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Some gifts are predictable -- think socks or that box of chocolates, where a high proportion of them are the hard caramels. Other gifts are weird, wacky, and off the wall. But there are a lot of weird gadgets and gear out there that will also make someone -- or maybe you -- a great gift this holiday season.
Here I bring you a selection of the weird gadgets and gear that I've come across this year that I've found to be surprisingly useful. I mean, I never knew that battery-heated jackets were a thing before this year!
I used to think that I was too tough for a heated jacket. I was wrong.
This is perfect not only for people who have to be out and about in the cold for work, but also for those who have a dog that needs walking no matter the weather, or who just enjoy nature no matter what the weather.
How come we can put people on the moon, but keyrings still were a massive pain to use? Not any more! A simple squeeze and these keyrings open up, allowing you to sort out your messy, out-of-date bundles of keys.
Scalpel blades are cheap, disposable, and super sharp, but unless you have a decent handle, they can be super dangerous and lead to unexpected trips to the ER. I love this craft knife because the oversized handle works great for my paws, and it offers ample grip, even when sweaty or wet.
2020 has been the year for things to fidget with on your desk, and these moon coins make the perfect desk toy. Absolutely stunning reproduction of the lunar landscape, condensed down onto 1-inch and 1.5-inch coins. Truly blown away by the quality of mine!
And prices start from $7!
Is it a tool, or is it a fidget toy? It's both!
This lightweight yet super tough titanium adjustable wrench is at home both on a desk or a toolbox.
Perfect way to check the temperature of your Thanksgiving roast, and when BBQ season comes around again, you're prepared for everything!
2020 has been one heck of a year, and "self-care" should be a phrase that we all know and use. And this diffuser not only humidifies and puts essential oils into the air, but the LED lights are quite soothing and calming!
I've got a few of these on my desk. I use them for cutting things that would ruin good scissors. Robust, last for ages, and can cut quite thick wire or sheet metal.
Everyone needs a good mug. Here are the highlights of Yeti's Rambler:
I have a couple of these on my desk. They're not only super nice to play with, but also look good and get people's attention.
This unique worry coin is upcycled from a discarded bowling ball. They have shaped them with one concave side for maximum satisfaction when holding between forefinger and thumb. Each Bowling Ball Worry Coin will have unique colors and patterns.
This tool is Pperfect for scrapbooking, news articles, coupons, art projects, and plastic packages.
You can use this to read and clear your Check Engine Light and all other vehicle systems. Here are the features:
Check out our ZDNet Recommends directory or Holiday Gifts hub for some more inspiration.
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