7 Cooling Bedding Options to Keep You From Sweating This Summer

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Depending on your geographical location, heading into the hotter half of summer can feel like living in a broiler. Warm nights can be especially unpleasant, with skin sticking to sheets and creating a sweat-infused mess of laundry. Fortunately, not all cooling solutions require higher utility bills or a window installation. Check out these seven cool bedding products—including sheets, blankets, and even pet-friendly innovations—that can make sleeping a breeze.

1. Clone Pillow; $119


Stay cool and snuggle an inanimate object with the Clone Pillow, a body pillow that uses shredded memory foam and a removable cooling gel layer for a cold respite from high temperatures. The 14-inch-by-49-inch pillow draws body heat away, while the 100-percent cotton pillowcase allows your skin to breathe.

Buy it: Clone Pillow

2. TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Pillow; $169 to $209


Keep a cool head with this Tempur-Pedic pillow—available in king or queen sizes—that uses cooling gel to direct heat away from your face and neck.

Buy it: Tempur-Pedic

3. I AM Cool Pillow; $40


Not a fan of gels? This heat-reducing pillow uses a cotton-polyester blend to wick away heat in a manner similar to sweat-wicking sports apparel. It's also designed to maintain its shape over time thanks to a specialized filling process.

Buy it: eLuxury

4. The Regulator Bed Sheets; $129 to $169


For a complete cooling experience, consider this sheet set from My Sheets Rock. The Regulator is made of bamboo rayon, which, according to the company, transfers heat up to twice as effectively as cotton bedding. The sheets are available in sizes from twin to king. Note that while My Sheets Rock advertises its products as being designed for men, we'd argue that sweatiness knows no gender. (In fact, pregnant and menopausal women might especially benefit from cooling sheets.) Mental Floss's Shaunacy Ferro took a set of Regulator sheets for a spin and found them to be a breezy, extra-soft addition to her summer bedding rotation.

Buy it: My Sheets Rock

5. Leisure Town Mattress Pad; $50 to $70


Mattress toppers can resolve some of the discomfort associated with a firm mattress, but the wrong kind of material can trap heat. This topper is made of 100 percent cotton and offers cloud comfort without the additional sweat.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Dangtop Bamboo Blanket; $25 to $30

The Dangtop Bamboo Blanket is pictured
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Like snuggling up in a blanket even when it’s warm? This blanket from Dangtop is made from bamboo to provide a cozy throw while still moving heat away from your body.

Buy it: Amazon

7. AmazonBasics Elevated Cooling Pet Bed; $22 to $33


Pets can get hot as they sleep, too, which is why this elevated pet sleeper is a perfect solution. The raised platform allows air to circulate underneath your furry friend. Choose from sizes small to large.

Buy it: Amazon

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11 Great Gifts for Retro Gaming Fans

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Video games are more realistic, expansive, and ambitious than ever, but there’s one thing that most modern titles can’t offer: a hit of nostalgia. If you’re shopping for the retro gaming enthusiast in your life, check out these 11 gift suggestions that promise to level up their holiday season.

1. Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp; $30

The Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp is pictured
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Liven up a stagnant work area or nightstand with this cool LED lamp in the likeness of Pac-Man’s ghost nemesis. It can flash in a variety of different colors, and at a compact 8 inches tall, you can buy more than one to haunt your living space.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Street Fighter II Home Arcade; $245

Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinet.
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Relive the sweaty palms and raw fingertips of your youth with this Street Fighter II arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up. The entire package is true to its classic arcade roots, with era-appropriate artwork adorning the outside and buttons and joysticks that look like they were transported right out of a '90s Pizza Hut. But this cabinet comes with a bonus: Instead of just getting Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, it also plays Street Fighter ll: The New Challengers and Street Fighter ll Turbo. If you're not in the mood for competitive play, the company also offers a retro Star Wars arcade cabinet, featuring games based on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Level One Donkey Kong T-Shirt; $41

A Level One 'Donkey Kong' T-shirt is pictured
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Show off your love of arcade gaming with this cool design that depicts Mario’s earliest challenge: navigating the barrel-tossing rage of a giant ape.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

4. Playstation Coasters; $12

A set of four Playstation coasters is pictured
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Keep beverage stains off your gaming-adjacent furniture with this set of four coasters depicting classic Playstation controller buttons.

Buy It: Amazon

5. SEGA Genesis Mini-Console: $79

Sega Mini Classic System.
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Flash back to the Genesis era with this retro console that features over 40 games from SEGA’s heyday, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim, and Virtua Fighter. The system also features a port of the arcade version of Tetris, which never actually made its way to the original Genesis.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks; $11

Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks are pictured
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Keep it professional in a suit but game on underneath with these dress socks featuring iconic game controllers from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.

Buy It: Amazon

7. The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox; $19


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Take in a photographic history of gaming consoles, from the vintage devices of the ‘70s like the Magnavox Odyssey on through Nintendo’s reign and the emergence of Sony and Microsoft. In all, 86 consoles are on display, ending with the era of the PS4 and Wii U.

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nintendo Super Mario Bowser Vs. Mario 3-Pack Diorama; $26

A Nintendo Super Mario and Bowser diorama is pictured
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Let other people display fine art. You can show off this diorama depicting the biggest rivalry in retro gaming between Mario and Bowser. You'll also get a Bob-Omb figurine, just in case you want to recreate one of the duo's video game battles.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Playstation Wallet; $25

A Playstation wallet is pictured
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Keep your cards and cash in one place with this Playstation-shaped wallet. There's even a button-snap opening in the shape of the system's disc tray.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Pong Shirt; $38

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Go so retro that Millennials won’t even know what you’re referencing with this nod to the popular game Pong.

Buy It: 80sTees.com

11. The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater; $39

Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater
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It may call itself ugly, but those pixelated images of Link from Legend of Zelda are nothing but gorgeous to retro gamers. There's also a Mario version, if the portly Italian plumber is more your style.

Buy It: Amazon

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Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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