30 unusual Christmas presents for him and for her

Madeleine Howell
From the gift of flight to a box of Brussels sprouts with a twist, here's some of the most unusual Christmas presents to impress.

You've diligently stocked up on the usual socks, chocolates and liqueurs for your nearest and dearest, and yet your Christmas shopping this year seems to lack that essential je ne sais quoi

Enter The Telegraph's unusual Christmas gift guide, offering no less than 30 of the most thoughtful – and downright bizarre – presents to buy in 2017. ​

1. Fortnum and Mason "Odditeas"

£6.95, Fortnum and Mason

This new range of quirky teas from the Queen's grocer includes a Bloody Mary brew and a botanical gin and tonic-inspired blend.

Going tea-total: the new range of luxurious quirky teas at Fortnum and Mason

2. Ancestry DNA test 

£99, livingdna.com

For a highly personal (and unusual!) gift this Christmas, Living DNA can help your loved ones discover where they come from and provide a highly-detailed insight into their family history.

Ancestry DNA Test

3.  Decanters with tags 

£45, Not on the High Street

These stylish hand-cut soda-lime glass decanters are a thoughtful, unusual gift for him or for her. They're available in three different designs, so he or she can fill them up with their tipples of choice. 


4. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwritten The Great Gatsby

£199, SP Books

The manuscript is presented in a deluxe iron gilded slipcase and is the perfect Christmas gift for bibliophiles. An exclusive foreword from Baz Luhrmann will be printed alongside the manuscript.

The Great Gatsby manuscript

5. The gift of flight at Flight Experience London

From £109, Flight Experience

Treat someone special to an experience they truly won’t forget – the chance to become captain of a Boeing 737 aircraft simulator. 

After carrying out real pre-flight aircraft checks and talking to Air Traffic Control, a fully qualified instructor will take them through the controls of the aircraft and then allow them to fully experience the exciting sensations of take-off, climbing, cruising and landing. 

Flight simulator

6. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump 

£6.99, Amazon

A collection of his best tweets and transcripts reordered into poetry.

Donald Trump

7. Spreadable Coffee espresso marmalade

​£9.99, Firebox

A tasty, unusual way for a coffee lover to get their caffeine fix and add some buzz to their bagels. 

Spreadable Coffee

8. Plug and Play retro TV games 

£9.99, I Want One of Those

An unusual gift for any child of the ‘80s who may which to reminisce over the video games they used to play. 


9. iLounge tablet pillow

£17.99, prezzybox.com​

One for the person who has everything – the iLounge pillow holds your tablet in place so you don’t have to. 

Credit: Prezzy Box

10. Two giant gin and tonic glasses

£14.99, The Present Finder

These super-sized giant gin glasses hold an incredible 990ml of gin and tonic. 

Drink responsibly folks...

Gin and tonic glasses

11. Segway Experience for two 

£59, Argos

Give them the opportunity to test both balance and skill with this unusual form of transport. Reaching speeds of up to 12.5mph, pulses will race as you compete for the fastest time. Perfect for all ages, this experience will make for lasting memories.

Segway Experience
How to have the perfect Christmas

12. Grow Your Own Liquorice kit

£4.99, Amazon

An unusual Christmas gift for gardeners who like liquorice. 

Grow your own liquorice

13. Camera lens travel mug

£15, Joy

Add a shot of fun to a photographer's coffee with this realistic travel lens mug, designed to look and feel like a real camera lens.

Travel lens coffee mug

14. London antique style metal drinks trolley

£194, Woodpecker Interiors

This rather unusual gift is the piece of furniture they never knew they needed – until now. 

drinks trolley

15. Tipsy wine glasses

£8.99, I Want One of Those

These novelty wonky wine glasses will make you feel very jolly indeed. 

WIne glasses

16. Chocolate brussels sprouts

£10, Not On the High Street

He or she might not like Brussels sprouts – but what about chocolate Brussels sprouts? Now we're talking...

Chocolate Brussels Sprouts

17.  The slide at The ArcelorMittal Orbit for two

£33, Buy a Gift

This is the ultimate unusual experience gift in London for adrenalin junkies. If he or she hasn't yet taken on the ArcelorMittal Orbit, 2018 is the year to do it.

roller coaster

18. Culinary Concepts top hat and cane olive picks

£34.95, John Lewis

They can jazz up their aperitifs with these funky top hat olive picks from Culinary Concepts. The quirky top hat, cane and umbrella picks are great fun and come in their own stainless steel pot. A brilliantly unusual gift for a food lover.

Culinary picks

19.  J by Jasper Conran white marble and glass cheese dome

Debenhams, £40

Cheese dome

An ideal dinner table centrepiece for the most potent of cheeses.

20. Virtual Reality Headset

£17.99, very.co.uk

VR Headset

With hundreds of compatible apps to choose from, they'll never get bored in the immersive world of this Virtual Reality Headset. 

21. WaterRower Rowing Machine with S4 Performance Monitor

£999, John Lewis

Go mad this year and gift him or her with a rowing machine to use at home. 

Rowing machine

22. Make your own neon effect sign

£15, Urban Outfitters

Neon sign

They can be fluorescent and creative all at the same time thanks to their very own neon sign. 

23. The Great Game of Strategic Thinking

£25, Marks and Spencer

One to tackle on Boxing Day, perhaps. 

Strategic Thinking board game

24. Introduction to trout fly fishing

£179, Red Letter Days

Give a would-be fisherman or fisherwoman the chance to learn about casting and fly tying - and to take home a fish, if they can catch one.


25.  2018 Red Paddle Co WindSUP 10'7 inflatable stand-up paddle board with bag, pump, paddle and leash

£948.95, Amazon

If he or she has long wanted a paddle board of their very own, this is the model to go for. 


26. Prosecco Pong drinking game 

£12.99, Getting Personal

The perfect unusual Christmas party game (a twist on the traditional beer pong, beloved of university students) for prosecco fans. 

Prosecco Pong

27.  Dual airtight cereal and dry food dispenser 

£21.99, Amazon

Food dispenser

Because everyone loves a mad kitchen gadget or two come Christmas. 

28. Rick Stein salt pig

£20, rickstein.com

Salt pig

Made from terracotta with a sea-blue glazed interior, this salt pig by Rick Stein in collaboration with John Lewis is fittingly moulded in the shape of a cod. 

29. Authentic Models Concorde sculpture

£88, Houseology

Concorde sculpture

Concorde is one of the most iconic and beautiful planes ever designed, and plane enthusiasts will no doubt be overjoyed to receive this elegant sculpture of one. 

30. Zorbing experience for two

£50, Virgin Experience Days


Zorbing: in which one positions oneself inside a giant inflatable ball to hurtle down a purpose-built run at speeds of over 20mph. Unusual, to say the least. 

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