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Zen Micromagnets

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.

Grab a set at Micromagnets – $25+ [via]

GET IT: $25+

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Elago W3 Stand for Apple Watch

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

GET IT: $15

Tech

Intelligent Security Camera Cover

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

GET IT: $9

Bottle Opener

G-Clamp Bottle Opener

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.

Grab one at Suck UK – $12 [via]

GET IT: $12

Tools

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool Kit

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

GET IT: $30

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Titanium Little Pinch More

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

GET IT: ~$60

Bottle Opener

T-Rex Bottle Opener

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

GET IT: $40

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Phone Bed

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

GET IT: $100

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Alessi Buckle

We’ve had our eye on this tube wringer for ages but in the end couldn’t overlook its larger size, especially for casual use on our toothpaste tube. The Alessi Buckle is the polar opposite and barely adds any bulk — though admittedly it’s probably not as satisfying to operate. The Buckle is made of chrome-plated Zamak (an alloy  made of Zinc, Aluminum, MAgnesium, and Kcopper) and can be pushed along a tube as it’s slowly emptied over time, making it easier to recuperate every last ounce of its contents. Yeah, it’s way too nice looking for most tubes to an almost comical degree, but what can you do?

Find it at Amazon – $20

GET IT: $20

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O Corkscrew

It’s got no moving parts whatsoever, so using the O Corkscrew is self explanatory: twist it until it’s deep in a cork, then pull. This ultra-minimal wine opener is designed by the Japanese-inspired Swiss brand Shibui and melds bronze to stainless steel effortlessly in a form that’s unambiguous. The ring acts as an ergonomic grip for pulling — otherwise, it’s all on you.

Find it at Ode To Things – $65

GET IT: $65

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Key-Bit Keychain Tool

Don’t expect it to help much with larger, more daunting projects, but if you need a particular screwdriver on your keychain the Key-Bit Keychain Tool is the one with which to carry it. The pill-shaped Key-Bit is made of either knurled copper or aluminum and fits most standard 1/4-inch bits. It won’t come apart in your pocket since two neodymium magnets hold the halves together with a separation force of over 6 pounds, and the same magnetic force secures the bit. Includes one Phillips hex bit; anything else, you’ll need to pull from your toolbox.

Find it at Kickstarter – $15

GET IT: $15

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Spy Coins

Perhaps the last place most people would think to look, Spy Coins hide tiny things in plain sight in the form of genuine legal tender. Each Spy Coin is precision machined from an actual coin of one of various currencies and is indistinguishable from its unmodified brethren to the naked eye thanks to perfectly aligning seams — though they’re a bit lighter. They’ve got enough room in their chamber for a tiny folded up note, a poisoned needle (ideal if you judge your risk of capture to be high, likely a bad idea otherwise), or a micro SD card (fits in all coins except the US quarter, which is unfortunately too thin). While the chances one is uncovered by a layman is slim, the bigger worry will be to not accidentally spend them.

Learn more at Spy Coins – $21+

GET IT: $21+

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BOB Multi Opener

More than just adorned with a clean design, Nicholai Wigg Hansen’s BOB Multi Opener tackles various opening jobs. It’ll of course crack open standard bottle caps on beer and soda but also works for ring pulls, vacuumed lids, screw tops, and standard beverage cans, sparing your nails and/or skin. It’s made of robust solid aluminum and comes in a few colors, though you’ll have to work hard to get ahold of anything other than black, the only variant stocked by MoMA’s shop.

Grab one at MoMA – $25 [via]

GET IT: $25