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7 quirky holiday gift ideas for less than $30

I’m a fan of weird and useful gifts. An air freshener or a measuring cup are overlooked goods, but boy, they’ll get used right away. I even wrapped a can of beans one year, but we’ll save that story for another day.

Here are seven quirky (but useful) ideas for that person in your life who seems to have everything.

n Dream of cured meat? Seattle-based J&D’s Foods has engineered the bacon-scented pillowcase, which it calls “the future of sleep.” For about $13, the scent of bacon can surround your head at night. The pillowcase is washable, and the aroma lasts up to a year. Go to for details.

n J&D’s also makes bacon-scented underwear, but if there are pets at home with sharp teeth, the company’s legal team advises that users not fall asleep wearing them. Cost: $19.99.

n iPad lap desk. $13.95. Link:

n A ceramic mug with separate compartments for soup and crackers. Set of two: $19.95. Link: B00FHMTO4Y/ ?tag=buzz0f-20

n A fancy food tray for the car that swivels and fits in a cup holder? $22. (Find it on But where do you put your cellphone?

n The WizGear universal air vent magnetic car mount holder. $6.99 on

n Bacon is awesome. There is a recipe book with more than 50 ideas. $7.99 on Kindle/$17.96 hardcover.


n Bring your company’s toilet paper brand home. A case of 80 Georgia-Pacific two-ply rolls can be had for $47.06. That’s more than $30, but the shipping is free, it comes to your door, and buying in bulk is usually a better deal.

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