Santa's 'other' workshop unfolds inside a hotel ballroom, with inventive elves from every part of the country hawking ingenious housewares for the holidays.
The International Housewares Association hosts the event. Here's a sneak peek at what caught our eye -- some smart, other quirky.
These heat-resistant sleeves turn an ordinary toaster into an oven, toasting cheesy, melted sandwiches without the need for a skillet and butter or oil.
"Wine needs a little air," says Kurt Zaner of VacVin corp. His company has uncorked an unusual looking device that slips into a bottle top and allows each glass to 'breathe' while you pour.
"It's much like you're swirling," he said. "This just makes it much easier to do."
A bright red piece of plastic promises to make Shish Kabob construction cinchy. It's essentially a cradle were cooks line up the ingredients, fold it closed, then pierce it.
CLOG-FREE SHOWER DRAIN
It's a gooey, stomach turning reality: Hair gets stuck down there. So, PFWaterWorks has developed an intelligent drain that catches each strand. Then, when it's pushed, like a plunger, there's magic.
"Hundreds of knives that actually pull the hairs and rip them, breaking them into smaller pieces," said Sanjay Ahuja. "It's very simple."
Now that the Keurig cup has hooked million of coffee lovers, the price conscious among them are looking for ways to minimize the cost of convenience. Thus, multiple companies are out with reusable K-Cup inserts.
"Instead of paying a dollar a cup, you're paying pennies for your coffee," said Howard Greenspan with Simple Cups.
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