NO PLACE FOR TRUE GRIT:
Is there anything more refreshing than a cold beverage on a hot beach day? How about some sand in that? Not your idea of a great mixed drink? But how do you keep out those gritty grains when you set down your cup — even if it doesn’t tip over and moot the point by dumping the contents? Just spike it — not with booze, but with the Spiker Sand Drink Holder. The bottom half of this 8-inch-high by 4-inchdiameter heavy-duty plastic cup holder has four integrated slats that anchor into the sand with a twist of the wrist, steadying and elevating the cup holder top above the surface. The Spiker is just the right size for a can of beer or soda, pint or quart bottle or tapered plastic cup. The Spiker can also do the dirty work of keeping sunglasses, phones, keys and other small stuff clean and dry (assuming nobody kicks up sand or shakes their towel too close). At only a third of a pound, the Spiker (or even a passel of them) won’t weigh down your beach bag. Back on solid turf, Spikers can serve and protect on counter tops, tables or even wedged between sofa cushions. (Just make sure they’re not vulnerable to plopper-downers or free-ranging dogs, cats or toddlers.) The Spiker is available online and at chain stores and gift shops, sold individually or in multicolor multipacks (it’s made in 26 bright colors). And, hey, they needn’t be all business; anyone up for a game of ball or ring toss?