Gear + gadgets: Hey cupcake, heads up!

NPW’s cupcake shower cap
NPW’s cupcake shower cap

Admit it, you’ve always wanted a cupcake-shaped shower cap. How about a duck?

If you are still reading, you may be just the kind of playful bather the folks at NPW Design had in mind when they created these refreshing alternatives to those flimsy transparent caps provided in hotel bathrooms (if you’re lucky).

Made of phthalate-free PVC with an elasticized opening, the caps are available in five whimsical designs: a pink and red cupcake topped with a fat red “cherry;” a bright yellow duck with a flapping beak; an upside-down ice cream cone with the cone jutting up from sprinkle-coated pink “ice cream”; a lime-green frog with bug-out eyes and a wide smile; and a pink raspberry with a perky green stem.

Kids will love these shower caps (which might lure even resistant tots at bath time), but they are made to fit most adults, as well. Wash up with a smile after a grueling travel day. Or add a silly but practical touch to a bon-voyage gift package.

NPW Shower Caps are $6.50 at