Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it’s not without its fair share of stress. You have to save up to buy gifts for everyone on your list, while also making sure these gifts are worthwhile and fun to receive.
The average holiday spending per person is approaching $1,000. For many, it’s probably even more than that.
With so much of your hard-earned money being spent on gifts, you’re surely aiming to make a great impression on the recipient. But, unfortunately, there are some pretty bland choices out there that will be tossed aside and forgotten, or worse: promptly returned.
If you’re planning out your Christmas gift ideas for this year, don’t worry: we’ve got some ideas for quirky Christmas gifts that’ll really knock their socks off (see #3). Read on for our compilation of quirky Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.
1. Plant Growing Kit
Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, a plant growing kit could make a great gift. These quirky Christmas gifts are usually aimed for a novice to be successful. Plus, they’re a lot easier to wrap than a live potted plant.
If you’re not sure what to get, kitchen herbs are almost always a safe choice. Or, if you want something a little more unique, get a mushroom-growing kit!
2. Subscription Box
If you’re not sure what to get a person, subscription boxes make unique Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Whatever interest they have, from liquor to makeup and even pet products, there’s probably a subscription box to fit it.
Best of all, a subscription box is a gift that keeps on giving year-round (or however many months you set up). Plus, these quirky Christmas gifts might lead them to discover a new favorite!
You might have hated getting them as a gift when you were a kid, but let’s be real: we could all use more socks. They’re practical, easy to size, and come in an endless variety of fun patterns, colors, and designs. No matter who is on your list, they’re sure to appreciate a nice pair of socks.
Buying for a crowd? Why not get some wholesale socks and get a good deal on a bulk order? You’ll be like the Santa Clause of socks!
4. Small, Decorative Quirky Christmas Gifts
Funky knick-knacks and decorations make excellent quirky Christmas gifts, especially for coworkers. You could get them a mini kinetic sandbox, or one of those sand art sculptures to display on their desk. The possibilities are endless!
5. A Well-Illustrated Coffee Table Book
Books are only better with pictures, and anyone with a coffee table is sure to love a full-color, glossy-paged coffee table book to adorn it. These come in an endless variety of topics to suit the interest of your recipient, whether it’s cars, cats, outer space, or anything in between.
6. Essential Oil Diffuser
No matter who you are, we could all benefit from a little aromatherapy in our lives. Essential oil diffusers fill the air with the recipient’s favorite all-natural scents. Plus, if you buy a variety kit of oils to go with it, they can pick the ones they like best.
7. Mini Terrarium
A mini terrarium is a beautiful, interesting Christmas gift for anyone. Plus, they’re typically easy to care for and usually don’t require much light.
8. Perfume/Cologne Sample Kits
Beauty retailers like Sephora offer a few different varieties of sample sets of perfume or cologne.
If you’re not familiar with these, they usually come with around 10 different small vials of best-selling fragrances. Then, once your recipient has sampled all of them and decided which they like best, they get a voucher to exchange for the full size of that fragrance.
Fragrance samplers are the perfect thing to get someone when you’re not sure what they’d like and don’t want to just get another gift card. They also make great gifts for someone you’re newly dating around the holidays.
9. Bath Robe
The best quirky Christmas gifts are those that the recipient will be able to use and appreciate on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t want to live in a cozy bathrobe? Bathrobes are easy to size and make a great Christmas gift for those you want to keep warm this holiday season.
10. Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers can make very quirky Christmas gifts that offer function to boot. Looking for something truly unique? Try finding a light-up model, or one shaped like a stuffed animal.
11. A Soft Blanket
A soft, cozy blanket is like gifting your recipient a permanent hug. After all, what better way to show someone you care than by giving them an object that will keep them warm?
Plus, if they’ve got a particular movie, hobby, or other interest, you can get them a blanket with that design. It’s thoughtful, practical, and guaranteed to be useful.
12. A DIY Kit
It’s always fun to try your hand at making stuff rather than using it straight out of the box. A DIY kit, such as a make-your-own candle, stepping stone, or potholder can be fun for all ages. You can also go with something more food-themed, such as sushi making, cake balls, or candy.
13. A Novelty Lamp
Not sure what to get someone on your list? Why not find a good novelty lamp to give them? There are endless shapes and sizes to choose from, plus they’re practical to have around the house.
For example, you could go retro with a lava lamp. Or find them a fun light-up neon sign to accent their decor. You can also find them in fun shapes, such as the moon or a Himalayan salt crystal.
14. Monogram Items
For quirky Christmas gifts with a touch of class, monogrammed items are a great way to go. From pens to keychains and so much more, there are items for everyone on your list.
Games make great Christmas gifts and there are so many to choose from. You can pick a classic like Yahtzee or Uno, or go for something more niche, such as Fluxx or Settlers of Catan. Either way, they’re sure to appreciate something to do while they’re keeping warm indoors.
Getting Ready for Gift-Giving Season
This holiday season, don’t wait until the last minute to pick up some ho-hum gifts that won’t get put to good use. Now that you have some great ideas for quirky Christmas gifts, you’ll be better equipped for planning ahead and giving out some great gifts.
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