20 Novelty Night-Lights to Illuminate the Dark

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Whether it's because you have trouble navigating in the dark or harbor a healthy fear of what lurks in the shadows, these night-lights are here to help.

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1. ANTIQUE CANDLESTICK; $11.75

candlestick night-light
Amazon

History lovers will flip for this candlestick night-light: It's perfect for writing secret love letters to your betrothed by night. It comes in brass and silver with a base that rotates so you can plug it into a horizontal or vertical outlet.

Find it: Amazon

2. WALKING DEAD; $17.95

Walking Dead Night-Llight
Amazon

If you're looking to calm fears, a zombie-themed night-light might not be for you—but for lovers of the hit AMC show, this officially licensed walker night-light is the stuff dreams are made of.

Find it: Amazon

3. MUSHROOM; $6.99

mushroom night-light
Amazon

If you watched A Bug’s Life and felt envious of the ant's interior décor, you’re in luck: You can get this mushroom night-light that looks just like the glowing mushrooms from the movie.

Find it: Amazon

4. TETRIS; $39.99

TACTBIT DIY Tetris Night Light, 7 Colors Stackable Tangram Puzzle LED Rechargeable Induction Interlocking Lamp 3D Magnetic Toys
Amazon

Video game lovers can build their own Tetris light with this set of glowing pieces. It comes with seven interlocking blocks that only glow when they're stacked together.

Find it: Amazon

5. PAC-MAN; $30.48

Paladone PacMan Ghost Light USB Powered Multi-colored Lamp
Amazon

This retro light looks just like a ghost from Pac-Man. You can settle on one color or let it phase through 16 different hues on repeat. For extra fun, party mode makes the light change colors in time with music.

Find it: Amazon

6. DOCTOR WHO; $19.99

Rabbit Tanaka Doctor Who Nightlight
Amazon

This plastic light is perfect for any Doctor Who fan. When plugged in, the windows light up. Unlike the real TARDIS, though, the night-light isn’t bigger on the inside: It can only fit a 7 watt bulb.

Find it: Amazon

7. LIGHTSABER; $24.47

Star Wars Science Multicolor Lightsaber Room Light
Amazon

You won't be able to take down a Sith with this lightsaber, but it's still a must-have for a Jedi and fans of Star Wars: It mounts to the wall and makes sound effects. Using a remote control, the user can pick one of eight different colors.

Find it: Amazon

8. MOON; $11.17

Moonlight Portable Light
Amazon

This night-light gives off a gentle glow, just like the real moon. The small light is 4 inches in diameter and has a switch on the bottom.

Find it: Amazon

9. GLOWING DINOSAUR; $49.94

Dino Pet light
Amazon

This unique night-light isn’t powered by electricity. Bioluminescent dinoflagellates naturally give off a beautiful blue glow. The living mini-aquarium photosynthesizes during the day and emits light at night (only when they're disturbed, though, so you'll have to swish them around all the way to the bathroom). Since it's alive, you have to feed it special food every so often to keep it going.

Find it: Amazon

10. DARTH VADER; $28.88

Padaday 3D Bulbing Star War Star War Darth Vader 3D Optical Illusion Desk Table Light Lamp
Amazon

This clever engraved light gives the illusion of a 3D Darth Vader. A touch button lets the user switch between seven different colors.

Find it: Amazon

11. LIGHT BULB; $77.19

lightbulb lamp
Etsy

Minimalists with great ideas will love this charming flat light bulb. The LED light comes with a power switch and plugs into the wall.

Find it: Etsy

12. DOG BALLOON; $25

Balloon Dog Nightlight
Uncommon Goods

The dog is a classic balloon animal shape that can be found at birthday parties and art galleries alike. Now they can also make an appearance in your bedroom in the form of an adorable night-light. Squeeze this pup's hind paw to turn on the LED light, which gives off an ambient glow for 30 minutes at a time.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

13. BANANA; $5.97

banana night-light
Land of Nod

Quit monkeying around and get yourself one of these banana-shaped desk lights, which is battery-powered and stands on its own. To turn it on and off, you only need to press the top of the banana.

Find it: The Land of Nod

14. UNICORN; $16.95

SMOKO Uni the Unicorn Night Light
Amazon

This “alarmingly adorable” LED night-light is the perfect thing for anyone who loves hugs and rainbows. It comes in purple, pink, and white—and you might want to buy all three so they’re not lonely.

Find it: Amazon

15. MOUNTAIN; $77.19

Snowy mountain lamp
Etsy

This flat glass light is perfect for those missing the slopes. It’s lit by a hidden LED and plugs into the wall.

Find it: Etsy

16. DEER BUST; $17.95

Dreams Hunting Trophy Door Light, Deer, Yellow
Amazon

This motion-activated light is perfect for those who admire the art of taxidermy but maybe don't want a dead, stuffed animal in their homes.

Find it: Amazon

17. REMOVABLE GLOWING BALLS; $62.94

Boon Glo Nightlight with Portable Balls
Amazon

This alien-like lamp comes with three glowing balls that can be removed without turning off. The spheres glow for about 30 minutes after being removed and the lamp itself has an LED base. The balls don’t break or heat up, so you can fall asleep with them.

Find it: Amazon

18. GUMMY BEAR; $29.99

Gummygoods Squeezable Gummy Bear Night Light, Portable with 60 Minute Sleep Timer, Blue
Amazon

This delicious-looking light might make it hard to resist a midnight snack. Simply squeeze its squishy belly to turn it on and off.

Find it: Amazon

19. PHONE CHARGER; $17.99

phone charger night-light
Amazon

This amazing night-light does two things in one: It charges your cell phones and keeps the monsters at bay. It comes with two USB ports and a LED light for a warm ambient glow.

Find it: Amazon

20. SPHERE TO MUSHROOM; $20.93

mushroom night-light
Amazon

This silicone light transforms between a sphere and a mushroom—all you have to do is push it down.

Find it: Amazon

7 Useful Products With a Lifetime Guarantee

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It’s worth it to splurge on a new pair of shoes or a set of good knives if you know they'll last forever—or if they don't, that their maker will repair or replace them for free. Here’s a round-up of seven useful everyday items that come with a manufacturer's lifetime guarantee.

1. Le Creuset Cookware

A Le Creuset cookware set
Le Creuset's five-piece cookware set in cherry
Le Creuset, Amazon

We know that $350 seems like a steep price to pay for a 5.5-quart Dutch oven. However, plenty of cooking enthusiasts are willing to shell out top dollar for iconic French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset’s enamel cast-iron pots, casserole dishes, and skillets.

The colorful kitchen tools are attractive and durable, plus they distribute heat evenly. An added bonus? Each item comes with a lifetime limited warranty. "Defective cookware will be replaced free of charge, or replaced by a similar product or one of equivalent value if the product is no longer in production," Le Creuset’s website states.

Of course, you can’t just swap your grandmother’s ancient Le Creuset casserole dish (or the one you bought on eBay) for a new model if it chips or breaks. You have to be the item’s original owner. The warranty also "does not cover damage from abuse, commercial use or other non-consumer use, neglect, abnormal wear or tear, overheating, or any use not in accordance with the cookware instructions provided with the utensil." In other words, it needs to be obvious that the cookware has worn down with consistent use (and that you didn't accidentally scorch it in a kitchen fire).

Get one of the brand's signature Dutch ovens (or a five-piece set) on Amazon, Sur La Table (which regularly runs sales on its pricier cookware) the Le Creuset website, or at these other retailers:

2. Zippo Lighters

A black Zippo matte pocket lighter
Zippo, Amazon

We’re not endorsing smoking, but portable butane lighters can be useful if you’re camping and need a quick and easy fire source. Plus, many people find flicking a lighter’s tiny switch to be less intimidating than lighting a match.

If you do plan on purchasing a lighter for household or outdoor use, make it a Zippo. Founded in 1932, the iconic company’s trademarked slogan is “It works or we fix it free." No matter how old or damaged your pocket lighter, you can ship it to Zippo. They’ll promptly repair or replace it—but keep in mind that this warranty only extends to real Zippos, and not toward counterfeit lighters. (Factories in China reportedly make around 12 million fake Zippos a year.) Wondering if you own the real thing? The Wall Street Journal produced a handy video back in 2011 that teaches you how to distinguish a genuine Zippo from a fake.

Get one of Zippo's genuine Windproof Lighters on Amazon for $10 and up.

3. JanSport Backpacks

A black JanSport backpack
JanSport's SuperBreak backpack
JanSport, Amazon

If the trusty JanSport backpack you purchased in high school is starting to look a little threadbare, you can send it—or for that matter, any one of the brand’s packs, bags, or luggage items—back to its warranty center in Alameda, California. Depending on the damage, JanSport will repair it, replace it, or refund it.

Repairs will take anywhere from four to six weeks, depending on the season, and while you pay the initial shipping charges, JanSport absorbs the bag’s return costs. However, JanSport doesn’t claim responsibility for “direct, incidental or consequential damages." Your pack's wear and tear should stem from good old-fashioned use—not because, say, it got shredded by a luggage carousel.

Get one for yourself from JanSport's website or on Amazon, where the classic SuperBreak model is currently $33. It's also available at Backcountry.com ($36) and Walmart $32 and up).

4. Craftsman Tools

A 193-piece tool set
Craftsman 193-piece mechanic’s tool set
Craftsman, Amazon

While Craftsman also makes work clothing and lawn and garden equipment, the brand is most famous for its hand tools. Most of them are advertised as having an unlimited lifetime warranty, meaning they'll be repaired or replaced free of charge if they're no longer in tip-top shape. (For a full list of which tools qualify, visit Craftsman’s website.)

Stores take Craftsman's warranty pretty seriously. In 2009, Consumer Reports’s website, the Consumerist, wrote that a California man was refused a full warranty when he visited Sears and tried to trade in some of his grandfather’s old Craftsman tools. (At the time, Craftsman was controlled by Sears Holdings, though it has since been acquired by Stanley Black & Decker.) The man was reportedly denied replacements because some of the tools had rusty sockets.

He sent an angry letter to Sears, and one of the corporation’s vice presidents, David Figler, replied by issuing a statement to the Consumerist: "Craftsman tools have a heritage of performance and trust,” Figler wrote. “I want to assure you and your readers we stand behind the warranty—complete satisfaction—period.” He assured the website that he had communicated with Sears's sale associates to rectify the error.

Check out Craftsman's products at Amazon, Lowes, or Sears. You can get a 230-piece Craftsman mechanic's tool set on sale for $99 at Sears right now.

5. HARDENCO Jeans

A pair of denim jeans
HARDENCO's 010 Jean

Founded in 2010, HARDENCO (also known as Hartford Denim Co.) is a small, old-school clothing manufacturer in Connecticut that produces raw denim jeans. Made by hand on antique sewing machines, they're designed to last forever. However, since all jeans rip and fray, the company's clothing also comes with a lifetime of free repairs. (On their website, the company. explains that it gets the chance to “improve our work and get to know our customers a little better" by mending your pants gratis.) And if you own a pair of worn jeans that weren't made by HARDENCO, they'll still fix them up for you for a charge.

The company's classic jeans are $285.

6. Eagle Creek Bags

An Eagle Creek cargo backpack
Eagle Creek's 60-liter Cargo Hauler

All products sold by the California-based outfitter Eagle Creek—which happens to be one of our favorite eco-friendly brands—comes with what it calls a "no matter what" warranty. "Eagle Creek is synonymous with quality," the company's warranty page assures customers. "Every buckle, zipper, and fabric choice is meticulously selected and then analyzed after rigorous lab testing. After it’s built, we take it to the road to make sure it can handle real-world travel abuse. And it does." If anything does go wrong with your bag, you can send it back to Eagle Creek, which will repair or replace it for you. (However, the guarantee doesn't apply to accidents that fall outside the scope of "normal use" of your duffel bag or pack: " For instance, Eagle Creek wheels can withstand cobblestone streets, but are not built to be run-over by a train," the company warns.)

If you're not sure where to start with Eagle Creek, our favorite product is the Cargo Hauler duffel bag, a water-resistant duffel with removable backpack straps, an inner divider to keep your stuff organized, and lockable zippers. When it's not in use, it can be folded up to fit in its own front pocket, making it easy to throw in a larger suitcase if you're planning on returning with more stuff than you're taking. (It also makes it a cinch to store once you get home.) It comes in 40-liter, 60-liter, 90-liter, and wheeled 110-liter options.

Eagle Creek also makes a ton of other travel essentials, from packing cubes to airplane pillows to laptop bags. You can check out all its offerings here.

7. L.L. Bean Boots

If you own a pair of L.L. Bean boots, chances are they’ve outlasted every other pair of footwear in your closet. The durable rubber-and-leather shoes are hand-stitched in the company’s Brunswick, Maine factory. They’re designed to survive every single camping trip, rainy day, or hiking excursion—but if they don’t, L.L. Bean will let you trade them in for a new pair, no questions asked, for up to a year. In fact, this policy extends to every single store purchase.

"We stand behind all our products and are confident that they will perform as designed," the company writes on its website.

Up until early 2018, L.L. Bean's famously generous return policy—which didn't even require a receipt—was good for the entire lifetime of the company's products. Apparently, enough unscrupulous customers abused the program (buying items from garage sales and then returning them for full credit, for instance) that it cost the company as much as $250 million in one five-year period. As a result, the no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee now only applies to products purchased before 2018.

However, when it comes to product defects, L.L. Bean is still true to its original policy. If you bring a product in that has a defect or has broken down due to poor craftsmanship, the company will still consider it for a return regardless of the purchase date.

Shop the company's beloved boots for men, women, and children here.

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Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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