18 Fun & Quirky Gifts Everyone Will Be Talking About
Some of these 18 fun & quirky gifts everyone will be talking about could double as White Elephant or Dirty Santa gifts, but most are legit presents for the holidays that are just a little less mainstream. And while you'll recognize some of their fun & quirky pop culture inspirations (Bob Ross, T-Rex) and will be able to find many of them in major retailers, none of these products are backed by million-dollar ad campaigns or viral social media posts, and none are likely to be something your recipient already has.
And even if you do happen to put a duplicate fun & quirky gift under the tree, who couldn't use a second talking Deadpool Head or temporary tattoo printer?
Enjoy my 18-strong list of fun & quirky gifts everyone will be talking about.
Note: Gift prices are marked as they were at printing. Prices are subject to change.
Marvel Legends Interactive Deadpool's Head
Two things stand out to me in the description provided for the Marvel Legends Deadpool's Head release: 1) "with over 600 SFX and phrases"; and 2) "Adult."
In other words, Deadpool's interactive, app-enhanced severed superhero dome is packed with nearly as much personality as his entire body, and none of it is suitable for people under 18. This is gonna be good.
Like a testicle with teeth good.
Mini Cell Phone & Bluetooth Headset
There are so many wonderful things about the L8star mini cell phone and Bluetooth headset in addition to the obvious, which is that it is wee little tiny, and heart-warmingly nostalgic. The others include:
The phone functions as both a novelty Bluetooth earpiece, allowing you to talk hands-free and listen to music from your paired smartphone, and a standalone cell phone when you insert a Nano SIM card.
It's "lighter than the lighter!" A clever bit of wordplay from a clearly Asian import whose product description is otherwise a bit rough.
According to L8star, the mini mobile and Bluetooth earpiece has health benefits! It emits 1/7th the radiation as other smartphones, and therefore "is the best mini phone to protect the pregnant women and baby." Yeeeeahhh. Now that's the kind of rough (but so fun!) translation I'm talking about.
The Lollipop Wipe - Chocolate-Flavored Crotch Cleaner
They taste like dark chocolate or vanilla and they're latex-compatible, ladies and dudes. Lollipop Wipes are individually wrapped pieces of black rayon paper infused with an edible - and flavored! - water-based cream. They're "intimate wipes with gentle cleansing properties," made for "a spontaneous affair as well as a well-planned romantic encounter."
In other words, Lollipop Wipes are crotch cleaners. Junk jazzer uppers. Sack sprucers and fanooter fresheners that will make you feel confident about your roll in the hay or, if you're lucky, a little how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Lollipop Wipe action.
Liquid Encased Office Chair Mat
Oooh, splotchy blue liquid encased in an office chair mat. Looks funky, and pretty much sums up how I feel when I'm working. Well, at least the blue part.
The WFH-friendly floor mat from Art3D tops an anti-slip studded bottom with a clear vinyl top filled with ultramarine blue cosmetic liquid. The liquid spreads and separates into different fun abstract patterns under the pressure and movement of your desk chair, conjuring images of a lovely ocean surf, or perhaps the sides of a toilet bowl after you throw in a puck of 2000 Flushes.
Little Tipsy Jello Shot Tower
It's J-E-L-L-O shot J-E-N-G-A, baby! The Little Tipsy Jello Shot Tower is a handmade game of skill and coordination that challenges both even further by building booze into the building process.
Fifteen of the Little Tipsy Jello Shot Tower's 54 blocks have depressions and custom lidded cups that hold 1-ounce Jello shots. The set comes with 25 reusable cups, plus laminated rules and a recipe card. Total Tipsy Tower height is 27".
Picnic Table Squirrel Feeder
If you love squirrels (?), and you love feeding them to entice them into your yard (?) well. Look no further than this charming miniature, a wooden picnic table with 2 benches and screws for mounting it to a tree. A third, center screw is designed to hold a corn cob, or perhaps a hot dog if your squirrels favor the meats. Also, JFYI, maker The Squirrel Shop says the Picnic Table Squirrel Feeder is also "great for deterring squirrels from bird feeders."
Rubber Cast Iron Skillet
I feel like my wife, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and I could have fun with some rubber cast iron skillet shenanigans at our next dinner party. Or, better, our next dinner with her parents. What starts as a simple differing of opinions on how long to sear the beef escalates, suddenly and with laser-like focus, into She-Ra popping me one in the face.
Eh, maybe not the best practical joke to pull around her parents. My father-in-law would probably applaud.
Ingrown Toenail Correction Tool
Nothing like fighting the inflicted pain of an ingrown toenail with...inflicting pain to remove the ingrown toenail. This ingrown toenail correction tool looks like a torture device created by evil nail salon owners. Inept ones, too, if the reviews are any indication of how well the device works.
Gauss Rifle Rocket
A message from American Scientific's Gauss rifle, a chain reaction magnetic accelerator, or desktop cannon, styled after a NASA rocket: the learnin' don't stop just 'cause school got coronavirus canceled, kids! And the cubicle warfare don't stop just 'cause you're workin' from home, grown ass men!
American Scientific made this Gauss rifle rocket to serve as a nifty physics lesson on chain reaction and magnetic acceleration. (And no, it didn't have to be a rocket, but firing steel pellets out if one's nose like they're, uh, spaceballs is so much more fun.) The rocket cannon is divvied into 4 stages, and comes with 4 wood mini-barrels and 9 pellet projectiles. Embedded between each state of the rocket are neodymium magnets.
Don't Stop. Be Leaving. Doormat
I'd call the Don't Stop. Be Leaving. Doormat the ultimate Dad joke, but Dad would never be so rude to a visitor. And Dad would never wish a visitor to go away, even salespeople, and Mormons who want to teach him about Joseph Smith, and especially his daughter Kayleigh's date Tucker. Or maybe he'd be unable to resist the welcome mat's brilliant humor, but answer the door, "Don't stop. Be leaving? No! Don't stop, be comin' on inside!"
Omniblade Machete Multi-Tool
Uh, I know it's called an Omniblade, but I still wonder if it's wise to hold this apocalypse-ready machete multi-tool from omni ends. For example, it seems like the Omniblade grip the dude in the photo has chosen is just as likely to incur a gutting of his own self during wielding as it is to hack apart the zombie he goes up against.
To its credit, the Omniblade's fusion of a machete, a tomahawk, and a saw looks real good. Bloody good is perhaps the best superlative for it. And when its makers say the dynamic tool / wreaker of havoc has a "one-of-a-kind design" they're certainly not exaggerating.
Prinker Temporary Tattoo Printer
Granted, the latter purported to be a real programmable tattoo system, one that surgically implants an e-ink panel into your body to accommodate and correct changing whims and drunk mistakes, and the Prinker is up front that its tatts won't last much longer than the ones from the gumball machine. But if you have some pent-up creativity, want to try before your buy or test out your own body art designs, or just have a tattoo-worthy event coming up, the Prinker has you covered. From head to toe, if you like.
Paranormal Music Box
All music boxes are creepy, but the Paranormal Music Box from ParaForce plays an even more haunting tune than most. According to ParaForce, and your potential need to believe, the PMB starts its tinkling when it detects motion in front of it. Maybe it's you. Maybe it's the cat. Maybe it's the wind.
Or maybe it's the ghost of your great-great-great Aunt Jan skulking around your mama's house all contrary and judgy, causing trouble and moving shit around, just like your living Aunt Jan does when she comes over.
Bob Ross Bandages
Of all the pieces of Bob Ross merch out there, Bob Ross Bandages are one of the few that actually make sense. They're right up there with the Bob Ross Chia Pet because, as the boo-boo covers state with pride: in injuries, as in painting, there are "no mistakes, just happy accidents."
Slopedeck Snowskate - Skateboard for the Snow
Show off your slick tricks on an even slicker surface this winter with a Slopedeck Snowskate. The Canadian-made hybrid trades in snowboard bindings for a maple cambered deck that mimics a skateboard's in both size and feel. On the bottom, the Slopedeck sports a proprietary Morphtech Base that "allows you to carve, hold an edge, and shred with stunning control."
1" Pet T-Rex Terrarium with Adoption Certificate
Honey, I shrunk the T-Rex! The perfect "pet" for your home, office, or WFH office, this 1" T-Rex roams around and reeks havoc inside a terrarium - proportionately tiny terrarium, at 2" x 2" x 2.5". It's physically small enough to take anywhere, but figuratively big enough to make a lasting impression on all who see it.
Especially if you need a gift for a kid who keeps begging for some kind of exotic reptile - iguanas and bearded dragons got nothing on T-Rex.
Toilet Tag Game for Adults Who Share the Same Potty
Normally, Toilet Tag is the type of foolish game I'd ignore. But as I'm sure is the case for many of you, my wife and I have been spending an inordinate amount of time together lately. Some of it is good times, some is why'd-we-get-married-again? times, and some is just quiet times. Alone together times because we're doing our own thing, or have just plain run out of stuff to talk about. And it's those times that I think might be good Toilet Tag times.
What Would Skeletor Do?
What would Skeletor do? He'd call Diabolical Ways to Master the Universe a fluff piece for flea-bitten fur brains, and tell author Robb Pearlman, "I could write a book about what you don't know!"
Actually, Skeletor really says that last bit, in the foreword he's written for What Would Skeletor Do?: Diabolical Ways to Master the Universe. In true 80s evil villain form, he opens with a trademark angry insult, and then goes on to say he would have done a far better job writing the book in its entirety, but Masters of the Universe gave official rights to "grain of sand for a brain" Pearlman due to Skeletor's NDA. Which he must have signed thinking it was a bill for his Havoc Staff repair.