This Week’s Must-Haves: Supersized Blocks That Are Like Legos for Grown-Ups

This week, the Adweek staff is highlighting a baby monitor that measures your baby's heart rate, a book-shaped lamp and a knitting kit. Take a look!


EverBlock Systems, $156 for assorted pack of 26 blocks

As a kid, did you ever wish you could build a life-size house out of Legos? Well, now you actually can, thanks to EverBlock Systems. Founded in 2015, the New York-based company has designed a modular building system made up of Lego-like plastic blocks that range from six inches to one foot and are available in 15 different colors. With add-ons like shelving units, desktops and doors, the EverBlocks can be stacked to create anything from room dividers to office furniture to portable shelters—all of which can be easily broken down and rebuilt again and again.

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Owlet Baby Monitor, $249

A 2016 CES Innovation Awards honoree, the Owlet baby monitoring system is built around an innovative "Smart Sock" that uses pulse oximetry to measure your infant's heart rate and oxygen levels during sleep. If either metric drops too low, you'll get alerts through the Owlet base station (which works even when your Wi-Fi doesn't) and connected smartphone app.

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Mini Lumio+ Lamp, $125

Lumio's popular book-shaped lamp now comes in a smaller version that's even more portable than the original. The mini hardback opens to reveal a glowing LED lamp, while the book's spine hides two USB ports that can be used to charge the device or act as a power source for your smartphone.

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Pantone Universe Color of the Year Mug, $25

Stay on trend throughout 2016 with this mug featuring Pantone's two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. One side is covered in the "persuasive yet gentle" pale pink, while the other is painted a "weightless and airy" light blue. Either one should add a dose of calm to your morning coffee.

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Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer, $21

This little Zippo isn't a standard lighter—it's a pocket-sized, flame-free furnace that promises to keep your hands toasty for up to 12 hours, even in freezing conditions. Just add half an ounce of lighter fluid to produce 10 times as much heat as a standard disposable hand warmer.

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Wool and the Gang Whistler Scarf Knit Kit, $49

Need a DIY project for your next snow day? Wool and the Gang's Knit Kit has everything you need to make a cozy scarf, including a pattern, knitting needles and two balls of the company's imaginatively named Crazy Sexy Wool. And don't worry if you're not a knitting pro—this kit is totally suitable for beginners.

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This story first appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.