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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed

Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff

September 9, 2011
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One of the top ten things you didn't know you neededContributed by Paul Seaburn, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

You know what you want – that’s a pretty big list.

You know what you need – that’s a much shorter list. When you finally win the lottery, you can forget about those and move to the list that only rich people have – things you didn’t know you needed. While you’re scratching tickets and dreaming about moving on up, check out some of the cool items on my list of things you didn’t know you needed.


10. Home soda maker

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

An average family of four in the U.S. consumes over 200 liters of carbonated drinks per year. Spend more time with your family and less time schlepping plastic bottles from the store by making your own sodas at home. It also makes seltzer, which isn’t much fun without the Three Stooges seltzer bottle.

9. Infrared sensor air guitar

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

Have you ever wondered how you would sound if you could hear your air guitar? Me neither, but this gadget will let you do it. An infrared sensor picks up your hand motions while you press chord buttons, and you can hear it thought the built-in speaker or connect it to an amplifier. Rock on!

8. Pet potty patch

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

Dog mascots for football teams play on indoor artificial turf – now your non-athletic pooch can too. The Pet Potty Patch looks like the perfect place to lift a leg, which it is with the flow-through grass layer, grate and pan underneath for the you-know-what.

7. Pen stand

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

When you finally reach the executive suite and can afford a pen that costs more than your first car, you don’t want it just lying on your desk like a … well, like a pen. It should be cradled gently and honorably in a pen holder, preferable one that also dispenses good writing advice.

6. Illuminated flying disc

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

How many times have you had to end a really hopping beach party at dusk because you couldn’t play your favorite game … or toss a flying disc either? Now you can frolic in the sand until dawn tossing an illuminated flying disc. Get a second one for reading the instructions on your moontan lotion.

5. Wizard’s wand remote

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

Harry Potter may be gone, but his magic lives on in this universal Wizard’s Wand Remote control. A flick of the wrist changes channels, adjusts the volume and scares away Muggles who might want to watch something other than sports.

4. Pickle pincher

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

If you don’t eat pickles, you probably don’t know that the smell of pickle juice lingers on your fingers. And you certainly didn’t know that you need a deluxe pickle pincher to remove them without odors. Works with dill or sweet, but check to make sure olives don’t invalidate the warranty.

3. Talking phony security camera

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

Nothing scares away potential burglars like an authoritative male voice coming from a scanning security camera system. Save yourself thousands of dollars with this Talking Phony Security Camera that looks like the real thing with a flashing LED light, phony video cable, authentic movement and deep voice that tells intruders to move along.

2. Beer pager

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

What’s worse than misplacing your beer? If you can’t think of an answer, you need the Beer Pager – a beer holder with a keychain-sized remote that, when pressed, causes it to burp and flash lights. If you need more than that to find it, maybe you’ve had enough.

1. Clingy device holder

One of the top ten things you didn't know you needed

Of course, this is the simple accessory that you wish you would have bought a year ago, and that you could have appreciated all that time you’ve been juggling and dropping your phone. The simple and attractive media holder adheres to your car window or dash and grabs your phone or iPod with a no-residue cling surface. Perfect. Now, keep your eyes on the road for the rest of us.



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