13 Atypical Christmas Gifts That You Didn't Know You Needed In Your Life

13 Atypical Christmas Gifts That You Didn't Know You Needed In Your Life

From Himalayan salt tequila shot glasses to smartphone sanitizers, these gifts will win the hearts of your friends and family.


Picking out a gift isn't always easy, but one of the items on this list will make the day of a family member or friend.

1. PhoneSoap smartphone sanitizer 

As seen on "Shark Tank," it's a smartphone sanitizer. Wazfrits from Amazon's reviews says "What a great accessory! Easy to use, easy to set up. We keep it out and literally everyone, family & friends, who comes to our home, takes time to sanitize their phone and remark about what a great product this is!"

This device can give your smartphone some extra life and keep it in tip-top shape.

2. Mason jar indoor flower garden

Searching for a simple but sweet gift for your mom, sister, aunt, or girlfriend? This is the perfect one! What girl doesn't want a little flower garden of her own?

3. Constitution and declaration drinking glasses 

We all know a history junkie. These glasses would go perfect in their office, dorm, or apartment!

4. Vintage Reagan and Bush 84' Republican T-shirt

Everyone loves T-shirts, especially ones that support our beloved Republicans.

5. 45-second mmelet maker 

A stone dish that helps you make a hearty omelet in 45 seconds, in the microwave? I'm in.

p.s. I'm pretty sure it's dorm-room-safe.

6. Himalayan salt tequila shot glasses 

I'm a tequila lover, I had to add this...

7. Literary insults chart 

If you know a writing whiz, this gift is beyond perfect. It includes things like: "Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip" (as Winston Churchill once said).

8. West coast style IPA beer brewing kit 

The DIY kit you never knew you needed to know about. How cool would it be to brew your own beer in your kitchen?

9. Sunflower in a bag grow kit 

Girls + sunflowers = happiness.

10. Tea from around the world

"This set of ten, single-estate teas lets you sample exotic varieties from around the world." Sounds pretty cool to me.

11. Mini beer pong table 

Yes and yes.

12. World travels cork globe kit 

Do you know someone that travels a lot? This gift would absolutely win them over.

13. Carhartt hats 

Carhartt hats are in, and they're the "new" not so new fashion statement. Anyone you know would put it to good use!

This simple but original list is bound to have an item that will win you over. Whether you know a history junkie or a beer lover, they'd probably love all of these gifts.

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15 Actual Thoughts You Have While Wandering Around TJ Maxx

God bless TJ Maxx.


I recently went to TJ Maxx with a friend with the sole purpose of not buying anything. We literally looked at everything, though, and later, I walked out with half a dozen items I was not planning on buying. I'm just glad it was only six from the number of things I saw and liked.

Here were my thoughts as I wandered around TJ Maxx for an hour.

2. "Of course I have to check out the clearance section... except that's basically the entire store."

4. "This may look horrible on me but I'm going to try it on anyway."

5. "Maybe I should just look at some nice clothes for work. You can never have too many business casual clothes..."

7. "$5 makeup... How bad could it be?"

8. "American Eagle shorts for only $15?!"

9. "I can't carry all this stuff."

10. "Do I have a giftcard?"

11. "I want to decorate my house with everything in here."

12. "Oh, look, something I didn't need but buying anyway."

13. "Could I pull this off? It's cheap and looks good on the mannequin..."

15. "Yes, I found what I wanted. No, I did not need any of this."

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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10 Reasons Why Having A Boyfriend Is Especially Awesome Around The Holidays

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.


A date for looking at Christmas lights is on the top of the list, for sure.

1. You have someone to do all of the activities with

He's like your built-in partner for everything. Wanna watch a movie? Take a nap? Need someone to help you clean your room? You've got your person.

2. You can steal his hoodies when its chilly outside

It doesn't even have to be cold for you to want to. Chances are its a size or two bigger than you need and his cologne is all over it.

3. Chances are he's more willing to drive in the snow than you are 

Guys typically have a little more of a heavy duty vehicle. If you've got a good man, he might even rescue you an hour away in a blizzard if you think you're tougher than the weather.

4. Christmas movie partner!!

Do I need to add more?

5. He can always keep you warm

Bear hugs. Cuddles. His trucks dual air 90 degree heat on your side. He'll find a way to keep you warm.

6. Your family holiday events partner

Multiple Thanksgivings and Christmas' are a breeze with your favorite person by your side. Plus, no one to ask you where your plus one is or why you're single.

7. Matching Christmas pajamas

I don't know about you, but my family has matching Christmas jammies every year. You can even get your favorite person in on them too for a cute insta picture.

8. Your errand running partner

He's your built-in Christmas shopping partner so you aren't bored standing in line forever or while you're still shopping and he can act as your place holder.

9. You aren't the only single one in your family on Christmas Eve anymore. 

It's awkward when all of your siblings are taking pictures with their others, but when you've found your person, you can do all the same things, including looking forward to your new year's kiss.

10. Making more memories

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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