Throughout the year, there are people who help make your life easier. Maybe it’s that first client who took a chance on you and helped boost your business. Maybe it’s that teacher who finally got through to your toddler when it came to potty training. Or maybe it’s the reliable housekeeper who takes just a little bit of weight off your shoulders each month. Whoever’s on your list, the holidays are the perfect time to thank them properly with some sort of token of appreciation. But it’s not easy coming up with unique gift ideas year after year. That’s where we come in — after all, unique does happen to be our specialty. Check out these unique holiday gift ideas for everyone on your nice list.
1. Personalized Gift Basket. Sounds ho hum, but we’re not talking about your average off-the-shelf basket. Choose a theme for each recipient based on what you know they love and select 4-5 items for your basket.
Coffee and tea lovers might appreciate a custom coffee mug (perhaps with your logo or theirs) and a 1-2 bags of ground or leaves from a local shop.
A beer aficionado might appreciate a gift card to a local brewery and his or her very own tasting set or personalized pint glass. Custom coasters are another option that’ll stick around long after they’ve finished their drink.
Pro tip: If you’re on a tight budget, a personalized bottle opener is under $6 and makes a real statement.
2. Wine. It’s an almost no-fail gift. Select a crowd-pleasing varietal like pinot noir and send it to your recipient in their very own personalized wine bag or accompanied by wine charms or a stopper. If it’s a client, you can even put your logo on the wine stopper so they’ll think of you every time they cork their vino.
3. Donation to charity in their name. Most people have a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts. Find out what it is, and make a donation in their name. Send them a handwritten note (on your personalized stationery) and let them know who you’ve donated to. Even the smallest donation will make a big impression.
4. Personalized Sweets. We are firm believers that the way to any human being’s heart, be it man, woman, child or corporate giant, is through their stomach. Hot cocoa. A box of chocolates. Cake pops. Everyone loves treats.
For those of us who may be on tighter budgets, we should never underestimate the power of paper and pen. It’s a simple yet classic gift that, when personalized, will never go out of style.
For more budget-friendly gift ideas, check out our Gifts Under $20!