Because there's many of us who'd prefer a set of moldable glue over another box of chocolates, we've amassed a list of 21 ingenious inventions that make for perfectly original (and inexpensive) Valentine's Day presents this year.
We hope you find these products as fascinating as we do. We've picked them out to share because we love them, not because we're being paid to. However, 22Words does participate in the Amazon affiliate program, and can receive a share of sales from links on this page.
This $17 Battery Pack Will Seriously Save You From Disaster
via: AmazonYou know that terrible, tightrope-walking feeling you get when your phone's just about out of batteries? Of course you do. People who own these Anker battery packs don't.
One $7 Pack Of These Beer Savers Will Save Your Beer, Money
via: AmazonGet a set of these Beer Savers and keep that one terrible friend (you know who he is) from wasting good beer every time he comes over.
Yep, $20 Will Buy You An Actually Great Set Of Bluetooth Headphones
via: AmazonEven better options start around $25, but for less than the price of a three-topping pizza, these bluetooth headphones will keep you rocking wire-free for years.
You Can Take This TinyBluetooth Speaker Anywhere
via: AmazonAnker's $20 wireless speaker packs a sound and presence that belies its minuscule size.
The Joseph Joseph C-Pump Saves You From Your Own Disgusting Germs
Using These Dirt Cheap Drain Snakes Will Both Disgust And Fascinate You
These Fantastic Rechargeable Batteries Will Literally Last For Years
via: AmazonNews flash: rechargeable batteries aren't terrible anymore. Panasonic's Eneloops can be recharged up to 2100 times, meaning you'll save big bucks on batteries, and can finally race that RC car around all you want. Yippee
You Can Get A 32 Gig Flash Drive That Looks Like A Movie Prop For $14
via: AmazonTo put things in perspective: the first multi-gigabyte hard drive was the IBM 3380, which stored 2.5 gigabytes of data in a refrigerator-sized frame that weighed over 550 lbs. Oh, and it cost almost $150,000. That was in 1980. Thirty-seven years later, and you can get 25x the memory at 0.01% of the weight and cost. Not to mention that the Samsung BAR flash drive looks like a cool sci-fi movie prop, with its sculpted metal body and handy built-in loop and enough memory to store around a quarter million books.
via: AmazonYes, they are still broadcasting network TV (in high definition, no less) over the airwaves. And yes, it's still free. As a long-time cable-cutter, I use this particular antenna to supplement the streaming offerings of my beloved Roku 3 (AKA the greatest streaming device on earth known to mankind ever). It's simple, effective, and paper-thin. Yippee
This $8 Invention Adds An Invaluable Footrest To Your Shower
via: AmazonMuch like cupholders, I don't understand why more everyday things don't have built-in footrests.
Stop Resenting Your Pets: Clean Up Their Hair From Anywhere For Under $13
via: AmazonThe all-rubber construction of the FURremover Broom not only lends to its long-term durability, but also its multi-use utility as a fur-gathering sweeper, and a pee-pushing squeegee. It'll keep your carpets fur-free and your hardwood unstained, so you can love your pets in all their messy glory without (too much) resentment.
This Ingenious Cube Timer Will Make The Inevitable Passage Of Time Slightly Less Depressing
The Ove Glove Uses Bulletproofing Technology To Protect Your Hands As You Fish Your Pizza Out Of The Oven
via: AmazonWant to feel like a super hero? Invulnerable to heat? Through a combination of Kevlar and Nomex fibers that I don't quite understand, the Ove Glove manages to keep your delicate human hands burn-free, no matter how hot the surface. You can throw out those stupid oven mitts.
This $12 Case Will Keep Your $900 Smartphone In Perfect Shape
via: AmazonThat's the product shot on the left, and my own phone on the right. I've literally destroyed every other phone case before the Silk. Ten months in, and it still looks new, with its textured rubbery (but not tacky) body showing effectively zero wear. Don't take the word of an anonymous writer for it? The guys over at The Wirecutter agree.
Finally Fix Everything That's Wrong With Your Life With This Sugru Moldable Glue
Every Power Strip Should Be Made Like The Globe Electric Space Plug
Don't Have An In-House Drinking Fountain? With The Tapi, Now You Do
This $14 Smart Thermometer Is A Hypochondriac's Dream DeviceAnnoy your children and allay your anxieties with the Kinsa Smart Stick Thermometer. The Kinsa plugs right into your iPhone or Android device, while its other end plugs into your mouth, armpit, or butt (yup!). The dedicated app not only displays temperature, but tracks your entire family's health patterns over time, and can provide recommendations for care which may or may not be better than just seeing an actual professional doctor. Either way, it's a smart thermometer for less than $15 with fantastic ratings on Amazon.
This Plastic Device Looks Like A Blue Whale And Acts Like A Top-Rated Strainer
via: AmazonI do everything that I can to minimize the dishwashing I must do after gorging myself on dinner at home. There's a host of pot-friendly strainers that'll eliminate the need for a colander (and who doesn't hate washing a colander?), but this is by far the most endearing. It looks like a whale!