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

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• GOLD iPHONE COVER: Have a tech geek in your life who already has everything? Here's something he or she doesn't have: a 14K gold iPhone cover. For a cool $10,000, this present brings true bling to the world of cell phone accessories. The over-the-top gift comes in yellow or rose gold, and each is individually numbered and engraved.

The Miansai by Michael Salger piece will bring designer style to even the most mundane conversations.

• PRINCESS DRESSES FOR ADULTS: The ladies on your shopping list may not be able to become real-life princesses, but they can dress like one.

Should you have a royal-size bank account, splurge on the $4,050 Alice Temperley Amoret black lace dress that Kate Middleton (aka the Duchess of Cambridge) is fond of wearing. She was spotted in the figure-flattering gown at the London "War Horse" premiere and the 600th anniversary gala for her alma mater, St. Andrews University.

Too rich for your blood? Then go for a made-to-order replica from that will set you back a mere £229 ($364).;

• "COLLEGE" SWEAT SHIRT: Some things are priceless. Like the image of John Belushi making a mockery of his collegiate career in his film masterpiece "Animal House" while wearing a sweat shirt that simply said "college." No university name, no insignia, simply "college." For those of us who live our lives according to rules learned from that film -- "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" -- that "college" sweat shirt is a prize worth pursuing.

So get your own "Animal House" disciple the perfect gift this year -- a replica of the "college" sweat shirt online at The website helpfully shows what a lot of competing "college" shirts look like, so you can see that they don't really follow the film. The sweat shirts are priced at $24.95 to $29.95, depending on sizes.

• SURVIVAL KIT: With television abuzz with reports of the coming apocalypse (zombie or otherwise) on Dec. 21, many have caught the doomsday prepper bug. They're tunneling bomb shelters in their backyards and stockpiling years' worth of canned goods.

Should someone on your list be late to the end of the Mayan calendar preparation party, no worries. You can give them the gift of survival (at least for two weeks). For $229, the Deluxe Survival Kit from supplies food and water for two weeks, plus other end-of-the-world essentials such as a Swiss army knife, two-person tent, Mylar sleeping bags and playing cards (because surviving the apocalypse can be pretty dull stuff).

• TOILET TATTOOS: So, you think you know someone who has everything? Betcha they don't have a Toilet Tattoo. (Motto: "The Only Way to Crown Your Throne.") These reusable plastic films ($9.95 each) electrostatically cling to a smooth toilet lid, giving you the opportunity to express yourself to your house guests even in their most private moments.

Among the dozens of designs available are animal prints, surfboards, a skull-and-flames, Buddha and a birthday cake (although the lingering mental image of toilet and food may send you back to the bathroom later). There's even some designs that are appropriate for Maine, including a big moose, a black bear (good for the University of Maine fan on your list), a deer and an image of the famous West Quoddy lighthouse.

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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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