After weeks of extensive research, I have complied a list of 24 Christmas gifts that are bound to make someone happy.
#1. From ThinkGeek, temporary tattoo hand puppets.
Stuff those in your stockings, Santas!
#2. Also from ThinkGeek, a real live working guitar shirt.
I saw the video. Seems legit.
#3. For that person who has everything, unicorn meat.
Magic in every bite, you say?! Again, seems legit.
#4. Next, plush Star Wars figures... that make sounds!
I cannot. Resist. Chewy. Must. Buy.
#5. Speaking of Star Wars, these adorable, movable LEGO Star Wars alarm clocks are selling out everywhere, and now they're going for about $50 to $100 on Amazon.
But I happen to know that they still have some at Toys R Us stores for only $25. Better hurry!
Scale to size:
^If you know anyone who loves gnomes and I know you do.
#7. I like this coloring book because it teaches kids the many shades of white (snowball white, polar white, frost white, igloo white, and the popular Arctic white).
#8. This is a good gift for someone who has hundreds upon hundreds of Boise State shirts cluttering up their closet:
#9. FREE BOOKS.
Did you know Goodreads gives away free books? The program is called "first reads," and it's a mash-up of two things that thrill me like nothing else in the world: free stuff + sneak previews.
How it works is, publishers and authors give away a certain number of free books before they are released to the public (ARCs) to spread the word about the book and get some early reviews up. You can sign up for as many as you like and winners are picked at random. And then you can rub it in peoples faces that you read it before it was released, = gift that keeps on giving.
#10. Amazon has a new Kindle cover with a built-in light. It's a bit pricey, but if you're a rich person it's perfect!
#11. Speaking of, did you know that the Kindle price has dropped to $139? That's after tax, and shipping is free. For the price of about 2 kindle covers with built in lights, you can buy an actual kindle. And it's new and improved!
#12. I'm sure you've already seen these, but I love that Hasbro came out with a new twist on 5 classic games.
And they are cheep! Only $10 at Walmart! And Hasbro has a $3 off coupon, so it's actually only $7! Print it HERE!
#13. I'm also loving all the LEGO boardgames.
#14. Fish bowls that hang from walls or keep your books from falling over, cuz everyone appreciates short-term pets.
#15. A charming couch pillow shaped like a house.
You can buy it from uncommon goods for $155, or you can make one for free out of scraps of fabric from around the house and a magic marker. I recommend the latter.
#16. Mustashe pillow cases from Urban Outfitters.
::insert guttural French laugh::
17. Because it makes me absolutely sick when people throw away their ticket stubs:
#18. A reusable ziploc baggie (as it is made of glass).
#19. App Magnets.
Not just for iPhone lovers. It would be the perfect ironic gift for someone who hates iPhones.
#20. That thing from the mall that you've always wanted that gives you the chills in a good way but you never bought cuz it was a total rip off. Well, it's only $6 on Urban Outfitters dot com. Stocking, meet stuff.
#21. Your very own rainbow in your room.
For more intensity, get two of these gadgets and make a double rainbow all the way across the sky. The sky in your room.
#22. They're cute, they're zany, they're Sing-A-Ma-Jigs! And they are highly addictive. Tony and I once stood in the isle at Smiths and played with them for a good 30 minutes. And I think they are hard to find these days. Get 'em quick!
#23. A rubber slap bracelet watch from Hot Topic. Most of the fun will come from taking it on and off, cuz who really cares what time it is, right?
^^Comes in pink and black and green, too. It's BoGo, too.
#24. A Fushigi ball, because (according to both the commercial and Homer), anyone can do it, you don't have to be a magician. Plus, since they've been advertising it like crazy on TV, your kids probably want it very badly on a subconscious level, even if they didn't ask for it.
Anticlimactic ending, I know. I should've put the unicorn meat last.