Gifts for Hard-to-Buy-For People at

December 23, 2012

Most of my family is fairly easy to find gifts for, and are pretty good at saying exactly what they want or need for Christmas.  But I do have a rare few in the family who are seemingly impossible to find a great gift for… Mostly the two dads in my life: my step-dad, and my father-in-law. They seem to have everything they want – and when they need something, they just buy it!

So when searching last month for gift ideas – I figured I should start the search with my dads in mind.  I always love shopping Red Envelope and have always been impressed with the gifts I have purchased from them.

My step-dad is into beer – and brews his own beer monthly.  So when I saw this bottle opener that can be personalized with his name – I figured it would be the perfect gift for his ‘man cave’.


My father-in-law loves nature, and they recently moved to a large lot where they’re surrounded by it. I figured a bird feeder made pretty with a bird-seed decoration would attract a new bird-family to come and stay.  After all the seed has been eaten away, there is still a bird house frame left behind – so the family can continue to come back.

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I ordered them both wrapped in gift boxes, so I’ve only peeked inside quickly to see what they look like – and I’m sure they’ll be impressed!

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Going on RedEnvelope today I see that the Christmas stockings are all on sale – and I’m considering purchasing a new set as gifts for next year – although I do love the home-made quilted stockings that I’ve done over the last several years.

The biggest issue I have had with RedEnvelope and their partner pages is the shipping costs.  I’d almost rather pay more for the product and have free shipping, than pay less for the products and have $15 in shipping costs.

I ordered three items (The beer opener, the bird seed house, and 12 chocolate covered berries <YuM!>) and my shipping total was $9.99.  I simply used a 15% off coupon and that more than made up for the shipping costs. I think it’s more the mental image behind the shipping costs than anything else – and it never stops me from shopping their site!

I was given a gift card to help offset the costs of my shopping on This does not influence my opinions on their site.


  1. Jennifer Hedden says:

    I love the bird feeder! I had never bought gifts at RedEnvelope until this year and I have found that you can always find great gifts here even for the people who seem to have everything. I love all the personalized products they offer. Thank you for the great post!

  2. My daughter would love to have the christmas stockings on their site. They are so festive and cute!

  3. Gina Brickell says:

    I love sites like this that can give you original ideas for people.. I’m like you though and don’t like paying that much in shipping. I think it’s because I’m so used to places offering free shipping. I bet they make up for that though in the price of the product, but it still feels good to see free shipping 🙂

  4. Alicia Keen says:

    i love red enveloope!

  5. The bird feeder is neat! I like that it attracts the birds with the seed to eat and then they have a house.

  6. vickie couturier says:

    Ill remember this for next year an for birthdays this year,,some really nice items

  7. my mother loves red envelope for gift giving

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