Odd and Bizarre Christmas Gifts & Gadgets

Posted Monday, 15 December 2008 by Lars Hasvoll Bakke in Entertainment, Technology
With Christmas closing in, we proudly present a selection of this year's oddest, most bizarre and ridiculous gifts and gadgets for Christmas, Chanuka, Kwanzaa, Festivus or your own.

Wenger giant Swiss army knife

Wegner complete swiss army knife
Weighing in at 1.2 kilos, and featuring 85 tools with more than 100 functions, this block of tools by Wenger can quite surely be named the world's largest Swiss army knife. At a price of $1000, it's probably also one of the more expensive tools of its kind. But to be fair, for that sum, you'll get a great paperweight, doubles as a heavy blunt object if an emergency requires you to clobber something or someone.
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Santa Vader bobble head

Santa Vader bobble head
Youneedthis. Surely. Darth Vader with a big bobbing head dressed in a Santa cap. What do you need all that money for? And all that spare,uncluttered space? Surely this is money and space well spent?
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Finger hair nose trimmer

Finger hair nose trimmer
If, for some reason, you prefer trimming your nose hairs in public, why not add an extra element of insanity to the mix with this nasty nose hair trimmer?
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Motherboard ornaments
Motherboard ornaments

Funky battery powered Christmas and Chanuka ornaments made out of recycled motherboards that are sure to melt the heart of any nerd.
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Peaceful progression wake up clock

Peaceful progression alarm clock
"EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!"
If you think this thing has some resemblance to the Daleks of Dr. Who fame, your not alone. However, this $50 gadget is not here to murder you in your sleep, but rather to easy you back from the land of sleep, ever so carefully. But it's much more than an alarm clock. Besides a selection of smooth wake up sounds, this clock sets your awakening mood by emitting light at various intensities, and exuding smell. Yes, that's right, it aromatherapies you awake.
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USB-hamster

USB hamster
USB plugs seem to be turning into the best new thing to happen to humanity since the invention of the pocket, they're becoming omnipresent. Innovative companies around the world with nothing better on their hands throw USB plugs onto anything they can think of, and turn it into the next great geek gadget. What does toy hamster do when you plug it into your computer? Well it runs of course, like hamsters do in a threadmill.
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Santa USB pen drive

Santa Pendrive
One specific kind of USB gadget that's seen a growing presence lately is the "novelty" pen drives. There are banana, biscuit and barbeque pen drives to be had for those in great need for such items, while for those in the festive spirit, here's a Santa pen drive. Tear of Santas upper body, and you've got a slightly macabre 2 GB pen drive.
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Despair Inc. 2009 calendar

Despair Inc Calendar
Despair Inc. specializes in mocking inspirational posters. For 2009, they've decided to let people make customized calendars based on their wealth of inspirational posters, such as the two seen above. For a small surcharge, you can even add your own holidays to it, like Talk-like-a-pirate-day or Festivus.
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Beethoven iPod speakers

Beethoven iPod speaker
What I said about USB plugs becoming ubiquitous seems to be almost as true for things with the ability to mate with an iPod, and from what I've been told, the iPod peripherals business is doing more business than the sale of the actual iPods themselves. Here, you jam an iPod into old Ludvig Van's forehead, and the latest, greatest tunes by Britney Spears flow forth.
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Festivus Pole

Festivus pole
There can be no airing of grievances, no feats of strength without the Festivus pole standing by, watching solemnly over those assembled. From what I've been told, this aluminium pole is of the unpolished kind, just like Frank Costanza would want it. At a mere $39, how can you go wrong?
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USB hub monster

USB hub monster
You can't buy it in a store, but you can build it yourself from the instructions at the link beneath. I'm not sure if it's actually an USB hub, but it does have glowing eyes and a lot of USB sockets, and to most normal folks, that's what matters.
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Bottle opener hammer

Bottlehammer
In case you think some of your loved ones aren't running around drunk with an hammer quite often enough, here's the perfect gift.

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Bacontux

Bacontux
Everybody loves bacon. Except vegetarians. And muslims. And jews. And a whole bunch of other people. Regardless, even people who don't eat bacon can wear this fine piece of clothing, as unfortunately, it's not made of actual bacon, but rather "chemically treated latex". At a mere $100, it's something a lot people can actually afford for the nicer occasions in life. Oh, and I forgot about the best part: Not only does it look like bacon, it actually smells like bacon too!
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Plantbot

Plantbot
This mechanized plant pot is not for regular sale, but if you've got the money, you might be able to convince it's builders to sell you one. This flower pot automaton will scurry around your home to find the best source of light at any given time for your most precious plant. Just make sure you don't leave the doors open at the ground floor, or it might get away.
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USB desk vacuum

USB desk vacuum
For those who eat a lot of biscuits at their work desk, here's a tiny USB powered (what else?) desk vacuum cleaner.
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Bed fan

Bed fan
Ifyou're a bit overpowered when it comes to producing natural heat, plump out $80 on this bed fan and let it deliver a cool breeze between the sheets. "Great for couples with different temperature preferences!", according to the link beneath.
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Bagel guillotine

Bagel slicer
Ifyou're wondering what to do with all that pesky spare space in your kitchen, and  are also tired of the incredibly cumbersome and tiring process of slicing your own bagels, here's the answer to your prayers. With surgical grade steel blades, it'll cut your bagels as cleanly as the heads of french royalty.
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Fighting granddads

Fighting grandmas
Part of the charm with a lot of gadgets is their sheer sillyness. These fighting granddads are nothing but sillyness, 1500 meters worth of sheer sillyness rockface.
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ThinkGeek Annoy-a-Tron 2.0

Annoy-a-tron 2.0
ThinkGeek is one of the premier webshops in wacky gadgets, and this little contraption shows that they've got the right mindset for the job. The Annoy-a-Tron produces a spectrum of various annoying beeps, bells and electronic noises. While I'm sure those are all utterly annoying, the thing with this gadget that really makes me fear it is its ability to emulate the sound made by mosquitoes, which is without parallel the most infuriating sound I know of. Yuck.
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USB ass cooler

USB ass cooler
High time the Japanese entered the fray! This office chair cover has a built in fan which blasts cool air up your back during hot days at the office. Needless to say, it's USB powered.
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Spy kite

Spykite
An interesting branch of gadgetry is the whole espionage category. It mostly revolves around putting microphones or cameras in places you wouldn't expect it. Here's a nice gadget for those who have a desperate need to spy on their neighbour, but just can't afford their own Predator drone.
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Season Shot

Season shot
For the environmentally concerned hunter-chef, here's the shot that kills your prey, and seasons it at the same time, all the while making sure not to ruin mother nature with dangerous metals. Simply put, it's shot composed of tightly packed spices, that's supposedly just as good as your standard lead shot. Five spice combinations are available, Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic, Teriyaki and Honey Mustard.
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Infinite banana

Infinite banana
For some reason, bananas are all the rage in Japan nowadays. Beyond the flavour, there are apparently those who just can't get enough of the peeling. The obvious solution is what you see here: a reusable banana which you can peel over and over and over... It even comes with sound effects.
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Banana cellphone holder

Bananafoam
Made out of "Cellfoam" (har har), these banana cell phone covers seem to suggest that the Japanese banana-craze is spreading.
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Off-road toilet

Off road toilet
With this padded toiled ring attached to the back hitch of your car, you'll be able to do your business anywhere with ease, and dare I say style? While you're busy, its camo pattern will undoubtedly make sure you blend in with the terrain and avoid enemy detection.
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Electrolux reverse scan toaster

Scan toaster
After this revolutionary invention, Marian apparitions on toast will cease being miraculous, for those who wish, it'll be an everyday occurrence. This ingenious device gets imagery fed to it through a USB cable which it then translates onto toast.
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LOLmagnets

Lolmagnets
This $20 pack of fridge magnets contains 384 LOL-speak words for you to arrange as you please. Y3S, WE CAN ALL HAS BUCKET!!1
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Nose gel dispenser

Nose shower gel dispenser
Do you ever get the feeling that there's just too much hygiene around? You want to get some nastyness into all that cleanliness, right? No? Well, then this might not be the ideal shower gel dispenser for you. It should however be mentioned that at $18, 150 ml of snotty green gel is included in the price, a real bargain in other words.
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Comments:

Daleks of Dr. Who!
By whogeek on Thursday, 18 December 2008 6:07 PM
Not Dr. No.
Daleks of Dr. No?
By Imbrius on Thursday, 18 December 2008 6:19 PM
As in the James Bond villain? I think you mean "Dr. Who."
Bagel Slicer
By Rainer on Thursday, 18 December 2008 7:10 PM
These are actually quite common in the States, but I could see where it might be seen as odd in a country where bagels aren't so common, which I guess would include any place that uses the word "biscuit" to refer to a dessert food.
Bagel Slicer
By ssjothun on Thursday, 18 December 2008 7:22 PM
I guess we Europeans take a stab at bagels once in a while too - but we normally just use a bread knife for that. I used to live in Canada for 2 years, and I never saw one of those guillotines anywhere...

Sverre Sjøthun
By Nosy on Thursday, 18 December 2008 9:08 PM
that finger shaped nose hair trimmer would be the perfect gift for my mother in law...lol
No Bacon Suit
By MeatDay09 on Friday, 19 December 2008 4:06 AM
That was an April Fools prank at Archie McPhee. Follow the links, its not a real item.
By on Friday, 19 December 2008 1:32 PM
Yeah, it's finger nose hair trimmer, not finger hair nose trimmer... that's something entirely different!
LOL
By RubenB on Friday, 19 December 2008 3:43 PM
amazing what people will buy...thanks for the laugh :D
By Kate on Monday, 22 December 2008 9:45 AM
My favorite is the bagel cutter, that is a fantastic design concept and also really quirky.
ring ring ring ring
By R on Tuesday, 20 January 2009 2:43 AM
BANANA PHONE!!!!

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