15 Unusual Pieces of Glassware to Impress Your Guests

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The next time you sit down for a drink at your home bar, make sure you have a quirky glass on hand.

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1. CLINK BALL GAME; $9.80


Instead of swirling ice, drinkers who buy this glass can partake in a game—which requires them to guide two balls through a simple maze—that's built right into the bottom to ensure they'll never be bored.

Find it: Amazon

2. TOXIC WASTE BARREL; $28.66


Now that Hi-C’s neon green Ecto-Cooler is coming back, you’re going to need just the right glass to drink it from. These special glasses are shaped like toxic waste barrels, perfect for any glowing slime you might want to consume. They come in sets of two, four, and six.

Find it: Bonanza

3. DIAGRAM GLASSWARE; VARIOUS PRICES


If you have a go-to drink, but keep forgetting the ratios in the recipe, these glasses will help jog your memory. Each design shows the ratio of each ingredient with adorable designs printed right on the glass. Artist Alyson Thomas hand-draws each of the diagrams, which include drinks like mojitos, vodka tonics, and more.

Find it: UncommonGoods

4. SHARK ATTACK; $21.95


This intimidating glass has a shark emerging from the bottom. Besides looking pretty cool, the shark also has a purpose: When you flip the drinking glass over, the hollow shark becomes a (huge) shot glass.

Find it: Rakuten

5. PAC-MAN; $23.04


This pint glass features a white design of the original Pac-Man game. When you pour a cold liquid in it, the design becomes multi-color. The glass fits about 500ml of liquid and needs to be hand-washed to preserve the cold-sensitive ink.

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6. PLANETS; $49.99


Keep the entire solar system in your cabinet with this set of planetary glasses. The space-themed glassware features all the planets as well Pluto and the sun. The sun glass can fit 16 ounces, the planets can fit 10 ounces, and poor Pluto can only fit 4 ounces. The designs are heat-wrapped, so they are not dishwasher safe.

Find it: ThinkGeek

7. SKULL SHOT GLASSES; $32.99


Make taking a shot an even scarier experience with this set of spooky skull glasses.

Find it: eHomeAppliances

8. HALF FULL; $12.50

Fred HALF FULL Double-Walled Glass
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Your glass will always be half full with this clever double-walled vessel from Fred. Pour your beverage into the "half full" top part while the "half empty" bottom part stay dry.

Find it: Amazon

9. PERSONALIZED TREE TRUNK GLASSWARE; $85


Carving initials into a tree trunk is romantic, but not very nice for the tree. Instead, get your initials immortalized on glassware. The customizable glasses come as pilsner or wine glasses that each feature a distinct tree trunk pattern and a heart surrounding your initials and any date you choose. The set comes with two glasses (either two pilsners, wine glasses, or one of each).

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10. THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS; $72


Drinking is a vice, but not one of the deadly sins. You can have all seven listed and illustrated on a set of old-fashioned glasses. Illustrated by Mort Gerberg, each glass shows a devil demonstrating what each sin looks like.

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11. WINESTEIN; $19.95


Is this a wine glass or a beer stein? It turns out it can both! The hollow wine glass shapes fits inside a sturdy beer mug complete with handle. You can pour whatever liquid you would like in this novel container; the double-walled glass will keep it cold.

Find it: Amazon

12. MAPS OF THE CITY; $14


Missing home? Now you can get a glass with your city’s streets etched into the side. Each map comes with streets and neighborhoods, and there are coordinates etched next to the map and city name.

Find it: UncommonGoods

13. MATH GLASSES; $38


Mathematicians will love drinking from these formula-covered old fashioned glasses. Along with regularly numbered ounces, the glasses also have matching equivalent mathematical constants.

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14. MT. HOOD PINT; $45


This interesting pint glass has a miniature mountain sculpted into the bottom. The handblown glass features Oregon’s highest peak, Mt. Hood. Using USGS data, the designers were able to make the mountain’s shape very accurate. It’s lead-free and dishwasher safe.

Find it: North Drinkware

15. HTML; $25


This playful beer glass set comes with some HTML code that cheekily refers to the parts of the glass. It’ll make the perfect gift for the coder in your life.

Find it: UncommonGoods

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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6 Protective Mask Bundles You Can Get On Sale

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Daily life has changed immeasurably since the onset of COVID-19, and one of the ways people have had to adjust is by wearing protective masks out in public places, including in parks and supermarkets. These are an essential part of fighting the spread of the virus, and there are plenty of options for you depending on what you need, whether your situation calls for disposable masks to run quick errands or the more long-lasting KN95 model if you're going to work. Check out some options you can pick up on sale right now.

1. Cotton Face Masks; $20 for 4

Protective Masks with Patterns.
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This four-pack of washable cotton face masks comes in tie-dye, kids patterns, and even a series of mustache patterns, so you can do your part to mask germs without also covering your personality.

Buy it: $20 for four (50 percent off)

2. CE- and FDA-Approved KN95 Mask; $50 for 10

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You’ve likely heard about the N95 face mask and its important role in keeping frontline workers safe. Now, you can get a similar model for yourself. The KN95 has a dual particle layer, which can protect you from 99 percent of particles in the air and those around you from 70 percent of the particles you exhale. Nose clips and ear straps provide security and comfort, giving you some much-needed peace of mind.

Buy it: $50 for 10 (50 percent off)

3. Three-Ply Masks; $13 for 10

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These three-ply, non-medical, non-woven face masks provide a moisture-proof layer against your face with strong filtering to keep you and everyone around you safe. The middle layer filters non-oily particles in the air and the outer layer works to block visible objects, like droplets.

Buy it: $13 for 10 (50 percent off)

4. Disposable masks; $44 for 50

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If the thought of reusing the same mask from one outing to the next makes you feel uneasy, there’s a disposable option that doesn’t compromise quality; in fact, it uses the same three-layered and non-woven protection as other masks to keep you safe from airborne particles. Each mask in this pack of 50 can be worn safely for up to 10 hours. Once you're done, safely dispose of it and start your next outing with a new one.

Buy it: $44 for 50 (41 percent off)

5. Polyester Masks; $22 for 5

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These masks are a blend of 95 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex, and they work to block particles from spreading in the air. And because they're easily compressed, they can travel with you in your bag or pocket, whether you're going to work or out to the store.

Buy it: $22 for five (56 percent off)

6. Mask Protector Cases; $15 for 3

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You're going to need to have a stash of masks on hand for the foreseeable future, so it's a good idea to protect the ones you’ve got. This face mask protector case is waterproof and dust-proof to preserve your mask as long as possible.

Buy it: $15 for three (50 percent off)

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