55 Simple Gift Ideas That Are Unique and Memorable

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

A gift is never measured by its price. A true gift is always measured by its meaning (and sometimes its usefulness too).

You don’t have to buy expensive gifts to show how much you value the other person. Simple ideas that convey true genuine feelings have more lasting and meaningful impact.

There is a smart trick to make your simplest ordinary gifts unique. The trick is to be creative on the wrapping. Some of the gift ideas below might seem ordinary. But, with a creative wrapping, it will look unique and surprising.

Here are three rules of thumb for giving gifts: 

  1. A gift must be appropriate and relevant to the person.
  2. Always go for anything handmade.
  3. Gifts should be memorable, not expensive.

So, let’s look at 55 simple gift ideas that are unique and memorable:

  1. A Small Nice Mirror with a message that says, “This is to see how beautiful you’re everyday”
  2. Flowers. It’s the all-time super emotional gift.
  3. Handmade Journal with a Little Pen
  4. Empty glass jar with nice stickers on it and filled with colored sea salt body scrubs.
  5. Lip gloss 😉
  6. Flash USB Memory loaded with personal photos you had with the receiver.
  7. Night Light
  8. Meditation singing bowl
  9. Cotton Bath Robe
  10. Love coupons (from Tina at ThinkSimpleNow.com). The idea simply is to make a little coupon book containing favors you would do for the receiver, like airport pickup.
  11. Scented candles.
  12. Meditation music CD.
  13. Photo album containing photos of memories you shared together.
  14. Spa/Massage voucher.
  15. Gift certificates for the person’s favorite shops.
  16. Photo frame. Handmade or Digital.
  17. Cordless Skype phone.
  18. Moleskin Pocket Notebook. I love it.
  19. Non-fiction books of interest.
  20. Novels or fiction books.
  21. Bath oils.
  22. Personalized mug. You can create your own at Ceramics Cafe.
  23. A cool pen.
  24. Gift basket/box filled with goodies.
  25. Music CD burned with the person’s favorite songs.
  26. Handwritten letter. Let your heart talk.
  27. A small plant.
  28. Personalized T-shirt.
  29. If you can, knit something for him/her.
  30. “I appreciate you jar” (from Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.com) The idea simply is to fill a nice jar with slips of paper, each with a reason you appreciate (or love) someone.
  31. DVD for his/her favorite movie.
  32. Written poem.
  33. Paint a picture, if you can.
  34. Hand painted picture of his/her face.
  35. Make-up set.
  36. Shaving kit.
  37. Box of tea and/or tea cups.
  38. Box of delicious handmade bakery.
  39. Dip bowl set.
  40. Storage tote.
  41. Decorative soaps.
  42. Chocolate basket.
  43. Perfume.
  44. Voucher for dinner at his/her favorite restaurant.
  45. Glass teapot.
  46. Bamboo Mug tree.
  47. Conceal Bookshelf.
  48. Fish bowl.
  49. Electronics accessories. e.g. iPad case.
  50. Fondue set.
  51. Birds in a bird house.
  52. Cookbook stand.
  53. Fragrance diffuser set. (Aromatherapy)
  54. Coffee Maker.
  55. Subscriptions. For example, one-year favorite magazine subscription.

Do you have more simple gift ideas to share? Let’s make it a list of 100 ideas!



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11 Responses to 55 Simple Gift Ideas That Are Unique and Memorable

  1. Justin Mazza June 29, 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Love your list Tohami. I need a brand new kitchen in my home, I don’t think anyone can afford that gift though. :)

  2. April June 29, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    I’m surprised lip gloss is on your list! :)

  3. Kimberley June 29, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Mohamed, you are so right about presentation. I am known for my creative gift wrapping. It seems to garner more compliments than the gift, ha!ha! Presentation in everything we do is so important. Life is in the details :). Here in Hawaii, we also give flower lei as gifts. I love that tradition. Money is always appreciated as well. The key is to give it creatively. If not a money lei, it can be wrapped in a tier of gift wrapped boxes. Smaller denominations to larger denominations in coordinating sizes of boxes. My Dad used to always say, “If I had a nose full of nickels (US 5 cent), I would sneeze a fortune your way”. I wrap a roll of nickels with Dad’s saying each year as one of my daughters Christmas stocking stuffers. I have also given a roll of pennies (US 1 cent) as part of a gift saying, “A penny for your thoughts”. Gifts of flowering plants and green plants I have found are also appreciated. And, you are so correct that handmade is the best gift of all.

  4. Kimberley June 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Another idea for gifting money is to place it in a red envelope. Customary in the chinese culture.

    I recently gave a gift card to a favorite chinese take-out restaurant. I purchased a take-out container,disposable chopsticks and a fortune cookie from the restaurant. I wrapped the gift card and fortune cookie in the container. Tied the top with a red ribbon and the chopsticks that I had printed and glued “Happy Birthday” to/from on. No need to purchase a card.

    • Mohamed Tohami June 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      WoW! That’s a very creative way of gift wrapping! You’re truly talented in this area. Is it the breeze of Hawai that makes people that creative? :)

      • Kimberley June 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

        It could be the trade winds, haha! Keeps everything moving. No pollution or smog here either. A sense of place where life moves a little slower and the attitude is one of “Hang loose” and “No worries”. It is wonderful place to live.

  5. ssssss November 28, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    it helps me a lot ! thnx

  6. Online Gym Classes December 13, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    I find that the gifts that are dearest to me are the ones that I can tell that people put their hearts and thoughts into. It’s not the price of the gift but the thought and love that was put into it. Gifts like those mean a lot

  7. Justin Bieber November 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Hello guys. So I was just looking for some simple ideas for gifts. This year I am going to take time to handmake and wrap presents. I am going to try my best to give back to those special few around me. Love this site, very helpful. Keep up the good work. Merry christmas to all ♥

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