When we started selling our onesie pajamas way back in 2008 many people thought that is was a joke. We were told that we might sell a few as ridiculous Christmas gifts but no one was actually going to buy them as serious clothing. Well, we have been selling for seven years now, so we can be sure that these are more than ridiculous Christmas gifts. But it got us thinking about what people spend their money on at Christmas and what are the most ridiculous Christmas gifts. Last year Huffington Post came up with a useful guide which included “Old Man Peeing Liquor Beverage Dispenser”. If you believe that scotch tastes better when dispensed from the genitalia of an old man statue you will love this. Make sure you tell the person you’re giving it to, “Hey, urine for a treat.” Other fun items, included pre-stained underwear so you don’t have to go to all the trouble of making your own skidmarks, and a far too realistic Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispenser.
Gwyneth Paltrow is regularly criticised for including ridiculous Christmas gifts in her Goop (you know: A weekly lifestyle publication, curated by Gwyneth Paltrow, offering exclusive collaborations, recipes, travel notes) gift guide. Turns out, Paltrow is well aware that some of Goop’s gift suggestions are, well, impractical. “This year we actually have a number of gift guides, but one of them is just called ‘Ridiculous,’” Paltrow said in an interview. “I think there’s a trip to space on there, and a hot air balloon or something. I think the most ridiculous thing is there’s a website that’s selling solid-gold dumbbells.” And website stupid.com came up with its own list of most ridiculous Christmas gifts which included HILLARY CLINTON NUTCRACKER: This HILLARY CLINTON figurine has thighs of steel, perfect for cracking even the toughest nuts.
Then what about the money people spend on their pets at Christmas. During November and December, the average shopper is expected to spend $30.43 on pet gifts, up 14.2% from the same period a year earlier, according to the National Retail Federation. In comparison, spending on family is forecast to increase 6.5% to $459.87 and buying for friends is predicted to rise 6.7% to $80. Sniffing an opportunity, big-box retailers and specialty boutiques alike have rushed out gift sets, party outfits and luxurious spa treatments — all for pets. There are even pet stockings to hang by the chimney with care. According to a survey by Rover.com of 1,000 U.S. pet owners, an incredible 95 per cent admit to buying Christmas gifts for their pets. On average, money spent on a pet gift is about $36, but one in 20 people admit to spending more than $100. ‘I buy a Christmas tree every year for my cat,’ wrote one respondent, while another admitted to taking his dog out to a fancy restaurant. In the UK, cat lovers can book their pet a Spa Day for £45 which includes gentle undercoat removal, eye and ear cleanse, and paw massage with “lickable” organic balm. Noticed any ridiculous Christmas gifts out there? Somehow our Wizard adult onesie doesn’t seem so silly now.