Help me buy a corny gift.
August 13, 2006 5:07 PM   Subscribe

A corny gift: A friend of mine works with corn. She loves it too. Some could say she sleeps, eats and breathes corn. I want to find her a corn related gift for her birthday.

Possibly a gag gift, but not necessarily. Not a food gift unless it is something really unique. I'm at a loss. I googled it, and found a lot of corn food products, some interesting corn cob holders, but nothing really interesting. If it helps, she's a plant geneticist, and does a lot with corn crosses. She loves what she does, and I've seen her eat more corn in one sitting than I could in a week (okay, perhaps not entirely true, but you get my point).
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I'm always a fan of Giant Corn
posted by FreezBoy at 5:17 PM on August 13, 2006

The Asian grocery store near me has Korean sweet corn flavoured ice cream bars. They're really good! As someone who grew up in Indiana and thought she'd eaten her fair share of corn, this was a welcome novelty to me. (Your profile doesn't list a location so I have no idea whether this suggestion is practical.)
posted by web-goddess at 5:17 PM on August 13, 2006

There corn-related shirts and bumper stickers at Cafe Press, and some vintage corn dishes and implements on eBay. Or a selection of flavored gourmet popcorn?
posted by EllenC at 5:24 PM on August 13, 2006

Definitely scour eBay...I found this wind up corn dude, but you'd have to bid quick to get it.
posted by tastybrains at 5:24 PM on August 13, 2006

Alternately, what about some interesting/funky corn cob holder thingies? You know what I mean. Those pronged doohickeys that you stick into a hot ear of corn so you don't burn your fingers while you eat it.
posted by tastybrains at 5:25 PM on August 13, 2006

You could always take her on road trip to Corn, Oklahoma?
posted by vagabond at 5:26 PM on August 13, 2006

Thirding ebay. I thought this poster, for example, was pretty great.
posted by extrabox at 5:27 PM on August 13, 2006

It was a long time ago, but one time in a liquor store I saw some corn liquor sold in a wide-mouthed mason jar. I ended up buying one for a guy as a gag-gift.

I did some googling and found this review of a contemporary product. It's 100 proof and they proudly proclaim that it is "aged less than 30 days".

It's sold by these guys, but I don't know if they do (or are even legally permitted to) sell interstate to end customers.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 5:29 PM on August 13, 2006

The classic DeKalb Ag Industries Flying Corn Cap, of course! (link to eBay)
posted by SuperSquirrel at 5:29 PM on August 13, 2006

Maybe something to do with the legendary Mitchell Corn Palace in South Dakota? It's practically a temple in adoration of corn. Don't know if they have a gift shop on-line, or probably postcard sets, or a book of its history. It's been around for 100 years, and I can't seem to drive through South Dakota without it pulling me in. The building is brick or concrete, but every year after the harvest the local folks put up huge new murals on the outside walls that are totally made of corn of different colors. There's a good picture here, too.
posted by bigmuffindaddy at 5:31 PM on August 13, 2006

How about some "corn smut" (a disease of corn), other wise known as the delicious huitlacoche.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 5:49 PM on August 13, 2006

Little Kings Cream Ale
posted by hortense at 6:13 PM on August 13, 2006

How about a game of Cornhole?
posted by Addlepated at 6:22 PM on August 13, 2006

I'd probably get her some corn removers.
posted by nixxon at 6:26 PM on August 13, 2006

From Des Moines Vintage

A couple of years ago, my boyfriend bought me a T-shirt at the Des Moines airport that says "Iowa Detasseling Crew" -- and they were still available there in July -- but I can't find it online.
posted by Airhen at 6:27 PM on August 13, 2006

A bit of Googling reveals several entertaining candidates, including a corn-on-the-cob platter, corn-on-the-cob salt and pepper shakers, and a corn-on-the-cob rolling plate (whatever that is).

You may also enjoy this corn-on-the-cob golf club, although it's rather pricy.

Personally, I think the winner is the corn-on-the-cob soap.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:29 PM on August 13, 2006

I second the Cornhole gift.
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:32 PM on August 13, 2006

Maybe a broom from Arcola, Illinois, the "Broom Corn Capital of the World."
posted by Marky at 6:48 PM on August 13, 2006

A copy of Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. Pretty much makes corn into a scary slasher pic villain.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:12 PM on August 13, 2006

If you are a crafty type you could make her a corn pillow.
posted by owhydididoit at 7:42 PM on August 13, 2006

ebay offers a Mammy Yokum* doll ...
*Mammy bio here
posted by rob511 at 8:49 PM on August 13, 2006

I third Cornhole. It's similar to horseshoes, but if someone gets hit in the head with a corn-filled bag, nobody dies.
posted by pmbuko at 8:56 PM on August 13, 2006

Corn clothing
posted by acoutu at 9:09 PM on August 13, 2006

I found corn cob jelly at the Amana Colonies
in Iowa.
posted by brujita at 9:44 PM on August 13, 2006

How about a corn husk doll? They are easy to make.
posted by jamaro at 9:44 PM on August 13, 2006

What about something made from compressed cornstarch, like biodegradable utensils or pens? As a science-y person, I think those are really cool.
Ooh, a quick google of "biodegradable cornstarch" turned up bags and packing peanuts too.
posted by rmless at 10:53 PM on August 13, 2006

Take her to a Maize maze near you.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:19 PM on August 13, 2006

How about a Corn cob pipe?
posted by andendau at 1:39 AM on August 14, 2006

How about an "I am Cornholio" poster?
posted by Jahaza at 5:47 AM on August 14, 2006

I'm sure that I've seen a corn-on-the-cob sex toy online once upon a time... but I'm not going to search for it whilst I'm at work :) Uh... probably depends very stongly on the strength and familiarity of your relationship with her, too.
posted by Chunder at 6:32 AM on August 14, 2006

Corn yarn, if she knits or crochets (or if you do make something with it).
posted by redheadeb at 10:27 AM on August 14, 2006

Get her a corn plant. They're wonderful, low-maintenance plants that are great for the office or home. Their leaves just beg to be touched (if you're a tactile person, which I am) and the color livens up any space. In addition, the stocky trunks make for interesting visual appeal. I picked up one (with two stalks) at Home Depot for $12 -- and it's large enough to be a floor plant.
posted by parilous at 12:37 PM on August 14, 2006

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