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    55 Unexpected Gifts That'll Put Santa To Shame

    Dear Santa, you can stay in the North Pole this year.

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    1. A subscription to Candy Club for people whose sugar tooth can never be satisfied.

    four jars of candy (rainbow wheels, strawberry puffs, blue raspberry sour tape, and something chocolate)

    You can send your hungry recipient all types of sweets, from gummies to taffy to licorice to chocolate covered everything. I've tried one of these boxes and confirm it's a wonderful gift! All the candies I tried were top-notch.

    Get it from Candy Club for $29.99+/month.

    2. A custom pet portrait that will depict their pooch to be the royal rascal they know their pet to be.

    four portraits  of dogs in fancy victorian attire

    Get it from HommeSurLaLune on Etsy for $80+ (available in seven sizes and four body types). See more styles here.

    3. A hot sauce so good, they'll do the truffle shuffle after eating it.

    truffle hot sauce being poured on pizza

    Promising review: "This is what you get if truffle and Sriracha had a baby, but 10x better. I highly recommend because it helps my food taste better for my boring diets." —Linzy nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    4. A knit throw blanket so their house can look ~sharp~.


    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in three designs).

    5. Or a chunky, velvet weighted blanket that's totally worth splurging on.

    model cuddles with large knit blanket

    I have this blanket and practically live under it. It's luxuriously soft and gently crushes me to sleep. Just note that the size of the blanket changes depending on the weight, so the 15-pound option is only wide enough to cover one adult.

    Get it from Bearaby for $269+ (available in three weights and five colors).

    6. A golden brownstone chocolate bar for the person who is always walking down certain city blocks and sighing wistfully. They may never own a real brownstone, but they can at least have the chocolate version.

    chocolate bars that are gold and look like brownstone buildings
    Harlem Chocolate Factory

    These chocolate bars organic and locally sourced ingredients from New York. The company is Black woman-owned — the founder and head chocolatier Jessica Spaulding has been working with chocolate since she was 9 years old. Her and her co-founder Asha Dixon's products were even selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things.

    Get it from Harlem Chocolate Factory for $12.99 (available in milk or dark chocolate) or get the Golden Brownstone Gift set on Amazon for $50 so you can share with everyone you know!

    7. A mini claw machine for the person who is constantly losing all their spare change to The Claw. Now they can hone their skills at home and get some candy (or small toys) for their efforts., Amazon

    Reviewers say this thing is loud, but you can remove the bottom and detach the two yellow wires connected to the speaker to fix that. Get some prizes here!

    Promising review: "I have two boys, ages 10 and 11, who love this claw machine. I buy small candy bars (mini, not fun size) and gummies because the claw won't pick up/carry bigger pieces of candy because it's too heavy. My kids placed a shortened wooden skewer in the slot and use it as a lever to activate it instead of using the coins. It was a great buy!" —C.F.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    8. A dachshund wine glass or rocks glass that's a total wiener.


    Get them from Amazon: the wine glass for $16.95 and the rocks glass for $19.95.

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

    house shaped wooden bee home

    It's made from FSC certified wood and offers a great home for all their buzzing buds.

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $40.

    10. A Yellow Submarine Lego set for a gift that can't be beat-le.

    lego submarine with four beatles minifigs holding items and a small jeremy figure

    It comes with four Beatle minifigs, a Jeremy figure, two display stands, and all the pieces needed to recreate the submarine. The top is removable and the minifigs can even fit inside the cockpit. There's also four rotating periscopes, two rotating propellers, and an adjustable rudder.

    Get it from Amazon for $203.99.

    11. A cute corgi item for the dog lover in your life who can't get over those fuzzy butts.

    BoxLunch, Amazon, thousandskies

    Get the light from thousandskies on Etsy for $16, the notebook from BoxLunch for $10.43, or the planter from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A trendy paperclip bracelet made even cooler with an oversized pop tab charm. Anyone else used to wear pop tabs on chains as a kid? This is the adult version!

    gold bracelet

    It's made of gold-plated steel. Get the matching earrings here.

    Get it from kinitajewelry on Etsy for $47.13.

    13. A 2021 Jeopardy! calendar with a different question and wager amount each day, so you can keep track of your hypothetical score throughout the year.

    the one a day desk calendar

    Reviewers say that haven't found any repeat questions so you can get this every year and become a trivia champ.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.76.

    14. A rainbow welcome mat that'll be as nice and welcome as your recipient is!

    rainbow doormat outside home

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $23.

    15. A subscription service that sends them coffee and a classic book, plus some other goodies to help them get into the reading mood.

    box with a copy of the beautiful and damned plus a feather bottle opener, champagne jelly beans, a mug, and some coffee

    The starter box has a book, a couple of book-themed items, and the choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Upgrade to the standard box for a book, the selected drink, a snack, a mug, a bookmark, and one or two bookish items.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $39.99+/month.

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

    zip-up hoodie with the actor ice-t's face shaped like a glass with little square images of ice cube the rapper on it

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

    17. A custom reel viewer that doubles down on nostalgia by letting them view their old photos in the coolest way possible.

    four reels with photos on them next to reel finder

    This viewer comes with a redemption code, so your recipient can pick what images they want to immortalize in their new gizmo and then send in to be turned into reels. Soooo much better than a family photo album, just saying.

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $29.95.

    18. A personalized cookbook for your own personal Chrissy Teigen so they can keep track of all their favorite recipes.

    inside of the recipe book with a picture of food taped to the page

    This fancy hardcover book has 216 pages just waiting to be filled with their delicious food creations. It has template space for over 80 recipes with places for ingredients, instructions, reviews, and images.

    Promising review: "Gave this to my lovely wife for her birthday. She had been looking for a cookbook to write down recipes she loved or invented. The quality of this book and slipcover are such that someday our children or grandchildren will inherit the family recipes. Neat layout, with options that other books don't have." —Bladesmith

    Get it from Amazon for $30.51.

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

    book called cats are weird with illustrations of cats doing weird things like licking shoes and rolling around the floor
    Chronicle Books

    Get it from Amazon for $12.05, Barnes & Noble for $13.61, or Bookshop for $13.75 (to support local bookstores).

    20. A bag of super strong coffee and a matching keychain they'll like a latte.


    This USDA Certified Organic and Fairtrade coffee is one of the strongest in the world. There are 59 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce of coffee.

    Get the coffee for $19.96 or the keychain for $14.99, both from Amazon.

    21. A city map rocks glass to give to the person who just moved to a new city or is just really into the one they're living in now.

    glass with engraved city map of chicago

    There are also pint glasses for beer (and juice) drinkers.

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $16 (available in 24 cities).

    22. An absolutely gorgeous pack of candles from Otherland in lots of velvety winter smells everyone will enjoy.

    six black candles with wintery illustrated labels

    The box is half the gift! I got the three-pack of their summer scents and the box was so pretty, I was forced to keep it forever. You can pick three candles from their holiday series or some from their core collection.

    Get a custom gift box from Otherland for $36+ (available in sets of one or three).

    23. A challenging, circular puzzle you should only gift to people who are truly great-ient at jigsaw puzzles.


    It comes with 1,000 pieces. Tell them I said good luck!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    24. A delicious shipment of Hanukkah peppermint bark that might be gobbled up before the rest of the gifts are even open.

    blue sugar on white and dark chocolate bark

    I tried this and can confirm it is delish!

    Promising review: "I bought several boxes as gifts. They all loved the candy. I had one extra box and tried to think of somebody to give it to. I thought what the heck, I’m going to try it. That was it, game over. It is so awesome! I kept saying just one more tiny bite. Haha, didn’t work! If you are unsure about buying a box...DON’T. You won’t regret it." —SDR

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95.

    25. A gel manicure kit with everything they need to create amazing manicures right at home.


    Promising review: "This is very easy to use! The instructions were easy to follow. The polish is not sheer and has good consistency (pictured above, right)." —Mickael Gibbs

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    26. A machine-washable and reusable cooling cloth to keep them cool while doing workouts or going on long hikes.


    Just wet and ring the towel, and it will stay cool for up to two hours; once it dries, you can restart the process to activate again!

    Promising review: "Took this cooling cloth out of the box, added a little H2O and took it to the hubby out mowing the lawn. No joke! No exaggeration! he thought it had been the fridge because it was so cool to the touch. Unfortunately, he will not give it back. Ordering another one...." —Bimmerfiend

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in six styles).

    27. A box filled with Japanese snacks to please the person who has been really itching for new treats to try.,

    Promising review: "It arrived earlier and seeing everything now it was worth the wait! They are very nice and I'm excited to try everything. :)" —Kayleen L

    Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $19.99.

    28. A wow-worthy bookshelf game that transformed all the board game classics into decor-worthy tomes you can proudly display on your shelf when not in use. Anyone wanna play a gorgeous round of Clue???


    Get one from Anthropologie for $40 (available in four games) or three (Clue, Scrabble, Monopoly) from Amazon for $99.95.

    29. A box set of either Calvin and Hobbes or The Far Side. Studies have shown that either purchase increases happiness by 110%. Can't argue with that (totally made up) data.


    Get Calvin and Hobbes for $69.99+ (available in hard or soft cover) or the Far Side for $59.80 from Amazon.

    30. A miniature baking set with everything they need to make mouse-sized meals. Fans of Tiny Kitchen are sure to enjoy!

    teeny-tiny slice of cake on hand

    The set comes with a storage tin, rolling pin, wee-knife, pizza/dough cutter, mixing spoon, three wee-spoons, mixing bowl, pizza/pie pan, pie server, sheet pan, silicone cake and cupcake molds, two silicone finger mitts, and 48-page recipe book. The recipe book comes with explanations on how the food chemistry works so it's great for newbie food scientists.

    Promising review: "I gave this to my sister for Christmas and she immediately used it to make mini treats with the kids. They LOVE it! I just kept getting texts and pictures from them about how functional and FUN it is." —Leslie Palmer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    31. A pack of old-school NES cartridge coasters to encourage them to actually use a coaster, dangit!

    nes game coasters

    Get eight from Amazon for $10.99 .

    32. A pack of hot chocolate sticks that they can dip and swirl in their mug for a sweet drink any time.

    cubes of chocolate with wooden sticks in them

    Get it from Food52 for $24+ (available in three-flavor assortment and packs of 4, 6, and 12) or something similar from Amazon for $19.99.

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

    hand holds speaker that looks like 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 $234.77.

    34. A dishwasher-safe airtight cold-brew maker that'll allow them to keep a caché for morning juice ready to go in the fridge.

    coffee maker with handle

    Promising review: "I received my first Takeya cold-brew maker as a gift for Christmas. I like it so much I bought another. It's easy to use and very easy to clean, plus it makes my morning coffee more palatable. It was well-packaged, has easy-to-follow instructions, and will get lots of use at my house. One of the best features is that it can be turned upside down with no leakage." —J. Lloyd

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

    35. A personalized neon bar sign for the amateur bartender who wants something a little more classy than say, a St. Pauli Girl beer sign.

    neon sign shaped like beer can that says anderson on the label with smaller text that says man crave below it
    Man Crates

    You can make the beer label say anything you want, whether that's their name or an inside joke. And never fear! The "man cave" element in the image can be replaced with anything you want.

    Get it from Man Crates for $149.99.

    36. 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 $21.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and two colors).

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

    cat themed monopoly with cat locations and cat-related charms

    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 $24.99.

    38. A Michael Scott quote print because they will miss 100% of the gifts you don't give them.

    print of michael scott that says "'you miss 100% of the shot you don't take.'" —wayne gretsky —michael scott

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    39. A dog toy shaped like a sloth riding a rainbow. A repeat: a sloth riding a rainbow!

    fuzzy sloth clinging rainbow

    Get it from ModCloth for $15.

    40. A bag of Dale Gribble's pocket sand to ensure your fellow King of the Hill binge-watcher always has an escape plan. Sh-sh-SHA!

    drawstring bag that says Rusty Shackleford's Pocket Sand and has dale's face on it, placed next to two plastic bags of sand

    Get it from ToxicTrinketsShop on Etsy for $10.

    41. A beauty box filled with goodies from all sorts of Black-owned businesses so your beauty-loving recipient can try out a whole bunch of new brands all at once.

    various beauty items in flat lay

    What's amazing about this box is that you pick what goes in it! You can pick at least three items from the wide selection of beauty items.

    Get it from Glory for $38+/box.

    42. A miniature book charm featuring an iconic quote from the story. Your favorite bookworm can wear the pendant on a necklace, charm, or favorite bookmark.


    Some notable titles include The Little Mermaid, Little Women, and The Secret Garden.

    Get it from VintageCharmedBooks on Etsy for $38 (available in many different titles).

    43. An Office-themed "mystery" box or customizable care package filled with all sorts of goodies for your favorite Dunder Mifflin co-worker.

    Toynk, SweetCargoCo

    The "mystery" box is not actually a mystery. It comes with a bumper sticker, Dwight bobble head, lanyard, mug, and writing pad. The care package comes with two random stickers, microwave popcorn, airheads, Twizzlers, Slim Jims, Fancy Feast Kit Kat bar, and other snacks that you can choose in the listing. Some snacks will be decked out in themed packaging like Threat Level Midnight and Professor Copperfield's Miracle Legumes.

    Get the mystery box from Toynk for $49.99 or the care package from SweetCargoCo on Etsy for $40+ (available with or without drink option).

    44. A cool kit that lets them make slime they can legit draw on with chalk art markers. How cool is that???

    Kiwi Co

    It comes with ingredients to make two types of slime: glow-in-the-dark and chalkboard.

    Promising review: "The chalkboard and glow slime were super fun to make and play with. Loved how easy it was to make!" —Jacqueline

    Get it from Kiwi Co for $24.95.

    45. A set of Himalayan salt glasses to make tequila and mezcal shots go down smooth thanks to the salt-infused finish. Licking salt off their hand is a thing of the past, thank goodness.

    four pink shot glasses next to limes and tequila

    The salt is naturally antibacterial so they don't need to wash them. Just store in a dry, cool place.

    Promising review: "We use these for special occasions and to taste new tequila brands. To clean, you simply rinse the salt cup under water. Super fun and easy to use! Will definitely give this as a gift to friends in the future." —JENINNM

    Get a set of four from UncommonGoods for $28 or something similar from Amazon for $19.75.

    46. One Gotta Go — a simple and fun card game that pushes players to say buh-bye to one item out of four. Having to choose between gingerbread or sugar cookies? Tough call.

    deck of cards with one card that says one gotta go a. good credit b. no taxes c. no student loans d. perfect body
    One Gotta Go

    One Gotta Go is a Black-owned business that seeks to give friends and families something to do besides sit next to each other on their phones.

    Promising review: "Honestly I was not expecting this to be that wild of a game. I have been collecting different card games during this quarantine season and I got this on a whim when I saw an ad for it. Even when I got it in the mail, I was not that excited to play. I happened to have this deck of card in my bag when I went to my family's house this past weekend. Someone mentioned that they wanted to play a game, so I pulled this out fully expecting it to land flat. But as SOON as we started playing the arguments were on! Everyone making a case for why they picked what we picked, swaying others to agree with us, even diving into the possible societal repercussions of our selections, I LOVE THIS GAME. We ended up playing for a good three hours." —Amaka Ezeonyebuchi

    Get it from One Gotta Go for $25.

    47. A fun and beautiful board game where the point of the game is basically to become a thriving forest. *wistfully stares out of the window*


    Basically you're growing trees. Each player starts with two. The trees absorb light and get light points, which can be used to disperse seeds. There is a "sun" rotating around the board, so players have to time and position everything properly to get the most sunlight.

    Promising review: "Don't be fooled by the beautiful artwork, or the adorable little illustrated animals hidden within the components, Photosynthesis is a vicious abstract strategy game, and it's probably the best use of thematic gameplay for any tabletop game in 2017, worthy of being equated with other top tier uses of theme in designing gameplay, such as Shadows Over Camelot, Blood Rage, and just about anything produced by Fantasy Flights." —Paul Bulger

    Get it from Amazon for $35.40.

    48. Wine decanters that aerate as you pour, so your recipient can turn even the cheapest of wines into something extra drinkable.

    wine poured through small aerator

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.95.

    49. An adorable set of Tea Drops — loose leaf tea that's been pressed with raw sugar, and aromatic spices — for a cute and easy tea session.

    wooden box filled with pressed tea shaped like stars, flowers, and hearts

    Sampler includes eight tea drops, two of each: Energizing Matcha Green Tea (caffeinated), Calming Rose Earl Grey (caffeinated), Refreshing Citrus Ginger (caffeine-free), and Cooling Sweet Peppermint (caffeine-free).

    Promising review: "Tea Drops + an electric kettle makes for a super simple and mess-free way to prepare your tea. Especially in the mornings when you're getting yourself together or in a hurry. Taste is on point, doesn't need any sweeteners. Overall very smooth teas. You do get a few tea particles at the bottom of your cup, which I thought might be an issue, but it turned out not to be troublesome at all. I would definitely recommend it!" —Arpan

    Get the pack of eight from Amazon for $16.99+ (also available in packs of 25). Make it a gift set with an electric kettle and really cute tea cup.

    50. A pair of plush slipper socks to keep their paws nice and warm.


    Promising review: "Great product! They fit comfortably, are very cute and don't shrink in the washing machine. I think they are priced fairly and I received them in the mail very quickly. I love these!" —Marcie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in six styles).

    51. A Pokémon card with their actual pet on it! They even get their own moves like Ankle Bite or Supersonic Bark. This is a gift they will never trade (not even for a first edition Charizard).

    dogs on pokemon cards

    Every aspect of the card is custom so you can pick the moves, the type, stats, card rarity, and more. This is already the coolest gift ever but you can also upgrade with a holographic design.

    Get it from WildPetsCreations on Etsy: the custom illustration style for $111 or the photo style for $32+ (available in three sizes).

    52. A long-lasting temporary tattoo kit for when they're bored of their current ink situation and wanna mix it up — for a little bit, at least.

    mermaid tattoo on thigh

    Apply the ink with a stencil, and the tattoo will develop over the next day to look like the real deal.

    Promising review: "I purchased the kit for me and my GF. This was my first time with this kind of tattoo making, so I wasn't sure what to expect aside from having a lot of fun. Well, we had way more than fun as we started inking each other. The tattoo making process is really easy. My tat is now six days old and still looks dark and sharp." —Golan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    53. A classic Pendleton blanket from the National Park collection for outdoorsy folk who love to snuggle.

    cream blanket with green, red, yellow, and black stripes

    Promising review: "I have had my eye on this blanket for years. After a long wait and saving of pennies I finally purchased the Pendleton National Park Blanket Collection in Acadia. I use it everyday as a throw over my comforter because I am always cold. I constantly get compliments on my bedding and Pendleton made my dream bedroom come true. Be mindful this is dry-clean only. Be careful with the wool to not damage the quality. This is as an investment, you'll have it forever." —Jean Vandekieft

    Get it from Backcountry for $199+ (available in 15 styles).

    54. An Owa Haircare set so you can give the gift of nice hair this holiday season. It comes with a tote, wide-tooth comb, and waterless shampoo that lots of people on the BuzzFeed shopping team swear by!

    shampoo in a tube, blue comb, and canvas tote
    Owa Haircare

    Everyone I know who has tried this powdered shampoo loves it, including me. It lathers up nicely, lasts forever (still working on my first bottle nearly a year later), and makes my hair super soft. I highly recommend!

    Get it from Owa Haircare for $49.

    55. And a Baby Yoda sweatshirt to wear now until the end of time. I mean, just LOOK at it. Now I need nuggets.

    sweatshirt with baby yoda on it that says get in loser we are getting chicky nuggies

    It's available in both crewneck and hoodie.

    Get it from ChristaShop99 on Etsy for $19.61+ (available in sizes YS–5XL).

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