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June 18, 2014

Christmas gift ideas you can pass up

The summer edition of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog arrived in the mail the other day, just in time for Christmas. (Or was it too late for Christmas?) All great stuff for me — not to buy, of course, but to make fun of. For example:

FESCUE FLIP FLOPS

No, Fescue was not a character on the Beverly Hillbillies. These are flip-flops where the inner sole is made of artificial turf so that when you saunter down the street, you feel like you are walking barefoot in the park. Hey, I have a better idea: make a flip-flop with the artificial grass on the outer sole so that you can feel like you are walking on artificial turf with your shoes on. I need to go on Shark Tank.

FOLD-AWAY ADULT BUNK BEDS

This is the perfect gift for ex-cons who simply want to create the homey and secure feeling of being in the slammer. Those living alone will be able to choose either top or bottom without resorting to using a shiv to make a convincing argument.

INSTANT BADMINTON COURT

What better way to get rid of unwanted guests than to suddenly exclaim: How about a game of badminton? You can set up a full-size court in three minutes, replete with racquets and whatever those things are you hit over the net. Invited to a party at someone else’s house? The handy carrying case allows you to ruin anyone’s get-together at the drop of a hat. Or whatever that thing is you hit over the net.

SANDLESS BEACH MAT

This is a giant blanket made out of two sheets of polyurethane that has thousands of holes so that by merely lifting the first layer, the sand can sift through, making your seashore experience sand-free, which is every beach lover’s dream. (It is?) Hammacher Schlemmer says this technology was developed by the military for desert operations and involved some highly technical research. My guess is that some scientist thought of this idea when his wife made him clean the kitty litter.

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