Unique ways to spoil your loved ones this Christmas

One of the absolute joys of Christmas is seeing the faces of your loved ones light up as they unwrap that perfect gift. But as the years go on it can get harder and harder to think of unique ideas. From the daughter in law that just seems to have everything to the grandkids are growing up much too fast, shopping for gifts can turn into a bit of a headache.

Cue the GrownUps “Unique Gift Ideas” edition. Whatever your budget, we’ve put together some novel gift ideas that are guaranteed to thrill your nearest and dearest.

An experience

Want to give a gift that will last a lifetime? Experiential gifts forge unique memories that will never break, wear out or get lost. From romantic experiences designed especially for couples to fun days out that the whole family will enjoy, there’s so much to choose from. Check out websites like Red Balloon for some incredible ideas.

Merino wool

Nothing says “New Zealand” quite like wonderfully soft merino wool. Sure, socks and underwear aren’t exactly a “unique” Christmas gift idea. But throw merino into the mix and it elevates the concept to a whole new level. The incredible natural material actively regulates body temperature which means you’ll stay warm when it’s chilly and cool when it’s sweltering. As well as a fantastic line for men and women Icebreaker has some gorgeous gift ideas for kids.

Handmade with love

New Zealand has always harboured a flourishing arts scene, so why not wrap up something inspired this Christmas? We love seasonal events like the Wellington Underground Market, where you can stock up on beautiful, handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list. Think potted succulents and terrariums for the teenage girls, gorgeous handmade jewellery for your daughter in law, a unique art print for your other half and more.

Tantalising treats

On a budget this year? Why not whip up your own edible Christmas gifts in your kitchen? You can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love 100% natural, homemade treats? We love this recipe for festive cranberry, ginger and orange chutney as well as this amazingly easy chocolate truffles gem.

Arts and crafts at your fingertips 

Another online retailer we love is Etsy. It unlocks access to a myriad of talented designers across New Zealand. It’s basically like having the country’s best handmade craft markets at your fingertips. And once again, everything’s delivered direct to your door which means you barely lift a finger.

Curated online gifts

New baby in the family? We’re gaga for these quirky gift ideas curated by one of New Zealand’s top online gift stores. You’ll also find a huge selection catered to ladies, gents and little ones. And the best thing is you won’t even have to leave your house, simply click, pay and wait for delivery.

Diffuse it

All the rage in yoga studios, wellness stores and boutiques across the globe, essential oil diffusers are an natural way to scent your home and purify the air. We love the offerings from this New Zealand based store, and we’re pretty sure your loved ones will agree. Complement your diffuser with a starter pack of essential oils that the recipient can blend according to their mood. For Christmas we love a mix of cinnamon, orange and pine needle.


DIY kits

Why go shopping when you can make Christmas presents at home? Maybe you’ve got a mixologist who loves a great cocktail. Put together a mixology kit as a Christmas gift with everything needed to make the perfect martini or cocktail of choice. Or how about a gravlax kit complete with a voucher for their local fishmonger? Putting together the kits are great fun and you can tailor them to suit the receivers tastes and preferences.

Ask around

One of the best ways to come up with unique gift ideas is to simply ask around. Chances are your neighbour has already bought their son in law an incredibly thoughtful gift that you can use for inspiration.

A bonding experience

Whether it’s a rock and gemstones show with your granddaughter, a night out at the monster truck stadium with your son in law, an evening at the ballet with your closest friend or a romantic sunset sail with your partner, bonding experiences will not only gift your loved ones with lifelong memories, but they’ll also help to enrich your relationship. Just don’t forget to buy two tickets! And remember, even something as simple as two tickets to the movies will go down a treat.

With so many unique ways to spoil your loved ones there’s no reason why you should wrap up something lacklustre this Christmas.