Some tools you use around the house would be really difficult to manage without – your basic scissors, chopping board, or knife spring to mind – but some gadgets are just irresistibly and ingeniously unnecessary. Here are some of our favourites:
Quintuple-bladed Herb Scissors
If you have finally accepted that you will never be able to chop up herbs as finely as those celebrity TV chefs do, then this $9.99 five-bladed herb scissors is the answer to your prayers.
Splash Red Chopping Board
For the more squeamish among you, this inventive chopping board is probably best used to slice vegetables rather than meat. Not even available yet, the Splash red chopping board costs £16.99 and has become a bestseller on pre-orders alone.
Doggie Water Fountain
Turn your garden hose into a water fountain for your (pretty clever) dog. All you have to do is train him to step on the pedal of the $59.99 device and he will have fresh water on demand.
Love food, but food does not love you? If you are gaining excess weight or suffering from digestion problems, this fork could be just what you need. It features an indicator light that flashes when you’re shoveling in food too fast, and it will also upload data from your meal to your computer to tell you exactly what you’re eating.
What the fork? Another fork? This is a more low-tech answer to the perennial problem of how to eat pasta. The twister fork ($7.99) combines the body shape of a spoon with wavy tines to keep the pasta in place, so you don’t need to fret about your fettucine anymore.
Never lose another olive with this nifty Pizza Pro, which combines kitchen shears and spatula for perfect slices every time.
Even if the only time you get to carve a roast is at Christmas, impress your guests with perfectly neat slices every time with this roast cutting tongs ($29.95).
… use this time-out stool instead. The sand in the hourglass under the seat runs out in five minutes, so you’ll know exactly how long you have to endure junior’s protests for.
Wi-Fi Bathroom Scales
Why would you want to spend £200 (€236) on a bathroom scales? Because, not only does it measure your weight within an accuracy of 100g and measure your body fat, it also uses a nifty Wi-Fi system to record your results so you can keep track of your weight-loss progress (or lack of…)
Secret Agent Clock
To end, possibly the coolest gadget of them all: Tired of those LED alarm clocks that keep you awake with their glaring numbers? Well, with the secret agent alarm clock (£19.95), if you want to know what time it is, you simply whip the gun-shaped device from beneath your pillow, fire it at the wall, and the time is projected on the surface. And when it is time to get up, the gun/clock vibrates under your pillow for a gentler introduction to the day.
We can’t promise a similar range of gadgets in the properties available at PlacesToStay.com, but we do offer a range of extremely well-equipped holiday homes in Ireland.