Christmas gifts with a difference

Stuck for something to buy someone? Or maybe you’re tightening the purse strings this year? Then look no further for inspiration for some alternative Christmas gifts…


  1. Frame a meaningful photograph or put together a photo album or a calendar for the family with everyone’s photos and birthdays.
  2. Videotape and interview your parents or grandparents about childhood memories of Christmas and other poignant times like how they met and give to siblings or children.
  3. Give seeds in a little basket with a note on how best to grow them. For edible plants, provide a recipe or two.
  4. Donate to a charity in the name of a loved one. Try It allows you to send a gift to the 3rd World and depending on your budget you can buy chickens, blankets, radios, right up to a travelling theatre! You can also trade in some shop gift vouchers to buy something like a goat.
  5. Give children a gift of music or sports lessons instead of another toy. Or, if you have a skill yourself, e.g. knitting, playing tennis, offer to teach them it.
  6. Give the gift of time. Begin with a gift certificate that offers babysitting, a home-cooked meal, or a monthly lunch date with a relative or friend. Or create coupons for a massage, spring cleaning, manicure, etc.
  7. Paint an empty wine bottle with non-toxic paint and fill with olive oil. Top with an oil pour spout that can be found at a gourmet cooking shop.
  8. Give away one of your favourite things. With a note saying why it’s special to you, or why it’s brought you joy, and why you now want to pass that joy to someone else.


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