Whether you're looking for a truly unique gift idea, or you're just wondering what the hipsters have been up to, Kickstarter is a fab place to look. There really is something marvelously cool for everyone, and to prove it, here are a few of my fave Kickstarter projects from the past year or so.
1. Exploding Kittens
Don't worry! No kittehs were harmed in the making of this card game! Created by Elan Lee and Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and Shane Small, it's touted as "a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats." Hey, I funded it.
This is so fantastic! It's a collapsible, pocket-sized water bottle, and yep, I funded this one too. It's ideal for people who want water and have pockets... like you and me!
3. Men Vs. Cosplay 2016
Unless it features Ryan Gossling every. single. day, I can't imagine a calendar I'd rather have for 2016. Men. Cosplay. Days and dates. What more could you ask for?
4. Let's Add a Million Missing Words to the Dictionary
Now this is a project I can get behind, adding words to our dictionaries. These aren't just any words, either - they're words we need, that we've been searching for, and just haven't had, like "cookprint," which means "the energy you use to prepare a meal."
5. Robo Wunderkind
Haven't you always wanted to build your own robot? This Kickstarter project will let you do exactly that, using the kit and your own LEGOs you already have. Want!
The only way this project could be any cooler is if it somehow included pugs (the dogs) into it. But sadly, PUGZ are tiny wireless earbuds, not tiny adorable dogs. I like them anyway.
7. Turtle Mail
This is supposed to be for kids, but I want one of these for myself! It's a wooden box with a printer that, every day, prints something cool for kids.
I'm not about to get all political here or anything, so I'll just say I think this is an amazing idea, restoring furniture and lives.
9. The Incredible Chemistry Set
Okay, the name really says it all, so I won't go into details, but can I just say how cool this is? Whether you're into STEM or not, this is just the best.
What other Kickstarter projects do you want to fund, or start? Do tell!