Don’t be that person with the predictable gift this holiday season. We’ve done the hard work for you to locate some quirky and original finds.
Make sure you cross everyone — from the taxodermist to the typography lover — off your list. There’s something for everyone.
Ugly Christmas sweater
So she showed up to the ugly Christmas sweater party thinking no one would really partake. But they did. Help her out for next year’s shindig by getting her this handmade top.
Ugly Christmas Sweater, $29,
These fortune cookies are anything but vague. They are rather unfortunate, such as giving the winning lottery numbers from 2010. This makes a great gag gift for the prankster in your life.
Unfortunate Fortunes, $9, www.vat19.com
Mustache baby pacifier
Since this feature was published in November 2013, this product and other infant pacifiers made by Fred Friends have been recalled. The recall was issued on Jan. 30, 2014. See pictures of the pacifiers covered by the recall.
DJ Cat scratching pad
For the ultra-hip cat, this scratching pad provides an outlet for their scratching and disc jockeying needs. This is a great gift for the humorous cat-owner or actual DJ cat in your life.
DJ Cat Scratching Pad, $35, www.uncommongoods.com
Mini Robot Vacuum
This mini robot was built for sweeping up our little messes. Crumbs, eraser shavings, dust? Mini vacuum robot has it handled.
Mini Robot Vacuum, $18, www.fredflare.com
Unicorn rainbow mug
For those on your list who enjoy a little fantasy, what could be better than sipping some morning coffee from a unicorn mug. Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn mug, to be exact.
Elwood the Unicorn Rainbow Mug, $38, www.uncommongoods.com
Advance your grizzly man’s facial hair by helping him tame his beard and ’stache. This beard pack has all the essential waxes and oils to keep each strand in place.
Beard Pack, $39.95, www.uncommongoods.com
Tell your crush that you’ve got an attraction with the help of kinetically charged sand. That’s right. This sand has a secret binding agent that helps you sculpt, build, and shape, without having to worry about the mess.
We couldn’t think of a better way to let your crush know that you’ve got your stuff together. Literally.
Kinetic Sand, $15, www.uncommongoods.com
Politically charged gum
We all make mistakes sometimes.
With a government shutdown, a special Senate election in Massachusetts, and a cutthroat race for the first new Boston mayor in two decades, you might have found some of your friends taking regrettable sides.
Let them know you forgive them by offering them a pack of I Kissed a Republican gum. Oh, don’t worry, I Kissed a Democrat packs are available as well to cater to any political side you happen to find yourself.
Perhaps they’ll chew while they think about the sin they’ve committed.
I Kissed a Republican Gum, $2.99, www.stupid.com
Help others welcome the zombie apocolypse in style with this Subway spoof T-shirt.
Zombie T-shirt, $21.95, www.zazzle.com
YOLO iPad cover
Know someone who’s single and wants to keep it that way? Encourage the independence with an iPad cover that loudly shares his or her relationship status.
YOLO Roll Solo Fill iPad Mini Cover, $44.95, www.zazzle.com
Porn for new moms
Nothing turns new mothers on quite like watching buff men taking part in baby care and housework. Lucky for them, this book has all that — some pretty impressive eye candy, if you ask us.
Porn for New Moms, $12.95, Paper Source
You’ve got your photogenic friends. Then, you’ve got your typographic ones.
Let the latter know you get them with a lampersand. It takes this typography symbol to a whole different, albeit shinier, level.
Lampersand, $89.99, www.modcloth.com
Dino wall decor
Some mount mooseheads on their walls. After seeing this scaly gift, we thought, moose? How unoriginal.
Please the taxodermist in your life with a life-sized dino head. No guarantee it’s from the Jurassic era, but no one has to know that.
Fun For Your Life Wall Decor in Dino, $79.99, www.modcloth.com
Don’t forget the feline this year. This inflatable costume will turn your cat into a mythical creature. Just use your imagination.
Four Legend Friends Inflatable Cat Costume, $6.99, www.modcloth.com
VW van tent
Know someone who’s stuck in the era of Woodstock? Help them relive their flower power days with this tent shaped and designed like a VW camper van. This groovy tent is waterproof and can comfortably fit four people.
VW Camper Van Tent, $499.99, www.perpetualkid.com
Like the Archie McPhee & Co. website says, “don’t choose between Christmas and Hanukkah — choose Chrismukkah!’’
Santa Dreidel, $4.50, www.mcphee.com
Feeling like Taylor Swift today? Don’t worry, we’ve got a mask for that.
This pack of a dozen celebrity masks covers quite a range of personalities. For the celeb buffs on your list, we’ve got you covered — literally.
Celebrity Face-Off, 12.95, www.heliotrop.com
Is there someone in your life who enjoys working on his six-pack? We’re talking about the other kind. This featured beer enthusiast belt will help him stay as close to a six-pack as he’ll ever get.
Black Six Paxk Belt, $11.94, www.Rakuten.com
A desk slingshot works well for that stressed out coworker. Something about catapulting a paper ball fights can make many things much better.
Desktop wood slingshot, $39.95, www.redenvelope.com
360 degree mirror
Got a friend who has you singing Carly Simon’s hit “You’re So Vain’’ at her sheer presence? Fuel her ego with this 360 degree mirror. This will allow her to see herself at every angle — the good, the bad, and the — well, you get the idea.
360 Degree Mirror, $79.99, Sharper Image
3-in-1 BBQ tool
This tool could be considered the Swiss Army knife of chefs. It contains three esential barbecue tools in one handy device. Let the cook off begin.
3-in-1 BBQ Tool, $39.99, Sharper Image
Personalized owl canvas
“When screech owls court, the male slowly winks at the female. If she accepts, they mate for life and nest in the hollow of a tree,’’ according to Sky Mall’s description of this gift. You can immortalize your forever mate with this personalized owl canvas. Let everyone read your soulmate’s name etched in the hollow tree print, so they won’t have to wonder “who?’’
Personalized Owl Canvas, $119, Sky Mall
A new spin on gift certificates
Getting someone a gift card or cash doesn’t have to be the boring way out any longer. With this gift, the recipient will have to win a pinball game in order to redeem their gift card or money. It even works well if you want to slip in a movie ticket.
Bilz Pinball Game, $14.99, Sky Mall
Write it in the stars
There’s seemingly nothing that money can’t buy — including the stars in the sky. Yes, you can own a star and even name it if you’d like. You’ll recieve a laminated certificate that your star has been chosen and named, and a star chart that will show you where it in the universe to find it.
Name a Star, starting from $29.90, www.star-registration.com
Golf club with a twist
Sometimes it’s not about the game itself that makes golf a good time. This golf club, which includes an insulated tank to fill your favorite hot or cold beverage, is a fun accessory to take on the green. It blends in with your other clubs and fits right into the bag.
Perhaps this club won’t have you score a hole in one, but it could help you relax your swing a bit.
Deluxe Electronic Golf Club Kooler Caddie, $99.95, www.homewetbar.com
Forget using your bare hands to access your touch screen phone this winter. This glove lets you answer calls by just using motioning the “call me’’ pantomime. The glove has a built-in Bluetooth and can stay charged for up to 10 days.
This phone gives talking to the hand a whole new meaning.
Bluetooth Gloves, $66.00, www.uncommongoods.com
Guitar pick punch
Renew. Reuse. Recycle.
You can definitely do that with this guitar pick punch. Turn any tough thin object — such as an expired credit card — into a guitar pick with this precise puncher.
Guitar Pick Punch, $24.99, www.vat19.com
Monthly energy bars
For the health buff on your list, consider signing them up to be in the custom energy bar of the month club. A different box of unique energy bars are sent to the recipient’s door each month.
Custom Energy Bar of the Month Club, starting at $32.75/month, www.youbars.com
Don’t leave anyone out this holiday season — not even the wallflower in your group. Give him or her a mistletoe headband and, if tradition serves them well, they won’t be disappointed.
Mistletoe Headband, $6.99, www.perpetualkid.com
Man push-up bra
For the man in your life who’s self-conscious about his pecs, biceps, and triceps, consider this one-of-a-kind “push up bra’’ for men. This tight fit body shirt beefs up important muscle groups while keeping it all looking as real as possible.
As we say, fake it till you make it.
Funkybod Muscle Top, $48, www.incrediblethings.com
It’s a battery operated yodeling pickle. We’re not exactly sure why someone would want one. But, why not?
Accoutrements Yodelling Pickle, $11.23, www.amazon.com
If you can’t sleep when your feet are too warm, or have feet that are ticklish at the touch of a blanket, here’s the solution. Insert this support between the mattress and box spring and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Adjustable Blanket Support, $24.99, www.QCIdirect.com
Painted animal rocks
Idolize a favorite pet by having a rock painted to look just like it. This Etsy seller makes some paintings look eerily real.
Custom Painted Rocks, $100, www.etsy.com
Wood to knock on
Lucky charms are always good to get. Consider this piece of wood that’s meant to be knocked on. According to the product’s website, this slab of wood is “a hand carved historical artifact manufactured with the finest, purest wood imaginable.’’
Knock on Wood, $12.95, www.myknockonwood.com
Want to see what your pet’s been up to all day while you’re at work? Tack this pet cam to your pet’s collar you’ll find out. This digital camera can be set to take a picture every one, five, or 15 minutes so you can see the whole picture when you come home.
Uncle Milton’s Pet’s Eye View Camera, $138.95, www.amazon.com
For the emo friends on your list, we offer you a T-shirt where they can upload their own life soundtrack, and replay as they walk briskly, confidently, or perhaps lowly down the street.
The T-shirt includes a built-in sound effects player, but also includes the option to personalize by recording music and sounds.
Personal soundtrack T-shirt, $20, www.ThinkGeek.com
Even cake divider
Make sure everyone has their cake and eats it too — equally, that is. This cake divider helps evenly cut cake pieces so the gluton among us doesn’t overindulge.
Klipy Cake Divider, $2.49, www.thinkgeek.com
Perhaps Barack Obama wasn’t the hope and change you wanted? This countdown clock will help track his final days in office before the next election.
Barack Obama Last Day in Office Countdown Clock, $11.99, www.baronbob.com
We can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t just wear gloves intead of underwear on your hands, but here you have it. Underpants for your hands.
Handerpants, $14.99, www.stupid.com
Hockey stick BBQ tools
If the hockey fan in your life can’t be away from the game for even a moment but those burgers are starting to burn, these barbecue tools will come in handy. The grill tools are made from repurposed hockey sticks and make any grillout a festive occasion.
Hockey stick BBQ tools, $59.95, www.uncommongoods.com
Any punny philosopher will flip for these slips that can help with organization as they serve up a dash of charm.
Freudian slips, $6.50, www.philosophersguild.com
Flexible stand and charging cable
Does your friend or family member take his or her cellphone everywhere? Here’s a versatile gift. This coil doubles as a phone charger and a stand that can be configured to the optimal position for any need, from video calls to accessing recipes in the kitchen to using the phone as an alarm clock.
Flexible stand and charging cable, $6.50, www.uncommongoods.com
For the whimsical person, these dino planters will bring color (and oxygen) to a room. Put a plant in the dino’s back and see it grow.
Dinosaur planter, $14.50 www.etsy.com
Bubble wrap calendar
We’ve all gone a little over the top once or twice popping bubble wrap. Here’s a way to practice some self-control: A pop-a-day bubble wrap calendar. This gift will keep on giving all year.
Bubble wrap calendar, $24.99 www.perpetualkid.com
This one’s for your northern friends: A nose muff to let you keep your hands in your pockets and keep your face from freezing.
Nose muff, $10.34 www.etsy.com
Major scale wine glasses
Musically inclined wine aficionados will appreciate these glasses that are marked to show which liquid volume will produce each note on a scale if you run your finger around the rim.
Musical wine glasses, $65 www.uncommongoods.com
This gift appeals to the active people in your life. With a spot for a phone, this bottle cuts down on the amount someone has to juggle when working out, going to the beach, or traveling.
Beat bottle, $20 www.uncommongoods.com
Any world traveler will appreciate this color-coded, four-in-one adaptor that can be used in more than 150 countries.
Travel adaptor, $25www.momastore.org
Hot sauce of the month
Some people just can’t get enough spice. Help them out with this hot sauce of the month subscription, where they’ll be shipped two bottles of limited-production sauce every month.
Hot sauce, $18.95 per monthwww.amazingclubs.com/hotsauce
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