Really Unique Gifts for People Who are Tough to Please

By on November 21, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide

Stumped on what to get that person on your list who seems to already have it all? Looking for something a little less generic and a little more special? Here are some unique gift ideas that are sure to stand out from the rest.

Buy This for the Beer Connoisseur

Anyone who likes drinking beer will probably already have a collection of pint glasses, but most of them probably don’t have a set of pint glasses with their name on them. The Set of 4 Personalized Pub Glasses from Red Envelope can be customized with the name, state, and date of establishment of your friend or family member’s home bar or basement brewery. Red Envelope also has a bunch of other personalized craft beer/pub gifts; pair any of them with a nice six-pack or growler and you’ve got a great, one-of-a-kind gift.

MSRP: $50 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

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  • Pros: They get great customer reviews on Red Envelope. Pretty reasonable price for a one-of-a-kind/personalized gift.
  • Cons: The logo/graphic can’t be customized, which would make these even more unique. 

Check Red Envelope for Pub Glasses

Buy These for the Totally Unique Hipster

Toms Shoes are already about as hip as you can get. But there’s one way to give them even more hipster cred: making sure no one else will ever have the exact same pair. You can get custom Toms on Etsy for around $100 (about twice the cost of normal Toms). You can get pretty much anything you can think of — from sports teams, to classic art pieces, to Disney characters, to movies, and everything in between — hand-painted on your Toms.

MSRP: N/A | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

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  • Pros: Some of the designs are really awesome and unique. You can get literally anything  you want painted on them if you go with a custom listing.
  • Cons: The hand-painting will make them not great for wearing outdoors or in wet weather. Pretty spendy for a pair of canvas shoes.

Check Etsy for Custom Toms

Buy These for the Trendy Athlete

Much like custom Toms, you can also get Custom Nike iD Shoes directly from Nike, and they are pretty sweet. Most of their most popular styles (including Nike Frees, Hyper Dunks, Jordans, Dunks and Air Max styles) can be personalized with fun color combos, lace options and even graphics in some cases. They also currently have Pendleton Custom iD Shoes available (which are pretty sick, but also pretty expensive).

MSRP: varies; men’s are typically in the $100 to $150 range | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

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  • Pros: Everyone loves Nikes, and having them customized makes them even cooler. The Custom iD process is really easy (and fun).
  • Cons: It might be hard to know exactly what the person you’re buying for would like (in which case a gift card for custom Nikes might be better).

Check Nike for Custom iD Shoes

Buy This for the Book-Loving Child (or Child at Heart)

Books are always a great gift idea for kids, but let’s be honest — they just aren’t all that exciting to open up on Christmas morning. But the collection of pop-up books from Matthew Reinhart can hardly be called books. They are so cool, so unlike any other book you’ve ever seen before, that kids might just get more excited about them than the toys they get.

Titles include Transformers, Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs, DC Superheroes, The Chronicles or Narnia, The Jungle Book, and Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy (most are currently around $25 on Amazon). I own the Star Wars and Dinosaur books and they are ridiculously awesome and entertaining.

MSRP: $30 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

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  • Pros: Pages are filled with tons of interesting things to open and explore; should keep kids entertained for hours. As (if not more) fun for adults to read.
  • Cons: Not great for younger kids who may rip or destroy the pages if left unsupervised (and $30 is an expensive book to get ripped up!)

Check Amazon for Matthew Reinhart Pop-Up Books

Buy This for the Person Who Doesn’t Need More Stuff

Sometimes, the best gift you can give someone is something that’s not easily wrapped in a box: an experience; a memory. For the person who already has all the “stuff” they want or need, a gift certificate for a night of fun can be a great, unique option. For the creative type, how about one of those “wine and canvas” places (where you learn how to create a painting while getting tipsy on wine)? For the foodie, try cooking classes. Or go crazy and get them skydiving lessons. Groupon has tons of these types of activities and more (check their Occasions section for the best holiday options).

MSRP: N/A | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

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  • Pros: Groupon has activity vouchers/gift cards to fit many ages and personalities. If you get them something for the two of you to do together, it’s a nice chance to spend time with someone you care about.
  • Cons: No instant gratification (they’ll basically be opening a piece of paper). You might end up having to go sky diving…

Check Groupon for Activity Gift Cards

Buy This for the Serious Carnivore

The BBQ Branding Iron is a unique gift option for the meat-loving person who hates things like “vegan bacon” as much as Ron Swanson. The branding iron set comes with every letter of the alphabet so that grillers can sear everyone’s names onto their respective pieces of meat (or just the letters L-A-M-E onto any veggie burger they’re forced to cook).

MSRP: $17 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

Unique Gifts name branding in steak

  • Pros: Fun and unique little gift for people who like to grill. Really inexpensive.
  • Cons: I imagine it would be annoying to change out all the little branding letters (especially when the thing is hot).

Check Amazon for BBQ Branding Iron

Buy This for the Science Nerd

The Puzzlebox Orbit Brain-Controlled Helicopter is truly unique because, well, it’s the only helicopter out there that you can actually control using your brainwaves. The Kickstarter-funded Puzzlebox Orbit Helicopter (operated using a EEG headset) goes up into the air when you concentrate, and is lowered when you relax your mind. The videos of it in action are pretty crazy.

MSRP: $189 | Lowest Price on Ben’s: N/A

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  • Pros: It’s a freakin’ mind-controlled helicopter. The price tag doesn’t seem all that large considering what it is.
  • Cons: It’s the first of its kind, so there are bound to be improvements coming. Once the novelty factor wears off, it might not get played with a lot.

Check Amazon for Orbit Helicopter 

About Kristin Cook

Things I love (and love to write about) include: photography, good beer, awesome deals on clothing, toys and camping gear, good food, Star Wars, and babies.

2 Comments

  1. Gram

    November 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    All interesting ideas. Those shoes look awesome. I just need a new job to pay for them.

  2. dave_c

    November 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Love the BBQ branding iron… tho’ I wouldn’t turn down vegan bacon!

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