I don't know about you, but I'm done thinking. Does anybody know where I can go to turn in my adult card? I don't think I have to belabor the idea that the past 18 months or so have been pretty much a total mess and I'd like to be finished making decisions that require more than a quick "yes" or "no" answer. That's what I love about the list I've pulled together here.
These 37 Amazon finds are total no-brainers, as in you-don't-even-have-to-think-about-it, put-down-the-pros-and-cons-list, add-to-cart-and-you're-done. You'll find the cutest way to plug your not-yet-finished wine bottle (No. 5), a cure for your oily skin days (No. 17), and what can only be dubbed "sheer genius" (No. 22). Seriously, though, that last one is a real gem. Whether you're trying to boost your charging options, organize your kitchen or protect yourself from the sun, reading this list is a no-brainer in itself.
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Extend Your Outlets
You always think you have enough outlets ... until you don't. Honestly, can you ever have too many? This multi-plug outlet extender turns what you have into enough with an additional three outlets and two USB ports. Unlike other outlet extenders, this one has a cleverly disguised shelf where you can rest your smartphone or tablet while charging. It also features a built-in nightlight.
Sheer Tint and SunScreen In One
Here's my dilemma: I spend a lot of time outdoors, either at the beach or the pool, but I don't want to apply a full face of makeup when what I really need is sunscreen. However, I like a little bit of coverage to even out red spots and fine lines. This tinted BB cream doubles as an SPF 50 sunscreen from the sun gods themselves, Australian Gold. You can have a matte finish and broad-spectrum protection at the same time.
Your Earrings Succ
What do you buy for someone who loves plants but has no green thumb? How about succulent earrings that require no sun, water, or nutrients? (O.K., fine, you can buy them for your green thumb friends, too.) These lovely little earrings have a hypoallergenic plastic post, which means they're comfortable and perfect for people with sensitive skin. I love the matte aqua blue pictured, but there are eight other colors to choose from.
Strain and Drain Without Pain
If there's one thing we all need more of, it's cabinet space — especially in the kitchen. That's why it's so critical to find space-saving gadgets that perform their designated job without taking up a ton of room. This three-pack of collapsible colanders will let you strain and drain all the things (each one holds up to four quarts!) without consuming all your space. These are heat-resistant and dishwasher-safe, too.
It's a Cork ... It's a Corgi ... It's a Corki
This one wins the award for the most creatively named Amazon gadget: The Corki. <Pausing for oohs and aahs.> The Corki is a novelty bottle stopper with personality. Made from colorful silicone with self-sealing ridges that deliver an airtight seal, this little guy will add whimsy to your wet bar. It also makes a great gift for the corgi lovers in your life.
Your Very Own Mini Charging Station
I have a secret obsession with power strips: Big ones, small ones, flat ones, even the ones that fit right up against your outlet. This small flat plug power strip might be the next one to be added to my Amazon cart. It sits flush on a nightstand or desk with two outlets and three USB ports to deliver plenty of juice to your gadgets. It comes in multiple colors with various cord lengths.
Light Up The Night
If you've ever reached for a flashlight only to discover you don't have one (or can't find it), this is the Amazon gadget for you. These tactical flashlights have an intense spotlight so you can see extra far, five light modes, and a zoom feature. Buy it as a single or in a two- or three-pack and stash them all over your house. These require a rechargeable battery or three AAAs.
Nourish Your Skin
I've been on a journey over the past six months or so to find just the right facial products for my skin. This facial moisturizer promises instant hydration for a softer, smoother, and more balanced appearance and it won't break the bank at less than $30. A combination of plant extracts and minerals do the heavy lifting here in a product that's both cruelty-free and organic.
The Perfect Power Anker
There are a few brands out there outside of the big names like Apple and Android that you just know deliver high-quality products. For me, one of those is Anker, which has created this PowerCore portable charger that's no bigger than a traditional wallet. Featuring two high-speed USB ports, this will charge an iPhone 8 five times before it needs a charge itself.
Turn Your Fridge Into Avengers HQ
This one is for the kids in your life — the little ones, of course, but the big "kids," too. These 12 Avengers magnets are a quick way to dress up your otherwise boring refrigerator (or a school locker?) and show off your fun side. Pin notes, recipes, and reminders anywhere there's a magnetic surface and just resist the urge to shout "Avengers, assemble!" every time you walk by.
Breakfast — In A Dash
If you've ever read any of my other Amazon lists, you might have figured out that I have an affinity for Dash appliances. They're small, get the job done, and, honestly, just super cute. This rapid egg cooker carries on the Dash tradition for me, delivering up to six hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs (or even individual omelets), all within minutes of pushing the start button.
This Dry Goods Storage Is A "Do"
If you're like me, you probably have a pantry full of dry goods — flour, rice, cornmeal, etc. — in individual boxes and bags that just don't want to stay closed. All that does is result in less-than-fresh ingredients, messes, and wasted money. These airtight storage containers will clean up your pantry and make it simpler to cook, thanks to the incorporated measuring cup. You're probably going to want more than one.
Wood You Cook With These?
Just because you need functional kitchen utensils doesn't mean you have to buy ugly kitchen utensils. This five-piece set is made of 100 percent natural acacia wood and is just flat-out pretty. The set includes flat-, angled- and slotted spatulas, a mixing spoon, and an 8.5-inch turner. These won't get too hot, melt, warp or crack and they look just lovely in a glass jar on a countertop.
Meet The Moisture Meter
If you're still growing your green thumb but could use just a tiny boost, consider adopting this soil moisture meter into your gardening routine. It requires no batteries and works for both indoor and outdoor plants to ensure you're not underwatering (or overwatering) your green babies. A large, clear dial delivers test results immediately after being inserted into your soil.
Put Tangles On Auto-Pilot
Tired of hearing "ouchhhhh!," combating tears, or chasing your hairy monsters around the house just to brush out their hair? You need this electric detangling brush that will knock out knots in wet or dry hair with very little effort. The teeth of this brush glide through hair to loosen tangles with minimal pulling or discomfort. You may need another for your purse, gym bag, or car.
Your Wish In Their Command
Amazon / Jennifer P.
I live in an apartment with lights pretty similar to the ones displayed above and I wish I had known about these Command outdoor light clips before I attempted to try to line mine up perfectly. These Command clips are paired with water-resistant tape strips that will hold strong through any weather conditions. They also remove cleanly so you don't have to worry about damage when it's time to take them down.
No More Oily Days
Amazon / Maria Acero-Diaz
I think there's something in most of us that makes us automatically think that an inexpensive item won't work while a more expensive item is a shoo-in. Shun that notion for a minute when you check out this $6 oil-control powder that delivers a matte appearance with just a swipe. I like it so much I bought one for my vanity, another for my purse and one for my travel bag. It's that good.
Soothe Sniffles With VapoBath
Cooler days are ahead of us, which means sniffles, colds, and the flu can't be far behind. The cold fighter trusted by moms everywhere for more years than I can count, Vicks has developed its own line of bath crystals that deliver soothing menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus vapors to clear stuffy noses and just make you feel better.
Oh, The Vanity
You just don't know the power of the right type of lighting to really help you achieve your best look. This tri-fold lighted vanity mirror has 21 LED lights, multiple magnification levels, and a touchscreen design. The 180-degree swivel design can be fixed at any position you need and three panels of mirrors give you great wide-angle views. Grab it in black, rose gold, silver, and more.
I always say, "If you have to clean at least make it fun." This dust cleaning gel will transport you back to your childhood playing with slime or silly putty. The best part about it is how it gets into every nook and cranny, including places you can't usually reach with any other cleaning materials. This one has a cherry blossom fragrance and can be used numerous times before needing to be replaced.
Add A Stretchy Strap
Plant me firmly in the #TeamStretchyBand camp after trying all manner of Apple Watch bands over the past few years. These stretchy loop strap bands on Amazon are cheap (think "less than $10) and come in an assortment of fun colors and patterns. My personal favorites are the red/pink, which features an almost Moroccan flair, and the light brown with leopard spots.
Keep Your Lids From Disappearing
If this isn't the most genius invention I've ever seen, I don't know what is. I'm only sorry I didn't think of it first. Meet the YouCopia StoraLid, a food container lid organizer that ensures you'll never have to go on the hunt for a lid to your plasticware ever again. I particularly enjoy how there are different sizes of compartments for the various sizes of lids you inevitably have in your kitchen.
Up Your Homemade Pizza Game
I have had the hardest time ordering pizza lately. Not because I can't make up my mind, but because so many restaurants have limited hours and even more limited staff. I'm thinking long and hard about purchasing my own pizza stone, like this one, to satisfy my taste for the crunchy crust and ooey-gooey cheese. This stone heats twice as fast as others and can be used for myriad things besides just pizza.
Do The Dermaplane
If you've never tried dermaplaning, stop what you're doing and order these multipurpose dermaplaning tools from Schick Hydro Silk. I'll wait. ... Are you back? This three-pack is a super inexpensive tool to help shape eyebrows, remove fine hairs, and even smooth skin. Slim and portable, you're going to want to keep one of these with you whether you're headed out to brunch or taking a long weekend.
You'll Love This Lap Desk
One of my best work-from-home purchases over the past year was this lap desk with built-in device ledge. Soft and padded on the bottom with a non-slip top, there's more than enough room for your laptop, mouse, and even your smartphone. It's available in a variety of colors to suit your fancy, including black, pink, wood grain, and even white marble.
Save your sanity and limit how early you have to be coherent before coffee by inserting one of these dual dry food dispensers in your kitchen. Little ones and big ones alike can self-serve their own cereal, granola, Goldfish crackers, and more without making a mess. Each plastic container holds up to 17.5 ounces and each twist of the knob delivers one ounce of treats.
Lay Your Head On My Pillow
Silk and satin pillowcases are life-changing in more ways than one. For starters, they're a cool solution for hot-headed sleepers. My personal favorite reason for using them is the benefits they provide to your hair and skin. They protect your hair to keep tangle and frizz-free and protect your skin against the facial sleep lines that could become deep wrinkles. They're a total win for less than 10 bucks.
The OG Of Shaker Bottles
I've tried a lot of shaker bottles over the past decade or so, but I always go back to BlenderBottle and its classic 28-ounce shaker. The surgical-grade stainless steel BlenderBall wire whisk is found only in BlenderBottle brand shaker cups and it truly makes a difference for clump-free shakes and smoothies. There's plenty of colors to choose from to match your personality, from ocean blue to coral.
Personalize Your Pods
If you live in a house with multiple pairs of AirPods, it can be tricky to know whose is whose. This custom AirPods Pro case can be personalized with your name or a phase up to 100 characters and includes a convenient keychain. The case itself is anti-slip, anti-scratch, dirt-resistant, and shockproof and fits snugly on your case for lightweight protection.
Fun For Fido
While you're shopping, don't forget man's best friend! This interactive puzzle (with hidden treats!) is unlike most dog toys that require someone to throw them or involve a squeaker ball. This interactive puzzle includes additional obstacles and combinations of steps that will keep your dog focused and mentally stimulated as they search and sniff out tasty treats. Who knows? You might even get to eat dinner without an extra set of eyes on you.
Laces On Lock
If you're already treating your sneakers like slip-on shoes, you might as well invest in a few pairs of these Lock Laces, an elastic no-tie option for your existing tennis. The Lock Laces are one-size-fits-all for kids and adults and come in a ton of fun colors like purple and neon yellow. These elastic laces conform to your foot for a custom fit, adding the teeniest bit of compression to help reduce discomfort.
You'll Be A Walking Karaoke Machine
Have karaoke, will travel? You'll be a walking party machine with this three-in-one karaoke microphone that can be used as a speaker, player, and recorder. Available in a rainbow of colors, it features both Bluetooth and cable connections and has a dedicated smartphone app that pairs with it for easy singing. Now, all you have to do is pick your karaoke song. You already have one in mind, don't you?
Strap On These Sandals
Amazon / Anna
Summer might be winding down, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of days ahead where you can still get out and about in these open-toe espadrilles with ankle straps. They come in so many colors you'll have trouble choosing: Gray, white, yellow, even camo. You might even be able to snag a steal; the price on these drops to as low as $14 in some style/size combos.
Peep This Credit Card Wallet
This is one of those purchases that I made spur-of-the-moment and don't regret for even a second. This credit card zipper case gives me plenty of space for my IDs, debit cards, and insurance information without taking up an unnecessary amount of space in my handbag. I purchased in orange for a particular style of purse that I own and went back later for an all-purpose black one.
A Pillow Made For The Floor
I don't have room for a floor pillow in my current living room configuration, but that doesn't mean I love the idea of them any less. This tufted floor pillow is the perfect solution for a smidge of extra seating, for yoga or meditation, as a reading nook, or even as a more comfortable way to hang out on the floor with your kiddos. It comes in both round and square options.
Chilled In A
I'm an iced coffee fan myself, but the only problem I have with it is that it's not always readily available or as cold as I'd like. I'm adding this HyperChiller to my own Amazon cart — stat. This creative little number promises to chill your coffee, beer, wine, tea, juice, and more in as few as 60 seconds. That lessens the amount of time you have to wait to caffeinate and might just save someone's life.
A Cube Countdown
Sure, you could use the timer feature on your smartphone, but what fun is that? This cube timer supports four different timed settings at once and operates simply by just turning on the switch and flipping the number on the timer to set the time. If time management is an issue, this might be a great investment, whether you're counting down the minutes to get off the treadmill or timing kids' homework assignments.