Are These Holiday Gifts Stupid or Cool?
Tired of spending $5 on a latte? Can't wait until you're out of the shower to enjoy a hot cup of coffee?
Enter the Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap, a bar of peppermint-scented cleanliness infused with 200 milligrams of caffeine that are released each time you bathe.
Because caffeine can be absorbed through the skin, this novelty item will give your day the immediate kick it needs, without requiring you to bring your coffee cup into the tub.
And with each 4-ounce bar of soap good for 12 showers, it's a much cheaper way to feed your caffeine addiction than waiting in line at Starbucks every morning.
There's also a more feminine option for women, the Shower Shock Body Wash, for only $12.99.
Finally, a way to feel and smell refreshed — And without the drag of coffee breath!
Sock Subscription: Stupid or Cool?
Blacksocks Subscription, $89 a year on Blacksocks.com
How many times have you gone to grab your favorite pair of socks from the dryer, only to discover a lone, orphaned stocking?
Now, you can order a sockscription through Blacksocks, a company that mails you three pairs of socks every four months to ensure your supply never runs thin.
According to the Web site, the idea was born when co-founder Samy Liechti, who worked at an advertising firm, went on a business dinner with Japanese executives.
After eating, the group headed to a Japanese tea house, where it's customary to remove your shoes. Once Liechti shedded his shoes and looked down at his sock-covered feet, he noticed he was wearing mismatching socks, and his right big toe was protruding out of the fabric.
Since that embarrassing day, Blacksocks has sold more than 1 million pairs of socks in 74 countries.
The socks are made in Northern Italy, with the "highest quality yarns with long fibers that pill less and are more durable," according to the company.
Sockscribers can choose from calf, knee and cashmere silk socks. The company also manufactures T-shirts via subscription.
"You don't ever have to waste another minute shopping for socks. Your sock drawer will replenish itself," Liechti said.
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