Finding the perfect gift can be a delightful challenge, and exploring unique gift ideas is a great way to show someone how much you care. From personalized keepsakes to experiential presents like a cooking class or a weekend getaway, the right gift ideas can make any occasion memorable. Consider the recipient’s interests and hobbies to find the most thoughtful and meaningful gift ideas.

Everyone has someone in their life who proves really tricky to buy for because they’re particularly picky, seem to already have everything or insist they don’t want anything.

Here are a few things to consider if that’s the position you’re in:

Think nostalgia

Is the someone you’re trying to buy the perfect gift for likely to be moved by something nostalgic?

There are all sorts of nostalgia-based gifts you can give for all different budgets.

You could source some of their favourite childhood sweets or chocolates or invite them to join you for a nostalgic meal from their childhood.

Original newspapers from the year they were born or a significant year in their history may hit the spot and are easily available online.

You could source something that relates to a place that has meaning to them such as the town they grew up in or a favourite holiday spot. It could be a beautiful framed photo or canvas, a jigsaw – either of a scene from the place or a map of the local area or you might be able to find some postcards that you can mount and frame.

Think experiences

Buying someone an experience gift rather than something tangible is almost always a winner.

If you’re confident that there’s something specific they might enjoy, you can select the exact experience. Maybe a driving day for someone car-mad, an adrenaline high for a thrillseeker or a brewery or vineyard tour for someone who enjoys a tipple? A meal voucher will be well received by almost everyone.

If you’re unsure, you can also buy vouchers that offer the recipient a choice of multiple different experiences. You really can’t go wrong with that.

The gift of time and your company is often one of the most valuable things to anyone who cares about you. Buying an experience voucher that you can enjoy together will provide you both with memories that will last much longer than anything else.

Think Unique

Well, thinking unique is one thing that will stand you apart from others. You might believe that extraordinary gifts don’t count as much, but you’ll be glad to know that people feel incredibly happy receiving unique presents. One such example is naming a star after them. Imagine the thrill they’d feel knowing that a star in the cosmos is registered in their name forever. It will be recorded in the official book. How unique is that?
Now, you might be wondering where to get this gift. There are “name a star” service providers online with officially recognized star databases. You can choose between an email certificate or a physical one. It will include the location of the star and the name of your loved one. So next time you’re pondering a gift, think unique and make someone’s day truly special!

Think charitably

Some people really do mean it when they say ‘Don’t buy me anything, I have all I need.’ Older relatives are renowned for this.

When houses are full of things, chocolates are out because their diet is tightly controlled and everyone always buys flowers, thinking charitably may be the answer.

Would the recipient you’re thinking of being touched by a gift that sponsors an underprivileged child in their name? Or support an animal shelter?

You can buy all kinds of gift packs along these lines from various charities. Unicef and WWF, are just two options. Smaller local charities often have similar things to offer. Or you can just make a donation in the name of your recipient. Most charities would be all too happy to make you a little certificate in recognition for you to pass on.

For unique and memorable birthday return gift ideas, check out this list of fun and interesting options that will delight your guests.

Think hobbies

Really personalised gifts are often the most touching so it’s worth having a think about the current or former passions of the person you’re buying for.

Did they once love golf but can’t play any more? Are they a keen gardener, cook or do they love the outdoors?

There are often little gifts you can buy that pick up on the theme of a hobby to either provide practical support with it or as a happy reminder and memento of it.

A really helpful gadget for the kitchen might be perfect for a cook, a great planter or indoor growing kit for a gardener or an ornament, picture or piece of memorabilia for a sports fan.

A cool anime T-shirt or merchandise will make any geeky friend happy. A video game or Funko Pop figurine of their favourite character is also perfect.

If your loved one loves the world around them, how about naming a star for them or dedicating a tree to them via the National Forest, National Trust, Woodland Trust or a similar organisation?

Think direct

We’re all a little shy to ask someone what they’d like but sometimes asking is the best idea!

You can either ask the person themselves to tell you about anything they spot that they’d like in the weeks before a special occasion or ask someone else who is close to them.

If you don’t want to be quite so direct, how about inviting them for a shopping trip and taking note of anything they take a fancy to? They’ll be really touched that you noticed and remembered.

A little thought goes a long way when it comes to gifts. It really isn’t the case that the biggest or most expensive are the best.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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