There are few human features as noble and worthy of regard as the hair-adorned man-chest. But modern clothing conventions often make it difficult to display this emblem of male virility in the many social situations, especially among respectable company. Luckily for all of us, some intrepid clothing designer has figured out how to right this travesty. The hairy chest shirt is the solution to one of society’s most pressing problems. If we can solve this, imagine what breakthroughs are just around the corner.
High tech doesn’t have to mean that it’s made of stuff you don’t really understand, like silicon chips and flux capacitors. Sometimes it’s just a matter of folding some stuff you’ve got around the house in a way you never bothered to try. Now, we don’t want you to get too fired up about this - just because it has the name Google on it doesn’t mean it’s going to blow your mind. Honestly, it’s probably less cool than your weird uncle who can make those great shadow puppets. But it’s perfect for a crappy gift exchange.
It can take years to truly master the street version of a secondary language, especially if you go about it the conventional way. Here is a book that tells you exactly what you need to know to get your point across in a way nobody is going to miss, no matter where you are. This book gets right to the point by teaching you the most potent and universally applicable utterances in any language - swear words. Renowned for their versatility and becoming more acceptable in polite culture by the day, you’ll get far more mileage out of what you find in this book than you ever would from phrases like “¿Dónde está el baño?”.
The problem with modern methods of dispute reconciliation is the lack of real finality. Everyone gets together and talks about their feelings, sometimes they look in each other’s eyes and shake hands, and then a weak, unsatisfying agreement is reached and everyone goes home feeling like they sort of lost. Gone are the good old days when the goal was to completely obliterate the problem, and if this wasn’t possible, then you obliterate the source of the problem. Bring a sense of closure back to your workplace.
The long and venerated traditions of alcoholism and literary indulgence share more in common than most people realize. The best experiences in literature and booze both involve escaping reality and then eventually coming back with the sense that you’ve experienced a brush with deeper truths that you can’t explain to another human any better than you can explain it to your cat. Of course this book can’t promise anything like that. But it’s fun to read and adds another layer to getting drunk.
Any resident of the hillbilly, redneck, white trash, honky, or poor cracker regions of America knows that beavers are good for more than building dams. If you’ve never had roasted beaver tail smothered in a bourbon dandelion sauce, well let me tell you…neither have I. But real country living is about making use of what you’ve got, and this book is the culmination of centuries of hardscrabble ingenuity. You don’t need fancy grocery stores or credit cards. All you need is a little backcountry wisdom.
The Dammit Doll is one of the best, most tactile ways to say “Dammit All!” And as anyone who’s ever had the great evolutionary fortune to be human can tell you, despite all the perks of being at the top of the food chain and being the unquestioned masters of our environment, there are plenty of reasons to say “Dammit All!” Hence the cathartic utility of the Dammit Doll. So much better than bashing the bejesus out of a real person (for both ethical and practical reasons).
If you’re looking to break up the dull, monotonous atmosphere of this year’s office holiday party, you can always introduce some radioactive material. This small tin of uranium ore is just the right size to heighten the sense of danger and unpredictability, without the risk of excessive genetic mutation. And given the super long half-life of radioactive material, this is one of the longest-lasting gifts you can give. When coupled with a home enrichment tutorial, this makes a great nuclear device starter kit.
Great art doesn’t always take the form you’re expecting. Twitter gives everyone with a phone and an opinion to spare the chance to reach millions of people with a single ill-conceived utterance. With all that verbal garbage coursing through the airwaves, bizarre gems are certain to arise. Lest they drift away and go to waste, someone had the brilliant idea to start framing them. Move over Picasso, it’s time to make room for the real modern art.
Food tastes are mostly culturally determined, and in today’s globalized world, it’s time to start branching out. If you’ve ever been fishing, then you know that our gilled brethren gulp earthworms down like candy. So it’s worth a try to see if they’re on to something. Or at least it’s worth getting someone else to try. A great way to do that is to turn said worms into something that resembles beef jerky, give it away as a gift, then let peer pressure work its magic.
Go ahead, throw this in the white elephant gift pile and see if anyone has the balls to steal it. This is the kind of gift that nobody will ever forget, for better or for worse. Its usefulness is overshadowed only by the shamelessness of its name and the absurdity of its marketing - true signs of a product with lasting power. In the context of a normal one-to-one gift giving scenario, you risk having it taken as an insult, but in a white elephant gift exchange, at the very least you’ll get a few laughs, and who knows? You might even open up a whole new world to some lucky soul in need.
Ping pong is an activity that virtually anyone can get into. Along with “sports” like curling, mini golf, and shooting cans off of fence posts, it’s a game of physical skill that requires absolutely no meaningful athletic ability. That makes it a game of the people, if you will. And the best part about this kit is that it’s portable, as the name implies, and extremely fast to set up. Just supply the tabletop. If your next white elephant exchange could use a little dose of competitive fire, this might do the trick.
Breasts that shoot out wine sounds like something from the dreams of an adolescent Frenchman. And while that’s not quite what this is, it’s about as close as you’re going to get in this lifetime. This is like the upscale woman’s body flask. There’s no bottom shelf whisky in these t!*s. Nope - this is an over-the-shoulder boulder holder full of the world’s classiest fermented beverage, with fancy foreign names like Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. Truly functional fashion.
Oftentimes, at our moments of greatest distress or angst, we find that we’re unable to grasp the right words to express our consternation. Luckily, the good folks at Knock Knock have discovered that most sources of discontent can be described with a simple formula that they’ve distilled down to a few checkboxes and lines of fill-in-the-blank. With this handy notepad, they’ll never again have to struggle with the indignity of not knowing WTF to say when they’re agitated.
The future of food is all about making weird shapes with your dinner. Or at least that’s what the modernist chefs will have you believe. And some of the things you can make with this molecular gastronomy kit are enough to make you feel like you’re eating with the Jetsons. Spheres, foams, and chocolate spaghetti are a few of the strange treasures that await inside this bizarre culinary kit. Enter this in your white elephant exchange and let a coworker discover the art of kitchen alchemy.
No matter how much you love your friends and family, at some point you get tired of looking around the room and seeing the same faces. However, it’s often considered rude to throw people out because you no longer want to look at them. But what if there was a way to get them to voluntarily change their faces? With a set of assorted face coasters, you can do just that. Best of all, everyone thinks it’s a fun little game, and nobody suspects what you’re really up to.
If you’re like most people, you have often suspected that cats control their surroundings through telepathy. There is no other reasonable way to explain their influence on the outer world. No doubt someone at your gift exchange would like to do the same, but science has yet to figure out how to turn humans into felines, so for now we have to settle for halfway solutions like this. Based on technology that detects the electrical impulses in your brain, these plush cat ears respond to your thoughts and moods with physical movement. Adding a new body part has never been easier.
The dark brown treats in these little cotton bags aren’t actually Reindeer droppings (or any other animal, for that matter), though legend holds that such is their true origin. No, these are just fine, lovingly-crafted milk-chocolate almonds with a gross name. For some reason, people get a kick out of eating things they’re not supposed to, and this bizarre gift gives them the chance to indulge in an ultimate culinary taboo without paying the price of gastrointestinal illness. Also, they’re delicious.
Back in the days before society and political correctness and cell phones went and made everyone soft, you would smash an insect, rodent, or other small intruder with your bare hands, and if you were poor enough, you’d add it to whatever you were making for dinner, because it’s cheaper than buying fancy store seasonings. But that’s pretty old school, and we understand that most people have gotten off that bus. It’s a lot easier just to vacuum stuff up and be done with it.
Apathy is a terrible approach that will suck the life out of your existence if you let it. It seems people these days are all out of shits and such to give regarding the various events in their respective worlds. So what do you do when you realize everyone has run out of a valuable currency? Well, you print more of it, obviously. And this gift is a real life saver - a nice bagful of freshly minted s—ts and f—ks to carry around so people can start getting results again.
Add an element of intrigue, danger, and power lust to your dessert course with this acclaimed book of after-dinner recipes by a shadowy figure from the netherworlds of baking. Dazzle the tastebuds of your guests (or yourself) by making your way through the convoluted kingdoms of flour, yeast, confectioner’s sugar, and other forbidden pleasures. This is not a book for the weak of heart or the insulin resistant; for everyone else, it is a roadmap through a treacherous, unforgiving, but ultimately sweet terrain.
Meetings are inherently stupid. A meeting is where good ideas, ingenuity, and morale go to die. So it would be extra stupid for anyone to put any more effort than necessary into contributing or looking smart. Here is a guidebook for the enlightened.
Sometimes a mirror just isn’t enough. You’ve heard it said that you are what you eat, so it stands to reason that it’s easier to digest things that already look like you. The selfie toaster is here to revolutionize your relationship to food.
Your feet are the hardest workers that never get any recognition. In fact most people like to pretend they don’t even have them. How do you think that makes their feet feel? Let’s face it, most office workers’ brains are on a permanent vacation. How about a vacation for their feet too?
Executive communication often tends to be dry and uninspiring. In truth, there’s no reason for that. The right props can make any old shriveled suit into a performance artist that grabs the audience by the throat and won’t let go. The executive mic will add just the right punctuation to their next board meeting.
In the overly political environment of the office workspace, every moment of social signaling matters. Which means that Doris in accounting wouldn’t be caught dead with a pen from the Springfield Sexual Addiction Center or a local proctologist’s office. Now if only someone could invent a “Borrow My Promotion?” product to keep people from stealing those.
We like to think of chickens in two categories: free-roaming farm animals, and dinner. But the truth is that nothing is stopping you (or one of your crafty co-workers) from domesticating and civilizing this iconic barnyard fowl. In fact, for someone seeking a pet with that “huh?” factor - the one that is sure to turn heads - the chicken makes a fine choice indeed. The only thing stopping them is the question of how they’ll walk it. Petco may not carry chicken harnesses, but fortunately for one of the people in your white elephant exchange, Amazon sure does.
Admit it — you know right now who’s going to steal this one at the white elephant exchange. You can always spot them a mile away. Often because of the cat sweater they’ve worn to work fifteen days in a row. Though if you ask them, you might find out that no, it’s not the same sweater, they actually have fifteen of them. But judge not — the cat people are almost always completely harmless, and often quite friendly. They’ve just got their quirks. This game gives you another opportunity to make fun of them a little.
Generally speaking, the last person in the room who needs more wine is the person who’s already gone feet up. But as long as that posture signals relaxation and not unconsciousness, it’s probably fine. There may be a moral grey area, but that’s not your problem. This is the perfect gift for the office’s most shameless wino.
Complaining about how hot it is in the office is for losers. “Adapt and survive” has been the motto of our race, and this is the next great leap in human evolution. No more does the recipient of this amazing piece of engineering need to rely on the outside world to ensure their comfort. This future is here, and man is it cool.
These days, it’s not just water contaminants and government spies that you need to keep your family safe from. Now the aliens have come for us, and in case you haven’t noticed, we’re being harvested like walking vegetables. A high-tech UFO detector has become a must-have for every modern home.
Look around the office. How many people are living their dreams right now? Don in accounting always wanted to be a getaway driver, but now all he can do is squeal the tires of his Dodge Intrepid on the way out of the parking lot. Mary in sales dreams of being a diamond thief, but she’s afraid to take the leap so she settles for stealing staplers and pens off people’s desks and stupid crap like that. It’s time to set these people free. All they need is a little nudge.
We’ve come a long way from the prehistoric custom of drinking warm beer. Now all of mankind’s greatest inventions have been combined into one neat package. This vehicle will be the envy of all who lay eyes on it, a motorized testament to mankind’s greatest accomplishments.
A certain percentage of the population has a strong obsession with animal butts. Most of them are under 10 years old - the ones who aren’t end up making thinks like this for a living. Go on, admit that you want to pull a tissue out of this cat’s butt. No one’s going to care. As long as you’re only pulling things out of the rectums of figurines and other likenesses, there’s no problem. Watching the recipient’s reaction to this gift at your white elephant exchange can probably tell you a lot about them…we’re just not sure what.
Flowers are indeed edible, with species such as rose, jasmine, and hibiscus being just a few examples of petals commonly used for flavoring. The problem is that they’re just not very filling. An entire sunflower hardly registers on your appetite. Beef jerky, on the other hand, will help quell the hunger of even the most ravenous of humans, and a beef jerky bouquet effuses a much more manly scent than a vase full of peonies. Just a more satisfying choice on so many levels.
Heavy drinking and recovery food are the yin and yang of the YOLO life. This book is 128 pages of pure detox alchemy, a journey through a magical culinary landscape where nausea evaporates like the morning dew and headaches turn to, well, less painful headaches. A must-have for the hard liver with a hard liver.
If you can’t be good, then you need to be the best at being the worst. No artistic tool better equips you for that lofty goal than the Otamatone. This thing is a crapstorm of godawful atonal noise. You’ve never heard anything worse.
A bad stomach virus will elicit fewer groans than this book. When your sense of humor has calcified into something like petrified wood, it’s time to beat people gently into a stupor with it. This is the perfect instructional guide to doing just that.
The squirrels have been playing tricks on us for years, and most of us don’t even know it. In fact, squirrels often go way over the line. From house fires to divorces, they are responsible for untold misery, suffering, and property loss. It’s time we start giving them a taste of their own medicine. Start small. Start here.
Ever wondered what ten billion dollars feels like in your hand? Surprisingly unremarkable, as it turns out. And the design doesn’t seem appropriately inspiring either - just a few rocks and some kind of wild shrub. But hey, that doesn’t matter, because it’s still ten billion freaking dollars, right? Well, not exactly… it’s Zimbabwean money from way back during the height of their economic crisis, so it’s basically worthless. But it does have a lot of zeroes on it and the really impressive words “ten billion dollars”.
It was only with the advent of modern society that we decided the broad world was no longer our toilet. This made us feel better about ourselves (and each other), but it’s so damn inconvenient. Thankfully some genius made this thing, which combines the best of both worlds - the carefree and the socially conscientious. Now we can feel whole again.
We’ve been living with goats for hundreds of thousands of years, but most of us needed the internet to find out they scream like humans. And we can’t get enough of it. Murphy’s Law guarantees the most obnoxious person in your white elephant exchange will end up with this. And then everyone will definitely get enough of it.
You might be wondering why we need another liquid metal to play with. Well, sometimes people lose their mercury, and then they get bored because they have to play with stuffed animals instead. Just make sure you don’t spill this on your car (see video).
Subtlety is not a quality that is often attributed to remarkable butts. From Brazilian calendar models to Dave in HR (in whose wake no sane person walks), the human posterior tends to grab attention forcefully, or not at all. A small company with a social conscience is looking to change that. Enter Subtle Butt, the fashion accessory you wish everyone else had.
If you enjoy the world-renowned photography of National Geographic, you’re going to love this calendar. Walmart may be a historic case-study in ruthless bottom-line economics, but it’s most remarkable as the central gathering place for the rarest specimens of rural white America. Darwin may have reconsidered his fancy theory if he had one of these handy.
As modern fashion becomes more and more demanding, and requires an ever-heavier personal commitment, it’s easy to fall behind the times and look like someone’s great-grandparent. A gold grill is a borderline necessity these days, but not everyone can afford the cost or has the inclination to undergo major dental surgery. The answer is right here.
Diabetes, obesity, and tooth loss are major problems in modern society, yet for so many they still seem so far out of reach. And let’s face it, your co-workers are much less likely to get there eating the typical pitifully-portioned candy bars that can easily fit in their glove compartment. Time to haul out the big artillery. Here comes the insulin h-bomb.
Every once in a while, even the most accomplished chef needs to shake it up. People make way too many decisions throughout the day as it is; sometimes they need someone else to make a big one for them, like what to stuff down their throats. And rest assured, the responsible souls who crafted these dice filled them with things you wouldn’t mind filling yourself with.
If you’re going to make use of a hideous cliche, you might as well own it. In fact, go ahead and wear it. Better yet, give it to someone else to wear, and see if they have the cojones to pull it off. Sure, the company Christmas party is the safe place to bust this thing out. But do they have the guts to rock this in February? If so, you’ve got a real killer on your hands.
The worst thing about this gift is the disillusionment. Like planting a hidden camera on a magician, you just won’t care to watch the show once the secret has been revealed. This small box of simple tools is all anyone will ever need to get out of any dangerous predicament they might find themselves in. But go ahead and give this to someone you care about. Survival always trumps entertainment.
Mice are so much cuter once they’re dead. They’re even cuter if you dress them up as famous historical figures - so long as you do all that taxidermal stuff to keep them from rotting. But someone else already took care of that for you. Best of all, you might even get a scream when the recipient realizes they’re holding a real dead mouse in their hands.
Our brains are already wrong about plenty of things, so there’s no harm in throwing some flavor confusion on top of the mess of sensory data. Actually, it’s really fun. And considering that water is basically tasteless and really couldn’t be any more boring, this is a perfect way to spice up the act of hydration. Sort of like potable virtual reality, but not really. It just makes your water taste different. Isn’t that enough?
People aren’t nearly as healthy as they used to be, and there’s no doubt that our footwear has a lot to do with it. Just look around sometime. Big amorphous chunks of humanity supported by space age tennis shoes and $400 loafers. Something’s got to give. These sandals may look like a strange torture device, but you’ll be doing someone a world of good. From their parathyroid to their lungs to their rectum, many points on the body need regular chi-mobilizing massage. And unless you’re going to do the massaging yourself, this seems like the best bet.
In some ways this is the perfect white elephant gift. An Amazon Prime membership, first of all, is awesome. Throwing something like this into a steal-your-neighbor’s-gift exchange— amid all the raccoon fur slippers and bird whistles and tube socks - is usually a good way to guarantee bloodshed. But most likely, there are only a few people at your white elephant gift exchange that don’t already have this, so you’re probably just going to make someone’s day. And if things get a little raucous, at least it will be memorable.
Nobody is really sure where bacon comes from. For all we know, it’s made by extraterrestrial slaves deep within the bowels of Area 51 in sweatshops under the watchful eye of a thousand Dick Cheney clones. That’s as good as anyone’s best guess. But modern technology is all about the democratization of goods and services, so you don’t have to rely on inhumane methods of production anymore. You can make bacon at home that’s every bit as good as that sweet alien meat.
If you want some world class street art in your house, you can wait for someone like Banksy to break in and paint something on your wall, but most likely that’s not going to happen. And if someone does break in and paint your walls, you’re probably not going to like what they do. It’s better to play it safe and go with one of the classics, like one of these wall art decals based on famous Banksy paintings. A much neater, more controllable way to be vandalized.
This thing really only exists to freak people out a little. There’s no point in pretending it serves another purpose. Oh, it also holds stuff in its surprisingly roomy inner compartment, but that’s not why you buy it. You buy it because you want passers-by to look at the person wearing it and say, “What’s with her?” It’s quirky enough to get a few laughs, and disturbing enough to never be forgotten. Dogs especially don’t like it, and we can’t really say we blame them.
As far as unusable real estate goes, this isn’t a bad deal. Buy swampland in Florida and everyone thinks (actually, knows) you’re a poor, sad, gullible boob who’s open to being taken advantage of. Own some land on the moon, on the other hand, and you’re sort of a lazy pioneer. It’s a long way to go for a vacation, and whoever you give this to probably can’t afford to make the trip, but if they ever figure out how to make this whole space taxi thing work, their great grandkids might just get some use out of it.
Some might consider it the ultimate display of human privilege to begin claiming faraway stars just because we have a few extra dollars in our pockets. But once you realize that the universe is far bigger than you think it is, you’ll cool off a little. There’s more than enough to go around for everybody. Several billion times over. So go ahead and let someone in your white elephant exchange get a little piece of the cosmic pie. Nothing to get all riled up about.