It happens every Christmas. When we don’t know what to get someone, we resort to the same boring gifts. A pack of body spray. Some socks. Perhaps a notebook for that niece or nephew going off to university. Whilst it’s the thought that counts, we all dread getting these gifts, so why do we continue to buy them for each other?
It may largely be down to the fact that these gifts are cheap and practical. They’re not very original, which is why we dread them, but what if they were made a little more imaginative simply by putting a spin on these stocking fillers. Here are just a few ways that these boring gifts could be made exciting.
If you’re going to buy socks, make them novelty socks. Christmas-themed socks are best avoided – we all have drawers full of these that can only be worn one month a year. Opt for funnier socks such as sandal socks that look like bare feet in sandals. Alternatively, you could personalize a pair of socks by having them monogrammed with the wearer's initials on. For women, you could consider animal-themed sock-slippers – these are more than just socks whilst having a quirky edge to them.
Candles are the generic gift to get mums. If you are getting candles, go for really weird and unique scents. Another option could be to choose unusually shaped candles – you can find candles shaped like cats and cacti and fruit.
Anyone can buy shampoo, deodorant or moisturizer down their local supermarket. As with candles, really think of unusual toiletries or go for something premium. For men, there are lots of Christmas gift sets of premium grooming gear for beards. This is something a little bit more quirky than your average shampoo and conditioner.
Avoid that ‘best dad ever’ mug. Instead, opt for a creatively shaped mug. There are mugs out there shaped like Star Wars characters and mugs shaped like cars. There are even gag gifts such as a toilet bowl-shaped mug, great as a secret Santa office gift. You could even get an oversized coffee mug for that person that’s always drinking coffee.
Work-related gifts are generally best avoided at Christmas – no-one wants to think of work on Christmas Day. That said you may be able to get a tie personalized from a bespoke seller. Avoid Christmas ties as they may never get worn.
Notebooks are generally only a good gift if they’re personalized. Otherwise, they’re likely to just joint the pile of already existing notebooks that many of us have. As the world goes digital, less of us feel the need to own a notebook, instead of storing notes on our phone or using documents on our PC. Diaries and calendars are better for organizing and even in this instance you don’t want to choose generic examples – there are lots of funny diaries and calendars out there online that are more interesting (think Harry Potter diaries or the Extreme Ironing calendar).