Just What I Never Knew I Wanted: Unusual Birthday Gifts

Maybe you are the type of person who likes to make an impression or someone you love has a birthday coming up and you can’t think of what to get her. Or perhaps you have lots of ideas, but the recipient is the type of person who “already has everything.” Whatever the case, you seem to find yourself in the market for an unusual birthday gift to surprise them. Perhaps the following list can help you solve your birthday shopping problem. Below are three unusual birthday gifts that are sure to make an impression, and are perfect for the person who is hard to buy for.

Livestock and Seeds

If the recipient already has one of everything, consider making a charitable donation for seed or livestock in his or her name.  For only about 10 Euros, you can donate a clutch of chicks to an impoverished African family. For a little bit more, you can donate a bag of seed. Grain or vegetable seeds are a terrific gift, because it is a longer term solution to huger. Planting wheat, rice and vegetables allows the poor to help themselves and retain a certain amount of independence and dignity. If you can afford to spend more, you can donate the cost of a goat or pig. Donating livestock is another way to provide poor families with a modicum of independence. It can also be a long-term solution because if you donate two or more animals, the African family can start breeding their own flock. A fully-grown pig provides about 50 kg of edible meat and a goat provides both meat and dairy products.

If this sounds like something that would interest you, there are a number of charities that will let you make a donation in someone else’s name. A quick search online should provide a list of several organisations that facilitate great birthday gifts like these.

A Musical Pillowimusic pillow

Does your snoring rattle the windows? Or do you know someone who gets kept awake because their partner likes listening to music in bed? Then consider an IMusic pillow. The IMusic pillow lets users listen to their favourite tunes while they drift off, without disturbing their bed mate. This is an ideal gift for someone who cannot sleep without the radio on. It is also a great present for anyone whose partner snores. They can simply wrap their head in the IMusic pillow and doze off into a peaceful slumber.

Ten Foot Rub Coupons

This gift may not be appropriate for casual acquaintances or work colleagues. On the other hand, it might be the perfect way to get to know somebody better but normally this gift works best if you are on fairly intimate terms with the recipient.  All you have to do is design a simple coupon using some type of word processing software. Each coupon should state that it entitles the recipient to one foot massage from the giver. Copy it several times on a page and print out at least ten iterations of the coupon. Cut the coupons and bind them together with staples. If rubbing someone else’s feet is not something you feel comfortable with, you can change it so the coupon reads “back rubs” or “hugs” or “babysitting” instead.

You can also use the coupon format to offer any other kinds of personal service you feel comfortable with, whether it is mowing the lawn, loaning power tools or washing dishes, etc. Tailor the coupon book to the needs of the recipient.  Personalised coupon booklets are extremely versatile birthday gifts.

If you know someone that is hard to buy for, or if you simply cannot think of anything to give your relatives and friends as birthday gifts, any of the above ideas should be a hit with the recipient.

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