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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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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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Amazon

'What If?' Book

$15 (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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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. Or maybe you'd like to gift a mug to someone who loves both Fleetwood Mac and felines? And, of course, what Muppet fan wouldn't want this Emotional Support Animal in their life?


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Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon
Coddies Fish Flops
Amazon
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Amazon
Crazy Crayon Kohl's
Kohl's
InnovativeMap Scratch-Off World and U.S. Map Posters
Amazon

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

$20 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
Custom Face Magnet
Etsy

Custom Face Magnet

$36 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.

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.


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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

$26 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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UGEARS 3D Wooden Puzzle Box
Amazon

Intermediate Wooden Model Building Kit

$44 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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Natural Annie Essentials

Survived COVID-19 Candle

$9 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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Cinch! Luxury Wine Socks
Amazon

Cinch! Luxury Wine Socks

$10 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. 


Hippo Succulent Planter
Amazon
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Amazon
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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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 Parks Blanket, Zion
Amazon

Pendleton National Park Blankets

$199 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
Cabin Coffee Table Book
Amazon

Cabin Coffee Table Book

$23 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

$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.

Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set
Uncommon Goods
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).


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Digital Retirement Countdown Timer
Amazon

Digital Retirement Countdown Timer

$16 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