Grace: The thing that stresses me out the most about buying gifts is trying to find something unique that is also something the recipient will like. I have a lot of eclectic friends who are difficult to shop for, and I don’t want to give them something everyone has but it’s so hard to find something they’d like!
I found this great site that lets you custom design all sorts of things from mousepads to shoes. I, personally, love the idea of custom designing shoes, and I feel they would make a unique and creative gift. If you feel you know the recepient well enough, you could design your own creation for them or you could let them design it themself and pay for it. The site seems to be easy to use, and you can either start from scratch or you can start from a template. I was worried that it would be difficult to design shoes, but it actually wasn’t too bad! Also, on the site you can buy other people’s creations as well as sell your own in case you find that designing your own pair of shoes is too difficult and would rather buy someone else’s creation. Unfortunately, they only seem to have women’s and kid’s shoes, but they do have all sorts of other products that can be designed for men too.
Dan: I think this is a great gift idea because how many times have you gone to the shoe store and you find absolutely nothing you want to buy? I recently had get a new pair of sneakers because my soles were falling off my old ones and I had to settle for something that was all right but just not my style. I think what makes this gift so great is the creative element involved in it.