Buyer's Guides

August 2019 was all about a little D and a little mystery. We launched our What Is It? series, posts of head-scratching products paired with a few hints about their use. Readers can take a minute to mull them over and guess what they're looking at, or exhibit the attention span of a 21st century...

Cute but Cantankerous: Animal Gifts with a Bite

None of the animals that made my cute but cantankerous animal gift list are dogs, but I think we can still talk in terms of bark versus bite when discussing just how ill-tempered and aggressive these selections are...

July 2019 set us in the dead center of summer - sun, swimsuit, and superhero season. All 3 are reflected in Dude's must see products of the month...

The Best Gifts According to Your Favorite TV Characters

What would Homer give? How about Mr. Rogers and AC Slater? No, this collection of the best gifts according to your favorite TV characters was not written by your favorite TV characters. It was written by me. And while...

I've found some choice anatomical optical illusions for your viewing pleasure this evening (or morning with your computer rearview mirror on your monitor at work). Most are just momentary illusions whose true nature is easy to spot in a second or two, but that's what makes them fun. Because even...

Favorite TV Show Pencils

Favorite TV series, meet your new favorite pencil series. Define Design 11 gold-engraves pencil sets with lines and references from pop culture darlings such as Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Friends, and, my personal...

June brought with it the longest day of the year and the official launch of summer, so it's no surprise many of Dude's top products for June 2019 pertain to grillin' and chillin'...

Ode to the Tardigrade: The Best Water Bear Merch

A whole curated collection of tardigrade clothing, gear, and random desktop accessories! You're welcome, microbiologists. The tiny water bear seems to be Rrawwrr!-ing onto the pop culture scene too, giving the equally...

Per my wife. Mostly. Though I admit, some of the best gifts I've ever given my wife have brought me some pleasure too. One or two could even be considered a little self-serving. And, fine, at least one gift I know She-Ra: Princess of Power hates, but I frikkin' love it, and use it all the time. One...

What to Bring on a Cruise: Stuff You Didn't Think Of

What to bring on a cruise that you haven't already thought of? No, not vacation porn...

Weird, wonderful, and wacked out is one way to describe these items. Another way: things that make you go Hmmm. Who made that? Who thought of that? What is that?...

The Best Father's Day Gifts for $50 or Less

In honor of Father's Day, show your tightwad pops he taught you well with one of these gifts for Dad priced at $50 or less...

Several of Dude's Top Products for May 2019 were Game of Thrones-themed merchandise. Almost as if to counter the disappointment surrounding Season 8 itself, a few clever artists and designers came up with some stellar pieces to honor the Seven Kingdoms' swan song...

Strange, Silly & Standout Swimwear

My collection of strange, silly, and standout swimwear is for dudes and ladies who march to the beach of their own drum. Sun bums who aren't just ready for, but who crave the double-takes and ogles they'll get from everyone...

All that glitters isn't gold - but it might be some strange or unique product painted in the color's shiny finish. My golden ticket to making it into this listing isn't just going big, it's going big and gold. Sometimes obnoxiously so. Everything else can go home...

The Best Pool Floats for Summer 2019

In discussing the best pool floats for Summer 2019, I'm not suggesting that summer pool floats and inflatables are like Apple products or televisions, with new releases surrounded by an air of intrigue and anticipation...

While cute 'n' cuddly 'n' precious isn't normally my jam around here, over the years I have found some products that are more awww-inspiring than awe-inspiring. I figured, for your guilty pleasure of the evening, I'd put 'em all together and give you a little overdose of sweet, charming, and downright...

May The 4th Be With You: Star Wars Gifts for 2019

Star Wars Day has come again, and along with saying May the 4th be with you in 2019, I can also offer you this collection of the best Star Wars gifts the months since Star Wars Day 2018 have forged for us. Plus a few...

April 2019 was a month of fools, fancies, and filth around here. Ahhh, I hope you enjoy rehashing Dude's top products of April as much as I did...

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Scented Candle Sets

This series of scented Star Wars candles features 5-piece sets corresponding to each of the films in the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. The collections, which...

The How Things Work series of books endeavors to use charts, infographics, and colorful illustrations to teach us the meaning of life...

The Best Mother's Day Gifts for the Best Mom Ever

Do you have the best mom ever like I do? Or at least a mom, a mom-like figure, a wife, or a mother-in-law you're about to have to buy a Mother's Day gift for?...

I've seen Toddland's Deliciousness Burger Wallet making the rounds on the web this week, and was going to focus this hamburger accessory discussion exclusively on the juicy cash and card carrier from those self-described "purveyors of fine indoor clothing."...

Essential Festival Season Gear & Accessories

Yarrr! Festival season is upon us, ya filthy animals! And, yep, I did mean that to sound like a cross between a pirate and a gangster in a fake movie within the movie Home Alone, because that's exactly the type of festival...