Quirky Christmas present ideas!
It’s that time of year again. Time to wring your hands and worry about what to give in the way of Christmas presents – ones that are different to the normal humdrum fare or gifts for the person who already has everything they are ever likely to need.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas for some of the quirkier Christmas gifts.
Photobox offers a range of gifts that you can personalise to add that special touch, such as mugs, jigsaws, cushion, wall calendars, prints and even Christmas baubles!
Prices start from less than a tenner, so you are sure to find something to suit every budget.
Reading books might be a similarly retro pastime for some, but there are others who clearly appreciate the feel of a hardback in their hands.
A neat idea for bookworms such as these is a monthly subscription to specialist bookshop Libreria which has cast off the image of previous book clubs and offers tailor-made selections of previously undiscovered works.
A subscription may be bought for as little as £12.49 a month.
For that green-fingered friend or colleague, you might want to consider a terrarium (a mini-garden in a bottle).
The Present Finder has starter kits from £50 to £110 which has everything needed to grow the mini garden, including the bottle, growing medium, plants and tools.
For that friend who loves outdoor entertaining, how about a beer well? They can surprise his or her friends next summer by drawing a sparkling cold beer straight from the ground with this cleverly-designed underground beer cooler from German manufacturers HopfenHöhle – from around €100 to €190.
If you are after something rather more chic, a steel and glass rainbow-studded Boston shaker is the ideal accompaniment to cocktails on the lawn. The sparkly studs lend a better grip when the novice bartender is showing off his or her tricks, and an airtight seal stops the contents flying out.
Buy one from Kitchen Craft for around £30.
A great gift for gardeners or as a cheeky Secret Santa-type gift. You can grow your own Hairy Beaver. The kit comes with a beaver planter, perennial ryegrass seeds and its own water bowl. Simply place your Hairy Beaver in the watering bowl and cover it with the grass seeds.
Buy online at Find Me A Gift for £8.99 (currently 30% off the usual price).
For the person who loves art and everything about it, a National Art pass grants access to more than 240 museums and historic sites – saving up to 50% on must-see exhibitions and displays.
Annual membership of £70 includes the National Art pass, an Art Quarterly magazine, an Art map, and regular emails.
A little extra wearable technology is unlikely to go amiss, and the Fitbit Versa 2 may appeal to those who also keep an eye on their health and fitness.
The smartwatch tracks your heart rate 24/7, has inbuilt Amazon Alexa, and a battery life of up to four days until the next charge – currently around £200 from Fitbit.
Finally, for something a little bit different, why not buy an experience as a memorable gift? Red Letter Days, for example, has a range of activities from spa days to indoor skydiving; from driving a supercar to wine tasting and vineyards – and much more!
The data used in this article is correct at the time of writing.