Want to Win Best Gift-Giver This Year? These 50 Quirky Gifts Are the Way to Do It
Sure, you can gift anyone a pair of socks or a special gift card this season, but will it feel as special as something quirky, yet unique to their taste and still pretty useful? What if you could blow your loved ones' mind with your thoughtfulness and attention to detail? This holiday, as you wonder what to shop for, think about the things they've been talking about or the tools that can make their day-to-day easier.
If you have loved ones on your list who already have everything/a>, we can help you out. There are tons of unexpected gifts/a> that your friends and family probably don't already own. From a playful checkered pillow with a built-in bluetooth speaker to a smart cocktail-making system, these niche presents will totally surprise and thrill everyone on your list.
— Additional reporting by Macy Cate Williams
For Endless Inpiration: Jungalow: Decorate Wild - by Justina Blakeney (Hardcover)
This Jungalow: Decorate Wild - by Justina Blakeney (Hardcover) ($20) is filled with clever tips and inspiration images, so they'll never run out of ideas for decorating their space. Display it on their coffee table.
For Everyday Motivation: Only Good Vibes Success and Inspiration Jar
This Only Good Vibes Success and Inspiration Jar ($20) will keep them inspired, and it's a great gift to turn to when you first wake up. It'll set every day on the right note.
For Cozy Nights In: Packard Bell Home Theater Projector and Screen Set
They can watch their favorite movie anywhere with the Packard Bell Home Theater Projector and Screen Set ($98). The compact design makes it easy to move around.
For Aspiring Bakers: New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford
The New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford ($28) is a tasty addition to anyone's bookshelf. The cookbook is here to simplify the process of baking your own sourdough. With practical tips and techniques, readers will feel empowered and excited to dive into the wide variety of baked goods, from warm pita to sweet brioche.
A Coffee-Lover's Essential: Ember Mug²
This temperature-control Ember Mug² ($100) will keep their drink at their desired temperature for however long they decide to nurse it. It's perfect for those who need a warm cup of coffee to get through the workday. They can customize the settings in the accompanying app.
A Special Present: Pierre Thiam Cookbook
This Pierre Thiam Cookbook ($90) makes an excellent gift for adventurous cooks. Since buying it after watching Anthony Bourdain's episode in Senegal, my husband and I have adopted a few recipes into our repertoire, and they have easily been our favorites.
A Timeless Classic: The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition
There's a reason The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition ($14) has sold millions in copies. The book takes anyone on a transformative journey where they will dig deep and address the root cause of their creative blocks. It's worth getting a copy for yourself, too.
For Lazy Days: Agolde Kelby Relaxed Sweatpants
Sweatpants may be more of last year's thing, but these Agolde Kelby Relaxed Sweatpants ($158) will seriously make for fun weekends at home. The intentionally exaggerated volume is a chic take on slouchy loungewear that looks far cooler but feels just as comfy.
For a Deep Cleanse: Turmeric Botanical Bar
This Turmeric Botanical Bar ($16) will deeply cleanse and nourish the skin, and it's scented with an essential oil blend of bergamot, geranium, and ginger. It's also fortified with turmeric and rose clay, so what's not to love about it?
If They Have Trouble Sleeping: Hatch Restore
The Hatch Restore ($130) is such an innovative bedside buddy that will lull them to sleep. It's a smart sleep assistant that prepares them for bed and to wake up with ease. It's a sound machine, a sunrise alarm, a smart light, a meditation app, and an alarm clock all in one sleek gadget.
Great For Extra Help: Amazon Echo Show 10
They can have their own personal assistant with the Amazon Echo Show 10 ($250). They'll be able to enjoy entertainment, keep in touch with friends and family, control their household, stream countless workouts, stay on top of their schedule and errands, and so much more with this one device. They even get a one-year free subscription to Food Network so they can sharpen their cooking and baking skills.
To Release Facial Tension: Renpho Eye Massager With Heat & Bluetooth Music
The Renpho Eye Massager With Heat & Bluetooth Music ($70, originally $80) is an electric shiatsu eye massager that will help relieve the tension from eye fatigue and eye strain. It's a gift that will truly keep on giving and actually help out.
A Useful Container: S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
This S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($37) will fit in their everyday tote, and remind them to stay hydrated. It's an effective way of reducing their water bottle consumption as well.
For the Green Thumb: Smart Garden Grow Kit
They can grow everything from thyme to fresh rosemary with the Smart Garden Grow Kit ($100). It includes NASA-inspired soil that will give plants the proper amounts of oxygen, nutrients, and water. All they need to do is add water to a capsule once a month and they're set.
A Kitchen Gadget That Does It All: Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker
They can almost do it all with this Instant Pot Pro 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker ($130). It can replace their old pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, food warmer, sous vide, and sterilizer. It has a variety of one-touch programs so all you have to do is throw your ingredients in the pot and press a button. Cooking has never been easier.
For the Coffee Connoisseur: Ninja Hot & Iced Coffee Maker
Treat the coffee connoisseurs in your life to the ultimate gift, the Ninja Hot & Iced Coffee Maker ($150). They never have to decide between a hot or cold brew with this gadget. The modern and sleek design will not only make their kitchen look swanky, but it's also perfect for a home filled with coffee-lovers. It's even a wedding-registry favorite.
For Fresh Air: HoMedics Total Clean Personal Air Sanitizer
How convenient is this HoMedics Total Clean Personal Air Sanitizer ($50)? The best part? There is no filter to clean up or replace. We kind of want it for ourselves.
The Ultimate Multitasker: Shower Beer Holder Bluetooth Speaker
Get them this Shower Beer Holder Bluetooth Speaker ($30) for the the ultimate shower experience. It could also hold their morning coffee or water, and they could listen to a podcast while they shower.
For the Fitness Enthusiast: Bala Bangles
Level up their workouts with these stylish Bala Bangles ($49 for two). These one-pound bangles can be worn on their arms or ankles for a full-body, resistance-based workout. They can even wear them while they run errands or do chores to get an extra workout in!
A Colorful Glass Set: Estelle Colored Glass Stemless Wine Glass Set
The popular, handcrafted Estelle Colored Glass Stemless Wine Glass Set ($160) is a customer favorite. Each glass is hand-blown by glass artisans in Poland, and the set of six comes in 11 different color choices.
For the Eco Conscious: Living Composter
This odorless Living Composter ($199) will allow them to turn their food scraps (including onion peelings, grain foods, and tea bags) into fertilizer. The composter can process more than two pounds of food a week, so if they cook often, they'll get plenty of use out of it.
For Pizza-Lovers: Emile Henry French Ceramic Pizza Stone
They'll be able to create perfectly crispy crusts thanks to this Emile Henry French Ceramic Pizza Stone ($55-$70), which can also be used as a cutting surface. It can withstand super high heat, and go in the oven or on the grill.
For the Ultimate Bestie Playlist: Personalized Spotify Code Necklace
If you and your bestie bond over music and love to create playlists for each other, this Personalized Spotify Code Necklace ($11, originally $23) will make such a thoughtful gift. Just create the playlist that's the ultimate soundtrack of your friendship, send over the Spotify code and any other customizations, and enjoy!
Superfoods: Golde Superfood Latte Kit
Put their wellness first with this Green Detox Kit ($77), which contains a skin-boosting blend of original turmeric, a debloating mix of cacao turmeric, and a matcha turmeric pack great at supporting skin health, metabolism, and serene focus.
A Fruit-Forward Wine: McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 Califonia Zinfandel
This aromatic McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2018 Califonia Zinfandel ($25) packs a bold flavor made of fresh plum, cherry and delicate crush black pepper followed by soft oak notes and a hint of spicy vanilla. It's fruit-forward and delicious.
For Reliable Haircare: Briogeo Strengthening Solutions Set
They'll give their hair some TLC with this Briogeo Besties Clean Hair Discovery Kit ($89), which contains formulas that will help restore dry and damage hair. It includes a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and hair oil powered by ingredients such as algae extract, argan oil and ceramides to promote hair with moisture, nourishment, and shine.
For Jetsetters: Beauty Bakerie Cake to Go Best Sellers Essentials Kit
This Beauty Bakerie Cake to Go Best Sellers Essentials Kit ($32) features a powder, spray, and sponge, making it ideal for when you're on the go. Gift it to your beauty-obsessed friend who's always traveling.