Unique Gifts For Friends And Family Who Are Hard To Shop For

Have you made your Christmas list – and checked it twice? Did you come across someone for whom the perfect gift is elusive?

Never fear, the answer is out there. You just need to look in some new places. Move beyond the old standbys of a pocket knife for him and perfume for her and do something a little different. This year, give them something unique that they didn’t even know they wanted.

Take a look at our list of “out-of-the-box” gifts for your special someone. You’ll find tokens of holiday affection for men, women, kids, and families.

For Him

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $35, UncommonGoods

For the man in your life who loves foods with a kick, consider this DIY hot sauce kit. The set includes the spices, vinegar, peppers, and brown sugar necessary to create your own spicy condiment.

The Minimalist Three-Hand Brown Leather Watch, $115, Fossil

This is the perfect everyday accessory for any guy. As a bonus, you can have the leather band etched with up to 39 characters for free to add a personalized touch.

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, $60, UncommonGoods

Let’s face it – our smartphones are like Petri dishes for bacteria and viruses. Place your phone inside this clever gadget, attach the charging cable, and close the lid. The ultra-violet lights will disinfect your device. Smart!

For Her

Concrete And Gold Modern Ring Holder, $17, Amazon

These hand-poured, handsome ring holders look great on any nightstand or dressing table. What’s more, the concrete design keeps rings organized and safe when you take them off.

Stak Bloom Phone Vase, $32, Etsy

This phone stand-vase combo easily brightens up her desk or work area.

Wine Cork States, $35, UncommonGoods

Wine lovers know that some corks are special enough to keep. Instead of tossing her memorable corks into a junk drawer or a vase where they’ll get lost in the crowd, she can display them in a state-shaped wall-hanging that’s a piece of art in itself.

For Kids

Jumbo Fonts Personalized Wooden Name Puzzles, $21, Amazon

This piece strikes the perfect balance – it’s fun to look at, and it’s educational. Kids will get excited to see their name in bright colors, while the puzzle helps them learn to spell their name and recognize letters.

Personalized Custom Name Keepsake Book, $35, Etsy

What little one wouldn’t want to be the center of a book! This personalized piece encourages confidence while teaching the alphabet. It’s something they’ll keep for years to come. Inside, every letter stands for a positive trait, and colorful illustrations depict what each characteristic means.

Bunny Rattle, $18, Amazon

Little hands will enjoy exploring these organic rattles, which one reviewer described as being of “heirloom quality.” There are three different wood types to choose from (maple is recommended for teething babies), and you can add engraving for just $6 more.

For Families

Table Topics, $25, UncommonGoods

Light up your holiday parties with a game that gets the conversation going. With different packs for families, couples, teens, foodies and more, each ice cube shaped container holds 135 cards with topics to get guests talking.

Our First Christmas As A Family Of Three Christmas Tree Ornament, $17, Amazon

Does your list include a couple with a new baby? Commemorate their first Christmas together with this sweet ornament, which is sure to become a family heirloom.

Holographic Rainbow Puzzle, $90, UncommonGoods

This is the way to bring children and adults together (without screens) around the holidays. This 1000-piece puzzle’s gradient design and lack of details make putting it together a fun challenge for the family.

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