Unusual Gifts They'll Never See Coming

Unusual Gifts They'll Never See Coming

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Unusual Gifts They'll Never See Coming

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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The Adventure Challenge Books
The Adventure Challenge

Adventure Challenge Scratch-Off Guide

$45 from The Adventure Challenge

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Talk about interactive: These books contain 50 scratch-off suggestions for fun bonding activities with family, friends, or that special spouse or partner. Each "surprise" adventure comes with an estimated time commitment and cost, usually $20 or less. And each entry includes a place to include a photo and notes, so books become cherished keepsakes even after the challenges are long-completed. There's also a version for solo adventures, a "naughty" edition, and bundles that include an instant camera.


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Cameo Press Image
Cameo

Personalized Celebrity Video Greeting

Price Varies from Cameo

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Give a gift they'll never forget: a personal video message from a favorite actor, athlete, musician, reality TV personality, or other celeb — which can then be shared on the social media platform of choice. There are literally thousands of famous (and not-so-famous) people to choose from on Cameo, and prices vary accordingly.

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Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker
Amazon

Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker

$14 from New Egg

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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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Invisawear
InvisaWear

InvisaWear Jewelry

$150 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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Gravity Chunky Knit Blanket
Gravity

Gravity Chunky Knit Blanket

$250 from Gravity

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Give the gift of coziness with Gravity’s Chunky Knit Blanket, a 10-pound hug hand-knitted from breathable bamboo fleece. Customers rave about the weighted blanket’s warmth and durability, along with the added benefit of improving sleep quality. Choose from four different colors — soft gray, deep forest, sapphire blue, and clay — and, for the ultimate in total relaxation, pair it with Gravity’s new deep tissue massager.


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Amazon

'What If?' Book

$14 and up 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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Visit Arrakis Dune T-Shirt
TeePublic

A Cool T-Shirt From TeePublic

$20 and up at TeePublic
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Surprise them with some new graphic tees, tanks, or hoodies. Look to TeePublic for a unique selection of apparel for adults and kids, featuring the work of independent graphic artists. You’ll also find stickers, phone cases, magnets, posters, and a selection of home goods, all featuring colorful, eye-catching artwork. Grab the "Dune" tee pictured. And what Muppet fan wouldn't want this Emotional Support Animal in their life?

Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon

Monkey Vegetable Peeler

$8 from Amazon
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If you have a foodie in your life who also appreciates a little whimsy in the kitchen, this funky monkey helper will probably bring a smile to his or her face.

Coddies Fish Flops
Amazon
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Amazon

Unicorn Squirrel Feeder

$22 from Amazon
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Is it weird as all get out? Yep. But is it unusual and does it bring delight to buyers? Also yep. Sample review: "This is both ridiculous and spectacular. It just might be my best Amazon impulse-buy ever."

Crazy Crayon Kohl's
Kohl's

Jumbo Confetti Crayon

$9 from Kohl's
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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.

InnovativeMap Scratch-Off World and U.S. Map Posters
Amazon

InnovativeMap Scratch-Off World and U.S. Map Posters

$33 from Amazon

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Give a world traveler a chance to check off his or her adventures with this map duo set. The set includes a large world map and smaller U.S. map, plus a scratch tool, memory stickers to pin each new trip, and a magnifying strip so the smallest details loom larger.

Terrarium Jewelry
Etsy

Terrarium Jewelry

$20 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.

Head Case Personalized Suitcase Cover
Firebox

Head Case Personalized Suitcase Cover

Prices vary 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.

Mars Dust Globe
Uncommon Goods

Mars Dust Globe

$35 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.

Serotonin Necklace
Etsy

Serotonin Necklace

$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.

UGEARS 3D Wooden Puzzle Box
Amazon

Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit

Prices vary 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.

Cinch! Luxury Wine Socks
Amazon

Cinch! Luxury Wine Socks

$14 from Amazon

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These super-soft socks will keep the feet of any wine-loving lady warm (and let someone nearby know when she needs a refill). They come in cute cupcake-like gift packaging. 


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Amazon

Pizza Socks Box

$26 from Amazon
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If you've got a novelty socks lover who also devours pizza on your list — and really, who doesn't? — this set of four pairs in pepperoni, Hawaiian, Capricciosa, and Italian will knock their ... well, you know, off.

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.

World's Smallest Planetarium
Firebox

World's Smallest Planetarium

$12 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.

Pendleton, National Parks Blanket, Zion
Amazon

Pendleton National Park Blankets

$247 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
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.)

Cabin Coffee Table Book
Amazon

Cabin Coffee Table Book

$17 and up 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.

Lumio Book Lamp
MoMA Design Store

Lumio Book Lamp

$225 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.

Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Uncommon Goods

Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set

$138 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 $15.

Singing Machine
Singing Machine

Carpool Karaoke Mic

$40 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).

Digital Retirement Countdown Timer
Amazon

Digital Retirement Countdown Timer

$14 and up 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

$29 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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