Holiday Gift Guide — The Hard To Buy For

We all have that one person — the one you wrack your brain and drive yourself crazy over during the holidays. Finally after a month of stressing out, you wind up just chucking an iTunes gift card at them. I’m talking about the hard to buy for person. The one who only buys from obscure unique stores. The one who has everything. Since I’m queen of the hard to buy for, I’m sharing some of my super secret shops.

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique gift giving ideas for the hard to buy for people.


This list was even difficult for me to put together, but hands down, I’d take every single one of these gifts any day. But first, let’s get into two of my favorite shops. If you’re local to Chicago or passing through, they are my 2 must stops. The Savoy Flea and South Loop Loft.

Yes, I know you are probably not going to buy a sofa as a holiday gift, but there’s more to these shops than furniture. Both are packed with smalls sprinkled throughout the shops. Unique one-of-a-kind vintage treasures for just about any hard to buy for person on your list. Not going to be anywhere near Chicago? Check out their Instagram feeds. Both shops are constantly showing off their newest treasures and will happily ship.

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique gift giving ideas for the hard to buy for people.The Savoy Flea

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique gift giving ideas for the hard to buy for people.South Loop Loft

So what if, god forbid, your hard to buy for person doesn’t like vintage? Got cha covered there too!

One of my new favorite places to shop online and via Instagram is a boutique called Relish in New Orleans. I own two pieces of their jewelry — one being the swan necklace, the other this butterfly bracelet (but I bought the last one #sorrynotsorry). There’s a bunch of other designs in the collection though. Check them out. I’m also digging this cute tray (plus it’s on sale — there’s only 3 left).

Next up is Hutchens 75. If you’re lucky enough to snag one of these hats, please send one my way! I’ve been stalking them. As soon as they restock, they fly off the shelves. They’re super cute and have a kinda rocker vibe. I also want a t-shirt. Hutchens 75 is perfect for both men and women. Yep, I’m crushing hard.

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique gift giving ideas for the hard to buy for people.

So there are two sets of pillows here and here. My suggestion is mix them together for the perfect look for your sofa or bed. The color block is from Olson House, a shop located in Milwaukee, WI (but they too ship…check their online shop or Instagram). Olson House specializes in Scandinavian design and local artisans.

The colorful pink confetti print pillow was designed by the oh so talented and whimsical artist Marissa Huber. She’s a killer pattern designer and her colorful prints can be purchased on anything from a table runner to a pillow to a shower curtain to a cooking apron to phone cases. Pretty much anything your little heart desires. Check out her online shops, and 2018, be warned, this lady is going to be coming at cha hard! You heard it here.

I’m hoping The Boy sees that leather tote. I own a few clutches by K. Slade, but she finally launched her totes and I’m in love! Also, how cute is that bandana knotted around the handle?

Marta Spendowska’s artwork has had me drooling for years. I love the swirl of pinks, greens and browns in this print, but it’s her originals that really have my heart thumping! I’ve had my eye on this one although it’s price tag is a bit outta my reach. A girl can dream, right?

Last one — DBO Home. Crazy good ceramics. I owe House Of Brinson a big thank you for introducing me to Dana and Daniel (Susan and Will also did all the photography). DBO Home has 8 different collections, and each has a special spot in my heart. The one shown above is Kashmir, and I think it’s my favorite because it was the first collection I glimpsed. But Mend is right up there too. Hmmmmmm, I just took another peek at Mend, and it might be in first place — seriously, look at this piece right here. I don’t know. Everything is just so gorgeous. Have a looksy for yourself.

What do you do for the hard to buy for person in your life? Got any suggestions we can add to this list?

Check out the other Holiday Gift Guides HERE, HERE, and HERE!


  1. Dana December 26, 2017

    Thank you so much for including our collection in your gift guide!! What a wonderful surprise. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

    • kyla December 31, 2017

      Of course Dana! Your work is absolutely stunning!!! Happy New Year =)


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