20 Unique & Personal Gift Ideas (That EVERYONE Will Love)

20 Unique & Personal Gift Ideas (That EVERYONE Will Love)

Finding the perfect gift can be a nightmare at the best of times, but when the recipient has everything they could ever want it can feel almost impossible!

Even worse, what do you get for friends and family that you haven't seen in a little while? If you've fallen out of contact, it can be really difficult to think of a personal present. 

Today we're sharing the best gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list. Say goodbye to the stress today! 

1. Customise a card

moonpig card
Get personal!

We all know cards can become a bit of a bore, so take your gifting to the next level by customising your cards. There are plenty of online card shops that allow you to upload photos to cards - try Moonpig, for example. 

If you have a creative flair or younger children, we suggest making your own cards for friends and family. Grandparents will love it! 

2. Gift a pedicure

Pedicure kit
Easy but thoughtful.

For the ones who like to be pampered, why not gift them a foot massage? This idea is perfect for mums, partners and friends.  

DIY a cute pedicure kit with: 

  • A makeup bag, jar or container 
  • Nail polishes in their favourite colours
  • Foot cream
  • Nail file - if your budget stretches you could include an electric foot file
  • Cosy socks 
  • Vouchers for a foot treatment

Depending on just how well you know the person, you could make your own promise vouchers for a foot massage using coloured card and pens. If you'd rather not get your hands dirty, throw in a gift card for a local nail salon or spa. 

TOP TIP: Instead of using a makeup bag, find a lovely pair of slippers and fill them up with all the goodies! Wrap in a clear gift bag or cellophane for bonus presentation points. 

3. Photo frame or album

photo album
They'll love flicking through it.

A photo in a frame is a quick gift that doesn't require too much effort or thought but feels super sentimental.

Purchase a frame (it doesn't have to be anything too fancy) and find a nice photo to put inside it. Make sure the picture is printed on a good quality photo paper. The photo could be of you and them or a special memory. 

If you have a bit more time on your hands, put together a whole scrapbook or photo album. Don't worry - it doesn't have to include their whole life story.

Maybe have a look at their social media and pick an event or a few years of their life to fill the pages with. 

4. Custom Canvas

If you've got a bit more money to spend and you've noticed one of their walls looking a little bare, transform their favourite photo into a beautiful canvas. Snapfish can do this for you at a reasonable price. 

5. Gift an experience 

Make some memories.

Does your recipient have a certain something they are really passionate about? Or is there something they have always wanted to try but never got round to? 

You can never go wrong with an experience day gift. Here are some of the experiences you could treat your loved one to: 

  • Afternoon tea
  • Stadium tours
  • Supercar driving
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Paintballing
  • Three-course meal
  • Get up close with their favourite animal
  • A relaxing spa day
  • A short break
  • Theatre tickets
  • Flying lessons
  • Hot air balloon flights
  • Cooking classes

There are so many niche activities to choose from over at Virgin Experience Days

TOP TIP: Take the gift up a notch by throwing in some small presents that fit the theme of the experience. You could even give the smaller presents to them first as clues! 

6. Marshmallows 

Have you heard of Boomf? Not only do they make fun, exploding cards, but they also have the option to create your own custom marshmallows. It's really easy to upload your favourite photos straight from your phone or socials. 

Not only will this gift look great, but it will taste amazing too! It's a fab idea for Mother's Day too! 

7. High-quality accessories

They're guaranteed to get use out of it.

Most people own the essential accessories they need. We all use things like belts and wallets on a daily basis, so why not splash the cash on an upgrade.

Even if they already have that accessory, they'll appreciate having a few different options to chose from. 

8. Get snap happy

For the photographer in your life, a Polaroid camera is a fun gift. They are a little pricey, but techies will love being able to see their photos develop instantly. 

9. For the beauty queen 

We love Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk. 

It's hard to know what someone already has in their makeup collection, but if they love makeup, you can never go wrong with a high-quality lip product. Go for a universal colour, something between a nude and a natural, pretty pink. 

10. A quirky candle

Candles are nice and all, but they are a bit basic. Why not gift a Woodwick candle? The specially designed wick gives off the sound of a burning wood fire with gentle crackles.

It's the ultimate candle for a cosy night in, and they smell amazing too! You'll want to keep it for yourself. 

11. Bear hug

Have you heard of the company Bear Hug Gifts? On their website, you can put together a gift box for your loved one. This is great for long-distance friends and family because they take care of postage for you. 

You can either chose from pre-packaged gift boxes for all occasions or build your own from their extensive catalogue of items. 

All of their gifts are very high quality, but also affordable. Send a Bear Hug today - just because! 

12. For the book lover

Liven up any bookshelf. 

Is their favourite book looking a little tatty? Buy them a beautiful edition that they can display proudly on their bookshelf. 

13. Give booze a personal touch 

wine bottle
So pretty, they might not want to drink it!

We've all gifted someone a bottle of wine or spirit from time to time. It tends to be the go-to when we get stuck for ideas or if we don't know the person that well. It's a great gift because most of us will get good use out of it, but it is a tad impersonal. 

Add your own twist by designing a label for the bottle based around the theme of the celebration or their interests. It's a great way to show you've put some thought into a pretty standard and easy gift. 

14. A gift that keeps on giving

Are they really invested in a magazine, brand or a charity? Have a browse to see if you can find a subscription gift package for whatever it is that interests them. This is a great gift because it will last for months afterwards! 

For people who really don't want physical gifts that'll probably end up shoved in a cupboard for regifting, consider looking into charities, environmental companies or food and drink subscriptions. 

15. For the eco-warrior 

Sustainable living is becoming more and more popular. Gift the environmentally conscious friend in your life with all manner of reusable items. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Reusable bottle or keep cup
  • Metal or bamboo straws
  • Beeswax wrap
  • Reusable make up cloth 

These might not sound like the most exciting gifts individually, but as a bundle, they'd make a really thoughtful and useful present. 

16. A tasty treat


Since the true way to anyone's heart is through their stomach, put your culinary skills to the test and bake a marvellous creation. 

There's nothing more touching than someone baking you a cake from scratch. 

17. Surprise!

Everyone loves a surprise. Get all of your friends together and organise something. It could be a huge party or a small catch up in a bar. Whatever you chose, make sure you have a good guise to get them there without them catching on. 

There's no better gift than good company. 

18. Gift a movie night

movie night kit
Everything they need for a cosy night in. 

Is your friend a bit of a movie buff? Find a film they haven't seen yet and make up a bundle with: 

  • Microwavable popcorn 
  • Their favourite sweets 
  • A cosy blanket 

19. Say it with flowers

Flower bouquet
A potted plant makes a great unisex gift.

It might sound generic, but no matter the occasion, flowers make a nice present. Whether you go to the supermarket or florist, they'll feel really special receiving them as a gift. 

20. Survival kit

This is another really sweet idea that can be customised for anyone. You could make them for any situation but our favourites include ones for students and new mums and dads! 

Do you have any creative gift ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

Joanne A


Expert in finding beautiful solutions for small and rented spaces. Would happily spend the rest of my life shopping for homewares and watching Disney movies - I only wish I had Cinderella's army of mice to help me clean!

  1. Author Val doyle on May 2, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Put your paintbrushes in your hair condition they come out boss .

    1. Author Joanne A on May 4, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      Interesting tip!


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