Saturday, December 16, 2017

Strange Gift Ideas for 2017

I decided that it might be a good idea to come up with one of those lists of wacky gift ideas since it’s getting close to Christmas.  My primary criterion here is that it be something that I wouldn’t actually expect someone to buy.  I’m just putting it out there, in case you might actually have use for it.

The perfect example of this is dice by the pound.  Yes, this is actually available.  I’m not sure who would buy this.  Even when I played D&D briefly, I don’t recall anyone needing this many dice.  It does seem excessive.  They do get customer reviews, an a lot of them, so I guess people are buying them.

It looks like this kind of product available from multiple sellers, so you can shop around.  I’d take a good look at the fine print, though.  The example I’m showing here doesn’t seem to make any specific claims about distribution, but I have seen some that will guarantee a certain variety.  You may be guaranteed so many different colors.  Another promises multiples of  d4, d6, d8, d10, d12 and d20.  Be sure to read the fine print on these if you do decide to buy one.

What do you get for the guy who wants to be on every government watch list?  Uranium ore, of course.  This appears to be low-grade, meaning you don’t need a license.  One of the suggested uses is testing Geiger counters, sold separately.  Still, I don’t think this is something most people would want around their houses.  I don’t think I would.  At the very least, the customer reviews will be good for a laugh.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I totally lifted this one off another list.  I never said how I came across these ideas.  Also, this brand has several other species, such as cat and rat.  I’m not sure if they have a rhyming thing going on or not.  All I can say is that most of the people I know probably wouldn’t display this in their homes.  A few might, but not many.

You may have seen this one on Facebook.  It’s relatively popular, at least as far as this list goes.  I was actually intrigued by this gift until I realized that it’s a stuffed toy.  It’s basically former unicorn plush toys that were shredded and put in a can.  Of all the gifts here, I think this is the most likely to get an order.

In mo far-from-exhaustive search for strange ideas, I came across an LED bulb that can change colors simply by using an app.  This is probably the one idea here that I might actually by for myself.  I do have to admit that the novelty would probably wear of pretty quickly.

This looks like the kind of thing that’s scaleable.  The manufacturer makes other similar products, so you could decorate a room with these lights.  I’m not sure who the intended audience is.  Most people I’ve met usually go with white lights.  And by most, I mean all.

I’ve never really been in a situation where changing the color of the lighting was called for on a regular basis.  In fact, I’ve only had one situation where I even wanted that feature.  It might be fun as a joke, but it would wear off pretty quickly.

The last item I’m including here is glow-in-the-dark toilet paper.  I’m not sure how safe it is to actually use.  Admittedly, it is a novelty item.  In fact, one of the suggested uses is for a glow-in-the-dark mummy outfit.  This is one of those items that might have some use, except that most bathrooms I’ve been in have working lights.  Outside of a power outage, I’m not sure when I would really need this, except to give it out as a gag gift.

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