Unusual and Funky Gift Ideas

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It is a month until Christmas! Ack, and we have our outdoor lights up and I guess soon will be time to put up the tree (I never like it up for too long – I get Christmas claustrophobia). If you are still looking for some unusual and funky gift ideas, here are a few that I have come across.

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Ellebox – Ellebox is a subscription service, and a perfect gift for a young woman that is hard to buy for! It is the brainchild of three British Columbia women that are between the ages of 21 and 24. The concept is to take the pain out of women’s monthly periods by having a special care box arrive on their doorstep just a few days before their period is due. It includes both supplies and treats, and runs on a monthly subscription basis. You can choose only one month, or three and there is a variety of packages and price points. The idea is to remind women to take better care of themselves—something that many women, with busy lives, tend to neglect.


The best part of Ellebox (well, other than the chocolate!) is that the girls have a charitable giving back component to their business. Feminine hygiene products are one of the least donated items to food banks and shelters, so the girls are donating a portion of their proceeds to these women.

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My box that I received for November included many local vendors including, Capilano Tea, in the Sisters X Raspberry Leaf, Ghirardelli ChocolateNEU Skin Botanicals Body Butter (locally made in Chilliwack), Pura Vida YVR Pumpkin Spice Soy Candles and Scrubs and Bubbles Cinnamon and Chai Whipped Sugar Scrub which smells amazing. I think Ellebox is the perfect gift for any young woman, as everyone loves getting packages in the mail!

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Large Chunky Knits by OHHIO – These insanely luxuriously and comically large knits are created by designer Anna Marinenko, and sold on Etsy through her shop. There is everything from blankets (click the word for links!) to scarves.

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Marinenko says in a press release that she found herself confronted with a skein of gigantically thick wool last year. She wanted to make something, but she didn’t have a pair of knitting needles up to the task. So she started knitting with her bare hands, resulting in a gigantic 3-inch-thick stitch that pushed the idea of an oversized knit to the extreme. She also sells large knitting needles in her shop. I find the design of these so incredibly cool, I’d love to own a scarf or blanket. What a conversation piece!

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The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. And it was her own personal journey that inspired Elle Luna to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, has touched hundreds of thousands of people who’ve read it or heard Elle speak on the topic. Now Ms. Luna expands her ideas into an inspirational, highly visual gift book for every recent graduate, every artist, every seeker, every career changer.

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I was able to see Elle Luna speak at this year’s Designer Vaca in Palm Springs, and I have thought about it over and over since. Not only was Elle inspiring, but she gave me hope, that by following your true desires, your musts, you will inevitably find your calling. This is a great book with lovely illustrations for anyone on your Christmas list.

What unusual gifts are you looking for this season? Are you an online shopper or do you like to shop and browse through stores? Comment below.

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