Remember Bucky Balls, those ridiculously-fun-but-ridiculously-dangerous-if-ingested magnetic spheres that could be sculpted into a variety of shapes and structures? They’re unfortunately still banned, but Zen Micromagnets are not. These 2.5mm neodymium magnets are half the diameter of Bucky Balls and comparable magnets but skirt the ban thanks to their reduced individual magnetic strength, attaining CPSA compliance. Because they’re tiny they’re a bit more of a challenge to work with though they make up for it in numbers: 432 magnets cost just 25 bones while a ludicrous 1728 will run you 84. Just remember to keep them out of reach of children and to not swallow any yourself.
Missing that old school floppy-enabled Macintosh you used to use in elementary school? Elago’s W3 Stand for Apple Watch found a creative way to bring it back, in a much tinier form, that uses your smartwatch as its backdrop. The stand is made entirely of soft silicone to softly nestle your pricy device and secures it solidly while charging thanks to a slot for your Apple Watch charger, its cable exiting out the back. Knock it (and your Apple Watch) off your night table? The thick silicone should shield it admirably. No charger included, but then again at fifteen bucks we couldn’t really ask for much more.
Find it at Amazon – $15
Both Mark Zuckerberg and the Pope cover their laptop’s cameras. Maybe you should, too. The Intelligent Security Camera Cover, or ISCC, makes doing so way more elegant than sticking a small piece of Post-It over your camera. It’s thinner than its competitors and even thinner than a credit card to ensure your laptop’s screen closes unaffected. Fits onto most laptops and smartphones, sticking durably thanks to an advanced adhesive on the “ring” that won’t leave any residue if ever removed. The neodymium disk then attaches to the ring magnetically, sliding from one side to the other with a flip of the finger to guarantee privacy better than any piece of software ever could.
Find it at Kickstarter – $9
It looks like serious business… until you notice the indentation in its side. Suck UK’s G-Clamp Bottle Opener is otherwise a traditional cast-iron G-clamp that’ll prove useful for woodworking or repairs, and that’s also handy afterwards when you just want to get into a cold one. Clamp it to your workshop bench or, if you don’t have one, kitchen counter or garden table so as to keep it within arm’s reach.
The Millennium Falcon isn’t in the best of shape. Short of having an R2 droid onboard to handle repairs, the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool Kit should do nicely. The die-cast zinc alloy Falcon replica stashes two carbon steel screwdrivers — one a flathead and the other a Phillips — in its escape pods, four hex keys that stash away in its cargo bay (and that are accessible via a magnetically closing door), and a wrench that’s adjusted by a worm gear on the ship’s underside. And it’s just in time to stuff some stockings.
Grab one at ThinkGeek – $30
It’s downright tiny, yet the Titanium Little Pinch More is completely packed with features that you wouldn’t expect from a tool of its stature. Functions include scissors, tweezers, a flathead screwdriver as well as a Phillips, a small knife, a bottle opener (though you’ll need a loop, like a keyring, for leverage), a wire stripper, and can also be used as a lever or even as a can opener with a bit of ingenuity. Until you need the above it can sit dormant on your keychain or even on a zipper as a zipper handle, waiting.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $60
If a T-Rex can tear the top off of a Land Cruiser the flimsy bottle cap atop your beer or soda shouldn’t be much of an obstacle for the T-Rex Bottle Opener. This cast-iron dinosaur is larger than it looks at just over 10 inches in length and cracks open caps with its teeth. Just don’t knock it off balance (and off your kitchen counter) or the hefty dino — at two pounds — will leave a dent in your floor.
Learn more at Cool Material – $40
Seemingly halfway to being a gag, Thrive Global’s Phone Bed is real — and actually looks pretty inviting, at least if you’re the size of a phone or tablet. The bed includes a dual-sided microfiber and satin blanket that cleans screens, two slots for tablets or e-readers, and enough room on top for a handful of smartphones to rest overnight. A ten-port USB hub hides inside also recharges all your tucked-in devices. Available in either mahogany and poplar.
Learn more at Thrive Global – $100