Our Favorite Things – A Unique Gift Guide

Stuck for holiday gift-giving ideas?

We know that this time of year can be stressful, especially deciding what to choose for the people you love.

In order to help, we took a poll around the Weichert-Realtors® – Carter & Co. office to find out everyone’s favorite out-of-the-box gift ideas. The answers may surprise you!


We hope these will inspire your gift-giving this year.

china teacup and saucerEclectic Collections

People have such a wide variety of interests! Know someone who has a collection of vintage gas station signs, travel snowglobes, or pretty teacups? Show them that you know them well by selecting an unusual item to add to their set! Thrift stores and yard sales are treasure troves of unique items.

seedling plant in handSomething Growing

With our fertile soil and beautiful weather, North Alabama is home to a lot of enthusiastic gardeners. Consider giving your green-thumbed loved one a perennial seedling or a pack of rare bulbs that will add some color and novelty to their yard. It’s like a double gift: they get the joy of planting them, and then the much-anticipated surprise when they bloom!

box of movie popcorn and ticketsTogetherness

With busy schedules and lots of obligations, it can be hard to just spend some no-need-to-do-anything time with the people you love most. Why not treat them to a date? It doesn’t have to cost much: a DIY movie night with popcorn and homemade tickets that say, “You Pick the Movie”; a promise of a picnic at the beach; or a family hike to gorgeous Welti Falls (right here in Cullman) or Hurricane Creek Park (in Falkville) all offer the wonderful gifts of time and happy, lasting memories.

mixed breed rescue dogRescue and Spread the Love

This one is a serious commitment, but if you’re ready to make a genuine change in your lives, why not make a change in the life of an animal, too?

So many children beg for a new pet this time of year…and so many of those “Christmas surprises” end up being more work than anticipated. A lot of animals end up at shelters once the tree is recycled and the lights are packed away.

If your family is ready for the lifelong commitment of adding a furry (or feathered, or scaly…) new family member, consider visiting a local rescue or foster organization like the Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association, which holds regular “Adoption on the Road” events throughout the area. There are so many animals ready to be loved! Your children will learn the importance of animal rescue, and you’ll all be gifted with the remarkable experience of feeling your hearts grow bigger.

photo albumsAll the Feels

Remember photo albums? In this age of digital photos, surprisingly few people get around to actually printing out their snapshots, let alone putting them into an old-school book to look at once in a while!  Surprise someone (grandparents love this one) by compiling their favorite images into a sleek photobook. There are numerous easy-to-use online companies that create these professional-looking albums. Your gift-getter is sure to love being able to open up that book and share those memories!

home organizer playroomGet Sorted

It may be winter now, but it will be spring soon enough –know someone whose home could use a good spring cleaning? Why not get them a gift certificate for a session with a home organizer? It can be overwhelming to go through and part with your own things, especially when they’re full of memories or still have some life left in them! A professional organizer can cut through the emotion and help your loved one sort through it all. They’re sure to appreciate the extra room and the lighter feeling they’ll have at the end.

man holding fishing rodLure ‘Em In

North Alabama has some of the best waters around for anglers. Got an avid fisherman on your list? Give them a chance to really catch a fish “thiiiiis biiig” with a subscription to Lucky Tackle Box.

Okay, technically this is thinking inside the box –it’s one of those “of-the-month” clubs. Each month, they send out a box filled with interesting baits and lures that are specifically chosen to attract a local catch.

No anglers in your family? Never fear! There are so many companies that send out a box of something amazing each month (art supplies? makeup? bacon?!?!) that you’re sure to find something perfect for everyone.

Here at Weichert-Realtors® – Carter & Company, we like to remember that the spirit of Christmas is not about things, but about sharing love, having experiences and making memories. In the end, there is no greater gift than that.

We wish you all of the joys of this holiday season.