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7 not-so-great gift ideas

Any eejit can find the perfect exquisite gift, but it takes pros like us to compile a mini catalog of the world’s weirdest products. Consider this a gift guide for your frenemies.

7 not-so-great gift ideas
[Illustration: James Provost]

1. Licki: A cat brush shaped like a tongue you hold in your mouth to “bond with your fur baby . . . by communicating in their love language.” Can we get it in flavors? Say, maybe, calico or persian? (amazon.com, $24.99)

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[Illustration: James Provost]
2. iPotty: A great way to keep squatting tots occupied and, more important, protect your precious iPad. (amazon.com, $39.99)

[Illustration: James Provost]
3. Office blinders: These babies debuted at SXSW and will help keep you focused in your open office, but don’t make the mistake I did. Remember, your boss can still see you. (greenfunding.jp, 29,800 yen)

[Illustration: James Provost]
4. Ostrich pillow: Here at Fast Company, when the blinders come off, the Ostrich Pillow goes on. (ostrichpillow.com, $99)

[Illustration: James Provost]
5. The clip-on man bun: Business in front, party in the back—and hipster passé up top! (walmart.com, $9.99)

[Illustration: James Provost]
6. Toilet nightlight: Peek-a-poo, anyone? Seriously, just grab the goddamn iPad back from Junior. (glowbowl.com, $14.99)

[Illustration: James Provost]
7. Air-conditioned shoes: Hydro-tech, the Japanese company that manufactures these, says they will make you “cool.” Get it? Wear them with your man bun. (designtaxi.com, $78)

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About the author

Jay Woodruff is a contributing editor at Fast Company. After helping launch the quarterly DoubleTake, he joined Esquire and later held senior editorial positions at Entertainment Weekly and oversaw digital at Maxim, Blender and Stuff

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