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Hand Paper Shredder
“Turn sensitive documents into confetti” without the noise or the motor-burnout worries associated with electric shredders. Simply grip both ends of this device and twist.
$25, amazon.com
Source: New York

USB Outlet Cover
“Charge your iPod without hogging a plug.” This “upgraded outlet” can be easily installed atop a standard outlet box, and its two USB ports only pull electricity when you plug devices into them.
$25, fastmac.com
Source: Real Simple

Blunt Umbrella
Thanks to its polycarbonate ribs, “this umbrella can hold its shape in tropical-storm gusts of up to 70 mph.” What’s more, the rounded tips “prevent inadvertent eye-poking.”
$70, bluntusa.com
Source: Wired

PermaFlow Drain
Thanks to a built-in wiper, this drain pipe can be cleared with the turn of a knob, and the transparent plastic means you won’t have to panic if you ever drop a ring down the sink.
$26, faucetdirect.com
Source: New York

Hang & Level
This innovative picture-hanging tool “eliminates second tries and extra holes.” Hang a picture on its hook, find a wall position you like, then push a button to mark exactly where the nail should go.
$20, utrdecorating.com
Source: The Family Handyman

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