I've shared lots of my favorite Amazon purchases with you before. There's nothing quite like a personal recommendation for a product, is there? This list is a little different, though. I don't actually own any of these items...yet. Everything on this list is either something a friend told me about, or something I stumbled upon while browsing online. They're all on my wish list now, and the more I look at them, the more I want them!
Who could resist pizza socks? (Answer: not me.) I'm also digging this dessert bowl that keeps your ice cream frosty cold. Don't miss this map that lets you scratch off the places you've visited. I'm ordering one for myself and several more for gifts! Take a look at all 33 of my ideas, and I bet you'll find at least one or two you can't resist.
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Keep Nose-Blowing Classy With This Antique Book Tissue Box
via: AmazonThere are two good reasons to own this tissue box that looks like a stack of cool old books. One, the sturdy construction makes it easier to pull out tissues. Two, it looks excellent anywhere. Wait, I just thought of a third reason: You can finally pull tissues out of books. Who doesn't want to do that?!
This Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool Is a 12/10, Would Use on Any Good Dog
via: AmazonBathing a dog at home can be messy, difficult, and not much fun for you or your furry friend. The right tools make all the difference. The Aquapaws Pet Bathing Tool is designed to let you control the spray of water and scrub your pet at the same time. You'll save time, make less of a mess, and have more fun keeping your pup clean!
This Best-Selling Lip Treatment Works Overnight to Smooth and Moisturize
via: AmazonA friend recommended this best-selling beauty product to me, and I can't wait to try it. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask comes with a teeny-tiny spatula you use to apply the fruity-scented balm to your lips at night. In the morning, wipe off any excess product, and your lips will be smooth, flake-free, and moisturized.
This Body Wash Variety Pack Includes 8 Popular Scents from the Oregon Soap Company
via: AmazonBuying scented products online can be risky, since you don't really know what they'll smell like (or if you'll like them). While we wait for Amazon to invent smell-o-vision, we can hedge our bets by purchasing a variety pack of body wash. This way, you can try out all eight of Oregon Soap Company's most popular formulas, including lavender, lemongrass zinger, and double mint.
Express Yourself With This Versatile and On-Trend Chalkboard Sign
via: AmazonThe moment I saw this adorable chalkboard sign, I knew I wanted at least one. Probably two or three. With a 10" by 7" surface, it's the perfect size to write greetings, love notes, or holiday wishes. These would also be cute on a display of party food to describe the menu. Be sure to get the Liquid Chalk Markers to go with it (see next item!).
Decorate Your Chalkboard Sign With These No-Mess Liquid Chalk Markers
via: AmazonIf you get the chalkboard sign, make your life easier by ordering this set of liquid chalk markers at the same time. The 18 bright colors, including gold and silver, are easy to use and look fabulous on chalkboards. The set even includes 48 chalkboard labels for free, so you can get even more creative.
This Is the Chocolate-Scented Cookie Pillow We All Need Right Now
via: AmazonLife is tough. After a long day of adulting, we all deserve a soft, chocolate-scented spot to lay our weary heads. I want this cookie pillow so bad I can nearly taste it. Actually, I'm slightly worried that if I actually buy one, I won't be able to resist tasting it. Am I alone in this?
This DIY Hot Sauce Kit Is the Perfect Gift for That Spicy Someone in Your Life
via: AmazonDo-it-yourself craft sets (make your own soap, etc.) are popular for gifting, but there aren't many choices that would appeal to most guys. That's why this DIY Hot Sauce Kit is such a great find. It includes recipes, ingredients, and bottles to make three different sauces. The all-natural ingredients include cayenne, ancho, curry, New Mexico chili powders, guajillo, chipotle, and more!
Turn Your Room Into an Underwater Oasis With This Dream Wave Projector
via: AmazonWhen I can't sleep, I sometimes stare at the tiny red lights glowing on the various electronics in my bedroom. What is the point of these annoying lights? Instead, I wish I had a Dream Wave Projector, which produces an effect like moonlight reflected on tranquil water. You can even plug in your phone and use the speaker to play music or water sounds to accompany the light show.
Master the Art of Grilled Cheese With the Flipwich Sandwich Maker
via: AmazonI once saw a celebrity chef build the perfect grilled cheese sandwich: sourdough bread, grated gruyere, plenty of butter. But the poor guy had to cook it in an ordinary pan. Something was missing. The Flipwich Sandwich Maker takes grilled cheese, panini, and other sandwiches to the next level of deliciousness! The nonstick plates mean it's easy to clean and doesn't require much butter or oil to get a golden, toasty result. You can even use it to cook chicken, hot dogs, French toast, and so much more. But I'll be happy just to perfect my grilled cheese.
Make Your Own Jerky, Fruit Snacks, and Granola With This Versatile Food Dehydrator
via: AmazonI've had my eye on this Food Dehydrator for quite a while, and I think the time has finally come to add to cart. I love that it has five trays for maximum efficiency (they are dishwasher safe and the height is adjustable, depending on the size of the food you're dehydrating). It comes with recipes that might be fun to try, but mainly I just want to dry herbs and fruit for less waste and to create healthy snacks.
This Clever One-Step Hair Dryer/Styler Saves Time and Gives You Shiny, Shiny Hair
I've Been Wanting a Himalayan Salt Lamp Forever and I'm Finally Getting One
via: AmazonIt feels like salt lamps sprang into existence overnight and suddenly everyone I knew had one. Somehow I missed the first wave on this trendy item, but every time I see another hunk of salt emitting a soft, amber-pink glow, I remember how much I want one of my own. With a 6-foot cord, dimmer switch, and included light bulb, this lamp is ready to go right out of the box.
This Ice Cream Freeze Bowl Keeps Dessert Deliciously Cold
via: AmazonMy daughter prefers her ice cream melted. She microwaves it and stirs until it's more like a chilled soup. <shrug> For everyone else, there's the handy ice cream freeze bowl. Pop it into the freezer for an hour or two, then fill with ice cream or any other food you'd like to keep cold. You can take your time enjoying your treat, since the cooling gel contained in the bowl will keep your food frosty. I think this would be amazing for a bowl of cereal, too!
Keep Champagne and Wine Party-Ready With This Insulated Wine Tote
via: AmazonIf I had this product in my life, I feel certain I would have more fun. I'm picturing romantic picnics, campfires on the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool...and at each scenario, I've brought perfectly chilled Champagne in my insulated wine tote. The tote even comes in three different colors--I'm partial to the camo print.
Embrace Your Inner Nerd With This Set of Measuring Cup Beakers
via: AmazonWhy get another boring set of measuring cups, when you can upgrade to seven multicolored measuring beakers? I love everything about these beakers. They each have a fun color. They nest inside each other for compact storage. And, the entire set of 7 beakers only costs about $20. What's not to love?
This Handy Little Mini Fridge-Warmer Belongs on Every Desk in the World
via: AmazonWhere has this Mini Fridge-Warmer been all my life? This adorable little appliance looks like a teeny-tiny fridge, and it serves pretty much the same function. It's just the right size for a six-pack of sodas, or it can hold your lunch, fresh fruit, or anything else you want to keep cold. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. With the flip of a switch, the mini-fridge can heat stuff up, too! So you can warm up your food or keep leftovers toasty until you're ready for second-lunch.
Keep Your Furry Friends Warm and Comfy With This Pet Heating Pad
via: AmazonEvery good boy and good girl definitely deserves this pet heating pad. Simply plug it in, and the pad warms up to a cozy body temperature that keeps dogs, cats, rabbits, or other small pets comfy in cold weather. It's designed to not overheat, so it's safe to use for pretty much any pet. Reviewers say it's especially helpful for older pets with arthritis and health issues.
These Photo Booth Props Make Every Party a Little More Fun
via: AmazonThe perfect addition to any birthday party, baby shower, or random Friday night at my friend Jim's house, photo booth props make everything a little more fun. The set of 66 props includes glasses, mustaches, bowties, lips, hats, ears, and lots of other accessories (all made out of cardboard). The kit includes enough wooden sticks and glue dots to assemble the props yourself.
Brighten and Whiten Your Smile With This At-Home LED Teeth Whitening Kit
via: AmazonI've tried teeth whitening strips, but I've heard that for the most dramatic results, you have to have the LED light. It's way too expensive to have it done at the dentist's office, so this at-home LED Teeth Whitening Kit seems like the answer. The set includes a tray, enough gel for 20+ uses, and an LED light that accelerates the whitening process. With thousands of 4 and 5-star reviews, it's safe to say this is a product that works.
These Hilarious Pizza Socks Look Good Enough to Eat
via: AmazonThese pizza socks seem like the perfect gift for anyone who loves pizza and fun socks! The four pairs of socks are carefully arranged in a pizza box so that they actually look a lot like a pizza (one made out of soft, comfy cotton, anyway). Reviewers give them high marks for cuteness, durability, and making gift recipients happy.
Deodorize and Freshen Any Room With This Pluggable Air Purifier
via: AmazonThis compact air purifier does the work you'd expect of a much bigger appliance. Simply plug it into any outlet, and the UV-C light technology cleanses the air. Not only does it eliminate odors, but it even reduces airborne bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. Reviewers love using them to freshen air in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and rooms where pets are kept.
Harness the Power of the Sun With This Essential Portable Solar Charger
via: AmazonWhen a recent windstorm swept through my town, I lost electrical power for a day. As my phone's battery quickly drained, a friend asked if I had a solar charger. Nope. But I sure wished I did. When I finally got power back (along with the ability to search Amazon), I looked for a solar charger to make sure I'm ready next time. This solar charger is compact, affordable, highly rated, and a best-seller. Add to cart!
This Rose-Shaped Pan Makes the Most Beautiful Cakes
via: AmazonIf you love to bake (or are shopping for a gift for a baker), this rose-shaped cake pan is a charming and unique idea. It's made by Nordic Ware, so it's excellent quality, in a heavy cast aluminum that's both durable and nonstick. Reviewers recommend coating the pan with butter, flour, and cooking spray to make sure the cake releases well and shows off the intricate rose-petal design.
Chart Your Journeys With This Unique Scratch-the-World Travel Map
via: AmazonThis would be an excellent gift for graduates, newlyweds, or anyone embarking on new adventures. The 33" by 22" poster depicts a world map coated in gold. You can use a coin or guitar pick to scratch off the cities, regions, or countries you've visited, so the map gradually reveals more details as your travels progress. Hundreds of reviewers have given it four or five stars!
Turn Fruit Into Delectable Soft-Serve Desserts With This Sorbet Maker
via: AmazonI have a freezer full of frozen fruit that I never seem to eat. Theoretically, I could defrost some blueberries for muffins, I guess. But I am really liking the idea of getting a Sorbet Maker instead. You just pop in frozen fruit, hit the switch, and watch as creamy, soft-serve sorbet swirls into your bowl. It even includes recipes for desserts like peach cobbler and frozen peanut butter and jelly. Yum.
Control Your Clutter With This Storage Ottoman That Costs Under $25
via: AmazonI love home accessories that serve three functions at once. That's the brilliance of this storage ottoman, which comes in blue or gray, and costs under $25. Does it look great perched next to your favorite chair or sofa? Yes. Can you open the lid and hide a bunch of junk inside? Yes. Can you even use it as a spare seat when you have guests over? Yes!
Craft Cocktails With a Literary Twist With Tequila Mockingbird
via: AmazonThis cocktail recipe book is perfect for literature lovers, cocktail connoisseurs, and anyone who enjoys clever writing. Learn how to make a Romeo and Julep, A Rum of One's Own, and The Last of the Mojitos. There are 65 drink recipes in all, inspired by the world's greatest literature and tested for deliciousness.
Collect and Display Your Cherished Souvenirs in This Ticket Stub Memory Box
via: AmazonResearch into happiness reveals that in the longterm, people value experiences more than material possessions. Special events such as concerts, plays, and travel make for some of our most profound memories. A great way to preserve those special moments is to save the ticket stubs and drop them into this charming memory box. The 8" by 10" shadowbox also makes a unique gift for anyone in your life who loves collecting memories.
Join Me in Admitting That We All Need This Toilet Paper and Mobile Phone Holder
via: AmazonLet's get real for a minute. People like to read in the bathroom. In the old days, it was common to see a basket of books or magazines on the back of the toilet. Now, everyone just takes in their phone, which is fine until you need to set it down while reaching for the toilet paper. Solve both problems at once with this clever toilet paper holder that has a built-in shelf perfectly sized for mobile phones. You're welcome.
This Unique Candy Bowl Looks like a Plastic Bag but Is Actually Hand-Blown Glass
via: AmazonYears ago, I saw this adorable candy bowl that looks like a plastic baggie but is actually made of glass. I put it on a wish list and patiently waited for someone to buy it for my birthday or a holiday. I'm still waiting. It has finally dawned on me that if I really want something, I should go ahead and gift it to myself. I hope you'll do the same, because this candy bowl is too cute to pass up.
This Ultra-Soft Eye Mask Is Like a Weighted Blanket for Your Stressed-Out Face
via: AmazonAs the benefits of deep pressure therapy have moved from the therapeutic realm into the home, items like weighted blankets have become more and more popular. Now, you can treat your face to this relaxing trend with this weighted eye mask. One side is made of smooth jersey for a cooling effect, while the other side uses fuzzy fleece for warmth. The soothing weight can reduce stress, tension, and headaches.
This Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Delivers Big Sound in a Small Package
via: AmazonHighly rated for portability, sound quality, and ease of use, this wireless bluetooth speaker has garnered more than 1,500 four and five-star reviews on Amazon. It's about the size of your palm, and runs up to 12 hours after charging. Reviewers recommend it for getting better sound while watching movies on tablets or laptops, playing music in small rooms, and traveling.