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55 Unexpected Gifts That'll Put Santa To Shame

Sorry Santa, there's a new pro gifter in town.

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Still shopping for Christmas? Heads up that most of the items in this post won't arrive in time for Dec. 25, but check out our last-minute version of this gift guide with more ideas that are more likely to arrive in time!"

1. Mystic Maze — a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that reveals a secret "magic trick" when they complete it. There are also 50 Easter eggs hidden in the complicated design so they're sure to be throughly entertained from start to finish.

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

house shaped wooden bee home

3. 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

4. A fairytale pop-up book sure to capture their imagination, no matter their age.

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

truffle hot sauce being poured on pizza

6. Smartass & Sass, a subscription box complete with up to nine hand-curated items perfect for the smart aleck in your life who enjoys cheeky merch.

contents of one of the boxes

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

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

model cuddles with large knit blanket

9. 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)

10. 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.

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

12. A magical-looking music box they'll be over the moon for.

wood base with clear glass sphere and moon inside

13. 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

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

15. 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

16. A 2022 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

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

rainbow doormat outside home

18. 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

19. 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*

20. 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

21. A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh — a book of simple stories to encourage your recipient to be more like Pooh: present and kind. If this charming book doesn't bring the waterworks, idk what will!

the book cover

22. 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

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

24. 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

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

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

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

28. 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.

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

nes game coasters

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

rectangular speaker that says marshall on it

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

32. 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