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10 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts

October 26, 2021 4 min read

As they say, “it’s the thought that counts,” and this couldn’t be more true than when it comes to buying gifts for your family and friends this Christmas.

While anyone can order an expensive gift online or pick up a branded gift card in-store, it takes more than just money to create a thoughtful Christmas gift.

Whether you are looking to cut the cost of Christmas shopping or you are sick of the commercialism at this time of year, the below thoughtful Christmas gifts are guaranteed to pull on the heartstrings of your nearest and dearest.

With thoughtful Christmas gifts for him, thoughtful Christmas gifts for her, and even thoughtful Christmas gifts for kids, there is something for everyone below.

1.   A t-shirt blanket

The perfect gift for people of all ages, a t-shirt blanket is the ultimate personalized Christmas present. Also known as a keepsake or memory blanket, the general idea behind a t-shirt blanket is to create a one-of-a-kind blanket using old t-shirts.

These could be graduation t-shirts, sports t-shirts, concert t-shirts, favorite character t-shirts, or even baby t-shirts to create a unique baby blanket.

You could choose to cut and stitch your t-shirt blanket together yourself, or you could use the services of a t-shirt blanket company to do all the legwork for you. Either way, the end result is a long-lasting gift that the recipient will cherish for many years to come.

2.   A personalized children’s book

What do you get the child that has everything? A personalized Christmas book, of course. Allowing you to create a memorable bedtime experience every night, many online retailers now offer customized children’s books that can include everything from your child’s name to their hometown.

Whether you opt for a Christmas-themed personalized book to match the holiday or you prefer a more general one that can be enjoyed all year round, this thoughtful and low-cost gift idea is guaranteed to put a smile on your child’s face.

3.   Low maintenance house plants

If you have a friend or relative that works from home, a house plant makes a great gift. Not only do they look nice, but they also have the ability to lift the owner’s mood and improve the air quality in the home.

It doesn’t matter if your loved one isn’t green-fingered. It doesn’t even matter if they have a history of killing all things green, as you can find many low-maintenance house plants such as the Snake Plant and the Cast Iron Plant.

4.   A monthly subscription

Although this may seem a bit impersonal, a monthly subscription box can actually be a very thoughtful gift. For example, if you have a loved one who always complains about finding something to cook dinner every night, you could treat them to a food subscription service.

Or, if you have a friend who loves tech but can’t afford all the latest devices, you could sign them up for a three-month technology subscription service that sends them new tech to try each month.

From book subscriptions to flower subscriptions, coffee subscriptions to beer subscriptions, there really is something for everyone.

5.   Engraved jewelry

Treat that special someone in your life to a gift that they will cherish forever with a piece of engraved jewelry. While most people love to be treated to a bit of bling at Christmas, by engraving your chosen item, you can elevate this great holiday gift from standard to sensational.

Functional, timeless, and thoughtful, an engraved necklace or ring is a great choice, while an engraved watch makes perfect Christmas gifts for your husband, partner, or boyfriend.

6.   A framed quote

If you are looking for a low-cost Christmas gift that promises to deliver maximum bang for your buck, then a framed quote picture is a good idea. Whether your loved one has a favorite quote, song lyrics, or personal saying, you can immortalize it in a frame and let them hang it on their wall to see every day.

You can even customize this gift further by choosing the color, font, and size of the text to create a unique, one-of-a-kind holiday season gift.

7.   A custom pet portrait

Everyone knows someone who loves their pet more than life itself, so what better gift for this animal lover than their very own custom pet portrait?

If you are willing to splash the cash, you could treat your loved one to a custom painting of their pooch or pussy cat. Or if you are on a budget, you can a framed print of your friend with their pet is a more cost-effective option.

8.   90 tiny messages in a bottle

Yes, this is an actual Christmas gift that you can purchase for your loved one. Available to buy on Amazon, write 90 tiny personal messages and stuff them inside these cute capsules, and deliver a daily reminder to your family member or friend about why you love them.

Alternatively, you could make your own personalized message bottle using a leftover jam jar and some colored paper.

9.   Personalized wine labels

If you know someone who loves a bottle of wine, or two or ten, then this is the perfect thoughtful gift. Custom wine labels can be purchased for as little as $5 and offer a cheap and cheerful way to improve upon a good bottle of wine.

Whether you choose to write a simple “Happy Christmas” message or you want to name the wine after your loved one, this is one gift that won’t be forgotten.

10.                  A homesick candle

For those that have a loved one who is away from home, perhaps at university or because of work, a homesick candle makes a great Christmas gift.

Choose from candles that smell like backyard BBQs, cooking in Grandma’s kitchen and road trips, and transport your friend or family member right back home in an instant.

And there you have it — our top ten thoughtful Christmas gifts for all your family and friends.

If you are still tempted to go with a run-of-the-mill holiday gift, just think about the smile on your loved ones' face when they open one of the above thoughtful and meaningful gifts.


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