As the holidays near, you may be scanning the Internet for gift ideas that are unique and affordable. Or perhaps you're willing to settle for something that's just unique.
Here are five items that have generated lots of attention and online buzz for being the high-end version of an everyday object.
Buy now: Theodent toothpaste
Theodent's Clinical Strength Whitening Crystal Mint toothpaste is on sale in 3.4 oz containers for a penny short of $100 each.
What distinguishes this "fluoride-alternative" toothpaste from common brands like Crest and Colgate is Rennou™, a patented ingredient that naturally occurs in chocolate.
According to Theodent, Rennou™ strengthens your enamel, making your teeth less susceptible to bacterial acid de-mineralization, which does indeed sound like something to avoid.
The company might be on to something. Mark Cuban told The New York Times last month that he orders 36 tubes of Theodent toothpaste at a time.
Buy now: SOLD OUT!
The description of this item is unusually open-ended: "A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It's up to you."
In other words, Nordstrom is not sure what this stone wrapped in leather is supposed to be, either.
Perhaps it is an homage to the 70s pet rock fad. After all, the genius behind that business endeavor, Gary Dahl, sold over one million rocks at $4 each and became a millionaire basically overnight.
It must be working for Nordstrom, too. According to the site, the retailer is sold out.
Buy now: Toilet paper set
Joseph's Toiletries claims to have reinvented toilet paper. Their rolls are made of 100 percent natural cellulose, so they don't have harsh chemicals or plastics.
"The Welcomer " set goes for $150 and includes an original Joseph's toiletry box, four bottles of lotion and seven sets of tissues that include 25 sheets each.
The Huffington Post reports that this package was in the gift bags for attendees of the 2016 Oscar ceremony, so you'll be wiping like the stars.
Buy now: Ball of yarn
Everything from the brand new Tiffany & Co. Everyday Objects Collection comes at a cost.
In addition to the ball of yarn, which is made from handspun strands of textured sterling silver, the site is selling a tin coffee can priced at $1,000, an American walnut ruler for $450 and a protractor for $425.
Buy now: Prada paperclip money clip
Barneys is offering a polished sterling silver money clip shaped like paperclip for all of your cash-carrying needs. The price may seem steep for such a mundane object, but it is Prada.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Barneys' M65 "anarchist jacket" is still listed on the site, since the internet went wild with ridicule for it earlier this week. The company had, it seemed, positioned the product to appeal to well-heeled shoppers who were nonetheless aligned with the antifa movement, because what better way to stand against fascism (and capitalism) than with a $375 dry-clean-only coat?
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