'Tug-of-War-Proof' Comforter Pulls Apart So That Your Partner Can't Steal All the Covers

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Sleeping with a partner is great in theory, but in practice, sharing a bed with another person can get uncomfortable, fast. In fact, sleep experts say that couples often sleep better separately than they do together. (One recent study, for instance, found that women report sleeping better with their dogs than with their male partners.) Aside from feeling every movement your partner makes throughout the night, sharing a bed often means fighting over the covers.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Ervét, a dual-duvet system made for couples, bills itself as a "tug-of-war-proof" bedding option. The comforter is actually two blankets held together by hidden magnetic seams, so that you can spoon lovingly before you fall asleep, then retreat to your separate sides of the bed. If your partner is one of those sleepers who instinctively rolls away in the middle of the night, pulling your entire blanket with them, the duvet just breaks apart, leaving you both cozy and snoozing soundly under your separate covers.

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The bedding isn’t just a boon for people with blanket-hogging partners, either. It’s also made with different temperature preferences in mind. If you’re happiest cocooned under a thick pile of blankets but your partner is constantly sweating through the sheets, ervét can help. Because it’s technically two duvets, it’s easy to customize the comforter for your preferred sleep temperature with different inserts. You can choose between a lightweight option designed for people who prefer cool temperatures and an all-weather option for people who like to be extra warm while they sleep. (It’s also handy for those nights when your partner is farting up a storm next to you.)

Each ervét duvet set comes with two duvet covers, two matching pillowcases, and a fitted sheet.  You can choose between a duvet set without the inserts (so you’ll need to buy your own comforters to put inside), a set with two inserts (if you know which temperature you and your partner will prefer year-round), or a set with four inserts (in case you and your partner both want the option to sleep with either the lightweight or the all-season insert at the same time). Everything is machine washable and made from a TENCEL/cotton blend designed to mimic the feel of your favorite hotel sheets.

Using two separate duvets is already common in places like Scandinavia; in fact, ervét’s Brooklyn-based designers were inspired to create the product by the two-duvet sleeping arrangements they encountered in Denmark. But most American sleepers still embrace the clean look and cuddling potential of sharing a single queen- or king-sized comforter. The beauty of the ervét system is that you don’t have to choose between the two.

You can grab an ervét duvet system on Kickstarter, but you'd better act fast if you want to nab those early-bird prices. Prices start at $99 for a set without the customizable inserts and $199 for a set with two inserts. They’re scheduled to ship in May 2019.

11 Great Gifts for Retro Gaming Fans

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Video games are more realistic, expansive, and ambitious than ever, but there’s one thing that most modern titles can’t offer: a hit of nostalgia. If you’re shopping for the retro gaming enthusiast in your life, check out these 11 gift suggestions that promise to level up their holiday season.

1. Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp; $30

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Liven up a stagnant work area or nightstand with this cool LED lamp in the likeness of Pac-Man’s ghost nemesis. It can flash in a variety of different colors, and at a compact 8 inches tall, you can buy more than one to haunt your living space.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Street Fighter II Home Arcade; $245

Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinet.
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Relive the sweaty palms and raw fingertips of your youth with this Street Fighter II arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up. The entire package is true to its classic arcade roots, with era-appropriate artwork adorning the outside and buttons and joysticks that look like they were transported right out of a '90s Pizza Hut. But this cabinet comes with a bonus: Instead of just getting Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, it also plays Street Fighter ll: The New Challengers and Street Fighter ll Turbo. If you're not in the mood for competitive play, the company also offers a retro Star Wars arcade cabinet, featuring games based on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Level One Donkey Kong T-Shirt; $41

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Show off your love of arcade gaming with this cool design that depicts Mario’s earliest challenge: navigating the barrel-tossing rage of a giant ape.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

4. Playstation Coasters; $12

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Keep beverage stains off your gaming-adjacent furniture with this set of four coasters depicting classic Playstation controller buttons.

Buy It: Amazon

5. SEGA Genesis Mini-Console: $79

Sega Mini Classic System.
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Flash back to the Genesis era with this retro console that features over 40 games from SEGA’s heyday, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim, and Virtua Fighter. The system also features a port of the arcade version of Tetris, which never actually made its way to the original Genesis.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks; $11

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Keep it professional in a suit but game on underneath with these dress socks featuring iconic game controllers from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.

Buy It: Amazon

7. The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox; $19


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Take in a photographic history of gaming consoles, from the vintage devices of the ‘70s like the Magnavox Odyssey on through Nintendo’s reign and the emergence of Sony and Microsoft. In all, 86 consoles are on display, ending with the era of the PS4 and Wii U.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nintendo Super Mario Bowser Vs. Mario 3-Pack Diorama; $26

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Let other people display fine art. You can show off this diorama depicting the biggest rivalry in retro gaming between Mario and Bowser. You'll also get a Bob-Omb figurine, just in case you want to recreate one of the duo's video game battles.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Playstation Wallet; $25

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Keep your cards and cash in one place with this Playstation-shaped wallet. There's even a button-snap opening in the shape of the system's disc tray.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Pong Shirt; $38

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Go so retro that Millennials won’t even know what you’re referencing with this nod to the popular game Pong.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

11. The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater; $39

Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater
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It may call itself ugly, but those pixelated images of Link from Legend of Zelda are nothing but gorgeous to retro gamers. There's also a Mario version, if the portly Italian plumber is more your style.

Buy It: Amazon

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Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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