Christmas gift ideas with a difference

It may only be August, but the nights are already getting longer and the summer heatwave is coming to a close. As a result, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. After all, the earlier you start planning, the more you’re likely to ace those all-important presents.

But if you’re planning in advance, then why not think of some gifts with a difference this Christmas? After all, as these reviews of show, buying unique and bespoke presents can put huge smiles on the faces of your loved ones.

To help get your creative juices flowing, here are our top Christmas ideas with a difference…


#1 Crystal Maze Experience

Is your loved one a fan of TV shows, quizzes and experiences like escape rooms? Well, you can combine all of their favourite things with a visit to the ultimate Crystal Maze Experience.

Your loved one can play all the levels and games that they first loved on the 1990s’ TV show, including trips to the Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones. Plus, when they’ve collected all their crystals, they even get chance to catch tokens in the iconic Crystal Dome. The day really brings the magic of TV to life.


#2 A monthly book subscription from the Libreria Bookshop

If your loved one loves to read, a subscription for a book club could be just the ticket. However, for that personal touch, make sure that you don’t just get any subscription.

The Libreria Bookshop offers a subscription that provides a great mixture of undiscovered fiction, non-fiction and poetry. This means it’s a great choice if your loved one has already read all the classics and instead wants a selection of texts that will broaden their horizons and expose them to new ideas.


#3 A customised AirPod case

If Santa brought your loved one a pair of AirPods in 2019, then you can take their music/podcast listening game to the next level by buying them a customised AirPod case this year.

This presents you with endless possibilities. You could add a cute nickname that you have for them (so they always think of you when they see the case), or you could add their name or initials. No matter what you choose, they’ll never have to ask if an AirPod case is theirs ever again.


#4 A molecular gastronomy kit

If your loved one is a foodie, get them a molecular gastronomy kit so they can transform their home kitchen into a Heston Blumenthal restaurant.

These scientific kits include everything that the wannabe chef in your life will need to create their own mad and bonkers meals, including dishes featuring things like chocolate spaghetti, lemon foam and tzatziki spheres. Plus, they’ll even get a DVD that shows them how to make all these brilliant creations. They can make Michelin-starred meals at home without the price tag.


#5 A stargazing experience

According to, scientists estimate that there are about 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone. If you love science, adventure and discovery, then gift someone a stargazing experience so they can see the bright lights for themselves. It’s incredibly romantic, so it’s an ideal gift for a husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend.

Be the person that stands out this Christmas by buying one of these unusual gifts for your loved ones. According to a survey by, the average Brit spends £381.60 on presents each Christmas. So, rather than buying something generic with this money, make sure your gifts are thoughtful and unique. This way, every present will be money well spent. Plus, you’ll be in the good books for another year.

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