In my family, there is no real “unusual gift”. We have seen and given it all. In fact, it is the more unusual gifts that make Christmas so much fun. One year we gave my sister in law a generic can of salmon as a joke. She still displays it proudly in her kitchen and claims it was one of the best gifts she got that year. Last year we gave her a garbage bag full of plastic grocery bags. At the time she had two small dogs and a large dog and was tired of spending so much on waste bags for their walks. Again, we were hailed as the best gift givers of the year.
Sometimes the “perfect gift” is anything but. Sometimes it is silly or something you just wouldn’t think of as a gift until someone mentions it. Here are ten unusual Christmas gifts that just might be the “perfect gift” for someone special in your life.
Method Dish Soap and Cleaning Products – Products from Method are non toxic cleaners that are safe to use around the house and environmentally responsible. It might seem a little odd to be buying dishwasher detergent or all purpose cleaner for a loved one, but it might just be the best gift you can give them. Not only are you giving them something that they use every day, you are giving them the chance to try something new without having to spend any money. Every year my husband’s grandmother sends us a gift bag full of everyday items such as Method hand soap, toilet paper, and crock pot liners. Those things can be expensive and when you are on a budget you appreciate having an extra bottle of soap under the sink much more than another snow globe that sings Christmas carols.
Bob’s Red Mill Food Mixes – You can find Bob’s Red Mill products in any health food store and even in most grocery stores. With an extensive line of delicious and organic baking products and food mixes ou are sure to find the perfect gift for someone on your list. Bob’s Red Mill even produces a line of gluten free mixes. Perhaps there is a sweet tooth in your family who might enjoy trying the chocolate cake or shortbread cookie mix. Maybe there is a busy mom in your family who would appreciate a large bag of potato bread mix to throw into the bread maker in the morning. Bob’s Red Mill has something for everyone’s taste and is such a sweet way to show someone you care. Imagine doing your Christmas shopping in the baking aisle while you are picking up your Christmas ham. Two trips in one and if you are like me, you can go late at night when no one else is there.
Play Fish Cash – Most games on Facebook require you to purchase a form of currency to buy the special items in store. You can’t earn this currency any other way than trying out special offers and paying out the cold hard cash. If you have a Facebook fanatic on your list, perhaps a few Play Fish bucks would be a wonderful gift for them to find. Since this person will probably update Facebook as soon as the gift portion of the day is over, you can give them a “gift card” under the tree and have them log in while you purchase their game currency.
Catered Dinner – If there is a set of busy parents on your list this year an unusual Christmas gift, yet much appreciated Christmas gift, would be to have a personal chef cater a dinner for the couple at their home. They can have a delicious meal and a date night without worrying about the cooking or the cleaning.
Trash Service – I am not sure that anyone has ever paid for our trash pick-up service, but I sure would be excited if that was my Christmas gift this year. In fact, it just may go on my list. Just imagine having a month without paying a certain bill. The receiver of your gift could spend that money on something that need or perhaps something that they want. I bet you could ask anyone on the street and 100% of them would tell you that is a great Christmas gift.
Margarita Mix and Bubble bath – This should be a no brainer, but I am surprised by how often men do not understand this. If you wrap up a bottle of margarita mix, or other drink the woman in your life likes, with a bottle of luxurious bubble bath, she will know what to do with it. Perhaps add a candle and easy listening CD to the bag.
Photography Session- For a family on a budget, having a photographer capture the moment in a photograph is a wonderful gift. Photographers and photos can be expensive even at super store photo centers and most families on a budget don’t get to have these formal pictures.
Online Subscription – It is an unusual Christmas gift, but to someone who spends a lot of time on a particular site, a subscription or donation to that site is an amazing gift. For instance, I spend a lot of time on Craftster.org and have a membership there. My membership is about to expire and although it is only $12 for a year, I would be more than ecstatic if someone paid that for me or made a donation to the site.
Halloween Decorations – It is Christmas time and everyone is surrounded by Christmas items so you might think that Halloween decorations, or any other holiday decorations, might be a very unusual Christmas gift. It might be, but if someone happens to love a certain holiday, Halloween for example, it makes sense to scrounge the after Halloween clearance rack and put together a great gift for someone to use next Halloween. My mother in law loves candy decorations for cakes. It is widely known that your birthday cake will have decorations from whatever holiday was last. We all know this and pick the clearance racks clean when holiday candy decorations are cheap. We then save them and give them to her for her birthday or Christmas and she loves not only having to spend the money on them, but that we are a part of her tradition.
Inflatable Swimming Pool – It might be far too cold on Christmas day to blow up the pool, put on swimming suits, and go for a little dip, but when the summer rolls in it will be just right. Kids open plenty of toys on Christmas and they are not going to be upset that they can’t play with their pool right away because there will be 800 other things to distract them. When summer comes along and the kids start with the “I’m bored” whining, you can simply say “Remember the pool that Aunt Rose got you for Christmas?” It is the perfect gift that will be just as awesome on a hot summer day as it is on Christmas day.