Every once in a while you come across a new gizmo and think, "Wow! This is genius!" Suddenly, you've solved a problem you might not have realized you had. Did anyone realize that it was a problem that we couldn't stick our little notes to the wall before the invention of the Post-It Note? Probably not. But, man, what a problem it turned out to be!
Certainly, most gadgets don't meet this life changing level, but when one does, and it's affordable, it definitely belongs in your life. We've collected 37 of the best problem solving gadgets for problems you didn't realize you had.
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No More Lumps and Bumps With the Buckle-less No Bulge Belt
via: AmazonProblem: Your pants fall down. Solution: Wear a belt. New Problem: Now you look lumpy. Don't fix one problem by replacing it with another one! Perhaps you have accepted the lumpiness of a belt buckle as a fact of life, but it doesn't have to be. The Buckle-less No Bulge Belt holds your pants up just fine, without creating any new problems! Live life lump free.
These Garden Gloves with Claws Will Make You a Gardening Animal
via: AmazonPerhaps you've never noticed the problem of having human, claw free fingers when gardening. But gardening would be so much easier if you didn't. Ever watch a dog dig a hole? Those sharp claws are no match for soil and roots. Have the claws your dog has with these Garden Gloves with Claws. The claws are removable, so you can have as many or as few as you need. The gloves themselves are sturdy, rugged, and waterproof. Be an animal in your garden.
This Pistachio Bowl is the Perfect Dish For Certain Snacks
via: AmazonPistachios, olives, and edamame are all great to snack on but share a common problem: you need two bowls so you have a place to discard shells, pits, and pods. The cleverly designed and attractive Double Dish Pistachio Bowl solves that problem. Snack away on all your favorites and simply discard any shells and pits into the openings where they collect out of sight. This bowl plus a bag of pistachios would make a terrific host gift!
Never Forget Stuff at Home With This Door Knob Organizer
via: AmazonDo you ever leave your house forgetting that one thing you meant to bring with you? Whether it's a letter you've been meaning to mail, a blouse to return, or your sunglasses, it's all too easy to not remember things at the very last second when you walk out the door. That's a problem. What if the things you want to remember are literally attached to the door with this Door Knob Organizer? It's awfully hard to forget the letter when it's the thing you're looking at as you open your door.
This Slide Out Storage Tower is Such a Brilliant Idea You'll be Mad You Didn't Invent it
via: AmazonYou know all those narrow gaps that are just dead space in your home - between your fridge and the counter, or between your washer and dryer? The Slide Out Storage Tower laughs at the concept of dead space. This narrow little shelf slips into impossible places and gives you actual useful storage! At $25, this is a storage solution to love. Check out the reviews (over 1,000). This thing rocks!
Make Your Tub Not Gross With Oh Yuk Jetted Tub System Cleaner
via: AmazonMaybe you've been happily bathing in your jetted tub not knowing that it's important to clean out those jets. If you want to continue happily not knowing that, go ahead and scroll to the next image... Some seriously nasty stuff lives in those jets and your regular tub cleaning isn't getting at it. A good soaking with Oh Yuk Jetted Tub System Cleaner gets all that gross stuff in all those hard to reach places. Once you know, there's no going back.
Get Every Last Drop of the Good Stuff With a Whisk Wiper
via: AmazonThere are always big globs of batter or frosting left on the whisk. You bang it on the edge of the bowl, get as much as you can, and then abandon the rest to the sink or to your kids who have been circling like sharks. It never was really a problem per se, but that doesn't mean the Whisk Wiper isn't the most ingenious contraption ever.
Take Charge of Your Laundry Room With a Laundry Soap Station
via: AmazonIf your laundry room contains one of these giant containers of detergent, you're going to want a Laundry Soap Station. These big containers are terrific, but unwieldy. This clever little shelf fits just so. The cup nestles perfectly under the spout, and the detergent is kept at a slightly downward angle, so you don't have to tip it. Any errant drips land on the shelf rather than on your floor or washer. It's so satisfying when something works just right.
Protect Your Edges With Silicone Pie Crust Shields
via: AmazonOne pie shield to protect all pies! These Silicone Pie Crust Shields are adjustable so they can protect the scrumptious edges of any pie from 8" to 11.5". This set comes with two shields, because two pies are better than one. They are adjustable, easy to use, and dishwasher safe. Ditch the unwieldy metal shields and the little strips of aluminum foil without sacrificing your crusts.
The Stretchy, Neoprene Drop Stop Fills the Gap Between Your Seat and Console
via: AmazonEvery car has a little gap between the front seats and the center console. This gap is like a black hole and an object magnet. Your things - be it your cell phone, your sunglasses, your french fries - are all attracted to the gap and try to dive down there. Once there, only the tiniest of arms can retrieve them. If you don't have a handy and helpful 5-year-old, the stuff could be gone forever. And then someone invented Drop Stop, went on Shark Tank, and the rest is history.
Protect Your Personal Information With This Identity Theft Stamp
via: AmazonHere's a problem you might not know you have: intrepid, would-be identity thieves sometimes go through people's trash and recycling. There, they can find enough information about you to effectively steal your identity. All those credit card offers, bills, and donation requests from your alma mater contain pertinent personal information. Keep yourself safe with this Identity Theft Stamp. One swipe and your personal information is unreadable.
Convenient and Useful, This Condiment Fork is Perfect For Any Pickle Lover
via: AmazonIf you have a pickle lover in your life, look no further for a gift than this Condiment Fork. The fork attaches to any condiment jar, so your pickle loving friend doesn't have to dirty a new utensil or get his fingers wet when retrieving a pickle, or olive, or other forkable condiment. While this might seem silly to a non-pickle loving individual, pickle people recognize this as a problem solving win. This would make a great stocking stuffer, or host gift along with a jar of gourmet pickles!
Keep Your Drawers (See What I Did There?) Organized With This Underwear Organizer
via: AmazonIf you're a woman, then you have several types and tiers of underwear that you have to sort through in order to find the perfect pair for any given day/outfit/mood. And how many bras do you dig through in order to find your one favorite one that you always wear? Keep all your undies easy to see and find with the Underwear Organizer that over 1700 other women have loved enough to write a review.
No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo is Dry Shampoo For Your Pooch
via: AmazonThe problem isn't that you have a dog, or that dogs smell, the problem is that humans don't appreciate the smell. I can't offer a solution to solve the appreciation problem, so instead let's just remove the smell. Dog baths are fun for everyone. Just kidding. They're terrible. If you have a bath-adverse dog, this No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo might be just the thing. It's dry shampoo for your dog!
Always Cut a Straight Line With These Laser Scissors
via: AmazonThe future is now. Laser Scissors is a thing. Not only do you get to say, "This is a job for laser scissors!" which is awesome, but these are actually helpful as well. No more wonky edges on your wrapping paper. The laser makes a straight line dead ahead and you just follow along with the scissors. I'd like a laser attached to all my hand held tools. More lasers!
The Flip-It Saves You Money by Eliminating Food Waste
via: AmazonManufacturers are FINALLY designing bottles that stand with the dispensing end down, but most condiments still come in senseless, dispensing side UP bottles. This means that we need to shake and shake and shake them, trying to get our dressing or ketchup to the dispensing end. Invariably, we give up and buy a new one while there is still plenty of stuff left in the bottle. The Flip-It turns any bottle into a smart, dispensing side down bottle. It's genius and everyone needs one.
Shower Splash Guards Means Never Inadvertently Soaking Your Bathmat Again
via: AmazonYou close your shower curtain, and still end up with a puddle on the floor, a wet bathmat, or a wet towel. Why?? Because of that silly little gap between your curtain and the wall. Someone should come up with something for that. Well, someone did. These Shower Splash Guards clip right onto your shower rings and firmly hold your curtain against the wall. Problem solved.
GermGuardian Cleans Your Air With UV Technology
via: AmazonHere's a problem you might not realize you have: the air you breathe at home is full of bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and other gross stuff. If you have pets or children, the air you breathe smells too. Don't just cover it up with air fresheners, destroy the germs and odors with this plug in GermGuardian. The UV-C light destroys the DNA of germs and odor causing bacteria, leaving your air sanitized and clean.
Breathe Easier in Your Pants With This Waist Extender Set
via: AmazonThere are many reasons for a person to need a Waist Extender Set. Of course it's a great solution if you've put on a couple of temporary pounds. But you don't have to have gained weight for this to be useful. Sometimes clothes just don't fit your body right. You can spend a fortune getting every item custom tailored, or you can try much less expensive fixes. This set comes with 13 different extenders which will work with a variety of pant closures, colors, and styles.
Always Have a Place to Set Your Phone Down With This Bathroom Tissue Holder with Phone Shelf
via: AmazonLet's not pretend that we don't all take our phones into the bathroom with us. We do. When you text with your crush or play Words With Friends, chances are everyone involved is in the bathroom. Best not to dwell on it too much. But, when you're in there, you sometimes need to use your hands for other things. This Bathroom Tissue Holder with Phone Shelf gives you a secure place to put your phone.
Light Up the Room Every Time You Walk in With Motion Sensor Light Switches
via: AmazonI love that the photo has a woman using her elbow to try to turn on the lights. That's my signature move. But it's doesn't have to be. These Motion Sensor Light Switches automatically turn on when you enter the room, and then they turn back off once no motion has been detected. These are perfect for laundry rooms, closets, garages, and basements. Have kids who forget to switch off their lights? Trade them out for these and they will automatically turn off. Try them in the guest bathroom or kids' hallway.
Keep an Aqua Notes Pad in Your Shower Because That's Where You Get All Your Best Ideas
via: AmazonEveryone should have a note pad in the shower. There's something about the shower that gives writers the best ideas, makes us remember the super important phone call we keep forgetting to make, and reminds us that we're out of conditioner. These clever waterproof Aqua Notes Pads will ensure that your brilliant ideas don't disappear the moment you step out of the shower.
Have a Place to Rest Your Taco With These Dino Taco Holders
via: AmazonIn the grand scheme of things, having a taco in your hand is not a terrible situation. But wouldn't it be nice to be able to put your taco down, without all the fillings falling out? These Dino Taco Holders are not only awesome because they're dino taco holders, but they're super handy if you'd like to use your hands for other things in the middle of Taco Tuesday.
Easily Increase Your WiFi Reach With This WiFi Range Extender
via: AmazonEven if your WiFi is good, it could be better. Don't we all have rooms where the WiFi is just a little weaker? Solve that problem with this WiFi Range Extender. Simply plug it in and enjoy a stronger WiFi signal even in the furthest corners of your house. This works with any router or wireless access point. The set up is quick and easy and then you can say goodbye to dead zones and weak signals forever.
These Oven Liners Can Save You From Ever Cleaning Your Oven Again
via: AmazonCleaning an oven is arguably the worst chore ever. Also horrible is when there's some mystery thing baked onto the bottom of your oven creating a smokey disaster. Avoid all of these terrible things with a set of Oven Liners. These non-stick, reusable liners can be removed and wiped clean super easily. Use them in electric or gas ovens, in toaster ovens, or even as grill mats!
No Matter What Shape Butter You Buy, There's a Butter Saver Made to Fit it
via: AmazonButter storage is one of those surprisingly controversial topics. You think you know someone and then you find out they keep their butter on the counter. Gasp! Or in the fridge - the horror! One thing we can all agree on is that butter is amazing and should be protected at all costs. An open stick of butter easily dries out, hardens, or picks up random other food odors and flavors. Yuck! Protect the delicious butter with one of these handy Butter Savers, which come in different sizes to accommodate just about all butter configurations.
The Smart Funnel Takes the Balancing Act Out of Bottle Transfers
via: AmazonIf you're the kind of person who regularly drains the remains of one bottle into the new bottle, then you're going to want to pay attention to this one. Whether it's ketchup, soap, or lotion, right now you carefully balance the old bottle on top of the skinny neck of the new, and then you slowly back away and hope no rogue air currents knock down your thrifty configuration. The Smart Funnel lets you laugh at air currents. It clips the top bottle onto the bottom one, so the two remain securely attached until the draining is complete.
This Folding Potato Masher Allows You to Mash Potatoes AND Open Your Kitchen Drawers
via: AmazonWe all have that drawer that we can't easily open because it's where we keep our unwieldy potato masher. Why do we keep it in a drawer anyway? Surely, any other place would be better. But, a drawer is where it is, and so a we have a drawer we can't open. Some brilliant person decided life didn't have to be that way, and came up with the idea of a Folding Potato Masher. And, thus, all of your drawers can open!
Take Better Pics of Your Pooch With the Dog Selfie Stick
via: AmazonYour dog looks up at you with those cute perky ears and bright eyes. Naturally, you want to take a picture of the cutest dog ever, but as soon as you get the phone out your dogs ears get less perky and one eye sort of squints and your photographs never capture how truly adorable your pooch is. Well, if it's perky ears and bright eyes you want, look no further than the Dog Selfie Stick. Don't take my word for it. Take a minute to look at the customer images in the Amazon reviews. This thing makes great dog pics a cinch!
Keep Your Microwave Clean With This Vented Collapsible Microwave Cover
via: AmazonThe dreaded sauce splatter in your microwave can be a problem of your past. This Vented Collapsible Microwave Cover is big enough to fit over a dinner plate, a bowl of soup, just about anything you might be reheating in your microwave. All splatters are contained while the vents allow air circulation. When you're done, the cover rinses clean and collapses flat for easy storage.
Keep Your Counters Clutter Free With This Roll Up Dish Drying Rack
via: AmazonA drying rack is a kitchen necessity, but they are big and take up a ton of room and kitchen counter space is a precious commodity. This ingenious Roll Up Dish Drying Rack is there when you need it, and rolls up for easy storage when you don't. Best of all, even when it's fully loaded with drying dishes, it doesn't take up any counter space! Instead it stretches across your sink, leaving your counters free for other things.