Who says last minute gift shopping has to be stressful?
Sit down at your computer and browse this roundup of websites filled with fun, unique and quirky presents for people all ages. You might want to bookmark them for other occasions, too.
Looking for Something Strange and Unusual?
For more than 30 years Archie McPhee has brought strange and amazing things to the world, both in its Seattle store and online. Mark Pahlow, the founder and owner, takes great pride in his store being the “premiere source for weird stuff in the world.” (Where else can you find shopping themes like unicorn, bigfoot, bacon and meat, pickles and underpants?) Here’s a definitely strange yet funny stocking stuffer, a Yodelling Pickle, $9.75. Plus, the website offers free shipping on orders over $35.
Want to Give Fun Holiday-themed Clothing?
Tipsy Elves’ mission is to “make the most outrageous clothes known to mankind in order to make your life more fun.” The online retailer first became known (via a 2013 Shark Tank deal with investor Robert Herjavec) for selling ugly Christmas sweaters, but has since expanded their selection to include Hanukkah apparel, Christmas suits, holiday t-shirts, Christmas leggings and more…like this Men’s Gaudy Garland Ugly Christmas Sweater, $73.00. This website offers free shipping on minimum orders of $75.
For the Person Who Has Everything
The Oddity Mall is a collection of online retailers (or cybermall) with unique gift ideas for all ages and interests. Gifts range from less than $1.00 — donuts that taste like a 7-Eleven Slurpee — to a $30 window-mounted cat bed so your kitten can have a view while they lounge to a reading chair that doubles as a bookcase and will set you back $2,950.
This unusual gift caught our eye for that special woman in your life: LEGO Wallets, Purses and Handbags Made from Actual Legos, from $100.
Mailing Tips from the U.S. Postal Service
Below are the recommended send-by deadlines to ensure your cards and gifts will arrive before December 25th (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
December 14 – USPS Retail Ground
December 19 – USPS First-Class Mail
December 20 – Priority Mail
December 22 – Priority Mail Express
Post office locations nationwide will be closed Christmas Eve 2017 since it falls on a Sunday. More details about mailing deadlines outside the contiguous U.S., Christmas and New Year’s Eve hours, tracking alerts, pickup and delivery can be found by clicking here.
Always Be Alert and Aware
During the holidays, bogus email scams increase, so be extra vigilant. These emails contain false information about package delivery or online postage charges. When opened, a malicious virus is installed on your computer or phone
that can steal your personal information. For more USPS information about protecting yourself online, click here.
For a good roundup of tips on staying secure online, take a look at this Senior Planet roundup.