Unusual presents for people who are bored of bubble bath!

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I have already made a good start this year however there are a few people most people I can't think of something exciting to buy

I am buying this for a foodie friend

Does anyone have anything to add for inspiration?

thanks in advance!

mummybears1 Wed 31-Jul-13 15:02:35

I like http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ - not completley unique but some nice items on there
I have alot of friends the same, so more recently I have been booking days out or tickets instead of getting a present
x

Witt Wed 31-Jul-13 17:48:13

If you haven't bought the hibiscus flowers yet I would recommend not. I have read several reviews online saying they look like dead aliens at the bottom of the glass.

The dead aliens hibiscus flowers are meant to taste raspberry/rhubarb

But I had hibiscus juice in Egypt (lots of it. It's an insult not to drink it)

'Tis vile. Vile I tell you.

Dead aliens would be scrummier.

Witt Thu 01-Aug-13 08:49:01

Last year I got my SIL a cheese-making kit. Not sure if she's used it yet though so can't say how good it was.

I tend to look at Mulberry Bush for toys.

The Science Museum shop also has some cool stuff and Kew Gardens has real orchid jewellery (preserved in resin).

notso Thu 01-Aug-13 08:57:48

These packs from The Spicery make great gifts for people who love cooking. You can order a selection of packs or splash out on a monthly subscription.

trice Thu 01-Aug-13 09:38:21

Socks. You can't go wrong with socks. Or biscuits in a nice tin. I hate novelty try hard presents.

I got skittles vodka last year. I don't eat sugar or drink alcohol and it's not the kind of thing you can give guests. It went down the sink, I still love the giver though. I am difficult as I don't wear jewellery or burn candles. But I like socks.

trice Thu 01-Aug-13 09:40:10

If you have a foodie, fennel pollen is supposedly the knees of the bee (probably literally).

BoohPear Thu 01-Aug-13 10:13:25

Ooh thank you Witt that's a couple of my presents sorted from Kew. My nan loves orchids.

ChunkyPickle Thu 01-Aug-13 10:21:13

trice, apart from the no sugar/no alcohol we are on the same page when it comes to presents.

I would prefer to never have to buy my own socks. Socks, nice biscuits, perhaps some (useful - not flowery envelopes) stationery. These are the presents I really like to get.

I saw mushroom growing kits once which could be interesting - not just ones for the garden, but things like edible mushrooms that you grow on a toilet roll. That's pretty unusual/foodie.

Witt Thu 01-Aug-13 10:26:36

Can anyone think of anything to get a 25 year old who lives abroad (ie needs to be small to transport) that isn't jewellery or DVDs/books?

arghhh hibiscus flowers out then and just as I was feeling pleased with myself!

Witt male or female?

We send a lot of socks and things like that but unfortunately the people we buy them for FIL are so hard to buy for everyone buys them the same! Socks are lovely but no-one wants 50 pairs I don't want 2 pairs as I wear them about twice a year with willies grin

Miracle berry tablets are my go to unusual present, but they definitely come under the 'novelty present' catagory. They alter your taste buds and make sour taste sweet, as well as other things taste different (guineas tastes of chocolate, I recall). Good for student types!

They look quite good! Possibly a stocking filler for DH!

I meant wellies obviously blush

Onehellofaride I did wonder if there was something you were trying to tell us!

I thought of another one, for the geeky computer types in your life, you can buy an internet domain for theirname.com or similar. Not too expensive, just over a tenner when we did it, but it depends on the domain.

Witt Thu 01-Aug-13 13:27:05

attheendoftheday thanks, I am definitely getting those for my DH. We saw someone eating them on tv recently and said we'd like to try them smile

onehellofaride sorry for putting a downer on the hibiscus idea. I've been feeling very guilty as you sounded so pleased. But we will find some much more interesting things for you! Btw the 25yo is a woman.

Witt Where does she live abroad? If not hot how about some leather gloves, I got some lovely ones for a female relative from M&S last year, they were about £15 and easy to post! understand this is why I need help from an unusual present thread! grin

Witt Mon 05-Aug-13 14:48:12

She lives in Europe. I think she's coming home this Christmas so we might actually see her to hand over her gift for once! Leather gloves would be a lovely idea but she's vegetarian.

98percentchocolate Mon 05-Aug-13 18:16:42

How funny - I'm a vegetarian (just) 26 year old! Personally, I love the spicery pack idea. Looks like they'll fit in the letter of so should be easy/cheap to repost. Otherwise, amazon vouchers are great. I'm a bit of a foodie so unusual food items like lavender sugar are right up my street.
Things for the home are good too.
If she likes doing her nails then check out poundland - they are selling OPI nail polish for £1 at the moment - rrp is £11 a bottle!

98percentchocolate Mon 05-Aug-13 18:17:25

*letter of so should read letterbox! Damn you autocorrect!

98percentchocolate I have been looking at the spicery packs but wondering whether they are actually value for money. DH makes a lot of curries and so buys spices etc on a regular basis

RhondaJean Brazil Fri 09-Aug-13 22:34:19

These are amazing -but not cheap...

www.spinelessclassics.com/

RedPencils Fri 09-Aug-13 22:47:49

Oh I love that book poster, right up my sisters street. She's a real bookworm.

My best Christmas present was some posh shampoo. I'm a 2 for 1 special offer kind of girl usually so it was a real treat. P

Love the book posters! Don't think I have anyone to buy one for (although think the DC would love them) but I want one for myself!

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