Have you ever heard of the book The Five Love Languages?

It’s an amazing glimpse into what makes people tick.

The basic premise of the book is that we all have a love language—or a way that we show love to other people.

There are people who show love through Words of Affirmation (hello KariAnne I’m looking at you).

There are people who show love through Acts of Service (this is my husband).

There are people who show love through Quality Time (this is my mother).

There are people who show love through Physical Touch.

And then, there are the people that show love through Giving Gifts. If this is how you make people feel special? This is the post for you. You see, these are not your ordinary gifts. These gifts are special. And unique. And one-of-a-kind. And creative.

Looking for a little Christmas gift-giving inspiration?

These are the gifts for you.

These are 10 of my favorite things.

If you saw my post yesterday you know I am a dog lover.

So I know this is the perfect gift for someone whose pet is a part of their family.

You upload a photo of the dog’s silhouette to this site and they will make a personalized pet silhouette necklace.

See the necklace here.

I would have given anything for a candle like this when I lived in Kentucky.

There are 50 candles in this collection—one for each state. And they are designed to smell like the state.

It’s the perfect gift for someone who is far away from home and wants to feel like they came back for a visit.

See the candle scents here.

Remember when there used to be card catalogs in the library?

This gift is a little like that.

It’s an 8″x10″ art print of a work of literature with the Dewey Decimal printed on it.

There are dozens of options to choose from and if your book is printed before 1923 you can design a custom card from that book.

See the entire collection here.

Looking for a unique gift?

Why not make your own reel viewer?

You just upload your photos to the site and they’ll create your very own reel viewer of your photos.

It’s an old school gift with a 2019 twist.

See the reel viewer here.

You can make a bracelet or a necklace out of someone’s handwriting.


All you have to do is load the handwriting sample to the website and they will create your very own piece of jewelry from the handwriting.

See the jewelry here.

I’ve designed a recipe wall before, but I’ve never thought of designing a recipe tray.

You can design your own from a family recipe.

Simply upload your recipe to the site and they will design a tray with the handwritten recipe on it.

See the recipe tray here.

Looking for a gift for a new couple or someone celebrating an anniversary?

Design your own one of a kind intersection.

You can personalize this artwork with individual names and dates.

See the artwork here.

When I saw this gift idea, I almost clapped.

How many times have you cooked Kabobs and the vegetables fall off?

These Kabob grilling baskets would make the perfect gift for all the grillers in your life.

See the grilling baskets here.

We all need to drink more water and this is the cutest way to do it.

I actually gave this to one of the twins last year and it’s really cute in real life.

See the water bottle here.

And for the person who has everything?

Why not a cheese AND crackers board?

I am all about a serving tray that’s a conversation piece at the same time.

See the cheese AND crackers board here.

PS I’m going to be sharing some of my best handmade gift ideas next week, too.

So many love languages.

So little time.

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I’m so honored to be part of Melissa from 32o Sycamore’s 10 favorite things today.

Looking for other unique, creative ideas?

Why not check out these favorite things from some of my favorite blogging friends.

Erin from The Sunny Side Up Blog

Shawni from 71 Toes

Sarah from Clover Lane

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  1. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    I think the recipe platter is a great gift for someone I know💜. I have given the Homesick candle as a gift and they are wonderful. Love all the ideas and can’t wait to see the handmade ones next week!!

  2. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Perfect timing, friend! The beginning of creative shopping heart gift creations has started here. So many great ideas here! 🥰

  3. Image for Betsy Betsy

    You have outdone yourself! You just helped me finish up birthday gifts for the cook in our family, the person who was just told they need to monitor their water intake and the girl that has everything. xoxoxo

  4. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    This is one of the best gift lists I've seen in awhile - there are several items on here that are new to me that are going on my Christmas shopping list. Thank you so much!

  5. Image for Becky Becky

    Charming gift ideas. Thank you so much for helping me check off at least 3 gifts on my list. You continue to inspire and encourage your readers with so much joy!

  6. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Thank you for making my shopping a little easier. One gift I already ordered, a Kentucky candle. My oldest daughter in Florida is always homesick for Kentucky. She’ll get a kick out of it’s scent! Now on to Uncommon Goods.

  7. Image for Barbara Barbara

    All are great and new to me!! Recipe platter is a winner for me this year- my Mom's recipe going on. Thanks!!!!!!

  8. Image for Melissa Melissa

    You have the best ideas, KariAnne! I love the photo viewer and the library card -- who knew there was such a thing?! I smelled the Utah candle in Dillard's and it was so good. Thank you for joining us, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! ♥

  9. Image for Kris Kris

    Are you SURE giving gifts isn't one of your Love Languages? This is possibly the best gift idea list I've ever seen. So many lists seem to be same-old-idea-in-a-different-color. Thank you! This is like going to a cute little boutique without leaving my house!

  10. Image for carol langer carol langer

    okay a quick story....yesterday i got 3 hours to my self and spent them watching picture in picture hallmark movies, no commercials three at a time...working on my sashiko and drinking tea...the best part of the story...when my husband and 2 boys got home from fishing...i got a TRIPLE eyeroll...i am so proud...hugs carol

  11. Image for Peg Peg

    Ok, running to find a recipe card in my 91 year old mother's handwriting!! I simply adore that little tray!!! Thanks for this. xoxo

  12. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to read your blog! These are great gift ideas every one! I love the Five Love Languages book. My husband says I have all five! Lucky him...I’m so easy to love!😘

  13. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    Awesome ideas! I especially love the dog necklaces! But so many of the others are great too! I think I will get my grandma's almond paste cookie recipe and have it put on the test for my mom. Perfect!

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