42 Unexpected Gifts That’ll Put Santa To Shame

42 Unexpected Gifts That’ll Put Santa To Shame

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2.

A custom pet portrait that will depict their pooch to be the royal rascal they know their pet to be.


HommeSurLaLune

Get it HommeSurLaLune from $80+ (available in seven sizes and four body types). See more styles here.

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A hot sauce so good, they’ll do the truffle shuffle after eating it.


Amazon

Promising review: “This is what you get if truffle and Sriracha had a baby, but 10x better. I highly recommend because it helps my food taste better for my boring diets.” —Linzy nguyen

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.


Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $27.96 (available in three designs).

5.

Or a chunky, velvet weighted blanket that’s totally worth splurging on.


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I have this blanket and practically live under it. It’s luxuriously soft and gently crushes me to sleep. Just note that the size of the blanket changes depending on the weight, so the 15-pound option is only wide enough to cover one adult. Also check out the Tencel option.

Get it from West Elm for $249+ (available in three weights and five colors).

6.

A casual little bee house they can set up to invite tiny, flower-loving friends to their lawn.


UncommonGoods

It’s made from FSC certified wood and offers a great home for all their buzzing buds.

Get it from UncommonGoods for $40.

7.

A Yellow Submarine Lego set for a gift that can’t be beat-le.


Amazon

It comes with four Beatle minifigs, a Jeremy figure, two display stands, and all the pieces needed to recreate the submarine. The top is removable and the minifigs can even fit inside the cockpit. There’s also four rotating periscopes, two rotating propellers, and an adjustable rudder.

Get it from Amazon for $136.29.

8.

A cute corgi item for the dog lover in your life who can’t get over those fuzzy butts.


Urban Outfitters, Firebox, BoxLunch, Amazon

Get the light from Urban Outfitters for $16, the humidifier from Firebox for $51.99, the notebook from BoxLunch for $10.43, or the planter from Amazon for $8.97.

9.

A 2020 Jeopardy! calendar with a different question and wager amount each day, so you can keep track of your hypothetical score throughout the year.


Amazon

Reviewers say that haven’t found any repeat questions so you can get this every year and become a trivia champ.

Get it from Amazon for $11.76.

10.

A subscription service that sends them coffee and a classic book, plus some other goodies to help them get into the reading mood.


Cratejoy

The starter box has a book, a couple of book-themed items, and the choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Upgrade to the standard box for a book, the selected drink, a snack, a mug, a bookmark, and one or two bookish items.

Get it from Cratejoy for $28.49+/month.

11.

A funny zip-up hoodie featuring the best Ice Cube/Ice-T collab anyone could ever hope for.


TeeFury

Get it from TeeFury for $45 (available in sizes S–3XL and four colors).

12.

A dachshund scarf that’s a total weiner.


Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in three other styles).

13.

A monthly shipment of quality, monogram goods that feel extra personal, no matter how last minute the purchase is.


Cratejoy

They’ll get one high-quality item each month that’s totally personalized. Some examples are: a knife, a leather-bound journal, a tumbler, and a French press.

Get it from Cratejoy for $29.17+/month.

14.

A personalized cookbook for your own personal Chrissy Teigen so they can keep track of all their favorite recipes.


Amazon

This fancy hardcover book has 216 pages just waiting to be filled with their delicious food creations. It has template space for over 80 recipes with places for ingredients, instructions, reviews, and images.

Promising review: “Gave this to my lovely wife for her birthday. She had been looking for a cookbook to write down recipes she loved or invented. The quality of this book and slipcover are such that someday our children or grandchildren will inherit the family recipes. Neat layout, with options that other books don’t have.” —Bladesmith

Get it from Amazon for $24.40.

15.

A fun book filled with comics that tell them what they already know: Cats are weird.


Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes & Noble for $13.61, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.


Amazon

This USDA Certified Organic and Fairtrade coffee is one of the strongest in the world. There are 59 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce of coffee.

Get the coffee for $19.96 or the keychain for $14.99, both from Amazon.

17.

A clear umbrella for people who would much prefer if it rained men than water.


Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

18.

A city map rocks glass to give to the person who just moved to a new city or is just really into the one they’re living in now.


UncommonGoods

There are also pint glasses for beer (and juice) drinkers.

Get it from UncommonGoods for $16 (available in 24 cities).

19.

A drop-dead gorgeous pack of candles from Otherland in lots of velvety winter smells everyone will enjoy.


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The box is half the gift! I got the three-pack of their summer scents and the box was so pretty, I was forced to keep it forever. You can pick three candles from their holiday series or some from their core collection.

Get a custom gift box from Otherland for $36+ (available in sets of one or three).


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It comes with 1,000 pieces. Tell them I said good luck!

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

21.

A custom reel viewer that doubles down on nostalgia by letting them view their old photos in the coolest way possible.


UncommonGoods

This viewer comes with a redemption code, so your recipient can pick what images they want to immortalize in their new gizmo and then send in to be turned into reels. Soooo much better than a family photo album, just saying.

Get it from UncommonGoods for $29.95.

22.

A Goat Yoga game featuring cards, a score pad, and — of course — an inflatable goat.


Papersource

Players have to pull cards and perform real yoga poses while completing silly challenges. This could mean balancing the goat on your head, making goat noises, and more.

Get it from Papersource for $26.95 or Amazon for $26.

23.

A pair of Gumby socks — calling these an awesome gift would never be a stretch.


ModCloth

Get them from ModCloth for $9 or from Amazon in men and women sizes for $10.


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You can whip up magical treats like treacle tarts, pumpkin pasties, and Molly’s meat pies.

Promising review: “I LOVE IT, I’m no master chef but this cookbook might change that. I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways the recipes are phenomenal, especially the pies! It’s pretty basic sometimes; it’s more European type cuisine so if you don’t like haggis, liver, lamb, or other English/Scottish dishes etc. then these recipes aren’t for you. The book references are cute and I vaguely remember some of them. My younger siblings go crazy when I make anything from this book because they love Harry Potter.” —Tigerlily

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

26.

A Die Hard Christmas book proving once and for all that the classic action flick is really a holiday movie.


Amazon

Promising review: “I wasn’t expecting the whole thing to rhyme! It reads to the tune of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ and covers the entire movie perfectly with beautiful illustrations. I love it!!!” —Bethany Still

Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

27.

A set of Little Feminist playing cards, so they can play the woman card, literally.


Anthropologie

The 52 card deck is filled with adorable illustrations of notable women throughout history.

Get it from Amazon for $12.92 or Anthropologie for $13.

28.

A pack of hot chocolate sticks that they can dip and swirl in their mug for a sweet drink any time.


Food52

Get it from Food52 for $24+ (available in three flavor assortment and packs of 4, 6, and 12) or something similar from Amazon for $19.99.

29.

A Marshall Stockwell portable Bluetooth speaker so they can feel like they’re jamming out with a tiny, baby amp.


Amazon

The speaker can play about 25 hours on a single charge. It even comes with a red case.

Promising review: “I love the Marshall brand of home speakers. This is my second Marshall product. It always links to my phone without any hesitation. I love that it also has a microphone so you can actually use it to talk to people, not just listen to music. It also has a USB charger so you can charge your phone with it. I use it as my nightstand speaker. Great set-up, great look!” —Luis Barrera

Get it from Amazon for $137.77.

30.

A legit wooden crate filled with a variety of different types of popcorn for the big snacker in your life.


Man Crates

This crate has seven types: toffee, chocolate drizzled caramel with sea salt, Kentucky bourbon and black pepper, pop on the cob, habanero, BBQ, and kettle corn. Some are pre-popped and others need a little heat. Don’t worry, it comes with a crowbar to help open it.

Get it from Man Crates for $49.99.

31.

A snowman that breaks apart to reveal two candles and a match holder.


Anthropologie

Get it from Anthropologie for $35.20.


Amazon

Promising review: “I bought this for my girlfriend because she is absolutely in love with shiba inus. Honestly, she loves them more than me… just sometimes, I hope. Anyways, like the other helpful reviews here have stated, this definitely runs small. Other than that little sizing issue, the material is super soft and comfortable. VERY, VERY warm, very cute, no complaints about anything else. Makes for a great gift!” —James Lee

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and two colors).

33.

An unofficial cat-themed Monopoly game to play when you two want to learn about cat breeds while buying up real estate.


Amazon

Promising review: “This is the cutest game ever. I bought it for a friend’s birthday because she’s a cat lover. We opened it immediately and played for four hours straight because it was just so much fun. Same as your standard Monopoly but cat version. The property cards are all different cat breeds and on the back they have cute facts about cats. The houses are fish bones and hotels are litter boxes. Lots of fun for friends, family, etc.” —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

34.

A fake plant that’s secretly a litter box for the cat owner who loves their kitten but doesn’t love having a box of poop out on display.


Amazon

It comes with a polyproplene pot, a fake plant, decorative moss, and a dust filter. Just place the litter box inside to get started!

Get it from Amazon for $55.67.

36.

A Central Perk light that will be their version of Michael Scott’s St. Pauli Girl’s neon light.


Firebox

It has a USB plug.

Get it from Firebox for $32.99.

37.

A game of pachinko they can play with their bottle caps instead of loose change.


UncommonGoods

Instead of winning money, they get to play a drinking game.

Get it from UncommonGoods for $70.


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Promising review: “It arrived earlier and seeing everything now it was worth the wait! They are very nice and I’m excited to try everything. :)” —Kayleen L

Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $11.96.

39.

A subscription to BootayBag so your partner can put off laundry day even longer.


BootayBag

Decide if you’d like to gift one pair or two a month, and choose between thongs or non-thongs, depending on their preference.

Get a monthly subscription from BootayBag for $9+ (available in sizes XS–XL).

40.

A dishwasher-safe airtight cold-brew maker that’ll allow them to keep a caché for morning juice ready to go in the fridge.


Amazon

Promising review: “I received my first Takeya cold-brew maker as a gift for Christmas. I like it so much I bought another. It’s easy to use and very easy to clean, plus it makes my morning coffee more palatable. It was well-packaged, has easy-to-follow instructions, and will get lots of use at my house. One of the best features is that it can be turned upside down with no leakage.” —J. Lloyd

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

41.

A beginner fondant art kit from Wilton and BuzzFeed’s Tasty that will help amateur bakers make museum-worthy treats.


Wilton

It comes with white fondant, primary color food dye, a decorating brush, a paint palette, a texture mat, a round decorating tip, and an instruction card.

Get it from Wilton for $14.99.

42.

A bottle of Drinkwel — hangover pills that will come in handy when the eggnog starts flowing.


Amazon

It has organic milk thistle, organic reishi mushroom, artichoke leaf, and other botanicals for a happy, healthy liver. There’s also vitamin B for metabolism, vitamin C for your immune system, and amino acids like N-acetyle cysteine to help process alcohol-induced toxins.

Promising review: “I thought ‘there’s no way some pills can prevent a hangover. What a scam…that I’m going to try anyways.’ I’m only 24 and when I was younger I never got hangovers, but now they’re death. ‘Spend all day in bed in the dark’ kind of hangovers. I take three of these before drinking (like it says) and three before bed — and what the actual f***! They legit work. I wake up the next morning feeling like I didn’t. Even. Drink. I took them for a solid four days straight when I was on vacation for an engagement party and they didn’t fail me once.” —KC

Get 90 pills from Amazon for $39.99.

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!


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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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