12 holiday gifts for the hardest-to-shop-for people on your list

There's no need to panic — or to just dole out gift cards

'Tis the week before Christmas, and your worries are clear …

There are still several unpurchased gifts lingering on your to-do list this year.

O.K., deep breaths.

Luckily, there's no need to panic — or resort to doling out gift cards.

Because whether you've failed to find the right present for your picky mother-in-law, or you just can't muster the excitement to shop for the dad who seems to have everything, we've got you covered.

With these 12 budget-friendly gifts, you're sure to please the most hard-to-shop-for people in your life.

For the kid who has everything...

Animal Planet radio control inflatable T-rex: $40

Kids of all ages will love this remote-control, 3-foot-tall dino — and parents will love how easy the inflatable toy is to flatten and store. (Win-win!) Don't have enough time to order it by mail?

Shop tip: Take advantage of the Toys"R"Us offer of free in-store pickup.

Miller Goodman FaceMaker blocks: $75

Small and big kids alike will have fun fashioning playful faces — cowboys, monkeys, and lions, oh, my! — with this kit of hand-painted, wooden blocks.

Shop tip: The set ships free and arrives in two to 10 business days — but you can choose expedited shipping for guaranteed overnight or two-day arrival.

LittleBits premium kit: $149

The budding inventor in your life will be thrilled by this gift, which teaches kids the basics of electronics and how circuits work. They can even use the kit to create their own toys, like a working Magic 8 ball.

Shop tip: Skip weeklong shipping times by hitting up a Radio Shack in your city.

For the dad who never wants anything...

"Conversations With My Father" book: $12

Warm Dad's heart with this keepsake journal that he can use to highlight his passions, childhood memories, old photos, and more for generations to come.

Shop tip: Choose same-day delivery at checkout if you're really in a bind.

Fitbit: $80

The fitness-loving father will appreciate this user-friendly device that keeps track of his daily physical activity — such as the number of steps walked and calories burned — and even helps regulate his sleep.

Shop tip: With an Amazon Prime membership, you can get this present delivered to your door — or his — in just two days. Don't have a subscription? Snag this item before December 19, so it arrives before Christmas.

Man Crate: From $60-$180

This company offers a goodie-packed gift box for every type of dad — from the dedicated grill master to the passionate sports fan — as well as one filled with top-notch shaving supplies.

Shop tip: Order before 12 p.m. PST, and your crate will ship the same day.

For the boss you want to please...

Kate Spade One in a Million initial business card holder: $30

This classy card holder has a personalized touch — a bold monogram — that makes it all the more thoughtful.

Shop tip: Opt for next-day or two-day shipping to get your order in time for Christmas Day.

AViiQ portable charging station mini folio: $40

This chic portable charging station is ideal for the boss who's always traveling and would appreciate the on-the-go organization sentiment.

Shop tip: Use your Amazon Prime membership to receive it before your manager jets off for Christmas break.

SpaFinder gift card: You choose!

Accepted at over 20,000 locations worldwide, this gift card can be redeemed for any type of spa service — wherever your boss prefers. Your manager can use it for a massage at a favorite local spa or toward a full-day pampering package during an upcoming vacation.

Shop tip: You can print, e-mail or mail a gift card, and when you spend $100 on a gift card during the holiday season, you can get another one at 20% off — a nice bonus since many upscale spa treatments start at $125.

For the in-laws who are hard to please...

Custom photo book: From $15

Give your in-laws the gift of memories with a custom photo book filled with pictures of the grandkids, their recent trip around the world, old family photos — you name it.

Shop tip: Shutterfly offers a number of discounts, but check RetailMeNot for coupon codes if you don't see any on the site.

Olloclip iPhone camera lens system $50

Taking quality photos of the grandchildren has never been easier: This camera lens for iPhone will allow them to ditch that bulky Canon for good.

Shop tip: Just be sure to tack on the one- to three-day processing time when you do your shipping calculations.

Folio Society classic books: From $60-$130

Art and literature combine with this line of hardbound, illustrated classic books that include the works of Charlotte Brontë, George Orwell, Jane Austen, and E.B. White. It's a perfect option for in-laws who love reading and would cherish exquisite editions of their favorite childhood tomes.

Shop tip: Standard shipping will be cutting it too close because the books come from the U.K. — but an extra $20 will buy you expedited delivery.

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