Get ghosted by Santa this year? Here's a tip: Once Christmas is over, it's ok to do a little materialistic self-care. To that end, here's one last sleigh ride through Boing Boing's best deals of 2018. We've got everything from pipes to tech to learning bundles, all at an extra discount for the new year. Just enter the code NEWYEAR2019 for an additional 19% off the final price for all this gear, sitewide.
"Learn a new language" isn't as popular a new year's resolution as it should be. If only people knew it was this easy: uTalk boasts feedback from native-speaking voice artists and an interface that game-ifies the learning process with challenges and a progress tracker. A lifetime subscription to uTalk is on sale for $29.99 and lets you choose any six from over 130 languages on the app.
A true lifesaving piece of tech, these sturdy but lightweight torches illuminate out to 800 meters. With an adjustable zoom and three modes including an "SOS" flash setting, they're perfect for roadside emergencies or long outdoor treks. With storage case included, the UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-Pack comes in at $19.99 – an 80% discount.
Considering a new career for the new year? This online bundle paves the way to certification in Cisco's networking systems, providing a firm foundation as part of any IT team. You'll learn to do much more than troubleshoot the big stacks – you'll be able to set up, maintain and handle security for the infrastructure that major companies depend on. It was already discounted to $59, but lifetime access to the Ultimate Cisco Certification Super Bundle is now $49.
Thanks to their no-logging policy, your data and browsing tracks are invisible not just to potential online predators, but to NordVPN itself. It's that kind of commitment that earned this Virtual Private Network high marks from PC Mag and CNET, along with its more than 3500 international server locations and double-encrypted data tunnels. It was already on sale for $134.40, but a two-year subscription to NordVPN is now $95.75.
A more discreet sister to the Twisty Glass Blunt, this pipe draws half a gram of your favorite tobacco through five chambers and an ultra-small cherry to deliver a consistently smooth hit. And thanks to the design, unpacking it is as easy as unscrewing the pipe. The Twisty Glass Mini is currently 21% off the MSRP at $39.99.
Nostalgic for those old cassette tapes? You don't need to let them go, but the music doesn't have to stay on those fragile little spools. This kit converts the audio to MP3 files for easy sharing on your phone tablet or other devices. The Audio Cassette to MP3 Music Converter is available for 70% off at $20.99.
A must for serious designers or new homebuyers, the Nix scans any surface and matches the exact shade to one of 31,000 brand name paint colors from Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore or other major brands, or matches it to its RGB, HEX, CMYK or LAB equivalent. All this on a keychain-sized gadget (plus accompanying app), and it's now 30% off. That's $69 for the Nix Mini Color Sensor.
Another outdoors essential, this compact and waterproof unit can draw up to 5,000mAh from the sun's rays – enough to easily and fully charge any smartphone. It comes with 1A & 2.1A ports for iPhone or Android, and it's on sale again. Previously sale priced at $13.99, the Universal Waterproof Solar Charger is now $10.99.
Its focus may be the fundamentals, but this online learning course goes far beyond the basics. You'll learn shading and anatomy (both human and animal), and get deep dives into the art and science of drawing for both portraiture and comic books. Suitable for any level of experience, the 7-course Fundamentals of Drawing Bundle is priced at $39 – 94% off the cost of the individual courses.
Plus, remember to use coupon code NEWYEAR2019 at checkout for an additional 19% off.