Look, I understand that people are looking for ways to pass the time. Taking up a quarantine hobby is totally normal and healthy, especially if it something intellectually stimulating like playing chess. Even more mindless enterprises, like watching “Tiger King,” are relatively harmless. But that does not mean every quarantine pastime is a good idea. I am thinking of one quarantine pastime in particular: nailing miniature picnic tables to trees in your backyard.
Apparently this is a real thing, and it has been for some time. The New York Times profile on the phenomenon pinpoints the genesis as occurring in March, when someone posted a cute picture of a squirrel on social media. In the photo, the squirrel in question is enjoying a nosh perched on a pint-size picnic table appended to a wooden fence. It’s no surprise that the post went viral; watching animals do human things is inherently funny.
The problem comes with what followed. Inspired to recreate this experience in their own backyards, hundreds if not thousands of wannabe influencers hoisted tiny tables and laid out a generous spread. According to the Times, “although called ‘squirrel tables,’ people lay out a selection of nuts and seeds for any backyard creature, be it squirrel, chipmunk or groundhog.”
This is not a localized trend, limited to quirky Brooklynites and crunchy Birkenstocks wearers. This has become so popular that there are hundreds of pre-made squirrel tables available for sale, on both Amazon and Etsy. There must be ample demand for these products, because there sure is ample supply. Combing through the scores of seemingly identical squirrel tables on Amazon, I’d have no idea how to make a selection. Needless to say, if a market gap had ever existed it has been sufficiently filled.
And I guess this is where I struggle to comprehend the point of the squirrel tables. I can see that they are akin to bird feeders, and as long as you don’t live in a city squirrels can be more or less friendly. But why go through the charade of buying these tchotchkes when preparing the squirrels’ feast? I would have so much more respect for these people if they made the tables by hand, and it was an admirable outlet for their budding interest in woodworking. Instead, they buy these tables readymade. The only possible answer is that they are doing it all for the sake of their followers on Instagram.
In times like these, you should spend time doing things you find enjoyable. If that is attracting vermin to your premises, then so be it. But before you shell out $40 for one of these tables, think long and hard if it is a valuable use of your money—and your time.
2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
When it comes to shopping for your best friend, mom, girlfriend, or any other leading lady in your circle, we’ve got you covered. Shop the best gift ideas for women with this holiday gift guide. All products are available on Amazon!
Surprise the makeup enthusiast in your life with this beautiful neutral eyeshadow palette.
Cozy up with these UGG sherpa slippers that will keep you warm all winter long.
Give the gift of glowing skin with this perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Comfortable sleep set that is cozy and cute.
A moisturizing lotion that rejuvenates the skin during the dry winter months.
Give the gift of this Pillow Talk icons set. Includes four favorite lip secrets from the collection.
Like an airy dream, Ariana Grande Cloud is a creamy, soft and luxurious perfume with a high-class scent. Fresh and uplifting bergamot orange, rich lavender and juicy pear create a bright opening.
A hair product any beauty buff would love.
An ideal gift for a girl who’s always on the go!
These must-haves are essential for every step of your hair care routine. Cleanse with normcore signature shampoo, moisturize with the nourishing mask, and refresh your style with perk up dry shampoo.
This lash enhancing liquid eyeliner and serum promote the appearance of longer looking lashes.
A great stocking stuffer and always an everyday must-have.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of earrings, let alone at this price!
At $9, This Silly Plush Turkey Hat Is A Must-Own
In 2022, Santa hats are out. Silly turkey hats are in.
I was on Amazon looking for things to do over Thanksgiving with relatives (eventually landing on the brand new game Christmas Categories) when I came across this:
My first thought was that it creates the perfect opportunity for someone in the family to recreate the classic Monica turkey head scene from Friends:
Then I realized that there are many ways you can have fun with the turkey hat Thanksgiving. When you play games, you can decide in advance that the loser has to wear the turkey hat. Or perhaps you can start a tradition that whoever carves the turkey each year gets to wear the turkey hat. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you are spending the holiday this year (with funny turkey hat, or sans funny turkey hat), the We Know Products team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Keep Comfort Within Arm’s Reach With NAIPO’s New Handheld Massager
If you go on Amazon and search for “handheld massager,” you will find dozens and dozens of clones of the same $100 massage gun. My immediate reaction upon seeing this was that there is no longer any innovation in the massager industry. Instead of actually investing in R&D to come up with more advanced ways to help customers, massager companies seem content to copy one another and compete on price.
One company gives me hope. That company is NAIPO, a well-known massager brand whose stated mission is to help people all over the world “Find Well-being.” NAIPO’s latest handheld massager features a brand new design that provides added value for the user. While it is still a percussion massager, its sleek comfort-grip handle grants access to otherwise inaccessible areas of the body. It also features 5 interchangeable massager heads so that you are able to treat each acupuncture point with the best possible massage.
This attention to detail creates a truly customizable experience. After a workout or just a long day at work, you can choose from 5 different speed levels and 5 different working modes, from gentle relaxation to vigorous, deep-tissue massage. By virtue of the extended front grip, you can give exactly the right type of massage to previously neglected muscles all over your body.
A common complaint about percussion massagers is the noise level that can make it awkward or even impossible to use in public. The new NAIPO handheld massager is different. Unlike its competitors, it provides amazing results with only a single massage head. This has the twin effect of reducing noise levels and making it lighter and therefore less unwieldy, a huge plus especially for older users.
The NAIPO XF-5120 handheld massager will be available for purchase soon, and at $52.99 it is inarguably cheaper than similar products on the market. You get your very own either at NAIPO’s own storefront on naipocare.com or on Walmart.com. Stay tuned for more updates!