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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
Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon
Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker
Amazon

Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker

Price: $14 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
Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit
The Grommet

Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit

Price: $15 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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Dinosaur Planters B088TFPG2Z
Amazon
Customizable Floor Mat
The Grommet
Living Composter
Uncommon Goods

Living Composter

$199 from Uncommon Goods
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Compost buckets and other containers can get unsightly, stinky, and attract bugs if you don't take them out often enough. This one is not only odorless and includes lids, but it's practically sculptural. It can process over two pounds of food scraps a week. Worms needed, but not included. (It's cool — you can dig those up in the back yard for free

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Pendleton National Park Blankets
Amazon

Pendleton National Park Blankets

$269 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

$27 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

Cabin Coffee Table Book

$28 from Amazon
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This 336-page book — a companion to the popular Tumblr photography site — is the perfect eye-candy to whisk you away to a quiet and calm place, if only in your mind.

Terrarium Jewelry
Etsy
Mars Dust Globe
Uncommon Goods
Global Hot Sauce Gift Box
Uncommon Goods

Global Hot Sauce Gift Box

$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
World's Smallest Planetarium
Firebox

World's Smallest Planetarium

$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.

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Head Case Personalized Suitcase Cover
Firebox
World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner
Firebox

World's Smallest Vacuum Cleaner

$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.

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Book Rest Lamp
Firebox

Book Rest Lamp

$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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Singing Machine
Singing Machine

Carpool Karaoke Mic

$50 from Singing Machine
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This microphone pairs with an FM station on a car's radio so that he or she can belt out jams while on the road (whether the driver wants them to or not). 

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Match Striker
Cool Material
Surviving COVID-19 2020 Candle
Natural Annie Essentials

Surviving COVID-19 2020 Candle

$13 from Natural Annie Essentials
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If you're looking for a unique gift that'll also make them giggle, there's this eco-friendly, vegan, and recyclable candle. Reviewers say it smells "phenomenal" — much different than the dumpster-fire scent you might expect.

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InvisaWear Jewelry
InvisaWear

InvisaWear Jewelry

$129 and up from InvisaWear
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While a piece of jewelry might not seem all that unusual, this one has a secret weapon. InvisaWear's pieces and accessories have built-in safety alerts — technology that will share a location, send a message to emergency contacts, call 911, and more if she's in trouble.

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Hello Tushy Classic Bidet
Tushy

Hello Tushy Classic Bidet

$89 from Hello Tushy
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Sure, a bidet is an unusual gift for a friend or loved one, but this is the gift guide for that, after all. And anyone who not so fondly remembers the Great Toilet Paper Debacle of Spring 2020 might appreciate one of these. Hello Tushy's classic bidet has pressure and angle control, requires no electricity or plumbing, a self-cleaning nozzle, and claims a sub-10-minute installation time. It comes in nine colors and with a 60-day guarantee. There's a spa version, as well, for $119, that offers temperature control.

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B014LIOC64
Amazon
Letterfolk
Letterfolk

Jumbo Confetti Crayon

$7 from Letterfolk
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Looking for an unusual gift for a kiddo? This 8-inch-long jumbo crayon is both fun-looking and fun to play with. It features 15 vibrant colors that'll come in handy for creating unique art work. 

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Cool Snow Globes
Cool Snow Globes
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Amazon
What If B00IYUYF4A
Amazon

'What If?' Book

$16 (hardcover) from Amazon
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They're never too old for the hypothetical questions in this clever and amusing book from the webcomic creators of "xkcd." The queries include those ranging "from merely odd to downright diabolical." 

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Boris the Bear Tea Set
ModCloth