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!
Amazon is the perfect place to get your gadget fix. While looking for the best products to add to this list, I ended up adding a bunch of them to my wish list. (My faves are the projection alarm clock and the Hover Cover!) I hope you find something that will give you that “perfect tool for the job” happiness!
I hope you find these gadgets as awesome as I do. Just an FYI: 22Words is a participant in the Amazon affiliate program and may receive a share of sales from links on this page.
This Glass Washer Makes So Much Sense
via: AmazonGlasses are the No. 2 most annoying dish to wash (No. 1 is obviously spoons because they spray water all over your kitchen). This scrubber sticks to the bottom of your sink with handy suction cups. When it comes time to wash a glass, all you have to do is twirl the cup around the brushes and voila! Every nook and cranny is effortlessly scrubbed!
With The Ice Genie, You Won't Have to Worry About Running out of Ice!Have you ever wished for a bunch of ice cubes to be ready for your use in a very short amount of time and a very convenient container? Well, the Ice Genie grants that wish. Its double chamber design holds up to 120 small ice cubes that easily pop right out of the mold when you're ready for them. It also comes with a lid to keep your ice from soaking in any gross odors from the other stuff in your freezer.
This Bluetooth Adapter Does Much More Than Just Charge Your Phone
via: AmazonThis handy little gadget lets you stream music straight from your phone through your car's own sound system using Bluetooth (or FM!) connection. My favorite detail about it, though, is the fact that it also acts as a car locator. All you have to do is download the app. Next time you're out and about and you forget where you parked the car, all you have to do is open the app and instantly see exactly where your vehicle is!
This Universal Socket Is the Last Socket You'll Ever Have to Buy
via: Amazon(Unless you're, like, really into buying sockets. Do whatever makes you happy!) The unique design of the Universal Socket allows it to grab onto...pretty much anything. Metric nuts, wing nuts, broken nuts, stripped nuts, eye bolts, square nuts — I'm starting to sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump here. The point is that it will attach to your drill and then be used to screw (or unscrew) just about anything you need it to.
This Security Cam Is Surprisingly Affordable!
via: AmazonWell folks, we're obviously living in the future. This wireless, indoor security camera costs just a smidge over $25, but I couldn't resist adding it to the list. (At the time of this writing, it's at $25.98.) It streams 1080p footage straight to your phone and even has night vision and free rolling cloud storage of the past 14 days. And it works with Alexa!
These Stainless Steel Straws Are Good for the Environment!
via: AmazonEverybody's talking about straws these days, huh? Do your part to cut down on plastic straw waste by switching to stainless steel straws at home! The oceans will thank you. This listing is for a six pack of straws. My favorite part is that they come with a teeny tiny brush that makes washing them a breeze (although they're also dishwasher safe)!
This Closet Organizer Will Free up More Room in Your Closet
via: AmazonWhich is great, 'cause that means you can get more clothes and/or shoes! You can use these nifty stackable, interlocking dividers to stack your clothes neatly and keep everything totally accessible. Since every piece of clothing has its own zone, it's easy to pull a shirt from the middle of the pile without having to worry about the entire stack flopping over and making a mess.
This Ice Crusher Is Perfect for Fancy Drink Lovers
via: AmazonSummer may be winding to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy some snow cones. Turn the crank one way to get coarse pieces of ice, and the other way for a finer, shaved texture! It doesn't require batteries or electricity at all, meaning you can easily pop it in your tote bag to bring to the beach, on a camping trip, or to your friend's house.
The Clever Cutter Is Basically a Pair of Scissors for Your FoodI have four chopping boards in my house, and somehow, all four of them end up dirty pretty much every single day. The Clever Cutter is essentially a knife and cutting board all in one handy tool. That means that you don't have to pull out the whole cutting board every time you need to chop some veggies (or fruits, meats, and cheeses). It's also dishwasher safe and has a safety lock for whenever you're not using it.
The Hover Cover Is Just Straight-Up Brilliant
via: AmazonI firmly believe that every single office microwave should come with one of these things. It's a splatter guard that you can use in the microwave to keep food from ending up all over the inside of the oven. But that's not the best part. It has magnets embedded at the top which allow the Hover Cover to be stored inside the microwave oven whenever you're not using it.
This Cutting Board Is Also a Colander
via: AmazonHaven't you always wanted to use your origami skills in the kitchen? Of course you have. When laid flat, the Rinse and Chop acts as a cutting board — nothing too out of the ordinary there. However, fold it up and it becomes a colander you can use to easily wash or drain your freshly chopped veggies. Once again, it means fewer dishes for you to wash, so it's obviously a wonderful invention.
This Adjustable Rolling Pin Is a Must for Bakers
via: AmazonI'll be honest; I looked for this particular gadget after I saw something like it on the latest season of Great British Bake-Off. The removable disks on the ends of the pin act as thickness guides for whatever dough you're rolling out. You don't have to eyeball the thickness or worry about going too thin in one section — just let the rolling pin do the work for you!
This Coffee Mug Warmer Belongs on Every Desk
via: AmazonI spend a rather significant portion of my workday getting up from my desk to reheat my coffee multiple times. It's time for that madness to come to an end! This warmer is 4" in diameter (larger than many others on the market!) and keeps your coffee, tea, cocoa, or soup very warm, reaching temps of up to 248ºF! It has an automatic shut-off that engages after 3 hours. (If you're still on the same cup of coffee at that point, it's probably time to just get a new cup.)
This Projection Alarm Clock Shines the Time on the Ceiling
via: AmazonWhen you wake up in the middle of the night, rolling over to look at the clock can sometimes feel like the most Herculean task. With something like this, you can stay right where you are and still see the time. It projects the current time up onto your ceiling in large digital numbers so you can see it from basically any angle. Unless you sleep with your face literally in your pillow.
This Camera Lens Clips Right onto Your Phone
via: AmazonTechnology is so good these days that you can basically take professional-level pics using nothing but your phone. However, if you're looking for something to take your phone pics to the next level, this tiny gadget is just the thing. It's small enough to stick in your pocket or purse but has a huge effect. The 2-in-1 lens offers both a macro lens (great for taking super close-up pictures) and a wide angle lens.
These Finger Caps Are Perfect for People Who Love Crafts
via: AmazonOK, I'll admit these things are very simple, but I love the idea of them and have already added them to my cart. There's nothing worse than trying to do a craft and ending up with burns all over your fingers from your hot glue gun. These dainty finger caps fit perfectly onto your fingertips and can be used to press small items into the hot glue without any risk of burning.
This Vertical Planter Is Ideal for Small Spaces
via: AmazonIf you live in a small place but still want to enjoy gardening, it's time to go vertical, friend. This planter hangs on your wall, fence, balcony railing, or anywhere else you want to bring a little bit of life. Each one has 7 pockets which are great for flowers, veggies, strawberries, hanging plants, and other green stuff. Simply hang it up, add your soil and seedlings, and enjoy!
This Popcorn Popper Works in the Microwave!
via: AmazonPopcorn is the best snack. That's not even up for debate. Personally, I prefer popping my own popcorn to using the microwaveable bags, which makes this little container the best thing ever. You don't even need to use oil with it (although I am totally going to). The silicone lid also has a small divot where you can put some butter in order to melt it.
This Equalizer Sticker Would Look Super Cool on Your Car
via: AmazonOK, these are just fun. And so cheap! Less than $15 for the whole set! Use the included adhesive tape to put the sticker on your rear windshield (or wherever you see fit), and plug the whole thing into your cigarette lighter. The sound-activated equalizer will start to dance with your music (you can adjust the sensitivity as needed). This isn't something you need...but you totally want it, right?
This Juicer Is Just Downright Adorable
via: AmazonSqueeze the citrus juice into the container... ...And then drizzle it over your food with the watering can spout! Is that not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Use it for your salads, dinners, or to add some lemon juice to your water. And before you ask, yes, it is dishwasher safe. It also stores really conveniently when you flip the lid upside-down to create a flat surface.
These Pushpins Are Also Super Cute
via: AmazonCorkboards are great places to put memos, pictures, reminders, and other flat stuff, but the thumbtacks and pushpins they come with so often leave a lot to be desired. This set of pushpins is designed to look like a little desktop sushi and I kind of can't even handle it. The set includes 50 pushpins and a sushi-shaped storage space to hold whatever pins you're not using.
These Coasters Are Retro Fab
via: AmazonEach of these six coasters is in the shape of a floppy disk and is made with food-grade silicone. Use them as coasters, spoon rests, or just as decor! The silicone not only protects your wood furniture from water spots; it also protects against heat if you're using them with a hot beverage. They'd make a great housewarming gift, and at about $15 a pop, you may as well grab a few sets!
This Magnetic Paperclip Organizer Is Classy AF
via: AmazonIf you want to show the people around you that you have your life together, stock up on paperclips. If you really want to impress them, get a magnetic holder like this one to wrangle them. Bonus points if your paperclips are gold like the ones pictured here. This is one of those things that prove you have both your papers and your whole life together.
This Magnetic Hourglass Is Another Great Gadget for Your Desk
via: AmazonRegular hourglasses don't even impress me anymore. This one has magnetized iron filings in it that build amazing stalagmites in the bottom bell whenever you flip it. Super cool, right? It also features an elegant wooden base and is the perfect size for just about any desktop. The countdown time is a minute (so you could also use it to lend board game night an extra classy air).
These Toaster Bags Are for Chefs on the Go
via: AmazonProblem: You want a grilled cheese but don't want to dirty up a pan. Solution: These toaster bags. Simply add your buttered bread and cheese to the bag and pop the whole thing down in your toaster. In a matter of minutes, bam! Grilled cheese! Or toasted cheese, I guess. Hot bread and hot cheese that you can eat. You get it.
This Smart Plug Is the Smart Choice
via: AmazonAs your house becomes smarter, you might need to upgrade some parts of it — like the outlets! Plug this outlet into any standard socket, plug in a device, and then you can use Alexa or Google Home to turn said device on or off. We're living in the future, ya know? Might as well take advantage! And while we're at it...
These Smart Light Bulbs Are Also a Great Choice
via: AmazonI actually already have something very similar to this in my living room and bedroom, and it is such a game changer! Just twist them into any lamp or overhead light then use Alexa, Google Home, or your phone to turn them off and on, dim them to your desired lighting level, or even change the color of the light.
This Water Flask Makes More Sense Than Bottles
via: AmazonSomehow, we've all become used to using cylindrical water bottles to stay hydrated, but they're kind of the least efficient shape when it comes to packing. The E Flask is flat so it fits in your purse or backpack and won't get crushed or make your bag all bulgy. You already know that staying hydrated is important, but doing so in a way that doesn't inconvenience the rest of your life is an excellent perk.
This Cocktail Layering Tool Is Great for Aspiring Mixologists
via: AmazonLayered cocktails are so fancy! But they also seem super complicated. This gadget allows you to carefully layer every drink component by directing the liquid to the side of the glass before it has a chance to dip down into lower layers. The result? A fancy drink for you to enjoy and bragging rights.
This Sandwich Slicer Makes the Best Sandwiches
via: Amazon/Jules0831If you had asked me before today what shape is the best for a sandwich, I would have said four triangles...but that's only because I didn't even realize "two dinosaurs" was an option! This sandwich cutter removes the crust and cuts sandwiches into two dinos in one fell swoop. I know you're not technically supposed to play with your food but, come on. This is amazing.
This Travel French Press Is for Coffee Lovers with a Commute
via: AmazonFrench press coffee is some of the best coffee out there, but not all of us have the time to make it before we leave for work. This mug fixes that issue! Simply add your coffee grounds and hot water, let it brew, then lower the plunger to get rid of the grounds! It also works with looseleaf tea and can even keep cold drinks cold, if that's more your style. But is it dishwasher safe? You bet it is!
One Trip Grips Are a Total Game Changer
via: AmazonYou just got home from the grocery store. You walked down almost every single aisle. You loaded the stuff onto the conveyer belt. You loaded it back into your cart. You loaded it into your car. You're tired, dangit, and heaven forbid you have to make more than one trip to get the food back to your home. Just hook the grocery bag handles onto your One Trip Grip and you're good to go!
This Corgi Bottle Stopper Is Too Cute for Words
via: AmazonOK, let's get the technical stuff out of the way first. This little guy is a great way to keep your wine tasting fresh and eliminate the worry of spilling wine all over your counters. But the real reason it's on this list of gadgets I want is that it's called a Corki. A Corki! As in Cork + Corgi! You want it too now, right? Yeah. I know.
This 4-in-1 Adapter Is a Great Option for World Travelers
via: AmazonLeave your bulky international adapters behind — this one transforms into 4 different adapter styles and is also easily stored as one small block that will easily fit into your suitcase. It works in 150 different countries! All you have to do is match the correct colors to create the adapter that fits your needs. It also comes in a box that doubles as a guide to the 48 most popular travel destinations.
This Portable Power Strip Is Another Great Gadget for Travelers
via: AmazonBringing a power strip to the airport can easily make you everyone's BFF. Bringing one that winds up like this one will make you your own BFF because you didn't take up a bunch of room in your bag with a bulky, traditional-style power strip. It features a universal socket and 4 USB ports, which should cover just about everything you need on a trip.
Everybody Needs a Squeegee
via: AmazonI actually recommend getting at least two — you can keep one in your car and one in the shower! Use them to easily remove condensation and keep everything clean without leaving any streaks behind. This one has a suction cup on the bag so you can store it on a flat surface and just pop it off whenever you need it. And it has a fun li'l guy as the handle. What's not to love?
This Mini Fan Plugs Right into Your Phone
via: AmazonIt's small enough to keep in your purse but can be a total life saver if you find yourself overheating on a hot day. Just plug it into your charging port and let relief wash over you as the fan starts up to keep you cool. This one works with iPhone 5, 5s, 6, or 6s. It's also ultra quiet so you can still enjoy a conversation with your friends (or listen to whatever's on the TV).