Confession time. I've purchased over 300 items on Amazon so far this year. My husband thinks this is an addiction and I should seek help ASAP (let's be honest he's probably right). But I think it's an opportunity to tell the world about my faves, which is why I've spent the last 3 days sifting through my last 300 purchases to find the best ones.
I also pride myself on my expert gift-giving abilities, and a lot of my purchases were for my family, friends, and coworkers - so even if you don't see yourself using one of these handy gadgets, keep it in mind as a gift for a friend!
Here are the 37 Amazon gadgets that actually changed my own life or, if it was a gift, the life of a friend or family member. Enjoy!
1. This ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf Is A Space-Saving Superstar
via: AmazonMy house tends to be messy and unorganized, so whenever I find a product that helps me make the best use of my space, I get extremely excited. This ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf is one of those products. It's a little shelf that goes over your outlet so you can plug in a device and set it right on top; no need to clutter your side tables or countertops.
2. This Bed-Shaking Alarm Clock
via: AmazonIf you're going to get stuff done this year, first you need to get out of bed. This Sonic Boom alarm clock will rouse even the soundest sleepers - if the extra loud noise doesn't wake you, the bed-shaking mechanism will!
3. This Convenient Cereal Mug
via: AmazonWish you could have a bowl of cereal in the morning but you only have time to grab a granola bar on the way out the door? Fixed that for you - get this cereal mug and take your breakfast with you! Bonus points - the inside chamber keeps cereal crunchy because it only mixes with the milk once you tip the cup to your lips. Genius.
4. These Deodorizing Boot Dryers
via: AmazonThese boot dryers are key for winter or muddy spring months, but they'll do more than just keep your feet from getting soggy. The gentle heat deodorizes and sanitizes your shoes, because swamp foot is so 2019.
5. This Cupping Set
via: AmazonIf you want to take your health to the next level in 2020, start with this silicone cupping set. These are easier to use than glass versions (and less breakable!). Just rub with a little olive oil then attach to problem areas to relieve pain in joints, shoulders, knees, back, and neck plus pain from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and muscle tension.
6. This Glute Workout Machine Attachment
via: AmazonWant buns of steel to start the brand new decade? This easy-to-use weight machine attachment helps you get exactly that when you slip it over your shoe and give your glutes a stellar workout.
7. This Reusable Gel Tape
via: AmazonUp your home decor game this year with reusable gel tape. It won't damage your walls, holds items up to 2.2 pounds and has a million uses. Have a wayward rug corner? Tape it down. Need to stick your power strip under your desk to keep it out of sight? Done. Hang pictures and organize the crap out of everything with this wonder tape - just rinse to reactivate stickiness and reuse over and over again!
8. This Facial Hair Zapper
via: AmazonMake a smooth transition to the new decade with a fuzz-free face. This facial hair zapper makes quick work of wayward hairs, peach fuzz and emerging moustaches. It has a built-in LED light so you get a clear view as you annihilate every last offender!
9. This ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf for Amazon Echo Devices Is A Must-Have Accessory
via: AmazonThe ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf tends to sell out quickly, so if you can't get your hands on one I recommend this nifty gadget It also fits directly over your outlet so it won’t take up space on your counters while still keeping your Echo within earshot at all times. Bonus: it's only $11.99!
10. This Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
via: AmazonHelp Fido look (and smell) his best in the new year with this oatmeal dog shampoo. The all-natural formula moisturizes dry skin and relieves itchiness, plus smells heavenly of lavendar. There are no bad chemicals or artificial colors, plus it's cruelty-free and biodegradable so everyone wins!
11. This Soap Daddy
via: AmazonWe all know and love the Scrub Daddy sponge, so here comes the Soap Daddy! This refillable little guy is a kitchen multitasker - press down on the top to get just a bit of soap for washing hands or cleaning counters, or squeeze a lot from the flip side for washing dishes and big messes. Unfortunately, this item is temporarily out of stock but we found another Scrub Daddy item which we know you will love.
12. This Silicone Lid Set
via: AmazonSave yourself the frustration of endlessly searching for the right size lid for food storage or resorting to cling wrap. These silicone lids fit tons of container sizes plus create a vacuum seal that's way better than aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
13. This Phone Stand
via: AmazonNeed a convenient place to park your phone while you listen to podcasts or jump on a long conference call? Join nearly 13,000 happy customers and pick up this phone stand that offers a sleek spot to chill. Mine holds my phone so I can use it as an alarm clock, super handy!
14. This Gel Polish Removing Tool
via: AmazonGel manicures are a godsend for people who like to look nice but don't want to deal with a lot of maintenance, but they're a bear to take off. Save the time and expense of getting them removed in a salon when you DIY with this nail drill. Gently remove even the most stubborn dips and gel polishes so you're ready for your next mani!
15. This Power Bank
via: AmazonNever run out of phone battery again with this portable power bank! It packs 12000mAh power into a compact case and can charge an iPhone 8 5.2 times! It also has dual ports so it can charge two phones or tablets at the same time, super fast.
16. This Outdoor Smart Plug
via: AmazonAutomate your holiday lights or sprinklers with this outdoor smart plug you can control with your smartphone app. It's easy to set up and operate and is useful for so many things, from running your pool to irrigating your lawn. Schedule timers and customize schedules to save money on electricity - smart indeed!
17. This Avocado Slicer
via: AmazonTime is money, so save lots of both when you use this avocado slicer to prep your own avocado toast, guac, or just a quick snack. It quickly and easily slices and dices your avocado so you don't have to deal with painstakingly peeling and dicing.
18. This Amazon eero WiFi System Covers Your Entire House
via: AmazonBefore I bought this Amazon eero WiFi System, I was constantly having to turn on and off the router to fix a poor internet connection. But now those days are over since this brilliant system covers my entire house; no more dead spots! Plus, it comes with an easy-to-use app.
19. This Extra-Strength Antiperspirant
via: AmazonIf you've got super-sweaty armpits, hands or feet, make this the year you do something about it. This extra-strength antiperspirant protects you against wetness for up to a full week, meaning you can get on with your life without worrying about embarrassing bodily emissions. It has over 2,400 great reviews as a testament to how well it works.
20. This Car Air Freshener
via: AmazonYou know those smelly trees people hang from the rearview mirror to make their cars stink less? This is miles away from that. This car air freshener uses activated bamboo charcoal to deodorize naturally, and is way more effective than adding another scent on top of manky odors. It'll absorb odors, even smoke, for 365+ days, so you won't have to change it out every week like with other kinds. Smart and well-designed!
21. This Silicone Cup Lid
via: AmazonI love my travel mugs but can never find the right lids - somehow they get separated in the wash. But that doesn't mean I have to abandon my to-go caffeine - I'll just slip this silicone drink cover over the top and be ready for spill-free adventures no matter what size mug I'm packing.
22. This White Noise Diffuser
via: AmazonWith all that stuff you're getting done this year, you're going to need some down time in the form of rest and relaxation. This diffuser has a soothing secret - it doubles as a white noise machine! Simply fill it with water and some of your favorite aromatherapy oil, then choose which color light you'd like and the sound choice - nature noises like birds, ocean waves or just plain white noise. This plus a weighted blanket means I'm basically not getting out of bed until spring.
23. This Windshield Cleaner
via: AmazonStart the new decade with a clear view of where you're going. Windshields are notoriously hard to clean, with their hard-to-reach corners and weird angles. This windshield cleaning kit with long-arm wiper and washable cover plus a little spray bottle has everything you need to get every last inch sparkling! Since the last time I cleaned mine was, uh, never, I'm going to notice a huge difference.
24. These Gel Arm Rest Covers
via: AmazonSince you're going to spend a lot of time in your work chair this year, make it the most comfortable place possible. These ergonomic gel armrest covers pop right on over the chair's existing ones and are filled with squishy goodness. Work's about to get a whole lot more enjoyable from here on out!
25. This Powerful DishScrubber
via: AmazonMake annoying chores go so much faster with this rechargeable scrubber that makes quick work of dirty jobs. It's easy to use and scrubs away burnt-on food, mildew, dirt and more.
26. These Fleece Lined Sweatpants
via: AmazonBaby, it's cold outside. Stay warm as you welcome the new year with these sherpa lined sweatpants. They come in a bunch of colors and get rave reviews for stellar warmth, style and comfiness. Trust, once you put them on, it's gonna be a struggle to wear anything else this winter.
27. These Wireless Earbuds
via: AmazonGive your ears a treat this year with bluetooth wireless earbuds that won't break the bank. These have amazing sound quality and almost 5,000 rave reviews on Amazon. You'll get 35+ hours of podcasts to help you through the workday or music to motivate your workout from one charge - not too shabby!
28. This Creativity Journal
via: Amazon2020 can't be all work and no play. Take a break from knocking items off your to-do list with this creativity journal. It's an amazing interactive journey to find out what makes you tick and how to foster what you love so you can live your best life. You'll be feeling Oprah-level revelations while doing the insightful exercises this book has to offer!
29. This Relaxing Aromatherapy Spray For Kids
via: AmazonA major thing that helps adults get things done is a good night's sleep. And who are the biggest sleep disruptors around? That's right, the short people who've invaded your house! This relaxing aromatherapy spray for kids has lavendar and chamomile to calm that second wind they all seem to get at bedtime and let everyone sleep in heavenly peace.
30. This Food Storage Set
via: AmazonClean up your chaotic cabinets once and for all with this Rubbermaid food storage set that has every container you need. It's BPA-free, leakproof and closes securely with locking lids so you'll never have a lunch bag malfunction. And it has over 2,000 stellar reviews on Amazon, so you know it's good.
31. This Magnetic Bracelet
via: AmazonMake tasks like doing your hair or household repairs easier on yourself with this magnetic bracelet. Bobby pins, screws, nuts and whatever other important but easily-lost tiny metal pieces you need stay right at your fingertips. Now only if they made one for LEGO pieces...
32. This Cold Brew Maker
via: AmazonIf you're going to get shizz done this year, you're gonna need some caffeine. Good thing this Japanese cold brew maker has over 2,000 stellar reviews for making the best tasting coffee around. And it'll save you money, too, since your new fave brew is the one you make at home!
33. This Tech Accessory Organizer
via: AmazonIf you're a frequent traveler or just have a lot of tech stuff, you need this tech organizer that has a place for every plug, cable, dongle and whatever other doodads you need to stay connected and charged up.
34. This 5-In-1 Wine Cork
via: AmazonAs we stroll into a new decade, you want your wine to be living its best life right along with you. This 5-in-1 wine cork is exactly what you need - it's an aerator, stopper, filter, pourer and re-corker all in one handy gadget that'll make your wine taste amazing and keep it so fresh and so clean until next time.
35. This Package Opener
via: AmazonMake packages easy to open again in 2020. The ceramic safety blade on this cutting tool slides through layers of package tape and infuriating clamshell packaging to truly make packaging frustration-free. Plus, it'll trim pictures, work for scrapbooking projects and clip coupons for you with ease. It's totally going to be the MVP of your junk drawer for years.
36. This Dual Pie Pan
via: AmazonApple or chocolate cream? It's like choosing a favorite child. Now you don't have to decide, you can make both flavors in this unique divided pie plate! Easily bake dessert for picky eaters or a crowd on the holidays. The future (of pie) is now.
37. This Whiteboard Instant Pot Wrap
via: AmazonThis is the year you kick meal planning square in the nuts with this write-on whiteboard wrap for Instant Pot. Keep recipes and cooking times at your fingertips, and write the weekly menu for quick reference. You can even draw super cute pictures to make it more fun!
38. This Monkey Multitool
via: AmazonThe next best thing to having a helper monkey in your pocket is this useful multitool. This monkey-shaped gadget packs 12 tools into one that's slim enough to fit in your wallet or pocket - from screwdrivers to earbud cord wraps to a lock-picking tool, this monkey's got your back for whatever comes atcha this year.
39. This Eyeglasses Holding Necklace
via: AmazonMisplacing your eyeglasses or sunglasses is such a thing of the past once you snap up this eyeglasses holding necklace. The minimal design works with any outfit and the stainless steel ring provides the ideal place to hang your glasses when they're not on your face. People of all ages are raving about this chic and handy accessory!
40. This Bug Catching Gadget
via: AmazonI plan to become fully self-sufficient on the homefront this year, and what that entails besides knowing where the fuse box is and how to use the sump pump is killing my own bugs. This bug catcher is as much for my husband as it is for me, so he doesn't have to hear my dulcet tones screaming for him to exterminate the latest creepy crawly that's infiltrated our house.