Whether it is for the holiday season, a birthday or any occasion, trying to come up with a truly unique gift can be taxing. You do not want to see the look of disappointment as yet another pair of socks is unwrapped or you discover the carefully chosen ornament you spent hours selecting has been relegated out of sight in the downstairs bathroom. One inspired approach to finding gifts that will be valued is to take a virtual online tour in a quest for quirky items that are practical in spite of their novelty value.
Japan is well known for its quirky inventions, but this oriental country comes up with some great gift ideas that combine practical with quirky. If your father, husband or son spends their days toiling in an overheated office they are sure to appreciate the Japanese air conditioned work shirt far more than the proverbial socks or tie. This white poly cotton short sleeved shirt features two battery powered cooling fans for a refreshing breeze against the skin. The man in your life will not get all hot under the collar with one of these shirts to keep him cool. (japantrendshop.com)
Another Japanese invention that will go down a treat with anyone appreciative of practical quirky gifts is an umbrella that lights up. There will be no more fumbling for keys on dark and rainy nights as this unique umbrella features a glow in the dark LED light up handle. It is a great safety item for anyone walking near traffic and it is safe to use in the rain, being powered by batteries. (ZHOL Blue LED Lighted Umbrella at Amazon.com)
Animal lovers love to spoil their pets and you are sure to please cat owners by buying them the purrfect gift for their adored feline friend. Anyone who owns both a laptop and a cat will be aware of the frustrations arising from cat hairs clogging the keyboard. This can be ameliorated by buying the Control + Alt + Scratch laptop scratching mat. This gift provides the cat with its own keyboard and simulated screen and is sure to please any friends that feel guilty for throwing their cat off their laptop. (uncommongoods.com)
It would be impolite to suggest gifts for cats without mentioning gifts for their canine cousins. Dog owners will love the canine Tagg GPS Pet Tracker as it allows them to know where their pet has wandered without using invasive tracking chips. This tracker comes complete with an interactive map giving directions to the pet’s location and it emails the pet owner when the dog gets it. It also allows dog owner’s to track their pet’s daily exercise levels if they are a tad obsessive about their four legged friend. There is no additional expense of a new dog collar as this tracker fits neatly onto the existing one. (Tagg The Pet Tracker Master Kit at Amazon.com)
The Mocoro robotic floor dusting ball is a great gift that won’t break the bank and is ideal for anyone with wooden floors. This roaming ball cleans and mops the house randomly, saving precious times for the gift recipient to spend on more exciting things than cleaning. The Mocoro offers fifteen full minutes of hassle free housework before its batteries need recharging. (Robotic Floor Dusting Ball Mop at odditymall.com)
Some people just never seem to grow up and are far more entertained by the cardboard box and the packaging than the gift within. Teens and adults that are late developers will go crazy for the unique bubble wrap costume outfit that will keep them popping all day long. This inspired two-piece bubble wrap costume pairs a pair of poppable trousers with a poppable hooded long sleeved jacket. This quirky costume is fun for parties or for sad gits sitting alone in their parents’ basement wondering how to kill time. (Bubble Wrap Costume at Pressybox.com)
The final quirky yet practical gift in our selection is a great choice for the person that has everything, including arachnophobia, and is hard to buy for. The award winner trigger operated spider catcher surrounds the eight legged scary creature without causing harm and without the necessity of touching it. Any spiders caught can be placed safely outside, alleviating the necessity of fearful types giving up the room to them. This is the ultimate in practical gifts for any arachnophobic in your life that suffers a guilty conscience at the thought of killing spiders. (spidercatcher.net)