Take it from someone who has spent thousands of dollars shopping on Amazon: sometimes the most random finds can be the most useful. Granted, it took a lot of money for me to figure that out. But since I’m in a charitable mood these days, I’ve gathered some of the most surprising finds that I’ve come across into this handy list.
And if you aren’t convinced that the most random stuff can also be the most helpful? Let me direct your attention to the sleeping cap lined with soft satin. You probably would never think of wearing a hat to bed — and yet that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past month. Not only does the satin lining help tame frizz, but it also stops my hair from bunching up into a knotted mess while I’m sleeping. So what are you waiting for? If you thought that sleeping cap was an odd choice, don’t worry — there are even weirder picks for you to discover below.
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This UV Sanitizer Box That Kills Up To 99.9% Of Germs
You don’t have to scrub stuff clean to get it germ-free — just place your grimy items inside of this sanitizer box. The powerful UV light on the inside eliminates up to 99.9% of germs, though if your stuff is covered in mud it’s not going to scrub it clean. Granted, it’ll be really clean mud after it comes out, and it only takes about four minutes from start to finish.
These Bags Of Mica Powder For Making Makeup And Jewelry
Whether you’re making your own custom jewelry or makeup, you’ll want to make sure you have these bags of mica powder at your side. Each order comes with 24 different colors, ranging from bright watermelon to a rich shade of dark blue — and you can even use them to create gorgeous fake nails.
A Tambourine That’ll Keep Your Kids (And Yourself) Occupied
I know what you’re thinking — “Why would I give this tambourine to my kids? They’re annoying enough already.” For starters, it’s way easier to ignore than the shrill squawks of a plastic recorder. And for two, this one, in particular, is made from tough birch wood, which means your kids can give it a real drumming without having to worry about it breaking.
This Bartender Kit That Comes With A Gorgeous Stand
Not only are all the pieces in this bartending kit made from rust-resistant stainless steel, but each order also comes with a gorgeous wooden stand for display. If your bar is a little bare, this is the perfect addition to make it look even classier.
This Nutritional Powder You Can Add To Smoothies And Shakes
Tired of the crash that comes after drinking a cup of coffee? Try adding a scoop of this powder to your afternoon smoothie or protein shake. MCT oil powder provides energy and appetite control, while collagen helps improve your joint mobility and skin elasticity. Plus, it even comes in delicious flavors: salted caramel, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and more.
The Standing Desk That’s Shockingly Affordable
Most standing desks can cost you hundreds of dollars, whereas this one is available for less than $175. It’s large enough for two monitors — and there’s even a convenient little notch where you can prop up a tablet. “This desk is wonderful,” raved one reviewer. “I’m able to lift and put down as often as I like. If you are having body aches this table is a must-have!!!”
An Affordable Viola That’s Perfect For Beginners
Instruments are almost never cheap — but if you’re more of a beginner, you can’t go wrong with this all-in-one viola set. It’s made from real spruce and maple wood, while the Brazilwood bow features genuine Mongolian horsehair. Plus, you also get a hard case, as well as a block of rosin to get you started.
The Winter Gloves That’ll Actually Keep Your Hands Warm
You know how most winter gloves are just “meh” when it comes to keeping your hands warm? That isn’t the case with this pair. Not only have hundreds of reviewers left positive comments about how toasty they make their hands feel, but each pair even has 3M insulation — now that’s warm.
This Fitted Sheet That Can Extend The Life Of Your Mattress
Putting a mattress protector on your bed — like this one — is an easy way to help your mattress last longer. It stops sweat, urine, allergens, and more from soaking in, which also helps prevent that unsightly staining you’ve likely seen before. Plus, this one in particular is also hypoallergenic.
These Luxurious Sheets Made From Soft Microfiber
Just one glance at these sheets and I’ve fallen totally in love. Look at that gorgeous fleur de lis print all over — and then be completely wowed by how soft the microfiber material feels against your skin. The best part? The fitted sheet is extra-deep, which helps keep it from riding up over taller mattresses.
These Gliding Discs That Get Your Core So Toned
When you’ve finally gotten tired of doing sit-ups, try adding these sliders into your ab routine. They make it easy to move your feet around during planks, which adds another layer of intensity to your workout — all for less than $10. Choose from two colors: orange or pink.
A Bike Seat That’s Seriously Comfortable
Universally designed to fit onto any bike, this seat is almost guaranteed to be way more comfortable than the one you’ve been sitting on. But if you don’t want to take my word for it? Thousands of reviewers absolutely adore it — and one even wrote that they “just finished a 450-mile Natchez trace ride on it – without padded shorts! It was great.”
A Beautiful Tie Made From 100% Soft Silk
This necktie would go for more than $40 at any department store — but on Amazon, you’re able to scoop it up for less than $20. It’s made from 100% soft, premium silk, and each one is even handmade to ensure that you’re receiving a high-quality item.
The Pedals That Let You Burn Calories While You’re Working
Whether you’re working at your desk or watching television on the sofa, you can still get in a quick workout by using these pedals. The extra-large LCD screen shows your RPM, time exercising, as well as calories burned — and the resistance is even adjustable up to eight levels.
The Canvas Panels For All Your Arts And Crafts Projects
Your arts and crafts projects are just that: art. And as such, they deserve to be painted on these professional-looking canvas panels. Each panel is already stretched over a wooden frame so that you can easily hang them up once they’re dry — and at 12 panels for less than $30, they’re also way cheaper than ones you’ll find in stores.
A Supplement That’s Loaded With Vitamin C And Zinc
Getting sick is never fun, so why not try adding this supplement to your diet? It’s loaded with black elderberry, zinc, and vitamin C, all of which help boost your immune system to help it fight off illness. Plus, it’s completely gluten-free, as well as vegan.
This Kit That Lets You Make Candles At Home
Bored at home with nothing to do? Whip out this kit and start making your own candles. Each order comes with two pounds’ worth of soy wax, as well as four fragrances: coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and apple. “Very impressed with the quality of everything inside,” wrote one reviewer. “My 14-year-old and I spent an evening making these candles…the colors are vibrant and the fragrances smell good.”
A Gadget That Deodorizes And Sanitizes The Air In Your Home
Still using sprays and perfumes to get your home smelling fresh? Step your game up with this industrial ozone generator. Not only does it look like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it also deodorizes the air in your home while simultaneously eliminating bacteria and germs. Besides, just look at it — who can argue with how cool it looks?
The Knee Brace That Won’t Leave You Sweating
If your knees are always feeling sore after a day on your feet, you might want to try wearing this brace. It’s made from ultra-breathable fabric that wicks away moisture, keeping you dry and sweat-free while you’re moving — and you can even grab it in multiple sizes to fit any leg.
These Wood Boards That Are Perfect For Painting
Look, you don’t have to paint on fancy canvas boards when you’re feeling creative — you can also dabble on these wooden boards. Or, you could build a little fort with them, use them as firewood; I’m just spitballing here. But truly, they’re so versatile that one reviewer even used them to replace a few broken shelves in their home.
These Candles With A Gorgeously Tapered Tip
When was the last time you had a really romantic dinner? It’s probably been a while — so you might as well treat yourself with these candles. The tapered tips give them an elegant feel, and they even come in seven different colors. Plus, each one is even hand-poured to ensure their exceptional quality.
These Bed Sheets That Are Resistant To Wrinkles
Not only are these bed sheets wrinkle-resistant, but they’re also less likely to stain, as well as fade in the wash. They’re made from brushed microfiber, giving them an ultra-soft feel against your skin — and the deep fitted sheet keeps it from riding up over tall mattresses.
This Mat That Helps Keep Your Legs From Growing Store
Whether you’re standing at your workbench or kitchen counter, this mat can help keep your legs from growing sore. Personally? I have a similar one in my kitchen, and it truly does make a difference when I’m stuck doing prep work for longer than usual. Plus, this one, in particular, comes in 10 colors, as well as four different sizes.
This Vitamin C Serum That Can Brighten Your Complexion
Give your face a few drops of this vitamin C serum after you’ve given it a good wash — the combination of hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and niacinamide can help brighten your skin so that you’re left looking radiant. “This serum REALLY works!” raved one reviewer. “I was amazed by the fast results and I feel way more confident with my face and skin.”
A Sleeping Cap That Tames Frizz Overnight
I’ve actually been wearing this sleeping cap to bed every night, so I can personally confirm that it really does do wonders when it comes to taming frizz. How? The inside is lined with soft satin, which not only creates less friction against your hair than your cotton pillowcases but also absorbs far less moisture.
An Organizer For All Your Tupperware Lids
I’d been eyeing this little organizer for a looong time — until I finally took the plunge. And truthfully? It’s been a total gamechanger in keeping my plasticware drawer looking tidy. The dividers are adjustable, making them easy to use with lids of any shape or size. Plus, it only takes a few quick seconds to get it set up and working.
The Toilet Stool That Makes It Easier To “Go”
Honestly, I don’t know how I functioned in life before I got this toilet stool. Rest your feet on top of it while you’re sitting on the toilet, and it’ll align your bowels so that it’s easier to go— a must-have for anyone who suffers from constipation. Plus, it’s even made from sleek bamboo rather than plastic.
A Transmitter That Adds Bluetooth To Your Car
Don’t have Bluetooth in your car? Just plug this little adapter into your cigarette lighter. It wirelessly streams music through an FM transmitter into your car’s stereo — and there are even two USB ports so that you can charge multiple devices at the same time.
This Glowing Lamp Shaped Like A Cute Kitty
Need a night light for your kid’s room? This glowing kitty is a fun little lamp that’ll keep monsters at bay — no matter how dark it is. And unlike other glowing kitties, this one also comes with a remote that allows you to turn it on and off, as well as switch between 12 different light colors.
A Tiered Drying Rack For Bottles, Cups, And More
Still using that eyesore of a bulky dish rack in your kitchen? Upgrade to this spinning one and save yourself some space. The blue pegs fold up and down, allowing you to configure it however you like — and the tiered design means there’s even enough space for up to 16 standard-sized bottles.
This Micellar Water That Removes Tough Makeup
I like to use this bottle of micellar water to wash away the day’s makeup once I finally get home. There’s no rinsing necessary — just squirt a little bit onto a towel, then give your face a good wipe to cleanse away everything from impurities to excess oil.
The Beanie Hat With A Built-In Headlamp
Who cares how dark it is outside? With this beanie cap’s built-in headlamp, you can easily navigate your way through the night while you’re walking the dog, going for a jog, or even just enjoying the evening air. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to eight hours — and the hat is even made from a cozy acrylic blend.
Truth Be Told, I’m Totally In Love With This Charging Stand
The corner of my desk was always a giant mess of cables and wires — until I got this charging stand, that is. Now my phone and tablets are neatly stacked right where they belong. Plus, each order comes with five shortened charging cables to help keep everything looking tidy: two lightning, one micro-USB, and one type-C.
This Flameless Campfire For Making S’Mores Indoors
Ever wish you could make s’mores without having to go outside? Now you can with this flameless campfire. The hot air toasts your marshmallows just like a real fire, while the compartments around the bottom give you room to store all your ingredients. Plus, each order comes with four stainless steel roasting forks.
The Backup Underwear You Can Keep With You
Are you constantly living in fear of running out of underwear? Don’t worry — this pair of instant underwear has got you covered. Just add a little water, and the compact puck you see above will instantly expand into a pair of drawers. “When I purchased these I was not sure they would be useful, however today I soiled my underpants at work and was so prepared!” raved one reviewer. “I went to the bathroom and put these in water. I put them on and my life was changed!”
A Sewing Kit For Small Rips And Tears
Instead of throwing out your clothes when they get ripped, why not try fixing them up using this sewing kit? It comes with all the necessities when it comes to stitching up tears, from high-quality thread to a white pencil for measurement markings — and it’s also way easier to use than a full-sized sewing machine.
The Wagon That’s Perfect For Groceries — Or Dogs!
I like to use this wagon when I’ve got a big load of groceries to transfer from the parking garage to my apartment, as the heavy-duty frame can handle up to 150 pounds worth of stuff. It also folds down to a fraction of its size for easy storage — and there are even two cupholders at the front, just in case you get thirsty.