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Customized 3-D gummy bears

Valentine’s Day has passed and Christmas is more than nine months away, but gift giving is never out of season. Besides, it’s never too early to start thinking about that hard-to-shop-for someone.

What to get those who seem to have everything?

How about gummy bears customized in their own likeness? According to Discovery News, Japanese eatery FabCafe enables this unique offering, which requires a 3-D body scan, for $65. Also on the menu: a chocolate replica of one’s own head.

Or, maybe some anti-Gangnam Style socks?

Perhaps you have a friend or loved one whose pet has passed away. With the help of a “memorial diamond” company such as LifeGem, you can turn beloved Buddy’s ashes into a precious gem. These lapidaries charge anywhere from $250 to $1,400-plus, according to the Wall Street Journal.

For the parent with a potty-training child, there’s the iPotty. As reported by ABC News, you can now purchase this plastic commode complete with iPad holder for $39.99. A touch screen protector is included. Potty training apps and iPad are not.

On a more uplifting note, the folks at the for-profit social enterprise Uncharted Play have come up with a soccer ball that doubles as a portable generator. At 17 ounces, the SOCCKET weighs about as much as a regular soccer ball and converts kinetic energy into electrical energy that can power an LED lamp — which comes with the ball — for hours.

If you’re in Los Angeles and looking for a last minute present, you may wish to stop by a caviar vending machine. According to NBC News, these dispensers, which can be found in the Burbank Town Center and Westfield Century City, hold about $50,000 worth of inventory, including Imperial River Beluga at $500 an ounce.

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How to pay for it all? With the Karl Marx MasterCard, of course. This credit card is available to customers of Sparkasse Bank in the former East German city of Chemnitz, according to Reuters.

As tweeted by Rich Muirhead and posted on Che Guevara T-shirt: $15. Annotated copy of the Communist Manifesto: $10. Being able to demonstrate your ideological confusion every time you make a purchase: Priceless.

Or, in the words of Blood Meridian’s Judge Holden, “Everything’s for sale.

(Hat tip to Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, who track markets in everything.)

David Ward is a writer living in Salt Lake City. Contact him at