There are products out there that you don’t know you want or need until you hear about them. As soon as you see them, you wonder why you don’t have one already. Buy the gifts on this list for friends or family—they’ll be thankful, and you can be sure they’ll put them all to good use.
We all get stuck with a dying smart phone, laptop, or tablet. We might be in the car, out on the town for a night, or traveling. This portable charger puts means you never have to look for a plug, and you’re never caught without a way to make an emergency call.
Screwdriver Flashlight Combo
This clever invention puts mini-LED lights at the working end of a screwdriver handle. The light points toward the head, keeping the screw perfectly lit no matter where you’re working. This is a great gift for the Mr. or Ms. Fix-it in your life.
Credit Card Protectors
In this day of cyber theft, some thieves have the capability of stealing the information right off your credit or debit cards. Most of use have heard of wallets that block RFID waves to keep your information safe, but these small, card-sized sleeves are much more attractive and convenient.
Three-in-One Charging Stand
This wooden charging stand gives you a way to juice up all of your devices in one place. It’s made of bamboo, and designed to accommodate a smartphone, smart watch, and table. No-slip silicon linings keep your devices in place while they charge.
Magic Microwave Bag
This microwave cooking bag lets you make meals in the microwave in a fraction of the time it would take in a conventional over. It cooks potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, or squash. Each bag comes with a set of instructions and is machine washable.
Crazy Creek Chair
Crazy Creeks are the original champ chair. You can use them at kid’s sports games, at outdoor concerts, at backyard barbecues, or even for their original purpose—sitting around the fire on a camping trip. They’re better than stadium cushions because they have a back, which allows you to recline in leisure.
Quick Carr Grocery Bag Handle
We’ve all been there. We try to fit half a dozen plastic grocery bags in one hand while we keep the other hand free for car keys or for holding a child’s hand across the parking lot. This gift is an over-size carabiner that lets you slip all your bag into one place. One padded side makes for easy, comfortable carrying.
This gift is for the grillmaster in your life who’s can’t keep their hands away from the grill or firepit. These artisan pit gloves are fully insulated and offer protection all the way up the forearms. They’ll allow you to handle hot grill utensils and meat without getting burned.
Personal Water Filter
This amazing invention filters water through a narrow tube, right into your mouth. It’s chemical free, and won Time Magazine’s invention of the year. It’s guaranteed to remove 99% of bacteria and parasites from water, making it safe to drink. This is a perfect gift for backpackers or preppers.
Some of us know about this handy invention, but for those who don’t, it’s a must have. Give this gift to a friend or family member so they can have it in the trunk of their car in case of a flat-tire emergency. Fix-a-flat quickly and easily seals holes in flat tires and fills them enough to get home safely.
This is a great gift for the gourmet cook or foodie in your life. It’s a five piece set of silicon lids that fit over serving bowls, mixing bowls, pots, mugs, or glasses. The leak-proof suction process forms a seal over any smooth, round rimmed container between five and ten inches wide.
People who suffer from migraines try everything. Pain relievers, acupuncture, even botox treatments. This invention might just solve everything: it slips over the head, and small massaging nodules deliver mild electronic stimulation to acupressure points on the forehead and eyes. This gift can help anyone you know who struggles with migraines.
This nifty little invention solves the age-old problem cooks face every day. What do you do with the spoon you’re using to stir the sauce or the soup? These helpful silicone clips snap onto the edge of a pot or a pan, and hold the spoon in place, so it drips right back into the food—not on the stove top, and not on the counter. Problem solved.
This is a wonderful gift that can be put to use right away. It’s got two white-board pages covered with vinyl sheets. You can slip charts under the sheets, and write with erasable marker on the adjacent pages. It’s perfect for sports, education, business, or artists.
This one is for the tea-lover in your life. It’s a heavy duty ceramic mug with a specially-designed compartment near the rim for loose tea leaves or a tea-bag. Pour the water through the compartment, and the tea is right there, ready to drink. The bottom is designed to sit two ways: one to steep, the other to drink.
Hand Crank Emergency Radio
We all want to be prepared, just like the Boy Scout Motto says we should be. With this emergency radio, we can be. There’s no batteries needed. This radio powers up with a simple crank. It’s got a reading light, a flashlight, and a USB port to charge smart phones, laptops, and tablets.
iPad Lap Desk
This lap desk has a slot designed to hold an iPad or tablet upright for easy viewing. This gift is for the person in your life who takes their tablet everywhere. It’s got a microbead cushion that will mold to their lap. They can use their tablet in bed, on the couch—anywhere they choose.
Bluetooth Rollup Keyboard
This slim, flexible keyboard is made of silicone and rolls up for easy storage. It’s got a full qwerty keyboard and connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-compatible laptop, tablet, or smart phone. It’s waterproof, battery charged, and comes in pink, black, green, or blue.
iPhone Multi-Tool Case
This iPhone case is far more than meets the eye. It’s a little survival kit, connected to your phone. It’s got two pens, two screwdrivers, a pair of tweezers, and even a little kickstand to prop up the phone to stream video. You can choose a model with or without knives, to make it TSA compliant if needed.
This gift is ideal for a college or high school student that stays pulls all-nighters on the laptop. It’s a set of five small, flexible LED lights that plug into any USB port. They can bend to any angle, and cast enough light to see the keyboard without disturbing roommates.
The Bed fan
This ingenious invention sits at the foot of the bed and keeps a continuous flow of air to keep you cool while you’re sleeping. No more night sweats with the Bedfan. It comes in two sizes, depending on your need. It’s made and manufactured in Texas, so buying this fan is a great way to show your patriotism while buying a unique, useful gift.
Outdoor Light Cubes
These cubes have to be the coolest outdoor product we’ve come across in years. They’re sixteen-inch square seats that light up. They’re 100% waterproof, hold up to three-hundred pounds of weight, and come with a remote control that allows you to switch between your choice of eight colors.
Pay-As-You-Go Wifi Hotspot
This portable Wi-Fi box is 3X3 inches wide and less than half an inch thick. It give super-fast internet through a nationwide 4-G LTE network. You pay for the amount of data you need, and then it’s yours. It never expires. Small enough to throw in your bag or carry in your hand, and powerful enough to stay connected all the time.
The Zombie Survival Guide
This book is for the person in your life who knows the Zombie Apocalypse is coming. It was penned by a Saturday Night Live writer as comedy, but the reviews say it’s so well-researched that it crosses the line from parody to practical. It comes with 100 line drawings, and advice on everything from killing zombies to making your home a fortress.
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