For when you’re about to enjoy a cold one but no bottle openers are in sight, there’s Opener Coaster. This rugged, machined aircraft-grade aluminum coaster is first and foremost nigh indestructible and shields your delicate wooden tables from drink sweat and probably also bullets. Flip it around and integrated into its cork bottom are four drink-opening tools to guarantee you’ll never go thirsty: a can tab pry bar, metal and plastic twist off wrenches, and a standard bottle opener. It comes in two versions — a sleeker, smaller Modern and a military-inspired MK-1 (shown) — in a handful or so of stone washed, anodized colors.
Find it at Kickstarter – $25+
Wall-mounted bottle openers have been around for nearly as long as the pop-top bottle. The Leverage Bottle Opener, though, is somewhat nicer looking than its cast iron brethren. It’s designed as an angular wire frame and is lost wax cast of solid brass, with a sealant finish that minimizes discoloration with time to keep cracking open beers and sodas for what basically amounts to eternity. Mount it to your kitchen or workshop wall using the two included drywall plugs and matching screws, ideally over a bin for catching caps. Also available as a handheld bottle opener (see second image) that’s just as efficient, only more portable.
Find it at Kickstarter – $30 to $65
We wouldn’t trust most suction cup phone holders with the safety of our pricy smartphones. The ClutchIt Magnetic Phone Mount is about as versatile but a lot more secure thanks to powerful neodymium magnets on either end that articulate about a short machined 7075 aluminum arm on two rotating ball joints. You’ll of course need metallic surfaces on which to affix it so the gadget includes three magnetic metal pads backed with clear, no-residue adhesive to stick around frequently used, non-metallic surfaces like your car’s dashboard.
Find it at BiteMyApple – $40
Decision fatigue is a thing. Tempus Spin Coin is an EDC coin that spins to make mundane decisions for you, like who’s buying the next round. Each is painstakingly machined down from billet, hand engraved, and set with a hard, low-friction ceramic ball that allows the coin to spin for up to 9 or so minutes once you’ve got the technique just right. The art includes a pointing skeleton hand on one side that serves as a reminder that life is short and, on the back, a depiction of Joshua Tree. Available in bronze, copper, or .999 silver, they’re small enough that you’ll want to have yours in your wallet, ready to fidget with and kill time anywhere.
Find it at Kickstarter – $43+
Having the option of tracking the location of kids, pets, bikes, your car, or anything important, really, just got easier with the Ping GPS Locator. Ping addresses issues of range common with standard Bluetooth trackers and battery life with other GPS trackers (that typically last just a few days), extending the former to anywhere with cellular reception and the latter to three months on standby. If you need to locate one just whip out the app and click to find, showing you its location instantly. A one year data plan is included, afterwards increasing to 3$ per month, and once its battery gives out it can simply be recharged. The round detailing on its front also hides a button that can be clicked once as a check-in or twice to send an SOS signal to paired smartphones.
Grab one (or several) at Indiegogo – $90
Lounging around on the sofa isn’t truly lazy if you need to reach far and grab your drink off of a side table or, worse, the floor, every time you want a sip. The CouchCoaster guarantees you won’t need to — and also that the drink in question won’t accidentally spill while resting someplace on the uneven sofa surface — by adding a cup holder to the arms of your couch, regardless of their shape. It does this by using silicone “wings” with weighted ends that add stability and that won’t slip much on fabric. An included adapter fits smaller drinks like narrow glasses or aluminum cans while a cutout on the silicone accommodates mugs with handles, too.
Find it at The Grommet – $20
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