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Do you ever get bored looking through the same old gift ideas? That’s not going to happen here. We promise. If it didn’t make us go “Wow” or laugh out loud, it didn’t make the cut. Read on for unusual gifts perfect for the special weirdos in your lives. (WARNING: A few of these unusual gift ideas are clearly for grown ups only. They may prompt strange conversations with your kids if you’re scrolling through in front of them.)
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It’s time to take back gift-giving. Part of the fun is supposed to be the joy of picking out the perfect gift. When did everything become gift card this, gift card that? When did Christmas shopping become synonymous with checking people off a list? It should be about giggling our way through shopping! Here’s how.
Unusual Gift Ideas for Old People that Aren’t Robes or Slippers
Have a septuagenarian with a sense of humor on your list? Slip them this book so they know what they still can get away with.
If your grandma is always losing her glasses, this gift is the way to go. She’ll always have somewhere to set her glasses down and it will make her smile.
Unicorns are very on trend right now. This Handicorn Unicorn Hand Puppet is both trendy and unique. You know when you think of something really funny and you can’t stop chuckling to yourself? This is the physical version of that. Put the hooves on, make your hand tap dance and try to stop laughing. Why did we put it in the old people category? This takes “dad joke” to the next level. We’re talking “grandpa joke” here.
For Your Artsy Friend
C’mon, LEGO, we all know this is Bob Ross painting happy little trees. Buy your artsy friend this “hippie artist” for when she needs to remember The Joy of Painting.
Who doesn’t want to flex their artistic muscles after a long day at work by shading in a giraffe clearing the savanna? Also, makes the perfect gift for tweens, teens and white elephant gift exchanges. Be sure to pair it with an extra large box of colored pencils and novelty pencil sharpener. We don’t want anyone’s creative spirit to be squashed for lack of color options.
Nothing says “You’re the craftiest person I know” like giving someone the ability to cut glass. Have a friend who wants to claim she drinks wine to do crafts with the corks and bottles? This is the perfect gift. In no time at all she’ll be churning out wine glasses and decanters made from actual wine bottles. Etsy sellers better watch out.
Done Adulting? We’ve Got Unusual Gifts for That
Remember these? They’re retro cool now. You ask it a question. It answers. You feel either a sense of relief or a sense of dread, thereby telling you what the right answer is. Have a friend who has had it with decision making? Get her this.
Ever heard an excuse from your boss, your partner or your kid and thought “BULLSH*T!” Guess what? There’s a button for that and it’s way more satisfying to push than one of those irritating “That was easy” buttons. We recommend pairing this one with a gourmet chocolate bar and an apology to your mother for being such a pain as a kid.
It seems like anything a kid does these days earns them a sticker or a trophy. Want some love for yourself or favorite emergency contact mom friend? Get this sticker book and decorate your planner with stickers celebrating the fact that “I wasn’t late!” or “I knew when to say when.”
We all need a place to write down “Errands I Can’t Ignore Anymore.” At least this one is pretty and you get to check off “Wore Pants” every day. Talk about a feeling of accomplishment.
Have a friend with a slight potty-mouth? Or maybe she’s all the way into swear-like-a-sailor territory. You know the one where you can never put her on Bluetooth in the car without your kids learning new vocabulary. She wants this.
The perfect t-shirt to say I’m a grown up but not totally. In basic black it will go with everything.
Responsible Gifts That Are Still Fun
Know someone who has vowed to drink more water? This giant one gallon water bottle is the gift for him! Not only is it obscenely large but it has time-stamped reminders to either help him stay on track or remind him of one more thing he didn’t do right.
This is a genius-level great gift. Where has this been all our lives? The nail polish is held nicely in this ring on your finger while you polish your nails! It makes the perfect stocking stuffer with a few bottles of polish for tweens, teens and the grown women on your list.
Have a basic friend who celebrates the dawn of fall every year? Keep the Pumpkin Spice spirit burning strong all year long for her with this candle.
Admit it. Your kids are already planning to buy you another coffee mug you won’t use. Ensure you get one you will use. Buy yourself this coffee mug and tell the kids to wrap it. Because drinking your coffee from a coffee pot is one way to show you mean business in the morning.
Quirky Unusual Gifts
You may give these as a joke, but I guarantee the recipient will actually use them.
We can’t stop laughing at this one. You won’t be able to either. Pair these briefs with a bottle of Alpaca Wine (yes it’s a real thing) for the perfect girlfriend gift under $20.
Ever wanted to wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and forget the world exists? Improve upon that with this tortilla blanket. Now you are a cozy (insert name here) burrito blocking out the cares of the world. Everyone on your list should have one. Don’t know what to buy your weird cousin? Tortilla blanket. Stumped on what to buy for your favorite geek, Uncle Gerald? Tortilla blanket. There, you’re done. Hit add to cart and check out.
Why would you need a tabletop screaming goat? Shouldn’t the question be why wouldn’t you? Bring the ear-curling screams of a barnyard animal into your cubicle for all your coworkers to enjoy. It’s the perfect way to make your boss decide to never do a gift swap again.
This isn’t your average ABC book. Get this for that teacher in your life to remind her that G is for Gnat, K is for Knight and P is for Pterodactyl. This book explains why you can’t spell.
What that Weird Guy in Your Life Wants
OK so this one could be considered useful. When you’ve bought every last grill accessory for dad this is the one you missed. It’s small enough for him to stick in his wallet. He’ll be able to “inspect” the grill at every BBQ and establish his grill dominance.
Why does he need a magnetic wristband? Honestly, we don’t know. But if he loves gadgets, let him be a home repair superhero and never step on a loose screw again. We promise he’ll love it.
The nicest way to say “You stink,” this stainless steel bar absorbs odors when you rub it on your hands. Whether it’s onions or fish, it will take the stink off your man’s hands (and everyone else too).
Did you buy dad whiskey rocks or stainless steel ice cubes in years past? This is the newer, cooler way to keep things cold. These pegs stick into beer bottles instantly creating the frostiest brew he’s tasted in a long time, making it a truly cool gift for Christmas, Father’s Day or any other holiday.
Does someone in your life disappear into the bathroom for longer than it took your child to be born? Then here’s the perfect passive-aggressive novelty gift that says “you take too long.”
The bottle says what most of us want to: We don’t know where your hands have been (although we can guess) so sanitize them.
What’s a holiday without novelty undergarments? Why go for the safety of Santa boxer shorts. Throw him for a loop this year with Reindeer Mankini thong underwear. It has bells. How could you go wrong? If you buy this, please let us know if one size really does fit all.
Maybe you know someone with rippling muscles who could actually have accomplished this feat. Maybe you have someone in mind where the statement would be more ironic. Either way, buy one. They’re both valid.
Is there a Game of Thrones fan in your family? Does one second cousin always come to the family reunion muttering about winter coming and complaining about how George R. R. Martin never intended for it to go so commercial? Give him the opportunity to fully immerse himself in the study of Dothraki. Maybe it will give you both some peace and quiet.
Items with photos on them may seem cliche or not “unusual gift” enough, but if you’re questioning this, it means you don’t have the right photos for the job. Think embarrassing childhood hairstyles, old Halloween costumes, attempts to give the camera a “come hither” look gone wrong. Now you’re on the right track.
We’ve got two ways we’d go with this category. Who doesn’t need a decorative pillow in their life? My father-in-law got me one with a photo of my goofy beloved dog and it’s still a prized possession. Pick out your funniest photo and turn it into a one of a kind pillow.
On the more useful side of things, how about a custom planner? It’s a gift that folks will actually use and it’s a great opportunity to create a collage of meaningful (and hilarious) images. Erin Condren is a personal favorite. Keep an eye out for great Black Friday deals.
Still Want to Give a Gift Card?
After all that, really? If you must give a gift card be sure to check out this super cool holder. It’s got a maze to make them work for that gift card or cash.
What weird, wacky and wonderful gifts have you given or received? We want to know!
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