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Weird Gadgets for the Oddball in Your Life

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There’s a buyer for every product, as they say.

A favorite pastime of mine is to venture into the darkest annals of Amazon to see what kind of unusual products I can uncover. I’ve seen all manner of things, from weirdly saucy merman figurines to shower curtains with Jeff Goldblum’s face on it. But some of the most interesting stuff is definitely the gadgets, the kind of stuff that makes you say “I can see the practical application of this, but would probably never buy it for myself.” If you’ve got a White Elephant gift exchange coming up and want something silly, consider these five gadgets.

PowerDot 2.0 Smart Electric Muscle Stimulator

Apparently, stimulating your muscles with electrical pulses after a workout helps them recover faster and perform better. I guess it makes sense, nervous system and all that. This stimulator is portable, and features a companion app that walks you through the application process. Supposedly they help relieve pain too, though from what I’ve heard, they’re no picnic themselves.

Chef’n Strawberry Huller

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I can’t say I’ve ever known anyone who’s so picky with strawberries that they have to take the middle and top part out. Then again, I don’t eat cherries because of the pits, so what do I know. Just push this stainless-steel claw into a strawberry, push the button and twist, and boom. No more middle part, just fruity goodness.

PrepSolutions Microwave S’mores Maker

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On one hand, I’m pretty sure you can melt marshmallows for s’mores over a stove. Like, even a portable one would be fine. But, on the other hand, I am always one to preach the gospel of the great microwave, and this does save you a couple of steps. Plus the little arm things help keep the marshmallows from over-expanding, so hey, less cleanup.

Ember Smart Mug

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I’m a little absentminded with my drinks sometimes. You go to the trouble of preparing something hot, bring it with you to your desk, next thing you know, it’s ice cold. This temperature-controlled mug will always keep your beverage at the optimal heat. Provided, of course, you remember to drink it before its one-hour battery life is up.

Better Than Bubbles Tech-Friendly Shower Curtain Liner

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For those of you who absolutely, positively cannot live for fifteen minutes without your phone to take a shower, now you can take it with you. This curtain liner features heavy duty waterproof pockets that will keep your electronics safe from errant suds. The pockets are located on three elevations to accommodate folks of all heights (though if you let your kids take their phones into the bath, they’re really never gonna put them down).