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    Updated on Jan 17, 2020. Posted on Dec 7, 2018

    33 Gifts That Are Perfect For Really, Really Awkward People

    "What should with this," they say....awkwardly.

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    1. A pair of knee socks for anyone who feels like they're literally being eaten alive every time they talk to relatives on the phone.

    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 with the face of someone who just said "I love you" and got an "aw" back — so basically this toy will really be able to relate to your friend. Just let them hug it out.


    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!" —Marcus

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    3. A metallic hip flask that'll discreetly come to the rescue when they cannot BEAR to soberly tell their aunt that yes, they are still single. No, they have not made eye contact with a possible candidate since 2005. LET'S MOVE ON.


    ^^ Like this photo says: STAY STRONG!

    Promising review: "This looks just like the picture! The quality of the product is very good, and it is heavier then I thought it would be. The price is spot-on for this product." —Ian vanspronsen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six styles).

    4. A brain or crystal ball pin, because if they're not already actively repressing an awkward memory they should see another one coming., Etsy

    Promising review (for the brain pin): "I love enamel pins and this one is no exception! It is very good quality and looks exactly like its picture." —Chef_Mello

    Get the brain pin from Amazon for $9.95 and the crystal ball pin from Danielle Sylvan on Etsy for $10 (available in two colors).

    5. An uninviting mug for making them feel pretty great about successfully avoiding human contact. The only time they want to get a text at 3 a.m. is when pizza is on the way.

    Urban Outfitters

    **Act natural, they whisper as they open the door to take the pizza**.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.

    6. A pack of work-related affirmation cards so they have words of encouragement every time they think they'd rather just quit than go to another "encouraged" happy hour.


    Promising review: "Of course, I use these at work. Things like this can sometimes be to 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!" —sevenheads

    Get it from Amazon for $12.71.

    7. A stress ball that'll help them emit every feeling felt when asked to do a group presentation.


    Promising review: "This product is very fun for the kids! The slime goes right in to the unicorn’s mouth and with a gentle squeeze it comes right back out! The slime is NOT overly sticky or gooey. It sticks, but not too much! The unicorns are adorable, functional, and well-made." —Diana R. York

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. A set of oversized sunglasses, because these are essential for them to successfully avoid eye contact — even on the subway. Wow the ceiling is so interesting...

    Free People,

    Promising review (for the sunglasses on the right): "I was scared that these oversized sunglasses would look too big on my face, but to my surprise they look amazing! I love the gradient tint and gold frames — they makes these look expensive! They are lightweight and very comfortable. I’m just so happy with them!" —#Aracelisfashions

    Get the first pair from Free People for $20 (available in three colors) and the second pair from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 13 colors).

    9. An iridescent snitch spinner for giving them something to do with their hands when the conversation *gets away* from them. Maybe they'll run into some magic and actually come up with something to say.


    Promising review: "I love my Harry Potter quidditch spinner. It is very beautiful and spins nicely. It is one of my favorite spinners. I highly recommend this to any Harry Potter fans." —Justin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A cat onesie to give them a huge, cuddly hug at the end of the day when it seems like the world just isn't feline them. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE THEM, AWKWARD AND ALL.


    Get it from ModCloth for $35 (available in sizes S-XL).

    11. A Bob Ross bobblehead figure who can say ten different famous quotes so they feel better about all of their happy little accidents. They should probably keep this at their desk so it's always ~on hand~ when they hit "reply all".

    It also comes with a mini easel book featuring 30 of Ross's landscape works!

    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 $9.48.

    12. A set of double-sided mask coasters with nose holes to *cover up* their real expression at a party, which is horror.

    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." —Eugene Artemyeff

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A leather coin purse that'll give them a quick, easy-to-reach place to throw their change when paying at a cashier. No more, "THERE IS ONE PERSON BEHIND ME, I BETTER START PANICKING" the minute they get the receipt.


    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 nine colors).

    14. A contemplative phone case to reflect exactly what your friend is going through as they decide whether to text their crush "hi" or "hello." Decisions....


    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 Envy Art on Society6 for $28.79 (originally $35.99; available in sizes iPhone 4-iPhone X Max, Galaxy S4-S8, and iPod Touch).

    15. A sloth coloring book, because this'll make them slow down and de-stress after a hard day of failed interactions. Will they find this therapeutic after calling their boss "mom"? Yes.


    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!" —Katie Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. A helpful sound button for stopping them in their tracks every time they start to say "you too" to the waiter. They really need you to save them from themselves.


    Promising review: "NO, NO, NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh, yeah — this is a great addition to my classroom. There are 10 different 'no's' and each is loud and clear. My fourth graders beg to press the 'no' button! It has become one of the rewards for good behavior, interestingly enough. Lots of fun." —Miss Pringle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.96.

    17. A dino food holder so they know they're allowed to be an awko taco for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, the memories will never go extinct.


    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 myself 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.

    18. A helpful book that'll give them a list of crafts to do with their cat, who ironically probably judges them the most. Still better than dealing with people.


    Promising review: "When I first saw this book, I thought it was a gag but was curious so I ordered it. I was completely and pleasantly surprised. I save my various animals' fur when I brush them, but have just zip-locked them and set aside as a memento when the sad day comes that you lose them. I've now got some amazing ideas on how to display the hair with love and affection. So amazing." —W. Armstrong

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59.

    19. A 3D pug sticker, because this'll be all too relatable for people who make ~entering~ a conversation way weirder than it has to be.


    Promising review: "It looks just as pictured and it appears vivid and realistic. I have it on my white dishwasher and smile every time I see it." —Mary Mac

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    20. A set of prescription shot glasses for giving them the medicine they so desperately need every time they try to sing along to Despacito.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for a friend going to medical school. This was meant to be a gag gift more than anything, but she loved it. The print is clear and legible on the shot glass labels, so everyone can see the faux prescription recommendation. Overall, this was a great buy and definitely worth it!" —debolds89

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A boyfriend body pillow so they have something better than the real thing, because they won't have to talk to it now or ever. AND they can call little spoon every night. Humans don't do that.


    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect as a gift for my older sister! She loves her new boyfriend pillow, and the fact that the shirt can be thrown in the wash." —Sara Stoica

    Get it from Amazon for $34.17+ (available in eight colors).

    22. A set of sticky notes that'll allow them to avoid IRL conversations and just slip coworkers one of these, instead. "FYI, sorry I said your baby looks like a baked potato."


    It comes with 100 self-adhesive sheets!

    Promising review: "These are great stocking stuffers. My family uses these all the time to leave little messages for each other around the house. This is the second time I have ordered them. They're good quality sticky notes, as well." —Cindy W.

    Get it from Amazon $8.25+ (available in 20 styles).

    23. An honest T-shirt, because we're starting to notice a pattern every time our dear friend arrives. Why did they just ask the doorman if they come here often?!


    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 $19.99 (originally $24.99; available in sizes S-2X and two colors).

    24. A pair of unicorn slippers for giving them something as magical as coming home after a long day of smiling and nodding. SWEET RELIEF.


    Promising review: "These are adorable — they look just like the picture! I ordered five pairs for a bridal party and they were a hit. They're really soft and surprisingly cushioned and comfortable." —Lina R.

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes 4.5-9/10.5 and eight styles).

    25. An uncomfortable calendar to make them feel better about their own family — or maybe they have even worse pictures IDK.


    Promising review: "The whole calendar is hilarious! I sent in a picture last year and it made it in this calendar. I think the front cover photo is obnoxiously funny. I'm sending one of the calendars as a gift to all of my family!" —C. Grone

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06.

    26. A mini planter so both this awkward turtle and yours will learn to grow together.

    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 $8.99 (available in 13 styles).

    27. A graphic cap that'll make sure the perfect excuse is already *on their mind* the next time someone asks if they're free this Friday. THINK FAST.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $9.90.

    28. A dramatic pen holder, because every "tell me about your weekend!" is like a stab to their heart. It's also a great stress reliever when they're too afraid to ask Jan from accounting to leave the A.C. ALONE.


    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." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    29. A creative journal and activity book combination so they can unleash their strangest self without alarming the people around them.


    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!" —Rossi Family

    Get it from Amazon for $10.87.

    30. A pair of custom dog socks that'll give them something comforting (and ADORABLE) to gaze at whilst staring at their feet all day. There's no place like home, especially when that means your dog and no people.

    Just upload a photo of your furry friend and they'll take care of the rest!

    Promising review: "First of all, I couldn't believe how quickly these came in. I ordered them on the 16th and they came in the mail on the 20th! They were *supposed* to be a stocking stuffer gift for my husband, but they were so cute and look SO much like our sweet dutch dog that I couldn't wait; I gave them to my husband the day they came in. He LOVED them!" —Bitsy C :-)

    Get them from Amazon for $24 (available in sizes S-L and ten styles).

    31. An iron-on patch, because hopefully this will give them a daily reminder to THINK before speaking. Maybe the next time they're about to ask their date if they shower a lot, they'll stop themselves.


    Promising review: "This is absolutely beautiful! I know that this patch has a great message in regards to photography, but I think it could be applied to all facets of life. When I opened the package, I was really pleased at how the item was shipped. Besides that, the patch is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. I will definitely be ordering more from this company in the future. This is a must-buy!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    32. A Tina Belcher sticker for an infallible pickup line from the queen of awkward herself that they can trust will work, sweaty palms be damned.

    Red Bubble

    Promising review: "I was quite surprised by the really high quality of this stickers. The colors are brilliant and the images and fonts are crisp! I highly recommend." —Aditya

    Get it from Pen & Felt on Red Bubble for $2.68+ (available in sizes S-XL) or a similar style from Amazon for $4.99.

    33. A doge coin purse so they'll have someone to join them in giving people the side eye when they ask to sit next to them on the train.


    The rest of the car is EMPTY?!

    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." —Joanna B.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.96 (available in 23 styles).

    When someone asks them an extremely simple question:


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

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