10 Geeky Oven Mitts to Make Baking More Fun

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Next time you're baking, make sure your hands look good in addition to being protected.

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1. CACTUS; $26.99

cactus oven mitt
Yellow Octopus

Succulents aren't hard to care for, but oven mitts are even more low-maintenance. When you're not using it to pull things out of the oven, you can prop this mitt up by the window like a real cactus.

Find it: Yellow Octopus

2. ALLIGATOR; $29.98

alligator oven mitt
Magical Chefs

Turn your kitchen into a bayou and your hand into an alligator with this cotton oven mitt.

Find it: Magical Chefs

3. PIXEL HANDS; $19.99

pixel oven mitts
Amazon

These retro oven mittens, which mimic the look of old-school computer cursors, are the perfect thing to bring a little throwback flair to your kitchen.

Find it: Amazon

4. BACON; $13.99

Bacon oven mitt
Etsy

Sure, most people fry their precious pork product, but baked bacon is pretty good too—and what better way to do that than with a lookalike mitt?

Find it: Etsy

5. LOBSTER CLAW; $12.97

lobster claw oven mitt
Amazon

When boiling up some lobsters, make sure to keep your hands protected—or else they'll end up as red as your dinner. The quilted cotton mitt is sure to be a hit with New Englanders and seafood fans alike.

Find it: Amazon

6. SPOCK; $9.99

Live long and bake cookies. This cotton Star Trek-themed oven mitt is perfect for Trekkies who love to cook.

Find it: ThinkGeek

7. DARTH VADER; $24.98

Darth Vader oven mitt
Amazon

You may have turned to the dark side, but that doesn't mean your cookies have to burn. Use this Star Wars-inspired silicone oven mitt and be the culinary darling of the Death Star.

Find it: Amazon

8. BASEBALL MITT; $10.81

baseball mitt oven mitt
Amazon

Anything you make with these oven mitts is sure to be a grand slam.

Find it: Amazon

9. BEAR PAWS; $14.49

Fred BEAR HANDS Oven Mitts
Amazon

These cotton paws come with heat-resistant pads to keep your hands safe from whatever you're cooking. They also work great for picnic basket heists.

Find it: Amazon

10. BUBBLE WRAP; $15.19

Fred POPPIN HOT Silcome Oven Mitt
Amazon

Like precious cargo, these mitts will keep your hands safe from harm.

Find it: Amazon

Put Summer in Hyperdrive With This Millennium Falcon Pool Float

SwimWays, Amazon
SwimWays, Amazon

If you're not as adventurous as Han Solo, you can take a ride on the Millennium Falcon from the comfort of your backyard pool. This Star Wars-themed pool float from SwimWays is modeled after the iconic spaceship from the movie franchise, and instead of flying at hyperdrive speeds, it's designed to drift through the water on leisurely summer days.

Measuring 5 feet long and 3.8 feet wide, the inflatable spacecraft is the perfect size to hold one passenger, either an adult or a child age 5 or older. It's also durable, with heavy-duty PVC material that's strong enough to withstand attacks from the Dark Side.

The float is just as fun at pool parties as it is on solitary days of relaxation. If you're planning a Star Wars-themed party this summer, SwimWays makes more pool accessories inspired by the series, including a Death Star beach ball, lightsaber dive sticks, and a BB-8 pool toy.

The Millennium Falcon pool float is available for $22 from Walmart. It's currently out of stock on Amazon (where it's listed for the same price), but it's set to ship again starting June 18, so you don't have long to wait if you prefer Prime shipping.

Star Wars-themed pool float in box.
SwimWays, Amazon

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ThinkGeek Is Merging With GameStop, and Everything is 50 Percent Off Right Now

ThinkGeek
ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek, that beloved destination for nerdy goods like Star Trek bathing suits, Game of Thrones doormats, and astronomy-themed jewelry, is moving. While the site isn't going out of business, it is merging operations with its parent company, GameStop, and shutting down its website in the process. "After this move, you will be able to shop a curated selection of unique items historically found on ThinkGeek.com via a ThinkGeek section at GameStop," the site explains. And that's good news for you, if you're looking for a bargain. 

ThinkGeek is clearing out inventory by offering 50 percent off everything on its website. That includes 20-side-die-themed waffle makers, constellation lamps, unicorn wall sconces, and more. There are whimsical goods and apparel designed for fans of everything from Doctor Who to The Avengers to Star Wars to J.R.R. Tolkien to Harry Potter to Firefly to Pokemon. Love Funko POP! figurines? ThinkGeek has you covered. What about Super Mario Bros.? Heck yeah. This would be a great time to search for a Halloween costume.

Here are a few things that we would buy if we were you, but there are more cool designs available than we could ever highlight here. 


This 34-ounce TARDIS French press coffee maker is just $20.


ThinkGeek has a bunch of pop-culture themed wallets, but this Star Trek one is extra cool. And it is now just $10. (The NASA one is also great.)


This constellation backpack is out of this world. It's just $24 with the discount.


For $7.50, it's hard to resist this Mario-themed soap dispenser. Add a Mario-themed toothbrush holder to really make getting ready in the morning fun. If you're all about that bar soap, there's also a soap dish.


Wrap yourself in happiness with this Bob Ross-themed blanket that is just $17.50.


If you want to wear your fandom, this Harry Potter Deathly Hallows necklace set is an attractive choice. They're just $7.50 for two.


This handsome Mars watch doesn't have typical hour and minute hands. The moon Phobos orbits the Red Planet as the minute hand, the moon Deimos is the hour hand, and a miniature Mars rover takes the place of the second hand. It's a steal at just $20. 


When it's filled with hot liquid, this Game Boy mug changes from a blank screen to an image of Mario rescuing Daisy. It's only $7.50.


Several '90s cartoon-themed lunch boxes with puzzles are on sale, including ones celebrating Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold!, and Rugrats. The puzzles that come inside the tin lunch boxes are 500 pieces. At less than $5 each, you should go ahead and buy all three.

Shop the sale here using the code MOVINGDAY until July 2. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the sale, all purchases are final, and you'll have to pay for shipping.

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