Unique Christmas Gifts 2014: Top 10 Unusual Presents

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It’s interesting how some items have become “traditional” Christmas gifts over the years. It seems like leather gloves, cashmere scarves, and new PJs always make it under the Christmas tree. While those gifts are awesome, sometimes it’s nice to think outside of the box. Whether you’re shopping for something who is a bit unusual, or you just want to find a unique gift that stands out, the following gifts make for extremely unique and unexpected Christmas gifts.

Need more holiday help? We’ve got a whole section devoted to gift guides, so you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Looking to decorate your Christmas tree? Browse our guide to the best funny Christmas ornaments, and find something for your tree, or to give as a gift.


1. Extendable Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote by CamKix

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This stick lets you take wide angle selfies that show off your whole crew and whatever awesome background is behind you. This is a great gift for teenage girls, anyone who frequently travels solo, or pretty much anyone vain enough to upload their selfies onto Instagram. Multiple color options are available, and it comes with a Bluetooth remote. The stick can be as short as 11 inches, or extend to 40 inches.

Price: $25.99 and up, depending on color selected

Buy it here.


2. Moff Band Smart Toy

See this toy in action in the video demo above.

Earlier this year, we told you about the Moff Band. The Smart Band creates noises based on a kid’s gestures. Basically, a kid wearing a Moff can hold a stick, pretend it’s a sword, and the device will make sounds that reinforce that playtime fantasy.

You use use sound packs that simulate a guitar, samurai swordplay, magic wands, driving, tennis, and toy airplanes. And because new sounds are being added regularly, this is a gift that grows with the kid year after year. Man, I really wish I had one of these when I was a kid.

Price: $54.99 (31 percent off)

Buy it here.


3. Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Sampler

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There’s a lot to like about this award-winning hot sauce. The sampler pack comes with four different sauces that range from a 10/10 for hotness, to a few that clock in at a three or five rating. This is a great gift for chefs, hotheads, or anyone who loves The Walking Dead.

Price: $35

Buy it here.


4. Pressed Flower iPhone 6 Case

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This unique iPhone 6 case uses real pressed flowers to create a uniquely feminine accessory. This would be a great gift for mom, a sister, or anyone in the family who’s into gardening.

Price: $11.99

Buy it here.


5. Alex and Ani Plume Bracelet

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This handmade bangle bracelet is crafted from recycled materials, and it can be adjusted to fit almost any size wrist. This is an elegant bracelet that is suitable for all ages. It would be a great gift for anyone who loves birds, or the writer in your family (since the plume kind of looks like a quill pen.)

Can’t swing the price tag on this one? Alex and Ani has lots of other styles that cost less than this Plume bangle. The whole collection of “Charity by Design” pieces donate a portion of each sale to a worthy cause. You can shop all the “Charity by Design” pieces here, and see all the unique causes that are being supported.

Price: $58

Buy it here.


6. Fred and Friends DINNER WINNER Kids Plate

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(Amazon)

This is a cute dinner plate for picky eaters. This plate from Fred and Friends creates a board game-like experience during dinner time, and encourages kids to clean their plate. This would be a great gift for a family with young kids.

Price: $13.06 (35 percent off)

Buy it here.


7. Japanese Candy & Snack Pack

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The perfect gift for the anime fan in your life, this multi-pack of Japanese candy and snacks is ideal for any Otaku. The pack’s contents change based on availability, but it will likely include popular items like Pocky (a chocolate-coated biscuit).

Price: $31.99

Buy it here.


8. Lumi Sunfold Printing Kit

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If you are shopping for an artsy-craftsy type, this DIY sun printing kit is very cool. You can use this solar-sensitive kit to create one of a kind clothing. There’s a related kit that’s also pretty cool, which does something similar with photo printing.

Price: $35

Buy it here.


9. CycleOps Mag Trainer

Get a closer look at the indoor bike trainer line from CycleOps in the player above.

CycleOps makes a wide range of indoor trainers for cyclists. These indoor trainers make it possible for you to ride your bike all year long. Someone was awesome enough to get me this indoor trainer for my birthday this year, and I absolutely love it. It lacks some of the bells and whistles of the more high-end models this company makes, but the “Mag” model is definitely solid. It’s also easy to set up, taking maybe ten minutes altogether. Why buy a separate piece of fitness equipment when you can use this trainer to make use of your existing bike?

Price: $179.99 (10 percent off)

Buy it here.


10. Otamatone

Billed as “world’s cutest and weirdest musical instrument,” you can see how the Otamatone works in the video above. Unsurprisingly, this quirky little item hails from Japan. Great for kids, musicians, and anyone who loves Asian culture.

Price: $24.99

Buy it here.