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Unique Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

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We all know there are those family members (eh hem…Dad…) who struggle to come up with ideas for their wish lists. Whether they claim they don’t need anything, which very well may be true, the act of giving a gift is a way many show their love, especially around the holiday season.

Here are some unique gift ideas to add to someone else’s Giftster wish list (as a suggested item) or your own wish lists.

And don’t forget…experiences make wonderful gift ideas too and provide opportunities to spend time with the ones you love. Check out our experience suggestions at the bottom of this article.

Unique gifts for young kids

Bannor Toys Push Bunny
Bannor Toys
Modern wooden toys your family can cherish and pass down from generation to generation. Bannor also makes a wide variety of other unique children’s toys.

Uncle Goose
Wooden block sets with the alphabet, numbers, or create your own custom sayings. Another unique gift that can withstand the test of time.

Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
A fun game for ages 3+ the whole family can enjoy. The first squirrel to collect 5 acorns on their log wins.

Water Doodle Board
A water doodle board is a large plastic mat kids can draw on using pens filled with water. They can use it over and over again and it doesn’t require any clean-up – the water simply dries up and it’s ready to use once again. A must-have for any parent.

Toothbrushing Turtle Timer
This gift might be more for the parents ultimately. Adorable and functional, this turtle’s feet light up for 30-seconds each to emphasize the amount of time to brush each area of the mouth. A saving grace for parents trying to increase the time and quality of their children’s brushing sessions.

Puppet Theatre
Spend time as a family putting on plays with this puppet theatre from Melissa and Doug.

Makedo Cardboard Construction Kit
Make use of cardboard boxes you might have laying around the house – especially after the holiday season or a recent move. This cardboard kit comes with kid-safe tools to build anything imaginable all with leftover cardboard boxes. Let their creativity shine!

Unique Gifts for Tweens & Teens

Kubb Yard Game Set
If you haven’t heard of Kubb yet, it’s a fun Swedish yard game the whole family can enjoy. The first team to knock down all of the wooden blocks and the king at the very end wins.

LED Vine Curtain String Lights
Give your teen a way to personalize their bedroom or rec area. These vine string lights are on-trend and won’t break the bank.

Unique gifts for any age

Portrait Puzzles
Have a custom puzzle made with any photo you’d like. I personally purchased one last year for my dad with an incredible photo a friend took in Alaska, one of my dad’s favorite travel destinations. The quality of the puzzle was excellent.

Personalized Family Member Signpost
This unique customizable signpost is a great gift the whole family could go in on together.

Custom Face Magnets & Stickers
Here’s a fun take on family portraits. Instead of the usual holiday card – send some face magnets, decals, stickers, or buttons. Get creative! Who wouldn’t get a laugh from seeing a floating head on their fridge?

Gardener’s Harvest Basket
For the gardener in your life, this harvest basket is not only beautiful but functional too.

Fitness Dice
For the fitness buff. These wooden dice offer over 45,000 simple exercise routines to keep things interesting.

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
A fun game to help you get to know new friends. Dive deep with this game and get to know someone on a much more intimate level.

Experiences that make great gifts

  • Swimming Lessons
  • Gymnastics or Dance Lessons
  • Music Lessons
  • Museum Pass
  • Trampoline Park Pass (or other local hot spot)
  • Mini-Golf / Go-Karts / Arcade Pass
  • Waterpark or Theme Park Pass
  • Ice Skating / Roller Rink Membership
  • Tickets to a sporting event or concert
  • State Park Pass
  • Fitness Membership (best to be added to your own list)

Remind others to update their wish lists

And don’t forget, if you are having trouble encouraging family members to update their wish lists on Giftster – look for the lightning bolt icon at the bottom of their lists to send them an anonymous reminder to update it.

Happy gifting!

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