Think outside the box this holiday season with 10 creative and unique Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and those special people who make a difference in your life.
1. Customized Gel Candle
Often PTA’s and PTO’s struggle to find something unique to give to their school’s teachers during the holiday season. Customize a beautiful gel candle with your school’s name and the year and give to your teacher’s as part of their holiday gift.
2. Personalized Glass Mugs
Surprise dad with a set of personalized glass mugs for his Man Cave. No more tacky plastic cups or drinking from the can, dad can serve his buddies in style with these sturdy mugs.
3. Chef’s Basket
Ideal for any home cook, a customized chef’s basket is a creative way to acknowledge their love for culinary creations. Instead of an actual basket, select a large colander or mixing bowl and fill it with kitchen goodies: garlic press, spatula, large mixing spoon, gourmet spices and oils, recipe for an exotic dish and a chic apron.
4. Baker’s Mitt
Ideal for a Secret Santa gift or that coworker who always brings in tasty treats to share, fill an oven mitt with a whisk, rubber spatula and wooden mixing spoons. Tie a ribbon around its center and attach a set of measuring spoons and a jingle bell for a festive touch.
5. DIY Hot Cocoa Mix
Fill a glass jar with your favorite hot cocoa dry mix ingredients and seal tightly. Add a colorful Christmas ribbon, bow and tag with mix instructions for a creative gift that can be customized easily. Decorate the jar lid with glittering rhinestones or hand-paint a snowman, holly leaves or snowflake on the front of the jar.
6. Custom Lighted Photo Snow Globe
Create a keepsake gift with a photo snow globe that not only lights up but changes colors as well. Standing 4.5-inches tall, this elegant snow globe is the perfect way to showcase a child’s picture or your family’s annual Christmas picture. Present it as a thoughtful gift to someone special.
7. Then & Now Photo
For a truly unique gift for parents or grandparents, consider creating a Then & Now photo with your siblings. Pick out a family photo of just the kids from when everyone was young. Recreate that original photo: the pose, the setting and even the outfits as close as possible. Have the picture shot and then transformed into a keepsake photo canvas print.
8. Themed Wreath
For the person who lives for holiday decorating, add to his/her collection with a creative theme wreath. An evergreen wreath is a blank canvas just waiting to be decorated. A kitchen wreath complete with miniature rolling pins, cookie cutters, utensils and red-checkered bows works great for a holiday baker. Other themes to consider are Disney, a favorite sports team or something for the pet lover.
9. Surprise vacation
Definitely the most extravagant gift of this list, a surprise vacation for a sweetheart or for the whole family is one Christmas gift they won’t forget. Instead of just announcing the vacation, make it fun with props and accessories. For a vacation booked somewhere tropical, box and wrap a flower lei for each person. Have everyone open their gifts at the same time and announce the surprise vacation.
10. Mother’s Ornaments
Give mom or grandma a special gift this year. Order one ornament per child/grandchild to be customized with the child’s name and birth date. Choose a different ink color for the name and dates for each child.