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10 unusual Christmas gift ideas

One of the most fun parts of Christmas is hunting for the most original gifts for every member of my family.

I like trying to find presents that step outside the usual box of chocs or package of socks.

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One of the best sites to find unusual and original gifts it Etsy as it contains stuff you just cannot get on the high street. So if like me you want to try and surprise your family and friends with something different this year look no further than our:

Guide to Unusual and Original Christmas Gifts

Stack the Cats

A picture from Etsy of a fun and alternative Christmas gift idea for cat loversA beautifully produced wooden game of twelve cats, each in a different pose that need to be stacked as high as possible to win.

This game would be perfect for kids and cat-lovers alike and is sure to be a hit with all the family.

A fun game to play after Christmas lunch (actually maybe make that before Christmas lunch — too many sherrys might adversely affect your steady hand!).

Check it out on Esty from £12.50

Kid’s Calligraphy Set

A caligraphy set for children - a great unique Christmas gift idea

This brilliant set (for children aged 9+) has been created by leading British calligrapher Kirsten Burke and it contains everything you need to get your child started with calligraphy.

Practising the brush strokes will really help fine-motor skills and is sure to improve attention to detail and presentation skills.

Check it out on Etsy from £24.99

Viking Hat

A crocheted Viking helmet - a hilarious and unusual gift ideaThis brilliant crocheted Viking hat can be hand-made for adults and children and will certainly please your inner Berserker.

There are 13 different colours to choose from (including baby pink!).

You can pick the size most appropriate too – from babies, through young children, teenagers and even the quirky dressing adult in your life.

Check the price on Etsy from £13

Personalised Drum Sticks

Looking for a unique gift for a musician? Look no further than these personalised drum sticksFor the musician in your life why not treat them to a set of maple wood drum sticks inscribed with their name or favourite song lyric?

Personalised gifts are always extra special because they are thoughtful and unique.

The drum stick are £9.99 per pair (at time of writing) though there are bulk-buy discounts if you buy multiple sets (perfect for your local rock star band members!).

Check the price on Esty from £9.99

Wooden Docking Station/Nightstand for your iPhone

A beautiful wooden phone docking station, nightstand and desk tidyThis stylish wooden docking station would look great on any desk or dressing table and keeps your phone neat and tidy whilst it is charging.

The stand also has space to hang your watch, keys and jewellery so you’ll know where to find all the most important bits in the morning rush.

It’s made with walnut veneer (so not solid walnut – not at this price!) but feels high quality and looks terrific.

We all know someone who does that “Have you seen my keys/phone/wallet/watch?” etc.

Check the price on Etsy from £21.95

Fancy Copper House Numbers

Copper numbers - a lovely unique present ideaUpdate your home exterior with some fancy new contemporary house numbers like these lovely copper examples.

These would make a really thoughtful gift for a house proud family member; the friend that has bought a new home (or first home).

Or what about that enterprising relative who has just started their own business or got a new office? These high quality numbers would give their new premises a real touch of class.

One number is £28, one letter £32 but again there are economies of scale — save £3 if you get two numbers (for £53) etc.

Check the price on Etsy from £28 (for one number)

Steel Outdoor Campfire Tripod

A steel tripod fire bracket - a great unusual gift idea for the lover of the outdoors in your lifePerfect for those who like the great outdoors, this beautifully hand-forged tripod and pan means you can easily cook over a campfire at the beach or in the countryside.

This would be a terrific gift for the lover of the outdoors in your life; the person that loves camping or trips to the beach; the wilderness walker, hiker or rambler too.

This is a solid piece of kit. It can support over 130lbs in weight and it made from heavy duty iron. It’s made to last.

It’d also be ideal for a cauldron – for the Wiccan or witch in your life! (insert your own mother-in-law joke here!)

Check the latest price on Etsy from £16.99

Personalised Superhero Cape

A brilliantly unusual gift idea - a personalised super hero costume

Make your child feel like a real superhero and give them a personalised cape!

These brightly coloured satin capes can be made to size and personalised  with a hand-stitched initials so that your little hero can feel unique!

There are eight different colours to choose from (or you can contact the maker, if you have a special request!); and each outfit comes with the initial letter of your choice sewn into the golden star on the cape. You can add more letters too if you’d like to.

The capes are satin so beautifully high quality and you can pick which elements of the outfit you’d like from just a cape, to your own assortment of accessories from cuffs, a crown and a mask (so if you’re buying for multiple kids/siblings/niece and nephews etc. each one can have a different outfit, initial and combo).

They do them in adult sizes too… y’know… just in case.

Check the price on Etsy from £18


Wooden Rainbow

A gorgeous wooden rainbow stacking toyThis lovely brightly coloured stacking toy would look lovely in a baby’s room and is nice and solid for little hands to play with.

It’s just lovely to look at though and would make a perfect coffee table decoration or ornament to bring colour to any room (not just the nursery).

Check the price on Etsy from £15.12

Book Lovers’ Tote Bag

A customised, personalised Penguin Books tote bag - a great gift ideaA great gift for book lovers this tote bag with a Penguin Classic book cover printed on can be personalised to contain your own text.

They’re available in five colours: classic orange, blue, pink, purple or green.

For the uninitiated the significance of the colours is important:

  • Orange — fiction
  • Blue — non-fiction
  • Pink — travel and adventure
  • Purple — essays
  • Green — crime fiction.

Now you can knowingly buy the colour most suited to the book lover in your life and pretend like you knew this all along (for more of this sort of thing, they’d also love this brilliant little book: The Book Lovers’ Miscellany).

The only challenge is coming up with something suitably amusing to put on the bag!

Check the price on Etsy from £12.99

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