29 unique Christmas gifts for 2021

Surprise someone you love at Christmas with these unique Christmas gifts

three of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts—HigherDOSE Infrared PEMF Go Mat, eto wine decanter and Crabtree & Evelyn Raw Instinct Rock Diffuser set—on a green background
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Finding unique Christmas gifts can be a good way to show someone that you've really put some consideration into their present—but obviously ideas can dry up when you think out of the box year after year.

Our guide is full of helpful information from top buyers and product curators on how to come up with ideas for unique Christmas gifts and where to shop if you want something that's really one-of-a-kind.

Take some tips from the experts to help you in your hunt, or shop our carefully chosen pick of the best unique Christmas gifts on the market this year—whether you're looking for gifts for friends, family, co-workers or your other half.

Unique Christmas gifts and ideas for 2021

Music advent calendar, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Music advent calendar

Specifications
RRP: $17.72/£12.50
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: An innovative advent calendar that will brighten their day

What better way to get in the festive spirit than with some Christmas music? This clever advent calendar is full of QR codes that you can scan with your phone each day and then be taken to Spotify to listen to a classic Christmas song. Pair this with one of this year's top alcohol advent calendars and your December evening plans are set. (Looking for another calendar that's alcohol-free? We think these candle advent calendars make pretty unique Christmas gifts too!) 

Sculpd Pottery Kit, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Sculpd Pottery Kit

Specifications
RRP: $65/£39
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Each will handmade and hand-painted by the recipient

Encourage your loved one to get creative and let them make their own unique Christmas gift with this pottery set that contains everything you need to sculpt a range of clay creations, including plant pots, trinket dishes, vases, candle holders, sculptures or even wall hangings. A great Christmas gift idea for older kids too if you're looking for inspiration. 

Personalised Drinks Watercolour Print, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized Family Drinks Print

Specifications
RRP: $35.44/£25
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Choose from a wide range of drinks and colors to make it personal to them

Bring the whole family's personality to this cute print, which can be personalized with everyone's favorite drinks for a quirky addition to the house. This could be a thoughtful Christmas gift for parents—especially ones with grown-up children who like to enjoy a tipple or two together.

Terrarium candle set, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Terrarium candle

Specifications
RRP: $26/£23.93
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 7-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: An original idea with handmade candles that each have their own quirks

If you're looking for a gift for someone who spent lockdown shopping the best scented candles and buying plants online, this terrarium candle will bring together their two interior obsessions in an adorable little package. Featuring a wood wick and a soy candle base (so no nasties), this candle is designed with different cactus shapes on top for a unique product.

Giant Champagne Cork Cooler, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Champagne cork cooler

Specifications
RRP: $76.56/£54
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A truly fabulous and original idea!

A decent wine cooler is a must for anyone who enjoys a glass of bubbles on the regular and this unique design is sure to make an impression on anyone who unwraps it. And if you want to pick a fizz to go alongside this, our guide to the best Christmas food and drink features all the top sparkling wines as chosen by the w&h food team.

Maps for Moments Star Map, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Maps for Moments Star Map

Specifications
RRP: from $34.95/£29.99
Delivery: Dependant on region, email delivery available
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Each is customized to signify an exact moment and place

Create something truly unique by marking a specific time and place that means something to your loved one with this print that shows the exact star formation that was in the sky in that location on that day. This would be a lovely Christmas gift for couples who have recently got engaged or married, to mark their special day.

Personalised light box, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized Light Box

Specifications
RRP: $85.06/£60
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Personalize to say whatever you want

Create a personalized lightbox that you can customize with whatever wording you want and even tailor the color of the lights inside. You can also request an extra wording panel so that the customization can be switched out for something else from time to time. This one would make a great Christmas gift for teenagers who are looking to jazz up their bedrooms or future dorm rooms. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Raw Instinct Rock Diffuser set, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Crabtree & Evelyn Raw Instinct Rock Diffuser set

Specifications
RRP: $60/£53.50
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Contact retailer for returns
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A new and inventive way to diffuse scent oils

This clever Crabtree & Evelyn contraption is an exotic take on the typical scent diffuser. The stylish base is filled with porous rocks that will diffuse your favorite essential oils into the air naturally—no electricity needed, no messy water refills necessary.

Personalised Favourite Things Framed Paper Art, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized Favourite Things Framed Paper Art

Specifications
RRP: $311.89/£220
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Each is perfectly customized to suit the recipient so no two will ever be the same

Give them a token of everything they love with this original art piece. Each product is a bespoke creation so is totally unique to you and your loved one.

Personalised family jigsaw puzzle, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized jigsaw puzzle

Specifications
RRP: From $41.99/£38.64
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 3-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Made to reflect a one-of-a-kind photo

A great Christmas gift for grandparents who spend their time working on jigsaw puzzles, this thoughtful present is easy to make, impressive to receive and will put a smile on their face.

Simply choose a photo, how many pieces and where to send it and the seller will do the rest!

Oak whiskey tumbler, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Oak whiskey tumbler

Specifications
RRP: $56.64/£39.95
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized products cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: An imaginative whiskey tumbler design and material

If you're looking for unique Christmas gifts for dads who have everything, this oak tumbler will add a bit of difference to his drinks cabinet and be an eye-catching addition to his home bar collection.

Personalised family scrabble print, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized family Scrabble print

Specifications
RRP: $14.21/£9.99
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized products cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Personalized for each family

A perfect gift for families who love to play family board games when the gang are all together, this Scrabble print can be personalized to feature the whole family's names for a lovely piece of home decor that will remind them of good times every time they look at it. 

A Set Of Three Oak Bark Planters, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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A Set Of Three Oak Bark Planters

Specifications
RRP: $56.64/£39.95
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Made from tree stumps so each is authentic and slightly different

For anyone who loves to adorn their home with various plants, this eco-friendly plant pot adds another element of nature to the display with real oak wood planters that are made from tree stumps. They come complete with moss on the bark and each planter is different for a unique touch.

Silver Decanter, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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eto Decanter

Specifications
RRP: from $140/£119
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 14-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: An innovative system to decant and preserve wine

For loved ones who enjoy a glass of wine, this premium decanter will allow the wine to breathe for enhanced taste notes while the innovative system preserves the wine to stop it from going off once you've opened the bottle.

The Body Shop aluminium Refill bottle, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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The Body Shop refill scheme gift card

Specifications
RRP: Dependant on product
Delivery: In-store only
Refundable: 28-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A bodycare gift with a difference

If you're looking for sustainable Christmas gifts then The Body Shop's refill scheme is a thoughtful eco-friendly gift with a difference. Simply purchase a Body Shop gift card for your loved one and they head into their nearest store to buy one of these nifty reusable bottles and fill it up with all their essentials.

Personalised Family Names Necklace, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized Family Names Necklace

Specifications
RRP: $106.33/£75
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized products cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A creative design that's personalized for the recipient

This thoughtful necklace boasts a unique design that can be personalized with a number of different names—a wonderful Christmas gift for moms that will likely bring a tear to their eyes.

Ember Mug 2 Temperature Control Smart Mug, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Ember Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug 10oz

Specifications
RRP: $99.99/£129.95
Delivery: Dependant on retailer
Refundable: Dependant on retailer
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Cutting-edge tech

For loved ones who are fans of clever tech, this mug is an impressive but useful device as, much like the best coffee travel mugs, it can keep hot drinks warm for an extended amount of time so that you can nurse your drink. This one stays warm for one and a half hours, which is useful if you can never get through your morning coffee without interruption.

Personalised Birth Flower Notebook, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Birth Flower notebook

Specifications
RRP: $21.19/£14.95
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: An original and creative idea

If you're looking for thoughtful but cheap Christmas gifts with a difference, this notebook can be personalized to feature your recipient's birth flower as well as their name and anything else you want to write on the cover. Great if you're looking for thoughtful Christmas gifts for coworkers or even Christmas gifts for neighbours.

Wearable Disney princess blanket, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Wearable Disney princess blanket

Specifications
RRP: $39.95/£30.19
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 30-day refund policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A fun Disney take on a practical and cosy classic

This handy two-in-one is a fun yet practical gift for any Disney fans. There are different designs available so that you can choose your recipient's favorite and the blanket function is useful for keeping them cosy while they stream the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus this winter. 

Personalised Guitar Plectrums, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized guitar plectrums

Specifications
RRP: $17.01/£12
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A quirky and personal idea

For anyone looking for thoughtful and unique gifts for the guitarists in their life, you can't go wrong with personalized guitar plectrums. A fun product that will put a smile on their face when they unwrap it but has a practical use too.

HigherDOSE Infrared PEMF Go Mat, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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HigherDOSE Infrared PEMF Go Mat

Specifications
RRP: $499/£469
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 14-day return policy if unopened
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Bringing the benefits of a high-end spa treatment to the comfort of the home

If your loved one likes to hit up the spa for a steam and sauna, then they'll appreciate the relaxing and wellness benefits of this at home heat mat. Using Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency (PEMF) Therapy and Far Infrared Therapy this sends heatwaves to the body to keep it relaxed and help manage pain. You can even attach it to your desk chair and run it all day for an extra dose of comfort.

Personalised Rolling Glasses Set, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized Rolling Glasses Set

Specifications
RRP: $35.44/£25
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: An inventive design that airs the wine as it rolls

A set of crystal glasses with a difference—this rolling pair are both impressive in design and practical in use. Certain to deliver the wow-factor at the dining table, the rolling function actually has a practical use too, as the movement of the glasses help to aerate wine for a smoother and more enhanced taste negating the need for a carafe.

Personalised Dog Pet Photo Socks, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Personalized Dog Pet Photo Socks

Specifications
RRP: $28.34/£19.99
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Each is customized with a personal photo

A wonderfully unique Christmas gift for dog lovers that will remind them of their little four-legged friends all day long as they head out in these cosy but heartwarming socks.

Bose Alto Frames Audio Sunglasses, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Bose Alto Frames Audio Sunglasses

Specifications
RRP: $199/£200
Delivery: Dependant on retailer
Refundable: Dependant on retailer
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Pioneering technology makes for a clever and practical 2-in-1

Another one for the tech-savvy among your inner circle, these glasses bring the immersive high-quality sound of Bose to a stylish pair of sunglasses that you'd be happy to wear while out and about. 

Personalised Mixed Birthstone Necklace, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Birthstone necklace

Specifications
RRP: $155.95/£110
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Each birthstone blend is customized

Personalized jewellery gifts are always a good idea when you want to give a present that has something a but unique about it and this necklace is a customized necklace with a difference as, instead of having name engraved, it comes with a personalized blend of birthstones inside it.

Chaos MacBook Charger Customised Leather Sticker and Cable Holder, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Chaos MacBook Charger Customised Leather Sticker and Cable Holder

Specifications
RRP: From $98/£70
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: Personalized items cannot be returned
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A slick product with a luxury finish

Help your loved ones show their personality with these customized tech stickers that add some fun and luxury to tech accessories. You can choose from a number of different colored leathers and there's a huge range of font hues to pick from too.

Patchology Hero Status™ Roll Model Brightening Roll-On Eye Serum, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Patchology Hero Status™ Roll Model Brightening Roll-On Eye Serum

Specifications
RRP: $22/£20
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A savvy idea for taking on-the-go

We all love an eye mask to help tackle puffy eyes on a particularly early morning, but this clever contraption from face mask experts Patchology brings mask benefits to a handy roller that you can use whenever and wherever you need.

Uncommon Goods etched skyline wine glass, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Etched Skyline Wine Glass

Specifications
RRP: From $24/£17.65
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 40-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: A one-of-a-kind design

For any travel lovers in your life who are always desperate to head back to their favorite city, these uncommon glasses will help them to think of fondly of it with its fun designs that are available for a number of different US cities.

Desenio citrus gallery wall, one of w&h's picks for unique Christmas gifts

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Specifications
RRP: Dependant on choice of prints
Delivery: Dependant on region
Refundable: 90-day return policy
Region: US and UK
Why it's unique: Thousands of combinations available

Many of us like to have a stylish print or two up on the walls but why not treat a close loved-one to a bespoke gallery wall? There are hundreds of different prints to choose and you can mix and match as many as you want to create a gallery wall that will be eye-catching in their home.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a Rioja- and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she stalked the royals via breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a good slathering of SPF and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

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