Fun Gift Ideas
For those who follow my Gift of the Day feature on social media, you already know how much I love finding little treasures to share with all of you as gift ideas for everything from birthdays and holidays to thank you gifts and small celebrations. Or hey, sometimes we’re just looking to cheer up a friend and say “sorry your day has turned into a giant pile of steaming poo” 🙁
Here are 25 more fun gift ideas big and small to celebrate, say thanks or cheer up someone that you care about (including yourself!) From gifts that give back, gifts that pamper and things just to make us smile, you’ll want to bookmark this list for the next time you’re feeling gift stumped.
25 Gift Ideas To Love
1. Gift of Empowerment
I love ‘gifts that give back’ and this one is huge. For as little as $10 you can make a donation on behalf of a friend or loved one and that donation in turn gifts a share of an animal to a family in need.
These are much more than one-time gifts, you are gifting these families small business opportunities with the share in an animal, and that means wool, milk, eggs and more.
Every donation comes with a card for the person in whose name you are making the donation.
Available from Heifer International: Animal Donations
2. Playing Cards
Whether their game is canasta, poker or solitaire, they’ll treasure a handsome deck of cards like these.
Beautiful illustrations and timeless typography printed on Bee paper, the highest quality coated playing card stock.
Available from E. Smith Mercantile: Quality Playing Cards
3. Puppy Love Tee
The perfect shirt for anyone who’s heart belongs to a rescue dog. And what they’ll really love is that it also comes with a food donation to shelters across the United States.
Every purchase of this shirt feeds 7 shelter dogs.
Available from iHeartDogs: Favorite Breed T-shirt
4. Tea Travel Kit
Another of my personal faves! This beautiful hand-sewn tea travel satchel from Kenya comes stocked with everything you need for a delicious cup of tea on the go – just add hot water!
Each kit contains:
12 servings of tea
10 honey sticks
*The recipient will surely want to restock this beautiful satchel again and again.
Thistle Farms is a community of women survivors of addiction, prostitution, and trafficking in Nashville, Tennessee. This product bears witness that love is the most powerful force for change in the world.
Available from Thistle Farms: Tea Kit
5. Relaxing: Sushi-Style
For this Gift of the Day I gave in to my obsession with themes 🙂 And what an awesome gift theme for a graduation, housewarming or a super fun wedding present!
It all started with this perfect pair of sushi slippers and I just kept adding until I ended up with a ‘Sushi Lounging’ gift package. You can read more about this gift theme in this blog post.
Available from Society6: In My Fridge – Soy Sauce Throw Pillow
Available from Society6: Wasabi and Ginger Together Forever Throw Pillow
Available from Uncommon Goods: Sushi Slippers
From Esquire: The Best Japanese Beers to Drink in the U.S.
Available from Amazon: Tokaido Board Game
6. Yoga Mat
Inspire the yogi in your life with one of these striking yoga mats. The unique designs are based on rugs collected during designer Sophie Leininger’s travels. Each design is printed onto high-quality mats with durable, sustainable, eco-friendly inks.
Available from Magic Carpet Yoga Mats: Traditional Magic Carpet Yoga Mat
7. Adult Coloring Book
No, not that kind of adult coloring book!
By now you’ve likely heard of the zenness that is coloring for adults. There are definite anti-stress properties inside the pages of a coloring book. Some days though, we need more than enchanted animals and paisley patterns, we need THIS coloring book. Enjoy sassy pages like: “Home is where the vodka is” and my personal favorite, “Dance like no one attractive is watching”
The perfect gift for co-workers or friends having a bad day!
*Contains adult language. Not intended for children*
Available from Amazon: Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book
8. Pencil Case
That grin says it all!
This full grill grin is perfect for school supplies or art supplies and it’s sure to be a fun addition to any briefcase.
Available from the ZIPIT Store: Grillz Monster Pencil Case
9. Bird Feeder
I had no idea until researching bird feeders that not all birds visit seed feeders and that fruit feeders are very popular. These fruit feeders are a favorite of colorful birds like Orioles and Tanagers.
This handmade copper feeder is stunning and it doesn’t hide the fruit. The fruit is part of the design, making the bird feeder a piece of art before it even attracts it’s first bird.
Available from Duncraft: Copper Oriole Triple Fruit Feeder
10. Picnic Basket
Made of rugged canvas, collapsible and fully insulated, this market basket is ready to take on any picnic.
And just like my Grandma believed it was bad luck to gift a wallet without putting a coin inside, don’t gift an empty picnic basket! Fill it with a few goodies for that first picnic!
Available from Amazon: Collapsible Insulated Basket
11. Hilarious Pint Glass
This gift was inspired by a night spent at the concert of one of my favorite bands and the experience of singing and dancing to many of my favorite songs with all of my new friends.
Were we always singing the same words as the band or even each other? Nope, probably not! 🙂 But we sure were singing our hearts out!
For your friends (like me) who may not always get the words right, but they belt their lyrics with so much confidence, you start to wonder if The Clash really is singing about a cat box.
Available from Meriwether of Montana: Mistaken Lyrics Stainless Steel Glasses
12. Wicked Hard Puzzle
Easy to play. Hard to solve. A great gift for any puzzle lover.
9 squares that fit into only ONE 3×3 combination. Don’t let this little puzzle fool you, it’s wicked! It comes in a variety of images including lighthouses, covered bridges, nature, sports scenes and more.
Available from Amazon: Hot Air Balloons Scramble Squares 9 Piece Puzzle
13. Infinity Scarf
Another gift that gives back! These knit infinity scarves from Soulscarf are not only a gorgeous way to stay warm, they also give back 20% of purchase proceeds to a designated charity. The color of the heart on the label corresponds to the benefiting charity.
Available from Soulscarf: Cranberry Infinity Scarf
14. Stylish Lounge Pant
This gift begs for a day binge-watching some Netflix. The Somma Lounge Pant is made of a soft red cotton, designed with a wide-leg for ultra comfort and trimmed on the cuff in gold silk. Relax all day and look good doing it!
And you can feel good gifting these gorgeous lounge pants from American Nomad , they are handmade in India by a co-op of women. The co-op gives the women a safe place to work and heal and your purchase of these handmade items assists them in their efforts to remain free from economic poverty and human trafficking.
Available from American Nomad: Somma Lounge Pant
15. Star Wars Shoes
Geeky fabulous and a gift that gives back. Check out these hand painted R2D2 inspired shoes perfect for any Star Wars fan. What a fun and unique way to show your love of The Force!
The artist uses TOMS shoes for her handmade creations. Tom’s One for One program is committed to match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes to a child in need.
Available from Etsy: Hand Painted Star Wars R2-D2 TOMS Shoes by The Fiercest Fandom
16. Award Winning Caramels
Finding gifts of the day is one of my favorite things to do and sometimes I deliberately go out searching for things and other times I fall down the internet rabbit hole and I stumble upon little gems like this one.
I stopped when I found their website, because well, goat’s milk + caramel = how can that not be awesome! And after hanging out on their website for awhile, I have a serious crush on the goats and the humans who live with them up in Vermont. It was all I could do not to get in my car to drive to Vermont to hug a goat and eat my weight in Goat Milk Caramels!
Definitely check this one out, the perfect gift for any friend with a sweet tooth! The caramels are award winning and the farm is Animal-Welfare-Approved, which means happy goats is their business 🙂
Available from Big Picture Farm: Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels
17. Ice Cream Cold Stone Slab
Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!! Okay, in truth I may have a bit of a sweet tooth problem lately but THIS is everything! Any ice cream lover, foodie or host(ess) will LOVE this gift.
Take the sundae bar to the next level. The ice cream parlor kit includes a marble slab for freezing, a beautiful bamboo base, 3 ceramic dishes and 2 stainless steel ice cream spades for smushing in the mix-ins.
Available from UncommonGoods: Parlor Ice Cream Mixing Set
18. Children’s Book
One of my favorite poems is by E.E. Cummings (I Carry Your Heart With Me) and I was excited to find this collection of 4 fairy tales that Cummings wrote for his own daughter.
A children’s book is always a great gift for little ones and this one will melt the heart of any parent who is a lover of poetry themselves.
Available from Amazon: Fairy Tales by E.E.Cummings
19. Travel Mug
This Retro Heated Travel Mug was a huge hit with my Dad. A retired truck driver, he always has a cup of coffee with him when he’s in the car, and now it’s always at his desired temperature!
Available from Amazon: Retro Heated Travel Mug
20. Fun Canvas Tote
Okay you guys, here’s another one that I’m obsessed with and I may have to buy it in bulk for all of the people that I’ve already thought of gifting it to.
*p.s. my Gran always said it was bad luck to gift a handbag without putting something inside, I’m thinking the same applies here! Don’t gift this tote without filling it with the ingredients for guacamole (*hint: check the outside of the bag)
Available from Nachos NY: Guacamole, the Tote
21. Textile Stamp
I’ve got baby shower gift’s on the brain and I love this personalized clothing stamper. For Moms and Dads who send their wee ones off to daycare, this is a perfect way to make sure those onesies, blankets and cute little outfits find their way back home after countless diaper changes.
The kit comes with wash resistant textile ink and a complete set of letters and numbers so the stamp can be customized with up to 3 lines of text (and re-customized later, if needed)
Available from The Grommet: Personalized Label Stamp by Minestamp
22. Geeky Tee
The perfect T for celebrating your favorite geek.
Available from Quark Tees: Apple Pi T-shirt
23. Heartbeat Bracelet
This heartbeat bracelet is unique and stunning. What a perfect gift for someone working in a medical field, or the person who makes your heart skip a beat, or to celebrate a loved one fighting bravely against a medical diagnosis.
Available from Etsy: 14K Gold Filled Heart Beat Bangle Cuff Bracelet by Auralee
24. Puzzle Row and Stow
For the puzzle fanatic in your family, now they can actually eat at their kitchen table 🙂
The original puzzle roll and stow. Stow away up to 3,000 piece puzzles without losing all of the hard work and progress.
Available from Amazon: Puzzle Mates Puzzle and Roll Jigroll
25. Toddler Play Mat Tee
Genius! Ever since I found this tee, I knew it was a future gift of the day. A dream gift for a new Dad, a Father’s Day gift….or hello, Mom’s need massages too!
A playmat for the kiddos printed on the back of a T-shirt = instant back massage. Play dates have never been so relaxing 😉 File this under ‘how did I not think of this?!’
This one is a guaranteed hit for any Dad or Mom of a toddler.
Available from Etsy: Playmat Shirt by bky kid