Champagne, flowers and keepsakes for weddings; gold, pearl and paper for anniversaries. Hand-made woollen socks for christenings and popular toys for children's birthday. All of these have something in common – they are seen as a standard gift for these occasions; they may even seem familiar to you if you've attended a wedding or christening at some point in your life. There's nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional gifts – they are a safe option after all; non-controversial and fitting to the particular occasion. But at some point the idea of unusual gifts
will become more attractive to you – probably when you've been invited to your fifth wedding in a few years and the only thing you can think of buying as a wedding present is either a kettle or a bottle of wine with a vaguely French-sounding name. You need not fear if you like giving wine as a gift however, as there are options to personalise bottles with your own engraved message to the recipient(s) – turning what was once standard and ordinary into meaningful unusual gifts.
It's not easy finding unusual gifts for weddings that are suitable and/or won't cause the recipient embarrassment. Any gift you do find would ideally be presented to them at their stag or hen night – such as a Little Book of Kama Sutra for your female friend at her hen night. A book that needs no introduction, it is full of useful guidance and advice that would surely benefit the couple at their honeymoon retreat. Of course, if you'd feel confident about giving these kind of unusual gifts at the actual wedding, you're certainly free to do so (thought it would be inadvisable).
It is very easy to buy presents for children; the problem isn't in finding the gifts, but paying for them – if you have children you'll know that the top presents on their birthday or Christmas lists are expensive computer games or even bikes. Luckily, there are traditional unusual gifts
that you could buy any child that will provide them with hours of fun while being nowhere near as expensive. If they've ever be to an arcade or a pub (accompanied with their parents of course), they may have played on the snooker tables that are standard in these institutions. If they enjoyed the experience, then why not get them a Table Pool Miniature Billiards set suitable for the home to practice their skills. Designed to look like a miniature version of the classic game, it give the recipient the chance to play whenever they want and it even includes two wooden cues so they can challenge their friends or siblings at any time, too. If they're interested in more solo activities, or they are a fan of Harry Potter (let's face it, is there a child who hasn't heard of or doesn't like Harry Potter) and magic tricks in general, then they would love the Little Box of Wizard Tricks set. Including all the tools of the trade needed to become a little magic master, such as a pack of cards, magic rope and wizard's rings as well as manuals of magic tricks, it's a perfect gift to keep them entertained and away from those computer games.
You may have heard the expression "only young people understand how to use computers". Though not a universal fact, it is somewhat true, with the older generation sometimes proving unable to perform computer-based tasks that would seem painfully easy to their sons or daughters – tasks like creating hyperlinks and designing websites. You probably know someone who finds computer technology incomprehensible and wouldn't know the first thing about creating websites; in this case it would be ideal to get them some unusual gifts which address their problem, like a Takeaway Website set, an easy to understand guideline to creating their own website. It even gives pointers for different web functions, such as creating a blog site or an eBay-like business site – beneficial for technophobes everywhere.
Thought is one of the main things that count – however, there's no need to over think and, for instance, go too creatively crazy buying unusual gifts for a wedding present that you believe the recipient would like. Even if they would like to Build their Own Lamborghini, it would hardly be an appropriate gift for a wedding. Save those kinds of unusual gifts
for birthdays or significant days in their lives and, above all, never settle for the ordinary or the second best – even if you don't find what you want and you'd wish to stick to the safe options, there are ways of personalising any gift to make them memorable instead of just throw-away 'back-of-the-cupboard' presents.
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