For those hard-to-please people on your holiday shopping list, surprise them with a bone-related gift. The options are vast, but for inclusion here, my 14 recommendations had to meet these criteria:

  1. no real bone
  2. no skull motifs
  3. nothing blatantly Halloween or goth
  4. nothing risque (Yes, there are glow-in-the-dark undergarments.)
  5. nothing over $9.99 (The final and best one is free.)

Happy gifting. Also, forward this post to those who will be shopping for you with a “hint, hint.”

By the way, I have no financial interest in any of the items.

Slide8This paper punch comes in two sizes, 5/8″ for $5.95 and 1″ for $7.95.

Great for personalizing documents, checks, envelopes, restaurant menus.

The cut-outs will appeal to scrapbookers.

Continue shopping ……



36 1.25” erasers for $5.55

That’s 15 cents each. How can you go wrong!




16 GB USB memory stick, $9.99

Other storage capacities are available.




100 paper clips, $9.75, or about 10 cents each.

Be extravagant. Give your favorite people more

than one!




thigh bone pen, $6.96

For those on really tight budgets, another website has uncapped skeleton pens 5 for $5.99, 20 for $9.99.




$7.00   Despite your initial reaction, owl pellets are not gross, smelly, or slimy. The junior scientist on your list will be most grateful for your thoughtfulness. For details, see the AboutBone blog post, What do owls eat? Why you should give a hoot.





hip joint key ring, $3.99

A great gift for somebody who has had a total hip replacement and wants to tell and show everybody about it.





Keep track of you keys and/or your dog in the dark.

lighted key ring or dog collar fob  $7.77 for two

also in brown, orange, and red

on/off switch, flashing or steady glow LED, extra batteries included




OK, these baking/ice cube trays are $12.99, but each one can be a separate gift.







5 cookie cutters/chocolate molds for $5.47







hand X-ray oven mitt $9.97






foot X-ray socks, one size fits most (These fit me fine!) $8.00

Shorter and longer styles are available.






vertebra coffee mug, $9.99

Remind the recipient that sculptor Henry Moore found inspiration in pig bones that he picked up on his farm.





Finally, here is the most valuable and enduring gift of all. It’s free, and spreading the word about the blog will be a great present to me.

Toss each friend and loved one a BONE card (mailed to you on request, as many as you wish) and encourage them to subscribe.



Happy Holidays

Much more about bone forthcoming in 2019

5 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide for Frugal Bone Lovers

  1. Thanks Roy!
    Great to hear from you!
    Happy Holidays to you and your Family.
    Greg, Mary Pat, Kelly & Corey

    1. Nice to hear from you, Greg. And Happy Holidays to your family too. I hope the blog made your gift selections easier, or at least a bit eclectic. coming from a bone surgeon.

  2. This is terrific and certainly educational. I love ideas and gift giving! I would like to find out where I can some gifts.

    Happy Holidays!


    1. Hi Barbara, all of the items should be linked to their commercial source. Click on the pictures. If that does not work, let me know.
      Best wishes,

  3. Thanks, Roy.
    I’ll try to pass these osseous gift ideas on to some orthopedists I know.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours,
    Ed Patrick

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