Get inspired by our expertly curated guide to unique Christmas gifts for loved ones. After all, we all want to gift something that's both thoughtful and special, but it can be hard finding something that's truly unique.
Maybe your loved one already has everything they need, or are particularly picky about the sorts of presents they like to receive. But whether you're looking for the best Christmas gifts for her or a Christmas gift for friends a unique and truly thoughtful present is always a winner.
That's where we come in. We've curated the best unique gifts to choose from this Christmas and chatted with experts who shared their top tricks for finding the perfect gift, even if you're all out of ideas.
The best unique Christmas gifts to buy now
Read on for our recommendations to get the perfect unique gifts for loved ones this Christmas...
Where to find unique Christmas gifts in the UK
- Amazon: Find hyper-specific products and gifts from this retail giant
- Astrid & Miyu: Shop personalized jewelry and gift boxes, with gift wrapping options
- Edge of Ember: Sustainable, personalized jewelry including engravable pieces
- Etsy: Independent and artisanal brands galore for personalized, unique gifts
- I Want One of Those: Browse novelty and fun gifts for loved ones
- Not on the High Street: Personalized gifts for all budgets from independent brands
- Redbubble: Personalize pretty much anything on this unique site
- Red Letter Days: Find experiences, vouchers and much more
Our pick of the best unique Christmas gifts in the UK
1. Happiness is a Cup of Coffee and a Good Book Leather Bookmark: View at The Tiny Gift Company
RRP: £9.95 | Delivery: 2-5 days | Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
For book-obsessed loved ones, it can be hard to think of unique gift ideas that don’t include another book to add to their ever-growing collection. A personalized bookmark is a sweet way to add a unique touch to a practical item that every book-lover needs.
Choose between several different colors for this Italian leather bookmark, and add a personalized message so your loved one thinks of you each time they open their book. Being leather, this thick bookmark is also unlikely to fall out of a book when thrown into their bag for the day, meaning they won’t have to scramble to find the last page they were reading.
2. Paper & Word Book Sleeve: View at Paper & Word
RRP: From £18 | Delivery: 3-10 days | Refundable: Not unless faulty
If you do want to gift a book to a loved one, jazz it up with these practical yet unique handmade book sleeves. Choose from hardback, paperback or e-Reader sizes, to keep books safe from dirt, dust and getting scuffed up when thrown into a bag for work.
The hardback sleeves will generally fit all shapes and sizes of books, but purchasing one of each makes this a great set to gift to a bookworm. Each sleeve is made from natural cotton or linen and arrives in compostable packaging - plus, for every order placed, a tree is planted, making this a perfect fit for those looking to find sustainable Christmas gifts.
3. Constellation Star Map: View at Magical Night Sky
RRP: From £34 | Delivery: 3-5 days for prints, 5-7 days for canvases | Refundable: No
A perfect personalized Christmas gift for her or a gift for husbands, this unique star map allows you to create a print or canvas which displays the constellations of the night sky on a particular date, for example, an anniversary. Just input the date, time and location of the event in question, choose from a range of different designs, and a personalized message will sit underneath the constellation in your chosen font.
4. Gold Plated Moon Charm Necklace: View at Decadorn
RRP: £99 | Shipping: 1-3 days | Refundable: Within 14 days of purchase
A birthstone necklace might seem more appropriate for a loved one’s birthday - maybe even for an 18th birthday gift - but there’s no reason why this personalized jewelry can’t be given at Christmas as well. Decadorn has plenty of unique birthstone necklaces to choose from, but we especially love this charm necklace, which features a vintage-style chain and a selection of pendants, including a mini pearl, a crescent moon, and of course your chosen birthstone.
5. Jungle Plant Terrarium DIY Kit: View at Bloom Box Club
RRP: £49.95 | Delivery: 3-5 days | Refundable: No
Plant lovers and foliage novices alike will adore this unique jungle terrarium, which is easy to care for and a great gift for families. Everything your loved one will need is included in this gift, so they can build up each layer - gravel, active charcoal, soil, and of course the plants - in the 100% recycled glass container, which is available with or without a small light attached to the lid.
6. Make Your Own Face Mask Kit: View at Wearth London
RRP: £21.50 | Delivery: 3-5 days | Refundable: Within 14 days of delivery
For the friend who’s tried every skincare product around, this face mask kit is full of naturally sourced, vegan ingredients, such as coconut oil and cacao powder, to create unique face masks which will be kind to the skin and the planet. These handmade boxes are available with gift wrapping, and come in home-compostable, plastic-free packaging, with an optional personalized message available.
7. Blind Date With a Book Christmas Book Box: View at Etsy
RRP: £25 | Delivery: 3-5 days | Refundable: No
This bookish gift box features a new paperback book, a trio of handmade fabric heart bookmarks, a coaster, an A5 print and randomly selected quote card, three packets of biscuits, three tealight candles and three sachets of Pukka tea, coffee or hot chocolate (you choose). Select a genre of book from a selection including thriller, romance, and Christmas, and your loved one will be surprised and delighted by a carefully selected, brand-new book alongside the unique gifts in this sweet box.
8. 100 Things to Do Scratch-Off Poster: View at Prezzybox
RRP: £12.99 | Delivery: 2-3 days | Refundable: Yes
A great gift for those with the travel bug, adrenaline junkies, or new parents who need some inspiration, this poster allows your loved one to scratch off the experiences they’ve completed, as well as providing ideas for new, interesting things to do and hobbies to try.
9. Grow Your Own Chamomile Seed Kit: View at Not on the High Street
RRP: £18 | Delivery: 3-4 days | Refundable: Within 28 days of delivery
This chamomile tea seed kit contains three pots, three compost pellets, a hand-made oak plant marker, an A6 hand-illustrated botanical print, and the chamomile seeds themselves. All aspects of the seed kit are recycled and biodegradable, and there’s a gift wrapping option available, to make this gift even more special for your tea-obsessed loved one. There are also lemon balm and peppermint tea kits available, among others.
10. Grounding Aromatherapy CBD Candle: View at The London Dispensary
RRP: £28 | Delivery: Next-day available | Refundable: Within 14 days of purchase
CBD is a naturally derived ingredient that can soothe anxiety, create a sense of calm, and also help with women’s health issues, including side effects of menopause. This grounding candle features notes such as sweet orange, bergamot and Indian ginger, is fully sustainable and vegan, and features no harmful chemicals.
11. Personalized Sound Wave Print: View at Not on the High Street
RRP: From £24.45 | Delivery: 3-15 days | Refundable: No
Choose your loved ones’ favorite song - or a couple’s first wedding song, for a unique gift for couples - and see it converted to visual soundwaves on this striking metallic print. Choose from gold, silver or copper metallic foil, a variety of different colors for the background, and a personalized message for this truly unique and thoughtful gift. A perfect Christmas gift for dads who are audio-obsessed.
12. Bookbinding Kit: View at Wearth London
RRP: £25 | Delivery: 3-5 days | Refundable: Within 14 days of delivery
This unique gift is not just a fun, DIY experience - it will also produce notebooks that can be used for years, made all the more special to your loved ones with the knowledge that they bound it themselves. Make a pamphlet notebook, a Japanese-inspired notepad, and an ‘adventurer’s journal’ with this kit, which includes tools, paper and detailed instructions.
13. Pastel Green Collage Kit: View at Cai & Jo
RRP: £45 | Delivery: 1-2 days | Refundable: Within 14 days of dispatch
If you’re stuck on a unique gift for someone who’s recently moved house or is just looking to revamp their living space, this collage kit is a perfect gift that allows your loved one to get creative with their feng shui, by creating a feature wall (or four of them), using the 50 prints however they wish. There are several different themes to choose from, but this nature-themed collage kit has a calming, aesthetically pleasing vibe.
14. Leo Zodiac Earrings: View at PDPAOLA
RRP: £57 | Delivery: 5-7 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of purchase
Zodiac gifts are similarly not just for birthdays - these gold-plated earrings feature rose quartz, malachite, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, tiger eye and white zirconia, and with both studs differing in size and shape, your loved one will doubtless draw attention and compliments when they put these on. There’s a three-year warranty, too, so if they do end up damaged, you’re covered.
15. Bunny LED Mood Lamp: View at Urban Outfitters
RRP: £35 | Delivery: 3-5 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of dispatch
Also a great Christmas gift for teenagers or for 21st birthdays, this cute mood lamp changes switches between seven different color and mood options, and its rechargeable battery lasts up to eight hours.
16. Personalized Book Just of You: View at Not on the High Street
RRP: From £39.95 | Delivery: 3 days | Refundable: No
Another personalized gift, this book tells the story of a loved one’s life through cultural events and facts throughout the years - using the date of birth of the recipient, this 60-page book provides a thoughtful, special gift to read through and keep for years to come. Perfect for a milestone birthday as well as being a sweet Christmas stocking filler, this would work well as a 40th birthday or 50th birthday gift, too.
Where to find unique Christmas gifts in the US
- Amazon: Find everything from tech gifts to books, homeware and more
- Anthropologie: Distinctive home accessories, clothing and festive gifts
- Astrid & Miyu: Shop personalized jewelry with various gift wrapping options
- Don't Buy Her Flowers: Create your own gift boxes and care packages
- Etsy: Great for gifting unique and personalized items
- Edge of Ember: Sustainable jewelry including birthstone, initial and engraved pieces
- Not on the High Street: Find outside-of-the-box gift ideas from independent brands
- Uncommon Goods: Unexpected and personal gift ideas, gift sets and subscriptions
Our pick of the best Christmas gifts in the US
1. Initial Pastel Pavé Huggie Earring: View at Edge of Ember
RRP: $105 | Delivery: 2 days | Refundable: Extended until January 14, 2023
This personalized huggie hoop comes on its own, so it's perfect for stacking with other earrings. The initial charm is detachable, meaning your loved one can wear the hoop as it is or add the initial charm themselves - the huggie earring features lilac enamel, and is lined with gemstones, including citrine and pink sapphire.
2. Create Your Own Custom Neon Sign: View at Custom Neon
RRP: From $132 | Delivery: 3-5 weeks | Refundable: No
For the loved one who has just moved into a new home, or is simply looking to add something new to their feng shui, these neon lights are a conversation-starting bedroom or living room accessory - and they can be completely personalized, by adding whichever text you like. There are several different sizes on offer, up to ‘supersized’, and there’s an option to add waterproof technology to the sign.
3. Jonathan Adler Muse Valet Eyes Tray: View at Neiman Marcus
RRP: $75 | Delivery: 3-5 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of purchase
This striking trinket tray has high sides, meaning your loved ones’ jewelry won’t escape the tray when they reach to find a new pair of earrings or necklace for the day - the golden accents, gorgeous amethyst color, and high-quality porcelain also makes this a thoughtful gift to be appreciated for years, without breaking the bank.
4. Neva Collection Steel Candle: View at Everlasting Candle Co.
RRP: $70 | Delivery: 2-10 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of purchase
We all have a friend or family member who’s candle-obsessed, which likely means they’ll require a restock every time a festive occasion comes around. These steel candles never actually melt, meaning literally endless hours of relaxation and clean burning.
Do note that these everlasting candles only burn with the accompanying Pristine Oil, in which they need to be soaked for thirty minutes before lighting. There are different colors to choose from for your candlesticks, but the gold looks especially luxurious alongside the round glass vase.
5. Lavender Pear-Shaped Pendant: View at Bayou Glass Arts
RRP: From $54.95 | Delivery: 2-9 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of delivery
Made with real dried lavender, this handmade pendant features a pressed flower between two teardrop-shaped pieces of glass. Choose from a black or silver shiny finish, three different adjustable chain lengths, and even add a personalized message alongside the gift wrapping option available.
6. Quench™ Lightweight Solid Face Moisturizer: View at Ethique
RRP: $30 | Delivery: 3-6 days | Refundable: Yes
Solid moisturizer may sound strange, but this handy bottle is hydrating, non-greasy, and can be used both as a daily moisturizer in the morning or as a night cream. Hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and jojoba oil are all enriching ingredients that ensure a dewy, healthy look for oily to balanced skin - a perfect beauty gift for the skincare obsessed.
7. OCOOPA 2-Pack Hand Warmers Rechargeable: View at Amazon
RRP: $55.98 | Delivery: 3-6 days | Refundable: Return until 31st January, 2023
We all have a loved one who’s always cold, so what could be better than a sleek hand warmer? These rechargeable hand warmers come in a variety of different colors and are perfect for dog walking, camping, and hiking, as well as just keeping hands warm on those unbearably cold winter days. Having a quick source of heat to hand is also integral for lots of arthritis sufferers, and this warmer instantly heats up, giving you three levels of temperatures to choose from as needed.
8. Composite Agate Coaster: View at Anthropologie
RRP: $11.20 | Delivery: 7-10 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of purchase
Made from natural agate stone, each one of these coasters will look slightly different, making this a truly unique gift for a loved one. The heaviness of agate means these durable coasters will last for years to come, and the stunning colors in the stone will be sure to please.
9. Personalized Wildflower Balloon Gin Glass: View at Not on the High Street
RRP: $27.93 | Delivery: 5-10 days | Refundable: No
This perfect gift for a gin-lover would be well-received alongside a bottle of their favorite gin - though wine, cocktails or any non-alcoholic beverages would look just as pretty in these stunning glasses. Delicate floral designs combine with the personalized aspect of engraving your loved ones’ name, resulting in a thoughtful gift for a friend or Christmas gift for a mother-in-law.
10. Desk Gift Set: View at The Little Market
RRP: $116 | Delivery: 2-3 days | Refundable: Within 30 days of delivery
For the friend or partner who works from home, this carefully curated gift set supports artisanal producers around the world who have hand-made these unique products. The kit features a hand sanitiser - choose from citrus, lavender, patchouli or peppermint scents - a small cup made in Morocco, a small square tray, and a frame. There are different color patterns to choose from with the tray and cup, meaning you can create a gift set that caters to their desk space’s particular vibe.
11. Instax Acrylic Flip Calendar: View at Urban Outfitters
RRP: $30 | Delivery: 5-8 business days | Refundable: Gifts purchased before 24 December 2022 can be returned until 28 February 2023
A Polaroid camera is a great way to capture memories and treasure them in physical form: this flippable calendar is a perfect gift for someone who already has a Polaroid (and lots of snaps to boot), or a perfect stocking filler alongside the film camera. The calendar can be curated to your loved ones’ needs, allowing them to mix and match Polaroid pictures and create a personal, quirky bedside table or desk accessory.
12. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2: View at Amazon
RRP: $143.95 | Delivery: Next-day available | Refundable: Return until 31st January, 2023
This smart mug allows you to control the temperature of your mug with an app - but it can still be used without the app, too. The copper mug keeps your drink hot for up to an hour and a half on a full charge and automatically senses when to turn on (when liquid is poured into it) and when to turn off (when the mug is empty, or after two hours of inactivity). The mug remembers the last-used temperature and is also a great gift for coffee lovers.
13. 'Merry Christmas' Gift Box: View at Tinggly
RRP: $129 | Delivery: 2-5 days | Refundable: Yes
Gift a one-of-a-kind experience to your loved one via an email or in a carefully packaged gift box, and they pick from 550 options, including everything from wine walking tours to surfing lessons and sunset cruises. The experiences have no expiration date, plus Tinggly pledges to plant eight trees for each gift box purchased.
14. Birth Month Flower Gift Set: View at Uncommon Goods
RRP: $74 Delivery: 3-7 days | Refundable: Yes
This personalized gift set includes a floral tumbler glass, illustrated tea towel and handmade jewelry dish, all featuring the flower associated with a particular birth month. Treat your loved one to a personal, unique gift that's still useful enough to use everyday.