Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stupid Product: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

I've been sheltered all my life, and have never been invited to an "ugly Christmas sweater" party. I know, it's very sad. Those parties I have been invited to, where you have to get all dressed up in little black dresses and wear diamond jewelry, are so pathetic!

So forgive me for not knowing that there were websites that sell said ugly Christmas sweaters. Now I can buy one. Like this, for $50 plus shipping:

Or this one!

Not to discriminate, here's one for another major winter holiday - not sure why it costs $5 more than the featured Christmas sweaters.

They also sell adorable hats, like this, for $25:

The good news is that the sellers do have a sense of humor, and they do send one sweater for every one sold, to kids in need. Hopefully they don't send these awful ones, though.

Thanks to Leah at Suddenly Frugal and Philly on the Cheap for the tip. Like Stupid Products? Join us on Facebook and sign up for emailed posts so you never miss any!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stupid Product: Air Sickness Bags that Double as Gift Bags

Did you know that instead of stealing barf bags from your airplane flight (or using a Ziploc bag inside a cheap brown paper bag), you can pay $2 each for them at the Barf Boutique?

No more worries about Junior barfing at the side of the road. Do it in the comfort of your car with a $2 decorated leak-resistant barf bag. Get the "Little Traveler Variety Pack" with "hand-painted watercolor illustrations" such as airplanes, helicopters, cars and boats (the most likely places you'll barf) or just stick with one design. They're made with recycled paper!

The best part: "kids air sickness bags that double as adorable gift and party bags." No kidding! Just make sure you don't mix up the contents or you'll never be invited back to that kids' party again! Plus, who doesn't want a bag with a label that says the "Barf Boutique" on it. Come to think of it, that might be a hit with my 8 year old son, but it would have to have a nasty picture to match, not a cute airplane.

Buy in bulk (100 for $55) or with designs (5 for $10).

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stupid Products: The Snapi

Having just visited my friend who gave birth a month ago, I can appreciate the need to do things with one hand. So I took a look at the Snapi.

The concept is a good one: a one-handed food scooper. But have you heard of tongs or a spoon? Aren't they one-handed as well?

Wouldn't a spoon work well here to scoop up some pasta??

Are tongs so inappropriate in this situation?

They say the Snapi can be used at buffets, salad bars, catering and other uses. When I go to a buffet, though, it's usually pretty easy to grab the utensil in the container. What if the Snapi fell over? Then it would be goopy on one side. It would sit like a clam shell immersed in sauce. And though buffet serving utensils are rarely fancy looking, the Snappi is made of plastic, which just brings it down a notch.

In case you're wondering, Snapi retails for $6.95.