Choosing a gift isn't easy. Finding a unique or truly unusual gift can be a real challenge. We've put together some really unusual gift suggestions to give you gift buying inspiration. From weird and wonderful to truly unusual we've got a gift for everyone.
It doesn't matter who you're buying unusual gifts for; you're sure to find them here. You might think that buying unusual gifts for an older person - like your mum, dad or grandparents - is not as easy as choosing unusual gifts for your friends. But you'd be wrong! We like to think we have an unusual gift for everyone, from schoolchildren to octogenarians. For the younger end of the spectrum we stock science and nature toys, cute and cuddly toys, and a great selection of putty and slime (and you won't get a much more unusual gift than a good old pot of slime). For the older generation we have some brilliant unusual gifts that will be really appreciated, like unusual books and designer home items.
Even if you're not especially looking for an unusual gift, you'll find a great selection at ShinyShack. Perhaps you arrived at the site after searching for birthday gifts, romantic gifts, stocking fillers or travel gadgets, and found to your surprise and delight that we also stock an amazing selection of unusual gifts. You may even have been searching for a specific product - something that you might not feel is a particularly unusual gift, but which we sell alongside our huge selection of unusual gifts. Perhaps it's just a case of "unusual is in the eye of the beholder" - one person's unusual gift is not especially extraordinary to somebody else.
Running an unusual gifts store is, as we're sure you can imagine, lots of fun. There are not many jobs in the world where you get to play with loads of gadgets, gizmos and unusual gifts and work out which unusual gifts are going to be best sellers. Do we ever get it wrong? Well, nobody's perfect, but our team have a pretty good eye (or collection of eyes) for what makes a really unusual gift, and we put a lot of thought into our product selection process to ensure that we always have an amazing selection of unusual gifts that our customers will love as much as we do.
Categorising our unusual gifts is always fun. Sure, lots of our products will simply slot into our unusual gifts section, but we also take into account the occasions that our customers are buying unusual gifts for. Birthdays, of course, are all-year-round affairs, so placing an unusual gift into the birthday gifts section is always an option. But sometimes our customers are looking for romantic gifts or sexy gifts, to celebrate an anniversary or Valentine's Day. At Christmas time, many of our unusual gifts make ideal stocking fillers, so they go straight into the stocking fillers category. But our favourite time for giving an unusual gift is any time! Really, do we need a recognised holiday or event as a reason to give someone an unusual gift? How about just giving an unusual gift to say "I love you", "thanks for looking after the dog", "well done!" or even "yay, you're you!"
We're always interested to find that customers quite often buy an unusual gift for themselves, or an unusual gift for the home. Who says you can't give yourself a gift? Perhaps you've been really good at sticking to your diet, and want to celebrate with a couple of packets of retro sweets. Or maybe you've finished decorating a room and want to add some stylish accessories from our designer home department. Or you may have had a stressful time recently, and decide to give yourself an unusual gift from our bath and body department, to help you unwind. More often than not, though, our customers come here with every intention of buying an unusual gift for a friend or relative, and love our products so much that they end up treating themselves to an unusual gift or two, too.
There's no reason to think that unusual gifts can't be useful, too. We're particularly fond of our selection of gadgets and gizmos, which we think can make perfect unusual gifts, either for yourself or for someone else. Travel gadgets are popular all year round, as gone are the days when travel was restricted to a week in a tent in Margate every July. Travel to far-flung and exotic places is far more common than it used to be, meaning sales of travel gadgets as unusual gifts are increasing. Not that there's anything wrong with a week in a tent in Margate, of course; in fact, camping is more popular than ever, and our ever-expanding range of camping gear is testament to this. If you, or someone you know, is a camping enthusiast, a selection of the latest space-saving camping gear would be ideal as an unusual gift. And if you're going to a festival over the summer, our camping gear and outdoor fun departments are ideal for stocking up on all your festival essentials.
As we've seen, unusual gifts range in usefulness from funny but daft to stylish and super-useful; unusual gifts are suitable for almost any occasion; unusual gifts can be given to anybody and everybody, regardless of age, gender and sense of humour (or lack thereof). Giving unusual gifts sets you apart as someone who puts thought into their gift-giving duties, as someone with a sense of humour and a sense of style, and as someone with tons of imagination. In fact, giving unusual gifts will give you so much pleasure, you'll never gift socks, chocs or hankies again. Hurrah for unusual gifts!