If you’re feeling stumped with holiday gift shopping, you may just need to think outside the box.

With the holidays approaching quickly, most people are scrambling to get their shopping done. Unfortunately, buying gifts isn’t as simple as it sounds—after all, you have to figure out what to buy, which can be a challenge depending on who you’re buying for. If you’re feeling stumped on what to get your spouse, relative or close friend, here are 10 unique ideas to consider:


reupholstered antique couch white with cushions

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1. Furniture reupholstery

Many people have an antique chair, couch or other furniture piece that has been in their family for generations. However, furniture upholstery is liable to wear out over time, even when it’s properly maintained. Surprise your close friend or family member by having their antique furniture piece refurbished by a reupholstery specialist. They’ll be touched and delighted to see their family heirloom restored to “like new” condition.


2. Auto detailing service

If your spouse or close relative’s vehicle is in need of attention, an auto detailing service can be a great gift. A basic auto detailing service typically includes an exterior wash and wax, interior vacuuming, window cleaning, and surface polishing, whereas a deluxe package may also include upholstery steam cleaning and an exterior clay bar treatment.


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3. Fitness classes/health club membership

Do you have a close friend or family member who’s planning to get fit in 2020? Show your support by purchasing them a membership with a local health club or a series of Pilates classes to get them started on the road to better health.


4. House cleaning service

Everyone knows how hard it can be to keep up with house cleaning, and it gets even harder the further you get behind. Wouldn’t it feel nice to have a clean slate? Well, that’s a feeling you can give to your loved one this holiday season. By purchasing them a one-time cleaning service from a professional house cleaning company, you can help them get off to a clean start in 2020.


5. Home appliance

If you want to give your loved one a gift that will improve their quality of life, consider a new home appliance. Thanks to technological innovation, today there are appliances that significantly improve upon the performance of older models. For example, a steam oven retains both flavors and nutrients better than a traditional oven, resulting in a tastier, healthier way to cook. Other ideas include an induction oven (which utilizes electromagnetism to provide superior cooking performance) and a front-load washer (which saves money thanks to improved water/energy efficiency).


6. Home theater setup

Is your spouse or significant other a movie lover? Bring their cinematic dreams to life by getting them a new home theater system. A home theater and automation specialist will provide the most value for your investment by designing the home theater for optimal performance and enjoyment. They can also help set up an A/V system or add home automation features.


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7. Flight lessons

Do you have an aspiring aviator in the family? Get their aspirations off the ground by enrolling them in flight training classes at a local flight school.


8. Digital lock system

One of the best gifts you can give a loved one is peace of mind, and by purchasing a new digital lock system for their home, you can do just that. In addition to improving home security, digital locks are much more convenient to operate than traditional locks. Related gift ideas include purchasing new home security cameras or a new safe.


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9. Data recovery service

Do you have a friend or family member who has experienced “technology heartbreak” from losing precious photos, videos or documents? Surprise them with a great gift—take their hard drive to a local data recovery specialist to recover their lost files.


10. Whole-home air purifier

If you have a loved one whose house has poor air circulation or who suffers from respiratory problems, a whole-home air purifier can be a game changer. This HVAC system add-on actively brings fresh, filtered outside air into the home while cycling out stale indoor air. Some purifiers utilize technology like UV lights (which kill airborne pathogens and other contaminants as they float by) and ventilation heat recovery (which salvages heat from outgoing air to warm the incoming fresh air). Contact a local HVAC contractor to learn more about whole-home air purifiers.

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