Unique gift ideas for all occasions

Feb 03, 2023
Get inspired with these unique gift ideas that are sure leave a lasting impression. Source: Getty

Choosing a thoughtful and personalised gift isn’t always easy, and while flowers are a great way to tell someone you’re thinking of them, they lack the originality to leave a lasting impression.

No matter the occasion, the whole purpose of giving is to show someone you’ve really put thought into the kinship you share; not to mention there’s nothing quite like the feeling of giving the perfect gift and watching the joy and excitement unfold.

But, as the years go on, it can feel especially hard to surprise that special someone with the right gift without giving them more “stuff”.

If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift to give someone that perfectly encapsulates your relationship but you’re unsure where to start, worry no more! We’ve got you covered with these unique gift ideas perfect for any occasion.

Edible bouquets

Satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth with a gift that’s both delicious and beautiful – an edible bouquet.

A unique twist on the classic floral bouquets, impress the lucky recipient with a delightful arrangement of their favourite chocolates or surprise them with a mouth-watering bouquet of chocolate-covered strawberries.

For a truly indulgent experience, pair a bouquet of donuts and chocolate-covered strawberries with a bottle of sparkling wine and take your gift-giving game to the next level. There are also hampers available for all tastes and occasions, packed with a mixture of treats.

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Show your care and thoughtfulness for the green thumb in your life with a lush and vibrant plant, a long-lasting gift that will brighten their day every time they tend to it.

Giving a plant allows you to tailor the gift to the individual, with a stunning array of options to choose from, like exotic orchids, delicate indoor ivy, or hardy succulents, the possibilities are endless! Watch as the steady growth of your gift symbolizes the flourishing of your relationship.

Cooking Classes

Create lasting memories and treat your special someone to an educational, bonding experience like no other with a cooking class!

Cooking classes are a great gift for those with all ranges of culinary skills. It doesn’t matter if your loved one is already a kitchen wiz, these classes are a fun way to get creative and learn new recipes from all kinds of cuisine!

If the gift recipient is fond of the concept of cooking classes but prefers to avoid the actual cooking, consider treating your loved one to a cocktail masterclass or the chance to brew their own beer.

Regardless of the kind of class you choose, this gift will provide a fun and interactive experience that they’ll surely appreciate.

Pop-up picnics

Imagine bringing your loved one down to their favourite spot for a nice stroll and surprising them with an adorable pop-up picnic!

This thoughtful gesture demonstrates your love and affection, as well as your desire to spend quality time together.

Whether you dine al fresco while taking in stunning views, or enjoy a cozy picnic at home, you’ll both be treated to a delicious spread of gourmet delights from a curated picnic hamper.

You just can’t go wrong with this one!

Art workshops


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Unleash your special someone’s inner artist with a unique and unforgettable art workshop experience!

Whether they’re a budding artist looking to try a new craft, or a seasoned creator who loves to explore new techniques, this gift is the ultimate indulgence.

From resin workshops, paint and sips to pottery and mosaics, there’s a workshop that’s perfect for every artistic passion. Not only will they enjoy a thrilling hands-on experience, but they’ll also walk away with a beautiful keepsake to remember it by.



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Indulge your loved one in unrivalled luxury and unforgettable adventure with a cruise getaway!

Whether it’s a serene river cruise, a coastal escape or a quick getaway to New Zealand, a cruise vacation is nothing short of opulent bliss.

Ideal for those seeking a quick getaway with a touch of excitement, a cruise is the perfect gift for those who love to travel in your life. Whether you choose to travel with them or gift them a solo trip, your hardest decision will be choosing which cruising journey to go on!


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