Just What I Wanted!

Daily gift ideas for the inspiration-challenged. Simplify your shopping!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Castle Bundt Pan

Regular Bundt pans, while perfectly fine for making your standard ring-shaped cakes, are pretty old-hat these days. Oh, you made yet another lumpy-ring-shaped cake? How unique. Yawn. Why not impress your guests with a cake made in a Castle Bundt Pan? Complete with a gate, towers, crenellated walls, and brick patterns, its intricate detail will make it almost a shame to cut into... except that it's so easy to make another! $29.95 USD. (Via Boing Boing.)

Jesus Ashtray

From the intrepid Jen: "Need to quit smoking? How about a really subtle tribute to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus, reverantly peering at you from your Jesus Ashtray? I mean, we all have seen the Surgeon General's Warning but in the spirit of our current administration the way to get people to stop smoking is to include a sticker on the bottom stating the "use of this product may be hazardous to your health and/or eternal soul"." $12 USD.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Phone Chums

Protect your cellphone from getting all scratched up in our bag or pocket with a hand-knitted Phone Chum, a cute animal that'll cover your phone securely and look adorable at the same time. Show it off using the handy shoulder strap, or keep it securely attached to you with the safety loop. Six unique designs available. $16 USD.


If you want to grow a beautiful flower garden but don't have the time, skills, or patience to choose the right flowers that will grow together and look nice, pick up a GroBox, a simple solution. Simply plant the (biodegradable) box somewhere sunny and keep it watered, and a beautiful, well-balanced mix of flowers will grow out of it. £12.95 UKP.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Hamboy Wallet

Jen writes: "Artist K8 Wince's creation Hamboy is truly the best wallet for those who are trying to save money (like for plastic surgery from that bar fight). When you pull out your wallet at the supermarket people will either respect your love of independent functional art or let you go ahead of them, afraid to make you angry. While I make it a rule to never buy products named or made by someone uses alternative spelling, rules are made to be broken." $19 USD.

Eames House of Cards

Building card houses is a fun, but often frustration, creative endeavour. If you're the type of person who can't balance cards to save your life, perhaps this gorgeous, full-color set of Eames House of Cards is just the right gift. Each card (printed with a different, attractive design or photo) has six notches cut into its edges, so you can stick them together securely, building whatever you dream up. 54 cards per pack. $20 USD.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Mismatched Socks

Everyone's always saying how dreadful a fashion faux pas it is to wear a pair of socks that don't match. Evidently they haven't seen these gorgeous and playful Mismatched Socks, which are available in a variety of different hand-knit color schemes. Their patterns don't match, but the colors do, so you can use them to add a bit of flair to any ensemble. $16 USD. (Thanks, Jean!)

Generation T

What to do if you're short on cash but your wardrobe's getting a bit stale? You can either give up and become a nudist (great for these upcoming muggy summer days, not so great when the snow starts to fall) or you can get yourself a copy of Generation T and learn how to transform your old t-shirts into completely different (and unique) clothing or accessories. $14.95 USD.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Mr. T Talking Keychain

I'm not... I can't... it's just too easy... oh, what the heck. I pity the fool that don't order this Mr. T Talking Keychain. With six truly awesome phrases, it's like being accompanied everywhere by Sergeant Bosco "B.A." Baracus. Now, quit yo' jibba-jabba and buy one! $11 USD.

Cowboy Booties

The old song tells us "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys," but we all know being a cowboy is a noble profession, one that we'd be proud for our kids to strive for. That's why these Cowboy Booties, hand-crocheted when you order them, are a great gift for any baby. Yee-haw! $24 USD.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler

Like me, I'm sure you're all just sick and tired of having pesky neighborhood kids running around your property. "Git offa my lawn!" I yell at the little varmints, waving my cane, but they continue laughing and playing, ignoring my feeble threats. Well, I've found a sure-fire way to get them to stay away now. This Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler looks just like a regular beach ball, but when they get near it, bam, I'll turn on the water, spraying them all! That'll teach 'em! Ha ha ha ha ha! $12.99 USD.

Invisible Shelf

This is absolutely amazing! When you receive this Invisible Shelf, you open up the shipping container and there's nothing there! Grope around inside the box, though, and you'll be able to feel it even though you can't see it. Mount it on your wall very carefully, and then... wait, you say it's not actually invisible, just hidden from view by the books stacked on it? Oh well, that's pretty cool too. €18 EUR. (Via Gizmodo.)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

He-Man DVD Box Set

It's really great when you encounter something from your childhood and realize that, hey, you weren't just being a naïve kid; this really is freakin' awesome. That's what'll happen when you pop in the first disc of the He-Man DVD Box Set and watch He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms, and Orko battle the evil Skeletor and his foul minions just like they did on TV decades ago. This is only the first half of season one, so if you love it (and I'm sure you will), there's plenty more where it came from. $39.99 USD.

Prenatal Yoga Deck

It's important for pregnant mothers-to-be to stay in shape, so that their bodies can cope with all the various stresses and strains of pregnancy and childbirth. This Prenatal Yoga Deck provides a comprehensive set of yoga poses and exercises coded by trimester to help even the most worn-out woman regain some of her peace and energy. $14.95 USD.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Battery-Powered Blender

When you're picnicking at the beach, in the park, or by the pool, there's nothing more delicious than a freshly-made smoothie or milkshake. But it's hard to make them fresh when you're far from a power source. This Battery-Powered Blender runs on four AA batteries and will mix up all the drinks you please even when you're not near an outlet. Margaritaville, here we come! £10 UKP. (Via Gizmodo.)

Toilet Monster

Some people have a terrible fear of the thought that something might crawl up through the toilet to get them. If you know anyone with that fear, or if you know anyone who might like to have that fear, try using this Toilet Monster practical joke on them. By attaching it to the toilet lid and bowl, it'll lie in wait for an unsuspecting victim to try and use the toilet. When they lift the lid, raar! Be prepared to do some cleaning. $15.89 USD.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Splat Balls

These are classic for a reason: kids absolutely love sticky, gooey things that they can fling around to their heart's content. Splat Balls fit the bill perfectly. A good throw will splatter them across any flat surface, and then they'll slowly re-form into their original shapes. What's not to love? $3.95 USD.

Glad Corn

Some of the world's coolest inventions were mistakes: wheat flakes (which led to bran flakes and corn flakes) were invented when John Kellogg accidentally left a batch of boiled wheat soaking too long, then decided to roll it out flat and bake it, and Silly Putty was supposed to be a new kind of rubber that just didn't work out quite right. So when one guy stopped paying attention to some corn (not popcorn, just regular corn) cooking on his stove and it (the corn, not the stove) exploded, it eventually became Glad Corn, a delicious and nutritious snack. $1.50 USD for a sample bag, or cheaper when you buy multipacks.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Mr. McGroovy's Box Rivets

When I was a kid, I spent countless hours trying to build stuff out of cardboard, using tape, glue, thumbtacks and paperclips to hold it all together. More often than not, whatever I had constructed would fall apart pretty quickly. With a box of Mr. McGroovy's Box Rivets, my problems would have been solved. If you can ignore the dumb name, these are a pretty cool idea: interlocking plastic rivets that you can use to attach bits of cardboard to each other, making cardboard-based construction much simpler. Just one more tool in a kid's (or creative adult's) arsenal. $5.95 USD.

Porcupine Paperclip Holder

No more searching fruitlessly through desk drawers trying to find a paperclip: this Porcupine Paperclip Holder is magnetic. Give it a bunch of paperclip quills and leave it on your desk, and you'll never get stuck (ha, ha) searching for one again. $20 USD.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Boarder's Toolbelt

Unlike most typical tool belts, this one's not a cumbersome thing with loads of bulky pockets and hooks for various tools. All the tools you'll need to do basic skate- or snowboard maintenance are contained within the fully-functional Boarder's Toolbelt itself. By disassembling the belt, you'll have access to a pair of screwdrivers and a basic wrench, enough to perform some quick emergency fixing-up. £26.95 UKP.

Pirate Throw Pillow

Arr, me hearties. When I put in to port after a few months o' hard piracy, there's nothin' I like better than to set me tired old bones down on a comfortable couch. And what better to rest me head on than this skull-and-crossbones Pirate Throw Pillow? With its 300 thread count Egyptian cotton and quality embroidering, it's a fearsome addition to any scurvy dog's living room. $32 USD. (Via Uncrate.)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

"Prescription" Cocoa Nibs

It's well-known that chocolate has mood-lifting effects. Between the delicious flavor, the caffeine, and the myriad of happiness-inducing natural compounds (seratonin, phenylethylamine, theobromine, etc.), it's no wonder people have been eating it as a comfort food for centuries. These "Prescription" Cocoa Nibs are dark-chocolate coated bits of crushed, roasted cacao beans served up in a pill vial. Take two and enjoy your day! $5 USD.

Dunk Mug

Doesn't it drive you crazy when you sit down for a hot mug of your favorite beverage and some nice, warm freshly-baked cookies only to discover that while you were making the drink, your cookies have gotten cold? The Dunk Mug is designed to alleviate this problem. The mug has a handy-dandy slot for cookies directly beneath the hot beverage container, so the heat from your beverage keeps your cookies warm and delicious. £13.99 UKP.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Sunshine Buddies

For hundreds of years, scientists have been searching for a perpetual motion machine, one that can continue running under its own power indefinitely. And now, quietly, toy maker Tomy have found a solution with their Sunshine Buddies. "They work on the theory of perpetual motion," says the ad copy. They sit smiling in the sun, rocking their heads back and forth with absolutely no external power source needed! Except the sun. Because they're solar powered. What? $12.99 USD. (Thanks, Mamster!)

Shocking Lie Detector

You know how Seamus totally told Cal that Joanne and Nina were at the movies with Pete and his cousin, y'know, Jimmy? Like, wow. That was totally a lie! I know because I got Seamus to use this Shocking Lie Detector and he, like, totally failed and got zapped. Oh. My. God! It was just, like, so funny! And like, now nobody lies to me anymore. Or talks to me at all, for that matter. Where are you going? $44 AUD. (Via Gizmodo.)

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Oh, no no no, mon cherie, you simply cannot go out looking like zat. Somezing is not right. Ah, ze eyebrows, zey are too, mmm, how you say? Oh yes, bushy. Perhaps a pair of La-Tweez lighted tweezers will help you to see where to pull and pluck, non? Et voilá! Now you look trés bon! £14.95 UKP. (Via Gizmodo.)

Make-Your-Own Gum Kit

Once upon a time, boys and girls, chewing gum was made from chicle, the sap of the sapodilla tree. Unfortunately, gum companies figured out how to use nasty chemicals to make gum instead, and so now you hardly ever find gum made from real chicle. This Make-Your-Own Gum Kit contains chicle and other ingredients so that you can whip yourself up a 50-piece batch of delicious, chewy gum. I'm chicling to myself just thinking about it. Chicle, chicle. $10 USD.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pet Umbrella

Now you and your pet can still go out for a stroll even when the weather's less than ideal, by using this Pet Umbrella. It attaches between your pet's leash and collar, and will keep him or her dry and cozy despite the rain. If that's not super-cute, I don't know what is. $18.95 USD. (Via Gizmodo.)

Food for Thought Plates

Do we have any carnivores in the audience? How many of you have ever been to a farm to watch livestock get slaughtered for processing into food? Or to an open meat market to watch a butcher carve exactly what you order from the big hunks of meat available? If you haven't seen these things, a different way for you to learn where your meat is coming from is by using these Food for Thought Plates, which show exactly where each cut comes from on cattle, swine, lambs, and even dogs. Mmm, meatalicious! $10.50 per plate. (Via Gizmodo.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Omelette and Poacher Pan

Eggs are a delicious and nutritious breakfast food, packed with vitamins, protein, and good bad some kind of cholesterol. This non-stick Omelette and Poacher Pan will let you make a perfect omelette (cook each half just the way you want it, then lift one side of the pan to fold the halves together) or poach three eggs using the handy insert. A simple way to make quick and tasty breakfasts. $14.99 USD. (Via Gizmodo.)

Glow-in-the-Dark Playing Cards

Playing cards come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, so there's something out there to please anyone. These Glow-in-the-Dark Playing Cards are quite unique: they're made of transparent PVC and printed using luminescent ink, so that after you expose them to light for a little while, they'll shine brightly with the lights out. And then, for twenty minutes until the glow runs out, you can play strip poker without having to see any hideous naked people! Truly an incredible innovation. $8.95 USD. (Thanks, markm!)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Hourglass Clock

This is not only useful, it's also an intriguing conversation piece. It's the Hourglass Clock, shaped sort of like an hourglass, with two independently rotating cones that tell the current hour and minute in an interesting way. $36.95 USD. (Via BoingBoing.)

Soap Leaves

Whoever first decided that soap should come in the form of big honkin' bars didn't really take aesthetics into account. While, yes, rectangular solids are quite functional, they're just not generally all that pretty. These Soap Leaves, handmade by pouring soap over real dried mango tree leaves, are delicately beautiful and add a touch of natural elegance to any bathroom. $10.95 USD.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Cool Shooters

This silicone-rubber ice tray doesn't just make cubes; its molds are shaped like 1-ounce shot glasses. Just pour in some water and freeze them, then pop 'em out and fill 'em with shots of any variety. Cool Shooters add a little chill to any shot, and a little variety to any party. Try floating a vodka-filled one in a glass of orange juice, or a rum-filled one in a Coke! $8.99 USD. (Thanks, Jon!)

Inka Pen

It writes UPSIDE-DOWN! At any TEMPERATURE or ALTITUDE! It'll even write UNDERWATER! Based on the technology used by the ASTRONAUTS, it's the Inka Pen! For all those times you're stuck under water and don't want to forget to get garbage bags at the store. $25 USD. (Via Metaefficient.)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Surf Watch

When you're spending time at the beach or the pool, you don't want to wear your regular stylish non-waterproof watch, but you still need to know what time it is. The Surf Watch is stylish, waterproof, brightly colored, and it even floats in case you manage to let it slip off your wrist. A handy timepiece for those of us who favor aquatic activities. £6.99

Chewbacca Baby Costume

People have babies for many reasons: to love and cherish, to try and make the world better, or to dress up in absolutely adorable costumes for the few years until they're big enough to resist your attempts. For parents who fall into the latter category, this Chewbacca Baby Costume is ideal. Show the world that your kid is down with the classic 70's science fiction films and aspires to be a towering, hairy, bleating warrior. $20.99 USD. (Thanks, Inky!)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Giant Pen

When I, with my giant hands, want to write a giant message on a giant sticky note for a giant friend, I have, until now, been forced to use an itty-bitty regular pen. This, as you may guess, isn't very easy for a giant like me. I need a Giant Pen! At 17 and a half inches long and about 2.5 inches in diameter, it's just the right size. $9.95 USD.

Kernel Kutter

If you've never had corn cut fresh from the ear, then you're seriously missing out: it's so much tastier than any canned or frozen corn could ever be. However, getting the kernels off the cob is no easy task, since cobs are round and most knives aren't. The Kernel Kutter has an adjustable-diameter circular blade in the center that will fit around any corn cob, and wide handles so you can grip it with two hands easily to push the blade down the length of the cob, neatly cutting off all the kernels in one go. $6.99 USD.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Rohan and Gondor Map Poster

I apologize for the poor quality of this image, but if you know what this item is, then you already know what it looks like. Yes, this is a Rohan and Gondor Map Poster, a nice, high-quality, frameable print of a map of Middle Earth. Any Tolkien fans would appreciate this, and it'll add an unmistakeable air of severe geekitude to any room. In a good way. $23.99 USD.

Exercise Oval

Exercise balls are practically ubiquitous in households with at least one health-conscious dweller. Nearly everyone has one of those large, inflatable translucent balls sitting in a corner somewhere. But how many times have you seen an Exercise Oval like this? It's like a regular exercise ball, only... oblong! And it won't roll away to the side when you least expect it, sending you crashing to the floor and requiring paramedics. It'll only roll forwards or backwards. Hooray! $14.99 USD.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Bunny With Tentacles

I'm all about the subversion of cultural norms, so rather than get a kid a regular old plush bunny rabbit, I'd much rather get 'em this Bunny With Tentacles. This cute, armless, tentacled monstrosity will undoubtedly become any kid's favorite stuffed animal, and will be cooler than everyone else's boring old toys. $15.95 USD.

Let Me Take A Look At You Vase

Mothers Day is coming up, and it's always nice to give your mom flowers. But rather than show up at the door with a grocery-store bouquet wrapped in paper, why not get this Let Me Take A Look At You Vase, which features a cute little peephole partway up, and put a single rose in it. That way, though the flower will eventually die, she'll always have a beautiful, elegant, handmade single-stem vase to use in the future. $26 USD.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sport Beans

We used to just have granola bars, but then the sport companies got ahold of them and now there are thousands of varieties of sports energy bars on the market. The same thing happened to soft drinks, and now you can find a hundred different sports drinks in any grocery store. The next snack to fall victim to the sportification of American foods is, apparently, the lowly jelly bean. These Sports Beans, made by Jelly Belly, are packed with high-energy carbohydrates, electrolytes to help with your fluid balance, and vitamins for metabolism and health. Available in orange or lemon-lime flavor. $11.50 USD for 12 assorted bags.

100-Piece Cookie Cutter Set

Clever gift givers long ago realized the value in giving gifts that inspire gifts in return. For instance, giving someone great cooking gadgets or recipe books could result in you getting a "thank you" meal. Or, giving someone this 100-Piece Cookie Cutter Set could result in, say, a hundred cookies given in return. Sweet! $9.94 USD.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Egg Cuber

Mother Nature got a lot of things right, but one thing she really didn't take advantage of was the lowly cube. Take a look outside: you'll see lots of curvy shapes, some straight ones, rounded ones and jagged ones, but you won't come across many natural cubes. Luckily, humans are here to the rescue with this Egg Cuber. Now you can take an egg and somehow make it into a cube. I don't know how it works, and I don't know why you'd want it, but something about it just compels me to offer it up as a gift idea. $2.99 USD.

Vacu-Vin Pineapple Slicer

Apple corer/slicers are old hat, and even mango pitters aren't all that impressive when stacked up against this beast. It's called the Vacu-Vin Pineapple Slicer, but it not only slices the pineapple, it also removes the hard core and leaves the outer skin intact for use as a fruit salad bowl. Wow. Get one of these, and impress your friends, cow your enemies, and snag the guy or girl of your dreams. $9.99 USD.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Kill Time

For the compulsive doodler, or anyone who spends a lot of time stuck in pointless meetings at work, Kill Time is a cute, funny diversion. Each page of this book has a unique unfinished doodle printed on it hundreds of times, and you, the reader, are tasked with finishing each one as you see fit or according to the book's suggestion. It is, as the title suggests, a great way to kill time. €16 EUR.


Anyone whose job or hobbies require lots of work with the fingers could appreciate this item: the Gripmaster is a finger-exerciser that fits neatly in the palm of your hand and lets you exercise each finger independently, keeping your muscles strong and your joints limber. Anyone who types a lot, plays guitar, or suffers from arthritis will feel a lot better after using one of these regularly. Available in various different tensions for all strengths. $8.95 USD. (Via Cool Tools.)