ThinkGeek Gadgets, No Fandom Required

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Image: ThinkGeek

Before I knew ThinkGeek as a place that sold fandom-related items, it was my go-to place for little nerdy and useful gadgets. Their offerings still include a large number of products that fit this particular definition, thankfully, and many are at reasonable prices. Here are a few of my recent finds, all under $10.

Space Capsule Tea Infuser $9.99

I know it’s summer. I know it’s hot outside. Here in Arizona we’re having record heat. But you know what’s nice in the summer? Iced tea. You know how you make iced tea? By brewing it. With hot water. So for use with our loose tea, I use the Space Capsule Tea Infuser for brewing, all year long. Melding my love of astronomy with my love of tea isn’t a natural pairing, sure, but I’ll always take some additional astronomy in my day. To use it, simply fill the space capsule with tea, submerge in hot water, dangle the astronaut (or cosmonaut) over the side, and steep. Made by ThinkGeek, this space tea contraption is food contact safe and hand wash only. Why not make your tea out of this world?

Image: ThinkGeek
Image: ThinkGeek

Nite Ize GearTies $6.99

These are a hot item, apparently, as ThinkGeek is down to just one size offering, the two pack of 24″ GearTies. They tout themselves as Reusable Rubber Twist Ties, but they’re much nicer than any twist tie I’ve ever used. Just wrap or twist them around anything to hold it together or to hold it in place. Cords, yoga mats, flash lights, skis, anything you can throw at them. Bend them into place, and they hold their shape. Hopefully ThinkGeek will get some of the smaller ones back in stock: those are better for the countless charging cables that have infiltrated my life.

Image: ThinkGeek
Image: ThinkGeek

Infectious Disease Stress Ball $4.99

Sometimes it just feels good to squeeze things. And if they look gross and feel like they could explode, all the better, right? So far we’ve had very good luck with the Infectious Disease Stress Ball, also made by ThinkGeek. My son really loves to fiddle with things while he does his school, and this ball is one of his favorites. These rubber-ish balls are filled with liquid latex and then covered with a mesh covering. *Gently* squeeze the ball, and part of it will form a different-colored pustule (for lack of a better term) through the mesh. It’s pretty darn cool. But don’t squeeze too hard or puncture it. I have heard of balls bursting and oozing colored goo everywhere. So this stress ball comes with a bit of a learning curve.

ThinkGeek always manages to find interesting, useful, and quality items, and these are just a sampling of their smaller fare, perfect for filling out your shopping cart to earn that coveted free shipping. What are your favorite ThinkGeek gadgets?

Note: I received samples for review purposes.

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