Are you ever stuck for gift ideas at Christmas? Fed up of giving the usual safe but boring box of chocolates, smellies or socks? Perhaps you fancy giving something different, but not exactly sure what you’re after? Well, over the last few weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect unique and unusual Chistmas gifts to answer all of your prayers! Read on to find out what treasure I’ve come across…
1. Caketoppers Ltd – Gift Boxed Christmas Cupcakes | £17.49
So if chocolates are a bit ‘samey’ for you, how about a beautiful box of… wait for it!… cupcakes instead? Caketoppers’ cupcakes are absolutely delicious, and I should know, I had the chance to taste a couple recently for a review I wrote. The festive red box contains 9 cupcakes in 3 different flavours, each topped with a cute edible Christmas tree. I don’t know about you, but I would be delighted to receive a box of cupcakes under my tree on Christmas morning! Fancy 10% off your order too? Just enter code HEX10 at the checkout!
2. Fairy Doorz – Super Hero Fairy Door Gift Set | £14.95 (currently on sale for £12)
Fairy doors are all the rage at the moment, and I can see why. Who doesn’t want to believe that another world exists where beautiful tiny creatures, such as fairies and imps, live? I grew up glued to my Enid Blyton books where such creatures featured regularly, feeding my imagination. So naturally, when I had a daughter of my own, I purchased a fairy door especially for her (and me!). But what if your child isn’t into fairies, what kind of door would you get them instead? Well how about an adorable little Superhero door from the fabulous Fairy Doorz, made from high quality wood? I’ve not come across a Superhero themed door before so I thought they’d fit my gift guide perfectly!
3. Ashley Wilde – Bedding Collections| Prices start at £20
One thing I love, whether it’s Christmas or not, is bedding. I know what you’re thinking, bedding isn’t different, it’s kinda boring… Not when it’s a Roald Dahl themed bedset it isn’t! There are a few different sets to collect including The Big Friendly Giant, James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka, and they come in the most beautiful colours! VW Camper Vans more your thing? They have a stunning VW Christmas themed bedset and a 3D camper van cushion. I’m seriously considering some of these items for my bedroom redecoration mission I have planned for next year!
4. Morse Toad – Funny Chocolate Christmas Card | Prices from £12.50
I know I said chocolate is boring BUT… I just had to give the Morse Toad and their chocolate christmas cards a mention! They’re not like the choccy boxes you can pick up in the supermarket without a second thought, they require a little creative input from you. They take your quotes, turn them into chocolate and you get to literally eat your words! You can either design your own or choose one of theirs if you’re stuck for ideas, but whichever option you go for, it’s guaranteed to provoke a few laughs from family members and friends on Christmas Day! The Morse Toad were kind enough to send me a sample to try for myself and they taste delicious! Their Christmas spirit doesn’t end there… they are offering you 10% off your order too (expires Christmas Day!), just enter HECTIC into the box at the checkout!
5. Keep This Cracker – Fill Your Own Cracker | Prices start at £2.75
Every year when laying the table for Christmas dinner, we always make sure we all have a Christmas cracker each to pull. I’m not sure why it’s such a big tradition in our house, or even across the rest of the UK… The cheap plastic toys usually end up breaking, the jokes are terrible and the hats always fall off my head and into my gravy. One year, we bought a box only to realise during our dinner that they were all in fact empty! Not a single bad joke to fake laugh at! That being said, we were all still pretty disgruntled at having one of our traditions ruined that year. A Fill Your Own Cracker from Keep This Cracker would have been the perfect solution for us that year. A box of crackers that you can keep and reuse year after year, all you have to worry about is refilling. They even make a bang like shop-bought crackers do, you just add a new snap afterwards!
6. Treasure Trails – The Fun Way To Explore | £6.99 per Trail
Why not get the family together for an outdoor Treasure Trail this Christmas? Treasure Trails give you the chance to explore your area, with over 1,000 cities, towns and rural areas to explore across the UK. There are 3 themes to choose from – a treasure hunt, a spy mission or a murder mystery – and it’s up to you to solve your mission. Each trail spans around 2 miles, giving you hours of fun. What happens if you get stuck and can’t solve a clue? Don’t panic, the free of charge Trail Trouble Textline will help you. There is also the opportunity to win up to £1,000!
7. Baking Time Club – Star Baker Gold Pin | £5.50
Looking for a little stocking filler? This gold enamel lapel pin by Baking Time Club is perfect for baking enthusiasts of any age! They also provide other unusual and exciting gifts, guaranteed to brighten up any kitchen and add the finishing touches to your baked goodies and parties. I’m useless in the kitchen but even I would be delighted to receive any of their items (my favourite has got to be their Gingerbread Men Pattern Rolling Pin!). They’ve kindly given me a discount code to share with my readers to receive 10% off their orders, just enter code Starbaker1 at checkout. They also ship worldwide!
8. Dedal – Ceramic Homeware Collection: Naso, Copus and Ujo | From £12.00
My next gift idea is a ceramic collection by Portugese brand Dedal. As well as their funky brightly coloured ceramic cups and stackable vases, they also design ceramic bowls, each with their own little nose. Perfect for anyone looking for something a little bit different to jazz up their kitchen or dining room. All items are handmade using European sourced materials.
9. Mara Seaweed – Shaker Tins and Gift Tasting Tins | £5.99 and £12.99 respectively
How about adding some nutritious and delicious seaweed flakes to your Christmas dinner this year? Perfect for a healthy flavour boost in the stuffing, stirred through mashed potatoes or sprinkled on Brussels sprouts. Choose Mara this Christmas as a stocking filler or gift for the foody who has everything, or for health fans interested in a superfood with staying power. It comes packaged in a neat tin presentation box, the perfect size for your condiments cupboard, and smells fantastic too!
10. Gift Frippery – Gift Wrapping Workshops | £100 for up to 4 people
Perhaps you’re after a fun but creative gift? Why not purchase a voucher for a personal Gift Frippery gift wrapping workshop? Amanda, the brains behind the brand, firmly believes in upcycling and reusing items, and will show you how to use your imagination to enhance your gift wrapping skills. Each workshop lasts two hours and can be slightly tailored to your needs, from children’s wrapping, fun and funky, beautiful and elegant or rustic and natural. A workshop for up to 4 people costs £100 and is based in Bristol, get in touch with Amanda for upcoming dates.
What’s the most unusual gift you’ve ever received? Mine was probably a universal remote control for my Sky+ Box or a pair of neon green legwarmers, which both actually came in handy at some point!
Disclaimer: Some of the above products are PR samples sent to me for inclusion, however the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own!