Top 10 Awesomely Outrageous Holiday Gifts

Ever wonder what someone like George Lucas gets for Christmas? It sure can’t be easy shopping for the person who has it all. So it got us thinking. (A dangerous pasttime, we know.) If we had it all or we knew the world was going to end next year, we’d want to make THIS Christmas the best one ever. So we’d put some of the craziest, most-expensively cool items on our wish list. And that’s just what we did!

Although not necessarily budget-friendly, our list of holiday gifts below features items that are as awesome as they are outrageous (and for some of them, wildly expensive).

Isis Impossible Metal Puzzle

$179.99

Much more difficult than a Rubik’s Cube and loads more rewarding is this titanium puzzle from ThinkGeek.com. Solve this insanely impossible puzzle and you could be rewarded thousands of dollars in prizes.

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Helly Kitty Crystal Dipped Handheld Mirror

$350.00

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s holding the most expensive mirror of all? This limited edition Hello Kitty mirror is encrusted with Swarovski elements and comes packaged in a special jewel box.

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Victoria’s Secret Embellished Push-up Bra

$250.00

Featuring Victoria’s Secret most popular push-up bra, the Infinity Edge, this bra offers padding for lift and cleavage and is embellished with Swarovski crystals. Sold separately are the matching embellished V-string panties, for a mere $50. Not sold separately are the enormous angel wings.

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LEGO Super Star Destroyer

$399.99

This is the first time the Super Star Destroyer has been made into a LEGO model. But even more impressive is the size. It weighs in at 8 pounds, measures nearly 50″ and contains over 3,000 LEGO pieces.

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Power Wheels Barbie Cadillac Escalade

Sale: $349.99 (Reg. $399.99)

The elves at Santa’s workshop are just showing off now. This Barbie Cadillac Escalade features a premium sound system, chrome wheels, and the official Cadillac emblem on the seats and grille.

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CREED 250th Anniversary Limited-Edition Flacon

$1,750.00

What does a $1,750 perfume smell like? A special blend of iris, orange zest, bergamot, and vanilla. This limited-edition fragrance is certainly fit for a queen (no, really. Queen Victoria, Princess Grace and Empress Eugenie have all worn a variation of this Creed fragrance.)

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Jura Impressa J9 One Touch TFT Coffee Machine

Sale: $2,799.00 (Reg. $3,500.00)

This coffee maker puts even the Keurig to shame. A simple touch of a button brews up your choice of coffee. It’s capable of making coffee, cappucino, latte macchiato, ristretto and lots more, all served with a unique milk foam on top, if you so choose. It’s even integrated with a rinsing, cleaning and descaling program!

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Omega Men’s Seamaster 300M Quartz “James Bond” Watch

Sale: $1,657.50 (Was $1,950.00)

The choice watch for James Bond and a bevy of celebrities and sport stars, this Omega watch features Swiss-Quartz movement and an anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face. It’s also water-resistant to 1000 feet, in case you’re planning a little light scuba diving.

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Digital Jukebox

$4,995.95

It may look old-fashioned on the outside but on the inside it’s anything but. This digital jukebox can store up to 1,500 hours of video or music content, which can be transferred directly from your hard drive via the USB port.

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Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar

$15,000.00

A whopping 381 lbs. of gourmet gingerbread and 517 lbs. of royal icing make up this enormous gingerbread playhouse, made by NYC’s largest candy store, Dylan’s Candy Bar. If the loads upon loads of cookies and candy that make up the house isn’t enough, it also features a lollipop tree on the inside. With a gingerbread house this big, the only question will be which one will rot first: the house or your children’s teeth.

How To Return Unwanted Gifts A Post Holiday Survival Guide

Are unwanted holiday gifts piling up around the house? Were the kids so disappointed in getting socks from Grandma again this year that they’ve been reduced to playing in the cardboard boxes they arrived in for a little excitement? No need to panic. We’re here to help!

We know returning gifts that were purchased online can be as frustrating as waiting in line at the DMV. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve put together some valuable tips and helpful information on how to get those less than desirable gifts exchanged online for what you really want this holiday season.

Always Keep the Packaging

Once an online order makes it to your front door, the excitement of tearing open the box usually means important receipts, packing slips and return labels get lost in the shuffle. You definitely want to keep these in a safe place, as many of them are required for a full refund. And although kitty is keeping cozy in the new bed she fashioned out of the shipping box, you’ll want to keep that, too. It’s usually just the right size you’ll need for sending those awkwardly shaped items back to the company.

Return Costs

Purchases at online stores like Endless.com, Piperlime.com, Zappos.com, and some purchases on Amazon.com qualify for free returns. However, many stores aren’t so generous, and you’ll be responsible for the costs associated with shipping your return package back. Using the return label (which either came in your original package or can be printed from the store’s website) can simplify the process, as the company will just deduct a flat fee from the amount of the refund to cover the shipping costs.

Also, be sure to check if you’ll need a RMA (which stands for “Return Merchandise Authorization.”) If it does, you’ll have to contact the store’s customer service department by email or phone to receive your RMA number. You may be asked to write this number on the outside of the box you’re returning. This number will help you and their return department verify and track your return.

Times a Wastin’

For nearly all returns, you’ll need to make sure to bring it back within a certain time frame. In most cases, returns will be accepted up to 30 days, although this varies by store. After the deadline, you may only be able to return for store credit or an exchange, if at all. Make sure to account for days in transit time, too, as the store may require for the item to arrive back to their warehouse within that given time frame.

Also, keep in mind that some store’s return policies may vary during the holidays. Usually, the time frame has been extended, but don’t be surprised if seasonal merchandise (such as holiday decor) has to be returned at an earlier date. You may want to double-check with the store’s customer service to verify the correct deadline for your return.

Return to a Store

For immediate refunds or exchanges, many stores offer convenient returns to their bricks and mortar locations. You may still need to bring the packing slip along with you, though. Stores that offer online returns to their local stores include ToysRUs, Target, Express, Walmart, Justice, and JCPenney, among others.

Some gifts can be returned or exchanged quickly and painlessly at local store locations.

Conditions

Some stores will only allow you to return merchandise if it’s in new, unworn, or unopened condition. This is especially true for electronics (like DVDs or computer software), that once opened, you cannot return in any circumstance. You’ll need to make sure all the tags are attached, seals and shrink wrap are still intact, and any additional manuals or accessories which came with the original packaging are included with the return. Other stores, like LandsEnd.com, offer a “satisfaction guaranteed” return policy, happily accepting returns on merchandise that you may have tried that you simply didn’t end up liking.

Gifts with Purchase and Special Promotions

If you received a gift or a free sample with the item you purchased, you may have to return it, too, in order to receive a refund. Sometimes, the value of the gift is deducted from the return price, or in some cases, you cannot return the product at all unless you bring back the gift, too. Otherwise, some retailers, such as Sephora.com, allow you to keep the gift or free sample even if you return the product.

The same can be said for purchases that you received special pricing on by meeting a purchase requirement. For example, if you bought 2 video games and got 1 free at ToysRUs, the “free” game would need to be returned, too, if you should decide to return the other 2.

Restocking Fees

Unfortunately, some stores will charge you a fee for returning a product. NewEgg.com, for example, has a restocking fee of 15% on all returns for refund. BestBuy.com has a 25% restocking fee for special order products. In these cases, it may just make more sense to regift or resell the item rather than losing out on some of what you paid it.

Marketplace Purchases

On websites like BarnesandNoble.com, Sears.com, and Amazon.com, you’ll want to double-check who you’re actually making the purchase from. These sites often offer products sold through a third party in their marketplace, which typically means they’re exempt from the standard return policy.

Of course, when in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the store’s customer service. They’ll be able to clarify any lingering questions you may have about returning an item and (with a little sweet talking) may even be able to help you if your return falls outside of their return policy guidelines.

Look to these online stores for some of the most customer-friendly return policies:

“Guaranteed. Period.” Land’s End return policy can’t be beaten. If you’re not satisfied with any item, you’re able to return it at any time for an exchange or refund of its purchase price.

For in-store and Lowes.com purchases, no receipt is required to make a return if you have the credit card used to make the purchase on hand. If you made your purchase in-store and paid with cash or check, no receipt is required if you provided a phone number at the time of checkout.

Return any item, anytime, for any reason. If you have your receipt, you’ll get a full refund or even exchange. Without a receipt, you’ll receive a refund, exchange, or merchandise credit.

You can exchange or return most merchandise for a full refund (minus the shipping charges) anytime after purchase. If you are returning a gift, you will receive a store merchandise credit. And if you’re exchanging an item, shipping for the new item will be free of charge.