The old children's song states 'all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,' and while giving someone their two front teeth for Christmas might make for unique Christmas gifts, it would also involve assault, a trip to jail, and possibly a lawsuit. However, you can give people xmas gifts that they will remember for many years to come with just a little bit of planning and preparation. There are unique Christmas gifts out their for every taste and personality. As the shopper, it is your job to go out and find them.
The first rule of giving unique Christmas gifts is not to wait until the last minute. Start your Christmas shopping early so you will have plenty of time to seek out just the right gift. Giving yourself plenty of time also insures that you will not buckle under the pressure of searching for unique Christmas gifts. You should start shopping after Halloween at the very latest to insure that the xmas gifts that you pick out are really the best and not bought out of short time-induced desperation. Also, you may find interesting things in the stores that might be gone or out-of stock by the time the traditional Christmas shopping season picks up.
The next step is to carefully consider the person you are buying for. What are their tastes? One woman I knew collected thimbles from all over the world. So what would be a good gift for her? Finding collectables like thimbles and bells from all over the world is much easier since people began using the internet for commerce around the world. Another item that would be good for this particular lady would be an interesting display case. Both of these things are better than a book or a gift card. They show that you have been paying attention and are much more thoughtful and unique Christmas gifts.
Another way to really make someone's holiday is to actually make gifts for your friends and family. Many craft stores have ready made kits or, if you are crafty and feeling ambitious, you can create your own patterns and crafts. Making your own unique Christmas gifts shows not only that you really care, but also gives you the opportunity to make the perfect thing, and not rely on a manufacturer to make it for you.
Another trick to buying unique gifts is to visit local novelty and arts and crafts stores and artist co-ops. They often times carry items that make for unique Christmas gifts and are more personalized than anything you will find in a big-box type store. Furthermore, you can use this opportunity to support your local crafters and artisans by buying their products. Once you begin shopping at these types of stores, you realize how interesting and creative the items really are. And besides, how interesting and unique could a gift bought at a big chain retailer possibly be?
Finding unique Christmas gifts doesn't have to be terribly difficult. All it takes is some extra time, a little patience, and a willingness to explore opportunities beyond the traditional big-box chain stores. Pretty soon, you're friends will be saying things like, 'All I want for Christmas is for you to find another great Christmas gift like you did last year.' So good luck, and happy shopping.