Two is better than one! That's the philosophy behind today's list of products, all of which have at least two different functions. Sometimes, the item is designed with a dual use in mind. Other times, sneaky-smart customers have figured out a second purpose! Either way, these products are all brilliant solutions to a wide range of life's little challenges.
Take, for instance, the Brazilian Mat, which was designed to pick up pet hair, but has another surprising use. There's also a money clip and picture frame, both of which have hidden features you'd never guess by looking at them. Read on for more products with brilliant double lives!
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This Brazilian Mat
These Mesh Bags
via: AmazonThese reusable, washable mesh bags are meant for carrying produce home from the store and storing in the fridge. They let fruits and veggies breathe and cut down on single-use plastic. Bonus: They double as laundry bags for delicates!
These Bluetooth Sunglasses
via: AmazonTreat yourself or a friend to this fun new gadget (well-priced at under $20). This set of Bluetooth sunglasses includes polarized lenses in a universally flattering shape, along with built-in headphones that deliver crisp audio. Connect via Bluetooth to your phone for music in the sunshine!
These Cocktail Party Plates
via: AmazonI love a good cocktail party, but I don't love the awkwardness of managing a plate and wine glass while balancing on high heels and pretending my husband's colleague is fascinating. At least these cocktail party plates can solve one of those problems! They pull double duty by holding appetizers and a wine glass in just one hand.
via: AmazonI'm a sucker for any multipurpose gadget, so the Barracuda 5-in-1 Kitchen Tool looks like a sure thing for me. Grab, scoop, strain, scrape, and serve all with one handy tool!
This Aluminum Dome
via: AmazonDurable and bargain-priced, this lightweight aluminum dome is a handy tool in the kitchen. It's meant for melting cheese on burgers, but home chefs have found other uses as well, including cooking eggs faster, using as a lid while steaming veggies or fish, and keeping food warm until serving.
This Coconut Oil
via: AmazonMaybe you already knew about coconut oil's myriad uses, but some of these were new to me! In addition to using it in recipes, you can spread coconut oil on bread or muffins as a butter substitute. It's also amazing in smoothies! Buy a jar for the bathroom, too, because coconut oil is a fabulous moisturizer for skin, hair, and nails.
This Rose Berry Tint
via: AmazonIf you like make-up products that pull double (or triple) duty, you'll love this Rose Berry Tint, a subtle, creamy shade flattering on most complexions. It's designed for both cheeks and lips, and Amazon reviewers report using it as eyeshadow, too!
These Dog Waste BagsThese bags serve double duty: They hold dog poop securely, and are fully compostable!
via: AmazonVersatile and practical, this sleek bag transforms from a backpack to a messenger bag with shoulder strap. It looks professional enough for a job interview, but is sturdy enough for travel. Comes in two sizes based on laptop size.
via: Amazon / Machine380Clean, chop, and scoop veggies all in one place! This cutting board is designed to fit over the sink so you can rinse and chop without moving around the kitchen. And the collapsible silicone colander is removable, making it easy as heck to keep perfectly clean. (And you can play with it, because trust me, anything silicone AND collapsible makes for fun fidgetin').
This Silicone Donut Pan
via: AmazonPick up one of these silicone donut pans, and you're in for a treat. Two treats, that is! Bake up a batch of cake-style donuts (there are a billion recipes online), or freeze juice for donut-shaped popsicles!
via: AmazonProtect your eyeglasses or sunglasses from scratches with this microfiber pouch. The thin pouch protects glasses without taking up a lot of space in your pocket or bag. Plus, the microfiber is perfect for cleaning your lenses, too!
via: AmazonProtect your feet and valuables at the same time! Rocky beaches call for water shoes, and outdoor activities require a safe spot for your key or other small items. This pair of beach shoes lets you take care of both needs at once.
via: Amazon / RachelA bestseller on Amazon, this highly rated oil is a blend of all-natural olive, lavender, grape seed, and almond oils. Use it on hair, skin, face, and nails for gentle yet rich moisturizing.
via: AmazonPossibly the cutest dual-use product available on Amazon, this pet lover's hoodie lets you and your furry friend snuggle and stay warm together.
This Utensil Holder
via: AmazonUnderstated and elegant, this ceramic utensils container doubles as an iPad holder. Use it in the kitchen to corral cooking utensils and prop up your tablet for recipes. Or, try it on your desk as a pencil cup!
This Litter Box Planter
via: AmazonIf you have a cat, you have to own a litter box. You don't have to own one that looks like a litter box, though! This clever design makes it look like you just have a nice plant in the corner, instead of an open box of sand and poop!
This Salt Spray
via: AmazonWant to feel like you're on vacation, even when it's another day at the office? Try this heavenly-smelling Love & Salt Spray. A few spritzes in your hair gives beachy waves that are textured yet soft. You can also spray onto skin for a refreshing, light scent!
This Luggage Strap
via: AmazonThis little gadget makes a big impact! Use it to clip a smaller bag to a bigger one, or to securely clip a jacket, water bottle, or other accessory to your suitcase or backpack. A practical item for commuters, travelers, and students!
This Money Clip
via: AmazonGrab this gift for the tough guy (or gal) in your life. It looks and acts like an ordinary money clip, but it also conceals a handy little 1.75-inch knife.
This Acrylic Serving Set
via: AmazonUnbreakable acrylic is perfect for outdoor entertaining and kids' parties. This versatile serving set lets you mix and match the pieces depending on what you're serving, from crudités, to salads, to desserts, to punch!
This Patio Table
via: AmazonSpruce your outdoor space with this cleverly designed patio table that doubles as a drink cooler! Made of resin in a rattan pattern, the round table is just the right size for a few drinks or small bowls of appetizers. Below, the cooler holds ice and drinks ready for serving.
via: AmazonBe prepared (and stylish!) with this good-looking bracelet that doubles as a charger cord. Connect up your phone and power bank when it's time to charge, then turn it back into a bracelet when you're done!
This Picture Frame
via: AmazonYes, it's a sleek picture frame that shows off any 5x7 photo beautifully. But this frame has a hidden asset! Inside is a secret compartment where you can hide cash or other valuables.
These Pizza Scissors
via: AmazonThe first time I cut a pizza with kitchen shears, I vowed to throw away my old rotary pizza cutter. Now it's time to upgrade again to these genius pizza scissors that double as a slice server!
These Plantable Pencils
via: AmazonEco-friendly and creative, these plantable pencils are made of high-quality wood and graphite, with seeds hidden inside. When the pencil is too short to use any longer, plant the stub and watch as the seeds sprout into herbs and flowers.
This Pocket Blanket
via: AmazonMade of nylon and polyester, the pocket blanket unfolds from a tiny packet to a roomy 44 by 28 inches. Keep it handy just in case, and use it as a blanket, ground cover, or poncho.
via: AmazonCook your pasta and drain it too! This 5-quart pot comes with a lid designed with straining holes, so you can go from cooking to draining without getting out a separate colander.
This Rain Scarf
via: AmazonThere aren't many items of clothing that have a second purpose worth writing about, but this rain scarf impressed me. Wear the soft, broadcloth scarf for a warm and cute accessory. In case of rain, turn it inside out to reveal a waterproof wrap with hood!
This Vegetable Peeler
via: AmazonPeel veggies more efficiently with this 3-in-1 rotary peeler. There are three different blades so you can do standard, serrated, or julienne-style peeling.
via: AmazonI've seen lots of shampoo/body wash combos, but this was the first I found that does three jobs in one! Use the Nivea Shower/Shampoo/Shave to take care of all your bathing needs with one product.
This Silicone Pot Holder
via: AmazonI have a couple of these silicone pot holders, and I already knew they were great for handling hot pans. But I had no idea they are so versatile! Turns out you can also use them as trivets, jar openers, coasters, and spoon rests.
This Skin-So-Soft Lotion
via: AmazonAvon's legendary Skin-So-Soft has been treasured for decades as a safe, mild-smelling, effective insect repellant. It also moisturizes like any good lotion, and this version includes SPF30 as well. One layer of this product and you're set for the great outdoors!
This Fruit Bowl
via: AmazonRinse, serve, and store fruits and veggies in one convenient bowl! The Soak n' Strain makes it easy to prepare and serve your favorite berries, greens, or other healthy food.
via: AmazonIt's a good idea to keep a solar-powered charger around in case of power outages or for long hikes. This model is especially handy, since it includes a built-in LED flashlight and compass.
This Titanium Spork
via: AmazonLightweight and virtually indestructible, this titanium spork includes a built-in bottle opener so you're ready for campfire food and a beer to go with it. Awesome for camping trips, but fun to use at work, too!