The joy of giving - gift ideas for the difficult to buy for

Whose special day is it?

Whoever is the recipient of the gift, or whatever the reason, finding unique gifts is a great way to go!
Whoever is the recipient of the gift, or whatever the reason, finding unique gifts is a great way to go! | Source

Do you need a gift idea?

When it comes to giving, I love it. The problem is, every person on my list has unique qualities that I must match up with an equally unique gift. This being said, all my gifts must sing to me. By singing, I don’t mean they must be possessed with the “La La La’s!” Gifts must present a special quality for me to spend my hard earned money on them. I want to see the recipient’s face light up with absolute joy. This is not achieved by gift cards or by the gift basket filled with bathroom goodies. These are for the last minute when you can’t find the gift that sings.

This need to hear a gift sing to me has made holiday shopping more and more difficult each year. I spend hours wondering through stores only to come up empty handed… or if I am lucky… maybe one gift in hand. Therefore, I have turned to the internet to search for some oddball gifts or special treasures I am sure to be a hit for that difficult-to-buy-for recipient.

Now, while we typically think of gifts for the holidays. There are many other times we feel the need to give gifts as well. Graduations, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or maybe just because we are thinking of them. These gift suggestions can work for any situation. Or maybe you will just want to splurge and buy one for yourself!

Here is my list of some great gift ideas… feel free to help yourself and take the credit.

Nose Shower Gel Dispenser

This is my favorite find for the year. This matches up with my personality (because a part of me is a little bit of a jokester), and mostly because it is unique and definitely matches my criteria for being a crazy find. While this isn’t a gift I would give to anybody, it is perfect for those single males or those who can take a joke. It is also great for kids, especially those who find shower time a chore when they start getting a little older.

The gift ranges in price from $11.29 all the way up to $18.43 (plus shipping and handling depending on the order), which makes it a great gift for the budget. The gift is rather simple; it is a big nose that attaches to the wall with three suction cups. Just a small press will have the gel squirting out the nostril so you can suds your way clean. Add some gel and you got a complete gift that will have people talking about how clever and creative you are! A big thumbs up to you!

Beer Holster

For those gentleman who like a good BBQ in the backyard, or maybe those who just like guns… what a great gift to keep your hands free and your beer with you the whole time! This gift ranges from looks, from the black leather beer holster for $34.95 to a six pack holster belt for as cheap as $8.49.

This gift is perfect for the fathers or father in-laws. It is also a great one for godfathers or maybe your brother who parties a lot in college. It can be budget friendly depending on the style you like or it can be a little bit more pricey for a better quality. This is my second choice not only for its uniqueness, but also for its usefulness. This will be a gift that gets used time and time again.

This is the perfect gift for any occasion, however, my choice would definately be for Father's Day. After all, I am sure Dad already has enough ties, so maybe it is time to give him something that he would use. It can also be a handy housewarming gift. A utility belt for the man of the house who wants to be hands free with his drink will grilling.

Money Maze Puzzle

Do you buy for someone that likes a challenge… well here is the perfect gift. This is a great gift not only for Christmas, but also for birthdays, or graduations. There is a few different varietys of this gift, ranging from a more decorative one for $23.09 to a more simplistic one for $7.95. Great gift for all budgets.

The part about this gift that intrigued me is that you can add a gift card, money, or even lottery tickets inside for an extra kick. The bonus… until they solve the puzzle they will be unable to retrieve their prize. Based off some feedback, this gift is not impossible but can be a challenge. With that in mind, I probably wouldn’t put anything extra inside that has an expiration date attached.

For Christmas, I gave this gift to my sister. She loves puzzles so it was the perfect match for her. It was challenging enough for her to figure out, but still easy enough were she didn't get frustrated. And after she got out the extra gift, she was able to use the maze as a decoration in her house. It is definately a conversation piece.

Therapy Ball

Dr. Freud’s Therapy Ball

Do you remember the Magic 8 Ball? Well, this is very similar. Only this gag gift can give the recipient a bit of advice! A great gift for those who have “issues” or are indecisive.

This gift works particularly well for the therapist, the patient, or maybe the student in your life. Be careful when giving this gift to others… for the low price of about $10, it is not worth the joke if the recipient doesn’t have a sense of humor.

In addition to this Magic 8 Ball spin-off, you might find these other gifts to be just as useful. Also available is a Sarcastic Ball, The Happy Smiley Face Affirmation Ball, and the Instant Excuse Ball. There is a variety that can fit just about every personality type. If anything, it will be a great conversation piece that will have everybody laughing!

I know when I was younger, I had a magic 8 ball. I loved my magic 8 ball and when it no longer worked, I later replaced it. These other types of balls would be a wonderful addition to the collection. There are several out there with a different purpose. Feel free to pick and choose depending on the recipient. I personally would love to have each and every one of them!

The time to shop is now!

Whether Christmas is right around the corner or a whole year away, any time is a good time to get the shopping started. Hopefully this will give you a few ideas and get you started.

When it comes to the holidays, shopping can be stressful or it can be fun. With the internet available at your fingertips, online shopping has made it easier than ever to get what you want relatively painlessly. With a few great ideas, your holiday shopping can be done with a click of the bottom and without the pain of traffic or crowded stores.

Yet, it isn't necessary to wait until the holiday push to start your shopping. You can pick up these items at any time to have a gift on handy. You never know when you might need a last minute gag birthday gift or something to give away just to make a friend smile.

Now what are you doing still reading this... get out their and start your shopping! Good luck!

Comments 24 comments

Lana Lu Who 5 years ago

I think i 'need' some of those things! lol! I liked this blog..Shopping is my least favorite part of Christmas as i really can't stand crowded malls and long lines.Ugh,sigh! I think i'm going to gradually change all of my shopping over to internet shopping instead! Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks for the comment Lana Lu... I am just like you! I totally hate shopping... the crowded malls, long lines and you can't forget about the rude people. I actually used a couple of these as some of my Christmas gifts! I am kind of jealous though, cause I really want the nose shower gel dispenser! Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with family!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love those beer holsters .... I can see walking into a party with one of these saying ... "They're all mine, just try and grab one!". :)

Those puzzle banks look like they would be a hoot ...could have hours of entertainment with one of those.


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Zubyre 5 years ago from East London

'Jokester' :)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I so want a Nose Gel Dispenser! Great minds thinking alike again!!! BTW...I was hunting hubs for a gift idea hub to link to my letter to Santa, perfect timing!! Voted UP!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just ask Susan - I so need to get a beer holster for someone on my list... I think they are awesome. and they don't have to just hold beer- but it definately helps... lol

I got my sister the puzzle thing last year. It was definately a hit. Now she keeps it out in the open and I think it is a great conversation piece and if someone tries it... it definately isn't easy.

Ahhh - tis the season for finding the unique and fun gifts. That is what it is about because people would probably never buy this for themselves! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Zubyre - Ha ha - you nailed it... if the gift isn't absoltuely perfect it definately should be funny. Tis the season to hand out laughs! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunshine - So do I! I just can't break myself to buy it for myself! Although I did give this out as a gift last year I have to wonder if they are actually using it. I think it rude to investigate someone's bathroom :)

And yeah - I am glad this had perfect timing for you! How awesome for me as well! I plan on writing another gift giving hub for this year, but this one is timeless and people are always looking for ideas! :)


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Melovy 5 years ago from UK

This was fun, and certainly unusual gift ideas. I can think of a few people it might be fun to give that nose shower gel dispenser. Not sure I’d want it for myself though, the thought makes me feel a little queazy! The money maze puzzles could be good for keeping various easily bored members of our family amused.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Haha! BBG - I've actually bought a few of those gifts before. We 2 magic eight balls - a pink and a black. It makes all my decisions for me! Especially the hard ones!

Awesome and funny!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Melovy - The nose shower gel dispenser is my favorite... but maybe that is because I am a jokestar after all. I hope you find someone to give it too... the look on their face is priceless! lOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I love the magic 8 balls... I don't make any bad decisions without it! LOL However, I think I could use the freaudian one and maybe even the sarcastic one as well. I think I am well suited for both. And they are such great stocking stuffers! LOL


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i want the beer holster. badly


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@KDXKaraokeGuy - Me too... I think that would be so awesome for camping or just house parties!! Now you can send out your Christmas List with the Beer Holster attached! :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

yes. but i'd probly forget to take it off when driving


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - ok - note to self... if you purchase beer holster make sure you have a designated driver at all times! LOL


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

indeed. Or, just ride a bike (then again, my friend got a DUI while biking)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PDXKaraokeGuy - Wow - now that is crazy... ok... get beer holster.. use soda instead! LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh yeah...ho, ho, ho! Here we go!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Christmas in July! Oh what fun it is to.... ok - now I have Christmas songs stuck in my head! LOL


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I want the nose dispenser thingy! I'd crack myself up every day if I had to use one of those! My husband would love the money maze gift. He loves gadgets and figuring things out, he'd have a ball. Great ideas!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@MelChi - I want the nose dispensar too... I actually gave that gift to my cousin and my brother in law (separate sides of the family) Sadly, I don't think either of them have actually used it. And the money maze gift I gave to my sister. I put something in there, but it wasn't money. I put something else in it hat would be special. For the life of me I can't think of what it was. But that is my favorite part of Christmas, coming up with the unique gift ideas! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Hubby loves puzzles and such, he is very good at them too. I am going to have to get the money maze for him. I think I will get one for each of the boys too and the son-in-law. Now they can make a competition out of it on Christmas morning! They will love that! Thanks for the ideas! Voting up and useful! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@sgbrown - I loved the puzzle gift. I put something special in it that made it all the better. The fun part was watching my sister try to get it out. Glad you found some good ideas and I hope your family has fun with them! :)

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