• Katlyn Selleck

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s beginning to look like Christmas here in Grand Rapids. I love this time of year when the air is chilled and Christmas trees light up each front window of every home. Everyone is in the holiday spirit, bundled in heavy coats and boots while snow trucks are out clearing our West Michigan roads and our beautiful bridges are lined and lit with holiday lights for the Christmas season!

It has been talked about all year that this holiday season will see some changes. It’s a sad fact that many of us will feel the effects of not seeing distant family members, not having a large dinner and filling our homes with our closest loved ones. As 2020 is coming to its close, it makes our new reality more concrete every waking moment but let’s not have it affect our appreciation for the ones around us. Many of us struggle with the difficult decision of gift giving and this year I thought I'd share some of my favorite unique gifts that will leave your loved ones filled with joy!

Ember Mug

Do you know an avid coffee drinker who drinks their morning pot of coffee then proceeds to bring more to the office? The Ember Mug is great for keeping their hot beverage perfectly heated all day long as their busy and productive! This little gift is worth splurging on so your loved one can receive a little taste of luxury.

Find the Ember Mug here.

Embossed Rolling Pins

Do you have someone in your family that loves to bake? These stylish rolling pins are perfect to take baking to the next level. With many designs to choose from, there’s one for any occasion and is perfect for baking in a pinch but wanting creations to look professional.

Find the rolling pins here.

Personalized Cutting Board

The kitchen is a place for families to come together and make delicious meals and why not celebrate your family with a personalized cutting board. This gift is perfect for the cooks of the family and they will always think of you when they're preparing dinner!

You can find many options on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorites: One, Two, Three, Four

Whiskey Stone Gift Set

Is it just me or are men the most difficult to shop for? They never tell you what they want, and instead you’re out shopping in the mall with your eyes spinning and hands still empty. This gift set is great for the men in your life that love whiskey. If they are looking to spruce up their drink game, this set includes two personalized glasses, nine whiskey stones and a pair of tongs—also known as their favorite gift this Christmas.

Click here to find a great whiskey gift set on Etsy.

Personalized Decanter

While alcohol bottles can be aesthetically pleasing, why not give the whiskey or scotch lover in your life a beautiful decanter to display their favorite drink. Add a splash of personalization to keep the gift personal and they will enjoy and use their new decanter for many years to come.

Here are my favorites: One, Two, Three

Lap Desk

Now that 2020 has created a new workspace for many people all over the globe, making yourself comfortable at home while working is priority. Gifting a lap desk this Christmas is the perfect gift for someone working 9am-5pm from home on their laptop.

Five star quality lap desk here.

The Night Sky

These star maps have reached all ends of the internet over the past few years and this year this gift is a great way to show someone how much they mean to you. Choose a symbolic or important date and The Night Sky will create a map of the stars correlating to your chosen memory. It’s a wonderful conversation piece and they can hang it in their home to always remember the special moment.

Friends Custom Picture

Christmas shopping for friends is always a blast because more times than not, their gifts are fun and personal. Found on Etsy, personalnyounique creates your very own Friends inspired couch. Ranging from two to five friends, you can fully customize each person to make this present full of love and joy. If your friends love that late 90’s, early 00’s show, this gift is a winner!

Find this masterpiece here on Etsy.

Tabletop Glass Fireplace

If you have a friend that lives in an apartment or doesn't have a fireplace, this tabletop glass fireplace is the perfect addition to their space! It brings a cozy environment and relaxing atmosphere to any room and will make guests envious whenever they visit. When it arrives it's easy to assemble and uses simple fuel. With a price like this, snatch one up for all your friends and family to enjoy!

Find this amazing fireplace here.

Book Swap

Since this year is different, why not pinch a few pennies and set up a book swap between your friends and family! This idea is great for discovering new genres and authors to read and will leave your Christmas full of amazing books. Book swaps are great for also reading books that you'd never pick up yourself, just simply choose a book, wrap it, and exchange it with your favorite person's book to enjoy a wonderful Christmas book swap!

Subscription Box

This idea is wonderful if you don't know what to specifically get a person! If they love tea, pay for a 3 month tea subscription box like Sipsby. If you're shopping for a video game lover, Loot Crate is perfect for giving them collectables and trinkets you know they'll love! There are so many subscription boxes that can be for anyone's hobbies, simply pay for a few months and they will enjoy a new box of gifts each month.

Personalized Candle

Candles are usually a generic gift given at Christmas when we don't know what to give. To make this gift a little special find a candle at Homesick that represents the person you're shopping for. If they love books, try the Book Club Candle. Are they from New York? Gift them the New York Candle. If you want a personalized candle that's a bit more mystical, take a peek at Mythologie Candles. Here you will find candles inspired by fantasy worlds, famous fantasy objects and mythical creatures!

Have fun this Christmas with gifts. Just because we can't spend it with all our loved ones, make up for it with a fun, unique gift they will enjoy and talk about forever!

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