Do you ever feel like kids get all the fun stuff? Kids get to play with stuff like this, while responsible grown-ups are supposed to get excited about things like pots and pans. But stuff for your home doesn't have to be super serious. I spent a whole day wandering the booths at NY Now, the biannual gifts and housewares show (I know, my job is really rough), and have brought back for you 11 delightful, quirky, bizarre, wonderful homewares that you had no idea you really, really needed.
A tiny, adorable, light-up rubber duck by I Love New Yoku (or a small flotilla of all five). Available from Amazon, starting at $9.76.
A rubber chicken bottle stopper (works for wine OR beer). Available from Sur la Table for $8.95.
These clever coasters with misheard song lyrics on them. (So you're saying there isn't a bathroom on the right?) Made by Bright Beam Goods and available in their Etsy shop.
A custom jigsaw puzzle made with a map of your choice. Available from Map Marketing.
A cool corkboard where you can mark all the places you've been (or all the places you want to go). By Easy Tiger: available soon.
A sloth tea infuser. What a helpful little guy. Slow brew tea infuser by Fred & Friends.
A cup that looks as if it is made from bubble wrap. Yes, this is real. These are by Chris Taylor and are available on his website.