10 birthday gift ideas for hard-to-buy people

We all know them. Those people who have everything. But do they, really? The joke says you should get antibiotics for the man who has everything, but we’ve got 10 unique birthday gift ideas that are more likely to hit the spot.

1. Petcube

Does your loved one have a pet? Well, chances are their poor pooch or pussy cat is left home alone too often. Petcube presents an ingenious solution – it’s a laser pointer combined with a video camera, microphone and speaker so you can play with your pet via your smartphone, no matter where you are. Prices start from US$190.

2. The Paris Review

Ensure your loved one is adequately cultured with a subscription to The Paris Review. Featuring the best contemporary fiction, poetry, art and author reviews in the English language, they’re sure to be hooked after their first issue. It’s US$64 for a one-year international subscription.

3. Aesop

It’s hard to go wrong with Aesop. Offering a wide range of high-quality skincare and beauty products, Aesop’s gorgeous packaging and impeccable customer service are second to none so you may end up using your credit card more than once here. Their signature hand-wash and moisturiser packages start at AUD$133.

4. Prynt

They may have a Polaroid camera, but do they have Prynt? This genius invention started on Kickstarter and it’s set to bring printed photos back into currency. Prynt turns your smartphone into an instant camera – one that prints photos rather like a Polaroid. The Prynt case starts at US$149.99 and a paper pack of 40 sheets is US$19.99.

5. Polygons

An awesome gift for anyone who loves to cook, the ingenious Polygon measuring spoon easily changes from a teaspoon, to a tablespoon, to then lay flat. From US$10 each.

6. Monogrammed steak brand

For those who like to leave their mark, a monogrammed steak brand is one of the more unusual gifts. Let them put their signature on every meal. From US$55.96 each.

7. A Threadless t-shirt

Look, we all need t-shirts. And we all want a fashion statement that people will remember. Thankfully, Threadless has the perfect solution with their extremely wide range of artist-designed apparel. Sure to make a unique birthday gift for that hard-to-please friend of yours. T-shirts from US$17 each.

8. Headspace

Your friend may have everything, but have their achieved enlightenment? If not, give them the gift of a Headspace meditation subscription. You can also log in and track each other’s performance. You can grab them a one-year subscription for US$94.99.

9. Stan

Once you have one of these, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. The Stan device holder allows you to hold up virtually any tablet, smartphone or eReader while keeping your hands free. From CA$65 each.

10. Melbourne Beard Oil

An essential for the discerning bearded man. Nab him a Melbourne Beard Oil 10ml 3-pack for just AU$18.

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