30 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in September

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Even after Labor Day has come and gone, there is still plenty to celebrate in September, as the list of holidays below proves. And if nothing in here catches your fancy, just remember that September is also Happy Cat Month.

1. September 3: National Skyscraper Day

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Celebrate the architectural triumphs that make the skyline of your city unique by paying tribute to oversized buildings. This day coincides with the birthday of Louis Sullivan, the influential architect who helped develop and advance the skyscraper movement in the late 19th century.

2. September 4: Bring Your Manners To Work Day

Whatever it is you do, do it politely. (Even if it’s via Zoom this year.)

3. September 4: Eat an Extra Dessert Day

You may have observed this holiday a little early on Labor Day, but go ahead and indulge those residual gluttonous impulses because this holiday gives you the green light. That leftover pie isn’t going to eat itself, so really, it’s the least you can do.

4. September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day

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This day honors Barney Flaherty, who was hired as the first paperboy for the New York Sun way back in 1833. (International Newspaper Carrier Day, meanwhile, is happening on October 10.)

5. September 5: Cheese Pizza Day

No frills, just deliciousness.

6. September 5: Be Late For Something Day

While a lot of people don't need an excuse to be late, here’s a day for all you punctual types out there to cut loose and be tardy for once.

7. September 6: National Fight Procrastination Day

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One of these years we're going to get around to celebrating.

8. September 7: Neither Rain Nor Snow Day

September 7 is the anniversary of the opening of the New York Post Office in 1914, and the name of the holiday comes from the inscription on the building: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

9. September 10: TV Dinner Day

The TV dinner was first introduced to consumers in the United States by C.A. Swanson & Sons in the early 1950s. This pre-packaged, frozen meal would not only provide you a whole dinner with the slight flick of an oven—it was also designed for ease of consumption while parked in front of a television screen.

10. September 10: Swap Ideas Day

This is less of a celebration and more of a reminder to not hoard good ideas: They're much more useful when you put them out into the open.

11. September 13: Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

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Just maybe don't be so quick to eat what they make (or keep a close eye on how they’re preparing it).

12. September 13: Grandparents Day

Mom and dad get one, so why not the older generation? Grandparents Day has been celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day since 1978. Many other countries have their own versions of this day at some point during the year and, unlike the U.S., they often give grandmothers and grandfathers their own separate days. Just something to think about.

13. September 13: National Hug Your Hound Day

If you don't have a hound of your own to hug, looking at photos of other people hugging their hounds is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

14. September 16: World Play-Doh Day

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Today's the perfect day to do something with your favorite childhood clay! It's OK with us if you mostly just smell it.

15. September 16: Mayflower Day

This is the anniversary of the day in 1620 when 102 men, women, and children set sail from Plymouth, England, aboard the Mayflower.

16. September 16: Anne Bradstreet Day

September 16 was officially proclaimed a holiday by the governor of Massachusetts to honor Anne Bradstreet, an underappreciated figure in the history of American literature. Bradstreet, who emigrated to the colonies along with her family in 1630, is considered to be America's first poet for her 1650 work, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published, supposedly, without her knowledge.

17. September 17: Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was officially signed—although it wasn't voted into effect until two years later. Since 1952, Citizenship Day has also been celebrated on September 17.

18. September 19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day just might be the most widely-known offbeat holiday, because who doesn't relish the chance to call everyone matey?

19. September 21: World Gratitude Day

In 1977, those hippies at the United Nations Meditation Group established World Gratitude Day to appreciate existence. Even the least existential among us can recognize a thing or two in our lives for which we feel grateful. For example, we here at Mental Floss are grateful that you’re still reading this article.

20. September 22: Elephant Appreciation Day

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This ode to oversized pachyderms was created by Mission Media Inc. founder Wayne Hepburn in 1996. Years before, his daughter had given him an elephant paperweight that led to a lifelong obsession with the animals, which eventually culminated in the creation of this holiday.

21. September 22: American Business Women's Day

First recognized by Congressional resolution in 1983, this honoring of the female half of the workforce is celebrated annually on the anniversary of the 1949 founding date of the American Business Women's Association.

22. September 22: Hobbit Day

On the birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien fans celebrate all things The Lord of the Rings. It is also the day that determines the larger celebration of Tolkien Week.

23. September 22: Dear Diary Day

Get reacquainted with your diary … and penmanship … and maybe some feelings.

24. September 22: National Centenarian’s Day

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We realize that the people above probably aren't centenarians, but we bet they'll be just as fun and active when they are.

25. September 24: National Punctuation Day

Let the Oxford comma debates begin!

26. September 25: National One-Hit Wonder Day

Get your playlist started now.

27. September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day

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There is some debate about whether this American folklore hero should be celebrated on the anniversary of his birth on September 26, or on the anniversary of his death in March. But this is a celebration, after all, so let's stick with his birthday.

28. September 28th: Drink Beer Day

Finally, an excuse.

29. September 29: International Coffee Day

We won't talk to you before you've celebrated this one.

30. September 29: Biscotti Day

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Surely it's no coincidence that this falls on the same day as International Coffee Day, and that's why we love the offbeat holiday gods.

14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

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Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

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This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

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You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

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What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

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Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

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The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

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Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

Buy it: 80s Tees

8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

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Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

Buy it: 80s Tees

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

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Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

Buy it: Shop Disney

10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

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You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

Buy it: Shop Disney

11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

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Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

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If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

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13. SNES Classic; $275

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The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

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Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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10 Great Gifts for Teens

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If it’s been a few years since you were a teenager, you might be feeling at a loss when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the teen in your life. But you don’t have to worry—we’ve culled the internet to figure out what’s cool these days, and we found 10 items to suit any teen (and any price point).

1. Fjällräven Kånken Mini Classic Backpack for Everyday; $70

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Fjällräven’s Kånken backpack was originally introduced in 1978 as an affordable and comfortable bag for Swedish schoolchildren, but it recently took off as a trend among American high schoolers and college students. With 43 different color options, chances are you’ll be able to find the perfect trendy backpack for the teen in your life.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle; $30–$35

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Hydro Flasks aren’t only trendy, they’re sturdy and environmentally friendly. Plus, they keep hot drinks warm and icy drinks cool for an absurdly long amount of time. The standard-mouth water bottle is currently available on Amazon in 17 different colors, but the brand also offers tumbler cups and coffee mugs depending on your niece/nephew/cousin/friend/child’s preference.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Polaroid Originals OneStep+ Bluetooth-Connected Instant Film Camera; $140

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Teens can kick it back old school with this Polaroid camera that hides some surprisingly contemporary features. Using a special app, users can fine-tune their camera settings to suit their personal tastes. Plus, this camera makes it possible to capture two scenes in a single frame, so it's that much easier to create uniquely artsy Polaroid pics.

Buy it: Amazon

4. 4th-Generation Echo Dot with Clock; $60

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Tech-wise, the fourth-generation Echo Dot is almost identical to its third-generation predecessor. But the updated spherical design seems poised to make the Echo Dot a worthy contender for traditional alarm clocks—the speaker face shows the time and it even includes a tap-to-snooze function for drowsy sleepers.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Bubble Tea Kit; $38

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Part of the reason bubble tea is so popular is that it’s customizable—and what could be more customizable than making it yourself? This kit, made by an Atlanta-based couple, comes with two reusable straws and enough supplies to make up to eight servings.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

6. Mixtape Card Game; $20

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This party game challenges players to find the perfect songs to suit specific prompts. Some cards might prompt players to use Spotify or Youtube to search for the songs with the best guitar solos, while other cards call for participants to play their “favorite slow dance love jam from junior high.” This game is sure to be a hit at any high school sleepover or house party—or, in true 2020 style, at any digital hangout or Zoom meeting.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

7. Giant Flour Tortilla Throw Blanket; $18-$35

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This goofy double-sided blanket turns any human into a giant-size burrito, and it comes in four different sizes to suit any height. One reviewer even went so far as to say that “once you wrap yourself in it, you will be convinced that you are a burrito.”

Buy it: Amazon

8. The Cup of Destiny; $22

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Here’s a prediction: Your hunt for the perfect gift is almost over. This kit is ideal for the teenager who is fascinated by the supernatural and loves exploring new ideas. Included, you’ll find a 96-page illustrated instruction book along with a cup and a saucer marked with patterns and symbols.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Wreck This Journal: Now in Color; $9

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This journal is not intended to be pretty. It’s made for messiness and exploration and a little bit of chaos. Artistic-minded teens will love filling out pages that prompt them to catalog various stains or poke holes through the paper. Reviewers say it’s not only a source of creative inspiration, though—it’s also a stress reliever. And considering that the middle-school and high-school years aren’t exactly known for being relaxing, this journal could be a welcome reprieve from the daily pressure of managing homework and a social life.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Therapy Dough; $15

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Some teens focus better and relax more easily when they have something to fidget with. If the teen in your life fits that description, this therapy dough may be the perfect gift for them. Each 4.5-ounce container is infused with essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, orange, or pine, making relaxation smell delicious (and all natural!).

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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