Remember the old days, when you only learned about an amazingly useful product because your friend told you about it? Maybe sometimes you were lucky enough to spot that gadget you never knew you always needed in a brick-and-mortar store. But mostly, you just missed out. Thank goodness those sad days are over! Now, you have enterprising writers like myself to search Amazon for the newest, most innovative items on the virtual shelves, including these 31 genius gadgets. Lucky you!
My favorite finds not only make me click "add to cart," but also beg to be bragged about. I can't wait to whip out my jewelry cleaning pen next time a friend displays new bling, or show off this rechargeable hand warmer on chilly days. And when me hearties come over for grog, I'll jauntily open drinks with my new pirate bar tool. Arrrr, that be genius!
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This Black Light Flashlight Illuminates All the Gross Stuff in Your Universe
via: AmazonWhen you're wondering where that smell is coming from, break out this handy black light flashlight. You can light up dried urine (and other bodily fluids--eewww), making it turn a lurid shade of purple, so you know exactly where to clean.
This Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone Turns You Into a Cordless Rock God
via: AmazonI can't be the only one who's always wanted a hot pink microphone for belting Madonna songs, right? Anyone? Fine, pick your own color (it comes in seven shades), sync up your phone or any other Bluetooth device, and sing any song you want. As long as it's Madonna.
This Deshedding Tool for Cats Will Save Your Relationship With Your Furry FriendFURminator instead. Now I can just comb my pets like a normal(ish) person.
This Jewelry Cleaning Pen Polishes All Your Sparkly Things On the Go
via: Amazon / Kristina BI enjoy cleaning products as much as the next neat freak, but there's something special about the portable versions. This sleek, pen-sized wonder of a cleaning tool can be whipped out at a moment's notice to dazzle a diamond, polish a peridot, shine a sapphire...you get the idea.
These Anti Blue-Light Computer Glasses Reduce Eye Strain While Being Cute AFI have two goals when it comes to eye fatigue: fix it, and look good doing it. Hundreds of reviewers swear that these computer glasses reduce headaches and dry, tired eyes. The brave souls who uploaded selfies look pretty cute in these glasses, too. I'm sold.
These Bike Wheel Lights Come in Seven Shades of Awesome
via: AmazonEvening bike rides just got a little more disco, thanks to these easy-to-install LED bike wheel lights. The lights increase visibility, which makes your night rides safer. They even come with batteries and zip ties, so you can start using them right away.
This Bottom-Dispensing Tea Pot Turns Tea Time Into Me Time
via: AmazonThere are plenty of ways to brew tea, but this innovative little tea pot is my absolute favorite. The wide chamber lets the tea steep fully for maximum flavor, and the bottom-dispensing design means it's mess-free. Join me for a cup, won't you?
This Brown Sugar Bear Is Equally Adorable and Useful
via: AmazonEvery baker knows if you need to store brown sugar for more than, say, five minutes, it hardens into a rock. That's why you need this li'l brown sugar buddy. It's made from food-safe clay that keeps brown sugar moist for months.
This Chin-Supporting Travel Pillow Makes Long Flights Snoozable
via: AmazonI once saw a woman board a plane with a huge body pillow that she hugged and slept on the entire flight. #Respect. For the rest of us, there's this cleverly designed chin-supporting travel pillow, which more than 2,500 Amazon customers gave a five-star rating.
This Necklace Fan Keeps You Cool and Happy
via: AmazonThese colorful, lightweight fans blow cool air where you need it most: straight up onto your hot little face. Reviewers on Amazon are using them for travel, stuffy workplaces, costumes, and lots of other situations where a cool breeze is welcome. Best of all, they come in two-packs, so you can share the air.
This Foldable Desk Lamp Is Almost Painfully Stylish
via: AmazonI'm obsessed with this lamp. It collapses down to a neat little package the size of my phone, or unfolds into an architectural showpiece. I think the rose gold is my favorite, but the other finishes are pretty fab, too.
This Hand-Held Strawberry Slicer Is Berry, Berry Nice
via: AmazonIf you're tired of cutting strawberries the old-fashioned way, have I got the gadget for you! Load this one-handed strawberry-slicing wonder with a strawberry, squeeze the handle, and shoot out perfect slices right into your salad, cereal, or mouth (no judgment).
These Happy Scrubbers Are My New Best Friends
via: AmazonCall me crazy, but I don't mind washing dishes. There's something zen-like about scouring things till they shine. Now I enjoy it even more with this rainbow of scrubbers that smile while they do the dirty work.
These Magnetic Twist Ties Have About a Billion Uses
via: AmazonThese brightly colored magnetic twist ties are insanely useful. I originally bought them to corral electrical cords, but before long I was using them all over my life. Now, my friends keep stealing them. Time to order a new 10-pack.
This Tool Belt for Your Wrist Just Makes So Much Sense
via: AmazonI recently ordered nightstands that arrived in the form of chunks of wood with a zillion bolts and screws. Building them took hours and every swear word I know, but at least my handy-dandy magnetic wristband kept me from losing the metal parts (and my sanity).
This Microwave Egg Cooker Zaps Breakfast in 45 Seconds
via: AmazonI love a gadget that puts the fast into food. Crack one or two eggs directly into this clever cooker. Add anything you like for flavor (I'll take mine with hot sauce and cheese). Cook for under a minute and--ding!--breakfast is served.
This Mini Broom and Dustpan Set Cleans Up Little Spills in a Jiffy
via: AmazonOne reviewer called it "indispensable," and I can see why. This sunshine-yellow sweeper is the perfect size for spills too small for the vacuum. When you're done, the broom clicks into the dustpan in a very satisfying way, and the set stores neatly in any little nook.
This Pancake and Cupcake Batter Dispenser Makes Cooking Yummy Food Neater Than Ever
via: AmazonThe moment I saw this hand-held batter-dispensing marvel, I had to have it. Pour any batter into the device, then squeeze the trigger to dispense perfectly-portioned amounts into molds, pans, or directly onto a griddle. More than 1,000 reviewers gave it five stars, and I'm one of them!
This Pirate Bar Tool Makes Friday Night Grog a Little More Fun
via: AmazonDrink up, me hearties, yo ho! It's the pirate's life for me, at least when it comes time to serve drinks with the help of this multi-functional bar tool. The combo corkscrew, bottle opener, and foil cutter will have you splicing the mainbrace and winning the love of your crew in no time.
This Portable Hammock Turns Any Spot Into a Mini-Vacation
via: AmazonRight now, I have friends on holiday in Japan, Mexico, and Hawaii. But it's fine--just fine--that I'm stuck at home on a deadline, because I can string up my compact, portable hammock any only place I want. Including between the fridge and my desk. It's FINE.
This Rechargeable Hand Warmer Keeps You Toasty for 6+ Hours
via: AmazonMy hands are always cold, so any gadget promising to warm me up goes right in my basket. This high-tech hand warmer is one of the best I've tried. It has two heat settings and lasts for hours on a single charge. Bonus: if my phone's battery runs low, I can steal the warmer's power with a USB cord.
This Rotating Potato Peeler Speeds Up Food Prep
via: AmazonI'm not sure which I like better: how easy this rotating peeler is to use, or how fun it is to watch the long, curly peels pile up. So far, I've used it to peel potatoes, yams, apples, and oranges. I'm now eyeing the rest of my fruit and veggies for my next victims.
This Shampoo Brush Massager Just Feels Sooooo Good
via: AmazonJoin me and hundreds of five-star reviewers in trying this little piece of shower heaven. No batteries required. Just add a bit of shampoo to the soft, silicone bristles and rub in circles all over your scalp. You'll get a squeaky clean head and a moment of pure relaxation at the same time.
This Shower Foot Scrubber Turns Every Shower Into a Spa Moment
via: AmazonI'm the kind of person who enjoys small moments of happiness: petting a friendly dog, sipping the foam off a latte, or treating my toes to a bubble scrub. That's why I love this shower foot scrubber! Just put in on the floor of your shower, add a few drops of body wash, then let the hundreds of bristles clean and massage your feet.
This Smart Ice Cream Scooper Takes Your Dessert Game to the Next Level
via: AmazonBe the envy of ice cream parlors with this cleverly designed tool! It forms perfectly round scoops of ice cream, then releases them into the bowl with a squeeze of the handle. Dessert has never looked better. Some reviewers also use this scooper to perfectly portion cookie dough.
This Smooth Edge Can Opener Is Both Safer and Neater
via: AmazonI bought a basic, no-frills can opener for my first apartment back in 19-- (redacted), and it worked just fine for decades. I had zero interest in upgrading until I spotted this genius can opener that was a true improvement on the original concept. The secret is that it opens cans below the edge of the lid, leaving behind a totally smooth surface and zero drips. You never even have to rinse the can opener.
This Space-Saving Kitchen Gadget Set Gives You 5 Tools for Cooking
via: AmazonPerfect for camping, small kitchens, or anyone who adores smaller versions of things they already own (*raises hand*). This neat little set gives you a grater, peeler, grinder, can opener, and rotary cutter--pretty much everything you need for basic food prep. Plus, they nestle together in the cutest way and take up almost zero storage space.
This Spider Smartphone Holder Makes Hands-Free Phone Use Easier Than Ever
via: AmazonAnytime you need to use your phone or tablet hands-free, this handy little spider is up to the task. Prop up your phone on your desk while eating lunch. Attach your phone to the air vents in your car for navigation while you drive. Reviewers on Amazon also say they like to just play with them!
This Test Tube Spice Rack Gives Your Kitchen Nerdy Style
via: AmazonPerfect for the science nerd in your life, this test tube spice rack is a fun and practical addition to the kitchen. Fill the 10 glass vials with spices and flavored salts, then seal them up with the included corks. One reviewer uses the set to hold a variety of loose teas. Talk about genius!
This Travel Toiletries Bag Is Perfect for Lazy People
via: AmazonDo you have a super-organized friend who loves to pack her stuff in a complicated toiletries bag with a zillion little compartments? This product is not for her. My friend, this travel bag is for the rest of us, who just want to dump in our stuff, pull the drawstring, and GO. Don't even worry about spills, since this bag is machine-washable.
This Fruit Infuser Water Bottle Makes Hydration Fun and Delicious
via: Amazon / M&J-GIn my never-ending quest to consume less caffeine and more water, I've accumulated a pyramid of water bottles that I mostly ignore. Because now I have my favorite water bottle ever! I load the infusion basket with sliced fruit, add water, and I have a delicious and refreshing drink I'll actually finish. My favorite flavor at the moment is cucumber with blueberries. Bonus: This bottle comes in 10 fun colors!
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This Set of Nail Clippers
via: AmazonBoasting stainless steel construction and razor-sharp cutting edges, these Harperton clippers are built for a lifetime of use. You will never have to buy another pair again, I swear! One of them is perfectly sized for your fingernails, and the other can handle those big old toenails you have. The design of these allows for maximum control when you are clipping away, and that’s the most important thing.
This Heat Bag Sealer
via: AmazonDo you need a little contraption that will seal up your Cheeto bag like new every time? Not exactly. Should you buy it anyway? Of course you should! The name of this game is Treat Yourself! This thing is super fun to use! With this heat bag sealer, you’ll get that like little “Pop!" sound every time you open your snack bag. That’s almost worth the money alone.
This Drain Cover
via: AmazonThis is an easy way to add inches of depth to your bathtub experience totally safely. It easily suctions over the drain and lets you luxuriate without worry. So get those bubbles going, light a candle, pick up your favorite book or magazine, and treat yourself to a deep, lovely, and relaxing bath. It has probably been a long time since you’ve had one of those, eh?
These Car Seat Hanger HooksI don’t know about you, but the floor of my car is filthy. Dirt, leaves, dust… Sure, sure, I should clean my car, but my point is that I never want to leave my purse on the floor of my car. This tiny gadget could solve that problem forever! Why don’t these come with all cars already? Seriously, these are the best, simplest gadgets I have ever seen.
These Keepons for Your Glasses
via: AmazonI don’t know about you, but every time I sweat even a little bit or try to exercise, my glasses fall down to the tip of my nose. It is infuriating and totally distracting and no, I do not want to wear contacts. If you are like me, these little thingies will be your saviors. No more of that creepy, glasses-slipped-to-the-tip-of-your-nose look. Simply slip these onto any pair of glasses and they’ll hold them in place!
These Wool Dryer Balls
via: AmazonListen, you deserve the fluffiest, softest laundry in all the land. You just do. And these wool dryer balls will help you achieve that. They’re all natural and reusable, so you no longer have to worry about what you are doing to the environment (or to your health!) when you buy dryer sheets. Kiss those suckers goodbye forever and replace them with these to get the softest laundry on the planet!
via: AmazonWhat if I told you this little chapstick looking thing could help you cure your migraines? I know, right? But it is true! This is a roll-on bottle of a natural mix of essential oils that are supposed to help with migraines. Peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils combine with coconut oil to create a natural mixture that, when rubbed on your temples, forehead, and neck, will help stop migraines in their tracks.
via: AmazonIt kills germs, mold, freshens air and wipes out odors, all while staying nice and small on your wall. You can’t really beat that. Pet-owners and germaphobes alike are singing the praises of these compact-yet-effective air sanitizers. Plug ’em in around your house and save yourself hours of cleaning. Plus, it will help keep you healthy and breathing in only good stuff.
This Outlet Shelf
via: AmazonCould you imagine always having your phone in a convenient spot when it is being charged as opposed to on the counter, underneath piles of mail and weird spills? Yeah, I know. This little shelf, which fits right over your outlet, is a total gamechanger. Free up counter space and keep your devices in the best place possible while they are charging. Your life will be totally transformed.
via: AmazonThis little device is small but mighty. It can do a whole lot. It has a Bluetooth connection so you can stream music straight from your phone to your car’s speakers. Oh, and it has also got a built-in car locator, so you will never lose your car in a parking garage again. I know that has happened to you because it has happened to everybody.
This Exfoliating Brush
via: AmazonAn exfoliating brush is a pretty essential tool in your arsenal these days. We all have bumps and redness from shaving (especially during the summer months), and this gentle exfoliating brush will help you get rid of all that. It's perfect for use in the shower. Just lather up and massage into your legs or arms or anywhere else that has been a little sensitive lately.
These Bed Sheet Savers
via: AmazonI don't know about you, but I have one sheet for my bed that creeps up every night without fail no matter how firmly I make sure it is correctly fitted the night before. If you have similar problems, these bed bands could be the answer! The clip right on to the corner of your bed sheet underneath your mattress. Just tug until it's tight and sleep soundly without worrying about your sheet running up!
These Air Purifying Bags
via: AmazonThousands of reviewers tout the powers of these bags of activated charcoal, specifically highlighting their abilities to freshen truly nasty old shoes or even drink up the odorrific remnants of spoiled milk inside a minivan. These are totally natural, using bamboo charcoal to absorb and remove all that stinky stuff from the air. You can reuse these for up to two years, just place the bags outside for an hour once a month to rejuvenate.
This Shower Foot Rest
via: AmazonYes, all showers should already have footrests built-in. But until that glorious day, the Safe-er-Grip footrest will have to do. If you are someone who regularly shaves their legs, you know what a complete hassle it is to do in the shower. Unless you have a perfectly placed edge in your shower, it’s near impossible to get the right angle. This simple little footrest will alleviate that struggle immediately.
These Silicone Baking Mats
via: AmazonThe worst part about cooking or baking is the cleanup. Silicone baking mats make cleanup wildly easy. Forget about soaking and scraping your pans ever again. They make sure your food slides right off. The prospect of cleaning a cookie sheet is sometimes enough to stop me from cooking or baking, to begin with. These amazing baking sheets would alleviate that problem in an instant.
via: AmazonI know what you are thinking. Charcoal? On your teeth? And it is true that there are some detractors. But the photos don't lie, and neither do the reviewers. And they say that this stuff really works to whiten your teeth. It uses charcoal and other naturally whitening ingredients that are non-toxic. All you have to do is brush your teeth like normal using it, and you will see a difference.
This Slim Cleaning Brush
via: AmazonIt is such a pain in the neck to try and clean all the nooks and crannies of your house. I am sure you are aware of the struggle. But this brush is slim enough to fit in your windowsill and in all of the corners of your house that are generally impossible to reach. I'm talking the slats of your AC, the area where the bathtub meets the floor. Anything! Its handle makes it easy to use, and the hole at the end means you can hang it anywhere!
These Stainless Steel Straws
via: AmazonIt is 2018. Starbucks is no longer giving out plastic straws. We all saw that video of that poor sea turtle having a straw removed from its snout. Straws are evil! But if you are like me and you love drinking out of straws, all hope is not lost. Simply buy yourself reusable ones, like these stainless steel bad boys, and get to sipping! These even come with a little cleaning brush.
This FURemover Broom
via: AmazonThis incredible broom also doubles as a squeegee, and it even comes equipped with a telescoping handle, giving you the cleaning reach of a giant. No dirt or grime or pet hair is out of reach. And because it is rubber, it is super durable and way easier to clean than those old straw brooms. This is an essential tool for anyone’s home. Seriously. Get one.
This Magnetic Car Mount
via: AmazonI am not kidding one bit when I tell you buying this cheap little magnetic car mount to mount my phone in my car was the single best purchase I have ever made. Seriously. These things are amazing. All you do is slide a thing magnet between your phone and its case, and this little magnet, which fits right on your car vent, will hold your phone up in perfect position forever.
This Meal Planning Pad
via: AmazonOK, this is like the perfect organized mean planning pad. I already do this every week (write down my meals, and then a shopping list based off of those meals), but I do it on plain old Post-Its. Which is unacceptable, especially now that I know this adorable pad exists. It’s like this meal planning pad was made for me. And it’s magnetic so you can stick it on your fridge!
via: AmazonMaybe you have a little more facial hair than you would like. Well, with this facial hair remover, you will be back to yourself in no time. this battery-powered miracle product is painless and instantly removes hair from your lips, chin, or cheeks. It is super gentle, which means no more red bumps or irritated skin from shaving. Its head spins super fast, cutting the hair painlessly and easily.
via: AmazonPeople love this acupressure mat and pillow. If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain or even the occasional spasm, a quick 15 minutes on this thing can bring you a world of relief. It uses well-known acupuncture techniques to really put pressure on the areas of your back and your nack that will bring the most relief. So many people swear by this product, and we tend to agree that it's kind of the best.
This Earwax Removal Tool
via: AmazonEarwax removal videos are the new pimple popping videos. Seriously, they are so weirdly satisfying to watch. And now, you can create your own amazing earwax removal experience right at home. This kit is an easy way to safely dig deep and grab whole chunks of earwax out of your ear. Unlike q-tips, the Ototek loop is designed to pull earwax out of your ear, not push it farther in.
This Perfect Slicer
via: AmazonIf you are a dedicated lover of cheese, as I am, you know that buying pre-sliced cheese is for noobs. Big old blocks is where it is AT. And with this perfect cheese slicer, you will no longer ever end up with wispy cheese curls and one giant slice like when you use a knife. This bad boy gives you a perfect slice every time. You can twist the dial to your desired slice thickness, and yes, it is dishwasher safe.
This Fabric Steamer
via: AmazonOnce relegated to dry-cleaners and high-end hotels, steamers are now smaller and cheaper than ever. Just fire up the PurSteam and run it over your clothes and watch the wrinkles fall away. It is easier than ironing and cheaper than running the shower on high for an hour. This one is even small enough that it can fit in your suitcase when you are traveling.
This Styling Station
via: AmazonThis styling station will gather your hair dryer, hairspray, brushes, and other hair styling tools all in one place, so you will always know where they are and always have them right at your fingertips. It can hang right on the inside of the door of your bathroom cabinet, which will free up so much space for other stuff. You don't even know how much you need this.
This Can Colander
via: AmazonWhy did I just discover this? This is one of those inventions that is almost too good to be true. This can colander fits perfectly over the head of standard-sized canned goods. Beans, tuna, whatever you need to drain, this little guy can do the job. And yes, this is dishwasher safe! Honestly, it is like someone reached into the recesses of our brains to be like, “What do people need but not even know they need?"
This Utensil Rest
via: AmazonWell this is just a totally genius thing that we could all use in our kitchen. Who wants to set their spatula or stirring spoon directly on the counter while you are cooking, making both things way dirtier than they have to be? This utensil rest has room for up to four different spoons or spatulas, so you can go absolutely crazy in the kitchen.
This Cast Iron Cleaner
via: AmazonTaking care of a cast iron skillet is like taking care of a baby. It requires a lot of love and attention, and you have to clean it the right way, otherwise, it gets really upset. The Ringer is like the most heavy-duty sponge you will ever use. It is made out of stainless steel, which means it is built to last. And because it's stainless steel, you won't wash away any of that great flavor you worked so hard to build up in your pan.
These Cable Clips
via: AmazonI feel like I have watched so many cables fly off the top of my desk as soon as I unplug them, kind of like the rope over the Cliffs of Insanity in The Princess Bride. But with these tiny little life-changing products, you will never experience that problem again. They are totally worth it. I promise you. They will make your life so much easier and save you so much time.
These Grocery Bag Handles
via: AmazonLook, I love to challenge myself to carry every single grocery bag in from the car at once, just like we all do. But if I’m being honest, it’s actually a real pain and I do it mostly because I am morally opposed to second trips to the car. Anything that minimizes my grocery-carrying trips between the car and the house, I am on board for, and this Mighty Handle does just that.
These Surgical Tweezers
via: AmazonRegular tweezers are all well and good, but sometimes you need a sharp pair that can really dig deep down there and get to the root of the problem, whether it is a hangnail, a splinter, a tick, or an ingrown hair. Once you have a pair of tweezers as amazing as these, you will never want to buy another pair again. Of course, they are also perfect for precision eyebrow shaping. They do the work of regular tweezers too!
This Anti-Chafe Balm
via: AmazonIf you apply some of this stuff on any area of your body that normally chafes, it won't! Your thighs, your arms, your neck, the back of your knees...whatever! It is made with natural, plant-based ingredients, and people totally swear by its effects. The reviews for this stuff are off the charts. Almost everyone has to deal with chafing on some area of their body. This is your solution.
via: AmazonAgain, when you are cleaning your house, it is sometimes too easy to give up on the corners and hard-to-reach spots. But with brushes like these OXO Good Grips Deep Cleaning Set, no surface will go uncleaned. The set comes with a large brush and a small brush with a wiper blade on the opposite end, which is great for digging up dirt and grime from drains.
This Drain Protector
via: AmazonThe TubShroom is pretty much a miracle product. It fits right in most standard drains and catches hair and gunk and other gross stuff before it clogs your pipes. Plus, it is so easy to clean! It is truly one of those "As Seen on TV" products that really do work in real life. If you shed a lot in the shower as I do, you need something that will catch all that hair.