There is an array of extraordinary, bizarre, and downright weird gifts on the market at the moment. Perhaps it’s the lockdowns that have led creative minds to very odd places, or we just haven’t looked down that particular rabbit hole. Here goes! The Little Steps Asia team, with a perfectly orchestrated drumroll, brings you ‘Ridiculous But Awesome Gifts.’
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It’s likely that many of us have ventured to Thailand and discovered some of their phony goods. This time they have surpassed themselves with the advent of the fishy flip-flop, or should that be fish-flop. You can pair them with camo cargo pants, a long summer dress, or your favorite jeans. They are surprisingly comfortable and practical. They'd make an exciting stocking filler that even Nemo would be proud of. The question is… what would you wear with yours?
Flip-flop Fish, https://www.coddies.com/products/coddies-fish-flip-flops.From HK$190 plus shipping.
This publication of the Codex Seraphinianus celebrates 40-years of uniqueness. The visual encyclopedia has been written in an unknown language and explores an unknown world. Luigi Serafini, the Italian author, and multifaceted artist has been fascinating generations in the information age and addresses the importance of coding and decoding in genetics, computer science, and literary criticism. The book is guaranteed to drive the reader mad with equal amounts of delight and frustration. The Washington Post accurately described it as “Impossible to put down or comprehend."
Codex Seraphinianus: 40th Anniversary Edition, https://www.amazon.com/Codex-Seraphinianus-Deluxe-Ed-Anniversary/dp/0847871061. HK$3000.00 including free delivery.
This rare lifesize replica of the Tyrannosaurus Rex was unearthed in South Dakota’s Black Hills in 1992. He’s been named Stan and is a complete Tyrannosaurus Rex. Stan is museum-quality and expertly crafted using silicone molds that expose authentic details that faithfully preserve the healed injuries he suffered during his life, including a broken neck and ribs and deep puncture wounds in his skull and lower jaw. Lifesize Stan measures over 12 meters long, almost five meters high, and one and a half meters wide. Unleash your inner paleontologist.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton, https://www.hammacher.com/product/life-size-tyrannosaurus-skeleton#. Please discuss shipment directly with the product specialist at Hammacher. HK$940,000.
The revolutionary ostrich pillow is the ultimate immersive experience for a power nap at your home desk, on the plane, or while resting. The pillow is made from exceptionally soft viscose and elastomer for complete comfort. It allows you to disconnect from your surroundings, reducing ambient sounds and lights. The pillow has a convenient opening at the front, allowing you to breathe easily, and two additional openings for your hands. You'll notice from the reviews on Amazon that many other buyers enjoy the ostrich pillow.
Ostrich Pillow, https://www.amazon.com/OSTRICH-ORIGINAL-Pillow-Airplanes-Accessories/dp/B00B4S6SLW?ref_=ast_sto_dp. HK$770.00 with free delivery.
The Licki Brush is the perfect gift for your ailurophile friends. Cats have very rough tongues, and they generally love to be groomed by other cats in the household. If your feline friend is a solo pet, the Licki is ideal for cat interaction, communication, and love. The self-soothing practice of 'licking' your cat is oddly meditative and soothing for you and your furry friend. The cat brush is made from high-quality food-grade silicone that feels pleasurable to your kitty's skin. There are flexible bristles on the top and bottom of the brush for easy use. Just place one end of the brush in your mouth and mimic your cat's grooming.
Licki Brush, https://www.amazon.com/PDX-Pet-Design-Licki-Brush/dp/B01M0UXYHE.HK$195.00 plus postage (or free if you spend over HK$385.00)
Gamepreneurs Matthew Inman from The Oatmeal and Elan Lee from Xbox teamed up and created the devious card game 'Exploding Kittens.' The game is a kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. CNN described it as “It's like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas and kittens that can kill you." If you draw an Exploding Kitten card, you lose. All of the other cards in the box help you avoid these deadly cards. If you don't explode, you win. Exploding Kittens Party Pack is a family and cat-friendly game for up to 10 players. The box plays kitten-themed dance music every time you open it.
Exploding Kittens, https://www.shop4hongkong.com/card-game-expansions/exploding-kittens-party-pack. HK$304.00 with free postage or HK$12.00 for express delivery
No home is complete without a few sequined accessories. Printcious has a great range of colored sequin personalized cushions that hide your artwork under a layer of sequins. The cushions have a soft back for comfort. Choose your favorite photograph of your loved one, and Printcious will print the image on one side of the sequins. Brush in one direction for plain sequins and the opposite direction for a full-color image of your choice in multi-colored sequins. You can order the cushions in gold, silver, black, blue, purple, cyan, pink, and red.
Personalized Glitter Cushions, https://www.printcious.com/th/create/cushions/cushions-sparkling/basic-cushion-sparkling-41882. HK$240.00 with free postage.
One of the best ways for adults to learn about STEM robotics and understand Raspberry Pi, engineering, and programming. The PiCar-V is a fun way to learn about coding with Python and understand coding blocks. Once built, the car and its built-in camera can be controlled remotely on a web browser, mobile phone, or tablet. The kit is well explained and relatively easy to use for even the most inexperienced robot fans.
PiCar-V, https://www.amazon.com/SunFounder-Raspberry-Graphical-Programming-Electronic/dp/B06XWSVLL8. HK$780.00 including postage.
Stefan Gates introduces you to the fascinating, weird, wonderful, and adventurous guide of entomophagy. The informative field guide explores in detail the origins of insect-eating, tips on finding deliciously tasty bugs, and some creative ways of eating them once you've caught them. He also explains their nutritional value, shares some recipes that feature mealworms, grasshoppers, and protein-rich crickets. Join over two billion people who savor that 'Walker's' crunch. Stefan encourages you to use the bug-eating checklist to mark off the ones you've eaten and seek out new delicacies; it's a great hobby to share with your friends.
An Edible Field Guide, https://www.amazon.com/Insects-Edible-Field-Stefan-Gates/dp/1785035258. HK$102.00 plus HK$50 shipping.
Dutch artist Marcel Wanders has created a circus-inspired collection for Alessi. His gorgeous nutcracker is 'the world's strongest man.' Marcel had fun with the nutcracker. By turning the barbells, the limited edition stainless steel nutcracker perfectly cracks your Christmas nuts. There are other intriguing implements with the circus theme.
Alessi Strong Man, https://alessi.com/collections/to-amaze/products/strongman-schiaccianoci. HK$9,800.00 plus delivery and import duties.