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20 Unusual Gifts They'll Never See Coming

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Gifts Off the Beaten Path

Anyone can wrap up an Instant Pot and give it as a gift. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but sometimes you want to give a friend or family member something that'll surprise or amuse them. With that in mind, we scoured the web for some truly inspired unusual gift ideas that we guarantee they won't get from anyone else.

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Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Uncommon Goods

Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set

Price: $98 from Uncommon Goods
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Next time you see something that reminds you of that one amazing friend or much-missed family member who lives far away, let them know you're thinking of them with this gift. Simply tap the bracelet, and your loved one's half of the set will light up and vibrate. Replacement bands in different colors are available for $8.

Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon
Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker
Amazon

Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker

Price: $15 from Amazon
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This acorn-shaped speaker is petite enough to fit in your palm or can be hung from the attached strap. It has a built-in microphone, too. Reviewers say it has good sound quality for a cheap portable Bluetooth speaker, and many proclaim it "adorable."

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"Humans of New York: Stories"
Amazon

"Humans of New York: Stories"

Price: $18 from Amazon
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This book by the uber-popular Instagrammer Humans of New York — aka Brandon Stanton, who has nearly 11 million followers — brings readers portraits and stories of Americans he meets on the streets of the Big Apple. Readers love it, with reviewers giving it 4.9 stars.

Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit
The Grommet

Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit

Price: $20 and up from The Grommet
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If you know someone who likes to build things and work with their hands, these transportation-themed modeling kits make a unique gift. Geared toward adults and older kids, each piece is laser-cut plywood, and the kits require no tools or glue.

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Hedgehog Succulent Planter Set
Amazon

Hedgehog Succulent Planter Set

Price: $15 from Amazon
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Hardy hedgehogs are to the animal world what succulents are to the plant world, so this set of tiny planters makes a great gift for anyone who appreciates a little prickliness in life. Not a hedgehog fan? These also come in hippo and dinosaur versions.

Customizable Floor Mat
The Grommet

Customizable Floor Mat

Price: $75 and up from The Grommet
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With hexagonal tiles that can be arranged any way you want, this vintage-inspired floor mat is a fun and unique gift. It comes with 150 black and white silicone tiles; additional sets of colored tiles can be bought separately.

Living Composter
Uncommon Goods
Pandemic-Appropriate Message Candles
Etsy

Pandemic-Appropriate Message Candles

Price: $25 from Etsy
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Candles make great gifts, but candles with funny messages make even better gifts, especially in 2020. These Baum Design Shop candles say things like "Spread Love, Not Germs," "Self Isolating Since 1992," and "Stay Calm, Stay Kind, Stay Home," and the store offers a customization option that'll print whatever you want.

Pendleton National Park Blankets
Amazon

Pendleton National Park Blankets

Price: $239 and up from Amazon
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If you're looking for a unique gift that will stand the test of time, these blankets are pricey but unlikely to be stuffed in a closet and forgotten. Made in the U.S. of 100% wool, they are available in twin, full, and queen sizes, or as a throw, and each comes with a commemorative label honoring one of nine national parks, including Yellowstone and Acadia.

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Serotonin Necklace
Etsy

Serotonin Necklace

Price: $20 and up from Etsy
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This necklace from MolecularMotifs displays the molecular symbol for the brain chemical responsible for bringing more happiness into our lives. It won't actually increase serotonin, but it might remind the recipient to get out and engage in those activities that do.

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Cabin Coffee Table Book
Amazon
Terrarium Jewelry
Etsy

Terrarium Jewelry

Price: $19 and up from Etsy
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For a truly unique piece of jewelry that's also beautiful, check out these necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and more that are like mini-terrariums disguised as jewelry. The bracelets, in particular, are stunning.

Mars Dust Globe
Uncommon Goods

Mars Dust Globe

Price: $25 from Uncommon Goods
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Snow globes are cute and fun, but so very expected. Give that lover of things you can shake and stare at something out of the blue with this "dust globe." Inside, it has a Martian landscape scene and two astronauts.

Global Hot Sauce Gift Box
Uncommon Goods

Global Hot Sauce Gift Box

Price: $45 from Uncommon Goods
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Just about every continent has a different take on hot sauce. Let the spicy connoisseur in your life explore with this five-bottle set, which contains sauces from the U.S., India, and Africa.

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1,000-Piece 'Doodle' Jigsaw Puzzle
Etsy

1,000-Piece 'Doodle' Jigsaw Puzzle

Price: $27 from Etsy
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This unique puzzlelooks more like a dreamscape than anything else, but its surreal illustrations are colorful and detailed, and it will be fun for anyone who appreciates the unexpected.

World's Smallest Planetarium
Firebox

World's Smallest Planetarium

Price: $14 from Firebox
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This mini-projector turns any ceiling into the universe. The kit includes 12 views of the Milky Way's constellations, plus a 48-page booklet that will help you understand what you're looking at.

Head Case Personalized Suitcase Cover
Firebox

Head Case Personalized Suitcase Cover

Price: $27 and up from Firebox
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Upload a high-quality photo of yourself, a beloved pet, or just about anything, and it'll be printed on this removable polyester spandex suitcase wrap. They'll never lose their luggage again.

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World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner
Firebox

World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner

Price: $19 from Firebox
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Roombas and Bissells galore will show up in holiday gift guides, but they're pricey, right? Why not give someone this tiny little gadget — we can think of all types of great uses for, like suctioning up those dinner table crumbs, errant whiskers, dust bunnies, etc.

Book Rest Lamp
Firebox

Book Rest Lamp

Price: $53 from Firebox
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For the bookworm in your life, this house-shaped lamp emits a soft glow that's perfect for reading. When they're ready to take a reading break, the book acts as the lamp's roof while also keeping your beloved reader from losing their place in the story.

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