Let’s be honest: Has anyone ever been excited to open a beautifully wrapped box to find yet another sweater or tie? And while there’s nothing wrong with a gift card, it’s not exactly the most thrilling surprise. That’s why it’s fun (and surprisingly beneficial) to give an unexpected and original present by shopping for unique gifts.
Thanks to the endless options online, the sheer volume of choices means you can find plenty of unique gift ideas to increase the chances your recipient has never seen one before. As professionals in the retail shopping space, SPY editors know how difficult finding the truly unique gifts can be. With all of the seemingly endless possibilities, shopping for these types of gifts can feel like a never-ending vortex. That’s why we did the hard work for you, walking those virtual shelves and racks to find the best of the best.
Whether you’re looking for the best gift for dad, the best Christmas gift, or a thoughtful gift for your wife, we’ve got you covered with the best unique gift ideas to give during the holiday season. While many of these options may seem unconventional, each is super useful in its own special way.
You’ll certainly win Christmas after shopping this curated list of unique gifts, giving your recipient something they never even knew they needed. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling to see some of the SPY team’s favorite unique gift ideas we’ve discovered over the years.
How to Find the Perfect Unique Gift for Someone You Don’t Know
Before we dive into the best unique gifts available online, let’s take a moment to acknowledge that the holiday season and any other celebrations are often fraught with hard-to-make decisions when buying for people you don’t know that well. Everyone deserves a unique gift, whether it’s a coworker, a distant aunt or the mailman, but how do you find the perfect gift for someone you don’t know?
First, think about any interactions you’ve had with them. Did they mention any hobbies or needs? Your unique gift could be connected to that. Second, do a little social media stalking if you know their name. There may be clues about their personality buried on Facebook or Instagram. These can also be used to pick out the perfect gift. Finally, ask someone who knows them better what they might like. This is a straightforward way to get them something they may like. And, if all else fails, pick something generic that almost anyone would enjoy, like a blanket, a speaker or a candle.
How Much Should You Spend on a Gift?
This is the most Googled phrase surrounding gift-giving, and that’s because the answer is never easy. It depends on the occasion, your budget and how well you know the person. In general, you can use the following as a starting point, but remember: if your recipient wants you to spend so much that your finances will suffer, then do they deserve a gift in the first place?
- Spouses: At least $100
- Parents: $50-$100
- Siblings: About $50
- Your Children: $25-$75 depending on their age
- Friends, Hosts & Teachers: $15-$25
- CoWorkers & Boss: $10-$25
- Wedding Gift: About $100
- Baby Shower: $50-$100
It’s important to note that gift-giving should never send you into debt. First and foremost, determine what you can afford and stick to that. In addition, you may need to consider setting spending guidelines if you’re participating in a Secret Santa or family gift exchange.
So what are you waiting for? Get your gift shopping done and then relax knowing you’ve got something worth giving. We’re confident that the unique gift ideas you’re looking for are waiting for you below.