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25 Ridiculous Birthday Gifts for Friends They’ll Never See Coming

When you’re buying for family, you often have to exercise a little restraint, but when you’re buying birthday gifts for friends, all sense and sensibility is off! Play to their fun side with a present which combines smiles with sentimentality – or is just plain silly – because laughter is the most precious gift you can give.


Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit

An ideal birthday gift for friends who are real fun-guys, this shiitake log will yield mushrooms for up to 3 years. Just soak and store in a cool, dark place.


MyGift Antique Book Tissue Dispenser

Book lovers will adore this wooden tissue dispenser which comes disguised as a pile of antique books. Made to fit standard tissue box sizes, it can also store napkins, too.


SweetLifeIdea Ceramic Ferris Wheel Planters

This gorgeous ferris wheel will delight any friend with a thing for succulents. Featuring 6 ceramic pots on a wood and metal stand, it’s just waiting to be filled with greenery.

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Avogato T Shirt

‘Pear’ up avocados with cats, and you end up with this super cute t-shirt which depicts this adorable little combo. Available in 3 colors and 6 sizes for the perfect fit.

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Sushi Socks

Socks can make boring gifts, but when they’re dressed up as sushi, that’s another matter! Rolled to look like delicious Japanese delicacies, these socks come in both men’s and women’s sizes.

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Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster

Whether camping in the wilderness or grilling in the backyard, this fishing pole-inspired roaster allows even grilling with a simple jig of the handle as they wait for a bite.


Wall Ant Farm Kit

Give the gift of ever-changing art with an ant farm that hangs on the wall. Nestled inside glass, the ants burrow and dig to form a different landscape every single day.


Cute Marshmallow Shaped Hot Chocolate Mugs

When the girls gather for a sleepover, one essential ingredient is hot chocolate, and this set of 4 marshmallow mugs (complete with recipe cards) make it even more of a treat.

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Hockey Stick Snow Brush

Even hockey fans have to get rid of ice and snow sometimes, and these professional game-used hockey sticks have been converted into snow brushes to add fun to a tedious chore.


Wood and Resin Northern Lights Necklace

If seeing the Northern Lights is high on a friend’s bucket list, this necklace will make a welcome gift. Made from wood and resin, the swirling patterns inside are truly mesmerizing.


Gnome Sweet Gnome Cookie Jar

Home sweet gnome – this ceramic treat jar is just right for stashing those goodies, ready for when temptation strikes. Just lift off his head and dive in!


White Trash Cooking: 25th Anniversary Edition

White Trash Cooking is a cookery book which contains over 200 recipes which have been carefully curated over 25 years, bringing such classics as Tutti’s Fancy Fruited Porkettes and more.


Baxton Studio Triesta Wheeled Wine Rack Cart

This industrial-chic wine rack cart makes an interesting birthday gift for a friend who loves to entertain, as it holds 10 bottles of wine, glasses, and features moving wheels.


DJ Cat Scratching Pad

For cat lovers who love their music, this scratching pad makes the ideal gift. With no glue needed, this cardboard kit folds up into a DJ turntable with a scratchable surface.


Pick Punch

Finding it hard to ‘pick’ a birthday pressie for the guitarist in your life? The Pick Punch will produce one-of-a-kind picks using old plastic credit cards and membership cards in seconds.


Wood Magnetic Balance Lamp

Ingenious and intriguing, this USB powered Birchwood lamp can be operated by the simple placement of a magnet; simplistic in design, it will be a conversation starter in any home.


Sling Beverage Cooler

It’s nothing like your usual beer cooler, but this insulated hemp bag will hold six cans of their preferred refreshment while looking like it’s holding nothing but a yoga mat.


Brown Paper Bag Drink Coolers

They’ll fit right in on the nearest park bench when they use one of these funny can coolers, which look like the brown paper bags they get in the store.


Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

Literary classics and liquor mix well in this cocktail recipe book which features such delights as The Last of the Mojitos and Romeo and Julep, along with clever commentary throughout.

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Star Wars R2D2 Teapot

Put some R2Tea2 into someone’s life with this adorable teapot that’s designed to resemble everyone’s favorite droid. Officially licensed, it holds 36oz and is a great Jed-idea for any fan’s birthday.

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Mini Raw Opal Cluster Stud Earrings

Opals are the birthstone of October, but add a touch of the unusual to her birthday gift with these raw opal earrings which shimmer with multi-colored brilliance.


BigMouth Inc Giant Cotton Candy Pool Float

Long summer days call for time in the pool, and this cotton candy float is the sweetest one you’ll find. 7ft long, it holds up to 200lb. for safe, secure floating.


Wine Wipes

Wipe away the evidence with this handy mirrored compact which contains 15 wipes which will deal with wine stains on teeth and skin quickly and efficiently, with no unpleasant aftertaste.


Pizza Socks

Pizza lovers will rejoice at this fun but functional gift that features 4 pairs of pizza-themed socks in an authentic looking pizza delivery box. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes.


Personalized Ring

This sterling silver ring would make a touching present for a friend or partner, as it features the inscription “You belong among the wildflowers” inside, and etched blooms on the outside.


3 Unique Birthday Gifts

Diy Matchbook Camera Craft

Almost too adorable for words, this home-made matchbox camera makes a charming gift and comes complete with teeny prompt cards (which fit inside) for upping their photography game.

Diy Paper Birthday Cake Box

Make the wrapping even cuter than the pressie with a paper birthday cake box – complete with ‘candles’ – that is simple to make but impressive to receive.

Diy Mini Pinatas

Piñatas have become an integral part of parties, but they can be expensive and a little generic, but this tutorial shows you how to make an adorable batch of your own.

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