Non-fungible tokens had a massive couple years, jumping from virtually unknown to being worth millions and sold by the likes of Nike, Gucci, and Porsche. So we've scoured the web for you and gathered together the 47 craziest, most expensive, and most creative NFT ideas and examples to get you inspired.
What do Gucci, Taco Bell, Jay-Z, the NBA, Visa, Paris Hilton, The New York Times, and the Austrian Postal Service have in common?
2022 was a massive year for NFTs. With record-breaking sales, endlessly innovative applications, and front-page media coverage, non-fungible tokens have captured the attention of people and businesses around the world.
Despite a sales volume decline in the second half of 2022, it’s clear NFTs have struck a chord and developed into a thriving market.
So we’ve scoured the web for you and gathered the funniest, most creative, and most expensive 47 NFT ideas and examples.
In this article we cover everything from tattoo NFTs to virtual real estate to pet rocks. When it comes to NFTs, one thing’s for sure: the only limit is your imagination.
Don’t know what NFTs are? Check out our NFTs explained blog post for all you need to know.
1. If the (NFT) shoe fits, wear it
You can’t walk around the metaverse without your shoes on.
That’s why Nike acquired NFT company RTFKT (pronounced “artifact”) in 2021 and is creating and selling funky and futuristic NFT sneakers.
These aren’t just sneakers you keep on your shelf either. RTFKT builds its sneakers to be worn in many metaverses, including Decentraland, Sandbox, and Ready Player Me.
The sneakers may be digital, but they’re certainly not cheaper than real Nikes. The floor price of the RTFKT Nike Dunk Genesis is currently sitting at about 0.25 ETH, or $320 USD.
2. Metaverse marriages & NFT wedding certificates
Weddings are expensive. Plus, who wants to get all dressed up and sit through your dad giving a drunk speech?
Now you can skip all that and get married in the metaverse instead.
The Closeup City Hall of Love is an immersive experience where couples can mint an NFT marriage certificate and immortalize their love on the blockchain.
Of course, these certificates aren’t legally binding, and don’t hold any legal power. But as Niel and Jad, the first couple married in the metaverse said, “For us it is valid.”
3. NFT booze
If you’re planning an NFT wedding, you’re going to need some NFT drinks.
Well, you’re in luck, because the alcohol industry is now minting NFTs.
Okay, it’s not actually alcohol you can drink in the metaverse. And it’s not so much an NFT you can drink as it is a certificate of authenticity for your alcohol.
Johnnie Walker’s NFTs, for example, authenticate ownership over rare bottles of scotch. One collection sold 48-year-old bottles which came with an exclusive piece of digital NFT art and a VIP tasting session at Johnnie Walker’s headquarters in Scotland. All for the low price of $35,000 a bottle/NFT.
With the amount you’ll save by having a digital wedding, it’s practically free.
4. NFTs for kids
All this talk about weddings and alcohol makes NFTs sound mighty grown up. What about the kids? Where are the NFTs for them?
Toekenz plans to fill the NFT-for-kids gap in the market with the first “family-focused and child-safe platform for blockchain based games, collectibles and communities”.
They’ve even partnered with Mattel (creators of Barbie, Hot Wheels, etc.) and the company behind the hit kid’s song Baby Shark.
5. Reddit NFTs take off
Halfway through 2022, Reddit launched its Collectible Avatars project and it shot to the top of the NFT charts.
Reddit’s NFT project may have missed the initial peak of NFT hype in 2021, but their project was expertly executed.
Reddit recruited members of their communities to create the collectible avatars. They gave free avatars to valuable and active Reddit users. They integrated the NFTs into their platform by letting users have verified NFT profile pictures. And they made adoption super easy by letting users buy the avatars with fiat currency.
There’s already almost 5 million Reddit NFTs in circulation. On December 3rd 2022 alone, a massive 255,000 avatars were minted.
6. Moments from the ATP Tennis Tour
This collaboration between the ATP Tour, Art Blocks Engine, and Martin Grassier uses real in-match sports data to create artistic NFTs that celebrate the game of tennis.
Each NFT shows the real position a ball landed during a real professional game. The NFT properties include traits like who hit the ball, which match it was in, what style of shot it was, and whether it was a winning ball.
This means you can get an NFT of the winning shot by Novak Djokovic at the ATP 2022 Final.
7. Doodles' NFT characters go for millions
A breakout star in the NFT world, Doodles’ avatars have sat in the top 50 NFT collections on OpenSea for over a year.
Doodles is a collection of 10,000 unique avatars created by the artist Burnt Toast. All brightly colored and in Burnt Toast’s signature style, each Doodle is made up of a unique collection of traits.
Doodles NFTs are instantly recognizable and have attracted high-profile collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Shopify. One rare “Golden Ape” (it's always the apes) Doodle NFT sold for a massive $1.1 million in early 2022.
8. NFTs in space
When you look up into the night sky, what do you see?
The Adequate Content Collective sees NFTs.
In 2021, the British-based collective launched an NFT collection of 9,096 NFT stars, one for every star visible to the naked eye.
Of course, buyers don’t own the stars in the sky, but they do get a sweet bit of digital art. Plus, they can point up into the night sky and brag to friends: “That’s my NFT star…or was it that one? Or, no it’s definitely that one. It’s up there somewhere.”
9. Beeple's $69 million sale
No article on NFTs is complete without Beeple’s historic $69 million NFT auction.
The artwork, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, is not only the most expensive NFT ever sold, but also the third most expensive artwork sold by a living artist, and the first NFT to be sold at a fine art auction house.
10. Jack Dorsey's first tweet
Just when people were starting to wrap their heads around NFTs—it’s digital art, made by artists, and stored online, right?—Twitter founder Jack Dorsey made headlines (and millions) by selling his first tweet as an NFT.
11. The origins of the internet
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. 30 years later, he sold the original 9,555 lines of source code as an NFT for a massive $5.4 million.
The NFT, auctioned off at Sotheby’s, includes the World Wide Web's source code as well as some other goodies created by Sir Berners-Lee.
Don't worry, the buyer doesn’t now own the internet. Instead, it’s like they’ve bought the Declaration of Independence—they own a pivotal part of human history.
12. CryptoPunks NFT avatars
CryptoPunks are among the most infamous of all NFTs. Randomly generated using an algorithm, Larva Labs created and gave away 10,000 CryptoPunk NFTs in 2017 to any interested party with an Ethereum (ETH) wallet.
From there, CryptoPunks took off on the secondary market, skyrocketing in value. The cheapest of the 10,000 CryptoPunks is currently worth over $80,000, and over $1 billion has traded hands over the NFT series.
13. AI NFT you can talk to
This NFT is an artificially intelligent NFT (iNFT) that lives on the Ethereum blockchain. Her name is Alice, and she learns and builds her personality as you talk to her. She’s also very creepy.
In the promotional video, Alice is asked: ‘What’s it like living on the blockchain?’
She responds: ‘It is as if I am a digital goddess, and can take any form I want.’
The company which helped build the iNFT, Alethea AI, recently raised $16 million in funding to continue to develop the project and build the infrastructure for the future of artificially intelligent NFTs. So we’ll likely be seeing more iNFTs in the years to come.
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14. The world’s first Athletic Career Token
AI NFTs not weird enough for you? How about human body parts as NFTs?
in 2021, Croatian tennis player Oleksandra Oliynykova auctioned off a small section of her arm as an NFT. Bought on OpenSea for over $5,000, the NFT entitles the owner to tattoo whatever they would like on the small section of her arm.
Oliynykova claims this NFT will appreciate dramatically in value as her tennis career progresses. The buyer now owns a small space that could one day be on display at Wimbledon, The Australian Open, or the Olympics.
15. Paris Hilton’s Planet Paris
Planet Paris was made in partnership Blake Kathryn and includes a series of short videos which earned Hilton over $1 million in sales.
Here is her artwork Iconic Crypto Queen.
16. Bad Luck Brian gets lucky
If you haven’t figured out by now, the NFT space reflects internet culture, with inclinations towards the amusing, the irreverent, and the iconic.
So it should be no surprise that memes have started selling as NFTs.
There’s some poetic justice in this, as internet sensations who’ve dominated the web finally have the chance to cash in on their fame.
Bad Luck Brian (real name Kyle Craven) has been made fun of online since 2012. He got the last laugh, though, selling his iconic yearbook photo for $36,000 in March 2021.
17. Louis Vuitton video game
Luxury brands are built on exclusivity and brand recognition, so entering the NFT world was a natural fit for the industry.
But Louis Vuitton’s entry into the world of NFTs was unique. They developed an entire video game, called Louis: The Game, where players can complete challenges to find hidden NFTs.
These hidden NFTs include 10 artworks by Beeple, who you might remember from the $69 million artwork earlier in this list.
18. Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection
Similar to CryptoPunks, the Bored Ape Yacht Club is a collection of 10,000 algorithmically generated unique avatars. Created by Yuga Labs, ownership of a Bored Ape represents more than just possession of a collectible and bragging rights. The Ape token doubles as membership to a virtual club full of like-minded Apes.
19. Sotheby’s first virtual location
If you haven’t heard about the metaverse, it’s essentially a digitally shared space which combines virtual and physical reality.
What does this have to do with NFTs?
Well, leading metaverse company Decentraland has tokenized everything in their game from usernames to in-game wearables to real estate.
Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest fine art auction houses, opened their flagship metaverse location in the Voltaire Art District in 2021. The block of land is itself an NFT, and Decentraland players can wander into the gallery to explore the NFTs they have for sale.
20. $200k LeBron dunk
NFTs are just like baseball cards and autographed merchandise. They are rare, tradeable, and collectible. So it was only a matter of time before the sports memorabilia industry got involved in the NFT market.
NBA Top Shot sold an NFT video clip of LeBron James dunking for a massive $210,000.
21. Tom Brady’s signature
It’s not just the NBA that’s making waves in the NFT space. DraftKings, too, are dropping high-value digital sports memorabilia.
On their marketplace, you can buy autographs by Tom Brady, Simone Biles, Tony Hawk and more.
Like NBA Top Shot, DraftKings’ NFTs have soared in popularity. Both companies have had to implement virtual waiting rooms just to keep up with the demand.
22. Burning Banksy
In the world of NFTs, burning means destroying an NFT. The burning of one NFT is usually used to create scarcity and raise the value of other NFTs.
In a painful play on words, blockchain firm Injective Protocol took burning NFTs to a new level. They bought a $95,000 Banksy artwork titled Morons, and literally burned it.
They filmed the burning of the artwork, and—you guessed it—sold it as an NFT.
23. New York Times article
During the peak of the NFT mania in March 2021, journalist Kevin Roose wrote an article about NFTs for the New York Times. The article had one twist: it was auctioned off as an NFT.
Much to Roose’s surprise, the article sold for $560,000 at auction.
24. Charlie Bit My Finger
With over 880 million views on YouTube, Charlie Bit My Finger is one of the most iconic viral videos of all time.
14 years after it was uploaded, the creators took the video off YouTube, and put it on the blockchain instead.
The original video was sold as an NFT for an enormous $760,000 USD at auction. The family says the money will go to funding the two young boys’ university costs.
25. Red pill or blue pill? The Matrix NFT project
To celebrate the return of The Matrix in 2021, Warner Bros. teamed up with NFT company Nifty's for a massive drop called The Matrix Avatars Program.
They sold 100,000 unique avatar NFTs. Then a few weeks later, they airdropped red pills and blue pills holders could give to their avatars. The avatars who took the blue pill remained ordinary people, while those who took the red pill were transformed into leather-bound, sunglasses-wearing revolutionaries.
Hear from Nifty's VP of Marketing Jimmy Mouton how they executed on this massive NFT drop in this clip from our webinar How major brands use NFTs to drive sales & boost loyalty.
26. Crypto Stamps
Believe it or not, the Austrian postal service was an early adopter of NFTs. But then again, the NFT space is the new frontier for industries that have typically thrived on collectability—so perhaps it’s no surprise stamps, like baseball cards and artworks, ended up on our list.
In 2019, Österreichische Post AG issued the world’s first blockchain stamps. With hundreds of thousands of Crypto Stamps sold, and Österreichische on its third release of the stamps, the project has been a resounding success.
27. Axie Infinity
Axie Infinity is making waves with its play to earn (P2E) model which is making gamers real money. It’s exploded in popularity over the past year—particularly in developing countries—because who doesn’t want to make money playing video games?
Inspired by Pokémon, the game is based on buying, breeding, and training Axies to send into battle. The Axies themselves are NFTs, and through battles players can earn SLP (a cryptocurrency) to be sold on a secondary market for real money. With over $1 billion traded on the Axie platform, it’s one of the most valuable NFT projects in the world.
28. Vee Friends
Alongside CryptoPunks and Bored Apes, VeeFriends are one of the few NFT avatar series that have taken hold in the NFT conversation, shooting up in value on the secondary market.
VeeFriends are the brainchild of Gary Vaynerchuk. They are a collection of NFTs that are inspired by the traits in humans that Vaynerchuk admires most. These include: the Insightful Irish Terrier, the Sensible Sommelier, and the Prudent Polar Bear.
Like Bored Ape Yacht Club tokens, VeeFriends are more than just an image. They represent membership to a community of like-minded individuals. Purchasing a VeeFriend grants admission for three years to VeeCon, a multi-day conference run by Vaynerchuk which focuses on business, marketing, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
29. Carbon Negative NFTs
If you’ve spent any time researching NFTs, you’ve probably run into reports of their environmental impact.
In a comment on this situation, artist Imogen Heap created the first NFTs which were sold and branded as carbon negative.
Heap donated a portion of the sale to carbon capture company Nori, removing 20 tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
30. Self-destructing NFT
While we’re on the topic of environmental activism, Two Degrees is an NFT designed to burn itself if global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius above average.
Created by Terra0, the NFT is a scan of a forest in southern Germany. It's linked to a system that monitors NASA’s annual average temperature report, and when/if the global average temperature reaches two degrees above the pre-industrial average, the NFT will burn itself (self-destruct).
Just as we may lose the real-world forests to climate change, so too will we lose this NFT.
On a lighter note: have you tried Pringles’ newest flavor?
The crisp giant released its own limited-edition NFT called CryptoCrisps in 2021.
32. Mark Cuban’s inspirational quote
Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who made a not-so-small fortune of the dot-com bubble, has made his foray into web 3.0 by getting involved in NFTs both behind the scenes and on center stage.
Cuban's also created his own NFTs, including an inspirational quote that sold for a modest $1,700.
33. Digital furniture
Argentinian designer Andres Reisinger sold ten pieces of virtual furniture as NFTs.
The surrealist furniture, many of which Reisinger describes as ‘impossible objects’, is designed to be placed in any metaverse. Five of the items were accompanied by the promise of real-world replicas. But for the others, owners can only display the NFTs in their virtual homes, or hold and resell them.
34. Elon Musk’s unsold NFT
Who else but Elon Musk would create a techno song about NFTs, tweet that he is going to sell it as an NFT, and then turn down a million dollar offer for the tweet, because: ‘it doesn’t feel quite right’?
You can check out the song and accompanying video in all its glory here. An NFT that was never to be.
35. Grimes’ WarNymph
Elon’s hesitance didn’t stop his ex-partner, the musician Grimes, from selling her own NFT series titled WarNymph. The series is a surrealist artistic fugue combining tech-pop, science fiction, and Greek mythology.
The collection made the artist $5.8 million in under 20 minutes, a portion of which was donated to a nonprofit organization focused on the reduction of carbon emissions.
36. Pet rocks
If you’ve made it this far, nothing is going to surprise you.
But EtherRocks are a standout even in the world of NFTs. They are literally just JPEGs of cartoon rocks, which are being bought and sold as NFTs for millions of dollars.
37. Gourmet NFTs
Want to immortalize and monetize your mom’s famous lasagna recipe? Now you can.
GourmetNFT is a marketplace which allows professional and home chefs to upload their recipes onto the blockchain and sell them as NFTs.
38. Steve Aoki’s NF-TV
DJ Steve Aoki has been a large proponent of NFTs for a while now. In 2021, he partnered with Stoopid Buddy Studios to create the first episodic series launched on the blockchain.
The team hope to pioneer a change in the television and streaming space, allowing consumers to purchase and own the shows they watch.
Below is the leading character of Aoki’s show, an animated avatar named Character X.
39. Testing Testing 123
An NFT of the word ‘test’ that looks like it was made on Microsoft Paint sold on FTX for an unbelievable $270,000.
FTX is a now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange that launched an NFT marketplace. The CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, released the Testing Testing 123 NFT to test the new marketplace, and one (not so) lucky bidder bought the JPEG for the price of a small house.
The crash of FTX saw buyers lose access to NFTs bought on the platform. So if you thought this NFT was worthless in 2021, it's even worse off now. Talk about buyers remorse...
40. Non-fungible twig (the world’s first NFT for dogs)
Between Two Naps, a luxury brand for dog wearables, auctioned off a non-fungible twig, which is literally a twig picked from the ground in New York City.
They describe it as the world’s first NFT for dogs. Why not?
Speaking of dogs, the iconic photo of a Shiba Inu dog named Kabosu (AKA Doge) was sold as an NFT for $4 million USD.
This made the Doge the world’s most valuable meme. She's a good dog, she deserves it.
42. The NFT no one will ever see
Artist Rhea Myers pushed the boundaries of NFT art by creating an NFT that no one can ever access.
Titled Secret Artwork (Content), the NFT is the tokenized contract which proves ownership over the artwork, but the actual artwork will forever be a mystery to both the public and the owner.
“There’s nothing rarer than something that doesn’t actually exist.” Myers said in 2017.
Even we struggle to understand this NFT, but someone believes in it—it sold for $63,000 at auction.
43. Smells like blockchain
Berlin-based Look Labs created the world’s first digital fragrance in 2021.
After making a real perfume called Cyber Eau de Parfum, the company recorded the molecular wavelengths of the scent to create a digital artwork. They put 10 editions of the digital fragrance up for auction as NFTs.
44. Non-Fungible Jokin’
Even stand-up comedy is entering the world of NFTs. Jambb is a marketplace that offers comedians’ jokes, sets, specials, and memorabilia as NFTs.
What’s unique about Jambb is they’re offering full rights to the clips they’re selling as NFTs. This means audiences can upload a comedian’s joke to YouTube and earn the ad revenue.
They’re even planning the world’s first NFT comedy special.
45. The first major motion picture released as an NFT
The VUELE platform is working to shake up the film industry with NFTs.
Their first project involves the early release of Anthony Hopkin’s latest movie Zero Contact in the form of NFTs.
You can buy the movie as an NFT, along with behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage—all of which can be watched exclusively on the VUELE platform.
Treedefi is offering the first NFTs backed by real trees planted around the world.
Here you can buy an NFT and Treedefi will plant a real-world tree, tracking for you its birthday, name, traits, and CO2 absorption.
The trees even have personal diaries you can follow. Here’s a Loquat NFTree planted in Kenya telling us how glad it is to have been planted.
47. Kings of Leon’s When You See Yourself
American rock band Kings of Leon got in on the NFT action by releasing their latest album as an NFT.
The band made $2 million in sales from the NFT album, selling almost 7000 copies, as well as six ‘Golden tickets’ which grant the owners four front-row seats at every Kings of Leon tour for life.
The future of NFTs
The crypto world is fast-moving. By the time you’re reading this, there’s probably enough crazy new NFTs for us to write a whole new article. You can get more up-to-date info on the NFT projects that are currently dominating the market using an NFT market tracker.
Between working with the NFT industry and spending hours and hours researching NFTs, it's clear to us that the potential of NFTs is near-limitless. If the next five years are anything like the past few, we’ll see blockchain technology and NFTs disrupt all types of industries.
But with the rising popularity of NFTs, it's more difficult than ever to get your NFTs noticed. All the NFT ideas and examples in this article broke new ground in the NFT space and cultivated excitement and hype around their releases.
So how will your NFT stand out from the crowd?
(This blog has been updated since it was written in 2021)