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The lazy days of summer are here, and what better way to enjoy them than a new gadget? It’s the season of sandless beach mats, tangle-free earbuds and indestructible portable coolers. Read on for some of my hottest picks.
Sandless Beach Mat, starting at $59.95, hammacher.com
Military technology brings us yet another great civilian invention with the Sandless Beach Mat. Originally created to keep sand and dust at bay as helicopters took off, it’s now made its way to summer leisure, keeping sand out of sandwiches everywhere! The double layers of woven polyurethane filter the sand out, keeping the two-person and six-person mats smooth and clean on the beach.
Collapsible X-Pot, starting at $44.95, www.seatosummit.com
This 2.8-liter pot collapses to about the size of a Frisbee, making it the perfect culinary accompaniment to a camping trip. The base is hard, anodized aluminum, and the silicone sides are topped with a stainless steel ring, for added support. With a clear lid and integrated strainer, you’re all set for a campfire dinner! Other sizes available, in multiple color options.
YETI Hoppers, starting at $299.99, yeticoolers.com
The brand known for its indestructible coolers has come up with what could be its greatest inventions yet: the Yeti Hopper 20 and 30. These sleek, remarkably constructed tote bags double as coolers. They’re leak-proof, hold up to 18 cans of beer and 26 pounds of ice and keep the chill going for days, thanks to incredible insulation.
Zipbuds Slide, $49.99, zipbuds.com
After much buzz, these finally hit the market today! Zipbuds, the maker of earbuds that zip together to prevent tangles, has now come up with a “zipperless zipper” option, aka “Slide.” Just use the attached slider to adjust the earbud wires to the perfect length and your listening experience will be annoyance (and tangle) free! These earbuds have great sound quality, are super durable and come in a variety of colors.
Solar Mason Jar String Lights, $39.97, homedepot.com
File these under awesome and super practical! These solar mason jars twinkle with amazing elegance, thanks to the mercury and eight lights inside. My mom put these in her window boxes and they looked quite awesome! Rechargeable battery included.
Playbulb Garden, starting at $39.99, playbulb.com
Driven by solar energy, Playbulb Garden slips into your garden and you control the colors (more than 16 million choices) with a free app! The smart bulbs rely on built-in sensors to turn on and off depending on lighting conditions. Operates 20 hours on a full solar charge.
Color-changing LED Cube Table, $110, lights.com
This may be the best conversation starter ever. These light-up cube tables brighten the mood of any party and change color via remote. You can set them to one of seven colors or cycle through them all. Water resistant, so you can even use them near the pool.
Woof Washer 360, starting at $19.99, woofwasher360.com
Imagine a hula hoop that doubles as a shower for your dog. That’s Woofwasher360! Just hook it up to your garden hose, add shampoo and the shower encircles your pup, cleaning and rinsing in a matter of minutes. Available in small and large.