The Unique Holiday Gifts You Won’t Believe We Found On Amazon

We're all aware that Amazon is a treasure trove of products at every conceivable price point. There are very few places you can purchase a 24-pack of toilet paper, a limited edition ADA-approved water flosser, and a housewarming succulent all in one go. But beyond Amazon's endless digital shelves of Instant Pots and practical fare are some truly unique items that make for great holiday gifts — but who’s got the time to looking?

That’s where the Shopping team comes in. We dove in deep looking for those giftable treasures that are creative enough to earn you brownie points with the toughest of giftees but can still be considered crowd-pleasers (at least for anyone with a decent sense of humor). Get your wrapping paper at the ready and sift through our favorite holiday finds ahead. If it's the effort that counts, no one needs to know you found your, crowd-pleasing diamond-in-the-rough present from this thrifty little gift guide.


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Art-o-Rama Pablo Picasso T-Shirt

A modern-art tee bearing a message that we can all get behind.
Art-O-Rama Pablo Picasso T-Shirt, $19.95 Buy

Fred Cloud Catcher Cotton Swab Holder

We recognize that a cotton-swab holder doesn’t sound like the most exciting gift, but how about one that arranges all of your cotton swabs into a neat, peaceful cloud formation?
Fred CLOUD CATCHER Cotton Swab Holder, $19.99 $15.94 Buy

Fred Unzipped Hand-blown Glass Bowl

A cheerful trompe l’oeil gift for anyone who appreciates a visual joke.
Fred UNZIPPED Hand-Blown Glass Bowl, $33.43 Buy

Lego-Compatible Build-On Brick Mug Red

The perfect gift for the Lego-inclined kid in your life — or that kid’s parent.
ThinkGeek Lego-Compatible Build-On Brick Mug Red, $19.99 Buy

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels

The alarm clock is nobody’s favorite household object, but when it’s this cute and naughty, it will certainly return to to everyone’s good graces.
Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels, $39.99 Buy

Gummygoods Squeezable Night Light

While this squeeze-on, squeeze-off night-light is meant for kids, it has a kitschy Jeff Koons vibe that we could see working in any room of the house.
Gummygoods Squeezable Night Light, $29.99 Buy

Apple Watch Mac-Monitor Charging Stand

This little charging stand transforms a resting Apple Watch into a retro Mac monitor — and now no tech accessory will ever be as cute.
elago W4 Apple Watch Stand, $14.99 Buy

Giant Teddy Bear

Be the favorite aunt forever with this 6'5" stuffed animal.
Joyfay Giant Teddy Bear, $102.99 Buy

Grimm Rainbow Nesting Bowls

These nesting bowls are great for kids, but we could also see them doing double duty as chic catch-alls for small objects, jewelry, or bathroom sundries. Gift these to your new-mom friend, with the option of keeping them for herself.
Grimm's Spiel und Holz Design Rainbow Nesting Bowls, $50.00 Buy

Oureamod Cartoon Sock

Fans of the classic anime movie My Neighbor Toroto — or, really anyone who likes cute things — will appreciate these grin-inducing socks.
Oureamod Cartoon Socks, $12.95 Buy

Keri Smith’s “Wreck This Journal”

A journal filled with colorful creative exercises is the perfect way to help anyone kick off a better 2021.
Penguin Books Wreck This Journal, $9.59 Buy

Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer

Pancake people: you know who you are. This super-easy mixing container will streamline the Saturday morning of the most diehard brunch enthusiast.
Whiskware Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk, $14.99 $13.80 Buy

Small Pets Bed

Don't forget to treat your smallest, most loyal friends this year. Give them a new place to kick back and relax that'll make you smile every time you see them snoozing.
Holly Pet Small Pet Beds, $15.99 Buy

Herbivore Botanicals Mini Facial Oil Trio

Get your D.I.Y. frenzied friend onto a skincare kick with a beginner's oil blending kit.
Herbivore Botanicals Mini Facial Oil Trio, $29.00 Buy

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set (Paperback)

An unexpected but seriously comic-book classic for the young (or the young at heart).
Bill Watterson The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set (Paperback), $69.99 Buy

Monkey Business Beanie Cap Silicone Bottle Stopper (Set of Two)

We all have that friend who loves a cozy evening of a fire, a good book, and a bottle of wine. Help keep their wine insulated, too, with a toasty silicone bottle topper.
Monkey Business Beanie Cap Silicone Bottle Stopper (Set of Two), $14.95 Buy

Flensted Mobile Shoal of Fishes Mobile

This chic, Danish-designed would add minimal flair to any room, from a nursery to a living room.
Flensted Mobiles Shoal of Fishes Mobile, $55.75 Buy

Senfai Love Knot Bangle

A simple, sentimental, and affordable way to remind a friend that you’re bonded for life.
Senfai Simple Love Knot Bangle, $9.99 Buy

Hide & Drink Repurposed Denim Bicycle Wine Caddy

We all know that biking is a great way to get around these days. Equip your friends for those socially distant park dates with a cycle-friendly wine carrier made from recycled denim.
Hide & Drink Repurposed Denim Bicycle Wine Caddy, $57.99 $52.19 Buy

Sojos Blue Light Blocking Glasses

For loved ones who spend a lot of time in front of screens, these chic, top-rated blue-light blocking glasses could help ease tension headaches — or just give them a new-look boost. (Read about the barrage of compliments one shopper received after wearing her pair around for a week.)
Sojos Blue Light Blocking Glasses, $19.99 $14.99 Buy

Mendini by Cecilio Three-Piece Kids’ Drum Set

Nuture Junior’s musical talent for a song (get it?) with this affordable, pint-sized drum kit.
Mendini by Cecilio Three-Piece Kids’ Drum Set, $86.99 Buy

Umbra Stowit Jewelry Box

Whether you love a neat freak or there’s someone in your life who’s just beginning their organizing journey, this minimal, well-designed jewelry box is sure to please.
Umbra Stowit Jewelry Box, $59.99 Buy

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar

The sure-to-be-runaway success of this gift needs no introductions — and, as an advent calendar, it’s one that will keep on giving for all season long.
Insight Editions Friends: The Official Advent Calendar, $18.95 Buy

Huy Fong Grab N Go Sriracha Packets

Name one person who wouldn't want a packet of Sriracha hot sauce in their bag. We'll wait.
Huy Fong Grab N Go Original Sriracha Chili Sauce (50 Pack), $13.91 Buy

LAPCOS Foot Mask

A self-care gift that anyone with feet can get behind.
LAPCOS Foot Mask, $6.00 Buy

Werewolf: A Party Game For Devious People

For your diehard Cards Against Humanity-loving crew.
Stellar Factory Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People, $12.95 Buy

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8+

A true crowd-pleaser than will delight any analog-technology junkie, no matter their age.
Fujifilm Mini 8+, $84.82 Buy

Room Copenhagen Lego Storage Brick Box

Available in nearly every color under the sun, these stackable oversize Lego storage containers make for a cheerful addition to any space.
Room Copenhagen Lego Storage Brick Box, $38.50 Buy

Areaware Bottle Opener

A simple, aesthetically-pleasing option for your most design-minded loved one.
Areaware Areaware Bottle Opener, $12.00 Buy

Marimekko Notecards

A notecard set from everyone’s favorite heritage textile house will please fashion lovers and vintage nerds alike.
Marimekko Marimekko Notes, $20.96 Buy

Kikkerland Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker

Help a friend make the most of their indoor space — and the precious winter sun — with this dazzling, rainbow-ready window accent.
Kikkerland Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker, $41.25 Buy

Go All Out Peach Emoji Dad Hat

We all have that friend who’s obsessed with this emoji — for them, this embroidered “dad hat” won’t disappoint.
Go All Out Peach Embroidered Hat, $19.95 Buy

Chronicle Books Mindfulness Cards

This meditative gift will be a welcome addition under the 2020 tree.
 , $14.99 $12.35 Buy

Poketo Colorful Open Dated Spectrum Poster Calendar

This visually stunning gift will help any gift recipient plan the upcoming year with stylish flair.
Poketo Colorful Open Dated Spectrum Poster Calendar, $53.95 Buy

Jonathan Adler Poodle Ornament

Give the standard ornament a minimal, modern upgrade with Jonathan Adler’s porcelain poodle.
Jonathan Adler Poodle Ornament, $24.00 Buy

Mavogel Modal Sleep Mask

This Eva Chen-endorsed sleep mask will be a godsend for the light sleeper in your life.
Mavogel Modal Eye Mask, $14.99 $11.99 Buy

What On Earth Paper Towel Holder

We laughed, you'll laugh, they'll laugh.
What On Earth Brontosaurus Paper Towel Holder - 17" High, $22.94 Buy

Hand Cup Pen/Pencil Holder

This everyday desk accessory will ensure your bestie’s WFH setup is functional, but still kooky.
ARAD Hand Cup Pen/Pencil Holder, $18.95 Buy

“Goodnight Moon” Tote

A sweet and beautifully designed gift for any lover of classic books — or fans of famed illustrator Clement Hurd.
Out of Print Goodnight Moon Tote Bag, $20.00 Buy

Lexon Mino

Squee! We’d buy this Lilliputian speaker based on tiny-ness alone, but it actually functions; both as a portable speaker and a selfie timer.
Lexon MINO Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $39.40 Buy

Cactus Dryer Balls

Every needs a little succulent in their lives — or two, when they come in the form of a pair of silicone dryer balls that are too cute to limit to the laundry room.
Kikkerland Cactus Dryer Balls, $9.50 Buy

The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket

You spent all summer on socially-distant friend dates with your bestie. This book will be a reminder of all the time spent together — and will help plan for next summer’s outdoor outings.
Marnie Hanel The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration, $16.29 Buy

MoMA Ramen Fork/Spoon

This stylish fork was designed to maximize ramen slurpage, but will please any aesthete, no matter their food preferences.
MoMA Ramen Fork/Spoon, $46.00 Buy

Pristine Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

Amazon reviewers rave about the perfect design and ease of use of this bamboo bath caddy — it’s the perfect self-care gift for the homebound (ie, anyone).
Pristine Bamboo Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray, $39.90 Buy

Kempf “Go Away” Straw Doormat

Help your sassiest friend send a clear message with this cheeky doormat.

Kempf “Go Away” Doormat, $23.95 Buy
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