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NO MATTER how much of a gadget fan you are, it's likely that this Christmas there were gifts that you would much rather have had the money for instead.
So, for that reason, here's our rundown of the most likely candidates to turn up on Ebay during these cold turkey post-Christmas days. Whether it's the most pointless or just plain stupid, each of the following gadgets deserve nothing more than to be traded in for something a bit more...useful.
USB Toast Hand Warmers
Unless your work desk resides outside during the winter period, we can't see any good reason why you'd want to warm up the back of your hands with these Toast Hand Warmers that cost an extortionately pointless £25.
Leaving your fingers still exposed to the cold (why don't you just put the heating on for a bit?), each toast glove's warmth is powered via USB cables that hook up to your computer, meaning while typing you have really annoying wires attached to your hands.
Being nothing but a gimmick, these USB Toast Hand Warmers don't do much else than make you look like a bit of a fool. For these reasons, we can't think of a more pointless gadget this Christmas that deserves a space on that online auction site.
Jelly Bean scented Iphone cases
Unless you like the good old smell of plastic jelly beans, and don't mind the strange looks you'd get while sniffing your phone in public, the Jelly Bean scented Iphone cases available this Christmas are possibly the closest alternative to throwing money out of the window.
Priced at £10 and available in apple, liquorice, cherry, blueberry and bubblegum flavours, why not just buy a packet of jelly beans and smell that? It's more authentic, and also a lot cheaper. If you're looking to protect your Iphone, we think a case that comes bundled with the subtle smell of nothing would do just fine. So if you do get bought one of these for Christmas, give it to someone you don't like and buy a case that aims to protect your phone, not smell nice.
Space invaders LED doormat
This Space Invaders LED Doormat will greet you with a moving LED Space Invader when you apply pressure to the mat, offering a worthless experience every time you want to walk in and our of your home.
Crafted in industrial grade rubberised plastic, this bit of tech is used solely to wipe your dirty shoes on and for this reason, makes out top pointless gadgets list. If you do end up finding this in your Christmas stocking, take our advice, and bang it straight on Ebay.
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