When the world throws us a challenge, our needs change. Home security systems, exercise mates, emergency radios, and other sensible accessories suddenly take precedence over flashier items. During these weird times, consider these useful and practical accessories that provide protection, stress relief, and, in some cases, entertainment.

Kangaroo Home Security Standard

Inexpensive protection: Kangaroo Home Security System

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You don't need to spend a fortune on a home security system to protect your family. With Kangaroo, you can get started for less than $100, then add new accessories as needed. The company offers cameras, sensors, and more.

from $59 at Kangaroo
Ono Roller

Exercise and relax your hands: ONO Roller

The ONO Roller handheld fidget toy engages your finger in full-motion. In doing so, it helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension. Your dexterity will also improve over time. You can find the ONO in various color combinations, including black, gray, rose gold, and more.

$30 at Sleek Life Design
Arlo security camera

For added security: Arlo Ultra 4K Wire Free Security Camera

Arlo's Ultra 4K is the best choice for capturing all of the details. Weather resistance and a magnetic mount allow placement just about anywhere.

$379 at Amazon
Catalyst Case Iphone 11 Catalyst

Protect your investment: Waterproof Case by Catalyst

The Catalyst Case offers superior waterproof technology that allows you to take your phone with you when diving, snorkeling, and hiking. You can even wash the case with soap or alcohol for proper cleaning. There's one of these cases for each of the current-generation iPhones.

$90 at Amazon
Gaiam Yoga Mat Amazon

Get the blood moving: Gaiam Kids Yoga/Exercise Mat

There comes a time when kids and adults alike need to put down the devices and exercise. This cute yoga/exercise mat for kids comes in various styles to match your needs.

$18 at Amazon
Fitness Gear Neoprene Dumbell Dicks

Time to lift: Fitness Gear Neoprene Dumbbell

Lifting weights is another useful way to eliminate stress while also packing on some muscle weight. These weights come in various sizes and colors.

from $4 at Dick's Sporting Goods
Miroir Hd Mini Projector M

Home party time: Miroir HD Mini Projector M175

Hook this mini projector up to your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or Apple TV, and have a home-based party for you and your family. Use it to stream your favorite TV shows, movies, and other video content.

$300 at Apple
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Turn it up loud: WONDERBOOM 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Listen to your favorite tunes with this powerful speaker from Ultimate Ears. The Wonderboom 2 might look small, but it still packs a big musical punch. Look for the special edition models.

$81 at Amazon
Fospower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio

For an emergency: FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio

Keep the FosPower radio on hand for emergencies where your power may be knocked out by bad weather. This water-resistant radio is powered either by AAA batteries, solar power, or hand-cranked power. It has 2000 mAh power to charge your phone. It also includes a weather radio and a flashlight. This should be in your emergency kit.

$29 at Amazon

What are your favorites?

Your home is your castle, as someone once said. It's essential to protect that home and those who live in it. For those looking for a home security system, consider one of the reasonably priced Kangaroo starter kits, including sensors, cameras, and other useful accessories.

When the time comes to have some fun, a mini projector will provide hours of entertainment. The Miroir HD M175 is a great choice. Lightweight and portable, the device works with various Apple devices, including MacBook, iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad.

For the times when you lose power, consider the FosPower Emergency Radio. This can give you peace of mind, as it can run on three types of power and can charge your phone.

Finally, for home exercise routines, consider a Fitness Gear Neoprene Dumbbell. Exclusive to Dick's Sporting Goods, these dumbbells are available in various sizes for one pound up to 25 pounds. Workout, de-stress, and smile!

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