Stupid or Cool? Check Out These 12 Weird Gift Ideas
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A Camera for Your Pet
$39.99 on JCPenney.com
Ever wonder what Max the dog is doing at home all day while you're at work?
Or, what Felix the cat is doing when he's out for a night on the town?
Well, now you can find out!
Clip a Pet's-Eye View Cam on his collar and he'll bring you home more than 35 photos of his adventures.
You can set the timer to snap photos at 1-,2- or 15-minute intervals.
Then, when your fuzzy little photographer returns, just take the pet cam off, plug the USB cable into your computer and see what he's been up to!
Admittedly, you'll get a lot of lame pictures of the couch legs when Max is napping, but you know if you stick with it long enough, it's likely to turn up something good.
Perhaps, evidence of Max eating one of your Jimmy Choos. Or which ladies are inviting Felix to a fancy feast.
It's a particularly great gift for pets who like to send their own holiday newsletters, instead of just being tacked on to the end of the family card.
And, for the penny-pinching pet, great news!
The Pet's Eye View Cam, originally $70, is on sale now at JCPenney for $40.
3) Personal Sountrack T-Shirt: Stupid or Cool?
$39.99 at ThinkGeek.com
How much cooler would you feel if you were walking down the street with spy-mission music in the background?
Or, when you're playing basketball, if you could hit a crowd-goes-wild button when you score instead of doing that lame Hhhaaaahhh thing yourself?
Well, cue the royal-entrance music because ...
It's the Personal-Soundtrack T-Shirt.
It started as an April Fool's Joke at ThinkGeek.com. But then, and I'm not trying to skew the voting here, they decided it was so cool, they just had to do it. Their customers demanded it.
It's basically a T-Shirt with a speaker built into it. There are about 20 stock sounds that come with it, including the silent-movie chase theme, scary-movie music and a "wrong-answer" buzzer.
If you prefer to, uh, march to the sound of your own drummer, you can also connect it to your personal-music player and add your own sounds.
This is gonna be great the next time I tell a joke. Who cares if you find it funny (Wha, wha, wha ...)
Cue the laugh track!
4) A Jellyfish Mood Lamp: Stupid or Cool?
Jellyfish Mood Lamp
$34.99 at ThinkGeek.com
Jellyfish can be vicious in the wild, but aren't they just the most peaceful creatures you've ever seen at the aquarium?
Well, now you can have all that peace—without the sting—right on your desk at work with the Jellyfish Mood Lamp from ThinkGeek.com.
And you don't even have to feed them or change the water like you do with real fish!
You can set the color to fit your mood, or time it to change colors every few seconds.
The three jellyfish "swim" around the tank — up, down and sideways — thanks to a little jet of water.
It's remarkably life-like. (Watch the video.)
If your little silicone buddies seem to be a bit sluggish, just pop a few drops of dishwashing liquid in there and that'll get 'em moving around in no time.
Let's just say it's far better than that other jellyfish remedy.