If you still have last year’s fruit cake sitting in the freezer and have yet to tear off the tags on that pair of 2018 Christmas socks, then you understand the necessity of gifting thoughtfully. Sure, gift cards are nice, but usually all they say to your friends and family is, “I don’t know what you like.”

Best Holiday Gift Ideas for 2019

Try something different this year. Instead of cop-out gift cards and generic seasonal gifts, take the time to truly consider what those you care about might really enjoy receiving. Here are a few suggestions of holiday gifts that will show those on your shopping list that you care.

1.  An Excursion

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A surefire gift for friends and family members who value experience over possessions is the gift of travel and activity. A skydiving session or Jeep tour could be the perfect gift for the adventurous type, but this season, Alaskan cruises are all the rage. Nothing says happy holidays like treating a near and dear one to an all-expenses paid adventure of a lifetime.

Planning ahead can make this budget friendly. Or, there are many luxurious options for planning for special occasions that will include views of the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife and national parks, as well as exclusive rail service and lodging.

2.  A Chainsaw Electric Carving Knife

All right, this gift is aimed at a fairly specific audience, but most individuals have at least one family member designated to carve the Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys. This unique gift is for your family’s dinner surgeon. The chainsaw adds a little attitude to the standard electric carving knife. It boasts a comfortable, ergonomic handle and stainless-steel blades that are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. So, if there is a special someone in your life with a love for carving up baked birds with power tools, then this utensil is perfect for them.

3.  A Candy Chemistry Set

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For the young girl or boy on your list, one thing you can count on to be an instantly successful gifting idea is candy. With a candy chemistry set, though, not only do children create their own candies, but they’re also learning some staples of chemistry while doing it. Grounded in STEM concepts, kids (and adults with a sweet tooth) can create crystal rock candy, jelly candies, chocolates and lollipops, and can also check the level of sugar in a candy and dissolve pieces to determine the compounds. This gift is recommended for kids 8 years of age and older.

4.  A Sony PlayStation Classic Edition Console

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For the big kid in your life, a stellar holiday gift would be this new release of a classic model for gaming lovers. The Sony PlayStation classic edition console comes pre-loaded with 20 games, including Final Fantasy II, Grand Theft Auto Busted and Metal Gear, as well as two wired controllers and a virtual memory card.

Though it’s smaller than the original PlayStation, the game graphics are better and you don’t have to reset it a dozen times to get it to work. Whether the kid in your life is 8 or 38 years old, this holiday gift is sure to please.

Consider These Unique Gift Ideas

So, this season, resist the lazy compulsion to buy gift cards for your loved ones. Ultimately, they will see right through you. Instead, consider unique gifts like these to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family.


Taylor is a blogger who loves sharing her opinions on home tech, digital entertainment, TV trends, and other lifestyle topics.

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