Tired of giving candles, novelty sweets from department stores, and ties? While all three of those typical gifts are safe, satisfaction-guaranteed options, sometimes it’s refreshing to mix it up.
One of the best things about the internet is the birth of niche market availability, meaning there are products for practically every obscure interest in existence. While this means the Crazy Cat Lady can find a feline license plate frame, a cat mouse pad, and a Maine Coon Keepsake box (naturally), it also means that you can find some truly personalized items to purchase for the loved ones you’re buying for this month.
As a person who receives the What On Earth? catalog on a regular basis, subscribes to the Cool Sh*t You Can Buy email newsletter, and ravages Skymall in a laughter-filled fit every time I’m aboard an aircraft, I’ve seen a lot of funny products. For this post I rounded up some of my favorites for gifts.
1. Put Your Face (Or Someone Else’s) On a Pillow
Scary or funny? I think both. Whether the gift-receiver loves or hates the face you put on the pillow, there’s a lot of room for creativity with this one. At only $30 (shipping included!) it’s definitely worth checking out.
2. Awkward Family Photos: 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar
The book is nothing new, but 365 days of Awkward Family Photos? Count me in. This is for the person who is either a) appreciative of awkward people or b) awkward and aware of it.
Tip: Get a better price at Amazon instead of the Awkward Family Photos website.
3. Gangsta Greeting Cards
I’ve been eyeballing these for a while.
Make someone’s note cards more memorable with an elegantly printed rap lyric on the front. This Etsy account has cards decorated with everything from Juvenile to Drake lyrics, and her tagline “letterpress greeting cards for people with personalities” really hits the nail on the head. Enjoy.
Perfect for the narcoleptic in your life, or perhaps the family member/friend with a really developed sense of humor. I’m not even sure this is still available for purchase, but I think it’d be fairly easy to DIY.
…Who doesn’t need a Pillowig?
What? is a right combination of Balderdash and Apples to Apples. Speaking from experience, this game has laugh-until-you-cry potential. It’s the perfect gift for the light-hearted host/hostess or for a family with a lot of witty, extroverted members.
Some people can be really challenging to buy for, especially if they “have everything” or you exchange gifts with them year after year and seem to have run out of fresh ideas. Try giving a humor-laden gift to those people this year. If it doesn’t work out you can always go back to the tried and true presents- they are popular for a reason, after all.