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9 Unique Gift Ideas to Take the Stress Out of Holiday Shopping

Why are the holidays so stressful? After all, it’s supposed to be a time to give thanks and spend time with the ones you love. Yet, next to hosting a holiday gathering, one of the most challenging tasks is shopping for gifts. But how can you come up with unique gift ideas that will be well received? 


Read on for unique gift ideas so you don’t have to stress this year.


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Unique Gift Ideas for Just About Anyone


Thinking up unique gift ideas can be a task. The kids are fairly easy because they start dropping hints and making lists the moment the temperature drops and the leaves fall. However, buying gifts for other family members, friends, and even co-workers is quite a chore.


You could always go with something generic like cash, gift cards, or holiday gift boxes, but it feels thoughtless. Then, there’s the option to consider presents like shoes, clothes, jewelry, and tech, but how do you know you’ll pick something they like (or something they have a lot of)?


There’s no denying that there’s a lot of pressure to select the right gifts, but you’re not out of options yet. Perhaps this list of unique gift ideas will give you the inspiration you need.


Ancestry DNA Kits


There’s something about knowing who you are and where you come from that cultivates a sense of belonging, pride, and confidence. Anyone would be thrilled to receive an ancestry DNA kit to dig deep into their heritage.


A quick sample can unlock so much history as your loved one goes on a journey to learn more about themselves.


At-Home Health Screenings


Another favorite of these unique gift ideas is an at-home health screening test kit. The true secret to living a long, happy life is taking care of your well-being. Although workout clothes, gym memberships, exercise equipment, and spa packages are popular health and wellness gifts, at-home health screenings are unique and meaningful.


Whether you give your sister a test to check her thyroid levels or your frequent traveling cousin an at-home COVID-19 test, it lets them know that you care about their well-being.


Meal Prep Kits


Everyone has to eat, and cooking meals at home is one of the healthiest and most affordable options. Instead of giving out gift cards to a restaurant, why not give someone a meal prep kit? It’s packages filled with portion-controlled fresh ingredients to prepare delicious recipes at home.


Whether you pay for a week or a month’s worth of meals, it’s a gift they’ll appreciate. You’ll be saving them money on takeout, time in the kitchen and enable them to prepare meals that expand their palate making this a top choice among unique gift ideas.


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Stocks And Cryptocurrencies


If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, then this is the best among my unique gift ideas for you.


Both the stock market and cryptocurrency are doing well. People that invest their money wisely can reap the benefits over time. If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, giving stocks and cryptocurrency are great options.


It’s like an investment in their financial future that will come in handy one day.


College Funds


If you’re looking for unique gift ideas that will last a lifetime and you’re tired of buying toys for kids that will end up at the bottom of the toy box or damaged in a few weeks, try a college fund! They are unique and endlessly beneficial gifts for kids.


Although they may not be thrilled now, chances are they’ll thank you when they get ready to apply for colleges in the future. If they already have a college fund, a contribution can go a long way to help cut the costs of getting a higher education.


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Learning new things is a great way to keep your mind sharp, enhance personal and professional skills, and boost confidence. If you’re looking for a purposeful gift that can lead to many years of happiness, pay for someone to take lessons.


They can learn a new language, code, take a cooking class, conquer a musical instrument, and so much more. To make this gift special, you’ll need to have a general idea of what the recipient likes to select classes that appeal to their interests.


Customized Gifts


If you’re going to go with a traditional gift like jewelry, wine flutes, coffee mugs, t-shirts, or picture frames, there’s still a way to make them feel more unique. Customization takes an ordinary present and transforms it into something you can’t find anywhere else in the world.


When you print or engrave names, phrases, messages, or poems on something, it adds thoughtfulness and connects with the recipient.




Craft lovers can put their skills to use to create unique gifts everyone will enjoy. Crafts are gifts that require your time, patience, and attention to detail. They come from the heart and are a lot of fun to make.


Whether you paint, crochet, knit, sculpt, or sew, you can use your craft to design something they’ll cherish forever.


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Quality Time


Spending quality time with people you love is likely one of the best gifts you can give. You can create unique date ideas for everyone on your shopping list. You and your mother can go for a massage and grab a bite to eat.


Your best friend might enjoy a day at the beach and a mini shopping trip. Take the kids bowling, to an amusement park, or on a family vacation. Whatever way you decide to spend time with your friends and family, it’s an opportunity to create life-long memories.


Final Thoughts


Don’t let the pressure of shopping for gifts take away your holiday spirit. While it may feel impossible to find the perfect items for the people you love, it doesn’t have to be. As you can see, there are plenty of meaningful ways to gift this holiday season with these unique gift ideas for all ages. 

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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