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    21 Gifts That Will Surprise The Heck Out Of People

    Who wouldn't love a gift with a good plot twist?

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    1. A PyroPet candle for a cute and creepy surprise.


    Light this adorable unscented kitty candle to reveal its alter-ego (a evil yet cute grinning skeleton)! It is made of paraffin wax and meets all US and EU safety standards.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my sister and she loved it so much that I ended up buying her a second one so she could burn one to reveal the inside and also keep one whole candle for decoration. The candle has a gorgeous design and was so much bigger than expected!" —AE102

    Get it from Amazon for $34 (available in four colors and many different animals, check them out on Amazon).

    2. Beer can socks that'll have them questioning if they're drunk. So there's not beer in there... but there are some super awesome socks?


    Get them from UncommonGoods for $13 (one size fits most and comes in three colors).

    3. A money maze puzzle box to get a wow-factor out of giving them straight up cash. They'll be totally shocked when they solve this puzzle and there's a cash prize inside (mainly because it's not shoved into a lame-ass holiday card).


    Promising review: "I bought SEVERAL of these and they were perfect for gifts. Everyone loved them and I kept the ones I gave my kids so I could reuse them for future presents. Next time, instead of money, I might put something else inside. I gave one to my three nieces, my daughter, her boyfriend and my son. It was fun watching them try and figure it out. They raced to see who could open them first!" —C.P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90.

    4. Bob's Burger blind box


    Each blind box contains one unknown Bob's Burgers figurine. *crosses fingers that they get their favorite character*

    Promising review: "This was a perfect surprise for my wife. She got Linda and Jimmy Junior and they currently reside on her desk at work." —J.B. Lasseter

    Get it fromAmazon for $12.54.

    5. A Harry Potter morphing mug to stun the heck out of them. They may have thought they've seen all the magic tricks up Harry's sleeve, but they were wrong.

    Pouring hot liquid into this mug will reveal classic Harry Potter images and sayings. It's so easy, even *muggles* can do it!

    Promising review: "This was a gift for a Harry Potter fan and she LOVED the mug. She sent me a wonderful thank you card stating that her family was so surprised with the magic it brought to her hot cocoa! I am SO glad I purchased this gift item. The quality was excellent, and the wow-factor even greater." —Juliana Scoggins

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (comes in five designs).

    6. Money soap that will put their morals to the test. Will they use the soap until the money pops out OR just cut it open? Either way, they'll be pleasantly surprised when they're $1+ richer.


    Promising review: "This gift made my little brother so happy! He is so excited get to the money in the middle that he is constantly washing his hands. And most of all, it smells nice too!" —Amzy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.10.

    7. A locket they'll never want to take off because of its unexpected purpose! Instead of putting pictures inside, they can store their favorite essential-oils and enjoy aromatherapy anywhere they go. Did I also mention it's beautiful?


    To use this, they will remove the locket from the chain to open it up, put 2–3 drops of their favorite essential-oil on to the wood bead, wait five minutes for it to absorb, and pop it back in! Lastly, they'll loop the locket back on to the chain so they can *wear* their favorite anxiety-ridding smells all day long.

    Promising review: "This necklace is just the right dainty size. I love that it is elegant and I can smell my essential-oils all day! This necklace shipped super fast and did not disappoint. This would make a great gift!" —Susan Craig

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99+ along with a pack of essential oils for $12.95.

    8. A Pusheen blind box that's the *purrfect* way to give them some unexpected joy and wish them a very *meowy* Christmas.


    One unknown Pusheen keychain comes in each box, giving them an adorable *feline* surprise!

    Promising review: "I love surprises and most importantly ones that have adorable cats in them. They are so cute and well-made!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.

    Psst! There are lots of Pusheen products to check out.

    9. A Once Upon A Book Club subscription box to give them a new book each month PLUS a few extra surprises that really bring the story to life.


    Each month, they will receive one newly released fiction book (young adult or adult). The genre varies by box but the real surprise is the 3–5 individually wrapped gifts labeled with page numbers that are not meant to be opened until reaching that page. Each item is pulled straight from the story which creates a unique reading experience. This is sure to have their weekends all *booked* up for a while!

    Promising review: "Once Upon A Book Club offers a fantastically wonderful reading experience! They create beautiful gifts that come right out of the book of the month that make you feel as if you are a part of the story or as if you are that character receiving whatever object it is. It allows the reader to be engaged in the storyline and get all the feels of the emotions going through the book. It’s a reading experience you don’t want to miss!" —Pamela

    Get it from Cratejoy for $34.99/month.

    10. A Smooshy Mushy blind bag, if they love food and a good squishy. All of the keychains are pretty darn cute (if I must say so myself), so no matter which one they receive, they'll be *stuffed* with cuteness.


    This blind bag will contain one squishy keychain from the sweeties, munchies, or snackies series.

    Get it from Target for $2.99 or Amazon for $8.85.

    11. A unique candle that will leave them SHOOK. Not only will lighting it release a delicious fig and amber aroma, but the wax will become an AMAZING natural-oil packed body lotion they can use to soften their skin.


    This candle is made of hand-poured soy wax and contains coconut oil, botanical oils, and Vitamins A, K, and E. They'll thank you for being able to light a candle, relax, and complete their beauty routine all at once!

    Promising review: "My mother-in-law is difficult to buy for but this two-in-one gift was perfect. The smell was not overpowering and she said the lotion made her hands very soft." —Perfect Gift Seeker

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $24.

    12. A mystery box for anyone who wants to go completely rogue and toss away the wishlists this year. The contents of the box are completely unknown, so the gift giver will be just as surprised as the gift receiver when they open it! *ruh roh*


    The only thing the gift giver WILL know is the theme of the box. Themes include gadgets, unusual items, booze, foodie, and home. Choose wisely, gift givers.

    Promising review: "My life was not complete without the stuff I had no Idea I didn't have. Thank you mystery box." —Chris

    Get it from Firebox for $38.69+.

    13. A Sephora mystery kit to bring a little unexpected glam into their life.


    Each mystery bag includes three *deluxe* lip or eyeliner items—one of which is a surprise—and a Sephora collectable pin!

    Promising review:
    "These are such cute little bags and great way to try different products. Mostly, who doesn't love little surprises?! I got the Ciate glitter flip as my surprise, which I'm very happy with. The 'I wake up for makeup' pin is also really adorable." —Coco264

    Get both the eyeliner kit and lip kit from Sephora for $16.

    14. A Poopsie slime surprise kit they'll be truly ~flabbergasted~ by. They can make unicorn slime, add a magic potion to change its color, AND get a surprise keychain to hold their slime in.

    Ten magical surprises are included in each mystery kit. ~Slime~ will fly when they're having fun!

    Promising review: "My daughter got this as a gift and was SO EXCITED! I like that the steps to make the slime are super easy and not messy AT ALL. The slime has a good consistency and texture. To top it all off, the little cup and keychain to keep it in are too cute!" —Brandy McKown

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A flask that looks ordinary but then *BAM* a collapsible shot glass comes out of it. Their mind will be blown thinking about all the new places they can take shots.


    It also comes with a small funnel to help pour liquid into the flask, but it's not built into the flask like the shot glass.

    Promising review: "My husband broke his flask very recently and was lost without it. I saw this one online and when it arrived a day-and-a-half later, it was absolutely gorgeous. My husband was so impressed, and the fact that the shot glass is embedded into the side of the flask was such a pleasant surprise!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    16. A pug cube blind box, because they just love pugs. Now they can stack adorable smushy faces on their desk all day long instead of tagging you in countless pug Instagram posts, *bah humpug*.


    Each box contains one of the six different ~pugtastic~ cubes.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    17. A Pokéball bath bomb so amazing they'll absolutely want to catch them all!

    If they ever played Pokémon, they'll know that giving the lil' critter a healing potion after a battle will revive them. Now they can treat themselves to a real-life ~healing potion~ with this paraben-free and cruelty-free bath bomb, made of dead sea epsom salt, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Each bath bomb has a different scent (red and white is cherry vanilla, blue and white is a coastal fragrance, and the pink and white is a fruity floral blend) that will soothe and prepare them for any battle they may be facing this week!

    Promising review: "These smell amazing! They are large, fizz for a long time, and left my skin silky smooth. I received these as a gift from my mom for my 33rd birthday (I know, right? But I love baths and Pokémon) and I was surprised to find a Pokémon inside. I can't wait to try out the other two, as long as my kids don't steal them first." —Bobbie H.

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $12.95.

    18. A Finder Seekers Mysteries subscription box that will make them a real-life detective each month.


    Each box is set in a new city and comes with different items depending on the mystery. This is a great gift for any travel lover or problem solver ages 10+.

    Promising review:
    "I've had two of these boxes so far and both were challenging and so much fun. I need another box. Right now would be good. It's going to be so hard waiting for next month's subscription." —Melanie

    Get it from Cratejoy for $30/month.

    19. A grooming advent calendar or a NYX beauty advent calendar that'll definitely shock them when they realize there's no gross chocolate behind those cardboard doors. *gasps* YES, PLEASE.


    The grooming advent calendar contains a mixture of 12 different hair care and skin care products behind each cardboard door. It features products from Lab Series, Clinique, Uppercut, and many more well-known brands. Groom, groom fellas!

    The NYX sugar trip advent calendar has 24 of the brands best-selling products behind each cardboard door. Surprise them with 10 powders, blushes, highlighters, or eyeshadows and 14 lip products (butter gloss, intense butter gloss, lip lingerie, liquid suede, matte lipstick, soft matte lip cream, soft matte metallic lip cream, slip tease, and lip oil). *MWAH!*

    Get the grooming advent calendar for $48 and the NYX advent calendar for $79, both from Asos.

    20. A The Nightmare Before Christmas blind box, aka the perfect *spooooky* gift. They'll have no idea what characters will rise from the shadows (aka inside the box).

    Barnes & Noble

    "Just because I cannot see it, does not mean I can't believe it." —Jack Skellington

    In other words, just because they cannot SEE if their favorite character is in the box, doesn't mean they can't BELIEVE it is in there. 👻

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $5.95 or Amazon for $6.56.

    The faces of your friends and family when they open your gifts this year:


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

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