A Microchip Pet Feeder—and More Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

A running belt, a water clock, and a spreadable butter knife.

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It’s time to start thinking about all those holiday gifts you’ve got to buy and if you haven’t already got a list going, these nifty items and gadgets are winners for sure! An eyeliner that was inspired by a calligraphy pen for the adventurous artist in your life. A portable fire pit for your friend who’s the life of every party. And a microchip pet feeder for your animal lover BFF who’s got their hands full. There’s a little holiday cheer for everyone with these clever items!

Calligraphy Eyeliner

Calligraphy Eyeliner

Courtesy of Half Magic

Not all eyeliners are made equal, this is a fact that we (sadly) are all too aware of. Half Magic, the brand that’s sweeping TikTok, has just topped the charts. Their revolutionary new Magic Flik eyeliner looks a little different thanks to the unique paddle-shaped tip inspired by old-fashioned calligraphy pens. The curved edge is perfect for razor-thin lines and those edgy, graphic eye looks that are so popular these days while the flat face is ideal for bold, black shapes. In an award-winning, waterproof, 12-hour wear, blackest black formula this liner is the real deal.

Price at time of publish: $20

Portable Fire Pit

Portable Fire Pit

Courtesy of City Bonfires

A business born out of the pandemic, City Bonfires brings you a portable fire pit so you can toast, roast, and flambee wherever you are. Handmade with nontoxic materials in Maryland, City Bonfires are portable, compact, and don’t require any wood, embers, or soot, making it easy to carry and bring anywhere. They’re a great heat source with no smoke or ashes, easy to light and extinguish and provide 3-5 hours of burn time. Ideally for roasting marshmallows on your porch or on top of a mountain!

Price at time of publish: $19.95

Running Belt

Lululemon bag

Courtesy of Lululemon

While most leggings have pockets these days, not all of them do. And even those that do can’t always hold all of our running necessities! The Fast and Free Running Belt from Lululemon solves that issue. Lightweight, breathable, and designed to fit your phone, keys, wallet, and whatever else you need, this belt had an adjustable low-bounce waistband, stays secure while you run, and has reflective details to keep you clearly visible. With a selection of easy-to-reach, zippered pockets on the backs and sides that keep your valuables safe and secure, you’re ready to run!

Price at time of publish: $38

Water Clock

Waterproof clock

Courtesy of Target

What is a water clock? We’ve got the answer and spoiler alert, it’s cute! Bedol’s latest Water Alarm Clock looks just like a little splash of water and just happens to run on water. By converting the ions in water into clean energy power, Bedol’s Water Clock keeps exact time without the use of batteries or ugly cords, just fill it up at the sink and you’re ready to go for almost a whole year! With an alarm, easy-to-set 12 or 24-hour time, and a collection of colors to choose from you can harness green energy and make it to work on time!

Price at time of publish: $25.99

Spreadable Butter Knife

Butter Knife

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Cold butter on warm toast is a recipe for disaster but Uncommon Goods is ready with a secret weapon, their Better Speader butter knife. The Better Spreader has been perfected by butter enthusiasts and tried and tested on both dairy and vegan butter. The ridged stainless steel knife has small holes along the edge that scrape the cold butter into easily spreadable ribbons, saving you from having to microwave it into a melted puddle or rip a hole in your toast trying to spread a frozen slab. Dishwasher safe, this knife will change your life, or at least your mornings!

Price at time of publish: $24

Microchip Pet Feeder

Micro chip pet feeder

Courtesy of Sure Petcare

Feeding time can be a frenzy when you have multiple pets who are (how do we put this delicately)...food motivated. Enter Sure Petcare’s Microchip Pet Feeder, which is a programmable feeder that syncs to your pet's existing microchip and only opens for them and them alone. Perfect for those overeager pets who just can’t wait for dinner time, pets on certain special diets, or those with medicated food, this feeder makes sure all your pets are able to access only their food. Because of its secure nature, the feeder also keeps food fresher, contaminants like bugs away, and is suitable for both wet and dry food so you can rest easy and your pets can dine in decadence.

Price at time of publish: $172.49

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