When you’re shopping for that perfect gift, it can be really hard to find a unique gift that’s creative and unexpected. Whether you’re shopping for someone with unusual tastes, or just want to avoid getting a duplicate gift for someone, it makes sense to focus on unique gift ideas. For those hunting for an “out of the box” gift, here are ten unusual and unique gift ideas that will definitely surprise your lucky friend or family member with their originality. Our gift guide includes unique gifts that are budget-friendly, as well as really unique and unexpected gifts that carry a more premium price tag.
1. PolyScience ‘The Smoking Gun’ Handheld Smoker With Classic Smokehouse Assortment
Shopping for someone who watches way too much Top Chef? This cool smoke gun is an awesome gift for any home cook who wants to try unusual techniques in the kitchen. The smoke gun allows you to impart smoked flavors to food, without actually having the deal with the heat and unpleasantness of a traditional smoker. You can add smoked flavor to meats, condiments, or even veggies. The gun comes with smokehouse wood chips, so you’re pretty much ready to go once you take the gun out of the box.
If you’re looking for tips on how to use the smoke gun, pick up a copy of Try This at Home by chef Richard Blais, which has some great smoke gun recipes.
2. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter
This little drone is one of the leading drones for sale right now. If you’re shopping for someone who loves RC vehicles, gadgets, or toys, then this is a great “grown-up” toy for them to own. It is controlled using an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
3. Stan Lee Signed Captain America Full Size Shield
Shopping for someone who loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or just loves Marvel comics in general? This cool collectible is signed by comics legend Stan Lee. It would be the perfect centerpiece for any man cave, living room, or bedroom.
4. Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities
Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities is an awesome gift for anyone who loves old maps, history, or trivia. The book includes 138 unique maps that blend cartography with quirky statistics and smart social commentary. The book features maps that show what the world might look like in alternate timelines, maps of fictional locations, and maps that might have been. One cool map featured in this collection is Thomas Jefferson’s plan for dividing the Northwest Territory into ten states with names such as Polypotamia and Assenisipia.
Price: $19.06 (36 percent off MSRP)
5. Ms. Pac-Man / Galaga Class of 1981 Arcade Gaming Cabinet
Looking for a really impressive gift for a fan of old-school arcade games? This arcade machine is an awesome gift, though it is a bit expensive. This cabinet includes Ms Pac-Man and Galaga, plus four hidden bonus games: Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga. It’s definitely a bit expensive, but you could spread the cost between your other family members or other friends so it’s less of a blow to your wallet. For those who are crazy about arcade games, there simply isn’t a better gift.
Price: $3,014.98 (8 percent off MSRP)
6. Grow Your Own Hottest Pepper in the World Kit
The Moruga Scorpion pepper is described by some as the hottest pepper in the world, with a scalding Scoville rating of two million units. This grow your own kit is great for anyone who loves spicy foods, or anyone who has expressed an interest in making their own hot sauce from scratch.
Price: $6.99 (42 percent off MSRP)
7. Ask Me About My T-Rex T-Shirt
This funny “Ask Me About My T-Rex” shirt is a great gift for anyone who loves jokes, dinosaurs, or Jurassic World. The front of the shirt says “Ask Me About My T-Rex”, with a secret T-Rex that can be revealed when you raise up the shirt.
Price: $18.99 – $22.99, depending on size selected
8. Make Your Own Spiced Rum Outlaw Kit From American Oak Barrel
For anyone who harbors a secret dream of owning their own distillery, this cool DIY kit is the next best thing. Using store-bought spirits, a barrel, and the enclosed kit ingredients, you can enhance the flavor of your favorite types of liquor. If you take proper care of the barrel, it can last up to eight years.
Price: $79.95 for a two-liter barrel
9. Fyxation Leather Bicycle Carrier
Made in Milwaukee, WI from full grained leather, this cool beer carrier is an awesome gift for anyone who loves both craft beer and cycling. This is a great way to transport beer home for a brewery, or to bring beer to your next picnic or BBQ. It’s also a nice gift for anyone who appreciates leather goods and functional design.
10. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
Randall Munroe is best known as the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd. This wickedly funny guy is also a former NASA roboticist, which explains why he’s come out with some very cool and unique science books. His new book, Thing Explainer, is due out later this year.
If you’re shopping for someone who is interested in science, this is a great gift. It takes even the most complicated scientific concepts and explains them in clear, concise words. This is a great gift for kids, teens, or adults. Technologies like microwaves, the ISS, and helicopters are all explained in clear detail. The book also explains the mysteries of the natural world like tectonic plates or the solar system.
Can’t wait for this new book to come out in November? Monroe’s other science book, What If?, is available now.
Price: $18.60 (25 percent off MSRP)