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    41 Unique Gifts They Probably Didn't Even Think To Put On Their Wishlist

    Not even Santa thought to give these gifts.

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    1. A set of Santa dice and a dice tower for people who need to roll for initiative in the most flashy way possible.

    DndDice, The3DForgeShop

    See more dice options here!

    Get the tower from The3DForgeShop on Etsy for $40.78 (available in 13 colors), the seven Santa dice from DndDice on Etsy for $25.

    2. A VERY cool desk lamp so their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man can light their work.

    lamp that looks like a city streetlight with spiderman hanging from lamp

    Get it from Toynk for $59.99.

    3. Get the Bag's holiday box filled with tons of fun goodies that support Black entrepreneurs. It has everything from a cool face mask to caramels, so your recipient is sure to be excited.

    green box filled with items

    What's inside: A face mask sewn with authentic Ghanaian textiles, medium roast from Red Bay Coffee, a candle from Pretty Honest Candles, a copy of Your Next Level: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America, pecan caramels from Ivan's Cooking, dark chocolate from Askanya, a hand-bound notebook, and a bamboo writing pen.

    Get it from Getthebagbiz on Etsy for $79.99.

    4. A Russ & Daughters brunch set so you can bring one of New York's most iconic eateries right to their home.

    assortment of lox, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, and chocolate babka

    This comes with one pound of Gaspe Nova smoked salmon, six assorted bagels, 1 pound of plain cream cheese, one chocolate babka, 1 pound of private blend coffee, a Russ & Daughters insulated tote bag, and a Russ & Daughters mug.

    Promising review: "The flavors we remembered from NYC. Got here quickly and in time to satiate our cravings for bagels, lox, and smoked sturgeon with scallion schmear. Everything was fresh and tasty. Also got some raspberry rugelach — an addicting dessert for sure! Thanks Russ & Daughters and Goldbelly for making it possible to enjoy these treats without having to travel so far." —Brad W.

    Get it from Goldbelly for $179.

    5. A Lego movie activity kit to inspire them to create the next big Lego movie. Your little auteur will get all the tools they need to create stop motion magic with anything from minifigs to the family pet.


    Promising review: "AWESOME ITEM. My 11- and 12-year-old have played with this NONSTOP. The movies they create are so cool. Adult help is required at first but once they get the hang of it, watch out because you'll find numerous story lines and little Lego scenes set up around your house. Whoever came up with this item is a genius. I'd even go as far as saying it's the best toy I have ever purchased for any of my five kids. Worth every penny." —Brandy Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19.

    6. A pair of tea towels showing the moon phases of 2021. They can keep these 100% towels in the kitchen or hang on the wall for quick consultation when they need to check up on lunar activity.

    black towels, one with a moon calendar and the other with large moon phases illustration

    Otherwild is a Queer-owned business that prides itself on supporting and selling products by artists and designers who have shared visions and values for promoting inclusivity and originality. They note on their website, "Otherwild is, and will continue to be, an extension of this mission of care — through community building, queer culture, awareness, consciousness-sharing and stewardship."

    Get it from Otherwild for $20.

    7. A British Cadbury chocolate box and Japanese candy and snacks ideal for anyone who is bored of American candy.,

    Promising review (British Cadbury chocolate box): "The CurlyWurly bar is caramel wrapped in milk chocolate, and it reminded me of a skinny and long Slow Poke candy bar. The Flake bar was basically milk chocolate with a flaky and crumbly texture. The Twirl bars are shaped similar to a cigar, and the chocolate inside is slightly more intense than milk chocolate. The Double Decker is different, it has a chewy but light nougat on top, rice crisps on bottom and is covered in milk chocolate. Crunchie is totally awesome, and totally different. They describe it as a honeycomb center surrounded by milk chocolate. It was my favorite bar, as it was so different from any other bar in the USA." —NPR MAN

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $19.75.

    Promising review (Japanese candy box): "My 10-year-old daughter requested this because she was interested in finding out more about Japan. We had a one-hour tasting party on the living room floor and we compared the snacks to each other and to American snacks. We loved some, and we hated some. She took some duplicates to school and shared them with her friends. You can tell a lot about the culture by common flavors, textures, packaging, serving sizes, and a lot of other things that we saw in this box." —Amazon Customer

    Get 30 pieces from Amazon for $17.99.

    8. A Christmas light charging cable for the most festive way to get some power.

    string light charging cable

    Promising review: "I love it! They work great and are so cheerful! I don’t really care if they stop working in a month, they’ll bring my endless delight until then!" —Mary Anne Nash

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. An embroidered crewneck for the person who may or may not have seen every single Hallmark holiday special.

    five sweatshirts in red, blue, grey, maroon, and green that says "christmas movie season" with a tree next to it
    BlairLambDesign / Etsy

    Get it from BlairLambDesign on Etsy for $25+ (available in sizes S–3XL and seven colors).

    10. A Cher Horowitz-approved candle that's a little more fun than your usual Yankee Candle.

    black candle with white wax that has a label that says as if!

    I have the mango guava scent (the other option is spices and evergreen), and I must say this is one powerful candle. It fills the room with a fruity aroma even when it's not lit. Highly recommend for people who like strong and sweet smells.

    Get it from Here For The Burn for $35.

    11. A latch hook or punch needle starter kit for anyone who is always looking for a new crafty project.

    NeedleHobby, Urban Outfitters

    The Snoopy latchkit comes with five yarn bundles, latch hook, canvas grid, and instructions and Girl With a Pearl Earring punch needle kit comes with a punch needle pen, embroidery hoop, monk's cloth, and yarn.

    Get it from NeedleHobby on Etsy for $29.99 or the Snoopy latch hook kit from Urban Outfitters for $28.

    12. A fiery doormat is that — quite frankly — cute as hell.

    black doormat with fire and devil that says hello hot stuff

    This LA-based brand was founded by Mexican-born artist, Ilse Valfré. I have a beret from the brand that's covered in googly eyes and it's my most treasured hat (sadly no longer on sale).

    Get it from Valfré for $30.

    13. A GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ghost patch for your spookiest Pokémon trainer. *Lavender Town music begins to play*

    hand holds patches that look like ghastly, gengar, spiritomb, and rotom

    Get it from AlienInAJar on Etsy for $10.15 (available in four styles).

    14. A subscription service that sends them a monthly shipment of international coffee so they can feel well-traveled, even if they never leave the couch.

    Atlas Coffee, Emmy Favilla

    See BuzzFeed's review of this coffee subscription service.

    You can get a half bag, single bag, or double bags every two or four weeks. Then you can decide if you want light or dark roast, ground or whole bean. Each shipment comes with a handwritten postcard from the country that made your coffee. Oh, and the coffee is DELISH.

    Get it from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+/shipment.

    15. A book tracker bookmark with empty books that they can fill out as they read. This can work as a fun motivator or a way to show off what amazing taste in books they have.

    a person holding the bookmark
    britishbookart / Etsy

    Promising review: "Absolutely love my bookmark! So, so cute! Already made a start coloring in the books and writing the names on the spines!" —Chloe

    Get it from britishbookart on Etsy for $2.96.

    16. An electric S'mores maker that brings the best part of camping indoors. Because outdoors know...cold.

    Promising review: "Amazing s’mores! My fiancé loves s’mores so I thought this would be a great birthday gift. We plugged it in and it works perfectly. Heats up fast and makes a perfect marshmallow." —Dakota N.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    17. A pooping dogs puzzle to finally give your jigsaw-loving recipient a challenge — they'll be laughing to hard to finish it.

    cover of puzzle with pooping dogs on it

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    18. A set of drill brushes that'll turn their drill into a mean, lean, cleaning machine.

    a cloudy shower wall half cleaned to show the effect of the drill brush

    The set comes with a 2-inch flat brush, a 4-inch flat brush, and a round brush. The drill isn't included, but you can grab a basic Black and Decker one ($27.83 on Amazon) that'll do the trick.

    Promising review: "I thought my hard water stains would never come off my shower doors, but I bought this awesome brush set, and it's amazing! I’ve tried all the hacks — drier sheets, clean erasers, lemon, vinegar — nothing works like this brush! I used Zep shower cleaner with it! In the picture, the side on the right is the part of the door I cleaned, and I still have to clean the left side." —Traci D.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

    19. A Weird Al Chia Pet that just feels...right.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A Baked By Melissa mini cupcake set with flavors inspired by Hanukkah. I'm talking chocolate babka, jelly donut, caramel hot cocoa, and snowball.

    box with blue and pink snowman design with colorful mini cupcakes inside and a card with a menorah that says happy hanukkah
    Baked by Melissa

    These cupcakes are kosher and come with a cute Hanukkah card.

    Get 25 cupcakes from Baked By Melissa for $45.

    21. A Tayne pin here to entertain them with a hat that wobbles. No word on a Flarhgunnstow, though.

    pin that looks like computer window with paul rudd in it wearing a flashy shirt, gold chain, sunglasses, and another layer that's a hat that moves

    If none of these words mean anything to you, please watch this.

    Get it from PinBoys on Etsy for $12.

    22. A fancy cityscape chess for the person who watched Queen's Gambit and now wants to play chess and travel.

    chess set with buildings from london

    Get it from Frontgate for $149 (available in NYC or London).

    23. A miniature claw machine with all the fun (earning prizes) and none of the despair (losing $100 worth of quarters trying to a get a Minion plush).


    Reviewers note that the claw device blocks the area where you add toys, but you can just turn it on and move the claw away from the opening.

    Promising review: "So there are some quirks about this toy, but this one is way more fun than other brands, and the claw is better. The fact that the controls come out and can be used as a remote control is also really fun. And it comes with coins, which can be stored inside the remote so they won't get lost — also a super plus. But you don't need the coins to operate it so the kids only need to use them for the fun of it, and to make it seem like they're really in an arcade. The best feature for parents is the USB cable, allowing this to be plugged in so you don't need to keep replacing batteries. You'll still need batteries for the controller but that only takes two AAAs. The little toys it comes with are cute, but you can put any toys in this thing that will fit through the prize exit. I tested it using an LOL Pet which is on the heavier side and the claw had no problem picking it up." —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    24. A pair of truffle-based sauces (black truffle ranch and Sriracha) nestled in a very nice gift box for your fancy foodie friend. These sauces will taste good on everything, so expect an enthusiastic thank you every breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    The two squeeze bottles of sauce in a Black and gold gift box

    Trufflin is a Black- and woman-owned small business founded by a French woman with a family history in the truffle business and an Atlanta-based chef.

    Get it from Trufflin on Amazon for $47.99.

    25. A productivity planner for anyone who is always complaining about struggling to follow-through with their New Year's resolution. Luckily, it's undated so they don't have to use it until, say, next year.

    an open productivity planner with one of its pages on display

    Promising review: "This planner is amazing! I'm a chronic procrastinator who bought this planner on a whim in hopes that it would help whip me into shape and it has totally transformed the way I tackle my day. The Productivity Planner helps you focus on the five most important tasks, which makes for a more structured day in my opinion. I find it more helpful than the typical endless 'to-do list' format that many other planners on the market seem to have. I also love the way the Pomodoro technique is implemented and think it is absolutely brilliant. If you are looking for one planner to keep you motivated and working towards completing your goals then give the Productivity Planner a try. You won't regret it!" —Krystal Flowers

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    26. A pair of gigantic peanut butter cups because the traditional size is way too wimpy, IMO.

    model holds jumbo peanut butter cup that's as large as their palm
    The Grommet

    Get a pair from The Grommet for $11 (available in six flavors).

    27. A Friends puzzle that will be there for them when they're very, very bored and need some time away from the screen.

    puzzle that says friends with collage with scenes from the show

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    28. A trio of window planters they can hang right above the window. Bam! Lots of light for the plants and easy decor for them.

    three white planters held up by a black bar

    Promising review: "This assembled in a jiffy, and looks great in my window. So glad I chose it for the future home of my herb garden. The pots are a good size, the cord looks sturdy, and is generously sized (you can just wrap around the bar a few times to shorten). Note that there are no holes in the pots, if you're looking for drainage. But of course, that's why baby Jesus made power tools." —Mizz Dallas

    Get it from Amazon for $41.86 (available in five colors).

    29. A gorgeous coffee table book with lots of pictures of lush forests. *sighs and stares out window at my concrete sidewalk and half-dead tree*

    hardcover book with trees on it and the title forest in gold foil
    Bespoke Post

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49, Bespoke Post for $30, or Bespoke Post for $27.55 (to support local bookstores).

    30. A pair of Crocs and a trendy chain that can be easily attached for maximum ugly-chic style.

    a pair of white crocs with chunky chains around the tops

    Get the classic clogs from Crocs for $44.99 (available in sizes 6W–16M and 19 colors) and the two chains from GreatMoms on Etsy for $20 (available in two finishes).

    31. A whole pancake art set-up with everything they need to get to work on their latest edible masterpiece. They said a Starry Night pancake couldn't be done, but they didn't know about this kit.


    It includes a cool-touch griddle, two fine-tipped and two standard-tipped batter bottles, and a double-sided, nonstick template. Get some food coloring here.

    Promising review: "I was highly impressed when it came in. It's well made, sturdy, can be used to cook other things (as it is a griddle) and the templates made it super easy. We had a blast making them. All you need is batter and food coloring." —jessee

    Get it from Amazon for $28.94.

    32. A miniature indoor golf green your favorite golfer is sure to appreciate while they're stuck at home. Now they can work on their (very) short game in the living room.

    putting green in living room

    Promising review: "The surface is large, but it can be rolled up and stored away in two minutes! The holes are slightly elevated (to create the holes) but negligible; unlike the one I had a long time ago that returned the ball. I like the shape of the mat (looks way more natural than a rectangular long strip) and the surface is soft and comfortable, yet it feels durable. I have no doubt I can make things more challenging by elevating certain areas underneath if I so desired. The 'sand trap' is also an excellent inclusion as it stops the golf balls from escaping the mat and keeping me from chasing down golf balls. Hopefully it can interest my kids to get off the electronics for a few minutes now and then and if so, it will deserve an extra star. —Oniomaniac

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    33. A geode kit because nothing breaks up the monotony of everyday life quite like literally breaking up some rocks.

    hand holds up open geode in front of box

    This kit comes with 10 breakable rocks.

    Promising review: "We’ve only opened the first rock but I’m already impressed. Normally these end up being duds but this one was really spectacular and large! My son is 4 and he’s excited to open the rest for his collection." —Heremeow

    Get it from Amazon for $21.24.

    34. A handy fork that clips onto the side of their pickle jar for easy midnight snacking.

    mason jar with holster and small fork in it

    The fork has three prongs to make it easy to spear olives and pickles.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite kitchen gizmos and it doesn't take up room in the drawer! I eat lots of olives and this keeps me from having to wash or get a clean fork when I'm in the middle of making a salad or just want a snack, and it makes spearing the olives easier too. It comes with two sizes to fit any jar (even though if you need this I feel like you probably get the big jars right?). They are stretchy and easy to get on and off. I usually just rinse it between uses and then wash the whole set up when I open a new jar (which is about weekly)." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $13.82.

    35. A pair of knit house shoes for anyone who misses wearing their Air Jordans but simply has nowhere to go.

    models wears knit slippers shaped like sneakers
    Kicky Mats

    Kicky Mats is a Black-owned business that sells funny doormats, socks, and more.

    Get them from Kicky Mats for $60 (available in sizes 6–12M).

    36. A set of stickers or Shrute Farms sweatshirt you're gonna need to get to the Office fan in your life. Oh, everyone you know? Gift giving is easy this year then.


    Get them from Amazon: a set of 50 stickers for $7.59 and the sweatshirt for $24.95 (available in sizes S–4X and 24 colors).

    37. A Mystery Machine punch bowl and some matching Scooby and Shaggy muglets that get my vote for best gift ever. Don't worry, you don't need to dress up like a ghost and pretend that your kitchen is haunted if you want to keep the set for yourself.

    van-shaped punch bowl with small tiki mugs shaped like scooby and shaggy

    Get the set from Toynk for $119.99.

    38. A tie-dye kit with everything they need to give their white clothing a colorful makeover.


    Promising review: "Bought this for an activity for my daughters 10th birthday!! OMG!!! You would have thought (enter your favorite celebrity here) showed up!! The kids loved it! It was easy to do for the kids....but make sure YOU COVER EVERYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TIE-DYED!! Great product!!" —Dani Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $29.92.

    39. A pair of fondue mugs for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of fondue. I personally, would like to dip my whole body into a vat of melted cheese, thank you.

    two mugs with windows on the bottom for small candles next to sticks for dripping food

    Promising review: "This really was a GREAT product! It avoids all the hassles of a common fondue pot (the need to sit around, hard to reach, messy) and the personal portions definitely make it a more fun experience! It's designed perfectly, to accommodate a tea light candle, keep it lit, AND keep the cheese hot and bubbling for the entire time!" —MT Inc.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    40. A mini piñata making kit so they can make three fun shapes to treasure...or fill with candy and wallop with a bat. To each their own.


    There are 10 designs but only enough materials to make three piñatas.

    Promising review: "My kids (5 and 8) loved these piñatas. I love that the box comes with three options, so each kid got to choose their own, and there was no fighting. I had to do a lot of the work for the 5-year-old, but she still loved helping me pick out the design, pop out the decorative pieces, and glue the strips. We spent about two hours total on both piñatas (with a few breaks to let the glue dry) before the kiddos rushed outside to smash them to bits." —Stephanie Hatcher

    Get it from Amazon for $16.37.

    41. A mini pool table or ping-pong table so they can start their own tiny tournament right at home.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get the pool table or ping pong table from Urban Outfitters for $34.

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