By Erica Bray and Erin Kelly
The best gifts come from the heart … and sometimes, the quirkiest corners of the Internet. After all, you can find everything from bacon lip balm and Sigmund Freud action figures with a simple Google search and click of the mouse. In honor of this terrific tradition of random, here are 10 cleverly-named websites with products sure to elicit an eyebrow raise, a chuckle ... or a “Seriously?!?”
You don't have to like hip-hop music to enjoy this deck of cards -- but you do have to like beer. (Or, in the event you're seeking that perfect beer-related gift, know someone who does.) Each card features a beer from around the world on the back of a standard deck of playing cards. You can collect and display your cards or grab a pint with some friends and play poker with the U.S.A. edition. This deck has a beer from every state on it.
Need to channel rage against your know-it-all brother at the next family get-together? Get this "Bumper Ball" equipment, and go a few rounds in the backyard. Each player has a large plastic bubble around their upper bodies and ... oh, just watch the crazy-fun video on this website, and you'll get it.
Sweggings are holiday-themed sweater leggings. Yes, sweater leggings. That’s a thing. This winter, keep toasty in fabulously fun reindeer-adorned Sweggings while sipping egg nog near the fireplace.
As if Sweggings weren't enough, there's also this option: Swants. These are sweater pants. (Get it? Sweater + Pants = Swants.) A testimonial on the website from Tyler M. reads, "So comfortable that I never want to take them off, even during love making."
Here's a website that caters to fantasies of little ones who dream of transforming into Ariel -- a.k.a. "The Little Mermaid." This online shop for Moondance Mermaids sells fish tails and mermaid paraphernalia -- complete with a "Mermaid Tail Sizing" chart for kids ages 3 to 13. (Um, hello. What about adults who harbor the same fantasy?)
This is a perfect for the extreme minimalist, or anyone who lives in a tiny city apartment. (Looking at you, New Yorker dwellers.) Living Cubes combine eight items into one piece of furniture. The unit functions as: a TV stand; book shelves; closet; shoe rack; minibar; drawers; bike and skateboard mount; loft for a queen sized bed; and an interior ‘new room’ for storage. Talk about making the most of a small space.
Turn heads with these flashy shoes -- literally, they light up. Blinky Shoes are a stripe of colorful lights that wrap around your shoes and turn on when you shake, shake, shake it off. If you helped to fund this footwear accessory on Kickstarter, then you're getting in on the ground floor of what could be the next "It" fashion trend. Note: These don't look available to order online yet, but fingers crossed they'll be purchasable ahead of the holidays!
The Do-Gooders in your life will love receiving this life-affirming subscription service. BetterBox will deliver a package to their doors, either on a monthly basis or as a one-time option, that's filled with activities and treasures to warm the heart. Each box helps them shape their “very best life.” Themes include gratitude, kindness and more. Awww.
From Harry Potter’s owl (Hedwig) to owl cafes springing up across the globe, owls are the “It” animal of the moment. One photographer is equally obsessed and has devoted an entire website to selling owl photography. Seriously. Purchase professional photographs of all kinds of owls. Hoot, hoot!
High-tech energy socks! These specialty socks help combat fatigued and aching legs -- not to mention, fight varicose veins and swelling -- through graduated compression therapy. On a basic level, these socks tightly squeeze the legs in optimal areas to optimize blood flow. Note: These socks are currently only available to order in Europe.
Have a thing for skulls? Paired with energetic healing? Or, simply an appreciation for incredible sculptures that could become a unique conversation piece in your home? Artist Leandro Souza sculpts skulls out of crystals and precious stones. This mesmerizing video below might inspire you to make a purchase. He ships worldwide.