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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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7. SKULL SHOT GLASSES; $32.99

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

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8. HALF FULL; $12.50

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

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With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

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This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

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Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

Buy it: Amazon

3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

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If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

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Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

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5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

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For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

Buy it: Amazon

Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

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Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

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7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

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The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

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8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

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This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

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9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

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You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

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10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

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Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

Buy it: Amazon

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This Smart Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

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Just about everyone has experienced that moment of panic when you realize you've misplaced your wallet, potentially leaving credit cards, cash, and identification cards out in the open for anyone to take. But what if the next person who picked up your wallet couldn’t even open it? The Cashew Smart Wallet uses fingerprint authentication and integrated Bluetooth to do just that, and you can get it today while it's 32 percent off.

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The Cashew Smart Wallet is the result of a Kickstarter campaign that was funded by 382 backers, sending it way past its original fundraising goal. In addition to the fingerprint tech, the wallet itself uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone—this allows your phone to send you alerts if you ever accidentally leave your wallet behind.

You can even utilize the smart wallet’s crowdsourced GPS feature, which connects Cashew users and alerts them to be on the lookout for a locally misplaced wallet. The wallet runs on a rechargeable battery that will hold a single charge for up to nine months to keep you connected for longer.

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