Have you ever heard anyone say, “Opinions are like noses — everybody has one?” Welcome to the list that summarizes that phrase. You can’t go far these days without someone sharing their opinion, can you? Social media is full of people who like to opine on everything from clothing styles and celebrities to politics and social causes. Quite frankly, it’s exhausting. And, then what about those people who show up on one side of an argument one day and then flip-flop to the other side the next? You’re giving me whiplash, man!
One thing I have an opinion on is this list of 37 Amazon buys. No, I’m not about to bore you with my opinion on each of these items, although I probably have one. My opinion of this piece is that it’s going to generate plenty of opinions on the other side. You’re going to look at No. 10 and probably say, “Ewww.” The item at No. 16 is going to have you daydreaming at work. And, No. 28, well, it makes me wonder, “What would Keanu do?” What do you think about these unique finds — to buy or not to buy? The journey (and opinions) starts here!
Cook It Al Dente
Usually, I would say, “Please don’t put a little man in a boiling pot of water,” except that’s exactly what this guy was made for. Appropriately named Al Dente, this singing floating pasta timer will sound at intervals of three, seven, nine, and 11 minutes to let you know your pasta is, well, al dente. Frankly, I just enjoy seeing a man in hot water. Pun intended.
Spice Things Up
Love spicy food? Or know someone who does? This indoor pepper-growing kit is a unique way to add major flavor to dishes. It includes everything you need to grow seriously spicy peppers from the comfort of your own home.
This Patriotic Pool Float is an Instant Party
Seriously, how fun does this pool float look? This 2-in-1 party-starter is an American flag floaty on one side and a floating beer pong table on the other. You will need to provide your own beer, though. Just FYI.
Gel Pens That Are Double The Fun
I love a good writing instrument. Mostly I collect Sharpies, but this 20-pack gel pen set is calling my name and not just because of its wide range of colors or saturated ink. These gel pens are also magnetic so when you’re not jotting down notes or adding color to your planner, you can sculpt your own magnetic creations. It’s almost like you’re getting a pen set and a fidget game rolled into one.
Try Inkless Drawing
A lot of people like to express themselves through their art, which is great but can also be super messy. This inkless drawing board uses only water to help paint your creations, which fade away as the water dries giving you unlimited opportunities to be creative. This set includes an authentic bamboo water brush and a stand with a reservoir for water as well as grooves that perfectly accommodate your board and brush.
We’ve all become photographers, haven’t we? Thanks to the advanced cameras we all carry around in our pockets (in the form of a smartphone), we can capture images in the moment — at any moment. If you’re a photographer or just an amateur shot-taker, this camera lens coffee mug is a must-have. It has a lid to make it leakproof and even a foldable fork-spoon for stirring.
Tote Your Own Personal Air Filter
Personal air filter, anyone? I didn’t even know something like this existed, which is what makes Amazon the best. If you’re a smoker, this gadget goes with you so you can blow smoke in and clean air comes out. Not only does this eliminate the odor that non-smokers don’t appreciate, but it keeps secondhand smoke from bothering them, too. Compact and convenient, you can tote this anywhere (that smoking’s allowed, that is).
Transform Your TV Into Wall Art
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience in Atlanta. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with art — well, more than I normally am, anyway. This Billion Dollar Art Gallery immediately piqued my curiosity because it turns your existing TV into a vehicle that displays 500 different iconic paintings right on your screen. Plug the USB device into your TV and get ready for an instant art gallery in your home.
The Force Is With Your Food
Why use boring chopsticks when you can use LightSaber chopsticks? Your meals will be out of this universe (sorry.) These are battery operated with a push-button on/off switch and come in an assortment of colors from purple to yellow. They’re also light enough that you can take them with you — to a restaurant or even a friend’s house. Use the chopsticks, Luke, and may the force be with you.
Be-er All You Can Be-er
Beer lovers and military folks are going to love this one and if you happen to be both, well, you just won the jackpot. This army man bottle opener doesn’t do anything crazy; it simply opens your bottle — with a flourish, I might add. Of course, you could use a generic bottle opener but why would you if this is an option? It’s made of die-cast metal and will give you all the childhood army men vibes.
Here’s our first big “What the…?” on this list., but let’s be honest, it’s kind of essential. This portable female urination device, cleverly named GoGirl, can get you out of a real bind, whether you’re traveling or camping and don’t have clean, available restrooms nearby. Guys, you have it easy because you can go anywhere. Ladies, this is the easy and reliable device we’ve been waiting on.
The Coast Is Clear
The Coasters were a popular R&B group in the late 1950s; these coasters don’t sing, but they will protect your furniture with unique, record-shaped designs. Styled to look like old-school vinyl, this coaster set is also comical with “record” names like “No Marks On The Table,” “Protect The Surface,” and my personal favorite, “Tea Time (Don’t Spill This).” It’s a cute set for less than $7.
House A Family In Your Flower Pot
I have a black thumb, not a green thumb, but if I had a green thumb, I 100 percent would have one of these charming flower pots that appears to have a time hedgehog family living inside it. But, that’s not all. There are also options that include frogs, penguins, rabbits, and many more furry creatures. While you tend to your plant at the top, you can enjoy the cute scene going on at the bottom.
Journal In Style
I don’t journal. I love the idea of it, but I already do a ton of writing and the thought of jotting down more things in my free time just sounds awful. I know a lot of people who enjoy journaling, though, and this vintage leather journal is a perfect option. Not only does it have a ton of personality, but it features a unique vintage lock and a semi-precious stone on the cover.
Shower Yourself With Vitamin C
Is your shower delivering vital nutrients to you? If it’s not, it might be time to consider upgrading to this vitamin C shower filter head. This showerhead removes chlorine and sediments; reduces fluoride; and, softens well water by filtering iron, rust, chrome, and heavy metals. In short, it’s somewhere between standing under a waterfall in the Caribbean and having Jesus himself bathe you.
All Tied Up
I’ve never seen a better use for magnetization than these reusable silicone cable ties. Instead of using bendy, traditional ties that aren’t magnetic, these ties work with you by corralling that storage tub of cords and cables you never know what to do with. They also work in other applications, too, like holding stuff on the refrigerator or serving as a bookmark so you don’t lose your place.
Hit The Bricks
What if I could guarantee you a coffee mug that no one else has? That’s exactly what this build-on brick coffee mug is, allowing you to create your own shapes and designs, which might actually be more fun than the coffee itself … except in the mornings. Turn your cup o’ Joe into a full-on entertainment experience with pieces and parts that are never the same twice.
Crack The Code
If I were going to gift someone something expensive, I’d at least make them work for it by putting it inside of this mini locking puzzle box. The Da Vinci Codec is copied from the Da Vinci manuscript in “The Da Vinci Code,” and makes a unique way to deliver a gift by using the default password of I LOVE U or setting up your own password. You’ll get unlimited uses out of this thing … if you can get it back from the person you gave it to.
A Party Shocker
Quite frankly, I am shocked by this product. No, really, I’m shocked because this is a Shocktato, more specifically, a patented electrifying shocking potato, that is the basis for a hilarious party game you can play with two or more people. Select a game mode, press start, and pass the potato quickly to avoid getting a little jolt. There are three game modes to choose from … if you can find someone willing to play.
You’ve seen the burrito blanket … now, get ready for the pizza blanket, a 71-inch diameter cover that’s adorned with pepperoni and plenty of cheese. Made of soft fleece material, this blanket is the right size for snuggling up with a loved one. It also comes in an ultimate pizza style, waffles, and some kind of pie that looks good enough to eat. Take a nap with pizza? Say no more.
By The Light Of The Moon
You know about the moon and you know about “being mooned,” but what about a lamp in the shape of a moon that you can keep right in your bedroom? This lamp has 16 colors as well as warm light, white light, and orange light that will soothe you as you head off to bed. It also features a timer setting and has a remote control. Now all you need is someone to buy this for you and “give you the moon.”
Have Wine, Will Travel
It’s been a heck of a
year decade so far, hasn’t it? So, I could totally understand if you wanted to keep your wine nearby and this wine carrier tote is the perfect storage and hauling solution. It looks like a purse, but open it up and — surprise! — it’s designed to hold two full bottles separately. The front zipper compartment is the perfect place to store a bottle opener or your favorite Uber driver’s phone number.
Just Hanging Around
I don’t know if you’ve looked lately, but banana holders in the store are ridiculously large and cumbersome. Who has room for bananas to take over their entire kitchen? I certainly don’t. This unique banana holder doesn’t take up any space at all because it can be attached anywhere. The small hook, known as a Banana Bungee, can be virtually hidden and holds your fruit similar to how it presents in the wild so they stay fresh longer and get lots of natural airflow.
On The Ball
Meatballs for a crowd sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Unless, of course, you have the Meatball Master. (Don’t hate me; I didn’t name it.) The Meatball Master turns two pounds of meat into 32 meatballs easily and not only helps you shape them but gives you somewhere to store them, too. The best part, in my opinion, is that all of the balls come out the same size, which makes cooking them a lot simpler.
Deseeding peppers is one of the most time-consuming, laborious tasks in the kitchen. And, invariably, I end up with pepper oil on my hands and later in my eyes or on my skin. Yowch. This stainless steel pepper core remover takes all of the work out of deseeding, with a simple flick of the wrist. It works for all sizes of peppers and can also be used to remove seeds from other fruits and vegetables.
A Whale Of A Toothpick Container
I seriously want this toothpick holder — not just to hold toothpicks, which is handy, but doesn’t it look like this little whale is smiling? Named the Jonah toothpick holder (get your Bibles out, y’all), this little guy holds a ton of toothpicks and dispenses them from the “spout” on the top of its head. Shake out a toothpick when you need one or simply enjoy an added dose of cuteness in your kitchen.
Punch The Clock
I’ve seen clocks in all shapes and sizes, but never one that looks more like a Scrabble board than a device to wake you up in the morning. From the genius minds at Sharper Image comes this light-up electronic word clock that tells the time in five-minute increments (“It is five minutes past 11,” for example.) The clustered letters give this all the appeal of artwork in a functional piece that looks as good as it works.
The Nose Knows
This hand-carved eyeglasses holder reminds me of one of the Easter Island head statues, and now you can have it in your home for less than six bucks. Carved from rosewood in the shape of a nose, this holder will solve that, “Has anyone seen my glasses?” question that gets thrown around a few thousand times a day. The nose knows … where your glasses are at all times.
What would Keanu do? That’s all I can think about when I see these digital kitchen curtains. Outfitted with a futuristic matrix design, these panels have a two-and-a-half-inch rod pocket and a 39-inch length that could certainly go beyond the kitchen to other rooms of the house. If you’re not into “The Matrix,” give the ocean, cafe, or mountain scenes a try.
Your Cooking Companion
I keep most of my recipes on my phone, which is great until you start trying to cook and your lying-flat-on-the-counter device is more of a hindrance than a help. This recipe holder stand is designed to support your smartphone in an upright position, making it easier to access the information you need while you’re stirring and mixing. And, it’s definitely one of those “why didn’t I think that?” type of gadgets.
I hate to dog an entire industry, but meteorology has to be the one. Have you ever seen a group of people wrong more often in your life? Ugh. This storm glass weather predictor won’t turn you into a meteorologist, but it will give you a heads up as the weather and temperatures change by modifying the unique crystals inside. It also makes a generally pretty decor piece to have around.
Put your cleaning implements to bed with this kitchen sponge holder. Seriously, I just want to tuck the little guy in here. This bed-shaped storage solution is designed to drain and dry your sponge in a tongue-in-cheek design. And, true to a real bed, it comes with two small pillows. This would be an adorable housewarming gift or a quirky addition to your own kitchen.
Get ready for healing and mindfulness with this Tibetan singing bowl set. Traditionally, a bowl like this was used to produce a rich, deep tone that aids in relaxation, meditation, and healing. Hand-hammered in Nepal, this set is also a great piece just to display in your home, thanks to all of the history behind them. Enhance your yoga practice, your prayer life, and much more with this kit.
Vases For Small Spaces
Vases are all the same, aren’t they? Giant glass containers you can see through that have no real personality on their own. That’s why I love these metal cylinder vases. From their minimalist design to their Scandinavian styling, these test tube-sized vases are a unique way to display clippings from your garden or roses picked up in the grocery store. You’ll get a set of two for less than $25.
A Total Avoca-DO
In my experience, avocados are either not ripe or overripe — there is no in-between. Now you can grow your own avocados at home with the AvoSeedo tree growing kit. Add seed and then change the water every two weeks; that’s all that’s required. Then, you’ll have a perfectly ripe avocado at the exact moment you want one instead of it going bad on you from the store to your car.
No Ifs, Ands Or Butts
Most workplaces are too serious. Change things up at yours with a whimsical desk set called “The Butt.” (Not kidding.) The Butt combines a tape dispenser, sticky note holder, and pen slot. The best surprise feature of this happens when you lift the little figure of the “toilet” to discover a place to stash your paperclips. Your desk will be the new cool spot to be.
You’re So Salty
Why add salt to your food when you can cook with salt from the beginning? This Himalayan salt block cooking plate adds taste to all your meals, whether you’re cooking wagyu beef or a ton of veggies. Use it on your stovetop or grill and even serve your meal on this block at the table for a unique dining experience. The metal salt block holder makes it easy to carry as well.