About a decade ago, e-commerce giant Alibaba supercharged an entire day on the Chinese calendar. November 11 became known as Singles Day, a celebration of being single, back in the 90s, but when Alibaba turned the date into a chance for singles to buy cool stuff for themselves at Black Friday level prices, the new tradition was born.
Now, American online retailers are trying to start their own version on October 10. Those sellers are hoping 10.10 Day becomes the new start of the holiday shopping season — so to do our part, the Boing Boing Store is offering big price drops on 20 cool items that can start your holiday shopping off on the right foot.
Or…just get yourself something nice. Single or not, you're worth it.
FogBlockAnti-Fog Solution for PPE Masks & Glasses – $10.39 after coupon; originally $14
Masks and glasses are seldom a good combo — but a spray of FogBlock on your specs will help keep glasses from fogging up or collecting condensation so you can see clearly. A single spray of this streak-free, non-toxic formula works on glasses, sunglasses or goggles for up to 24 hours with no wiping or cleaning needed.
Automatic Hands-Free Foaming Soap Dispenser – $15.96 after coupon; originally $29
Swipe your hand by the infrared sensor and this automatic dispenser serves up bubbles in about a quarter of a second. With a compact and minimalist style and high-quality, highly-efficient motor, it'll even get kids wanting to use it to wash their hands several times a day.
Trinken Lid Hidden Coffee Cup Beer Cozy – $20.79 after coupon; originally $31
Slip your chosen can of suds inside, snap it into the bottom of the lid, and pop the lid on the cup. Viola! Beer like a ninja. Drink a Bud like it's your morning coffee and no one is the wiser. It's an alcoholic's worst nightmare.
Solar Phone Charger and 10,000mAh Power Bank – $27.99 after coupon; originally $43
If you run out of device power, just flip open the four foldable solar panels on this huge 10,000mAh battery, let it soak in the rays, and watch your phone, tablet or other device charge back up. It even automatically identifies your device and can judge just the right charging speed to avoid overcharging or short circuits.
Bamboo 6-Piece Smart Pocket Sheets – $31.19 after coupon; originally $119
In addition to the moisture-wicking softness of bamboo sheets, this set also includes side pockets to hold your glasses, remote, smartphone, a book, tissues or a host of other needed items. Once and for all, no more clutter on your bedside table ever.
Sukasu Osami Japanese 3-Pc Chef's Knife Set – $31.99 after coupon; originally $99
Forged from ultra-durable 3CR13 stainless steel, these Sukasu Osami blades can make short work of even the toughest ingredients meal after meal. With their pakka wood handles and the stunning, Damascus style wave blade patterns, these knives look as good as they work…almost.
Palmpress Coffee Press – $33.60 after coupon; originally $42
If you're a fan of immersion brewing or just like a cup of joe anywhere, this single-cup coffee press with a stainless steel filter and silicone brewing cup extracts coffee grounds evenly for delicious hand-brewed coffee. At home, the office, outdoors, anywhere…this is how you get a perfect cup every time.
U-STREAM Video Conference Kit – $36.79 after coupon; originally $99
With a 10-inch ring light and an adjustable tripod stand that extends up to 62 inches high, this kit turns your phone into its own home studio. Whether you're vlogging or doing Zoom video conferencing for work, you never look better — and you won't have to worry about holding your phone either.
High Definition Monocular Telescope – $37.59 after coupon; originally $54
This portable, lightweight monocular telescope with fully coated optics and BAK4 prisms glass delivers 50×60 magnification while maintaining picture-perfect image quality. Made for sporting events, concerts, outdoor traveling and more, you can also attach your phone to snap some amazing long-distance photos or even video.
Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station – $37.60 after coupon; originally $59
Yep, it looks just like an old school clock radio alarm. But this built-in FM radio and alarm also syncs to your smartphone to play music from the high-quality speaker and even wirelessly charges your Qi-enabled phone at the same time. It's like 1995 returned…only a lot better.
SlimGlow: The World's First Bidet Attachment – $39.99 after coupon; originally $79
After an easy attachment, the SlimGlow turns your everyday toilet into a cleansing bidet. The comfort grip pressure control knob and dual nozzle options help you control your clean, the continuous water stream helps you dump toilet paper forever and the soothing blue night light makes sure you never fall in in the middle of the night.
Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Inkless Pen – $51.99 after coupon; originally $129
Created in partnership between two esteemed Italian design houses, it's a pen with no ink, lead or graphite, yet you write, draw, sketch and create in absolute style. A celebration of both historic and modern writing, this finely-crafted wooden stylus tipped in Ethegraph is not only beautiful and functional, it's a major conversation starter.
Triple Dock 3-in-1 Apple Device Charging Station – $54.39 after coupon; originally $79
Sticking with the wood motif, this triple-threat charging station that scored a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on GadgetFlow charges your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously. Crafted from natural wood with two 5-foot long MFI-certified Lightning cables, Triple Dock guarantees more versatile and faster charging.
Star Galaxy Night Light Projector – $55.99 after coupon; originally $229
Just plug in this projector and the ceiling of any room turns into your own personal planetarium. With 8 color modes and four fully controllable projection patterns, you can lay back and let the relaxing ambiance of the galaxy envelope you.
FLÎKR Fire2 Personal Fireplace – $63.99 after coupon; originally $95
Using just 5 ounces of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, you get about 50 minutes of burn time to warm up an area, make for an attractive centerpiece or even roast S'mores. With no carbon monoxide and no soot, you can take this cool and functional mini-fireplace anywhere.
CarAIDE 18-in-1 Super Safety Jump Starter and Multi-Tool – $63.99 after coupon; originally $99
The CarAide multi-tool doesn't just jump a dead battery…even though it does. It also holds more than dozen other hidden talents, including a flashlight, emergency SOS flasher, a burglar alarm, a built-in compass, a phone charger, a safety belt cutter, a car window breaker and more. Slip, shock, water, and dirt resistant, and fits easily into a car door or glove compartment in case of emergency.
Wizap Monster 360° 3-in-1 Mosquito Trap – $71.99 after coupon; originally $149
An ultraviolet lamp attracts the mosquitoes, and a double-ventilation system sucks them inside to their death at the hands of a 1,100-volt interior electrical grid. With a 24-hour light control mode to know when to kick on and off, the Monster is the most efficient mosquito killer around — and it looks cool too.
Cashew Smart Wallet with Biometrics and Bluetooth – $79.99 after coupon; originally $149
The Cashew is the world's first wallet with a fingerprint reader to ensure nobody gets inside but you. When synced with its smartphone app, this cutting-edge, ultra-sleek organizer uses Bluetooth to alert you if you leave it behind and GPS to track it if it's lost or stolen.
AIR-C + HEAT Full Leg Massage and Heat Treatment – $111.99 after coupon; originally $149
The AIR-C + HEAT offers the full benefits of air compression massage, a therapy technique that relieves pain, increases blood flow, and decreases inflammation. With three heat levels to choose from, you set the intensity level, then enjoy superior compression to naturally aid full leg recovery, while it stimulates blood flow, stress relief and relaxation.
Crave PowerPack 2 50,000mAh Battery Charger – $151.99 after coupon; originally $249
At 50,000mAh, this isn't just a charger — it's a powerful beast. With two PD ports and two QC 3.0 ports so you can amp up to four of your USB-C powered laptops, smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices at once.
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