The latest camera? He's got it. Earrings? She'll yawn.
The ultimate holiday-shopping challenge is finding a gift for those people in your life who basically can -- and do -- buy anything for themselves.
Here are suggestions for when money is no object but ideas are scarce.
Courtside Tickets to the Wimbledon Final
Great seats to any hard-to-attend sporting event are a sure thing. For Wimbledon, plan ahead. To buy directly from the tournament, you must submit a ballot in advance. Visit the tournament's Web site for details. But you can also buy from any number of online ticket sellers who specialize in finding those hard-to-get sold-out seats.
For events stateside and in Canada, try StubHub.com. Owned by eBay, the site advertises itself as the largest ticket marketplace in the world, where fans buy and sell tickets. Find tickets for Super Bowl XLII or the 2008 Final Four. Ticket City advertises seats for the opening ceremonies at next summer's Beijing Olympics starting at $4,000 apiece.
Hire a Personal Chef
That person who has everything probably doesn't have the time to take proper care of himself of his family. Take-out, restaurant eating and fast food can get old, so offer them the gift of fine dining, in their own home.
Personal chefs plan menus, do the grocery shopping and prepare the food in their clients' kitchens. To find a personal chef in your area, visit either the Web site of the American Personal & Private Chef Association, or find a chef registered as a member of the United States Personal Chef Association.
First-Class Flight to Anywhere in the World
Sure they have everything, but have they been everywhere? Offer them the opportunity to decide where to go next, and allow them to bring the appropriate number of travel companions in their family. Even a round-trip domestic ticket is nice, if that's more in line with your budget -- it's unlikely they've seen every last corner in the lower 48 states.
Many airlines offer gift cards and gift certificates in denominations of up to as much as $10,000. Often, too, you can find frequent fliers looking to sell ticket vouchers online at sites like craigslist and eBay. But if you buy vouchers, make sure that you trust the source and that what they are selling is transferable!
A Private Vineyard
It's always hard to buy for the wine snob who at least claims to know more about wine than anybody else. So let them have a go at making their own vintage.
First, make the gift-giving about the presentation: Present them with a fine bottle of wine, neatly wrapped in cellophane paper and a colorful bow. Then, when they inquire about the provenance of the label, act surprised that they aren't acquainted with the particular winery, and let them know that there is more where that came from, that the vineyard is now theirs.
Sotheby's and Christie's Great Estates both offer a wide selection of international luxury real estate options.
Their Personal Memoir, Penned by a Professional
Sure, they've been everywhere and done everything in the world, but how will your friend's legacy be preserved? Hire a professional ghostwriter to put those memories and anecdotes into potential bestselling prose.
Customize their "auto" biography by collecting diaries, photos, letters and family tree research for both personal use or even commercial distribution. Ghostwriting services online include The Penn Group, where clients can secure a New York Times bestselling author for a fee between $40,000 and $250,000.
A regular full-length manuscript from someone less famous goes for anywhere from $18,000 to $26,000. Companies like Arbor Books, plan the project, conduct research and interviews, do the wr