11 Weird Gifts You Can Get on Amazon

Chronicle Books, Chia/Amazon
Chronicle Books, Chia/Amazon

Your friends are interesting people. So when special occasions roll around, why get them bland, milquetoast presents? We’ve scoured the internet to come up with 11 weird gifts—from sloth shower curtains to microwave s’mores makers—that should pleasantly surprise your favorite chums.

1. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats; $10

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Cats. They pee on our clothes, bang on our doors all night (and refuse to come in when we open it for them), and turn Christmas trees into their personal jungle gyms. So what goes through their heads? This book of poems written from the perspective of a destructive house cat attempts to answer these mysteries. It’s the ideal gift for someone with a fuzzy ball of destruction of their own at home.

Buy It: Amazon

2. T. rex Wine Bottle Holder; $27

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Holding a glass bottle would’ve been a challenge for any real Tyrannosaurus rex, what with the disproportionately small arms and all. But this skeletonized little fellow came up with a solution: He grasps the containers between his toes. Made of hand-painted polyresin, he’ll be a welcome addition to any fossil-lover’s dinner table.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Waffle blanket; $23

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This is about as close as a person can get to being wrapped in a warm waffle without all of the stickiness that goes along with it. Measuring 60 inches across, this blanket is a fit for anyone that wants to be covered in something a bit off the beaten path while lounging on the couch on those cold winter mornings.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Chia Pet Bob Ross; $16

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Forget the traditional Chia Pets this year and instead go for this sublimely weird Bob Ross version, which puts you in charge of growing the beloved artist's luxurious perm. It's important work, no doubt, but in just one to two weeks, this little sculpture should flaunt a head of hair worthy of the public broadcast legend.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Sloth Shower Curtain; $38

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Why did the sloth become the internet’s favorite animal? Well, much like this King Kong-esque shower curtain, the appeal is a bit hard to explain. Still, there’s something endlessly fascinating about these slow-moving, miraculously photogenic animals—and whether your friend is already part of the sloth fan club or you’re just hoping to convert them, this supremely weird gift is a no-brainer.

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6. Shower Head With Wireless Speaker; $108

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Singing in the shower? Why not throw in some musical accompaniment? Kohler’s “Moxie” shower head comes with a detachable wireless speaker that delivers your favorite tunes to the bathroom via Bluetooth. The gadget is totally waterproof and includes rechargeable batteries.

Buy It: Amazon

7. Microwave S’mores Maker; $19

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Here’s a device that lets you make yummy, gooey campfire treats in any household microwave. Stack the ingredients under the two plastic arms, fill up the water compartment in the back, and get ready for indoor s’mores in just 30 seconds of cooking time.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Literary Insults Chart; $24

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A compilation of the greatest put-downs in the English language, the Literary Insult Chart is organized by category. Looking for a quick culinary jab? There’s a whole section for that—one that includes Storm Jameson’s classic line, “She did not so much cook as assassinate food.” Featuring eloquent barbs from Shakespeare, Hedda Hopper, and many others, this poster will have the bookworms in your life grinning with glee.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Bicycle Pizza Cutter; $20

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Toy vehicles make everything better—including pizza preparation. Available in yellow, black, pink, and all sorts of other colors, the novelty bicycle pizza cutter has bladed wheels that’ll slice up crusts in style.

Buy It: Amazon

10. The Goldblum Variations; $12

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It’s hard to describe The Goldblum Variations succinctly—it’s partly a love letter to the idiosyncratic Jurassic Park star, but it’s also an absurd piece of fan fiction where author Helen McClory imagines a number of alternate existences for Goldblum, in which he can be anything from a firefighter in an Arizona ghost town to a piece of code in a video game. It’s an odd one, but so is your Goldblum-obsessed friend.

Buy It: Amazon

11. Dinosaur Ugly Christmas Sweater; $30

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Look at this thing. You’ve got a dinosaur on a Christmas sweater wearing its own Christmas sweater, and its arms are too short to even fill out the sleeves. Everyone has that one friend that’s way too into dinosaurs, and chances are, they already have a house full of dino-related merchandise and collectibles that they bought on their own. But they won’t have this.

Buy It: Amazon

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

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Mobile Pixels

If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Dual Screen Laptop Monitor - $214.99

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