We all know that thing about how Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes it can also be the most horrible time of the year. You know what I'm talking about. Gift shopping.

Tips to finding the perfect unique Christmas gift for anyone and everyone


  1. 1. Make the present an event. Make your packaging unique! Rather than just delivering them a present wrapped in normal wrapping paper, consider the gifting experience to be an event that you want them to enjoy. Hide his present and put him on a treasure quest to discover it. Instead of just giving him a gift card, bury a secret note in a Twilight book that directs him to the gift card number. Or stitch her gift into a huge stuffed shark so she has to operate on it to get it out. And never, ever underestimate the joy of opening gifts. When it's a bundle of little individually wrapped things, the number can sometimes signify quality.


  1. 2. Now, literally give an experience. She adores Les Miserables, but she already owns the book, the movie, and the movie poster. Purchase her theatre tickets. One of the greatest presents I've ever seen was a step-by-step mystery guide that took the giftee to a restaurant, purchased him a Flying Spaghetti Monster supper, and paid for him and his date to play arcade games.


  1. Make a list of all the things the person is interested in and things that define who they are. Make this list long--Spend at least two minutes jotting down anything you can think of. Now, think of something to go with each item on your list, no matter how tiny or large. You don't have to offer all of those presents, but you'll come up with some unique ideas that you wouldn't have thought of otherwise, and when you combine a couple of them, your giftee will appreciate how personalized and attentive you were. One depressed man who enjoys science fiction and masculine design received a possibly life-changing present that was properly matched to him. Someone who likes bacon received a year-long subscription to gourmet bacon-of-the-month. Yes, absolutely.