November 22, 2012

A guide to totally bizarre gifts

Tired of giving sweaters, ties and fruitcake? Buy something truly unique instead this holiday season.

From staff reports

On Friday, shoppers will wake up before dawn to storm malls, big-box stores, downtown shops and other retail outlets in an attempt to snag the best deals on everything from iPads and sweaters to Barbie dolls and video games.

But what if your idea of a fun day after Thanksgiving doesn't involve standing in line in the cold and dodging arms and elbows while trying to get your hands on the latest gadget that will be sitting on the shelf in six months?

That's what this guide is for.

If you're looking for a unique gift that you can buy without even having to get out of your pajamas -- something that no one else is even thinking of purchasing -- we've got you covered. And we didn't take price into consideration, so if you have the moolah to spend, hoo boy, can you go wild here. Likewise, if you're on a tight budget, there are several items that are ultra-cool but won't break the bank.

Because, when it comes to holiday gift lists, they really should be "wish" lists, as Sears and others promised us in our childhood.

So enjoy our bizarre holiday gift list, and let the wishing begin.

• FULL-SIZED BATMOBILE REPLICA: "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed." Millions of children have uttered that iconic phrase that Robin used while starting the Batmobile in the campy 1960s TV show "Batman." But wouldn't it be cool to utter those words while sitting in the front seat of an actual Batmobile?

The expensive toys website is offering a replica Batmobile, modeled closely on the car in the show. And just like the real Batmobile, it's got a flame-throwing rocket exhaust, double bubble-shaped windshields, a push-button ignition switch, a flashing red "bat" beacon and a Batphone. Goes from zero to 60 in five seconds.

The price is $191,952, but hey, millionaire crime fighters like Bruce Wayne certainly didn't worry about money, so why should you?

• 5-POUND GUMMY BEAR: Thrill the candy addict on your list with the World's Largest Gummy Bear. Weighing in at 5 pounds, this 9.5-inch-tall bear is the equivalent of 1,400 regular gummy bears, and packs a whopping 6,120 calories. But they're gluten-free!

Flavors include blue raspberry, red cherry, green apple, orange, pineapple, bubblegum, grape, cherry cola and three-tone bears. Bears made with one flavor cost $29.99, while the three-tone bears (for example, raspberry, orange and cherry) are $35.99.

Don't let its size intimidate you. The World's Largest Gummy Bear has a shelf life of a year, so there's plenty of time to eat it. As the website that sells it notes: "If eaten in appropriate amounts, the WLGB probably won't kill you."

• FENWAY PARK DIRT COASTER: Even though they stunk things up this past season, the Boston Red Sox remain great fodder for silly gifts. For the Sox fan on your list, how about a drink coaster and clock set made from dirt from Fenway Park? It includes a certificate of authenticity, as if that matters. For $179.99, that's barely more than the cost of a decent ticket to a sure loss.

• RED SOX FANTASY CAMP: Enough said. For a starting price of just $4,695, you can spend eight days in January on a sun-drenched field in Ft. Myers, Fla. You'll get to practice and play with a roster of former Red Sox stars, the guys whose baseball cards you collected. And you can actually play two games in the same stadium where the Sox have spring training.

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Finally, you can call the special people in your life in style from Hannaford to find out if they want salsa or bean dip, with the Miansai by Michael Salger 14K gold iPhone cover.

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For the “Animal House” disciple, a replica of Bluto Blutarsky’s “College” sweat shirt.

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