Unique Gifts for the Upcoming Holiday Season

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Many people are already on the hunt for the perfect holiday gifts. It’s a smart choice to start planning early, especially if you want to create or purchase something unique that could take more time to make, build, or ship.

However, shopping for gifts has become even more difficult, especially since COVID. More people found themselves at home online shopping. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, online shopping went up 32.4% in 2020 alone. More people are able to purchase anything they need or want with two clicks on their mobile device through sites like Amazon or even on social media.

So if you want to get creative this year, you’re going to have to mix it up and think outside of the box. We’ve put together some unique holiday gift ideas for you. Take a look and see what we have on our list this year.

Personalized Minibar

This one is always a great idea at the next work holiday party for an adult who has a favorite cocktail. First, go to your local thrift store to find a unique case to use a container for all of your items. Then, fill it up with their favorite bottle of alcohol, some mixers, two fancy glasses, and of course, their favorite bar snack.

Self-Defense Weapons

You love the people you are getting gifts for this season. So why not make your gift something that can help to protect them or make them feel a little safer? A unique gift this year could be a self-defense weapon. It could be anything from a pepper spray keychain, a taser, or you could even buy a handgun or pistol.

Be careful with some of these as requirements, such as a Federal Firearms License (FFL), may be necessary when purchasing some of these gifts. If you like the idea of a self-defense weapon as a gift but are uncertain about purchasing laws, you can always buy them a gift card instead.

Personalized Name Signs

If you are looking for something unique, the personalized route is always a great way to ensure that your gift is one-of-a-kind. Name signs are a fun home decor idea that could be perfect for any member of the family, a coworker, or a Secret Santa swap with your friends.

Not sure which kind of name sign? We get it! There are so many different kinds to choose from. You could create a neon name sign of a family’s last name or a faux floral wall hang for your employee’s office. Set aside a little extra time for shipping on this type of item since it’s personalized and may require a few extra days or even weeks to create.

Customized Calendars for the Entire Family

Want to make one gift and use it for the entire family? We’ve got you covered. Through websites like Shutterfly, you can create custom calendars that are the perfect one-gift-wonder for the family.

Put photos of different family members on their birthdays, anniversaries, or other important dates so no one will ever forget. Highlight different people each month for the main photos. It’s a fun way to keep the entire family involved and makes it incredibly easy for you when thinking of gifts for a large family.

You should also consider creating this calendar ahead of time and printing one for yourself. That way, you can see if there are any edits that need to be made before having them printed and shipped to your whole family with any big mistakes that might be in the calendar.

The Adventure Challenge

One of the most unique ideas we’ve seen so far is The Adventure Challenge. The book comes with adventurous ideas for three different categories. The couples, family, and friends edition are filled with one year’s worth of date ideas, family activities, or friendship bonding games. The best part is that you don’t know what they are until you scratch them off.

Just like you are playing the lottery, you scratch off one of your activities and are surprised with an adventure to spice up your relationship or rekindle a relationship with a friend. There is even a spot to stick a photo of your adventure, so you and your favorite people never forget how much fun you had. If you want to pay a little extra, The Adventure Challenge offers an upgraded version that comes with an instant camera for your activities.

Accentuate What Already Makes Them Unique

At the end of the day, when you are looking for unique holiday gift ideas, always try to think of what would make that person or group of people the happiest. What is it about them that is unique, and how can you accentuate that with your gift? 

Whether it’s a unique hobby, a special skill, or one of their favorite things, think of a gift that could highlight or accentuate that to keep your ideas fresh and unique.