Throughout the year, there are occasions where we need to buy our closest friends and family gifts, and sometimes it can be hard to think up new ideas. Take a look at the items within this list and choose unique gifts for friends, something which they’re not likely to have received before.
Knitting and crocheting have become more and more popular in recent years, with more of us learning how to do it. This personalized yarn bowl is a great accessory for the experienced and novice knitter as it’ll stop their material getting tangled as they knit a great scarf or hat.
We all love a good glass of wine, whether it’s in front of the TV or paired with our favorite meal. This subscription box delivers four bottles to your door every month, with the option to choose the bottles yourself or let them choose for you based on your tastes and preferences.
This is a great gift to give to your friends, especially if they’re interested in their heritage. All they have to do is provide a saliva sample in the comfort of their home, send it off and in around 4-6 weeks, they’ll have a full DNA profile which will tell them where their roots lie.
With beauty and skincare products, we often find ourselves sticking with the brands we know and very rarely deviate from them. If you or your friends want to find some new products, this beauty subscription box will open your eyes to new items and brands which might work better than the ones you’re using.
Whether it’s where you were born or the place you visited on your honeymoon, this personalized map clock will bring back a lot of memories when you look at it to know what time it is. It will display nine square miles of your chosen location so you can relive it all every day.
This subscription box is a perfect gift for your yogi friends. Every month, they’ll receive brand new athletic wear which is perfect for practising yoga in. It’s based on their personal taste too so they’ll never receive items which they won’t like and the whole box is around 50% off RRP. Bonus!
Too Faced is a great brand which produces some amazing makeup and products. If you know someone who is really into their makeup and experimenting with it, this set will be perfect for them. Twelve eyeshadows, blush, lip gloss and mascara are all included inside, so they won’t need anything else.
When looking for unique gifts for friends, Force of Nature is a great one. If your friend has a family, they’ll want their home to be clean but free of chemicals and toxins. The Force of Nature capsule turns a few simple ingredients into a family friendly cleaner for the home.
Practicing self-care is so important, we spend so much of our lives giving to others that we often forget about ourselves. This spa basket is filled with organic and natural products which you can use safe in the knowledge that it’s kind to skin and won’t irritate you.
Even when we want to build a blanket fort, the business of adulting goes on. Reward your friends for being grown up with this fun book of 100 stickers to recognize their achievements.
This keepsake journal is a fun and thoughtful gift for friends who will be BFF forever, as it requires both of you to fill it in with words, drawings, and insightful answers.
Your dog-loving friend will adore this dog onesie which fits snugly over her pampered pooch to prevent its hair getting all over the place, and just look how cute they are!
Does your BFF love these little royal dogs? Whether she has a corgi or just admires them, this ugly Christmas sweater features one of the little cuties on the front.
Even if you’re new to cross-stitch, you can tackle this simple kit which will give her a pic of her favorite drink, or give her the kit so she can stitch her own.
Cheesy snacks are delicious but they certainly leave their mark. Help a friend by giving them these finger guards which will save their digits from cheese, grease, and even delicious stickiness.
Special friends deserve special gifts, and if there’s a big occasion coming up why not treat them to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, from death-defying to fine dining, or flying to floating on water?
The Pavlok 2 is an awesome gift for anyone with bad habits to break. Whether they smoke, bite their nails, or ignore their alarm, this wrist-worn drill sergeant will give them a shock.
If you have a friend who’s always late, improve their punctuality with this awesome electric scooter, which can travel up to 12.5 miles on a single charge, and reach speeds of up to 15.5MPH.
Celebrate your special friendship with this totally luxurious gift basket which contains your choice of wine (Dom Perignon, possibly?), plus decadent chocolates and truffles, wafers and cookies to enjoy together.
No-one will mistake his drink for anyone else’s when it’s firmly ensconced in this insulated fist. Large and meaty, it comes in 4 different colors and will keep drinks cooler for hours.
Help your bestie keep her lips soft and supple with this lanyard which features a holder specifically designed to keep a chapstick or other lip balm firmly in place.
If you have a sister by another mister, this pretty bracelet will make an adorable gift, as it comes with an inspirational ‘sisters by heart’ message engraved on the inside.
These cups are great fun and perfect for breaking the ice at parties. Designed for single-use only, each one is printed with a different nose to drastically alter the drinker’s appearance.
What’s up, birches? This monthly subscription service will send beauty products which have been tailored specifically to her (thanks to the questionnaire you fill out), directly to her door each month.
He or she’ll be able to just lie back and enjoy the water with Floaty Pants, the wearable device which allows hands-free floating for the ultimate in relaxation.
Don’t let her mourn singledom anymore! This boyfriend pillow will give her a cuddle whenever she needs it, with the added bonus that he doesn’t snore, have flatulence, or answer back.
Digital photos are great, but nothing can beat the feeling of holding photos in your hands. Create a beautiful photo book from all her treasured images and it’ll be her best gift yet.
Make sure you’re with him even when you’re not with a pair of socks which feature your face ALL over them – he’ll never be able to get away from you!
If your friend is Specsy and she knows it, get hold of her prescription and sort her out with a pair of stylish glasses which you know are going to suit her.
Give him the feeling of having just had a proper shave with a cut-throat by buying him a one-blade razor which comes with 10 single edge blades for the closest shave ever.
Anyone looking for advice could do worse than consulting The Golden Girls. This book is filled with pearls of wisdom about life, love, and friendship in their inimitable style.
Dog lover? Tick. Cyclist? Tick. Both? Ching ching ching! You’ve hit the jackpot with this gorgeous tee which features a Shih Tzu riding a cute little trike – the perfect gift.
There’s no greater gift than a good night’s sleep, so make sure they get theirs with this Eco Terra Latex Mattress which also uses organic wool and organic cotton for a cool snooze.
They’ll be saying ‘yay, bed’ to this day bed which converts in a matter of seconds into one of several different designs to provide their most comfortable sleep yet.
Mindfulness and meditation doesn’t have to involve the lotus position. These cards provide prompts and exercises which can be done anytime and anywhere, to open the heart and mind.
This clever indoor aquarium holds three fish and features a unique curved design and three separate compartments which are joined by a gentle waterfall effect, providing a quiet, calming sound.
This cute book will make them laugh, cry, or possibly slap you because its pages are filled with handwritten things you love about them, and why they’re your very best friend.
If your bestie has just become a new mom or dad, help them (and the planet) with a monthly subscription for these biodegradable diapers which are made with no nasty chemicals.
These cute slippers will keep her feet nice and warm even when walking on cold floors, thanks to the fluffy exterior and soft Sherpa fleece lining. And they’re cats, so even sweeter!
Their mobile phone is probably crammed with digital images, but with this clever gadget they can print them out instantly into little 2 x 3” sticky-backed photos.
So unusual, this hand stand comes holding a brightly colored cup which is perfect for pens, pencils, or even makeup brushes, and is guaranteed to be a great conversation piece.
There’ll be no more struggling to carry their sun lounger and other beach paraphernalia down to the sand with this lounger which doubles as a handy all-terrain wheeled wagon.
Help your friend keep track of her fur baby with this ingenious collar which not only tracks the dog’s activity levels, but more importantly shows the pet’s location, wherever he is.
Perfect for beach days and holidays, this portable air conditioning unit can provide a welcome cool breeze with a 3 speed fan, as well as keep up to 49 drinks cold.
Ease pregnancy and labor pains with this inflatable which has been designed to help minimize back pain, as well as encourage baby to shift into the optimal position for birth.
Everyone knows the best part of breakfast is finding the little marshmallow bits in the bowl. Skip the cereal and dive into a big bag of delicious dehydrated fluff instead.
Whether they’re already vegan or want to embrace it, treat them to this subscription box that can deliver freshly-made plant-based smoothies, soups, and healthy, nutritious dinners directly to their door.
Sushi lovers will really appreciate this set which wouldn’t look out of place on a Japanese dinner table – the Maki is a pin cushion, while the fish eggs are actually pretty push pins.
Are you looking for a gift for a friend who never chills out? Give them a Big Joe bean bag chair – they won’t be able to resist flopping into that huge squishy seating.
Wine lovers will appreciate this subscription service which delivers hand selected wines which are then rated, enabling the next selection to be even more palate-specific.
Help them become more planet-friendly with this service which sends refills of their cleaning products in paper packaging, to be decanted into the shatterproof glass holders which come with the first order.
Aera is a brand new way to fragrance the home, as it delivers a surround scent experience with complete composition, rather than top, middle, and bottom notes being enjoyed at different stages.
Head off to one of America’s many dramatic locations – such as the Grand Canyon or the Smoky Mountains – from the fun and comfort of a rugged pink jeep.
It can be tedious deciding what to eat every night. Solve the problem by signing up to this food subscription which delivers delicious, fresh ingredients and recipes for excitingly different dinners.
Designed for Arctic temperatures, a Triple F.A.T. Goose jacket will ensure that your best friend stays warm and cozy, even when the Beast from the East comes calling.
When one likes it hotter than the other, sharing a bed can be a nightmare. Sort it out with a system which allows each side of the bed to be set at the perfect temperature.
If your best friend happens to be a puppy, treat him to this subscription box which comes every month, full of pooch related products to train and treat your pet.
With up to 5 handmade artisan products included in each box, GlobeIn is the perfect gift for friends who love to fill their homes with beautifully unusual things.
Ease allergy symptoms with this incredible award winning air purifying system, which destroys pollutants around the home, rather than just collecting them in a filter, so everyone can breathe easy.
If he or she travels a lot, it makes sense to get them luggage which will last. Roam Luggage comes in 4 different sizes and can be heavily customized, right down to the last detail.
Sportsmen and women will truly appreciate this incredible advanced hand held system which delivers a powerful deep muscle percussive massage which can help to greatly reduce pain, and work tired muscles.
Send a special photograph to Paint Your Life and they will hand paint a beautiful portrait which can be delivered in a number of sizes for a wonderfully heartfelt gift.
Whatever their passion from the world of gaming and movies, LootCrate will have a box filled with merch, clothing and more delivered straight to their door once a month.
Gifts for friends with a sweet tooth just got easier, thanks to this subscription service which delivers tempting sugary treats each and every month, based on the profile you give them.
Taking some time out of our busy schedules is important, we need to focus on ourselves as well. If your friend can’t afford a fancy spa day, give her this Tranquillity Gift Basket and she’ll be able to pamper herself at home, all while feeling like she’s at the spa.
If you share a special beach with your friend, somewhere where you spent a lot of time together, then you both need these necklaces. They’re filled with the sand from your favorite beach and every time you look at them, you’ll be transported back to the sound of waves and the warm sand beneath your feet.
This gift basket would make a perfect present to give to your friend, especially if they’re into their food. As well as two bottles of wine, a cabernet sauvignon and a zinfandel, they’ll also receive some carefully chosen gourmet goodies which will go beautifully with the wines.
You might not believe in the power of crystals but there’s no denying how beautiful these three crystal wands would look in your home. Crystal quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst are all said to have different powers to them and there’s no harm in having them to see if they really do work!
We all have that friend who loves to read and write, who would rather get lost between the pages of a book than interact with real life people. If you need a gift for that person, this old school typewriter necklace is sure to be a hit with them.
Perfect for a family member or a really close friend, this gemstone necklace symbolizes infinite love. The bond we share with those close to us is special and you can show that with this piece of jewelry which can be personalized with gemstones which are significant to you.
Inside this beautiful wicker picnic basket, you’ll find enough food to make a delicious picnic. As well as some fresh and juicy fruits, there’s also a bottle of crisp and refreshing lemonade and some other gourmet goodies like cookies and popcorn to really finish off the feast.
Having a beautifully smelling home is something we all want, but scented candles can be so expensive and they’re not always made out of eco friendly materials either. The scent machine and essential oils from Aroma Tech are all 100% vegan and free of all harmful toxins which can be found in other scented products.
You can choose the sand from a special beach to fill this beautiful heart shaped pendant with. Whether it’s a beach you spent a lot of time on as a child or where you had your wedding, you’ll always get those special memories come flooding back every time you put the necklace on.
If necklaces aren’t your thing, then why not go for a bracelet instead? Just like the sand filled necklaces, you can fill the bead on this bracelet with the sand from a special beach. Perfect for an anniversary present or even a birthday present for your best friend.
You need a balanced life otherwise things would be chaotic, and this gift basket is the perfect balance between healthy and not so healthy (but still delicious!) Inside, you’ll find some rich and creamy gourmet Godiva chocolates and cocoa goodies alongside some fresh and juicy fruits. Perfect.
Succulents and cacti are becoming very popular homeware accessories. They’re so easy to look after and instantly make your home a little more inviting. But instead of putting them in standard pots, why not display them in this beautiful vertical garden? They’ll look stunning and won’t take up as much space on your shelves.
This Dead Sea Mask is perfect if you have dry skin or suffer with a bit of eczema or psoriasis. Simply use the included brush to apply the mask to the affected areas; it can even be used on your elbows or knees. When you rinse it off, your skin will feel soft and cleansed.
Perfect for a chocoholic, this gift basket is jam packed with tasty treats which every chocolate lover will enjoy. Slabs of chocolate, covered pretzels and almonds…there’s even milk chocolate pearls. And who knows, if you’re lucky, they might even share it with you.
This would make a really unique gift for friends who write a lot, or who have to sit behind a desk for work. This pen set will be super important as the stand will have a map location of somewhere special to you and them, to remind them of happier times passed and still to come.
If your friend is a real foodie, there’s a good chance that they’ll enjoy an edible gift. This basket has some amazing fruits and cheeses as well as many other goodies which all go really well together. All they need is a cheese board and knife to enjoy the deliciousness inside the picnic hamper.
We’ve all tried to make a tune by rubbing the rim of a glass, right? These wine glasses take that to a whole new level as each glass has a full A scale on the side, showing you how full you need to make it to produce a particular sound. It’s the perfect party game.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all love to snack. But the grocery store selections can get boring, so why not subscribe to the Love With Food box and you’ll get a selection sent straight to your door so you can find some new snacks to fall in love with.
Growing a plant takes time and effort, especially a large one like a Venus Fly Trap. Make life easy for yourself by growing it inside this glass jar which contains everything it needs to thrive. When it’s too big for the jar, you can remove it and put it into a regular pot where it will continue to grow.
If you visited a particular city for your honeymoon, you want to remember the trip in more ways than one. Instead of looking at the photos, why not make these coasters for your new beau? They have the location of your special holiday on them and they’ll be a great conversation starter, too.
If someone you know is into low waste and being eco-friendly, they’ll really enjoy this unique bowl. It’s made out of an upcycled bike chain, so instead of it going to the junk yard, they can keep their odds and ends in it and know that they’ve rescued it from the scrap heap.
Ideal for that home brewer you know, this pressurized craft beer growler is perfect for keeping that batch of home brewed beer cold. Not only does it have an adaptable cap which will keep the oxygen out, the double wall will keep it cool for up to 9 hours.
Starting your day with a smoothie is the perfect way to wake you up and make you feel energized but we don’t always have the time. This subscription box is the answer to those problems as you’ll get frozen portions of fruit which are just waiting to be blended together.
25 Thoughtful Diy Gift Ideas for Friends
If you want to get a thoughtful and unique gift for friends or family, but you don’t have a lot of money, check out this tutorial. It shows you how to make patterned candles at a fraction of the cost of a store bought one. Why not give it a go?
A photo says a thousand words or so the saying goes. This DIY collage star can be made really cheaply and easily but it’ll mean so much to the person you’re giving it to. Cover it in their favorite photos and images and it’ll make them smile every time they look at it.
Perfume is a great gift to give to someone but it can be so expensive, especially if it’s from a well known brand. Make her her very own scent with this DIY grapefruit and peppermint perfume. It’s so easy to make and she’ll love it even more knowing it came from you.
Friends will be in their element when they see the beautiful galaxy inspired necklaces you’ve made for them, using teeny glass bottles and spellbinding colors and glitter.
It’s amazing what a spot of paint can do, even to plain white pillows. Use fabric paint to add polka dots to the cover, and put the finishing touches with some contrasting pompoms.
These keychains are super simple to make, but they definitely don’t look homemade. Add personalization by stamping initials on before baking, then add the hardware for the final touch.
This rocket stove is certainly intriguing, and can be made using tin cans and insulation for a lightweight portable cooking stove that can cook an entire meal with just a few twigs.
If your friend has a favorite book, source an old copy and turn it into one of these book planters for succulents which will look stunning on a coffee table or book shelf.
Add a bit of technology into your gift making by following this intriguing tutorial which will show you how to create a pair of thermal goggles which can be used in the dark.
This clipboard is such a sweet idea, and because of its glittery clip and shimmery paint (you could use any finish, though) it will look wonderful on the wall, displaying seasonal quotes and pictures.
Ear warmers are great if you don’t want to wear a full hat but do want to keep your ears comfy, and because they’re fleece and not knitted, they keep the cold wind away.
This simple DIY gift idea comes with a downloadable recipe label to print out and attach to the front of a cookie cutter-filled mason jar with twine.
Searching for a gift for a friend who loves to entertain? Make a set of these glamorous napkin rings, each of which is adorned with a beautiful colored gem.
These treat jars will make a stunning addition to anyone’s home, and can be decorated in any color scheme you want, because who doesn’t want somewhere gorgeous to store their treats?
Take a moment to appreciate just how pretty this clutch really is, and then read through the step by step guide to find out how to make your own Lilly Pulitzer-inspired version.
Sometimes being without Wi-Fi is an annoyance, and sometimes it is a disaster. Head off both with this homemade Wi-Fi extender which is built from old tin cans.
Switch things up when it comes to indoor foliage with a planter that’s made of glass. Layers of gravel, soil, and carbon make an interesting picture, topped by the greenery of your choice.
It’s important to keep laptops protected, but sometimes a bag is too bulky. Create a leather trimmed case which is padded and lined, and they’ll have the best of both worlds.
Embrace the Buddhist art of rock balancing by creating one or more of these gorgeous photo holders which use gold painted glass nuggets as a base, with a wire holder for the top.
Anyone who likes to cook has a few favorite recipes scribbled on torn out pages or backs of envelopes. Give them somewhere to store them with this delightful DIY recipe book.
Stamping is perfect for personalizing so many things, and it’s really REALLY perfect for making these simple but elegant leather luggage tags which attach with braided rope.
This rustic wooden planter frame will look fabulous in any style kitchen, and can be filled with any picture or printed tea towel to suit the occasion or home owner.
If you have a friend who lives in jeans, get your hands on some of her old pairs and make her this gorgeous denim rug which will add a sentimental feel to any room.
With a little forward planning, you can make a batch of homemade vanilla extract using vodka, vanilla beans, and an airtight jar. This tutorial even comes with a cute printable label.
This makes such a fun gift for a friend who loves her cocoa, and whether you buy the hot choc pre-made or make your own, you can package it up with these sweet ideas.
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