Long-Lasting Christmas Gift Ideas for the Whole Year

By Carmen Slabbert
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published October 6, 2021.

Christmas tree branches and gift ribbon

Most people like to give perishable Christmas gifts like wines or chocolates. These gifts are usually eaten or drank and then forgotten. Giving people memorable gifts that last a lifetime will ensure that the receiver is reminded about the festive season the whole year.

Let's go over a few gifts that last a lifetime.

Plants as gifts

Plants add natural beauty, it goes with everything and even helps to clean the air. Before giving someone plants as gifts, you will need to consider a few things.

  • Where the plant is going to reside, will it be outside or inside? Is there space inside, or are there animals that might use or eat the plant outside?
  • Check the mature size of the plant. Make sure that the plant is not oversized for the house.
  • What care the plant will need. If it is a gift for a novice, it is better to give them a plant that is easy to care for so they do not have a negative experience.
  • Type of plant that is given as a gift and their meaning. We have a lot of plants that represent blessings that are nice to give as gifts.

Some best indoor and outdoor plants to give as gifts:

  • Potted herbs are lovely gifts, as it is a gift that the user can use throughout the year. Most of the herbs are low-maintenance and will regrow on their own.
  • Succulents are popular for their beauty and drought-resistant qualities. Succulents are very low-maintenance, not needing a lot of attention or water.
  • Aloe is famous for its medical uses, making it a useful plant in every household.


Receiving kitchenware as a gift can be used by the receiver for years to come.

A cast-iron skillet is an amazing gift for the cooks on your Christmas list. This incredibly versatile and nearly indestructible kitchenware will provide a lifetime of cooking performances that can be passed down through generations.

A recipe book is an excellent gift for foodies and chefs. These books can be bought and inscribed with a special message or they can be personalized with a special binding or be homemade. If the recipe book is homemade, you can add your favourite recipes. Recipe books are especially special if it is for someone who only recently moved into their own place. This is the kind of gift that can be passed down to your kids.

There is a few other kitchenware that also makes special Christmas gifts:

  • Ceramic bowls
  • Pizza stones
  • Cutting boards
  • Knife sets
  • Cookware sets
  • Dinner sets
  • A cookbook stand
  • Bakeware sets

Personalized Clothing

In some countries, giving a knitted sweater for Christmas is a popular gift. They also like to give “ugly” sweaters as a joke. When a sweater is given as a gift, there is also the tradition of having a photo taken with these sweaters.

In countries that are cold over the festive season giving a durable jacket or coat is a handy gift that will be used for a long time. These jackets can be personalized by printing pictures or messages on them.

Zippo Lighters

A Zippo lighter is a reusable lighter, making it a popular and practical gift to give, and not only for smokers but for anyone. It can be used to light candles, incense, etc. as well. These lighters can be personalized with a message or name engraved on them. This will make the recipient feel that it is specially made for them, small gifts that last forever.


Giving tools is a gift that can be used for years and years. Things like a Leatherman, personalized hammer, multitools, leather toolbelts, and toolbags. A lot of these tools can be personalized by engraving messages or names on them.


Jewelry is a top classic Christmas gift. Numerous types of jewelry can be given, from earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. It can be glamourous or simple. Every time it is worn, the receiver will have memories about the giver.

Subscription Boxes From Artzabox

One of the best unique Christmas gifts is an Artzabox Subscription box. These boxes are filled with authentic items from Israel. Each box has a different part of the country they cover: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, and the Judaean Desert.

These boxes have different items from towns of the Holy Land, a recipe, information about the town and artisans, as well as keepsakes. These boxes bring Israel closer to the receiver. Making it a memorable gift for hard-to-shop-for people and those who have everything.

In the End

Giving gifts over the festive season does not have to be something that is only used once and then forgotten. It could be a gift that keeps on reminding the receiver about the joy they felt during the festive season.