Adopt an Elephant
You’re probably thinking, “Are you crazy? I can’t adopt an elephant! It would cost a small fortune to ship the elephant here and would cost even more to feed it! My backyard isn’t big enough and does anyone even make elephant poop bags?” Don’t worry, animal lovers. Bedside Manor is offering a way of virtually adopting an elephant through the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, a registered charity in England and Wales. The purchase of the adoption pack helps elephants in Asia by mapping their migration patterns and protecting them as they travel for a period of 12 months. In addition to literature with interesting facts about elephants in the wild (like the difference between African and Asian elephants), the recipient of this unique gift receives a smart-looking “elephant adoption certificate” on which they can write their name and display for all to see. If elephants aren’t your thing, you can buy a gift tin to adopt a sloth, if you don’t already have one or more at home.
There’s no crying in cooking
Cooking can bring tears to people’s eyes for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is from chopping onions. Bon Vivant now has a way of making onion chopping easy and tearless. With the Veggichop by Chef’n, you simply put a quartered onion inside the container, secure the top and pull the handle attached to the cord. Pull eight to 12 times, depending on how small you want your onion pieces and then pour them into your recipe with no tears. Veggichop also works well with other vegetables as well as herbs, fruits and nuts, or to create salsas, hummus or guacamole. If you or the people you cook for are still crying over your food after using Veggichop, Bon Vivant offers regular cooking classes to help with that, too.
What’s that smell?
In the product category of “What will they think of next?” are scented pencils and sketch pads available at Little Angels. Scentco Inc. makes a variety pack of 10 scented pencils called “Smencils” that have aromas of various fruits, bubble gum and root beer. The company also produces “Sketch & Sniff” scented sketch pads with aromas like strawberries or glazed donuts with sprinkles. Both products are environmentally friendly, too, made from 100 per cent recycled newspapers. The pencils and sketch pad should, however, come with the following warning: “Using this product is likely to make you hungry.”
A book bag of a different colour
If you’re someone who reads the classics and likes to celebrate that fact, then Books & Books has the tote bag for you. Produced by the company Out of Print, these sturdy canvas bags depict the names and imagery from famous literary works, along with the author’s name. Be careful what you wish for, though; walking around with a bag portraying Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” or Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange” may have people thinking of you in ways beyond just being a reader of classic literature.