Some people are hard to shop for. Some people have very specific tastes. And others simply prefer their gifts on the, um, humorous side. This novelty gift guide is for all those people.
From the only "Harry Potter" gift a Potterhead needs to the one gift to get people who are perpetually late (we all have that friend), this list has all the funny, witty and unique gifts we could think of.
The internet is a vast place, with many, many weird and wonderful gift ideas. So, while this guide is a great place to start, if you're looking for something maybe a little less eccentric, browse through our sortable gift guides or our brand new gift finding tool too.
Happy gifting, everyone!
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For the champion of sarcasm
- 1. I Love Shoplifting Tote, $28, Human
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I Love Shoplifting Tote Bag
Not only should the person you get this for have a sarcastic sense of humor, they should also not mind getting stared (and maybe glared) at from time to time. This hilarious take on a tote bag is bound to get some laughs from any shopping-obsessed loved ones who don't take themselves too seriously.
For the witty green thumb
- 2. The Golden Girls Chia Pet: Sophia, $20, Amazon
Chia Pet The Golden Girls - Sophia
Everyone knows a Sophia. Her feisty, quick wit has withstood the test of time. Any true "Golden Girls" fan can recall a savage zinger or two from the matriarch of the clan ... which Dorothy did not appreciate as much as we did.
To get little kids to be quiet, lower your voice instead of raising it. This forces kids to focus. Got a whole pack to corral? Whisper, "If you want to hear what we're doing next, hop on one foot." Goofy jumping is bound to be contagious.
If chia pets seem like a step in the right direction for the novelty gift you need, but "Golden Girls" isn't exactly what you're looking for, we found a few more great options:
- Bob Ross , painter extraordinaire and the original ASMR king
- Donald Trump , 45th President of the United States
- Laughing Emoji , the indisputable queen of emojis
There's apparently a chia pet for everyone!
For the one who is never on time
- 3. Whatever I'm Late Wall Clock, $16, Amazon
Decodyne Whatever I'm late Wall Clock
We all have a friend or family member who shows up an hour late to everything. In my friend group, that's me. If your always-tardy friend happens to have a sense of humor, get this clock.
For the "cool" bookworm
- 4. I Put The Lit In Literature Mug, $14, Amazon
I Put The Lit In Literature Coffee Mug
Your favorite bookworm probably already owns most of the books they plan on reading, or they just use a Kindle. Instead, get them the best mug ever to drink a tea or coffee by the fire as they curl up with their next epic novel.
For the influencer
- 5. "Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous" by Henry Carroll, $11, Amazon
Read This if You Want to Be Instagram Famous
Is it just me, or does it seem like every teenager nowadays wants to become an influencer? Though the title of this book is funny, it features some useful tips on how to build a personal brand for anyone looking to really become Instagram famous.
For the "Samantha" of your friend group
- 1. Grow a Boyfriend, $4 (usually $10), Amazon
Grow a Boyfriend
Know someone who is tired of people asking, "So, when will you bring a boyfriend around for the holidays?" Get this. Some people, like Samantha from "Sex and the City" live the single life and have no problem with it. Samantha is known for saying, "I love you, but I love me more." If your single friend can relate, they need this prop.
For the soccer mom
- 2. Big Head Cardboard Cutout, $20, Amazon
Build A Head Big Logo Cardboard Face Cutout
The perfect gift for parents who are completely obsessed with their little league stars, you can get a cardboard cutout of anyone's face on Amazon. Putting one of these under the tree is guaranteed to draw out some laughs during holiday festivities.
For anyone who can't live without Joe
- 3. Coffee Socks, $11, Amazon
Luxury Cotton "Bring Me Coffee" Funny Socks
My mom got my aunt these socks last Christmas because every morning, instead of making her own coffee, she asks if someone else is already on coffee duty. Sound familiar?
"You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back." - William D. Tammeus
For the Star Warrior
- 4. "Star Wars" Waffle Maker, $40, Amazon
ThinkGeek Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker
"Star Wars" fans probably already own the movies, light sabers and tons of fan gear. You know what they probably don't have? A waffle maker.
For the one who can't seem to find their keys
- 5. Little Reminders Doormat, $32, Uncommon Goods
Little Reminders Doormat
I'm going to be completely honest with everyone reading this list: I am this person. I have locked myself out of my home on more than 10 occasions in my lifetime ... and more than twice in the past month. While a welcome mat may seem like an unusual gift for most circumstances, this is the novelty gift I need to receive this year. Hey, Mom, are you reading this?
For the one who doesn't actually appreciate novelty gifts
- 6. Homesick Candles, $30, Uncommon Goods
Always popular, these sentimental candles hit home for anyone who has transplanted from one state to another. This is an especially cute gift for folks from places like North Carolina, the land of the pines, or Vermont — known for maple syrup.
I'm from New Jersey, so I looked up what my state's candle is meant to smell like. Surprisingly, it's not highway congestion ... it's candy apples. I guess it's true that we have lots of those, too.
For the entrepreneur
- 7. Ban.do I Am Very Busy Planner, $18, Amazon
Ban.do 13 Month Classic Hardcover Small Daily Planner
There are people who always seem to be frazzled, running from one thing to the next. Some of them are actually busy and some of them just think they are. This planner works for both groups of people.
For the family man (or woman)
- 8. Personalized Family Mug, $30, Uncommon Goods
Personalized Family Mugs
Say it with me: Most personalized mugs are tacky. These are not. Each little character reflects the personality of one family member with a slightly perplexed expression. The back of the mug has a little logo with the family's last name. The mugs are unique, hip and cool. They're like if the "world's greatest dad" mugs got a facelift for 2018.
For "the city" dweller
- 9. Urban Map Glass, $16, Uncommon Goods
Urban Map Glass
Have you ever heard someone proudly proclaim they are from "the city" without specifying what city that actually is? They would love this.
For the brunch babe
- 10. Wake Me For Champagne Velvet Pillow, $50, Nordstrom
Wake Me for Champagne Velvet Accent Pillow
Some people abide by wine Wednesdays. Other people start their mornings with mimosas. Brunch, anyone?
For the "Rachel" of your group
- 11. "Friends" Central Perk Mug, $20, NBC Store
"Friends" Central Perk Mug
Treat media as you would any other environment in your child's life. The same parenting guidelines apply in both real and virtual environments. Set limits; kids need and expect them. Know your children's friends, both online and off. Know what platforms, software, and apps your children are using, what sites they are visiting on the web, and what they are doing online.
Help your favorite "Friends" fan embody their inner Rachel by serving coffee (to you) in one of these. Nothing says "I'll be there for you," like caffeine. Central Perk me up!
For the one who calls their dog their "child"
- 12. Customized Pet Pillow, $40, Etsy
Customizable Pet Pillow
Pet owners can never own enough homages to their little fur babies.
For the grown up Potterhead
- 13. Espresso Patronum Mug, $12, Amazon
Funny Mug - Espresso patronum
Goodbye to faux wands, hello to punny mugs. For the uninitiated, "Expecto Patronum" is the spell Harry Potter uses to fight bad guys. "Espresso Patronum," is the spell adult "Harry Potter" fans use to get through a work day.
For the long lost Kardashian
- 1. Kris Jenner 10% Unisex Sweatshirt, $22, Etsy
Kris Jenner Sweatshirt
The Kardashians have become almost akin to American royalty, and pretty much everyone recognizes the last name. Needless to say, folks who have been following the family since 2007 are probably obsessed enough to wear a sweater featuring a caricature of Kris Jenner. I have not been following the Kardashians since 2007, and even I would wear it. Kris is a cultural icon.
For the millennial
- 2. Huggable Avocado Heating Pad, $29, Urban Outfitters
Huggable Avocado Cooling + Heating Pad
Did you hear that millennials aren't buying houses because they eat too much avocado toast? Whether or not that's true, at least this avocado doubles as a heating pad.
For the Gaines' of Thrones
- 3. "Game Of Thrones" Dragon Egg Candles, $25, Amazon
Game of Thrones Sculpted Dragon Egg Candles
The subset of people who love both Joanna Gaines and "Game of Thrones" may be small ... but those folks win my stamp of approval. Throners who also like to keep a well-decorated home need these candles.
For the Bey Hive
- 4. Sriracha To-Go Bottle, $8, Urban Outfitters
Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain
"I got hot sauce in my bag. Swag." The iconic Beyonce line propelled hot sauce to a new level of pop culture appreciation. Now, any Beyonce fan can carry mini hot sauce on a keychain. So, they really will always have hot sauce in their bag. Swag.
Note: This also works for anyone who puts hot sauce on everything.
For the dog lover who is always cold
- 5. Heated Corgi Slippers, $35, Urban Outfitters
Corgi Heated Slippers
Know a dog lover who likes to keep their feet warm? These heated slippers look like adorable little corgis. Have you seen anything more perfect?
"If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?" - Milton Berle
For the one who's always running on Dunkin'
- 1. Babycakes Mini Donut Maker, $14, Amazon
Babycakes Donut Maker, Mini
It's cute, and it makes doughnuts. What more could anyone need?
For the vodka lover with a sweet tooth
- 2. Vodka Is Always A Good Idea Candy Bento Box, $28, Nordstrom
Sugarfina Vodka is Always a Good Idea Candy Bento Box
A nice bottle of vodka is always a good gift for the home bartender. But, a bento box full of vodka-infused candy is the perfect gift for those who believe in vodka-o-clock.
For the treasure hunter
- 3. Pocket Metal Detector, $19, Urban Outfitters
Pocket Metal Detector
The uncle who spends his weekends strolling down the beach looking for treasure, the teenager who is always asking Mom and Dad for money to go to the movies and the 6-year-old just starting a piggy bank to learn the basics of personal finance — they all have one thing in common. They could use this pocket metal detector.
For the pizza rat
- 4. Pizza Jogger Sweatpants, $50, Nordstrom
Print Stretch Cotton Jogger Pants
Christmas pajamas are cute and all, but for pizza lovers, there's nothing cuter than a comfy pair of joggers featuring cheesy goodness.
For the Christmas-loving cat person
- 5. Meowy Catmas Sweater, $18, Walmart
Meowy Men's Ugly Christmas Sweater
If you don't know someone who is obsessed with their own cat, you probably know someone who is obsessed with cat memes or cat videos.
For the environmentalist "Office" fan
- 6. "The Office" Humans Are Terrible For the Environment Tote, $15, NBC Store
"The Office" Humans Are Terrible For the Environment Tote
Dwight created a special place in most "The Office" fans' hearts. This tote bag is perfect for wannabe Dunder Mifflin employees and environmentalists alike!
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