Any Format Music Player
Were you surprised when young people started buying vinyl records? If so, you might want to sit down for this: cassette tapes are making a comeback. Mix tapes are superior to digital playlists in at least one way: they have personality. You can write and draw on the labels and physically hand them to the person you’re trying to wow (or woo).
If you know someone who’s embracing the past, a great present might be the Any Music Format Stereo from Hammacher Schlemmer. It plays music from AM/FM radio, records, cassettes, CDs, MP3 files, SD cards, USB drives, and any device that can connect with Bluetooth. The turntable is compatible with three speeds of records: 33, 45, and 78rpm.
If you still have 8-track tapes, you’re out of luck. For everyone else, there’s the Any Format player, which sells for about $250.
It seems like every year, I buy another green plastic sprayer that promises the world. The package describes multiple settings (spray! mist! power wash!), and the summer begins well. Before long, however, my fancy new sprayer is leaking from its washer or has a crack from an unexpected drop on the patio. Even when it’s expensive, plastic can be cheap.
When I think about drinking from a hose, this silver water gun is the nozzle I remember. The zinc pistol grip and adjustable thumb screw give precise control over water pressure. The wire loop at the top locks the sprayer on, so you can run into the garage for a minute while filling a bucket.
This year, instead of spending money on another disposable sprayer, try a design that’s worked for decades. The Gilmour pistol spray nozzle sells for about $15.
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