20 Novelty Night-Lights to Illuminate the Dark

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Whether it's because you have trouble navigating in the dark or harbor a healthy fear of what lurks in the shadows, these night-lights are here to help.

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1. ANTIQUE CANDLESTICK; $11.75

candlestick night-light
Amazon

History lovers will flip for this candlestick night-light: It's perfect for writing secret love letters to your betrothed by night. It comes in brass and silver with a base that rotates so you can plug it into a horizontal or vertical outlet.

Find it: Amazon

2. WALKING DEAD; $17.95

Walking Dead Night-Llight
Amazon

If you're looking to calm fears, a zombie-themed night-light might not be for you—but for lovers of the hit AMC show, this officially licensed walker night-light is the stuff dreams are made of.

Find it: Amazon

3. MUSHROOM; $6.99

mushroom night-light
Amazon

If you watched A Bug’s Life and felt envious of the ant's interior décor, you’re in luck: You can get this mushroom night-light that looks just like the glowing mushrooms from the movie.

Find it: Amazon

4. TETRIS; $39.99

TACTBIT DIY Tetris Night Light, 7 Colors Stackable Tangram Puzzle LED Rechargeable Induction Interlocking Lamp 3D Magnetic Toys
Amazon

Video game lovers can build their own Tetris light with this set of glowing pieces. It comes with seven interlocking blocks that only glow when they're stacked together.

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5. PAC-MAN; $30.48

Paladone PacMan Ghost Light USB Powered Multi-colored Lamp
Amazon

This retro light looks just like a ghost from Pac-Man. You can settle on one color or let it phase through 16 different hues on repeat. For extra fun, party mode makes the light change colors in time with music.

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6. DOCTOR WHO; $19.99

Rabbit Tanaka Doctor Who Nightlight
Amazon

This plastic light is perfect for any Doctor Who fan. When plugged in, the windows light up. Unlike the real TARDIS, though, the night-light isn’t bigger on the inside: It can only fit a 7 watt bulb.

Find it: Amazon

7. LIGHTSABER; $24.47

Star Wars Science Multicolor Lightsaber Room Light
Amazon

You won't be able to take down a Sith with this lightsaber, but it's still a must-have for a Jedi and fans of Star Wars: It mounts to the wall and makes sound effects. Using a remote control, the user can pick one of eight different colors.

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8. MOON; $11.17

Moonlight Portable Light
Amazon

This night-light gives off a gentle glow, just like the real moon. The small light is 4 inches in diameter and has a switch on the bottom.

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9. GLOWING DINOSAUR; $49.94

Dino Pet light
Amazon

This unique night-light isn’t powered by electricity. Bioluminescent dinoflagellates naturally give off a beautiful blue glow. The living mini-aquarium photosynthesizes during the day and emits light at night (only when they're disturbed, though, so you'll have to swish them around all the way to the bathroom). Since it's alive, you have to feed it special food every so often to keep it going.

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10. DARTH VADER; $28.88

Padaday 3D Bulbing Star War Star War Darth Vader 3D Optical Illusion Desk Table Light Lamp
Amazon

This clever engraved light gives the illusion of a 3D Darth Vader. A touch button lets the user switch between seven different colors.

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11. LIGHT BULB; $77.19

lightbulb lamp
Etsy

Minimalists with great ideas will love this charming flat light bulb. The LED light comes with a power switch and plugs into the wall.

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12. DOG BALLOON; $25

Balloon Dog Nightlight
Uncommon Goods

The dog is a classic balloon animal shape that can be found at birthday parties and art galleries alike. Now they can also make an appearance in your bedroom in the form of an adorable night-light. Squeeze this pup's hind paw to turn on the LED light, which gives off an ambient glow for 30 minutes at a time.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

13. BANANA; $5.97

banana night-light
Land of Nod

Quit monkeying around and get yourself one of these banana-shaped desk lights, which is battery-powered and stands on its own. To turn it on and off, you only need to press the top of the banana.

Find it: The Land of Nod

14. UNICORN; $16.95

SMOKO Uni the Unicorn Night Light
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This “alarmingly adorable” LED night-light is the perfect thing for anyone who loves hugs and rainbows. It comes in purple, pink, and white—and you might want to buy all three so they’re not lonely.

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15. MOUNTAIN; $77.19

Snowy mountain lamp
Etsy

This flat glass light is perfect for those missing the slopes. It’s lit by a hidden LED and plugs into the wall.

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16. DEER BUST; $17.95

Dreams Hunting Trophy Door Light, Deer, Yellow
Amazon

This motion-activated light is perfect for those who admire the art of taxidermy but maybe don't want a dead, stuffed animal in their homes.

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17. REMOVABLE GLOWING BALLS; $62.94

Boon Glo Nightlight with Portable Balls
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This alien-like lamp comes with three glowing balls that can be removed without turning off. The spheres glow for about 30 minutes after being removed and the lamp itself has an LED base. The balls don’t break or heat up, so you can fall asleep with them.

Find it: Amazon

18. GUMMY BEAR; $29.99

Gummygoods Squeezable Gummy Bear Night Light, Portable with 60 Minute Sleep Timer, Blue
Amazon

This delicious-looking light might make it hard to resist a midnight snack. Simply squeeze its squishy belly to turn it on and off.

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19. PHONE CHARGER; $17.99

phone charger night-light
Amazon

This amazing night-light does two things in one: It charges your cell phones and keeps the monsters at bay. It comes with two USB ports and a LED light for a warm ambient glow.

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20. SPHERE TO MUSHROOM; $20.93

mushroom night-light
Amazon

This silicone light transforms between a sphere and a mushroom—all you have to do is push it down.

Find it: Amazon

10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
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White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
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Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
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If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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This Insulated Growler Keg Lets You Pour Carbonated Beer, Soda, and Cocktails on the Go

GrowlerWerks
GrowlerWerks

The biggest hurdle for taking draft beer on the go is keeping it cold and carbonated once you leave the brewery. And while insulated travel growlers help keep drinks fresh for longer, traditional glass growlers start losing carbonation once they're opened.

Portland-based GrowlerWerks combats the scourge of flat ales with a line of growler kegs featuring built-in tap handles that mimic a brewery-fresh pour. And with the company's lightweight and affordable uKeg Go ($99) model, GrowlerWerks is making sure your sudsy drink of choice can survive all-day cookouts, lazy nights on the patio, or a week in the fridge.

How is the uKeg Go different from a growler?

The main selling point of the 64-ounce uKeg Go is its tap, which dispenses beer just like you'd be served at a brewery. But it’s not as simple as just filling it up and playing bartender—you’ll first need to install an 8g CO2 cartridge before you even pour your first pint. Much like an actual keg, the CO2 is what’ll actually keep your drink nice and foamy after you've filled the growler. (GrowlerWerks sells its own CO2 charges separately at $12 for a pack of 10. Each cartridge should last for the entire 64 ounces.)

The cartridge itself pops right into a sleeve, which you then screw into the bottom of the cap. Once you've tightly secured the cap onto the growler, you can choose your carbonation setting—first position for beer and cider and the second position for soda and cocktails—and start pouring.

Though the system isn’t complex, you’ll definitely want to give the instructions a once-over before you first use it—I wound up wasting my first CO2 cartridge because I didn’t have the cap in the “off” position when I first installed it, resulting in it emptying out before I could even screw it on.

So, does it work?

My first drink—Coke, because my local breweries still aren’t allowing private growler fills due to COVID-19—came out perfectly chilled and fizzy, as if it had just been poured from a fountain. But time is the enemy of all carbonated beverages, so over the next eight hours I poured a few more glasses to see how both the CO2 and the temperature held up.

I found that there was very little difference between that first cold glass at 8:00 a.m. and that final one at 5:00 p.m. The drink suffered virtually no temperature change, thanks to the uKeg Go’s double-wall vacuum insulation, and never lost any of that bubbly character. Even when the keg was left out in the sun from noon to 5:00 p.m., the soda remained unaffected.

GrowlerWerks uKeg Go
GrowlerWerks

Because we're talking about a keg here, I knew I had to test out beer as best I could, so I transferred a few cans to the uKeg, and the result was pretty much the same—the growler maintained the beer’s temperature and carbonation level all day long, resulting in a consistent pour that never lost flavor or crispness. It’s basically indistinguishable from having beer straight from a brewery tap, and it'll probably be my go-to travel vessel anytime I bring local beer on the go.

While these tests simulated bringing the uKeg to an all-day event, the company claims the growler would be able to maintain the carbonation for up to two weeks.

How's the build?

The whole idea behind the uKeg Go is portability—it's meant to travel with you wherever you go, from a backyard barbecue to a weekend excursion out into the woods. And it sports a stainless-steel body that should be up for the challenge. It's lightweight, but the build is sturdy enough that you shouldn't fret that you've got fragile cargo with you (just be aware that there is a tap faucet to think about, so you might not want to jostle it around too much). There's also a convenient handle secured onto the top, making it easy to carry around with a finger or two while also traveling with beach bags and other outdoor necessities.

In terms of appearance, the uKeg Go is sportier and sleeker than the company's traditional uKeg model, looking more like an insulated bottle from HydroFlask or Stanley than a piece of brewery equipment. And there are two colors to choose from: a uniform tungsten gray model and a slightly bolder chili red, which is what I went with.

You can pick up a uKeg Go for $99 on both the GrowlerWerks website or Amazon. There’s also the company’s standard uKeg growler that ranges from 64 to 128 ounces and features a much more nuanced CO2 system. That'll run you $159–$209, depending on the exact model you get. And if coffee is more your speed, the company recently released the uKeg Nitro ($199) model that dispenses creamy, nitro-infused cold brew with the pull of a lever.

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