I’m always on the look-out for cool new gift ideas. It feels like I’m endlessly rushing around trying to find a present for some occasion and I get super-bored picking up the same ‘thoughtful’ items over and over again. I like to give things that aren’t one-size-fits-all (nothing says ‘I can’t be bothered’ like buying everyone on your Christmas list the same pair of socks) but unique, original presents don’t exactly grow on trees. I’m sure some of you out there find it equally difficult to get inspired, so I’ve put together a list of 7 special gift ideas to help you with your shopping.
1. An Experience Day
This is a fab gift to give the person who has everything – you know the type; they’re impossible to buy for. Instead of giving yet another basket of designer bath products or adding more wine to that massive collection, consider booking them a memorable day out. Tailor the experience to their character: get specialist cookery classes for the foodies and bungy jumping for the extreme sports enthusiasts.
2. Handmade Chocolate
This is always a winner; I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t appreciate beautiful chocolates, and, if you want your gift to be really personal, you could even have a go at making them yourself. If that sounds too much like hard work though, find a boutique chocolatier and ask them to package your purchase in something a little special.
3. Personalized Wine
A friend of mine gave this as a gift last year and it was an unparalleled hit. Not only was the merlot just gorgeous, she had had the name of every recipient professionally printed on the label. Browse the web for businesses in your area offering this service; it’s the perfect way to individualize a present that, while beautiful, is a little bit impersonal.