There's always one person on your list that's nearly impossible to shop for—either they want for nothing or simply don't drop any helpful hints. In these cases, even the best gift guides will do little to help you. What these people require is a service-based gift. After all, who would turn their nose up at regular house-cleaning or a monthly drop of great food or grooming products? After all, it's the gift that keeps giving the whole year.
Ideal for the adventurous food lover, this handsome wooden crate arrives each month with new discoveries from the artisanal food scene along with a manual full of thoughts, recipes and tips on what to do with each item. Most crates come stocked with five to six full size products from specialty American producers that you'd never be able to find at the average grocery store.
From $75, by Mantry
This subscription service for men is constantly changing up the contents and theme of their boxes. One month might center on grooming while the next one could be food or fashion focused. You're notified of that month's contents beforehand and if it's not of interest to you, simply replace it with a different theme or just skip that month altogether—which means you will never be stuck with any unwanted items.
From $45 a month, at Bespoke Post
What dad or brother wouldn't love receiving a box of cured meat each month? Olympic Provisions of Portland Oregon makes a dozen different dry-cured salamis from all-natural northwest pork using traditional, old world techniques. Exactly one for each month. The object of your meaty affection receives a welcome letter letting them know they are now a part of the club along with a schedule of what's coming.
$145, by Olympic Provisions
Every month, when a bouquet is delivered fresh from the grower, your loved one will be reminded of your generosity and thoughtfulness. The fact that every bloom is certified organic, sustainable and farmed under fair-trade practices is an added bonus. Speaking of which, the first bouquet comes with an elegant clear glass vase.
From $140, by Organic Bouquet
This isn't a physical delivery but Amazon Prime makes everything about online shopping easier and convenient. Members receive free two-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum size order, unlimited instant streaming of more than 40,000 movies and television shows, plus you can even borrow Kindle books for free. This one-year gift membership comes with simple redemption instructions and won't automatically renew.
$99, at Amazon
Like giving a gym membership, you want to ensure that you're not implying that they need this. But who wouldn't appreciate a team of professionals armed to take on household dirt and the daily debris while he or she is at work or otherwise enjoying themselves not cleaning? Request a quote online or simply give a set amount—and these trustworthy maids can determine how much they clean on your dime.
Available at Merry Maids