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15 Surprisingly Cool Things You Can Buy at Home Depot

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When you think of Home Depot, a few things likely come to mind: tools, paint, hardware, and maybe appliances. But Home Depot also stocks a surprising selection of items beyond the home improvement essentials — and we're not just talking about Skelly the Skeleton.

We scoured the shelves at Home Depot and browsed every online department to pick out the most interesting, unexpected items. Here are 15 weird, random, and surprisingly cool products (like rainbow crystals and medieval swords) you didn’t know Home Depot had.

1. Bug bracelets that mosquitos can't stand

These mosquito bracelets use essential oils to keep pesky mosquitoes at bay. 

Home Depot employees themselves say they work like a charm. They’ll wear them in the Garden Center to prevent bug bites on the job.

One bracelet gives you up to 100 hours of insect protection. Plus, you’ll score a three-pack of bracelets for $2.97 and pay less than $1 per bracelet.

2. Rainbow flame crystals for colorful bonfires

I didn’t know these flame crystals existed, but now I want them.

Adding these crystals to any wood-burning fire creates colorful flames. All you have to do is place one-half cup of crystals at the base of a strong flame. These work for indoor and outdoor fires. So you can use them for a cozy night in or take them on your next hiking trip.

3. Glitter paint that makes plain walls sparkle

Forget your basic white walls. You can add permanent glam to your home with shiny glitter paint.

Simply apply this Rust-Oleum glitter wall paint at Home Depot over any color paint or white primer. Its iridescent sheen gives your walls a strong sparkle and instantly makes boring surfaces beautiful. You can also buy this glitter paint in two other shades: sterling silver and harvest gold.

4. A hidden door that leads to a secret room

This hidden bookcase door at Home Depot was a trending search in early 2024. Not only does it blend seamlessly into your home as a display shelf, but it also turns a standard doorway into a secret passage.

The only downside to this hidden bookcase door is the price tag. It sells for a whopping $1,220 at regular prices. Still, the door has a 4.2-star rating from nearly 250 customers.

KCL TIP: The Home Depot credit card doesn't have the best benefits. But the six-month special financing perk can help break up large purchases like this.

5. A six-piece giant dice set with 20 games

You can play over 20 games with this giant dice set, including Yardzee, Farkle, Seven Up, and Bowling. Plus, the pieces are made of weather-resistant pine, so you can play rain or shine.

The game comes with a large bucket, scorecards, and six oversized dice — more than 150 times the size of regular dice.

6. An exercise wheel for your cat

I’ve heard of hamster wheels before but had no idea the same concept applied to cats.

Home Depot sells a cat treadmill to keep your feline friends fit. They can hop on at any time for a stationary stroll. The fish-shaped lock on the base stops the wheel quietly when your cat gets off. The wheel sells for $110 at regular prices, but we’ve seen it for up to 30% off.

7. A 12-foot Halloween skeleton that always sells out

Home Depot Halloween animatronics are huge right now — and it all started with Skelly the Skeleton.

Last year, it was hard to find this 12-foot skeleton in stock at Home Depot. But the home improvement store came back prepared and fully stocked this Halloween season. In 2024, you could buy Skelly online earlier than ever before — six months before Halloween.

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8. A vintage popcorn cart for your home theater

When you think of old-fashioned popcorn makers, Home Depot probably doesn’t come to mind. But they have a surprisingly decent selection available online.

The highly-rated Nostalgia hot air popcorn cart is the perfect home theater staple. Plus, you can roll it out any time you host a party. It regularly sells for $140, but we’ve seen it on sale for 20% off in the past.

9. A house for bats to hang in (so they stay out of yours)

When bats find their way into your home, they can be a real problem. But if they have a house of their own, they can be handy to have around. Since bats love eating mosquitos and other insects, they’ll keep pesky bugs away from your outdoor space.

This top-rated cedar bat house gives your nocturnal friends a place to stay. It can hold up to 50 bats in need of a nice home.

10. A drink cooler that's also a bluetooth speaker

Summer is all about kicking back with a cold beverage and listening to your favorite tunes. But what if you only needed one item to do both?

This Igloo Classic KoolTunes Cooler at Home Depot gives you the best of both worlds. It has the space to hold up to 26 cans, plus a built-in bluetooth 5.0 speaker. You can keep your drinks ice cold and listen to your favorite music for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

11. A little library for swapping books with neighbors.

Books are good for the soul, especially when you share them with others. Setting up a book swap on your street is a great way to get to know the neighbors (and share books for free).

Home Depot customers gave this sharing library box a five-star rating. It sells for $150, but if you spread the word to neighbors, they might be willing to chip in.

12. An inflatable water slide with a built-in water cannon

You don’t have to go to Costco for an oversized backyard inflatable.

Home Depot has this inflatable waterslide that stands seven feet tall and wide. You can blow it up in less than two minutes with the electric air blower. And it comes with a built-in water cannon to spray others coming down the slide. Plus, it has a five-star customer rating.

KCL TIP: Amazon sells the same waterslide, and when they have it on sale, Home Depot usually drops the price, too.

13. A turkey frying kit for smooth sailing on Thanksgiving

Deep frying a turkey can often land you in the ER. In fact, hospitals get their fair share of victims every Thanksgiving. If you’re serious about deep frying a turkey this year, safety is key. And this five-piece turkey frying kit at Home Depot can help.

Walmart has a similar kit online, but Home Depot’s version is cheaper.

14. A sword that takes you back to medieval times

Attention all LARPers (aka live action role players): Home Depot has high-quality props for your next reenactment. This stainless steel sword is a spot-on replica of the sword William Wallace used in the movie Braveheart.

This sword is a Home Depot bestseller and far surpasses your standard plastic Halloween prop. It has polished metal wrapped with a leather handle and comes with a rough leather sheath for safe storage. 

15. A Baby Yoda waffle maker for Star Wars chefs

The Child, Din Grogu, or Baby Yoda. Whatever you call him, this mini waffle maker at Home Depot makes breakfast better with the Star Wars character you love.

You can easily make four-inch waffles with Baby Yoda’s face on it with this top-rated product. And it’ll cost you less than $25.

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