Looking for a way to monitor your energy usage and cut down on power bills during the economic crunch? Check out the Black & Decker Power Monitor ($100). This easy-to-use device provides real-time electricity use, cost, and outdoor temperature readings, thanks to a wireless sensor that attaches to your electricity meter. Offering an Appliance Mode that isolates the cost of individual appliances or gadgets, it could save you up to 20% each month on your power bill — meaning it should pay for itself in no time.
Don't let the name fool you — the Missisipi Distiller ($200) isn't some shoddy backwoods attempt to make money by selling moonshine machines, but rather a way to extract fragrant oils for use in colognes and perfumes (riiight). Made by the Missisipi Destil Co., this contraption uses a series of tubes, an oil lamp, and a water-filled condensing pot to take plant leaves like lavender, mint, and thyme, remove the essential oils, and turn them into a concentrated liquid. In addition, the Distiller comes with a walnut base, borosilicate glass pieces, and a frame made from five copper plates, secured by copper rivets to make it look even more interesting. A can't-miss conversation piece.
A nice business card can leave a long-lasting impression — so make sure yours stay in great shape with the Blomus Business Card Holder ($18). Made from brushed stainless steel, this heavy-duty case holds 25 standard business cards, keeping them safe from scratches, dents, and other unappealing signs of wear. Because no one wants to be the guy with the dingy, beat up business cards.