As someone who always thought I’d invent something(oh, if you only knew the ideas that ran through this mind!), I appreciate when new and improved products are created. I keep a look out for these great finds by watching Shark Tank(which I mention on this site quite often), reading consumer magazines, and by doing a little research when I plan on making a purchase myself. While my own ideas never come to fruition, I try to support the ingenuity and creativity of others as much as I can. Whether you plan on giving these as gifts or keeping them for yourself, here are a few products that make life easier.
Grippz Mat(from $89 at indiegogo.com)
Yogis and alternative health lovers alike will appreciate this non-slip yoga mat with built in acupressure knobs. You’ll get the benefits of acupressure therapy and the freedom to do whatever pose you like without fear of slipping. Plus, the mat doesn’t absorb moisture so you don’t have to worry about odors developing and it’s easy to wash!
Discovery Winestation(get a quote at dacor.com)
Preserve your wine up to 60 days after opening with this beauty. It’s the first “automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home.” With adjustable settings, you can have as little or as much wine as you please.
Gravity Blanket(available on kickstarter.com)
This weighted blanket helps relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged. According to the creators, “This increases serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels—improving your mood and promoting restful sleep at the same time.” Benefits of using the blanket include reduced stress and anxiety and a deeper sleep.
Zollipops(available at select grocery stores, zollipops.com)
A 7-year-old came up with this improvement on the lollipop. Zollipops, unlike their sugar-filled counterparts, are actually good for your teeth. Made with Xylitol, Erythritol, Stevia, these treats “help reduce the acidity and balance the pH in our mouths” which in turn fight and prevent cavities. They can also help strengthen teeth. Another benefit: Zollipops are low-glycemic, sugar-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher and made with natural flavors and colors in the USA so everyone can enjoy!
The Eye(from $69 on kickstarter.com)
If you’re debating whether to get an iPhone or Android, debate no further. This iPhone to Android case makes it so that you have both phones in one. The Android side has two SIM card slots, is expandable by microSD cards, has a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster, contains its own separate battery and NFC chip, and it’s got its own screen, a 5-inch AMOLED display!