The perfect gift is hard to find, and with a handful of annual gift-giving holidays, the pressure to wow your recipient ramps up more than once in a calendar year. The most important people in our life deserve memorable, meaningful gifts on these special days, but the challenge to make their wishes come true sometimes leaves even the best of gift-givers worried that they won’t find something to adequately capture just how unique and special their giftee is to them.
Fortunately, this guide is here to help. Read on for one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to take the cake.
1. A Pre-Planned Getaway
Sometimes the best gifts can’t be tied up with string. For a gift that is sure to wow your loved one, a vacation just can’t be beaten. A gifted getaway can be as simple as an overnighter in your hometown or a weeks-long overseas excursion, thanks to first-class cruise packages. This impressive gift allows you to plan out a lot of details, such as restaurants, tours or sightseeing adventures, for your loved one, and the more planning and forethought you put into a gifted trip, the more loved your recipient is sure to feel.
2. A Houseplant
Despite our best efforts, many gifts often end up in the back of a closet or in a donation pile within a year. Give the gift of greenery and pick up a lush houseplant for your giftee’s home. Even if your recipient is far from a green-thumbed caretaker, a houseplant can brighten up their space and inspire a new hobby–even if it’s short-lived. Look for hardier house plants such as snake plants, succulents, pothos, cast iron plants or ZZ plants that require little maintenance. For best results, include handy instructions for them, so they’re more likely to keep their new potted friend alive.
3. Personalized Wall Art
Babies, children and adults alike all deserve a beautiful space that they can call their own. Wall art with a personal touch can help your giftee to feel more connected to their space and beautify it at the same time. Frame a customized monogram, a photograph of a favorite vacation spot, a map of their hometown, a quote from a favorite movie or book, a drawing of a favorite flower or plant or a special inside joke to brighten their day whenever they see it.
4. Thoughtful Tickets
Top-tier gifts are always memorable, and there’s no better way to ensure yours is kept in your recipients memory than by giving them the gift of an experience they won’t forget. Whether your loved one is a big fan of musicals or they’ve had their eyes on a touring Egyptian exhibit, a pair of tickets turns a gift into a shared experience in which quality time with you or another loved one becomes a cherry on top of an already stellar present.
5. A Subscription
Subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving. Magazines, online course platforms, monthly gift boxes, streaming services or monthly book clubs give your loved one something that they can use in a variety of different ways and over a longer duration of time. Think hard about the things that interest your giftee, and look for ways to show them that you have paid attention to their passions and want to support them in doing what they love most.
6. A Photo Book
It’s hard to put into words how much your loved one means to you. Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are a host of websites that allow you to upload photographs straight from your phone, arrange them on pages(with captions or written blurbs if you choose) and have them printed and shipped straight to your door. You can immortalize a favorite trip you spent together, put together a collection of some of the silliest selfies you’ve taken with one another or assemble a collection of your favorite photographs of them. Something as personal and exclusive as a photo book can’t be bought from a store, which makes this a first-rate choice for someone you adore.
7. A Unique Celebrity Shout-out!
Imagine if you could get a special message for your loved one from their biggest icon. Now don’t get too excited, but this is actually a dream come true! Get a celebrity happy birthday message that will not only surprise them, but also it’s something they can watch non-stop. You can also tailor the message to make sure it includes their name and some personal details that will take it to the next level. This one-of-a-kind gift idea means you will avoid (awkwardly) getting the same thing as someone else, and it’s a life-long gift that will outlast any other.