So you’ve tried in vain since the start of school to get the kids to wake up on time, but every morning it’s the same grouchy, bleary-eyed tantrum. Time to turn the tables with the Tantrum-Throwing Alarm Clock, a fearsome little timekeeper that can match the worst your kids can throw at it (although if they actually throw it, all bets are off).
Within five minutes of your pre-set wakeup time, the clock’s feet and body start to emit a pleasant glow, and even when the alarm first sounds, it only taps its arms to nudge you from your slumber. Hit the snooze button, though, and the clock really lives up to its name, throwing a full-blown temper tantrum that can extend for up to an hour of painful whining. It’s easily placated when you’re behaving well, though: You can pet a sensor on the clock’s head to make it smile during non-snoozing periods, and it also dances to music from the included radio or your external MP3 player.
$49.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.