11 Geeky and Unusual Blankets to Keep You Warm

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Wrap yourself up in one of these quirky blankets.

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1. STAR WARS; $20.99

Star Wars blanket

This 45-by-60 inch polyester throw—which features a storm trooper, Yoda, R2-D2, and Darth Vader—is the perfect blanket for the young Jedi in your life.

Find It: Amazon

2. POCKET BLANKET; $30


Despite being 63 inches long, this blanket can be folded up to fit in the palm of your hand—making it great for impromptu picnics and beach hangs. It’s water-repellent and puncture-proof to keep you safe from whatever twigs or puddles lie underneath.

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3. BLAH BLAH BLAH; $199.99


Curl up with this Scottish lambswool blanket and tune out the world. The woven blanket is covered in connected “blahs” that honor the times you just stop paying attention. It’s also reversible: One side is white and the other black.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

4. TORTILLA BABY BLANKET SET; $48


Make yourself a little baby burrito with this clever tortilla-themed swaddling blanket and hat.

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5. ALICE IN WONDERLAND PAGE; $75


Before you get wrapped up in a good novel, wrap yourself up in this book blanket. This literary throw features Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland along with a passage from the title. It’s made with cotton and acrylic yarn so it has a little stretch.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

6. HARRY POTTER MARAUDER'S MAP; $34.62

Solemnly swear you are up to no good while wrapped in this blanket that resembles the Marauder’s Map that made its debut in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Luckily, you don’t need a wand or secret password for it to work.

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7. TARDIS; $29.95


This fleece blanket is shaped like the TARDIS from the beloved television show Doctor Who. It will go great with your TARDIS slippers, pajama pants, and mug.

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8. PERIODIC TABLE; $89.25

period table blanket

How many times have you desperately needed to consult the periodic table in the middle of the night but had no way of doing so? Probably never, but you still might need this science-inspired throw. It’s 75 percent cotton and 25 percent polyester and promises to keep you warmer than an exothermic reaction.

Find It: Zazzle

9. WESTEROS; $34.99

Westeros blanket

Sleep under a map of the Seven Kingdoms (plus Braavos, the Flatlands, and more from across the Narrow Sea) from Game of Thrones. The polyester throw is perfect for staying warm while watching HBO (or planning an invasion).

Find It: Amazon

10. SPACE INVADERS; $33.97


This officially licensed fleece blanket is dedicated to the classic arcade game Space Invaders. It's delightfully retro and will look great next to your old Atari.

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11. STAR TREK; $17


Let the Enterprise shuttle you to sleep with this officially licensed polyester blanket. The print is only on one side, with a white underside.

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This Gorgeous Vintage Edition of Clue Sets the Perfect Mood for a Murder Mystery

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WS Game Company

Everyone should have a few good board games lying around the house for official game nights with family and friends and to kill some time on the occasional rainy day. But if your collection leaves a lot to be desired, you can class-up your selection with this great deal on the Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue for $40.

A brief history of Clue

'Clue' Vintage Bookshelf Edition.
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Originally titled Murder!, Clue was created by a musician named Anthony Pratt in Birmingham, England, in 1943, and he filed a patent for it in 1944. He sold the game to Waddington's in the UK a few years later, and they changed the name to Cluedo in 1949 (that name was a mix between the words clue and Ludo, which was a 19th-century game.) That same year, the game was licensed to Parker Brothers in the United States, where it was published as Clue. Since then, there have been numerous special editions and spinoffs of the original game, not to mention books and a television series based on it. Most notably, though, was the cult classic 1985 film Clue, which featured Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren.

As you probably know, every game of Clue begins with the revelation of a murder. The object of the game is to be the first person to deduce who did it, with what weapon, and where. To achieve that end, each player assumes the role of one of the suspects and moves strategically around the board collecting clues.

With its emphasis on logic and critical thinking—in addition to some old-fashioned luck—Clue is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time and evolved with each decade, with special versions of the game hitting shelves recently based on The Office, Rick and Morty, and Star Wars.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition

'Clue' Vintage Library Edition.
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The Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue is the work of the WS Game Company, a licensee of Hasbro, and all the design elements are inspired by the aesthetic of the 1949 original. The game features a vintage-looking game board, cards, wood movers, die-cast weapons, six pencils, an ivory-colored die, an envelope, and a pad of “detective notes.” And, of course, everything folds up and stores inside a beautiful cloth-bound book box that you can store right on the shelf in your living room.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition is a limited-release item, and right now you can get it for $40.

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This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

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Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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