Merchandise Monday: “Cool” Novelty Items

Here in Chicago, we just survived quite a heat wave for this time of year. Several days of 90-plus degree temps in mid-June will take a toll on a person, especially with July and August looming ahead of us. But with Chicago weather being what it is, we all have our creative ways of beating the heat.

And speaking of creative ways to stay cool, a few interesting and fun items have been added to Hinda’s assortment just in time for the summer heat. Why not cool off with one of these hot new products? Each brings the added benefit of being a great conversation piece, as well.

Kalorik® Mini-Cooler

Everything old is new again! Collectors will love the retro-themed detailing on this nostalgic vending fridge. Its red exterior features the Drink-O-Matic logo in polished chrome and the words "Ice Cold" below the open compartment at the bottom. The unit can hold up to twelve 12-ounce cans. To further evoke a nostalgic trip down memory lane, the fridge will dispense the beverage of choice at the push of a button vending-machine style. Impress your friends at your next party with a vending machine they don’t have to put money in!

YayLabs!™ Ice Cream Ball™

This time of year, we all scream for ice cream. In fact, we’ve been screaming so much, there’s a shortage! Never run out of ice cream again with the Ice Cream Ball. Make delicious ice cream while on camping trips, at picnics, barbecues and many other places. No electricity needed – just add ice and rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other. Then, have a ball as you shake, pass or roll it around for 20 minutes. The ice cream mix can be as simple as cream, sugar and vanilla, or you can try a more adventurous flavor from the included recipe list or the one in your head. Perfect for keeping your kids cool and entertained during the dog days of summer!

Keystone™ Wipe-Off Compact Refrigerator

This fun and unique product is great for studio apartments, dorm rooms or your man-cave. This mini-fridge features a dry-erase front with color-coordinated dry erase pen for writing messages and to-do lists. A separate chiller compartment includes an ice cube tray. Stock all your must-haves in this handy little fridge, and maintain your busy schedule, important numbers or grocery list right on the front. Write a message to your friends not to steal your beer – but don’t blame us if they ignore it.

Well, we’re certainly feeling a bit cooler after just talking about these items. How about you? What are your favorite ways to cool off when the temperatures rise? Leave your tips and tricks for beating the heat in the “Comments” section below!