Give yourself the gift of stress-free holiday shopping with these tips
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(BPT) - Giving holiday gifts can be as enjoyable as receiving them. This year, why not revel in the fun of gift-giving while saving money with these tips for making it a happy holiday shopping season! Here are some easy gift ideas for four hard-to-shop-for groups:

The ungiftables

People may be 'ungiftable' for a number of reasons. Maybe they already have everything they want. Or perhaps you just don't know the person well enough to feel confident about your gifting choices. Regardless of why they're ungiftable, shopping for these folks should be easy. A few reliable favorites can fill the bill nicely.

For women, don't overlook the power of accessories like brand name gloves, scarves and designer handbags - no woman ever has enough of those items. Retailers like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have top brand accessories for less, making you look like a great gift-giver for a fraction of the cost.

Gourmet foods like European chocolate from HomeGoods are another great option for both men and women. With just a few subtle questions, you can find out the person's favorite foods or flavors and pick up gourmet versions. For a personal touch, try items like European ceramics and hand-crafted decorative boxes from India.

Tech gifts are a great option with almost universal appeal in today's digital world from mouses and keyboards or blue tooth speakers and keyboards.

The host or hostess

It's always a good idea to show up to a holiday party with something in hand for the host or hostess. But if you're already bringing a dish for a potluck, or you're not sure what your host or hostess may need or like, finding the right 'thank you for inviting me' gift can be a challenge. You can find incredible pre-made gourmet baskets at HomeGoods with all of the ingredients for a delicious meal as well as amazing copper pots, cookbooks and imported pastas and olive oil to create your own basket.

Traditional and contemporary barware, wine or martini glasses and serving trays in an array of colors and styles from T.J.Maxx and Marshalls are great ideas for host or hostess gifts. They can be used throughout the year or even at the party! T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods are the perfect gift giving destinations for host and hostess gifts are unbelievable prices that can make you the ultimate gifter.

The keep-it-light crowd

On every list, there are the people that you know just well enough to give a little something to, but not well enough to go big. Or, perhaps you're participating in an office gift exchange where everyone agrees to a price limit - often $20 or less. Accessories like statement jewelry, cashmere socks and scented candles are a perfect fit. Pet bowls and toys are good for anyone who owns a dog or cat, beauty sets such as manicure and pedicure kits or cosmetics work well for women, and grooming items are great for guys.

For school gift exchanges, it's easy to find great toys. Many traditional favorites like craft sets, balls and wooden board games can be found for less than $20.

The last-minute giftees

Maybe you made a new friend just before the holiday, found out you'll have unexpected houseguests or simply forgot to buy something earlier in the season - last-minute gift needs always crop up. Hurrying to find something when store shelves are picked over and your budget dwindles can be high-stress - but it doesn't have to be as stores like T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods always have fresh merchandise right up until Christmas eve to help save the day.

A great last-minute gift can be something everyone needs, like cashmere sleepwear, or something cozy and seasonal such as boxed faux fur throws or even something yummy like European chocolates from around the world.

Look for items everyone can use and no one ever has enough of like decorative picture frames and you'll be sure to find a successful gift, even if it's the day before Christmas.

Retailers like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods are go-to solutions for gifts for everyone on your holiday list at amazing value. Visit, and to find store locations near you.

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