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Thinking Outside the Holiday Gift Box: A Baker's Dozen Unique Ideas

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Archie McPhee says, "You don't even have to ask a question (don't you work hard enough already?). The happy face on the back will be smiling at you as you turn the ball for the next encouraging remark, such as "Your breath is so minty,' "Nice outfit,' or "Have you lost weight?'"

Before you commit to a major purchase like this, you can try the virtual affirmation ball at:   

Cat Buddha Statuette by Archie McPhee

For Feline Navidad greetings for the spiritually inclined cat lovers on your list, Archie McPhee offers a Cat Buddha Statue. This 5" tall, polystone statue depicts a feline in a tranquil state of meditation. Also available in canine version. Bow-wow Tao now.

Yodelling Pickle by Archie McPhee

Archie McPhee also offers the famous electronic Yodelling Pickle. It's the perfect holiday gift for the musicians on your list!

And oy veh, it's kosher for Chanukkah.   And not to worry, dahlink, it's truly a gift that won't be duplicated.

To try before you buy, check out the virtual yodelling pickle at  

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Deluxe MIracle Action Jesus Figure by Archie McPhee

10.   The Reason for the Season

If you want a gift more thematically related to the holiday, put Christ back in Christmas with the amazing Deluxe Miracle Action Jesus Figure.

According to the Archie McPhee catalog, "There is no action figure more deserving of a deluxe edition than the Son of God. This 5-1/4'' tall, hard vinyl figure comes with eight amazing plastic accessories: five loaves of bread, two fish and a jug for turning water into wine (not guaranteed to work for real)." It also features, ''glow-in-the-dark miracle hands!''  

It's a steal of a deal! And who knows? It just might work a miracle or two.

Shop at And they're still the best place for those two other essentials in life: Viking helmets and absinthe-flavored dental floss. No, I am not kidding.

"Startling Art" book cover by Dennis Larkins

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
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