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When it comes to buying Christmas presents, it’s often hard to find presents that will come as a bit of a surprise. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you almost always buy your Mum and Dad variations on the same present (for us, it’s nice slippers and a book for Mum and a new power tool for Dad.) This year, why not surprise your family by taking a look through these unusual Christmas gift ideas? We’ve tried to include something for everyone, from your Mum and Dad to that-person-in-the-office-that-you-don’t-really-know-but-got-given-for-Secret-Santa.
Plus, because we know Christmas can be difficult to do on a budget, we’ve made sure that every present on this list costs £20 or less. Win, win!
(Bamboo Top Tip: Of course, this list only shows a fraction of the wacky, unusual and downright weird presents that are available online. If you’d like to take a trip down the unusual Christmas gift ideas rabbit hole, make sure you check out I Want One of Those (IWOOT) and Firebox. If you’re after an unusual present, they’re the places to go.)
Unusual Christmas gift ideas for: Your Parents
Your parents are always difficult to buy for, right? Something football or DIY related for your Dad, and some perfume or some nice slippers for your Mum.
Well this year, how about making them Laird and Lady of a castle in the Scottish Highlands? Not only can they officially use the title on everything from their bank accounts to their Nectar cards, but they’ll be entitled to a whole host of rights and privileges associated with their title – including a tour of the grounds, fishing privileges and permission to use the Dunan’s insignia on their post and private mail.
Plus, the title is hereditary – so every generation of your family will have access to the land and use of the title. In years to come, your grandchildren could be the Laird or Lady of the Scottish Highlands – not bad for £13.99 (from IWOOT) per person, eh?
Unusual Christmas gift ideas for: Your Siblings
Wow, where to start with these? There’s so many to choose from.
If your sibling is a bit of a film buff, why not treat them to this very weird melting face of Toht from Raiders of the Lost Ark (£19.99 from Firebox)?
If that’s not really their thing (to be honest, melting-face candles are a bit of a niche gift…) then perhaps they’d be more interested in beer they can spread on their toast (£9.99 from Firebox), edible bubbles (£12.99 from Firebox – honestly, these are great!) or a small bottle of vodka complete with an edible scorpion (£12.99 from Firebox)? (We did warn you that they would be weird!)
Unusual Christmas gift ideas for: Your other half/significant other/wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/partner/soulmate/haven’t put a label on it yet etc…
This one is easy. What does every partner in the world secretly want?
Their partner to stop leaving the toilet seat up? (Or, equally, for their partner to stop telling them to put the toilet seat down?)
New earrings? A new guitar?
Or, maybe even a nice cast-iron skillet? (If you’re reading this, Vicky, have I dropped enough hints yet?)
No. The answer is obvious. What your partner secretly wants is – obviously – a cushion of your face. And now, this Christmas, you can make their dreams come true!
Firebox’s Mushion allows you to upload a photo and they will transform it into a cushion that your partner can treasure forever. After all, nothing says I love you like a plush, stuffed version of your head.
Just think of those nights you’re away from the house, never again will your partner have to suffer having the whole bed to themselves – now your face can be right there on your pillow. Not creepy at all, right?
Unusual Christmas gift ideas for: That-person-in-the-office-that-you-know-but-don’t-really-know-but-you-were-given-for-Secret-Santa
It happens every year, doesn’t it? You’re excited about Secret Santa and then you find out you’ve been given Dave from Accounting. Now, last year you had a chat with him at the Christmas Party and he seemed like a nice guy, but was he drinking whiskey or beer? Maybe you could get him a miniature set. Hold on, wasn’t he talking about his love of Star Wars? That’s a good start. But what if it was Star Trek? You’ve made that mistake before and it did not end well… Maybe that was the other Dave in Accounting though…
In that situation, there’s only one solution. Go full-on weird. Embrace the unusual. It may not be the gift he’s always wanted, but he’ll never forget the time he got chocolate sprouts or a Christmas jumper for his mug.
Best case scenario: he loves it. Worst case scenario: he hates it but he doesn’t know who got it for him!
What’s the weirdest Christmas present you’ve ever received? Let us know in the comments!
- Author Jack Barclay
- Posted 21 December 2016