The thoughtful gift guide for people who are hard to buy for


We all know someone who is little tricky to shop for, whether they seem to have everything, or simply that they’re infamously picky. Here are a few ideas to help you come up with the perfect thoughtful Christmas gift.

For pet lovers

If you know your recipient can't get enough of cheeky cats or adorable dogs, then it's a safe bet to treat them to a little something that's covered in their favourite four-legged friend.

For the one who's crazy about canines, pick up a pawfect gift from our Best in Show collection:

Best in Show collection

Best in Show collection, from £1.95

If felines are your friend's favourite, then be sure to take a browse through our brand new Chester the Cat range:

Chester the Cat collection

Chester the Cat collection, from £1.95

For a film fanatic

For the cinephile that’s seen it all, wrap up a popcorn holder along with a bag or two of their favourite flavour popcorn and a cinema membership or gift card.

Popcorn holder
Popcorn holder, £1.95

For a spa lover  

Give a little bit of me-time to someone special this Christmas with a care package. Include face masks and candles for an evening of relaxed bliss. To take your pamper hamper to the next level, you could add some perfume, nail varnishes or chocolates. 

Pamper hamper gift idea
Items shown:
Apothecary candle, £8.95
Cute Panda brightening mask, was £3.95, now £1
Hello Tiger firming mask, was £3.95, now £1
Happy Mouse hydrating mask, was £3.95, now £1
Jasmine incense sticks (tin of 50), £4.95
Folk Doves make up bag, £7.95
Jar of Tiger Balm, £3.95

Items displayed in a turned down belly basket (was £25, now £8.95) lined with La Petite Rose tissue paper (£1.95 for 10 sheets).

For a foodie

Treat a foodie with a homemade gift and fill a festive tin with some baked goods. You could even stamp them with a thoughtful ‘Made With Love’ message, using a special cookie stamp.  

Nordic Christmas mince pie tin
Nordic Christmas mince pie tin, £8.95

For a coffee fiend

Perfect for someone who can’t function in the morning until they’ve had their caffeine hit. Package up an eco-friendly bamboo travel mug with a fancy bag of coffee or voucher for a coffee subscription service. For an extra indulgent treat, you could also add some coffee-flavoured chocolates.

Bamboo travel mugs, £9.95 each. 30+ designs to choose from. 

For a loved one

The best gifts are the most thoughtful. Print out a picture of a treasured memory and frame it for the perfect gesture this Christmas. 

Glass photo frame in nickel
Standing brass frame, £6.95

For a music afficionado 

Whether they're all about the acoustic or crazy for country, they'll love a treat from our Retro Music collection. Celebrating the eras of vinyl and cassette tapes, this unique collection features home decor and stocking fillers to delight the music lover in your life. 

Retro Music collection

Products shown:
Top left: 12" record clock, £12.95
Top right: Silicone record coasters, £5.95
Bottom left: 'I Can See Clearly Now' microfibre cloth, £3.95
Bottom right: Cassette tape bookmarks, £2.95 

Browse Rex London’s Christmas gift page for all your gift inspiration. We’ve got something for everyone, from cyclists to unicorn lovers, from babies to the office secret santa. 


This article was originally published in October 2018, and has been updated in October 2019