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

I Could Pee On This book from Amazon.
Chronicle Books/Amazon

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

T. Rex Wine Holder.
Ebros Gifts

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

A waffle blanket from Amazon for a weird Christmas gift.
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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

Chia Pet Bob Ross.
Chia/Amazon

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

Sharp Shirter sloth shower curtain on Amazon.
Sharp Shirter/Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Shower Head With Wireless Speaker; $108

A shower head with a built-in speaker on Amazon.
KOHLER/Amazon

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

Weird Christmas gifts on Amazon. Microwavable s'mores maker.
Prepsolutions/Amazon

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

 Weird Christmas Gift Ideas: Literary Insults Poster.
Curious Charts Commission/Amazon

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

Weird Christmas Gifts: Bicycle Pizza Cutter.
DOIY/Amazon

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

Weird Christmas Gifts for Jeff Goldblum Fans.
Penguin Books/Amazon

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

Ugly Christmas Sweater With Dinosaur.
Blizzard Bay/Amazon

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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The 10 Best Memorial Day 2020 Sales

iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth
iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth

The Memorial Day sales have started early this year, and it's easy to find yourself drowning in offers for cheap mattresses, appliances, shoes, and grills. To help you cut through the noise and focus on the best deals around, we threw together some of our favorite Memorial Day sales going on right now. Take a look below.

1. Leesa

A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
Leesa

Through May 31, you can save up to $400 on every mattress model Leesa has to offer, from the value-minded Studio by Leesa design to the premium Leesa Legend, which touts a combination of memory foam and micro-coil springs to keep you comfortable in any position you sleep in.

Find it: Leesa

2. Sur La Table

This one is labeled as simply a “summer sale,” but the deals are good only through Memorial Day, so you should get to it quickly. This sale takes up to 20 percent off outdoor grilling and dining essentials, like cast-iron shrimp pans ($32), a stainless steel burger-grilling basket ($16), and, of course, your choice of barbeque sauce to go along with it.

Find it: Sur la Table

3. Wayfair

KitchenAid Stand Mixer on Sale on Wayfair.
Wayfair/KitchenAid

Wayfair is cutting prices on all manner of appliances until May 28. Though you can pretty much find any home appliance imaginable at a low price, the sale is highlighted by $130 off a KitchenAid stand mixer and 62 percent off this eight-in-one GoWise air fryer.

And that’s only part of the brand’s multiple Memorial Day sales, which you can browse here. They’re also taking up to 40 percent off Samsung refrigerators and washing machines, up to 65 percent off living room furniture, and up to 60 percent off mattresses.

Find it: Wayfair

4. Blue Apron

If you sign up for a Blue Apron subscription before May 26, you’ll save $20 on each of your first three box deliveries, totaling $60 in savings. 

Find it: Blue Apron

5. The PBS Store

Score 20 percent off sitewide at Shop.PBS.org when you use the promo code TAKE20. This slashes prices on everything from documentaries like Ken Burns’s The Roosevelt: An Intimate History ($48) and The Civil War ($64) to a Pride & Prejudice tote bag ($27) and this precious heat-changing King Henry VIII mug ($11) that reveals the fates of his many wives when you pour your morning coffee.

Find it: The PBS Store

6. Amazon

eufy robot vacuum.
Amazon/eufy

While Amazon doesn’t have an official Memorial Day sale, the ecommerce giant still has plenty of ever-changing deals to pick from. Right now, you can take $100 off this outdoor grill from Weber, $70 off a eufy robot vacuum, and 22 percent off the ASUS gaming laptop. For more deals, just go to Amazon and have a look around.

7. Backcountry

You can save up to 50 percent on tents, hiking packs, outdoor wear, and more from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and others during Backcountry's Memorial Day sale.

Find it: Backcountry

8. Entertainment Earth

Funko Pops on Sale on Entertainment Earth.
Entertainment Earth/Funko

From now until June 2, Entertainment Earth is having a buy one, get one half off sale on select Funko Pops. This includes stalwarts like the Star Wars and Batman lines, and more recent additions like the Schitt's Creek Funkos and the pre-orders for the upcoming X-Men movie line.

Find it: Entertainment Earth

9. Moosejaw

With the promo code SUNSCREEN, you can take 20 percent off one full-price item at Moosejaw, along with finding up to 30 percent off select items during the outdoor brand's summer sale. These deals include casual clothing, outdoor wear, trail sneakers, and more. 

Find it: Moosejaw

10. Osprey

Through May 25, you can save 25 percent on select summer items, and 40 percent off products from last season. This can include anything from hiking packs and luggage to outdoorsy socks and hats. So if you're planning on getting acquainted with the great outdoors this summer, now you can do it on the cheap.

Find it: Osprey

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Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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