Creative Christmas Gift Ideas

Creative Christmas gift ideas are not always the most expensive nor are they always the easiest to find. Here are some ideas or themes that will give you a starting point to figure out that special gift for that person in your life.


Many forget that Christmas can be an easy creative theme for fits. Here are some suggestions.

  • Glass ornaments customized and hand decorated
  • Make hand casted plaster of paris molded ornaments (easy and inexpensive! - see how to)
  • Homemade Christmas candy (see recipes under home made Christmas candy)

More Christmas Ideas

Pair a classic Christmas storybook, holiday movie, or music CD with a store bought package of cocoa mix and peppermint sticks or your own homemade mix in a jar (see recipe)

Holiday and Christmas Theme books include:

  • The Night Before Christmas,
  • Dickens A Christmas Carol
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Holiday and Christmas theme movies include:


  • A Christmas Story
  • Its a Wonderful Life
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone Lost in New York
  • I'll be Home for Christmas


  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Olive the Other Reindeer


  • National Lampoon's Christmas
  • Christmas with the Kranks

Holiday Music:

  • Amy Grant Christmas Album
  • Manheim Steamroller instrumental
  • Elvis Presley Christmas Collection


Sports such as golf, basketball, baseball, football, tennis, soccer etc) or a favorite team fits the idea of a creative Christmas gift ideas. Here are more ideas,

Less than $10 - A favorite snack (peanuts, popcorn and a poster, cap, team t-shirt

More than $15 - Official team cap or jersey, Tickets to a game in a clever package (cap, basket, box, etc) 1 year subscription to a magazine along with a current copy of the magazine and a note "more to come"

Health nut

Less than $10 - Pair a small basket of snacks or make some homemade granola or gorp (see recipe below)

More than $15 - Group a couple items together such as a stainless steel water bottle and tap water filter, or Pair the latest healthy living book you can find with a water bottle

Food lover/gourmet

Gourmet food basket: Combine cheese, salted nuts, crackers, bottle of wine or a bottle of sparkling apple cider, apples or dried fruit especially apricots or dried apples are also considered creative Christmas gift ideas.

Cook or Cook Wannabe

  • Pair a cookbook and wooden spoons
  • Combine assortment of 5-10 cooking aids such as lemon juicer, apple corer, plastic spatula (for nonstick surfaces)
  • Muffin pan, bundt pan or interesting gelatin or baking mold paired with plastic spatula or kitchen hand towels
  • A stack of kitchen hand towels tied with a bow and wooden spoons, or plastic cooking utensils
  • Glass or antibacterial coated cutting boards tied with a bow and add a cookbook or a really great slicing knife

New Parent

  • Make a coupon for 1 night 4-6 hours free babysitting put in an envelope, gift bag or basket with an ice pack and aspirin
  • Combine a parenting book with a treat/snack such as homemade granola or a container of caramel corn (Archer farms and Trader Joe's have great packaging for caramel corn less then $5 a jar)
  • Combine a blanket, hot cocoa mix (homemade in a jar or store bought packets) and book for relaxation or about parenting
  • In a basket put a couple of apples, cheese and a bottle of wine or sparkling apple cider and package of crackers

Big Sister, Big Brother or 1st Christmas

One of the most terrific and simple creative Christmas gift ideas might be to make a fuss about the new role of a new sibling or first Christmas. A personalized t-shirt, a journal or photo album that says I'm a big sister/brother now

Put 2 movie tickets along with box of favorite candy tie with a bow and wrap

Combine a box of microwave popcorn with a favorite movie (age appropriate) DVD or Blue Ray Disc


Make a big container of homemade granola and wrap it up in a beautiful container.

Eco Chic and useful combine a gift card from any of these "hip" suppliers, iTunes, Best Buy, Target, Visa, etc. attach it to a cool water bottle or put inside the bottle if you can see through it (see pictures for examples)

Young grad or Career-centric

Success oriented books/tapes such as
  • The Psychology of Success
  • The Road Less Traveled
  • The 7 Habits of Successful People
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • Self help tapes (Brian Tracy, Geoffrey Gitomer, etc.)
  • Career books such as How to get a job, how to write a resume

Low on money?

Show that new grad you care by put together a list of websites for jobs or companies hiring for the new grad's career. Put it on a CD or print it out on nice clean paper wrap it in a bow. A great gift of time and concern.

Other Themes

  • Newlyweds
  • Bookworm
  • Movie lover
  • History buff
  • artist
  • organization help
  • traveler
  • new in the neighborhood
  • romantic
  • friendship
  • jokester
  • gambler

By now I hope you are starting to get the picture and you can come up with some of your own creative Christmas gift ideas!

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