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Gifts With A Difference

Updated on November 14, 2013

A Selection of Unusual Gifts

At some stage I'm sure we have found it difficult to find that unusual present for friends and loved ones.

Here are a bundle of presents, some will make you laugh and wonder at them - some are, to say the least, outrageous but really funny while the rest are just good fun and useful.

The sports toy here that transforms from a flying disc to a ball when thrown! How? See here.

So, cheer up someones day, make them laugh and have fun!

Sudokube - £3.99

Sudokube is the game of Sudoku gone three-dimensional. The challenge is to get the numbers 1 to 9 on each face of the cube by rotating different rows. Like the original Rubik's Cube this is guaranteed to give you hours of fun - or drive you to tear your hair out.

Water Buoy

From Dragons Den TV programme

Water Buoy - £9.99

Protect your belongings from being lost overboard with this fantastic flotation device. Simply clip the Waterbuoy to anything you want to protect. If it falls into the water the Waterbuoy reacts in seconds, inflating a built-in balloon that will keep it afloat for at least 24 hours. It can support up to 1 kg (2.2lb) in weight and has a built in flashing light so it can be seen up to 250m away at night. The advanced sensor protects against accidental activation through splashes but ensures quick deployment once immersed.

Increase your visibility on a bike with this brilliantly simple gadget. Adjustable at the touch of a button, the Spokelight gives out a constant strong red light or a bright flashing light. It fastens on and off a wheel spoke in seconds and is water resistant. Long life cell batteries are included. No bike owner should be without one.

50 People who Buggered Up Britain

In half a century we have gone from end-of-Empire to descent-into-Hell - how come, and who caused the decline?

Well-known sketch writer Quentin Letts has penned witty and savage portraits of the 50 people, including royalty, politicians and artists, he considers made Britain the wreck she is today.

Amusing and politically incorrect résumés of people such as Jeffrey Archer, Tony Blair, Paul Burrell, Alastair Campbell, Princess Diana and Sir Alex Ferguson to name but a few!

USB Coffee Warmer

USB Coffee Warmer - £8.99

Do you find your coffee gets cold before you have time to drink it, especially when you are working? This Coffee Warmer is the solution. Simply plug it into the USB port of your computer, place your drink on the hot plate and it will keep it warm.

PC, Mac or laptop compatible.

Anyone with a back problem or limited mobility will find this swivel cushion invaluable when getting in or out of a car. The soft 'sheepskin' cushion removes for easy washing.

15" diameter

The most useful tool you'll ever own.

Open plastic packages, parcel tape and CDs safely and with ease, or use it to cut out articles or images from newspapers or magazines. The ceramic blade never rusts or dulls and won't cut the skin.

Built-in magnet. Ideal for the kitchen or office use.

Electronic Weather Station

The weather tends to affect our lives whether we like it or not. The Electronic Weather Station displays time, date, atmospheric pressure and trend, indoor humidity and temperature and an illuminated barometer forecast symbol.

Uses 2 x 1.5V LR14 and 2 x AA batteries (not supplied).

8" high.

Super Bright Head Torch

Torch technology has come on in leaps and bounds to produce this ultrabright 12 LED torch. The adjustable headstrap stops the torch bouncing about during use. 4 settings enable you to use

- 4 LEDs (120 hr battery life)

- 8 LEDs (60 hr battery life)

- 12 LEDs (30 hr battery life)

- 12 LED flash (150 hr battery life).

Gorillapod SLR

The go anywhere camera tripod!

Gorillapod SLR - £44.99

The Gorillapod is a bendable, flexible, digital camera tripod that will wrap around just about anything to help you take a perfect, steady shot. Lightweight and compact, it is a standard tripod with the ability to be secured to a tree branch, fence post, park bench or even a bike handlebar. The Gorillapod SLR is made to handle lightweight Single Lens Reflex cameras and camcorders weighing up to 1.75 lbs (800g).

Solar Torch - £14.99

You'll never need to replace the battery in this torch. A built-in solar panel allows the energy efficient lithium battery to be recharged by any bright light source, inside or out. With 3 super-bright LEDs that never need to be replaced, this torch will always be ready for use.

Dimensions: 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 1/2".

Superbright 5 LED Torch

Bright and powerful, this Super Bright 5 LED Torch is ideal in the car, at home or in a briefcase or handbag. Weatherproof and durable, the bulb will last for two years.

AA battery included

Weather Girl - £29.99

A quick look at what the Weather Girl is wearing and you will be in no doubt about the forecast. She dresses (and undresses) so you will know to expect a blizzard or sunshine! With 5 different Weather Girl icons, indoor and outdoor temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit, humidity levels with Min and Max recording, and accurate time set automatically by radio signal. This neat unit can also be wall mounted.

The ideal Emergency Torch – no need to replace batteries or bulbs ever, simply shake the torch for 15 – 30 seconds and it will give you over 5 minutes of light from the superbright LED. Perfect to keep in your car for emergencies.

Can You Imagine Time Machine Tabletop Clock

A Little Bit of Golfing Wit

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Whether or not you can tell your dibbly-dobblies from your nurdles, these marvellous books from the popular 'Wit' series, are bound to bowl you over. Crammed full of hilarious quotations from cricket grounds, rugby pitches and golfing greens around the world.

A great present for sports fans of any age.


Phlat Ball is a unique sports toy that transforms from a flying disc to a ball when thrown! Its variable time-delay feature provides a surprise transformation which adds fun to gameplay or just having a catch!

Made of soft foam, the tossing toy starts out as a flat, UFO-like disc. Toss it, and in mid-flight it expands on plastic hinges (and with an internal spring mechanism) into a full-fledges globe-shape ball. Phlat Ball comes in a variety of fun summery colours (depending on availability) Red, Blue, Rainbow, Space Black and Red & Yellow Xtreme.

Proving it's popularity and extreme fun factor was easy... Phlat Ball was the winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award! Parents' Choice Foundation is America's oldest nonprofit consumer guide to toys and other children's products.

If you know of any really unusual gift ideas, please leave a note - even if you don't I'd still like to hear from you!

Any Unusual Ideas for Gifts?

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Deserves a google +1.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      These are really good. Love that WaterBuoy, the spokelight and the swivel car seat. I can definitely see how folks with backaches would benefit from a car seat that swivels (or pregnant ladies). Thanks for such a great selection, will keep these in mind.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Some very unique suggestions here.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Some of these are interesting and I ashamed to say I've purchased some of these for people I know. That means I'm REALLY running out of ideas!