Best Unusual Christmas Gift Ideas

by Kate Goodin

Best Unusual Christmas Gift Ideas
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From ultimate fantasy presents to out-of-the-box picks, these unusual gifts provide serious shopping inspiration.


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Dads, want to know what new moms really want? This cheeky book is full of those fantasies (Hint, hint): Cute dads doing household chores and changing diapers, with great one-liners like, "Remember, it's my turn to do the midnight feeding, so don't get up!" Now that's dreamy.

2 of 16 Image Credits: Neiman Marcus



Look closely at the picture: Yep, there's an actual kid inside the gingerbread house. It's life-size—6'6" high and made of 381 pounds of gingerbread and 517 pounds of icing—and totally edible (read: every kid's dream). Of course it's way out there on your list of gifts, and your kid will be just as happy decorating a mini version, but isn't it fun to think of eating your way through it?

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Up a Wall


How do those superheros scale buildings? They might use these rubber suction cups that are straight out of a comic book. Kids can actually use these to suction their way up a wall (they support up to 80 pounds).

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Home Game


Forget a cozy recliner—hard-core baseball fans can get the bona fide ballgame experience at home with original seats from the old Yankees stadium. The seats are the same ones many a fan cheered from, right down to the seat numbers (two small changes: they've been mounted to stand upright, and the armrests had a fresh paint job). The seats also come with a letter from the New York Yankees to ensure authenticity.

5 of 16 Image Credits: In Habitat Shop

Cute to Boot


No traditional, pastel-y baby togs here; this dragon hat and booty set has bite. The steeper price is thanks to the hand-crafting done in Bolivia, and the 100 percent alpaca wool material. When winter's over, keep it handy for dress-up—or Halloween!

6 of 16 Image Credits: Super Hero Supplies

Open Up a Can of Omnipotence


You've already got your mommy sixth sense, but wouldn't the ability to be all-knowing be awesome too? You're in luck: With this one-gallon can of Omnipotence, you'll be able to understand how the dryer eats socks, successfully explain to your toddler why gummi bears do not qualify as dinner and teach your fourth-grader the details of long division. Okay, so maybe this gift won't give you that, but it'll be a good laugh for super-moms who already do it all.

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It's a Mad World


Mad for Mad Men? This book on the show's '60s setting shares fascinating details on the era's history and fads, plus cocktail recipes (and a Joan paper doll!).

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Castle on a Cloud


You've got a kid in full princess mode—and here's her ultimate fantasy bed. The turrets, hand-painted with Sleeping Beauty-style foliage and woodland creatures, flank her slumber area. The stairs on the left lead up to a play area above—with a slide down on the right. Your daughter won't fight bedtime with this fairy tale bed (which also boasts a fantasy price—a cool $22K!).

9 of 16 Image Credits: Think Geek

It's Elementary


Every kid has ABC blocks, but how many have chemistry blocks? These nerdy-cool wooden blocks are decked out with science's version of the alphabet: The periodic table. They're for ages two and up, so you can get your kid started young with this cerebral set of building blocks.

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Lifetime Supply


Want to be Mom of the Year? This giant gumball machine will make you #1 with a bullet in your kid's eyes. How fun is this? The 7-foot-tall sugar-dispensing monolith holds more 14,000 gumballs (included with the machine)—plenty for Mom and Dad too!

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For the Record


Coasters can easily slip into ho-hum gift land, so we were happy to find this cooler, edgier version. The coasters are recycled from original labels on old LP records, so they're all unique, and make a quirky gift for any music lover.

12 of 16 Image Credits: Think Geek

Mother Goose 2.0


Got a kid who's super into math and science? They'll geek out over The Space Child's Mother Goose, which gives traditional tales like Little Bo Peep a science spin that kids and adults can enjoy. Here's an excerpt: Little Bo Peep Has lost her sheep The radar has failed to find them. They'll all, face to face, Meet in parallel space, Preceding their leaders behind them.

13 of 16 Image Credits: Neiman Marcus

Bicycle Built for Three


This luxe tricycle is built pedicab-style, but with quite a few bells and whistles, from the plush Tory Burch styling to the clean-energy electric engine that propels the tricycle when the biker gets tired. Wouldn't it be great to buzz your block in this sweet ride?

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621 Down, 432 Across


For your crossword-lover in your life, we bet The World's Largest Crossword Puzzle will beat out the usual crossword-a-day desk calendar. And "World's Largest" is a literal claim: at 7' x 7', with 28,000 clues and 91,000 squares, it holds a Guinness World Record.

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Light the Way 


Mini-explorers will get a kick out of this head light, because it's exactly what they picture real explorers wearing. It's great for play time, camping, or just reading under the covers at night.

16 of 16 Image Credits: Think Geek



Waffles in the DVD player? Check. This tongue-in-cheek tee gently pokes fun at kids who can get mighty creative with electronics—thus voiding their warranties. It's a just-for-fun gift idea for the pint-sized tinkerer in your life.