Take A Break From Tradition: Unique Gifts You Can Afford
Finding unique gifts for family and friends can be a challenge
for even the most seasoned shopper. Throw in a dash of holiday
madness, mass broadcast advertising and several pounds of flyers
in your mailbox, and your head might be full of this year's
newest must-have, but not particularly unique gifts. To make an
impression, however, toss aside the traditional gift ideas that
everyone will be giving and receiving and focus on finding
unique gifts that reflect the interests and personality of your
When looking for ideas for unique gifts, think about the person
who will be receiving your present. What does he or she like to
do for hobbies? Do you know his favorite color or her taste in
music or clothing? What does this person need? Is he or she
facing any major transitions in the immediate future? Creating
an informal profile will help you come up with unique gifts to
suit each person on your list.
For example, if you are searching for unique gifts for your
wife, take a look in her closet. What colors and styles do you
see there? Perhaps you could borrow an outfit or two and take
them to a jeweller as inspiration for a piece of custom
jewellery like a set of one-of-a-kind earrings made to match her
favorite dress. Talk about unique gifts!
A new college student might appreciate unique gifts centered on
a school theme, such as a gift certificate to a local furniture
or book store, a compilation of his or her favorite songs or
perhaps a collage of family photographs or a painting of a loved
pet to help decorate a dorm room.
Depending on what you choose, unique gifts don't have to be
pricy gifts. Some of the most cherished and unique gifts are
those that are handmade. Consider some of the following:
Unique gifts you can make:
* Scrapbooks - these can be as playful or as elegant as your
imagination, and are a great way to store and present photos.
* Ornaments - delightful ornaments for Christmas and other
occasions can be crafted with only a minimum of resources. Use
common materials such as beads, wire and glue to create lovely
and memorable pieces.
* Clothing & accessories - if you can sew, knit, or crochet, the
possibilities for unique gifts are endless: using simple
patterns, beginners can make hats, scarves, mittens, handbags,
skirts, jackets and more.
* Stories, songs and artwork - if you're a gifted writer,
musician or artist it would be a shame not to turn your talents
into unique gifts that family members and friends are sure to
cherish, so be creative!
If you aren't the hands-on type, you can also purchase unique
gifts throughout the year. Keep others in mind as you browse
through craft markets, auction sales or artisans' fairs, and if
you find something wonderful, tuck it away until the next
birthday, Christmas, anniversary or other event. Your
thoughtfulness will be appreciated, and everyone will be
wondering how just you find such perfect and unique gifts.