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Death Star waffle maker? Bacon-of-the-month clubs? Your favorite childhood candy? Here's where to find the perfect gift.

Holiday shopping can be a challenge. For some people on our list — from those who already have it all to those who say they want nothing — it’s just tough to know what to buy.

In other cases, we may simply struggle to come up with the perfect gift idea for someone special.

Whatever the reason, these off-the-beaten-path shopping spots offer gifts that anyone on your list is sure to remember.

Bacon Freak

Check out this company if you have any bacon-loving friends or relatives on your gift-recipient list. You’ll find bacon-flavored beverages and sweets as well as bacon-of-the-month subscriptions.

Brookstone

This online and brick-and-mortar store sells gadgets and gifts of every kind — from app-controlled spy vehicles to body massagers.

Their products tend to be on the more expensive side, but Brookstone often offers sales leading up to the holidays. Additionally, you can often find discounted gift cards for Brookstone, and some other retailers on this list, at marketplaces like Raise.com and Cardpool.com.

Cuddle Clones

This company makes customized stuffed-animal versions of real-life pets. You submit photos of the pet and choose a few customization options, like ear and tail position. Then, Cuddle Clones sends you a “clone” of the pet.

If you’re skeptical, check out the photo gallery for side-by-side comparisons of pets and clones.

Etsy

This online marketplace allows artists, crafters and other creators to sell handmade items (and resell vintage items) directly to e-shoppers.

From custom jewelry to retirement gifts, Etsy offers almost too many handmade options to choose from.

Giant Microbes

Check out this website if you have any scientifically or medically minded gift recipients on your list. You’ll find stuffed “animals” resembling more than 100 types of microbes and other organisms.

Old Time Candy Company

Chances are good that this online store stocks the candy your gift recipients remember eating as a kid. You’ll find sweets from every decade from the pre-1920s through the 1990s.

Out of Print

This online retailer sells clothing and accessories for the bookworms in your family or circle of friends.

If you know a gift recipient’s favorite writer or book, you can shop by book author or book title.

Perpetual Kid

Check out this online store if you’re shopping for a child or for an adult who is a kid at heart.

Simplehuman

This company describes its products as “tools for efficient living.” Its focus on simplicity and functionality makes simplehuman a good place to shop for people who are hyper-organized, or who recently moved into a new home or will soon do so.

I can vouch for the wall-mount paper towel holder and sensor-operated soap dispensers, which help keep my counters cleaner for longer.

The Grommet

This website describes itself as a product-launch platform for undiscovered products with a purpose.

The Grommet is also unique in that its products are sorted into categories that represent personal values — like “Made in the USA,” “Sustainable Living” and “Independent Makers.”

The Ultimate Rose

If you’re unsure what to buy the wife or girlfriend this year but have a few hundred dollars to blow on 5-foot-tall roses, this is your site.

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

This website is a great place to shop for intellectual gift recipients who appreciate philosophy, psychology, politics or puns. RetireMints, anyone? The sweets promise to “put that needed pep in every retiree’s step.”

ThinkGeek

This online store is to nerds what Perpetual Kid is to easily amused folks. You’ll find everything from a Star Wars Death Star waffle maker to Harry Potter pajama pants.

UncommonGoods

This online store’s unique gifts reflect its focus on creative design, craftsmanship and innovation. Take, for example, plush internal organs, dachshund-shaped oil and vinegar bottles, and an “F bomb” paperweight.

If you get stumped, the gifts section allows you to narrow options based on details such as the person for whom you are shopping or the amount you want to spend.

Vat19

Perhaps you’ve seen this company’s TV commercials featuring its 5-pound gummy bears. The self-described purveyor of “curiously awesome gifts” also offers flat-rate shipping and “Shop by Recipient” options.

Way Basics

This company makes environmentally friendly products — primarily shelving and storage — for people who “appreciate frustration-free essentials.” That means Way Basics’ storage solutions offer frustration-free assembly and can be stacked and arranged to suit various needs.

What’s your favorite place to shop for unique gifts? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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