When I was a kid, making my Christmas wishlist was the highlight of the year. These days, I tend to struggle to think of anything. My family isn’t into giving cash, and I tend to buy things myself when I think of something I want. I asked for help on Instagram stories and got 200+ responses with fabulous ideas, and I couldn’t wait to share them here. Thanks to all who contributed! The smartest tip I got was to keep a list of cool things you see throughout the year so you won’t have to rack your brain for gift ideas weeks before a holiday. I’m taking notes for 2022! (This post contains affiliate links, so I’ll make a small commission if you purchase anything. As always, opinions are mine.)
40+ Unique Gift Ideas For Someone Who Has Everything
Before we get into it, I did want to include a few tech items that people love — namely, the new MacBook Pro ($1,299), the Kindle Black (on sale for $49.99), and the Apple Watch ($399+). These aren’t super unique, per se, but they deserve mention anyway. My dad got me an Apple Watch last year for Christmas, and I was thankful but didn’t think I’d have any use for it. Fast forward nearly a year, and I feel naked if I’m not wearing it. If your gift recipient likes new, shiny toys, a tech piece may be just what they’re looking for. The list below is divided into five categories: subscriptions, experiences, home, fashion, and beauty. I can’t promise you’ll walk away with a gift idea, but I have a good feeling it’ll get the wheels turning.
I’ve shared my thoughts about clothing rental services before. TL;DR: they’re perfect for someone who has a lot of events to attend or wants to spice up their wardrobe for vacation. A gifted subscription to Rent the Runway ($81/month) or a similar platform is genius. One of the best gifts I got for Christmas last year was a New York Times subscription ($48) from my mom. It’s something I didn’t think to ask for but have used every day since.
Other fun ideas: A MeUndies membership ($14/month) for new bras and underwear, a FabFitFun subscription ($49.99/season) for a quarterly box filled with beauty, wellness, and home items, and TokyoTreat ($35/month) for a monthly box of Japanese candy and snacks. If you’re giving a gift to a child, KiwiCo ($19.95/month) is a must. It offers enriching projects and toys for kids of all ages. My favorite suggestion in this category? Ask for a subscription to a champagne membership box like Club Bubbly ($70/month). I’ll definitely drink to that.
The overwhelming top clothing suggestion was luxury loungewear. If quarantine taught me anything, it’s that dressing down is severely underrated. One of the brands that people love is Averie Sleep (pictured above). It’s on the pricey side ($135), but the reviews are excellent. I’ve also heard incredible things about Lunya Loungewear ($198) and am personally obsessed with the idea of washable silk.
I’ve been drooling over this Summersalt x Rifle Paper Co. slip dress ($80) for a while, so I’m hoping Santa brings me something from their collection. I mean, how fun is this print? The Barefoot Dreams nightgown ($134) is a suggestion that came in more than once, and it looks like the most comfortable thing in the world. Also, these Balega Hidden Comfort ($15) socks are reportedly life-changing, and you can get matching running shoes ($139.95) for the athlete on your list. Other items to consider, per my readers: briefs from Negative Underwear ($45) and Spanx leggings. (10/10 can vouch for them — I felt silly spending $110 on faux leather leggings, but they’re that good). If you want to give something cozy, splurge on a luxury robe — Barefoot Dreams has one for $99 that has nearly 900 positive reviews.
It’s hard to go wrong with a leather tote. I got a wallet from Cuyana for Mother’s Day and have been loving the brand since. This tote ($225) is a bit of a splurge, but it’s incredible quality and a perfect work bag. The Able Selam Tote ($200) is also a prime option — it’s slightly cheaper than Cuyana, and I’m drooling over the color. The BEIS Work Tote ($138) is also a fabulous choice, and it looks way more expensive than it actually is.
Beauty & Jewelry
I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many perfumes. Jo Malone gifted me their signature Pomelo fragrance ($155), and I wear it every time I go out. I’ve found people sniffing me to ask what I’m wearing — it’s that good. There are hints of grapefruit, so if you don’t want anything too fruity, you might want to skip it. Le Labo Santal perfume ($86) also came highly recommended by a follower, and the reviews are promising. I wore the Tory Burch Signature Eau de Parfum ($130) on my wedding day, so I’m partial to it, but it really is timeless. On another note, someone suggested a paraffin wax warmer ($70.99) for at-home pampering, and I think it’s genius.
On the jewelry front, sentimentality always wins. I keep my jewelry minimal, but Vagner gifted me a custom silhouette necklace from Vana Chupp Studio ($125+) last Christmas, and I’ve rarely taken it off since. Made By Mary ($34+) offers more affordable options for sentimental jewelry, although a ring I have from them lost its stone about two years after I purchased it. (I didn’t take it off in the shower because I’m too lazy for that, so I’m not blaming the company — just sharing my experience.) I also love the idea of splurging on an initial necklace from Maya Brenner Designs ($300).
Is there anything more decadent than waking up in a nice hotel bed? I’ve requested a night away more times than I can count, and it’s the perfect option for someone tired of physical gifts. Along with hotel gift cards, I got so many creative experiences that people recommend. Cruise and flight gift cards were a top pick, along with Ticketmaster gift cards for concerts and spa gift cards for pampering. You can also offer to contribute to a tattoo fund, buy a National Parks annual pass for any nature lovers on your list, or give any of your artsy loved ones a gift card to a pottery studio.
A cleaning service is guaranteed to be a slam dunk for those who count acts of service among their love languages. One of my followers sent in the most brilliant suggestion: She and her husband gift each other their least favorite chores. He gets a gift card for lawn care, and she gets a meal delivery box. If you want to go out of the box and know someone who’s into horoscopes, a birth chart reading from an astrologer is such a cool idea.
Three more things I love:
- Gifting a consult with an interior designer for someone who’s looking to redecorate.
- Paying to have your loved one’s car detailed (Vagner got my car cleaned on my birthday, and it was one of the best practical gifts I’ve gotten).
- Pay for a family photoshoot! This works extra well on parents and grandparents.
Nice linens were a top gift suggestion in the home category. Earlier this year, we splurged on Brooklinen Luxe Core Sateen Sheets ($135+), and I’ll never go back. I also love Peach Skin Sheets ($85+), and they’re significantly more affordable. You also can’t go wrong with a weighted blanket — I’m partial to Blanquil ($129), but several people suggested a knitted weighted blanket from Bearaby ($199). I got a ton of excellent kitchen gift ideas, too:
- Estelle Colored Wine Glasses, $175
- Williams Sonoma Pizza Stone, $49.95
- Nugget Ice Maker, $579
- Capresso Milk Frother, $59.99
- Our Place Always Pan, $99
The BISSELL Crosswave ($237.99) isn’t the sexiest gift, but it came up again and again. (I wouldn’t recommend surprising someone with a vacuum unless they’ve expressed interest in getting a new one.) Fancy candles were also a popular suggestion, and y’all know how much I love Hotel Lobby Candle ($54) if you watch my Instagram stories.
I saved the best for last. I wouldn’t ever gift art to someone unless I knew their style very well, but there’s one exception: pet portraits ($33.75). If I’m gifted anything involving Luna, it’s going on the wall. Also, it’s an affordable enough gift that you could easily pick it for your Secret Santa.
Whew! This is much longer than most of my posts, but I hope you found it helpful. Happy shopping!