Things to Keep in Mind Before Setting Out Looking for a Unique Gift
What are Their Hobbies and Passions?
Think of the things the person you're gifting enjoys doing the most. Use this activity as a foundation when deciding what to get them. When you keep in mind the hobbies and passions of the people you're gifting, you'll better be able to pick out a gift they'll be most likely to appreciate. People also respond better when you take the effort to get them a gift that they'll be able to realise you spent a lot of time on.
What's Your Budget?
It is important to always have a budget in mind while picking out a gift for a loved one. You achieve nothing by spending more than you can afford while buying a gift, especially if there's a chance it won't be received well. Don't empty your wallet for the perfect gift, mainly because perfect gifts aren't the most expensive ones, they're the ones the most amount of thought has been put into.
What's the Occasion?
Is it their birthday? Or is it an anniversary? Different occasions call for different gifts. It's important that you gift something that is in keeping with the occasion. While certain gifts would make a great gift for an anniversary it's not necessary they'll be received the same way on a birthday and vice-versa. Similarly a good Christmas gift might not be the best gift to give someone on other occasions, such as a wedding.
12 Unique Gift Ideas for When You Need Something Out-of-the-Box
The Oregon Trail Card Game by Pressman Toy
If your friend is a fan of the classic game "The Oregon Trail" then The Oregon Trail Card Game would make a great gift for them. Based on the cult classic that released in 1971, players have to work together to move along the Oregon Trail while passing through rivers and playing supply cards to survive and overcome catastrophes.
Best played with 2-6 players with rounds lasting 30 minutes each, this would make a great addition to the collection of any board-game lover. Priced at Rs.4,499, The Oregon Trail Card Game By Pressman Toy is available for purchase through Amazon.
EurKitchen Two-Sided Cast Iron Pizza Stove-Top Oven and Grill Pan
If your friend likes to grill or enjoys pizza, the EurKitchen Two-Sided Cast Iron Pizza Stove-Top Oven and Grill Pan would make a great gift for them. The pan allows you to make a crispy pizza crust without an oven by simply putting it on top of your stove or on top of a grill. With a cooking surface of 13.5 inches, this pan is made from cast iron, thereby rendering it with a high tolerance to heat. It's has two sides, one that is flat to make pizzas, pancakes and the like while the other side has raised edges, perfect for searing meat and cooking seafood and also has a drip well for removing fat.
The cast iron pan also comes with a full money back guarantee if it doesn't perform upto your expectations. Priced at Rs.6,471, the EurKitchen Two-Sided Cast Iron Pizza Stove-Top Oven and Grill Pan can be ordered online form Amazon.
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar
A great gift for christmas, The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar would be appreciated by anybody who celebrates the festival. Each door in the calendar has a premium beauty product behind it, for all the days of December leading up to christmas.Each product comes from The Body Shop's extensive collection of beauty products ranging from bath and body oils to intoxicating fragrances.
With this advent calendar each day of the month, even before Christmas would still feel just like Christmas. A great gift for a friend or family, it can even be given at work as a collective gift for all your colleagues. Priced at Rs.18,748, The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar can be ordered online through Amazon.
Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection
If your friend or loved one happens to be an artist, the Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection would make a great gift for them. The set includes a 115 colours from your basic ones to neon and metallic shades as well. A great gift for any sharpie enthusiast or artist, the set is the ultimate collection of all the colours and shades offered by the company collected together into a single set.
Your friend will appreciate this gift when they spend countless hours doodling with all the possible colour and shade combinations. Priced at Rs.12,243, the Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection can be purchased online via Amazon.
Interior Illusions Plus Bronze Balloon Dog Bank
A practical but still artsy gift, the Interior Illusions Plus Bronze Balloon Dog Bank is essentially a piggy back that is shaped like a balloon animal. Made from bronze, the bank is durable and a great display piece to leave on a coffee table or dresser. More aesthetically pleasing than a simple bowl for loose change, this is a gift that would be great for all ages, from the really young to someone more older.
Kids will be particularly excited at how the bronze bank resembles the balloon animals they see at parties, carnivals and fairs etc.The bank is also available in a variety of colours other than bronze such as, pink, blue, purple, graphite etc. Keep in mind that this is technically an imported item and therefore, will need to be ordered well in advance. The Interior Illusions Plus Bronze Balloon Dog Bank is priced at Rs.9,404 and can be ordered online through Amazon.
Decorative Filament Edison Bulb
The Decorative Filament Edison Bulb is an incredibly tasteful gift to give somebody, particularly if you're confused or don't know about the things they are most likely to appreciate. A great gift for a friend or extended family, the Decorative Filament Edison Bulb is a normal lightbulb that is designed like the classic lightbulb first invented by Thomas Alva Edison. Both a lightbulb and piece of home decor, the bulb will fit any standard light fixture.
A great addition to any living room or bedroom, The Decorative Filament Edison Bulb is a great vintage aesthetic you can easily add to your home or even your work cubicle. A great gift that will be appreciated by anyone who has a keen eye, The Decorative Filament Edison Bulb is priced at Rs 700 and can be ordered through Amazon.
Scrabble Linen Vintage Bookshelf Edition
The Scrabble Linen Vintage Bookshelf Edition would be a great gift for anybody who enjoys board games. The board game is packed into a linen book-shaped box that can easily be stored in a bookshelf, thereby taking up minimal space. Just open the linen-bound cover to find a full sized board game and all it's pieces hidden inside.
Measuring 8.75 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches, this gift would be appreciated by anybody who is enthusiastic about board games but is always at a loss on how to store them. Priced at Rs.5,629, the Scrabble Linen Vintage Bookshelf Edition can be ordered online through Amazon.
Umbra Geo Wine Bottle Topper and Charms Set, Copper
The Umbra Geo Wine Bottle Topper and Charms Set would make a great gift for any wine enthusiast. Made from copper, the set includes a Wine Bottle Topper that can be used to seal an open bottle of wine without worrying whether it'll stay fresh, the topper seals the bottle, making it airtight. The set also includes six copper charms, each a different shape and colour that can be placed on the stem of a wine glass, thereby making sure that no one mistakes which glass belongs to whom. Each guest gets a charm that is unique and ensures that they won't end up drinking from someone else's glass.
A great gift for anyone who's a fan of alcohol, The Umbra Geo Wine Bottle Topper and Charms Set is priced at Rs.2,770 and can be purchased online through Amazon.
Naturo Himalayan Rock Salt Detox Blocks
For the friend who keeps complaining about sore feet, the Naturo Himalayan Rock Salt Detox Blocks would make a great gift. The block is said to soothe sore feet along with pulling impurities from the body as well as dust and allergens from the air. Powered by an electric supply, the block lights up with the help of an bulb and heats itself, the user simply has to put their feet up on it for 15 to 20 minutes, once it's comfortably warm. Sized at 25 x 25 x 3 cms, the packaging includes a spare bulb as well.
A great gift for anybody who spends most of their day on their feet or someone who likes to take long runs in the morning, the Naturo Himalayan Rock Salt Detox Block can be ordered from Amazon for the price of Rs.2,600.
EZ Life Round Double Wall Glass, 350 ml - Set of 4
The EZ Life Round Double Wall Glass Set of 4 are a set of four glasses that can be used all throughout the year. The design allows you to enjoy a cold or hot beverage without it losing its temperature quickly. The two walls allow the beverage to retain its temperature and also prevent it from forming rings of condensation on your furniture. The insulated nature of the glass allows it to be used without fear of hurting yourself from a hot drink as well. The two-walled design also sometimes makes it seem like your drink is floating in mid air.
Easy to stack and store, along with being dishwasher and microwave safe, the EZ Life Round Double Wall Glass Set of 4 would make a great addition to anyone's kitchen. With each glass having a capacity of 350 ml, the entire set is priced at Rs.1,800 and can be ordered online easily through Amazon.
Camera Collection Jigsaw Puzzle by the New York Puzzle Company
The Camera Collection Jigsaw Puzzle made by the New York Puzzle company would make a great gift for anyone who is an avid fan of photography or jigsaw puzzles or both. The completed puzzle, when all 500 pieces are put together measures 24 x 18 inches and shows the evolution of the camera through the ages. Once completed the puzzle depicts a great piece of art, made by artist Jim Golden, that can be hung up at home or work to be marvelled at.
The puzzle is not incredibly challenging and can be a fun activity for the entire family to participate in as a group. Priced at Rs.5,999, the Camera Collection Jigsaw Puzzle by the New York Puzzle Company can be ordered online through Amazon.
Fred Salt and Pepper Magic Wand Shakers
A fun and quirky gift to give someone, the Fred Salt and Pepper Magic Wand Shakers will bring a smile to the face of anybody who receives them. The set includes a salt and pepper shaker, one white and the other black, each shaped like a magic wand that'll make anyone who uses them chuckle at the very least. Made from plastic, the shakers are easy to refill and will bring smiles to the face of any family that owns them for years to come. Priced at Rs.2,781, the Fred Salt and Pepper Magic Wand Shakers can be ordered online through Amazon.
Remember to Gift Wrap
Now that you have a better idea on what to get your loved ones, make sure that you also keep in mind to gift wrap. The best way to find out how they feel about your gift is to see the expression on their face when they first unwrap your gift. The sheer joy or surprise on their face when they open a gift you're sure they will love and appreciate is the reason why gift giving is such an important part of different cultures worldwide. Make sure to giftwrap it in a way that doesn't give away the nature of the gift and show the people you love how much you care about them.
Combine unique with a pet passion
For someone to get really excited about a gift, finding something unique will not do the trick, unless it's related to a thing they are really passionate about. It will also make gift hunting that much easier if you're looking at a specific category instead of trying to turn the internet inside out. Food and cooking is his first love? A cool kitchen toy is what you should look for. Shopping for someone who loves doing up their home? Quirky home decor pieces that match their sense of style will earn you extra brownie points, and so on.