Keep dry winter air from harming your skin, furniture, and overall health with the Stadler Form William Ultrasonic Humidifier ($230). This stylish ultrasonic humidifier can cover up to 1,000 square feet, and features an on/off time, a sleep mode, a turntable mist diffuser, an Ionic Silver Cube to ward off bacteria, an integrated hygrostat, and a maximum output of 3.5 gallons per day, meaning you might be filling up the 1.5 gallon tank more often than you think.
Feed your inner pyromaniac without putting yourself, family, or closest neighbors in danger of bodily harm with Dynamite Fire Starters ($40). Despite the name, these fire-starter sticks aren't actually made of dynamite, but do resemble cartoon-style TNT with their elongated cylindrical bodies. Made from paraffin and sawdust, 20 sticks come in each pack, encased in a finger-jointed cedar box that resembles the real dynamite boxes of old.
Leave it to the air maestros at Dyson to create a fan with no blades. The Dyson Air Multiplier ($300-$330) uses a fairly ingenious design to suck air into the base, accelerating it through an small aperture in the device's ring and then over a ramp to channel its direction. As it happens, this also causes the air behind and around the machine to be drawn into the airflow, creating a smooth stream of air amplified 15 times, without the unpleasant buffeting caused by the blades of a traditional fan chopping the air. The only downside? It's a $300 fan.
Typically, when the weather turns warm, electric bills go up. You can avoid spending that extra cash by just cooling the room you're in. And now you can do it in style. Check out the Otto Wooden Fan ($200), a wood-framed fan that looks vintage but features modern touches like three speeds and height-adjustable feet. The wood-ring frame has been oiled twice to create matte finish that will make you want to keep it on display all year long.