It’s always okay to ask for help, especially when everyone on your list is really tough to shop for, and you’re pretty sure you’ve become a little predictable when it comes to gifts. The editors of Racked can help you shake things up by gifting something truly unexpected, and completely wonderful. Read on for their advice, and shop handpicked gifts for fashion + grooming, kids, and home curated by the editors of Racked! Read more about their guides on Racked.com, as well.

New York City Baby Toy Rattles Gift Set by Estella, $66

New York City Baby Toy Rattles Gift Set by Estella, $66

Q: What inspired the picks for the collection?
A: We picked gifts that, overall, had a sense of fun. For kid’s stuff, that meant clothes with silly prints and bright patterns, lots of toys and games, and books we enjoyed reading as kids ourselves. For home, it was all about playful accessories that’ll liven up a room and make you feel really good — the things you might not buy for yourself because you don’t actually need them. And for clothing, we picked things that are distinct enough to feel special, but still versatile and able to complement a lot of different personalities.

Oversized Bomber Jacket by Genuine People, $199

Oversized Bomber Jacket by Genuine People, $199

Q: What makes a gift unexpected?
A: Something thoughtful, but not totally obvious — something that the giftee might have mentioned months ago, or that you know they really need or want but wouldn’t buy for themselves.

Beard Tonic Sampler by Herbivore Botanicals, $22

Beard Tonic Sampler by Herbivore Botanicals, $22

Q: Does the element of surprise matter when gifting?
A: Gifts are appreciated either way, but a true surprise can be a lot of fun! If you can pull it off, more power to you.

Half Moon Planter by Urban Outfitters, $14

Half Moon Planter by Urban Outfitters, $14

Q:Do you have any insider tips on shopping for holiday gifts?
A:Go with your gut, and really think about what the person you’re shopping for needs and likes rather than what you like yourself. And start early! It’s easier to buy something thoughtful with a lot of lead time, but it’s a lot of pressure when you’re trying to squeeze it in the week before.

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