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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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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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Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Uncommon Goods
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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Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon
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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Pendleton National Park Blankets
Amazon

Pendleton National Park Blankets

$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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"Humans of New York: Stories"
Amazon
Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit
Amazon

Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit

Price: $20 and up from Amazon
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If you know someone who likes to build things and work with their hands, these intricate and innovative 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
Living Composter
Uncommon Goods
Serotonin Necklace
Etsy

Serotonin Necklace

$24 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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Terrarium Jewelry
Etsy
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.

Head Case Personalized Suitcase Cover
Firebox
Custom Face Magnet
Etsy

Custom Face Magnet

$34 and up from Etsy
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Etsy seller KitAtlas takes your photos and creates artistic, stylized drawings that she then turns into magnets. The process runs around a month from submitting the photo and payment until delivery, so keep that in mind when timing your holiday orders.

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Lumio Book Lamp
MoMA Design Store

Lumio Book Lamp

$200 from MoMA Design Store
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This clever indoor-outdoor lamp opens to reveal the warm glow of its illuminated Tyvek "pages." The laser-cut wood cover can be opened a full 360 degrees to create a dramatic glow, and magnets embedded within mean it can be mounted on a metallic surface, to get it out of the way while they work.

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
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

Tushy Classic Bidet

$89 from 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. 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.

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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Snow Globe
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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Coddies Fish Flops
Coddies

Fish Flops

$12.50 from Coddies
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If your friend is into fishing, a pair of these colorful flip-flops will leave them reeling, as their feet will have newfound allure. The Fish Flops have been deemed by one customer to be "hilariously weird and surprisingly comfortable."

Digital Retirement Countdown Timer
Amazon

Digital Retirement Countdown Timer

$15 from Amazon
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Give your someone something to look forward to with this clock that counts down the time to their retirement. 

Pixel Puzzle Etsy
Etsy

1,000-Piece 'Pixel' Jigsaw Puzzle

$28 from Etsy
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Etsy is a great place to find unique puzzles such as this one from Cloud Berries Official, which would be perfect for an artist or computer nerd.

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