Happy New Year!
I hope 2019 is ready to shower you all with good things! I also hope that the holiday season of 2018 showered you with goodies too!
I got some great “toys” – a pneumatic nail gun, an Amazon Echo Dot and a gigantic LEGO set for Kylo Ren’s tie fighter. Also… gift cards.
Raise your hands if, as folks in our 40s, others aren’t sure WHAT to get us anymore. If so, your stockings are lined with gift cards, right?
Home Depot. Amazon. iTunes. Target. Best Buy…. Or the best kind – Visa or MasterCard we can spend ANYWHERE!
Looking for some ideas on what to treat yourself to with those gift cards? Yeah, I thought so!
We didn’t do a gift guide before the holidays this year, but we have some amazing things we found that we believe will be as handy as they are fun! Let’s take a look, shall we?
Premium Defrosting Tray
It’s often a challenge to come up with something to eat for dinner. If you don’t plan in advance, you’re stuck with whatever is leftover in the fridge or the standby of some breakfast for dinner with quick pancakes or eggs. The steaks, ground beef, chicken, pork chops, etc are frozen.
Sure, we could sit them in hot water – takes forever. We could microwave them, but how often does the meat cook TOO much in the microwave!
The Grommet has an amazing defroster on their site!
This defrosting tray means no microwaves and no hot water are needed to thaw meat. The sleek design is made with conductive aluminum and a biosafe thermal liquid. Place unwrapped, frozen meat, chicken, or fish on the tray’s surface and the tray gets to work promoting rapid heat exchange. This thaws proteins quickly and evenly and gets you to the dinner table faster.
This would be a dinner game-changer!
Envi High-Efficiency Whole Room Plug-In Electric Panel Heater
In our house, my ‘office’ is a a little corner off the bedroom. It’s set up great, but it’s the farthest part of the house from our woodstove. The result? It’s the coldest part of the house. I don’t want to turn on the whole house radiator system, so this little number would be awesome!
A naturally occurring phenomena called the “stack effect” provided the basis for the final envi heater design. Fanless heating could be enhanced by simulating multiple pathways, or “stacks,” inside the envi. This technology boosts the flow of cool air from the floor of a room, into the unit, maximizing heat transfer out the top. The resulting process creates a slow moving transfer of warm air around the room, effectively warming the occupants.
The result is a 100% pure convection, fanless heater that uses minimal energy but also effectively warms each room in the house or office.
Speaking of the wood burning stove… how about a faster way to light it? Or the grill. Or the firepit. Or COOK WITH!
The Airlighter 520 is the faster, cleaner, and safer way to light BBQs, campfires, wood fireplaces and just about any other fire. It is also a cooking tool for searing meat, or caramelizing sugars and more.
Airlighters are the only fire lighters that combine a torch flame with an air-blower to both ignite and boost your fire. They ignite coals in 10-20 seconds, accelerate your fire to high heat in 1 minute or less, and have you ready to cook in only 5-6 minutes. Enjoy cleaner tasting food and say goodbye to unwanted lighter fluid taste.
DUDE! The thing is a mini FLAME THROWER! Yeah, I need one of these. They also have a smaller version called the 420 that is retailing for $49.95
360 degree filming, Auto-tracking, GIF making, so much more!
Yeah, we may have to invest in a Pivo for our 2019 videos!
Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane
We all need toys. No matter how old we get. It’s just that our toys are more advanced than back in the day – right?
How about a simple paper airplane? We’ve all made them, right?
Now, what if you could add a motor AND control it from your smartphone?
Fly the Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane if you’d rather to control every agile move – at up to 25 mph. This baby goes exactly where you tell it to. Just fold the sporty red “paper” (actually crash-proof carbon fiber) using one of the included templates, attach the Bluetooth-enabled device, download the app to your phone, and commence takeoff.
KettlePizza Charcoal Grill Pizza Oven
We love grilling. We love pizza. BOOM! Let’s combine the two!
KettlePizza has a website full of kits for us to make our grills into pizza ovens. They have them for Weber and other charcoal grills, AND kits for those of us with gas grills too.
Easily transform your kettle grill into a wood fired pizza oven with our Basic KettlePizza Oven kit. Unit fits on top of your existing kettle grill and includes everything you need to start making woodfired pan pizzas at home.
I’m pretty sure that Jay has something like this, I’ll need to go visit and try it out.
MLB Game-Used Baseball Beanie
I couldn’t go without adding some sort of fashion piece. Or something baseball.
So, let’s pool all our giftcards and get one of these bad boys!
Uncommongoods found someone named Ward Wallau who creates beanie hats out of the string from game used baseballs!
For the fan with Major League-level team spirit, this handcrafted beanie is knit from 200+ yards of wool yarn from three continuous strands found inside MLB authenticated, game-used baseballs. The hat is lined with alpaca to keep you cozy for extra innings. Hand knit in California by a single craftsman, each hat is gift boxed with a story card and hologram number indicating the exact game the ball was used in.
You even get to choose WHICH team the ball was used by. This is genius.
Graphic Tshirt Subscription
Ok, maybe a little more to wear…
The idea behind their service is fantastic. You have NO idea what design is coming in the mail – and that’s the fun of it. They have different artists provide the designs and you even get a little tag in the package with info on the design and artist of the month.
Get this. Seriously. Get this.
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