The best unusual Christmas gifts for 2021

Every Christmas, it’s so easy to fall back on the fail-safe, tried-and-tested gift ideas – socks, pyjamas, chocolate, bath stuff. And while you know they’ll be received with a smile, we all know how great it feels when you rip off the wrapping paper to find something totally unexpected but utterly wonderful inside.

If you’re looking for something a little more unusual to put under the tree this year, we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the most unique Christmas gifts that will suit everyone on your present list, from grandparents and nieces and nephews to those hard-to-buy-for men in the family. Unusual Christmas gifts make great stocking fillers or secret Santa presents, and are sure to turn that polite smile into a Cheshire cat grin.

And who knows, you might even see something on here to add to your own list for Santa…

Personalised Christmas gifts

initial necklace

Letter necklace, £65, PDPAOLA

Colourful semi-precious stones make this an extra special necklace.

personalised coaster
Not On The High Street

Personalised Blue Plaque Coaster, £13, Not On The High Street

This fun glass coaster is modelled on English Heritage’s famous blue plaques and is fully customisable, including the name, place and date.

initial keyring

Personalised Keychain, £5.95, Etsy

A perfect stocking filler or secret Santa present.

personalised recipe book

Love at First Bite Recipe Journal, £24.99, Papier

Keep all your foodie creations recorded in your very own personalised recipe journal.

initial brush pot

Bridie Hall Brush Pot, £40, Liberty

A stylish glass tumbler to store make-up brushes, pens, paintbrushes, kitchen utensils – it could even be a plant pot…


Personalised Challah, £15, Panzer’s

Name a more delightful gift than a challah loaf in the shape of your recipient’s initial?

Homemade Christmas gifts

crackle cookies
Chris Alack

Chocolate chip crackle cookies recipe

Presented in a decorated glass jar, these chocolate chip crackle cookies make an attractive and delicious edible gift for any occasion.

DIY hamper

Silver Hamper Basket and Accessory, £6, Wilko

Who doesn’t love to receive a hamper? Put a personal spin on it by filling it with your own hand-selected (or even handmade) foodie treats.

shortbread slice
Chris Court, William Meppem, Con Polous, Ansom Smart

Donna Hay’s raspberry and shortbread slice recipe

The shortbread stars make this bake thoroughly festive – and it’s seriously easy to make.

terrarium kit

Big Mama Terrarium, £70, Leafage

You could either make this terrarium up yourself or gift it as the kit and give your recipient the joy of creating their own terrarium.

Laura Edwards

Blackberry and apple chutney recipe

A jar of lovingly made chutney is a gift appreciated by everyone, and it’s a great fallback for those hard-to-buy-for relatives.

cocktail and candle making kit
Cocktails by Candlelight

Christingle – Christmas Cocktail & Candle Making Kit, £43.50, Cocktails by Candlelight

Quality time together is truly the best gift, so suggest to your recipient that you make this cocktail and candle making kit together.

Quirky Christmas gifts

peace hand candle
Beyond Living

CandleHand Peace – Hand Gesture Candle, £36.95, Beyond Living

Whether you choose to ever light it or not, there’s no denying this sculptural candle will brighten up a bookshelf.

Kew Shop

GinChup, £4.50, Kew Shop

A great gift for both gin and ketchup lovers, the ketchup is infused with Bobby’s botanical gin for a zesty condiment.

dinosaur egg cup
Natural History Museum Shop

Triceratops white egg cup, £10, Natural History Museum Shop

Kids and adults alike will enjoy dipping eggy soldiers in a dinosaur-shaped egg cup.

milk carton memo pad
Rex London

Memo Pads In A Striped ‘milk’ Carton, £2.95, Rex London

The good news is you’ll never forget to add milk to the shopping list…

snake plant soft toy

Jellycat Amuseable Snake Plant soft toy, £52, Selfridges

The plant that will never die. This guy would look so cute (and unexpected) on a shelf.

taco cat goat cheese pizza game
Dice & Decks

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, £9.34 (was £10.99), Dice & Decks

Guaranteed hours of fun with this ridiculous laugh-until-you-cry game.