I'm kind of a sucker for nifty gadgets. There's just something so satisfying about finding the tool that will solve all of your problems...or at least help you do a very specific task much more efficiently. After all, life's too short to use subpar products that take forever! If there's a gadget that will make life easier, then you can rest assured that I will buy it and have it handy for the next time I need it. I'm all about trying to make life as simple and stress-free as possible.
Luckily for me (and you!), the Internet is filled with incredible, handy gadgets to purchase, from foot-soaking boots to a tool that helps you make perfectly clear spheres of ice. I hope you find something that will give you that “perfect tool for the job” happiness! Even better, each of these gadgets costs less than 25 bucks!
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These Gripper Clips Will Solve Your Burnt Finger Woes
via: AmazonWhen I was frantically trying to grab hot trays of cupcakes from the oven today as my daughter’s birthday guests were arriving, I realized how useless oven mitts are. Their ungainly, overly padded shapes make it really hard to get a good grip on dangerously hot pans, trays or bowls, which is a major safety concern. Which is why I’m adding these Gripper Clips to my cart asap - they’re easily operated with a single hand and one Gripper Clip can support up to 5 pounds. Reviewers love how easy it is to lift hot Instant Pot liners with these babies, too.
This Microwavable Single Serve Popcorn Popper Doubles as a Bowl
via: AmazonIs there a better snack than popcorn? I don’t think so. Problem is, it’s really hard to make just one serving, so I end up gorging myself on an entire gigantic bowl then feeling gross. Not anymore - this microwavable popcorn popper has an integrated kernel-measuring base that makes it easy to pour out a single serving. Bonus - no oil needed, just pop the container of kernels in the microwave and a few minutes later you’re enjoying a “reasonable" portion of your fave snack. These popcorn poppers come in a set of two in case you’ve got company for your next Netflix marathon.
These Sock Monsters Solve Your Lost Sock Problems
via: AmazonThere’s an overflowing basket of mismatched single socks in my laundry room that gets new recruits with every laundry cycle. (You’d think the kids would be the worst offenders but my husband has a surprising amount of lost socks, too!) One day it’s my dream that every sock will find its match, but until then these silicone Sock Monsters ensure that each pair stays together through the washer and dryer cycle. Yay for instantly paired and sorted socks!
This Flavor Infuser Will Take Your Soups to the Next Level
via: AmazonIt’s soup season, so I’ve been trying out all the Pinterest recipes I squirreled away for a chilly day. Great for making the house smell awesome, not so good for my scalded fingers from picking bay leaves and bouquet garni out of the boiling hot liquid! This drumstick shaped silicone herb and spice infuser makes gourmet cooking less painful since it corrals all the fiddly bits in an adorable package that’s easy to fish out. I’m also planning to use it for infusing mulled cider with cinnamon and spices this winter and homemade ice cream bases with mint, lavender or other herbs when I’m feeling extra.
These Boots Were Made For Soakin'
via: AmazonOne of my favorite things about getting a pedicure is the relaxing foot soak. My least favorite? The expense. While it’s easy enough to paint my toenails at home, setting up a clunky foot bath in my living room makes me rethink the cost benefit analysis of DIY. These foot soaking boots make it infinitely easier to pamper yourself at home and save a chunk of change. Simply pour warm water into the boots, add your pretty smelling salts and oils and cinch closed around your calf - easy peasy!
These Spool Huggers Keep Sewing Fanatics Happy
via: AmazonI love sewing but I have no patience for untangling loose threads hanging from the ends of all my spools that somehow form a hopelessly knotted mass no matter how organized I try to be. Enter this godsend called Peels that hug your spool of thread to keep it from coming unraveled and tangled. They automatically resize to the spool’s diameter so I can use them for little projects or large quilting thread spools. I’m also betting these spool huggers will make a fantastic stocking stuffer for my mom!
The Dunking Buddy Promises a Mess-Free Dunking Experience
via: AmazonLove dunking cookies in your milk but don’t love the mess? The Dunking Buddy’s your cure for milky fingers. Simply attach this ingenious gadget’s dunking box to the inside of your glass and the magnetic handle to the outside, then lower your cookie safely and securely into your beverage when it’s time to dunk. No more fishing around for soggy cookie remnants or drinking sludgy-bottomed milk!
The Floozie Floats Your Drink Right Next to You
via: AmazonWhen you’re lounging in the pool or hot tub and get thirsty, it’s super inconvenient to leave the water to get a cold drink. Or if you’re floating down a river, kind of impossible! Problem solved: the insulated Floozie (floating koozie) keeps your ice cold drink tethered by your side. Just pop your can or bottled beverage of choice into the holder and float away!
The Belly Bandit Eliminates Sweaty Underboob
via: AmazonReal talk: boob sweat is an unfortunate fact of life for us ladies. It’s embarrassing, uncomfortable and more than a little gross once you factor in the smell and rashes that love an environment perfect for growing some pretty nasty bacteria. These ultra-soft Belly Bandit bra liners are a lifesaver - just pop one on directly under your bra to wick away sweat quickly and discreetly before it becomes a problem.
This Silicone Brush Is Perfect for Cleaning Nasty Water Bottles
via: AmazonFrequent water bottle users know the dreaded vaguely swampy smell all too well. Just one whiff turns my stomach and I can’t see anything but a bacteria breeding ground when I look at my beloved S’well bottle. When a squirt of dish soap, a swish of hot water and a prayer doesn’t seem like enough, I pull out the big cleaning guns. In this case, a handy silicone brush that won’t scratch the inside of your bottle and deep cleans the nasties hiding in every hard-to-reach nook and cranny.
This Multi-Tool is Like a Handy Dad in Your Pocket
via: AmazonYou know how handy dads always seem to have the most useful little tools close at hand in all situations? Now you can, too. This little pen shaped gadget that fits in your pocket features a stylus, a screwdriver (with both Phillips and flathead heads), a bubble level, a ruler (which measures in both inches and centimeters), and a pen (obvs)! It’ll help you handle 98% of future adulting situations, or at least impress your friends and family with your handy preparedness.
These Rubber Twist Ties Will Change Your Life
via: AmazonYou can use these flexible rubber twist ties for securing anything from a hose to a mess of cords to your hanging shower caddy - the strong bendable wire inside the ties combined with the grippy, durable exterior means a strong hold on whatever needs wrangling. These handy little ties inspire amazing levels of passion in over 3,300 happy customers who gave 5-star reviews. One enthusiastic Amazon reviewer claimed “If you have gear ties you really don't need a husband anymore", and went on to say “I have bought other ties but nothing compares. I am not sure I'm exaggerating when I say life without gear ties would not be worth living!" Just...wow. Even better: this listing includes four different sizes of twist ties for use throughout your home and beyond.
Organize Your Life With This 7-Channel Cable Organizer
via: AmazonMy desk, littered with a tangled mess of cords, is crying out for this sleek cable organizer. My husband would probably appreciate one for my nightstand to keep the phone charging cable from falling into the dark corner next to the bed every night since the ensuing rummaging always wakes him up! The seven different channels fit all your various cables and keep them tangle-free and right where you need them.
This Headphone Mount Keeps Your Desk Tidy
via: AmazonA tidy desktop makes me feel accomplished even if I’ve got 45 tabs open in my browser. As someone who has worked in an open-plan office and now works at home with two rambunctious kids running through my office (i.e. living room), headphones are a necessity. Problem is, they’re bulky and take up way too much precious desk space. This hook that easily attaches under your desk or worktop takes care of the clutter by providing a place to hang two pairs of headphones so your sanity-savers are always within easy reach.
This Pick-Up Tool Gives You a (Really Long) Magnetic Finger
via: AmazonImagine having a finger that can telescope up to 30 inches with an incredibly strong magnet at the tip, capable of pulling things that weigh up to 15 pounds. Now you can make that beautiful dream a reality with this handy Pick Up Tool. Grab screws, bolts or other pieces of metal that have fallen into impossibly inconvenient spaces, like under your fridge. The magnet is strong enough that intrepid Amazon reviewers have used it to grab wrenches, hammers, crowbars and other unwieldy tools, saving their backs from constant bending over and looking cool in the process. This little tool’s going to be my dad’s fave stocking stuffer this year.
This Hair Clip = Instant MacGyver
via: AmazonThis unassuming little hair clip contains a bottle opener, a screwdriver, a nail file, a ruler, a box opener and a serrated knife. Oh, and it’ll also keep your growing-out bangs out of your face. More than just a cool party trick, this clip means you’ll be ready for whatever life throws your way, and look good doing it.
This Coffee Scoop Doubles as a Bag Clip
via: AmazonDouble-duty gadgets are a must in small spaces - and for kitchen drawers like mine that tend to get cluttered quickly. I can save my bag clips for important things, like pita chips, and not have to hunt for a coffee scoop every time I want a caffeine re-up. Simply scoop your coffee with the handsome wooden tool then slip the clip part over the bag to get a tight seal and keep your beans fresh.
This Egg Cooker Puts a Short Order Cook on Your Countertop
via: AmazonMy husband’s favorite thing to cook in our Instant Pot is hard boiled eggs. Yes, they come out perfectly every time, but it takes up a ton of cabinet real estate and is heavy as heck. This little Dash Rapid Egg Cooker not only makes six eggs in minutes, it can make them any style: hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, scrambled or even personal omelets. Which would make fixing meals for my picky kids so much easier, and there’s no gunked up pan to scrub at the end. (In fact, it’s so easy to use maybe they can start making their own dang meals!) The small size makes it perfect for dorm rooms, camping or studio apartment sized kitchens too.
This Giant Sticker is Actually a Toilet PlungerThis incredibly useful, innovative toilet plunger sticks onto your toilet bowl and creates an airtight seal so you can use more pressure to free up clogs, with no disgusting plunger to clean after the deed is done. Is it wrong that I’m actually hoping for a reason to use this because it looks like so much fun?
This Cube Timer Is An Awesome Motivational Tool
via: AmazonThis simple to use timer is so useful for tons of things around the home. It’s an easy way to help kids time their teethbrushing or keep them from using up all the hot water when they start showering on their own. It’s also great for helping them stay on task while doing homework so you don’t have to micromanage. I’d use it for timing HIIT exercises too, so I don’t have to interrupt my playlist to keep resetting my phone’s timer. All you do is flip the cube so the desired time is on the top and it immediately starts counting down. Simple and effective, all in a cute package!
This Bluetooth Speaker Is Totally Waterproof
via: AmazonA long, hot shower is one of my favorite ways to practice self-care. The only thing that would make it better (besides a lack of constant interruptions from the kids) would be a way to listen to a podcast or fun playlist to ease me into the day. Enter this waterproof Bluetooth speaker that attaches to your shower wall with a heavy duty suction cup. Connect it to your phone via Bluetooth and scroll through your podcasts or music from inside the shower!
Bring Your Phone in the Shower or Bath With This Phone Mount
via: AmazonSometimes I’m so into the latest show I’m binging that it’s hard to pull myself away for more important things like personal hygiene. This Droplet phone mount lets me take my favorite shows with me into the shower or bath, or just keep on playing Words With Friends while I’m sudsing up. You can also use it with any smart device like a tablet for an even bigger viewing experience.
The SipCaddy Takes Bathtime Relaxation to the Next Level
via: AmazonBaths are a necessary luxury at the end of a long day. Take your pampering session up a notch with a wine glass holder that attaches right to your tub or bathroom tile, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally knocking over your glass of happy juice. Combined with the in-shower or bath Phone Mount and I may never leave the tub.
This Overflow Drain Cover Makes Your Bath So Luxe
via: AmazonDeep, hot baths are so, so good. Except when the water’s not deep enough to cover your shoulders and knees at the same time, so you have to keep shifting body parts in and out of the water as they get cold. Create the bath of your dreams with this overflow drain cover that lets you fill the tub high enough to cover all of you in warm, cozy water. Larger sized reviewers on Amazon love that they can finally take a satisfying bath thanks to the extra inches of water when they fill the tub.
This Tiny Book Light Packs a Serious Punch
via: AmazonI stay up much later than my husband and I love to read, so if I want to read an actual book or magazine, I have to use my phone’s flashlight which is totally inconvenient (and battery draining). This teensy book light throws off enough light so I can read way past my bedtime without bothering my partner, and it’s by MoMA so you know the sleek design is on point.
Get Perfect Clear Ice Spheres with This Ice Maker
via: AmazonGet fancy AF at your next cocktail party (or Tuesday night, no one’s judging) with this Corkcicle Invisiball Ice Maker. You can easily make perfectly clear solid ice cubes, the kind the finest cocktail bars in the world pay big bucks for, with just tap water! No air bubbles or weird flavors, just a flawless, perfectly round ball of ice that you can even embed edible flowers or herbs in to create a little piece of art. The invisiball form comes with a 24 oz Corkcicle tumbler that keeps drinks cold for 9+ hours or hot for 3 hours. This might be my new go-to hostess gift!
This Ring Light Makes Your Selfies Look So Much Better
via: AmazonThis rechargeable ring light makes your selfies look professionally shot - you’ll look so good every shot will be #nofilter. It also helps you make amazingly lit makeup tutorial vlogs, if you’re into that. It’s not just for selfies though - one reviewer loves it for taking gorgeous shots of handmade jewelry for her Etsy shop. Simply clip the ring light onto your phone, laptop or tablet, and shoot away! Easily recharges with the USB cord attachment so it’s ready when you are.
This Phone Tripod That's Also a Selfie Stick
via: AmazonWhile getting a tripod for your phone might seem a bit overkill, it’s actually a really useful tool for group photos! The tripod comes with a Bluetooth remote that controls your phone’s camera so you can get professional looking family photos for holiday cards or just a nice group pic without the dreaded triple chin look on whoever’s taking the shot!
This Smart Notebook Is Basically From The Future
via: AmazonWrite in your notebook just like normal — but that’s where the “normal" stuff ends. Use the app to take a picture of the notebook page and your notes are instantly digitized so you can send them to your computer, collaborate with other students online, or just have a digital paper trail of whatever you’re working on. And now for the craziest part: Once your notebook is full, you can clear the pages by popping the whole thing in the microwave.
This Keychain Bottle Opener Will Save Your Nails
via: AmazonThis chic matte black bottle opener won’t get you mistaken for a frat bro when it’s clipped unassumingly onto your keychain or bag. What it will do is save your gel manicure from dings and chips every time you open a refreshing can of Diet Coke or La Croix.
This Sunrise Alarm Clock Makes Waking Up Less Painful
via: AmazonI am not a morning person and never will be. While I like the idea of waking up with the sun, the reality is that’s way too early to be conscious. Good thing this sleek alarm clock brings the sunrise experience to my bedroom at a much more reasonable hour. The ring around the modern clock face gradually brightens, waking me up gently, which is way more pleasant fashion than my jarring phone alarm. You can make the experience even more authentic by pairing the sunrise effect with nature sounds like birds or ocean waves. There’s also a sunset simulator that dims the room slowly as you’re falling asleep, which might help me stick to a healthier bedtime.