Personalised gifts for the hard-to-buy-for friend

When it comes to finding presents for friends' birthdays or other special occasions, we all know somebody who is notoriously difficult to buy for.

But rather than be put off by their hard-to-please nature, why not embrace the challenge and try to surprise them with a personalised gift that really makes an impression?

Perhaps this is a parent who has become jaded by the same meaningless gifts year after year, such as a mediocre bottle of Merlot or set of generic beauty products.

Instead, it might a good idea to add the person's name or initials to an item they can treasure for a long time.

For a businessman you may want to consider a custom designed tie that can not be found in a store, while other options could include an engraved pewter mug quality tie box.

When buying for a woman, you could purchase a silk or knitted scarf that reflects your affection for the recipient, who will no doubt be pleased to be given something that required some thought.

Next time you are on the search for a special gift, think outside the box and you might be amazed at what is available.