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As the holidays approach, one of the most rewarding but stressful parts is gift giving. Most of us probably spend hours trying to find the right present for the person who has everything while simultaneously being thoughtful and kindhearted. Even though around the holidays it is customary to give sometimes lavish presents, it is also possible to give gifts this holiday season that are a bit non-traditional and will have some meaning behind them.

Here is a list of a few of our favorite non-traditional gifts:

GlobalGiving Gift Cards


The gift cards from GlobalGiving allow you to give the gift of giving; the recipient of the gift card gets to pick the projects they want to support and see how their money has been put to work with updates from the field. This is the perfect gift that keeps on giving this holiday season!


Custom Puzzle


Customized gifts are always a favorite, and what’s more fun than a personalized puzzle for the whole family? This 252-piece puzzle will definitely provide lasting memories!



Nature Box


Give the gift of health this holiday season by gifting a 3-12 month subscription to Nature Box. The subscription includes a monthly delivery of nutritionist-approved snacks that taste great. Each box includes 15-20 servings of healthy and delicious snacks for your friend or relative to enjoy beyond the end of the holiday season.

Prints from 20×200


The website 20×200 has one-of-a kind art prints for sale starting at $24. The website was launched in 2007 with the hope to encourage more collection of art, so join the movement and support an artist and purchases a print from 20×200.

Free Arts NYC membership 

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Membership gives you a wide range of benefits, including two-for-one admission and merchandise discounts at the Guggenheim, Whitney, New Museum, and Cooper-Hewitt, among other cultural institutions. Proceeds benefit local art programs for children in need, so this is the perfect gift for the museum junkie while helping the local NYC community spread art and creativity.