21 Weird But Genius Things That Even People Who Say They “Don’t Want Anything” Will Love

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When surrounding birthdays or holidays, the phrase, "I don't want anything" most likely means one of two things: One, "I can't think of anything off the top of my head," or two, "I don't need any more clutter." As a result, the best gifts for people who don't want anything are practical things that serve a purpose — something that your friend or loved one can use on a daily basis to solve a problem they didn't even realize they had. That way, said-thing will never sit on a shelf collecting dust.

The last time I said, "I don't want anything" to a friend, I received a tub of activated charcoal. For those of you who don't know, that's basically a pile of powder made from burnt wood, but because it can absorb up to 200 times its weight, it immediately became the most important staple in my beauty routine. I am now of the firm belief that the oddest gifts are also some of the best.

As a result, these definitely aren't your ordinary sock and mug combos (which are certainly useful, but not all that original). These are the weird but brilliant gifts that your friend might not even know how to use at first, but once they get the hang of it, they'll be thrilled you decided to get them something after all.

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