Five rad and random items for a fun night in

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 44.

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn more ›

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the ultimate guide to making cafe-style coffee in your own home or 19 things that make traveling less stressful. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome gear that doesn’t really fit into a list. So I made a list for those.

Brew your own wine

These Craft a Brew wine-making kits include enough ingredients for about one gallon—or about five bottles—of wine. Choose between a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, or Pinot Grigio. All the tools are included, as well as a step-by-step instructional booklet. $51-$63.

Spank the Yeti

This party game is suggested for ages 17+ and demands that the hairiest player of the group goes first. While I was never picked first in dodgeball, I think I’ve got a chance with this. To play, one person gets three action cards and three object cards and must secretly pair each action with a different object. Before revealing their matches, the other players must correctly guess—and explain why—they think the first player made their decisions. You get points if you guessed correctly. The game comes with 436 cards, but you can get this “Geek Pack” expansion deck if/when the native deck becomes too familiar. $25.

A smart scale for your cocktails

Drinking is easy, but making drinks that taste good can be a little more difficult. There’s nothing wrong with a strong cocktail, but they can be easy to mess up if you’re mixing them yourself. This smart scale comes with more than 400 recipes and will alert you once you’ve added enough of one ingredient. The scale also comes with a 750ml stainless steel cocktail shaker. $100.

Singing lights

These weatherproof, non-holiday-specific lights come on a 26-foot cord, feature 80 white incandescent lights, and have four built-in Bluetooth speakers that can play music from your smartphone. You can connect multiple strings for surround sound. $15.

A compact air fryer

This non-stick 1.6-quart compact air fryer uses air instead of oil to fry your food. It’s a little healthier, not to mention safer—you aren’t dealing with hot liquids—and less messy. The basket is dishwasher-safe and comes in four colors—black, red, aqua, and white. $51.

Interested in talking about deals and gadgets? Request to join our exclusive Facebook group. With all our product stories, the goal is simple: more information about the stuff you’re thinking about buying. We may sometimes get a cut from a purchase, but if something shows up on one of our pages, it’s because we like it. Period.


Billy Cadden Avatar

Billy Cadden

Senior Director of Commerce

Billy Cadden is the Senior Director of Commerce for the science, tech, and outdoor group at Recurrent. He began working as the Commerce Editor at PopSci in 2017, where he spent 5 years diving deep into every product he could get his hands on. Cadden splits his time between Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, and Woodstock with his dog Wanda. He spends his time seeking new coffee shops and writing for his solo music project