Please welcome Damien S. Wilhelmi to the blog today. With the holidays and Christmas coming up next month, Damien S. Wilhelmi is here to offer us a few unique Christmas gift ideas for that special person on your list. 🙂 Enjoy!
Handmade presents are scary because they reveal you have too much free time. -Doug Coupland
Christmas is just around the corner, and no doubt things are going to start getting both hectic and stressful soon. Trying to figure out the right gift to give, trying to budget enough money out to pay for all these gifts, and of course the oh-so terrible effort of hanging up Christmas lights. But if you’re short on ideas, these 5 unique gift categories may be exactly what you need, or in the least they may spur on some other thoughts. Some of these gifts can be expensive, while others can be relatively cheap. So read on if you’re stumped on what to give your friends and family this Christmas season because these 5 unique idea categories are sure to delight.
Custom and Hand-Made Gifts
You can always make gifts yourself, and is especially worthwhile for children. Whether that be pieces of art, small jewelry boxes, birdhouses, or a knitted piece of clothing. The best part about making gifts, beyond the thought and time spent creating it, is that they are often more appreciated for those exact same reasons. It’s obvious you didn’t just order something online or spotted an item walking through a store.
Now if you’re not all that crafty, you can still give custom made gifts, you’ll just have to have someone make them. You can speak with artists and hire them to make any number of objects; paintings, glasswork, pottery, sculptures, and anything else you can conjure up. If you have someone special in mind, you can even have a piece of custom made jewelry created. These are especially thoughtful because you would be choosing the materials, stones, and overall theme and design. Gifts like these still show the amount of thought that went into them, which in the end often make them more appreciated.
Too often, people give gifts just to give them. They don’t realize a gift doesn’t have to come in a box or be gift-wrapped. And how many ties, sweaters, pairs of socks, or books do people need? Sometimes the best gift you can give is one that gets them out to enjoy life; something out of the ordinary that they may never have thought to do themselves. Depending on how adventurous or capable they are will dictate the activities themselves, but consider concerts and shows, theatric events, go-karting, paintball, wine tastings, mystery dinners, comedy shows, and even laser tag.
If they are into the outdoors and extreme activities, such things as skydiving (even indoor skydiving), scuba diving or rock climbing classes are sure to thrill. You can send them on backcountry horseback riding adventures, guided whitewater rafting tours, or even zip lining! When you literally think outside of what will fit into a box, your options increase dramatically. Not to mention, these are all great fun, memorable, and something you will be surely thanked for.
People always love food and drinks, especially alcoholic drinks. So you really can’t go wrong with those options. You can send quality dried meats, steaks, seafood, cheeses, and the list goes on. You can even send wine and food gift baskets that would suit the receiver’s fancy. Or if you know of a specific bottle of wine or alcohol someone enjoys, you can always shop for alcohol and wine online to find exactly what they want. Try not to get them something you enjoy, unless you know your tastes are similar. Be sure to give them something they want and would enjoy drinking, because not all tastes are the same.
If you really want to make a person smile, gift them the gift of travel. No doubt this can be pricey, but if you want to give a gift that will forever be remembered, send them somewhere they’ve never been, or ever thought they would go. Whether that be a package trip to Italy, Iceland, Japan, or Africa, there is no doubt they will be thrilled. Traveling is perhaps one of the greatest experiences a person can have. It builds character, perspective, and understanding. Not to mention, whenever they reflect on their time spent abroad, they will think of you.
Stress Relieving Gifts
Finally, when all else fails, you can give a gift that will simply relieve some stress. Of course you can send someone to the spa or to get a message, but if you really want to get rid of a persons headache, do it. Do they have something in their home that needs fixing, a broken heater, windows, new paint, or pipes? Do they have some outstanding medical bills, credit card bills, or debt over all you can assist them with? Does their vehicle work correctly, or does it need a transmission repair, tire alignment, or brake replacement?
Christmas for a lot people is stressing because they simply don’t have the funds to go around, so you can easily make them happy by taking care of some things in their life that need to be dealt with. Because in the end, if you’re still unable to decide on a present, there is no greater gift than peace of mind. So help them take care of the things they’re forced to put off and they will no doubt love you for it.
The author of this article is Damien S. Wilhelmi. If you enjoyed this piece you can follow me on Twitter @CustParadigm. When I’m not writing about how to make gift giving easier, I’m busy trying to get my present ideas in order for this upcoming Christmas.