Better point: When bored on the road, turn on the hotel TV, find a channel showing the latest Harry Potter movie and use the wand to pretend you're part of the action.
5. Bigfoot the Garden Yeti Statue - $89.95 to $115
Yes, I wrote about the Garden Yeti last year, and I'm pleased to say my old friend still seems to be a popular draw at SkyMall. This smallish sculpture (20 inches tall) is a cross between the legendary Bigfoot, the mythical Abominable Snowman and your everyday ape. Not only is it 12 pounds of "quality designer resin" - it's also hand painted for "startling realism."
Bad point: Backyard may get crowded with camera-toting tourists.
Good point: While out of town, that startling realism could come in handy to scare away burglars.
Better point: Should you find yourself heading to Kathmandu on Nepal-based Yeti Airlines (company logo: a large foot), you and the locals will have plenty to talk about.
Happy travels and happy shopping.
This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.
Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations that include ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. His website, FareCompare.com, offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deals.