Hi everyone – you know on Friday, when I said “this is the last gift guide I’ll be posting”? Well, that was a fib. HERE is the last gift guide. And it’s a special one 🙂
THIS post, my faithful readers, is also from my first ever guest poster – I am incredibly honoured to have had this contribution from my dear friend Louise (you remember: we went to the V&A together). We have known each other for many, many years, and Louise is a fantastic aspiring fiction writer. When I told her I was doing a series of themed Christmas Gift Guides, we started bouncing ideas off each other, at which point I asked if she’d be kind enough to write a guest post. So, without further ado, here it is! 🙂
Quirky Christmas Gift GUEST Guide
Surrounded as I am by the sort of people who think it is socially acceptable – or, would you believe it, somehow praise-worthy – to answer the question ‘what would you like for Christmas?’ with either ‘I don’t know’ or ‘don’t get me anything’, I thought it only necessary to pull together a list of gift ideas for Those People Who Don’t Necessarily Have Everything But Are Nonetheless Difficult To Buy For (And Extremely Unhelpful Too). When it comes to these delightful individuals, ‘different’ is the word of the day, so keep your eyes peeled for that quirky, often useful item, tucked away in the back of a shop where you’d never usually think to look.
Here are some of my favourite examples:
1. Okay, maybe not for everyone, but do they like to bake? Are they a pirate? If the answer to the first question is yes, and the second is no, then these Ninjabread Men cookie cutters are definitely the gift to buy:
2. This is for anyone who has a metal surface in their home! Recycled gifts may come off as cheap or preachy, but no one can argue that these lizards, spawned forth from Red Bull cans, aren’t completely adorable. They’re fridge magnets, but check out the creator’s shop for other similar items – there’s definitely something for everyone there, and they make fabulous little stocking fillers or gifts-on-a-budget:
3. A gift for anyone who likes marsupials! This 4 GB flash-drive from hemingwayfun is made to look like a Duck-Billed Platypus. Another stocking filler, but after all, the best gifts are the most thoughtful or creative ones, not the most expensive. And look at its little face. I’d rather carry my data around in a Platypus than almost anything else.
Again, check out the shop for more options.
4. Everyone is lazy. They might not admit it. They might not act it. But deep down, we are all driven by natural, evolutionary urges to expend as little energy as possible, and after a big Christmas dinner, who on Earth wants to move in order to reach their drink, or the TV remote, or the box of Ferrero Rocher your aunty gives you every year because she hasn’t realised they’re not actually posh?
Cue the desktop forklift.
Why didn’t someone invent this years ago? Actually, for all I know, they may have, but the important thing is, it exists now.
5. If you don’t like wine, and you don’t like cats… well, I won’t judge you, but just so you know, you’re on a MI6 watchlist. These adorable – and beautifully made – kitty wine glass markers are found on Etsy, from user BlazingMntCreations. No more arguments over whose glass is whose, and look! Kitties!
(Disclaimer: people who don’t like wine and cats are not necessarily bad people, but just to be on the safe side, keep an eye on them.)
6. Things that look like other things are inexplicably fun, and this neat little stocking filler is bound to get a smile. Everyone needs notepaper, so yours might as well be note-worthy. This is a pad disguised as a pear, found in the V&A Museum giftshop.
7. And to round it all off in a nice, neat circle, another Ninja-themed budget gift in the form of these throwing-star push-pins. Perfect for anyone who’s got bits of paper they need impaled on a cork-board. Found on Thinkgeek.com, a good gift site for all the geeks and nerds in your life – but if you have any, you probably already know that.
And that’s more or less it from me! I’ll finish on this; gift buying is never as difficult as we make it out to be. It’s not about the cost, or where you got it from, it’s about finding the gift that resonates with the recipient. There’s something out there for everyone, and picking unusual, unpredictable gifts is the best way to get a positive reaction – and maybe something quirky in return!