25 Most Nostalgic, Popular, And Useless Novelty Items Ever

Novelty items, by definition, are an object that serves absolutely no practical purpose whatsoever. Typically, they are only sold because of their uniqueness or just for the humor factor, although they can also be sold as “something new,” hence the term “novelty.”

There are some objects that start out being novelty, like frisbees and hula hoops, only to later move out of the “novelty” market and into the established, commonly used goods market later on. There are even food items that are described as novelty items when they first come out, like Deep Fried Mars Bars.

The earliest recorded reference to novelty items was by French mathematician Pierre Hérigone. In the early 1600’s he invented a goblet that let you spy on people while drinking (via a mirror). The most popular novelty item in recent history was Big Mouth Billy Bass and between 2000 and 2001 it is estimated that nearly 20 million pieces were sold.

So even if you have never bought these types of items or don’t even plan to buy any in the future, we are sure that you will find it entertaining to see what sort of novelty items other people are buying. These are the 25 most nostalgic, popular, and useless novelty items ever!

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Umbrella hat

Umbrella hatSource: wikipedia, Image: mikebaird via flickr

You definitely don’t wear this as a fashion statement.


Dehydrated water

Dehydrated waterSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Sold by Bernard Food Indrustries, these are basically empty cans with the words “Bernard Dehydrated Water” on the side.


Toffee hammers

Toffee hammersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Apparently you’re supposed to break up sheets or slabs of hard toffee into smaller pieces for consumption. This is assuming, of course, that you somehow managed to acquire an over-sized slab of toffee.


Radio hat

Radio hatSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Like the umbrella hat, this probably wouldn’t help you win any fashion contests, but at least you can listen to your favorite tunes.


Groucho glasses

Groucho glassesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Possibly one of the most iconic and widely used novelty item, groucho glasses were first marketed in the 1940’s.

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