

Last Updated on December 9, 2021

Christmas should be celebrated with those closest to us, but every year I find myself having to look for gifts for those I barely know.

Whether it’s the work Secret Santa, a friend’s new partner or a new colleague, it’s awkward. I don’t want anyone to feel left out, so to me it’s important to include new faces on my gift list.

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If you’re in the same boat, I sympathise. I know first-hand how stressful it can be to come up with a present idea that’s thoughtful if you don’t really have much to work with in the first place.

christmas gifts wrapped in green and brown paper

I’ve become a bit of a dab-hand at finding gifts for strangers at this point, so I thought I’d share my wisdom with you.

There are actually quite a few foolproof ideas that are ideal when you don’t know your much about your giftee’s personality, such as gift sets or universally useful things. Portable charger anyone?!

The latter didn’t make it on this list, but there’s plenty to choose from.

You don’t have to limit yourself to just food and drink when it comes to gifts for people you don’t know -and, yes, you can still be thoughtful even if you hardly speak to the person you’re sending the present to.

I’ve scoured the internet for gifts that anyone — and I mean, anyone — will find useful.

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Gift ideas for those you don’t know very well

Light-Up Bluetooth Shower Speaker Urban Outfitters

Light-Up Bluetooth Shower Speaker, £16, Urban Outfitters – buy now

Printworks Play Playing Cards Anthropologie

Printworks Play Playing Cards, £14, Anthropologie – buy now

Large Scented Candle with Lid H&M

Large Scented Candle with Lid, £12.99, H&M – buy now

Christmas Tree-scented Decorations Mythn

Christmas Tree-scented Decorations, £12, Mythn – buy now

Leather & Oud Incense Soho House

Leather & Oud Incense, £8, Soho House – buy now

Christmas Coffee Selection Gift Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Christmas Coffee Selection Gift, £26, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee – buy now

Glow Gift Set Lush

Glow Gift Set, £28, Lush – buy now

Yamazaki Tablet Stand John Lewis

Yamazaki Tablet Stand, £17.60, John Lewis – buy now

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