With the endless exchanges of gifts during the Christmas period, it can be difficult to find something original. Giving something for your birthday to that friend who has everything is always a pain. Finding the perfect gift for the office veteran's retirement party is an impossible mission... If you get overwhelmed every time you have to give a gift you should know that you are not special, in fact it is the most common thing and there are few people who enjoy buying gifts, as they are always afraid of not getting it right. But even a small detail in a generic gift can show loved ones that you have put time and effort into the gesture.
From home décor to portable record players, the philosophy is that the crazier and more original, the better. Here are some gift ideas for all sorts of occasions where you can be inspired when you really don't know what to give. The important thing is the detail and leave a nice memory, with these gifts the person who receives them will not forget you.
The best unusual gifts for any occasion
1. Four-piece white marble cocktail bar kit
Cocktails at a dinner party can make the night fun and unforgettable. This marble and gold stand and a set of four ice tongs, bottle opener, jigger and mixing spoon is the perfect gift for those who love to host. It is also approved for party guests!
2. Personalized Mug
Who doesn't want their own personalized cup (in spanish: taza personalizada)? You can choose from an extensive catalog of designs, shapes and even personalized mugs (tazones personalizados) that change color when you pour a hot liquid into them, revealing a design or message created just for the person who is going to receive the gift. If you want to be unforgettable, design your best mug, and succeed with your gift.
3. Charlie Boots Personalised Encased Winding Watch Mechanism Cufflinks
These extravagant cufflinks made with antique watch pieces are the perfect gift for a design-obsessed gentleman. You can also have them engraved if you want to give them a personal touch.
4. Oliver Bonas Gin Jam and Spreadable Tonic
Although it's a fun idea, it can be hard to imagine what a gin and tonic flavored jam would work with. According to Oliver Bonas, it is better with a toast in the morning or in a cucumber sandwich. Let's eat!
5. Habitat Grumpy Cat Cushion
We will never forget the beloved Grumpy Kitten with her distinctive face. Now your friends can have their own very cute, but very grumpy cat to come back to every night. Only for animal lovers.
6. Mark Jackson plated switch with leather insert
If you are an interior design enthusiast, you are bound to receive gifts for the home. Impress them by decorating their rooms with custom-made light switches. They're expensive, so make sure that that decorating fanatic who is going to receive this gift, will incorporate it into his home decoration.
7. Mersoco Case Turntable
Join the analog revolution and play vinyl music again on this stylish Mersoco turntable. It comes with built-in speakers, making it easy to start the party anywhere. Who says party, says party. And don't worry the digital natives, it has Bluetooth too.
8. Gareth Neal Plough Serving Board
In the V&A furniture gallery, the first thing you'll see is a piece by Gareth Neal. Now his art can be part of the house. His serving tables, with a pure geometric design, would work well as a freestanding gift or next to a sushi machine for a fun (and delicious) set.
9. Monthly book subscription
Giving away a book of your choice each month with the help of Librería, a bookstore created by the creative community workspace company, Second Home is always a good option. The mix of undiscovered fiction, non-fiction and poetry is perfect for someone who is always looking for new ideas and a mind-broadening read. There are also other options such as a subscription to the Amazon service for the Kindle.
10. Stargazing Experience
For a gift that will leave a lasting impression, take them to look at the stars at an astronomical observatory in your area. Astronomers will be available to answer questions and show you celestial objects, which will be a magical and enlightening experience.
11. Neos SmartCam
A smart home camera is a two-for-one gift. It is practical for home surveillance and useful for documenting memories. The product captures live HD images at any time or in playback. It offers many other interesting features, such as two-way audio, motion and noise detection. It can also be linked to an Alexa.
12. Fortnum's Customized Blanc de Blancs Champagne
If you're looking for something a little stronger than tea for a party, consider giving a personalized bottle of Fortnum & Mason bubbly as a gift. The champagne, from the Grand Cru region of Chouilly, comes with a personalized label, perfect for good wishes and dedications.
13. Desktop Recreational Machine
More fun than the "executive desktop games" of the 80s. With a fully functional joystick and 240 retro games, procrastination will be hard to resist.
14. One-day landscape photography course
Instead of another fancy camera, give a photography enthusiast the skills to use their tools in the right way. They will spend the day outdoors learning to take pictures like a professional.
15. Star and Moon Earrings by Thomas Sabo Royalty
With champagne, blue, gold and pink, these magnificent 18k gold-plated earrings would make a brilliant gift for someone very special. The shiny pair is meant to be a conversation starter.
16. Personalized mask to cover the mouth
The Coronavirus has made us have a good time with our faces covered. Take protection to the next level by giving away a personalized mask, complete with your loved one's portrait. They will never look at a smooth cover in the same way again.
17. SMEG Espresso Machine
First, the coffee. This bright pink espresso machine looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie, but it has the sophisticated qualities of a high-tech coffee maker.