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37 Unexpected Gifts That'll Put Santa To Shame

In your face, Santa!!!


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1. A fancy deck of playing cards featuring dapper-looking animals.

Get it from Amazon for $13.44 or Anthropologie for $14.99.

2. A Mickey Mouse–branded body care kit by Kiehl's with Creme de Corps, soy milk and honey body polish, and body cleanser.

Each purchase helps secure a goal of 212 meals for Feeding America.

Get it from Nordstrom for $35.

3. A fun book filled with comics that tell them what they already know: Cats are weird.


Promising review: "It's like Jeffrey Brown is watching my cats! I really enjoyed this little book. Laughed out loud several times. Great!" —L. Jones

Get it from Amazon for $13.16, Barnes & Noble for $13.61, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

4. A Quirky Crate that does all the work for you and sends your pal up to nine unusual gifts a month.

Get it from Cratejoy for $12.95+/month.

5. Or a Betty Boomerang Crate — a monthly box filled with retro, midcentury goodies.

Get it from Cratejoy for $29+/2 months.

6. A shiba sweatshirt perfect for anyone who wishes they were actually a dog.,

Promising review: "I bought this for my girlfriend because she is absolutely in love with shiba inus. Honestly, she loves them more than me... just sometimes, I hope. Anyways, like the other helpful reviews here have stated, this definitely runs small. Other than that little sizing issue, the material is super soft and comfortable. VERY, VERY warm, very cute, no complaints about anything else. Makes for a great gift!" —James Lee

Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and two colors).

7. A game of Scary Bingo, which is a lot like regular Bingo, but you know, scary.

Promising review: "My mom, my son (age six), and I have been playing this all weekend. I see above the suggested ages are three to five, but I would say it's great for everyone!" —matilde

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

8. A pocket wine aerator for people who are, like, really particular.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

9. A robe they can wear while making breakfast or practicing magic.,

Get the breakfast robe from ModCloth for $35 (available in sizes S/M or L/XL) or the Harry Potter robe from ThinkGeek for $49.99 (available in four house styles).

10. A retro-style telephone so they can call you up and tell you how you nailed gift-giving this year.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $60.

11. A ridiculously fancy version of Clue for intense game nights.

Get it from Wayfair for $199.

12. An adorable zippered wallet to hold their rainy day fund.

Get it from ModCloth for $29.

13. A Marshall Stockwell portable Bluetooth speaker so they can feel like they're jamming out with a tiny, baby amp.

The speaker can play about 25 hours on a single charge. It even comes with a red case.

Promising review: "I love the Marshall brand of home speakers. This is my second Marshall product. It always links to my phone without any hesitation. I love that it also has a microphone so you can actually use it to talk to people, not just listen to music. It also has a USB charger so you can charge your phone with it. I use it as my nightstand speaker. Great set-up, great look!" —Luis Barrera

Get it from Amazon for $198.58.

14. A fuzzy peach notebook they won't be able to stop petting.

Get it from Asos for $26.

15. An electric skateboard for the daredevil in your life.

This chargeable skateboard can go up to 11.2 mph — no kicking necessary.

Get it from Best Buy or Quirky for $299.99.

16. A Star Wars necklace so cool it deserves its own franchise.

Get it from ThinkGeek for $29.99.

17. A meaningful plaque that will guide them in times of uncertainty.

Get it from ModCloth for $29.

18. A calming candle so their whole home can smell like a bookstore.

Get it from wickbitches on Etsy for $15.

19. A funny zip-up hoodie featuring the best Ice Cube/Ice-T collab anyone could ever hope for.

Get it from TeeFury for $45 (available in sizes S–3XL).

20. A unicorn tea infuser for a truly magical cuppa.

Get it from Firebox for $20.19.

21. A pair of decadent goat milk caramel sauces you may be tempted to keep for yourself.

The flavors are salted bourbon and Vermont maple — yes, please!

Get them from Food52 for $27.

22. A travel cocktail kit for making an elaborate rosé gummy bear drink.

It comes with elderflower syrup, rosé gummy bears, a bar spoon, a jigger, a linen napkin, and a recipe card, all contained in a classy metal tin.

Get it from Bloomingdale's or Sur La Table for $25.

23. A high-risk game where the loser gets smacked in the face with whipped cream.,

The rules to Pie Face are simple: Put your head in the mask, spin the wheel, turn the handles as many times as the wheel commands, and if you get hit with the pie, you lose (or maybe win?).

Promising review: "It was so hard to find this holiday season, so I'm happy it finally came back in stock before Christmas!! My nephew has been asking for this for several months. Such a silly game but the kids love it and it's fun for the adults too." —jp85

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

24. A mermaid tail blanket for anyone who wants to do a reverse Little Mermaid and return to the sea.

Promising review: "I gave this as a gift to my daughter. She loves everything about it: the color, the fish scales, the thickness, etc. Not only does she use it to keep warm, but also to comfort herself as well — something about the way it enfolds her lower half makes her feel more secure. I would buy it again and highly recommend it to others." —Catherine Roh

Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in four colors).

25. A rolled ice cream device so they can make fancy, Instagram-worthy treats right in their own home.

Promising review: "THIS THING IS AWESOME!!!! Absolutely love it. I can make even more than the six batches they suggest, it works so well. I was worried after reading reviews of people saying they could barely get one serving out of it, but I can get plenty! The problem is with their freezer temperature, not the ice cream maker. If you're using a freezer attached to a fridge you need to have it on the coldest setting and it works perfectly." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

26. A casual little bee house they can set up to invite tiny, flower-loving friends to their lawn.

The wood "condo" offers an ideal shelter for local bees to raise their babies.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

27. A Glamspin — the perfect marriage of lip gloss and fidget spinner.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Glamspin shop for $9.99.

PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

28. A trio of hot sauces as delicious as they are beautifully designed.

Each bottle contains 2 ounces of hot sauce.

Promising review: "All the sauces were amazing and I will be buying a bigger bottle of all three once these little guys run out...which won't be long." —The Beard

Get them from Uncommon Goods for $15.

29. An unofficial cat-themed Monopoly game to play when you want to learn about cat breeds while buying up real estate.

Promising review: "This is the cutest game ever. I bought it for a friend's birthday because she's a cat lover. We opened it immediately and played for four hours straight because it was just so much fun. Same as your standard Monopoly but cat version. The property cards are all different cat breeds and on the back they have cute facts about cats. The houses are fish bones and hotels are litter boxes. Lots of fun for friends, family, etc." —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $17.90 or Jet for $19.95.

30. A pair of monstrously cool socks for anyone who likes to get wild.

Promising review: "These are adorable, and just as expected! Well made and perfect for my Where the Wild Things Are costume." —Claire

Get them from Amazon for $10.25+ (available in sizes small or large).

31. A collection of tiny ornaments meant to be worn in a beard — because it's way cheaper than a tree.

Promising review: "Just what I was looking for! This Christmas, my beard will be extra festive (the past two I've done glitter — too messy!) These are perfect." —N. Sands

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.

32. A Fondoodler (from BuzzFeed's Product Labs) capable of turning cheese into art.

It works just a like a hot glue gun — but with cheese!

Get it from BuzzFeed's Fondoodler shop for $30.

PSST! BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this.

33. A set of musical wine glasses that'll come in handy if they ever need to enter a beauty pageant undercover.

These crystal glasses have marks on them so the player knows exactly how much liquid to pour in to hit a certain note.

Get a set of two from Uncommon Goods for $65.

34. A snuggly hoodie with a kangaroo pouch so they can carry their pet around wherever they go.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and four colors).

35. A miracle device that gives them cold brew to go, so they never have to settle for bodega joe again.

This double-walled glass bottle comes with a stainless steel filter so you can pour coffee grounds and water right in.

Get it from Food52 for $39.

36. A game of pachinko they can play with their bottle caps instead of loose change.

Instead of winning money, you have to complete a dare.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $70.

37. A LED cactus light for mood lighting that's on point.

Get it from Amazon or Kikkerland for $10.

Do your holiday shopping with BuzzFeed. Check out all of our gift guides here!

Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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