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December 3rd, 2013
Gravy makes everything better, even Christmas, which is why we thought there should be more ways to enjoy gravy throughout the holiday season. No matter how bad a holiday meal is, you can always count on good old gravy to cover everything up and make it better. If it’s dry, gravy makes it juicy. If it’s flavorless, gravy packs it full of herb-infused deliciousness.
Gravy Candy Canes taste like grandma’s gravy, but they’re easier to hold in your hand.
We thought dipping our Gravy Candy Canes in actual gravy would be fun! It was not, David still hasn’t completely recovered:
November 25th, 2013
Talk about celebrity endorsements! Chewbacca sent us this picture of himself wearing our Bigfoot Sweater.
He says, “Rrrrwwrgh, Gwarrrrrrgh, Aargharrrrrawwwwgrrrrragggh.” Translated: “This sweater is warmer than the insides of a Tauntaun. It even smells slightly better.”
November 19th, 2013
Today, November 19th, is World Toilet Day. It’s a day dedicated to spreading awareness about improving the lives of the estimated 2.5 billion people in the world who do not have access to sustainable sanitation or clean toilets. If you’ve ever encountered a nasty restroom then you should understand the importance of this issue.
But getting people in the West to appreciate toilets takes a little bit of savvy marketing, says Garvey Chui, a representative for Toilet Hackers. “We aim to make these hugely important issues relevant and sexy,” he told CNN. “For many Westernized travelers — particularly for many women travelers, no matter how well-seasoned — sanitation and access to clean toilets becomes a serious consideration when traveling, but for those without access to safe, clean and private toilets and sanitation, it is more than an inconvenience, it can be life or death.”
World Toilet Day is the perfect opportunity to remind you about our Public Toilet Survival Kit. This kit has everything you need to have a tidy potty experience packed neatly in a reusable tin container that will tuck neatly into your purse or purse. You never know when you’re going to encounter a public toilet with some cleanliness issues, so make sure you’re prepared with this:
Each kit includes one toilet seat cover, two antiseptic wipes and one pair of latex-free disposable gloves which should be enough to keep you safe and sanitary in even the most challenging conditions.
Celebrate World Toilet Day by appreciating your own fancy toilet and preparing for possible encounters with those less fancy (and possibly downright disgusting) toilets by stocking up on Public Toilet Survival Kits and Emergency Toilet Seat Covers:
They’re both perfect for care packages and stocking stuffers. What better way to show your loved ones that you’re really looking out for them? Never be afraid of a public bathroom again!
[Visit Smithsonian.com to learn more about World Toilet Day]
November 15th, 2013
As the winter holidays draw near, so does holiday travel season. Traveling is already stressful, holiday traveling even more so. But nothing puts a kink in your travel plans like losing your luggage, so let us help you keep track of your bags with our entertaining range of luggage tags:
The Googly Eyes Luggage Tag makes sure that when you’re at the baggage carousel you’re not just looking for your luggage, your luggage will be looking for you:
Devil Duckie Luggage Tags are perfect those times when you want your luggage to be noticeable and just a little bit naughty:
Everyone is looking for Bigfoot, so why not use Bigfoot Luggage Tag to help you spot your luggage?
Your luggage will never be unattended with Bigfoot watching it:
The Anime Eyes Luggage Tag is cosplay for your suitcase!
Plus, those eyes are googly, which means the pupils move:
With luggage tags like these, not only will you be able to spot your own bag from across a crowded terminal, you’ll be putting smiles on the faces of fellow travelers and countless baggage handlers across the land.
November 8th, 2013
While unicorns love summer for all its sunshine and rainbows, they are also fond of autumn. We took this unicorn to a corn maze and he declared himself king of the pumpkin patch.
You know how some people are really good at picking out a good melon? Rumor has it that Unicorns have a highly developed sense that enables them to choose the perfect pumpkin.
Thanks to Stocker Farms for letting us take pictures!
Buy your own Unicorn Mask here
November 1st, 2013
Every year the awesome Archie McPhee store staff dress in different costumes each day for an entire week leading up to Halloween. We’d like to share some of our favorites from the past week.
Here is Jeff as the Grumpy Cat:
We hope you all enjoyed Halloween as much as we did. Be sure to check out Archie McPhee on Instagram to see all of the fantastic costumes for the 2013 Halloween season.
October 25th, 2013
Creepy Doll Head Salt and Pepper Shakers are a good thing to bring out when it’s time for your guests to leave. When you look at old dolls, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that they were made for children to enjoy. They definitely fall into that uncanny valley where they’re just close enough to looking real that they make us uncomfortable.
Perfect for the haunted Halloween season, these undeniably creepy 3″ ceramic doll heads will silently season your food and then stare at you while you sleep. That is, assuming you’re able to fall asleep with them in the room.
Buy your own set here, if you dare.
October 18th, 2013
Entitled “Unicorn at the Zoo,” this delightful video shows off Randy, the zoo’s newest and most magical resident.
“Say hello to the newest resident of the LA Zoo. He’s already a big crowd pleaser…”
Watching him look so longingly at the zebras, we’re wondering how Randy the Unicorn would react if other unicorns showed up to visit him at the LA Zoo.
Now we know why we’ve sometimes felt weirdly unsatisfied after an otherwise amazing day at the zoo. No unicorns!
[via Laughing Squid]
October 11th, 2013
When our friend Linda Lombardi got her pug, Lilly, to pose in pug slippers, she took what ended up being one of the most stolen pictures on the internet:
When she recently got her hands on our new Pug Mask, she couldn’t stop herself from recreating her own famous photo:
As you can clearly see from the delightful family portrait below, both Rose and Lilly seem very accepting of their new pug/human hybrid owner:
It appears that our Pug Mask just received the official Pug Seal of Approval.