15 Funny Novelty Toys For Pets

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Want to get your pet a toy that shares your interests? These cute and amusing novelty creations will provide your dog or cat (and you) with plenty of entertainment, and your human friends will appreciate their strong pun game. And, they're great inspiration for funny Instagram photos.

1. STARBARKS COFFEE; $12

Starbarks Coffee DogToy
Amazon

If your dog loves going to Starbucks for a puppuccino, order a grande Starbarks Frenchie Roast so they can get their fix every day.

Find It: Amazon

2. EXCALIGRRR SWORD; $14

ExcaliGRRR Sword dog toy
BarkShop

This chew toy is worth it just to repeat the "Knights of the Hound Table" and "King Arfur" jokes that BarkShop suggests.

Find It: BarkShop

3. THE BARK POST; $10

newspaper dog toy
BarkShop

Did you know that dogs prefer print media? After all, you can't shred the internet. This newspaper toy is printed with real dog articles from BarkShop's blog, BarkPost.

Find It: BarkShop

4. CAT NIP TEA BAG; $4

cat nip tea bag toy
Etsy

If your ideal Sunday involves lounging on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea, and your cat at your feet, get your kitten its very own tea bag. This handmade toy is filled with organic cat nip and comes in four different ribbon patterns.

Find It: Etsy

5. LICK-CROIX BARKLING WATER; $14

LaCroix dog toy
GlamourMutt

If your dog loves to ride in your cart while you shop at Whole Foods, get him his own can of LaCroix-inspired Lick-Croix Barkling Water (Pamplemutt flavor, of course). Cheers!

Find It: GlamourMutt

6. HUMUNGA TONGUE; $11

Humunga Tongue dog toy
Amazon

This giant tongue with a ball on the end will make for tons of silly photos. Just make sure you buy the right size for your pooch.

Find It: Amazon

7. DOGGO DOGGO BILLS, Y'ALL; $8

stack of bills dog toy
BarkShop

Have you already spoiled your dog with every fancy bed, jacket, and toy imaginable? Maybe with a stack of money, they can learn to finance their own doggo lifestyle. In addition to squeaking, the toy crinkles just like crisp dollar bills.

Find It: BarkShop

8. RUCKSACK; $10

Rucksack dog toy
BarkShop

Does your pup love the great outdoors? This rucksack is perfect for his travels around the yard—just don't let him chase any cars while carrying it!

Find It: BarkShop

9. BOOM BOX; $11

boom box dog toy
BarkShop

When your dog picks up this boom box, he'll look like he's ready to party—or make a grand romantic gesture à la Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything.

Find It: BarkShop

10. CHEWY VUITON HANDBAG; $10

Chewy Vuiton dog toy
Amazon

This Chewy Vuiton purse is perfect for any fashionable doggies, even if they're named Gucci, Prada, or Dolce.

Find It: Amazon

11. TAKEOUT DUMPLINGS; $16

Dog with plush dumpling toys
BarkShop

If your fur baby begs for a bite every time you order in, get them their own "meal" of plush dumplings, complete with a Chinese takeout box replica.

Find It: BarkShop

12. IBONE; $17

iBone Plush Dog Toy
Amazon

Does your dog feel left out when you're Snapchatting or playing Candy Crush? Get him his own "iBone," so you can each stare at your phones in peace.

Find It: Amazon

13. VANDERPUMP SANGRIA; $17

Vanderpump sangria dog toy
GlamourMutt

It's not drinking alone if your dog is drinking with you! Get your overly pampered pooch a bottle of Lisa Vanderpump-branded sangria in pink or red, and settle in for a night of looking for Giggy or Rumpy Pumpy appearances on RHOBH or Vanderpump Rules.

Find It: GlamourMutt

14. CATNIP BANANA PEEL; $7

Your kitty will be tripping all over itself to get ahold of this organic catnip-filled banana peel. And perhaps it can serve as a reminder to increase your own daily fruit intake.

Find It: Etsy

15. ERNESTO THE FISH TACO; FROM $10

fish taco dog toy
BarkShop

Not all beaches allow dogs to bask in the sun, but that shouldn't stop your pup from enjoying a giant fish taco.

Find It: BarkShop

Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System Is the Only Coffee Maker You’ll Ever Need

Amazon
Amazon

Update: The glass-carafe version of the Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System is currently on sale for $99 (a 50 percent discount) on Amazon and Walmart. That's the cheapest price we've ever seen, so grab it while you can. The thermal-carafe version is on sale on Amazon for $168, a 27 percent discount.

For people who just want a cup of joe to help them get out the door in the morning, the French presses, Chemexes, Aeropresses, Moka pots, and other specialized devices that coffee aficionados swear by probably seem more overwhelming than appealing. Ditto the fancy cappuccino machines at local cafes. That’s where Ninja’s new Hot & Cold Brewed System comes in: It was created to give coffee addicts a myriad of options with minimal fuss, not to mention minimal equipment. And it makes tea, too!

“Coffeehouses are known for having an endless selection, but current at-home brewers haven't given users the vast variety of choice we thought possible, and certainly not all in one product," Mark Rosenzweig, CEO of SharkNinja, said in a press release. "The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System changes the category entirely. This innovative system is more than just a machine you use in the morning; it's your all-day brewing partner.”

The Hot & Cold Brewed System comes with two baskets: one for coffee and one for tea. It knows what you're making to make based on the basket you insert, and the available options for that basket will light up. The machine allows the user to make six different sizes of coffee or tea, from a single cup all the way up to a full 50-ounce (10-cup) carafe.

And of course, as the name suggests, the system can make both hot and iced beverages. For coffee, it has five brew options: classic, rich, over ice, cold brew, and specialty (a concentrated brew for milky drinks like cappuccinos). If you’re making tea, you can choose between hot and cold brews optimized for herbal, black, oolong, white, or green tea.

When you select an over ice or cold brew, the machine automatically doubles the strength of your beverage so it doesn't get overly diluted by the ice cubes in the carafe. Even better, the Ninja can make cold brew in just 10 to 15 minutes, whereas other systems and methods typically take hours. (Hot coffee is brewed at 205°F, while the cold brew is made at 101°F.) And the system has a hot and cold frother that folds into the side so you can make barista-level lattes, too.

These bells and whistles sound impressive on paper, but how do they perform in real life? Ninja sent me Hot & Cold Brewed System to test for myself.

Ease of Use

Though it might look like something developed by NASA, the Hot & Cold Brewed System is designed to easily work with the twist of a dial and the push of a button, and it delivers. From loading in the correct amount of grounds with the system’s “smart scoop” to picking what type of brew you’d like, it’s simple enough to use even while bleary-eyed in the morning. It’s also easy to schedule a delayed brew so you can do the rest of your morning routine while your coffee brews. (Here’s the only drawback I can think of about this machine: When it starts brewing, it’s kind of noisy—loud enough to make my cats jump. It’s not a dealbreaker, but if you live in a small apartment and plan to brew coffee so that it’s ready right when you wake up, it might be something to consider.)

The system even tells you when it needs to be descaled. The “clean” button will light up, at which point you simply fill the water reservoir with descaling solution and water and press the clean button. A countdown lets you know how much longer the clean cycle will last.

Taste and Flavor

I swapped out an old, cheap coffee maker for the Hot & Cold Brewed System, and the difference was immediately noticeable. Whether hot or cold, the coffee made by the H&CBS was a better, smoother cup of joe. That’s due to what Ninja has dubbed Thermal Flavor Extraction automated brewing technology, which, according to a press release, “knows the precise temperatures, correct bloom times, and proper levels of saturation for every possible beverage combination to ensure a great taste every time.”

Whatever tech they use, it works. The coffee I make in this machine is consistently tasty. The rich brew setting works exactly as advertised, too, providing a richer, bolder flavor than the classic brew.

Features and Accessories

One of the best things about the H&CBS is the fact that it cuts down on waste significantly. Unlike other machines, it doesn't require any plastic pods or paper filters. Instead, it comes with two permanent filters, one for coffee and one for tea.

And the cold brew function is a game changer if you prefer iced coffee to hot. Not only does it brew quickly, but it eliminates the messy cleanup that comes with making cold brew yourself.

Typically priced at $230 for the thermal carafe version (or $200 for the glass carafe), the Hot & Cold Brewed System is significantly more expensive than a simpler drip coffee machine. But if you’re a cold brew addict looking to treat yourself, it’s worth it. Consider springing for the slightly more expensive thermal carafe model, which will keep your java hot or cold for hours. (I’ve left ice in it overnight and found cubes the next morning.)

You can get the Hot & Cold Brewed System on Amazon, Walmart, Macy's, or directly on Ninja’s website starting at $160.

The Best Deals to Take Advantage Of on Prime Day Today (Updated)

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Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Amazon

Shop Amazon's full Prime Day sale here. To see more of our favorite deals, check out our daily deals page.

Each July, Amazon celebrates its founding by throwing a massive sale, slashing prices to levels not seen since Black Friday. This year, Prime Day is actually two days—Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16. The sheer breadth of discounted goods can be overwhelming, so we're rounding up the best ones as we find them. Peruse our favorite sales below, and don't forget to check back in with us throughout Prime Day, because we'll be updating this post with flash deals as they appear.

Up to 35 Percent Off Kindle E-Readers

Kindle e-readers don't go on sale all that often, and Prime Day has some of the best deals we've seen this year. You can get a Kindle Paperwhite—which is waterproof for reading at the pool or in the bath tub—for just $85 (a $45 discount). The most basic Kindle is just $60, while the Oasis is $175 (down from $200 last month). Right now, you can get three free months of Kindle Unlimited and a $5 credit toward an e-book with all three models.

Shop: Amazon Kindle

Big Discounts on Electric Toothbrushes

A Sonicare toothbrush
Philips Sonicare

A number of high-end electric toothbrushes from both Philips Sonicare and Oral-B are on sale today, including some picks recommended by dentists Mental Floss spoke to earlier this year. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean, recommended for patients with sensitive teeth, is $35 off, while you can get Sonicare's all-around powerhouse, the DiamondClean, for $84 off. The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, which features a 3-minute timer for deep cleaning trouble spots, is $67 off. The HealthyWhite+ might represent the best deal, though—at just $49, it's almost 60 percent off list price right now.

Shop: Philips Sonicare, Oral-B

Almost 40 Percent Off Roomba Robot Vacuums

Prime Day is a great time to buy big-ticket gadgets and home appliances, so if you've been on the fence about buying a robot vacuum, go ahead and splurge today. The Roomba 891 vacuum features a 90-minute runtime, app-based controls, and the ability to tackle both hardwood and carpets with ease. Normally $450, it's just $300 today. The newer Roomba 980 is just $550, a $350 discount off list price.

Shop: iRobot

20 Percent Off Neato Botvac Robot Vacuums

A Neato robot vacuum next to a smartphone open to the Neato app
Neato

In one of Monday's Lightning Deals, the Neato D7 robot vacuum is on sale for 20 percent off from 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time/10:15 a.m. Pacific to 7:15 p.m. Eastern/4:15 p.m. Pacific on Monday, July 15. It's now just $530, or $300 off the retail price. Note: This deal has now expired.

Update: Now, the Neato D4 is on sale as well: For Monday night, it's 20 percent off from 6:35 p.m. Eastern/3:35 p.m. Pacific to 12:35 a.m Eastern/9:35 p.m. Pacific. It's $320, compared to a retail price of $530.

Shop: Neato

$20 Off Animal-Shaped Pool Toys

A woman lounges in a llama-shaped pool float
Poolcandy

There's plenty of summer left to spend lounging in the pool. Poolcandy's 48-inch, animal-shaped rafts are all on sale for just $20. Get an oversized floating narwhal, llama, giraffe, or unicorn.

Shop: Poolcandy

$75 Off the Gravity Blanket

Though many people find weighted blankets to be a calming respite for anxiety and sleeplessness, the hefty comforters usually come with a hefty price tag. Amazon doesn't usually have many weighted blankets on sale, which makes today's Gravity Blanket deal particularly exciting. You can get the 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound versions of the Kickstarter favorite for just $175 today—a $75 discount. The upgraded cooling version (in 15-pound20-pound and 25-pound options) is also discounted at $187.

Shop: Gravity Products

Up to 38 Percent Off SodaStream Bundles

An SodaStream Fizzi with two extra bottles, two carbon dioxide cylinders, and two flavor bottles.
SodaStream

SodaStream is offering discounts on several of its models for Prime Day. You can get the most basic SodaStream, the Jet, for $50, or upgrade to a bundle with three carbonating bottles, two carbon dioxide cannisters, and two Fruit Drops flavor bottles for $80. You can get SodaStream Fizzi electric sparkling water maker with three carbonating bottles, two carbon dioxide cannisters, and two Fruit Drops flavors for $120. Meanwhile, outside of the Amazon ecosystem, Target is offering its own limited-time SodaStream deal: You can get a Fizzi with one carbonating bottle and one carbon dioxide cannister for $90, a discount of 25 percent. (Note: The Mental Floss office in New York City has its own Fizzi, and it's well worth the upgrade for the one-touch electric carbonation.)

Shop: SodaStream

20 Percent Off Just the Cheese Snacks

Crunchy cheese? Yes please. Just the Cheese (which makes 100-percent cheese snacks, as the name implies) is knocking 20 percent off the price of its variety packs, which come with 12 packs in four different flavors. Each pack comes with two bars, so technically you get 24 crunchy cheese snacks with each order. For your $22 sale price, you get four packs each of aged cheddar, mild cheddar, grilled cheese, and jalapeño cheese flavors.

Shop: Just the Cheese

35 Percent Off KIND Bars

A KIND chocolate peanut butter snack bar
KIND

You can get 35 percent off boxes of KIND snack bars today. That includes 32-count boxes of KIND's new nut-butter-filled bars—available in almond butter or peanut butter—as well as 12-count boxes of classics like the Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt bars and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bars.

Shop: KIND

50 Percent Off One Item From Amazing Baby

If you're in the market for a swaddle, plush toys, or other baby product, Amazing Baby is offering first-time customers half off any one item with the promo code 50Welcome. If you're buying for someone else, go with the three-piece gift set.

Shop: Amazing Baby

Competing Deals From Other Retailers

Amazon's competitors are determined to get in on the Prime Day shopping madness, so you can get big discounts at other retailers right now, too.

At Macy's, you'll want to use the code SHOPIT to get 25 percent off Black Friday in July deals. You'll also want to check in on Target's daily deals for July 15 and 16, because they're sure to be more dramatic than usual right now—especially on Target-exclusive brands and products.

If you're heading to the great outdoors this summer, pop into Igloo's cooler sale: You can get 50 percent off the brand's Sportsman waterproof coolers (they come in bag or backpack form) with the code SPORT50.

And if you're in the market for a new mattress, Allswell's wildly popular bedding options are 15 percent off through Wednesday with the code JULY15

To see all of Amazon's current deals, head to the site's Prime Day landing page.

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