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7 weird but cool gadgets to grab before Black Friday even starts


While everyone is discussing what kind of deals you can get on TVs, tablets, phones, and other conventional gadgets on Black Friday, we’re here thinking about the weird stuff you can save money on right now. Black Friday is officially a couple of weeks away, but that won’t stop us from hunting for the weird and fun gadgets available at steep discounts right now.


Related: Best Buy’s Black Friday deals open to all: Save hundreds on Apple, TVs, monitors, and more

We’ll keep this updated as Black Friday approaches with new deals on weird gadgets, so you can rest assured that we will help you get funky through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond. What starts as a small, humble list will grow into the ultimate weird gift guide for Black Friday 2023.


A tiny, cheap projector

You probably think of a big movie-style projector when you imagine one. But projectors have shrunk drastically in recent years, and this particular one is about as small as they come. Even with its small size, it offers 1080P Full HD resolution, letting you view your phone screen in high resolution at up to 200 inches.

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ELEPHAS Mini Projector for iPhone

A petite projector that can make a big picture

$60 $160 Save $100

This projector works with everything from Android and iOS to a Fire Stick. It has HiFi-level built-in speakers so that you can get good sound quality. And it’s only 6 x 4.4 x 2.4 inches, allowing you to carry it around in your pocket easily.

A beanie with Bluetooth and a flashlight

Beanies are not only comfortable, but will keep your head warm just in time for winter. Additionally, this one also has a built-in flashlight and Bluetooth headphones so that you can listen to your favorite tunes while you bundle up. It promises up to 12 hours of battery life while listening to music so that you can jam for a full day of outdoor adventures.

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Lenski Bluetooth beanie

A literal lightbulb moment

$17 $40 Save $23

This hat from Lenski does more than just keep your head warm. Perfect for ski trips or simply multi-functionality, it wirelessly connects to your phone for listening to music and comes equipped with a built-in light.

Star Wars light-up chopsticks

Anyone who takes their sushi eating seriously needs to have their own chopsticks. There’s a wide variety of chopsticks available, but for the Star Wars fan, a set that closely resembles a lightsaber is a good option. Even though these chopsticks are plastic, they’re BPA-free, so you don’t need to worry about safety when they come in contact with your food. These take LR41 camera batteries, but they come with a set to get you started and are easy to replace if you need a spare pair.

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Lightsaber Chopsticks Light Up

Perfect for Star Wars and Sushi lovers

$11 $20 Save $9

If you love sushi and Star Wars, these lightsaber chopsticks are perfect for you. They come in many colors, so you can represent your favorite character (or just get the color you like best).

Rock out with a fun retro Bluetooth speaker

While most of this device’s description is based on the fun pixel art display, it’s also a decent Bluetooth speaker, according to Amazon reviews. One reviewer said that it’s loud, and the audio quality is decent. They even compared the sound to the same level as an Alexa speaker.

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Divoom Ditoo Pixel Art Bluetooth Speaker

Listen to music with PacMan

$85 $130 Save $45

This is a good choice if you want a Bluetooth speaker to serve as a conversation starter. The pixel art grid is perfect for getting creative while jamming to your favorite songs. It also features a 16 x 16 pixel grid that you can customize from an app, creating funny smiles or your favorite old-school video game characters. And according to the Amazon reviews, sound is decent, too.

Have a bathroom rave with a toilet night light

Just because something is weird doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. You might not think you need a night light for your toilet, but if you’ve ever gotten up in the middle of the night and found it hard to get back to sleep, you know that a light like this offers some utility. This light features eight different colors, and it knows whether it’s day or night so that it won’t turn on in the afternoon. It even has motion sensing, so it’ll know when you walk into the bathroom to do your business.

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RainBowl Toilet Bowl Night Light

The perfect gag gift and a practical solution

$9 $20 Save $11

Everyone has to use the bathroom. Chances are, you’ve probably had to use the restroom late at night, too. It’s hard to see, which is where this motion-sensing toilet night light saves the day (or night). It illuminates the toilet bowl without having to turn the bathroom lights on, which helps make it easier to get back to sleep. If you’re a frequent night bathroom user, not only is this a fun item, but it’s actually practical.

A Bluetooth meat thermometer

Whether you are a big fan of cooking or you’re buying a gift for someone who loves to cook, this Bluetooth thermometer takes checking meat temperature to the next level. It supports Bluetooth 5.2 with up to 500 feet of range, so you can check the temperature from the other side of your home if you want. If you’re using it with a smoker, for example, you can see where your meat is in the cooking process without getting up to check. The ThermoPro TempSpike even has alarms to tell you when the food has reached the desired temperature.

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ThermoPro TempSpike

On sale just in time for prepping Thanksgiving dinner

$64 $100 Save $36

This Bluetooth smart meat thermometer can come in handy this holiday season as you cook your Thanksgiving Turkey. It eliminates the guesswork because it tells you the target temperature for the food you’re cooking so you know when it’s ready. Can you get a much cheaper food thermometer that doesn’t connect to your phone via Bluetooth? Yes. Will it be as cool (or hot, depending on how long it’s been cooking) as this one? Probably not.

A rechargeable air duster

If you’re sick of having a dusty keyboard and buying compressed air all the time to keep it clean, you might want to consider a rechargeable air duster. This one from Meudeen is on sale leading up to Black Friday, and it could save you money in the long run if you use cans of compressed air frequently.

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Meudeen Electric Rechargeable Air Duster

Dust all the things (over and over and over)

$23 $29 Save $6

Forget about buying disposable compressed air cans ever again. You can buy this rechargeable air duster one time (at a pretty good discount) and never worry about it again.

How did we pick these weird deals?

It’s not as easy as you’d think to find weird gadgets, but that’s the type of work we’re willing to do for you. We dug through the depths of Amazon to find the odd tech products you might not expect to see on sale for Black Friday. From there, we checked the price to see if they were discounted enough to be worth your attention, so only a select few items actually made the list. We also looked at the reviews to ensure the products are up to our high standards before recommending them to you.

What makes a tech gadget “weird?”

Calling a product “weird” is, admittedly, subjective. There’s no right or wrong answer regarding what is weird and what is a more traditional device. Essentially, we looked for devices that aren’t a simple Bluetooth speaker or typical headphones headphone set. Rather, we dug through to find products that are a little outside the box once you took them out of the box, either via their multi-functionality, niche form factor, or even filling a niche you didn’t know needed filling.



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