10 Geeky Oven Mitts to Make Baking More Fun

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Next time you're baking, make sure your hands look good in addition to being protected.

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1. CACTUS; $26.99

cactus oven mitt
Yellow Octopus

Succulents aren't hard to care for, but oven mitts are even more low-maintenance. When you're not using it to pull things out of the oven, you can prop this mitt up by the window like a real cactus.

Find it: Yellow Octopus

2. ALLIGATOR; $29.98

alligator oven mitt
Magical Chefs

Turn your kitchen into a bayou and your hand into an alligator with this cotton oven mitt.

Find it: Magical Chefs

3. PIXEL HANDS; $19.99

pixel oven mitts
Amazon

These retro oven mittens, which mimic the look of old-school computer cursors, are the perfect thing to bring a little throwback flair to your kitchen.

Find it: Amazon

4. BACON; $13.99

Bacon oven mitt
Etsy

Sure, most people fry their precious pork product, but baked bacon is pretty good too—and what better way to do that than with a lookalike mitt?

Find it: Etsy

5. LOBSTER CLAW; $12.97

lobster claw oven mitt
Amazon

When boiling up some lobsters, make sure to keep your hands protected—or else they'll end up as red as your dinner. The quilted cotton mitt is sure to be a hit with New Englanders and seafood fans alike.

Find it: Amazon

6. SPOCK; $9.99

Live long and bake cookies. This cotton Star Trek-themed oven mitt is perfect for Trekkies who love to cook.

Find it: ThinkGeek

7. DARTH VADER; $24.98

Darth Vader oven mitt
Amazon

You may have turned to the dark side, but that doesn't mean your cookies have to burn. Use this Star Wars-inspired silicone oven mitt and be the culinary darling of the Death Star.

Find it: Amazon

8. BASEBALL MITT; $10.81

baseball mitt oven mitt
Amazon

Anything you make with these oven mitts is sure to be a grand slam.

Find it: Amazon

9. BEAR PAWS; $14.49

Fred BEAR HANDS Oven Mitts
Amazon

These cotton paws come with heat-resistant pads to keep your hands safe from whatever you're cooking. They also work great for picnic basket heists.

Find it: Amazon

10. BUBBLE WRAP; $15.19

Fred POPPIN HOT Silcome Oven Mitt
Amazon

Like precious cargo, these mitts will keep your hands safe from harm.

Find it: Amazon

The Best Black Friday Deals Around the Web

Le Creuset/Samsung
Le Creuset/Samsung

Black Friday is right around the corner, and you don't even have to wait outside of your favorite stores in frigid temperatures in the hopes of taking advantage anymore. Now, you can get most of the best prices online, and stores aren't waiting for the day after Thanksgiving to show them off. Pre-Black Friday deals are already coming out from major retailers, and we’re featuring some of our favorites below. These deals will be updated through Black Friday, with more stores being included as new sales go live, so check back in with us right here to get the latest deals from stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Sur La Table, and more.

Sur La Table

- La Creuset Dutch Oven $200 (save $125)
- Nespresso Vertuoplus Deluxe by De’longhi With Aeroccino3 Frother $162 (Save $216)
- Scanpan Evolution 10-Piece Set $460 (save $640)

Best Buy

- Pre-Black Friday sale: Save up to $300 on 4K smart TVs and $300 on laptops

Walmart

- Samsung 65-Inch 4K Smart TV $477 (Save $320)
- RCA 60-Inch Smart LED TV $319 (Save $180)
- iRobot Roomba $244 (Save $86)
- Apple Watch Series 3 $170 (Save $30)

iRobot

- iRobot Roomba 960 $499 (Save $150)

Rosetta Stone

- Lifetime Membership to Language of Your Choice $199 (Save $100; 11/18 until 11/27)

Hot Topic

- Buy two Funko Pops get one free here.

Leesa

- Leesa Original Queen Mattress $850 (Save $150)
- Leesa Hybrid Queen Mattress $1449 (Save $250)
- Leesa Legend Queen Mattress $2149 (Save $350)
- For more offers on other sizes and styles, click here.

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13 Wholesome Gifts for Mister Rogers Fans

Funko / Universal Studios / Amazon
Funko / Universal Studios / Amazon

Fred Rogers didn't watch television until his senior year of college, and when he finally did, he hated it. He told Karen Herman during a 1999 interview for the Archive of American Television, “I saw people throwing pies in each other’s faces. And I thought this could be a wonderful tool for education. Why is it being used this way?”

Interested in helping the medium fulfill its potential, he told his parents he would be postponing his prior plan of becoming a minister to pursue a career in television. Despite their initial protests, he forged on, eventually becoming a household name as the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which would stay on the air for nearly 30 years and help change the perception of what children's television could (and should) be.

On November 22, 2019, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood will premiere in theaters, with Tom Hanks taking on the iconic role of Mister Rogers and Matthew Rhys playing a cynical reporter named Lloyd Vogel who is tasked with writing a profile on the wholesome TV star. The film takes a look at the life of Rogers and the impact he had on viewers and the people around him.

So, in anticipation of the film, and with the holidays on the horizon, here are some unique gifts you can pick up for the Mister Rogers fan in your life.

1. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History; $25

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Book
Clarkson Potter / Amazon

Have you ever wished you could journey behind the scenes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood? Well, now you can. This book chronicles the show's timeline—from its modest start on WQED in Pittsburgh to its film debut in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, a visual guide to the characters, and stories from those who devoted their lives to the show, this book will give readers insight into both the program and Rogers himself.

Buy it: Amazon

2.The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember; $11

The World According to Mister Rogers Book
Hachette Books / Amazon

Carry Mister Rogers’s wisdom around wherever you go. With a forward written by his wife, Joanne Rogers, this book allows readers to explore the life of Fred Rogers through his speeches, interviews, anecdotes, and some of his never-before-published writing.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Mister Rogers Color-Changing Mug; $16

Mister Rogers mug
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

There’s a lot to love about Rogers, especially his never-ending wisdom and extensive sweater collection. Now you can have both on a mug. At first it appears he’s wearing a suit jacket, but fill it up with a hot beverage and watch it change to a yellow sweater. The mug is also covered in some of his classic sayings, such as "I like you just the way you are,” to help you get the morning started off right.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mister Rogers's Bath Soap; $6


The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

Rogers taught viewers a lot of things, especially the importance of washing one’s hands. Make him proud with this cocoa butter-scented soap that features his reassuring smile on the wrapper, alongside his pal, Daniel Tiger. The same company also has Bob Ross soap to add even more serenity to your bath.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Mister Rogers Magnet Set; $22

Mr Rogers magnets
Papersalt / Amazon

Coming in four vibrant colors and featuring different quotes from Rogers himself, these magnets will brighten up your day, whether you stick them on your refrigerator, locker, or wherever else you need a little positivity.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Mister Rogers Encouragemints; $5

Mister Rogers Breath mints
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

If you’re going to be taking a stroll around the neighborhood, then these will enable you to do so with peppermint-fresh breath.

Buy it: Amazon

7. King Friday Oven Mitt; $15

King Friday oven mitt
Surreal Entertainment / Amazon

King Friday XIII was originally created to show kids that Friday the 13th should be fun, not frightening. And with this oven mitt featuring the king, you can take that same positive mindset into the kitchen next time you've got an important dinner to make.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Mister Rogers Sticky Notes Booklet; $8

Mister Rogers sticky notes
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

These sticky notes allow you to inject some wholesome Rogers charm anywhere you'd like. Let his serene smile adorn your grocery list and slap his trademark yellow sweater on your kitchen counter anytime you need to be reminded of an important errand to run. However you use the book is up to you.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Mister Rogers Funko; $11

Mister Rogers Funko
Funko / Amazon

Available for pre-order now, this figure features Rogers in that famous red sweater with Daniel Tiger right by his side. The figure will be released on November 25, 2019, right around the time the film premieres.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mister Rogers Pins; $16

Mr Rogers pins
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

If you’re looking to dress up your favorite sweater or jacket, then make sure you’re doing so in a way that says “Won't you be my neighbor?”

Buy it: Amazon

11. Mister Rogers Magnetic Dress-Up Play Set; $15

Mister Rogers magnet set
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

You're in control of Mister Rogers's wardrobe with this magnetic dress-up kit from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Want him a green sweater? Go for it. Want him to be a fireman while wearing roller skates? You're more than welcome to try. You can even bestow Daniel Tiger with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, because, well, he's earned it.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Won’t you be my Neighbor? Documentary; $13

Will You be My Neighbor documentary
Universal Studios / Amazon

This award-winning documentary from director Morgan Neville—which has an incredible 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes—offers a glimpse at the legacy of the venerable TV star. It's perfect for both lifelong fans and newcomers simply looking for something to smile about.

Buy it: Amazon

13. Mister Rogers Socks; $14

Mister Rogers socks
Good Luck Sock / Amazon

Walk around with Mister Rogers and King Friday wrapped snugly around your feet. The socks have a reinforced heel and toe and are safe to machine wash. You can always buy the same socks in women's sizes for $14.

Buy it: Amazon

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