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HuffPo’s David Moye found the year’s weirdest Christmas gifts

December 19, 2018
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HuffPost columnist David Moye loves putting together his annual list of the year's weirdest Christmas gifts. Among the bizarre gift ideas populating his 41 item list this year: An ugly Christmas sweater with what appears to be a T-rex dinosaur bursting through the front and back. "There's no reason to have it which is why there is no reason not to have it," Moye says. HuffPost columnist David Moye loves putting together his annual list of the year's weirdest Christmas gifts. Among the bizarre gift ideas populating his 41 item list this year: An ugly Christmas sweater with what appears to be a T-rex dinosaur bursting through the front and back. "There's no reason to have it which is why there is no reason not to have it," Moye says. (Photo credit: www.UglyChristmasSweater.com)

As journalist David Moye of The Huffington Post so correctly states in his annual summary of the year’s weirdest Christmas gifts, anyone is capable of shopping for a normal present, but the true spirit of Christmas is in giving gifts that people didn’t realize they needed.

Moye’s recent article “41 Weird Christmas Gifts That Even Normal People Will Love” features some extraordinarily peculiar gift ideas, including a body towel that turns the wearer into a human duck, a Dali-ish melted clock, a beer-holding belt buckle and socks that closely resemble sushi.

Moye learns of the outlandish offertories on his list through multiple sources, including regular readers of his HuffPost year-end weird Christmas gift roundup.

“There a bunch of people out there who know I’m looking for this stuff,” Moye told me during an interview. “Sometimes you get a publicist who is trying to get something in the HuffPost and they’ll pitch things on behalf of their client. I always tell them the same thing: If your client is delusional, there is a good chance that I can use this product.”

For example – beardaments. Beardaments are mini ornaments designed to dangle from one’s whiskers. Who comes up with ideas like this?

“A lot of these products are the inspiration of someone who realized there’s a product that nobody realized they needed,” said Moye. “Some genius had a light-bulb moment where they thought ‘The problem with normal facial hair is that it doesn’t express the holiday season as well as it could.’ They have versions that light up too, which is weird when you see them coming at you from a distance. Their face looks like it’s covered with spittle.”

One of the key details Moye considers when choosing gift ideas for his article is the accompanying image.

“The photo to me is key,” he said. “If the photo is funny, I can be forgiving on a few other things.”

For example, several variations on the ever-popular ugly Christmas sweater are part of this year’s list.

“I think my favorite ugly Christmas sweater this year is the one that has a dinosaur bursting through the front and back,” Moye laughed. “There’s really no better way to express this joyous holiday season quite like wearing a sweater that makes you look like you’ve been impaled by a T-rex. Let’s celebrate the birth of our savior and then watch ‘Jurassic Park!’”

Or take oversized inflatables. Sure, they are kitschy eyesores to many, yet they somehow continue to be produced in mass numbers, as evidenced by Moye’s list, which includes a Cup of Noodles the size of a humidifier as well as a giant inflatable bottle of ranch dressing.

“I still don’t understand how George Lucas can sell Yodas dressed as Santa but just one inflatable isn’t enough,” Moye exclaimed. “I want to see the expression of people as they walk by the giant inflatable bottle of Hidden Valley ranch dressing. Why would you choose to celebrate Christmas with a giant inflatable condiment? There’s no reason to have it - which is why there’s no reason not to have it.”

If you have a cat lover in your life that is also a fan of scratch and sniff books, Moye found a book that encapsulates both. But beware … or rather, butt beware.

“It’s a brilliant book,” Moye said. “Who would’ve thought the world was missing a scratch and sniff book about cat butts? I think it’s going to be a contender for the Pulitzer next year.”

If you find yourself wanting more, David Moye’s complete list of the year’s weirdest Christmas gifts can be found at www.HuffingtonPost.com.

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