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    31 Gifts For The Most Awkward People In Your Life

    They'll thank you in the only way they know how. Awkwardly.

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    1. A pair of knee socks for when they feel like a fish out of water...which is all the time.

    the knee high socks that look like a shark eating your leg

    Promising review: "I got this to give as a white elephant gift for Christmas. It was a hit! So much that I ended up ordering another pair for my wife (since they got 'stolen' from her in the game). She loves them. They got quite the laugh at the party." —C&J

    Get them from Amazon for $10 (available in 10 styles).

    2. A plush heart because they may be awkward on the outside, but this will remind them that our hearts beat the same.

    a heart plush

    Promising review: "I got this little guy for my girlfriend for Christmas and she loves it. The stitching of the cute face and veins are remarkable, and six months of holding, throwing, and cat scratches hasn't given the plush any noticeable wear nor tear. This heart is a tough one!" —Truth

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. A polyjuice potion mug in case they want to transform into the life of the party at the next company shindig.

    the polyjuice potion mug

    Promising review: "If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a must-have for your collection. Was afraid it might break during shipping, but it arrived packaged quite nicely and in one piece. The detail on the front is really nice — looks a little vintage, too." —Betty

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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    4. A brain or mouth pin if there appears to be some sort of disconnect between their brain and what actually comes out of their mouth.

    @pinsanityusa / Via, SpicyJupiter / Etsy

    Spicy Jupiter is a small business that specializes in enamel pins, beaded bracelets, and vinyl stickers.

    Promising review: "It is a very beautiful and fine quality pin. I like the colors of both the brain and the jar. It gives a 3D look of a brain placed in a jar. It's exactly the same as it is in the pictures in the product display. Great buy. Loving this pin." —Glossips

    Get the brain pin from Amazon for $9.95 and the mouth pin from SpicyJupiter on Etsy for $9.94.

    5. A Tamagotchi On because they're more comfortable in virtual worlds so you might as well gift them with a virtual pet.

    the tamagotchi on in the color magic green
    Urban Outfitters

    The Tamagotchi ON pets are just like real ones. They can feed, play, and clean up after their pet and help it to make friends. They can also interact with other players through the app and brag about their pets just like their co-workers do in their slack channels.

    Promising review: "I can't stress enough how cute the new Tamagotchi ON is — I got the purple one and I have been hooked since I've gotten it. You can connect it to the app on your phone and meet other tamas, get married and have babies, and expand your family tree, y'all!" —whirly

    Get it from Amazon for $46.79+ (available in five colors) and Urban Outfitters for $60 (available in three colors).

    6. A pack of work-related affirmation cards to remind them that their quirky ways are what makes them a unique asset to the team, and we wouldn't trade them for the world.


    Promising review: "Of course, I use these at work. Things like this can sometimes be too corny, or plain and boring. This product is none of those things! They’re funny and witty. People in other offices drop in just to get a daily card. They're a fun and lighthearted way to bring some good vibes into the work place. If I find more in this series by the same company I would confidently buy more. The card material is also good quality. There is nothing cheap about the look and feel. I highly recommend!" —Molly Head

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $15.04.

    7. A screaming goat figurine that'll come in handy when they can't actually find the words to express the dread of having to come up with a bio for their dating profile.

    the screaming goat

    Promising review: "This little piece of screaming plastic has created an excellent outlet for resolving frustrations in our home. Every time a conflict or struggle arises we push the little goat, get a gratifying screech, chuckle and move on throughout our day. No regrets on purchasing this. When you get one get four or five because you're going to want to share with family and friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.25.

    To learn more about this, er, memorable gift, check out our screaming goat deep dive.

    8. A stress relief toy perfect for keeping in their pocket throughout the day. Whenever they're feeling a little anxious, they can give it a good squeeze and breathe through the moment.

    the stress reliever toy that looks like an egg yolk

    Promising review: "I love these little slime eggs. I gave them to my coworkers to try out and they all got the biggest kick. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a fun gag gift, or for someone who loves these type of things. I would buy more of these come the holidays." —Holly Proper-Plaat

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A set of oversized sunglasses, so they can avert their eyes when holding eye contact becomes a bit much.

    a reviewer wearing the sunglasses in black

    Promising review: "These are such great sunglasses! I am very particular about my sunglasses, but decided to give it a whirl and I am SO happy I did. I've gotten so many compliments on them! They are on the larger side. The black tint hides your eyes some but not totally, and they are flat, which I think is unique! They are very comfortable and do their job of keeping the brightness out of my eyes. Great purchase!" —JPlattinum

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 10 colors).

    10. A fleece blanket for self-soothing after an exhausting day of small talk and smiles. They can go home, throw on this hugging blanket, and curl up with their fave person — themselves.

    a person sitting on a couch wearing the fleece blanket in navy

    The best part = it has pockets, too!

    Promising review: "These blankets are so soft and comfortable! It's like wrapping yourself in a hug that doesn't mind if you do other things with your hands while it reminds you what love feels like. 10/10 would buy again." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 19 patterns and three styles).

    11. A Bob Ross bobblehead figure with 10 preloaded quotes in the soothing monotone sounds of Bob Ross's voice — perfect for quick recovery after embarrassing moment.

    the bob ross bobble head and mini easel featuring Ross's landscape artwork

    It also comes with a mini easel book featuring 30 of Bob Ross's landscape artwork.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my wife thinking of the holidays, but gave it to her a bit early since she had a cold. She immediately started to feel better and totally loves the bobblehead and the book. Once again, Bob Ross saves the day." —Samsland

    Get it from Amazon for $6.85.

    12. A set of double-sided mask coasters for when they don't feel like putting on a happy face.

    the double-sided mask coasters

    Promising review: "For such a simple idea, this has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Our friends simply could not stop laughing! Seriously, we were all on the floor with these silly little half masks on." —Sparkat

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A leather coin purse that'll come in handy when there's a long line at the store and they just want to get in and get out as soon as possible. "I've got a penny right here." 🏃🏽💨

    the leather coin purses in black camel blush pink and navy

    Promising review: "This is an awesome, genuine leather coin purse! It is constructed extremely well and has a wonderful zipper that will last. I had recently purchased so-called leather — it was extremely poorly put-together and a huge disappointment. This one met all my expectations." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight colors and in a two-pack).

    14. A contemplative phone case, so when they're asked a question they can simply raise their phone to send a bat signal to others that their answer is on the way.

    the phone case
    JolieArtsy / Society6

    JolieArtsy creates inspirational and all too relatable art that you can wear or carry around.

    Promising review: "I LOVE the design and was surprised how great the quality is! I’ve already dropped my phone a couple of times and it hasn’t scratched or chipped! I have no complaints and will be ordering from Society6 much more!" —AbiGayle M.

    Get it from JolieArtsy on Society6 for $26.99 (compatible with iPhone 4–iPhone 12; available in both "slim" and "tough" designs).

    15. A sloth coloring book to help them slow down after a busy day and relax their mind. They can't overthink while coloring sloths!

    the sloth coloring book

    Promising review: "I ordered this as a gift for a friend who loves sloths. They absolutely adored it, and have been sending me pictures of the completed colored pages. The designs are a variety of simple and fairly complex images, but they're all fun and fanciful. This is definitely a great buy for anyone who loves sloths, coloring, or both!" —Baby.bear

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. A sound button that'll say "no" 10 different ways and help them stand up for themselves. Too nervous to decline an invite? Just give the button a quick press.

    the no button

    Promising review: "As a substitute teacher, I use the 'no' button quite often to politely deny students' requests to use their iPods and cellphones during class periods. The 10 different ways that the button says 'no' is not only humorous to me and sometimes to the students, but is also effective. I recommend this to all parents, teachers, and others." —Paiute

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

    17. A Cardalloon that'll transform the basic greeting card and string balloon combo into an interactive hybrid. Just put a message on the box, when the gift recipient presses the button, the balloon inflates. If you're looking to say Happy Birthday, ~feel better soon,~ or send an eggplant emoji for reasons only you know, it's sure to make a splash.


    Get one from Cardalloon for $39.95 (available in 18 styles).

    18. A dino food holder because nothing is ever regular at their house so taco night will be no different. They'll love serving tacos on the back of an ultrasaurus and will probably have a few dad jokes to go with it.

    the dinosaur taco holder

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. You’d think I bought this for my three-year-old son, but you would be wildly mistaken. I bought this for me and my 30-year-old boyfriend and we have enjoyed delicious tacos out of our ferocious friends. A must-have if you love life and tacos." —Jocelyn Reese

    Get it from Amazon for $12.71.

    19. Crafting with Cat Hair, a helpful book complete with a list of crafts they can do with their cat, well, with their cat's hair.

    the book
    Quirk Books

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49, Bookshop for $13.79 (to support local bookstores), and Target for $13.49.

    20. An invisibility cloak, because they often feel like disappearing. This cool cloak comes with an app to make this virtually possible. When they put it on, just play along and act like you can't see them.

    the cloak

    It comes with a tabletop tripod so you can take quality pictures — then upload your picture to the app (available on both the App Store and Google Play) and let it work its ~magic~.

    Promising review: "I am seriously blown away. My entire family is having a blast with this invisibility cloak. Hey even my husband wanted to give it a try; that's a major win in my book. The cloak is thick, long, and very well-made. The pacakage comes with a tripod for your phone and it was large enough to hold my Samsung Note 9." —Millie

    Get it from Amazon for $58.99+ (available in three styles).

    21. A card game ideal for game nights because it's all about the weird things people search for on the internet — a game they can truly relate to. *types into Google* "What happens when a parrot..."

    the card game

    Promising review: "This is entertaining and funny with some of the answers you get. Won’t be disappointed." —Firebox Customer

    Get it from Firebox for $28.

    22. A body pillow complete with a torso and one arm to give the illusion that they're being held by someone without actually having to be held by someone.

    the body pillow

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised at this pillow. It is incredibly comfortable and does a great job at supporting your neck if you're a side sleeper like me." —LovieLovoa

    Get it from Amazon for $37.15+ (available in five colors).

    23. An honest T-shirt, because it's what they do and we love them for it.

    a t-shirt that reads I came I saw I made it awkward
    The Simply Said Store / Etsy

    The Simply Said Store is a small shop that specializes in relatable printed tees.

    Promising review: "The shirt is super soft and cute! It’s a Christmas present, and I’m so excited to see my friends reaction to it! I think she will love it!" —jessicamascarenas1

    Get it from The Simply Said Store on Etsy for $13.95+ (available in kid's sizes S–L, unisex sizes S–2X, and hoodie sizes S–XL and in a variety of colors).

    24. A friendly notepad to sit on their desk or slap on the fridge so they can write themselves notes, or encourage their friends and family without having to actually talk to them.

    the notepad

    Promising review: "I bought these for my wife as a pick-me-up because her office environment has been a little hostile lately. My wife and her coworkers loved them! They were a huge hit. I don’t think the pad lasted a week. They ran around giving them to one another as a joke for several days. Every office needs a little laughter and this was a really easy and inexpensive way to brighten up her office." —Jack Bones

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    25. A pair of unicorn slippers perfect for relaxing their feet after a long day of walking and hoping to go unnoticed.

    the unicorn slippers

    Promising review: "These unicorn slippers are cute, soft, and comfortable. Wore them all winter long. Fit well with or without socks." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 4.5–10.5).

    26. A mini planter with a unique little turtle shell that'll not only grow something wonderful, but will also serve as a reminder that it's OK to poke out of their shell every once in a while.

    the mini turtle planter with red peppers growing out of it

    Promising review: "It arrived intact and on time. The paint job is adorable and the little face is so amusing. If you're looking for a great little gift for your friends or yourself who like to have succulents, this is it." —vic

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

    27. A creative journal and activity book to help them work through any nervous or anxious feelings, unwind after a long day, or just have fun celebrating their weirdness.

    the creative journal and activity book

    It's filled with creatures to color, lists, writing prompts, activities, and more!!

    Promising review: "I love this journal. It's quirky and inspiring — the little exercises make you think and bring you back in time. I am going to fill this out for my granddaughters to read about me one day — I hope it will inspire them to always be a bit weird and proud of it!" —Lori

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40.

    28. A dramatic pen holder that's a must-have for their desk decor.

    the dramatic pen holder that looks like a person being stabbed by a pen

    Promising review: "I love this. I have it on my work desk and I can stab at it any time I'm feeling the pressure from someone." —Crimm

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    29. A pair of personalized pet socks to keep their pet close by even when they're forced to abandon their pal at home to go to work so they can afford more things like this.

    a white dog on the left and on the right a pair of blue socks with pictures of the white dog on them

    After you pick the color sock, click the "Customize Now" button to upload the picture of their furry friend.

    Promising review: "I ordered a pair of socks for a friend who worships her dog. I was not sure if the socks would be fabulous, but I figured for $15, it wouldn't be the end of the world if they weren't. LOL! These socks are so fabulous! The picture of puppy Sophia Loren came out perfectly on the socks. Creating doggie socks will now be the gift I give everyone who has a dog!" —Kathy Posner

    Get it from Amazon for $19.58+ (claims to fit one size; available in 46 styles).

    30. A cotton T-shirt because they can totally identify with Tina from Bob's Burgers. I mean, who wouldn't want to fall in love with a ghost?

    a model wearing the Jeff t-shirt
    Red Bubble

    Bookish Kate creates pop culture-inspired artwork.

    Get it from Bookishkate on Redbubble for $19.90 (available in sizes S–3XL and 17 colors).

    31. A Doge coin purse, with a facial expression that mirrors their sentiments in most situations.

    coin purse shaped like a shiba from the doge meme

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it. It's even better than the photo and adorable down to the lining on the inside. It can be used to carry money/coins but is large enough to fit small cosmetic items as well. I loved it so much I immediately placed an order for another. Can't wait to give the next one as a gift. I'm sure I'll order more." —Munchies The Sockmonkey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.96 (available in 18 styles).

    When they're trying to express how much they really like their gift:

    Paramount Pictures

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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