Recently, Fox News made us all aware of North Korea’s intention to launch ‘unexpected gift packages’ (missiles, that is) to America. While this may not be anyone’s idea of an ideal Christmas gift, odd presents have become part and parcel of this rapidly evolving world. Despite the internet containing billions of the normal presents we are used to, it still houses items that would not normally be considered mainstream gifts for those we care about. The surprising thing is that odd presents are growing in popularity every day and soon, they might just become the norm.
Whole websites have been dedicated to hosting buyers and sellers of odd items. An example would include oddities.com. In these websites, creators and manufacturers of these items can take photos of and display their wares for consumers to look at. The websites receive a lot of visitors on a daily basis.
It is easy to notice that a large number of these items are based on scientific innovations. Some bear the markings of complex scientific devices; they have small levers, wheels, and other parts that are usually the tell-tale signs of a scientific experiment. It is therefore not a surprise to find that these items make the perfect gifts for nerds and geeks from different parts of the world. In these odd websites, nerds can pick the brains of their fellow scientists and maybe learn a trick or two while at it.
Interesting is the fact that sentimental gifts may fall into the category of odd gifts. This is because a large number of them are products of Do-It-Yourself projects. When people are left entirely to their imaginations, it is surprising what they can create. Lately, however, the internet has put sentimental gifts into normal categories such as jewelry, wall art, and fashion projects. In these groupings, the chances of these personal gift projects churning out odd items are largely minimized.
So what exactly makes these weird gifts appealing, we ask? The answer to this question depends upon who it is posted to. For everyday people, these items are simply oddities that pique their curiosities. For those who buy them, however, these items are a way in which they can express their uniqueness. That may be the reason why some will forego the generic store-bought gifts and instead go for those that are unlikely to have replicas. For those that come up with them, these items may simply serve as an outlet for their creativity. Unlike art projects on the internet that anyone can take up, an item made entirely out of your ideas with no limitations as to imagination allows you to express yourself with no hindrances.
Another reason that may be given to explain these odd items is that they have an affiliation with religions or groups of people or cults. These, however, are murky waters and it is important to steer clear of any unfounded claims.
The odd and weird are here to stay and will retain their appealing novelty.