by Jon Vincent
Is there that person on your list that has everything and you just can’t figure out what to get them for the holidays? Maybe it’s a friend or coworker – or, maybe it’s a Secret Santa gift and you’re just stumped on what to buy.
When you’re stuck in a rut, it might be time to consider our list of unusual gifts for the person who has everything:
Bananagrams – Bananagrams is the hottest new game for those who love words. It was recognized as 2009’s Game of the Year and includes Scrabble-like tiles packaged in a banana pouch. The company also offers two other word games for under $20, which are Appletters and Pairsinpears.
Gourmet Beef Jerky – Sure, it sounds silly, but gourmet beef jerky can be quite the hit at a holiday gathering. For $19, Gary West Meats sells 4-ounce packages of several beef jerky flavors including traditional, cracked black pepper, Cajun, and teriyaki. Or, if you just can’t decide on flavor, you can mix and match in one package.
Indie Rock Coloring Book – For those who want to take a journey through music, creativity, and artistic expression, look no further than an Indie Rock Coloring Book from the Yellow Bird Project. The designs were all hand-illustrated by Andy J. Miller and are dedicated to musicians like Iron and Wine, The National, and Bloc Party.
Reusable Grocery Bag / Keychain – If you have a friend that wants to go green but can never seem to remember his or her grocery bags when they go to the store, consider the Container Store’s reusable shopping bag + keychain. The bag rolls up and attaches to a keychain so your friends will never find themselves at the checkout without a shopping bag again.
Recycled Colored Pencils – Called Smencils, these colored pencils are made out of 100% recycled newspaper, but don’t smell like ink. The 10-pack (for $14) features scents like watermelon, orange, grape, cinnamon, cotton candy, and root beer that you can smell while sharpening the pencils. It’s great for kids and artistic friends.
Bicycle Chain Bottle Opener – For just $9.99, get your bike and beer loving friend a recycled bottle opener made from a bike chain. The opener has an anodized aluminum head and comes in a variety of color choices.
Pooh Stationary – Made from 75% elephant dung (seriously), this beautiful stationary is perfect for the kids or writers in your family. The cards feature beautiful designs and are available for $10 each or 3 for $25. The store also carries travel journals, cotton t-shirts, eco-friendly envelopes, and photo albums…all made from the same material.
Vegan Hot Chocolate – Created from cocoa liquor from raw squeezed cocoa beans, this vegan hot chocolate mix can be made on a stovetop or in the microwave. It’s beautifully packaged in a colorful box with a bow and is the perfect gift for just $16.
They may be quirky, but these gifts will surprise everyone on your list. After all, what do you buy for someone who has everything?
Jon Vincent turned his obsession with Black Friday ads into a website and a career! He's been interviewed about his website, BlackFriday.info, by the New York Times, CNN, Tech Crunch and more. When he's not hunting down Black Friday ad leaks, he stays busy by writing frugality and savings advice.