Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Out of the Ordinary Gift Ideas

Some of my most memorable gifts have been those that were a little out of the ordinary. I'm a big advocate for gifting experiences rather than things, and if I do gift 'things', I like them to be meaningful. I wouldn't go so far to say that Christmas is a non-event in my family, but over the past couple of years, we have really reigned in the amount of gifts we get one another simply because most of us have reached an age in which we don't feel like we need or want anything in particular. When gift buying started becoming something we did just because it seemed obligatory and we were buying for the sake of buying...I think it lost all meaning.

There's obviously nothing wrong with wanting to show how much you appreciate someone and buying a gift can be one of the most wonderful ways of doing so. But if you're struggling with ideas this Christmas, I thought I would compile a list of  'Out of the Ordinary Gift Ideas' which 'give' in more ways than one.

Gifting Experiences
The sky's the limit with this one! It may require you to think a little creatively, but it's such a fantastic idea because it shows that you've put a lot of thought into what a person enjoys. It also gives the receiver something to look forward to in the New Year. Gifting experiences is also great because it can suit all budgets. Here are just some ideas:

  • Coffee vouchers Promise to take someone out for a coffee, or two, or three or more! My mum loves these gifts the most. As we (her children) grow older, she really values time with us more than any run-of-the-mill gift.
  • Tickets to the theatre/concert/music festival I'm lucky to have attended a modest number of live concerts and shows in my time. In doing so, I have learnt that, despite the high price you may pay, they are some of the most worthwhile experiences out there especially for keen music/theatre fans
  • Tickets to an art/craft workshop Do you know someone who has always wanted to learn how to draw? Perhaps they would like to take a flower arranging course? There are so many options out there that suit all kinds of interests
  • Dinner for two at a fancy restaurant For most people, fine dining is hardly a regular occurrence, which would make a gift like this one extra special
  • A weekend away I think we can agree that no-one would turn down a holiday. While this can be on the pricier side, a weekend away doesn't even need to be anywhere exuberant. Perhaps there's some hidden gem of a place an hour out of your hometown. Going anywhere that isn't at home is sure to refresh and revive.

Those gifts that just keep giving
Another great idea is to gift something that will provide sustained joy, fulfillment or excitement throughout the year.

  • A Magazine Subscription This obviously depends on the person, but if you know a magazine lover, this would be ideal.
  • Books This goes without saying. Books have the ability to attain that special personal quality and are objects that can always be treasured.
  • Plants I'm a firm believer that filling a home with plants can positively lift your mood. There's a plant out there for everyone (ie. for attentive nature enthusiasts and even those who may forget to water)
  • A membership Know someone who loves art? A yearly membership at the state gallery would be ideal. Perhaps you know a history lover? They may appreciate being a member of the National Trust. Incentives which allow privileges and special events for members allow the gift receiver to fill up their calendar with exciting things to look forward to throughout the coming year. 

Have anything else to add to this list? Feel free to comment below!

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