With Black Friday fast approaching in the near future, the time to get the best deals for gifts and presents is coming up soon. Maybe someone in the family has been asking for a table top pool table to add to their man cave space, or there’s been talk of going retro and getting a retro arcade machine, or even someone in the family is wanting a table football game so they can get their mates over to thrash them at foosball, and let’s be honest, if there was a table football game installed in the man cave, who would want to leave it?
If any of the above are true (or there’s been a flash of inspiration from reading the above, don’t deny it), then why not check out three unusual options for items that could potentially have some really great deals on Black Friday itself that aren’t among the usual TVs and electronic goods that have their prices slashed. There’s a list compiled below of the three unusual options.
Table Top Pool Table
With a table top pool table installed in the man cave, there’s a very good chance that the man cave will become the go-to place for both friends and family once the word gets out that your hiding one away from the world. Which may be a problem if it was normally fairly quiet, but that’s the price to pay for having such an awesome convertible pool table unfortunately.
What’s the difference between a normal pool table and a pool dining table? A normal pool table is often a fairly hefty piece of kit that requires a lot of space, like 7 or 8 feet, and needs to be taken care of a lot if you want to be able to play pool properly without having mysterious beer stains on the felt (and there’s always one thanks to the clumsy friend in the group!) whereas a pool dining table is dead useful as it doubles up as a normal table. Just pop the cover on, and it’s pretty much ready to go as a normal table.
This makes it useful in situations where the man cave may be small and may require doubling up of everything, as not only is there the awesome pool table to play on, but as an added bonus, there’s now extra storage space as well. Bargain! Plus as an even better bonus, there are finance options available for most pool tables, allowing a purchase on a budget!
Retro Arcade Machines
Alright, hands up for those who remember the trek down to the arcade in previous years. Sticky carpets, worryingly stained arcade cabinets, buttons that didn’t work, and the gigantic queue just to get to place hard-earned cash on the actual machine to secure a spot at some point are the usual memories that spring to mind. But with a retro arcade machine, there’s no need to have bad memories any more. Instead, new memories of awesome times gaming on Pac-Man, Donkey Kong or House of the Dead can be formed.
So why not go properly retro with an arcade machine, but one that is both space friendly and also comes preloaded with plenty of games? One of these cocktail arcade machines is ideal for saving space and ensuring that there are plenty of old-school games to get stuck into. With some machines having 60 games, all the way up to 619 pre-loaded games or even an arcade machine which has the ability to load up as many games as needed thanks to removable storage, there’s an arcade machine suitable for everyone. No matter what their tastes may be, whether they’re a racer or prefer shooting aliens in the face (and who doesn’t enjoy that?).
Plus, if there’s a bit of a worry about budget, there’s no need to worry, arcade machines are also available on finance (like their pool table cousins above), ensuring that it’s possible to get an arcade machine on the cheap, rather than having to pay a lot of money in a very short amount of time, making an arcade machines quite affordable if you’re looking to make an impulse purchase on Black Friday.
Table football really is great for everyone. The entire family can join in with playing at any point, plus if friends happen to drop by, they can join in without any preparation needed for them to jump in, just chuck the ball in and get spinning!
With some really funky styles, including a rather sleek looking Jack Daniel’s football table (ideal for the whiskey lover) or the ability to make a custom designed and engraved football table, they’re brilliant at fitting in with whatever existing style the man cave has going on. Plus the prices are really reasonable, and again, most are available on finance so it’s easy to get a hold of these on a great deal.
Got any ideas of how to keep the family and friends occupied and out of trouble during the winter months? Going to go retro and explore whether to get an arcade machine or whether to go more modern and get a table football table? Found a great deal on a Black Friday item? Share in the comments below.
SpaceX Is Sending A Japanese Billionaire On A Trip Around The Moon
A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.
Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.
Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”
But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.
“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”
If successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.
The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”
Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!
You’ll Never Run Out Of Power Again With The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omars Electronics, but all thoughts are our own.
How many of you suffer from charge anxiety, worried about one of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) running out of juice when you’re out and about? We’ve all been there, frantically searching for a free outlet to plug into and get charged up.
As someone who travels frequently, this is something I constantly struggle with, as it’s easy to drain your battery on a cross-country flight while playing Candy Crush or watching movies… especially if the airplane you’re on doesn’t have a USB port or power outlet.
To combat this, I always travel with a “pocket power bank”, which can charge up my phone or tablet in an emergency. But they’re not good for much else, as these little power banks simply don’t have a lot of juice, not to mention the fact that you can’t charge other devices, like your laptop (assuming it doesn’t draw too much wattage), DSLR, Bluetooth headphones, or drone.
So what’s the alternative? The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank is your energy solution to keep your laptops, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices charged anytime, anywhere. Not only is that a CRAZY amount of battery capacity (enough to charge a smartphone more than five times), but you can charge multiple devices at once, and it supports three different types of ports: USB, USB-C, and an AC outlet.
It’s that last one that had me perk up and take notice, as I am rarely able to get through a long flight without my laptop running out of juice. With the Novoo AC Power Bank, I can plug in my laptop when I’m running low on juice and keep on going. It’s also handy if you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to buy a power adapter, or if you’re camping out in the woods. Simply charge this bad boy up before your trip, and use it to recharge your devices instead.
This actually would have been a lifesaver when I visited London last year, as I totally forgot to pack a power adaptor in my haste. Both my laptop and GoPro ran out of juice while I was out there, and I had no way of charging them back up. But if I had the Novoo AC Power Bank with me, I would have been good to go. Talk about a rookie mistake!
Best of all, the Novoo AC Power Bank won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack, as it’s only a little bigger than a soda can, measuring in at 80mm x 80mm x 155mm and weighing just 2.12 pounds. So what are you waiting for? If you’re constantly worried about running out of power, pick up the Novoo AC Power Bank (using coupon code NOVOOESS for 15% off) and leave that charge anxiety behind.
While you’re at it, make sure you check out the other sweet gear that Omars Electronics offers for power users, like their Omars 10-Port Hub (use coupon code OMARS10P for 15% off) and the Omars Beast – a crazy huge capacity 26,800 mAh 90 watt AC power bank (use coupon code NOVOOTPB for 10% off).
Last but not least, you can enter to win your very own Novoo AC Power Bank:
Here’s Your Chance To Shop Local While Giving Back To A Worthy Cause
There’s no question that online retailers like Amazon have changed the game, allowing people to purchase virtually anything with the simple click of a button, and have it delivered within a few days. It’s super convenient for sure, but at what cost?
Over the years, we have seen these massive companies put the little Mom & Pop shops out of business. But fear not, because today’s younger generation is looking to change of all of that, all while giving back to some worthy causes.
Currently, 75% of millennial consumers consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause. And they want to support the Maker Movement by purchasing unique and innovative products made by inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman.
One company helping to facilitate this movement is IndieDoGood.com, which helps connect small businesses with consumers through their website, with tons of unique and innovative products to choose from. And best of all, they donate 5% of your total purchase price to your favorite charity. Seriously, how great is that?
You can check out this video to learn more about the IndieDoGood story.
The company was founded by Ron and Sue Otten, driven by their passion for giving back to charities and local communities along with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.
Here are a few products on IndieDoGood.com that caught our attention:
Shore Boards started by building hollow-wood paddle boards, that can even be customized and are gorgeous pieces of art. These top-quality boards are handmade for all types of board sports including Stand Up Paddle Boards, Longboards, and Wakesurf boards. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way these boards are made and provides some insights to this home-grown artisan company.
MotionWise Standing Desk
Studies have long shown many health disadvantages of prolonged sitting, they call it “Sitting Disease”. As someone who spends most of my day sitting in front of a computer screen, I could definitely benefit from MotionWise’s creatively-designed standing desks that provide improved blood flow throughout your body, increased energy, better posture, while actually helping you to burn more calories while working.
Hammer Head Swim Caps
Hammer Head Swim Caps is the world’s ONLY protective swim cap. Did you know that water sports have more ER visits than football, rugby, and hockey? Hammer Head swim caps protect swimmers thanks to a patent-pending layer of honeycomb material inside the cap that helps to absorb and dissipate the shock of impact with the wall and other swimmers.
These are just a few examples from the ever-growing catalog of unique products available for purchase from IndieDoGood.com. So what do you say, who’s ready to support the Maker Movement while doing some good for your favorite charity?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by IndieDoGood, but all opinions are my own.