Remember the old days, when you only learned about an amazingly useful product because your friend told you about it? Maybe sometimes you were lucky enough to spot that gadget you never knew you always needed in a brick-and-mortar store. But mostly, you just missed out. Thank goodness those sad days are over! Now, you have enterprising writers like myself to search Amazon for the newest, most innovative items on the virtual shelves, including these 31 genius gadgets. Lucky you!
My favorite finds not only make me click "add to cart," but also beg to be bragged about. I can't wait to whip out my jewelry cleaning pen next time a friend displays new bling, or show off this rechargeable hand warmer on chilly days. And when me hearties come over for grog, I'll jauntily open drinks with my new pirate bar tool. Arrrr, that be genius!
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This Black Light Flashlight Illuminates All the Gross Stuff in Your Universe
When you're wondering where that smell is coming from, break out this handy black light flashlight
. You can light up dried urine (and other bodily fluids--eewww), making it turn a lurid shade of purple, so you know exactly where to clean.
This Deshedding Tool for Cats Will Save Your Relationship With Your Furry Friend
The other day, I scraped fur off the sofa until I had a fuzzy blob big enough to be a new pet. I went on Amazon to search for googly eyes to decorate it, but luckily I found the brilliant FURminator
instead. Now I can just comb my pets like a normal(ish) person.
This Jewelry Cleaning Pen Polishes All Your Sparkly Things On the Go
I enjoy cleaning products as much as the next neat freak, but there's something special about the portable versions. This sleek, pen-sized wonder of a cleaning tool
can be whipped out at a moment's notice to dazzle a diamond, polish a peridot, shine a sapphire...you get the idea.
I have two goals when it comes to eye fatigue: fix it, and look good doing it. Hundreds of reviewers swear that these computer glasses
reduce headaches and dry, tired eyes. The brave souls who uploaded selfies look pretty cute in these glasses, too. I'm sold.
These Bike Wheel Lights Come in Seven Shades of Awesome
Evening bike rides just got a little more disco, thanks to these easy-to-install LED bike wheel lights
. The lights increase visibility, which makes your night rides safer. They even come with batteries and zip ties, so you can start using them right away.
There are plenty of ways to brew tea, but this innovative little tea pot
is my absolute favorite. The wide chamber lets the tea steep fully for maximum flavor, and the bottom-dispensing design means it's mess-free. Join me for a cup, won't you?
This Brown Sugar Bear Is Equally Adorable and Useful
Every baker knows if you need to store brown sugar for more than, say, five minutes, it hardens into a rock. That's why you need this li'l brown sugar buddy
. It's made from food-safe clay that keeps brown sugar moist for months.
I once saw a woman board a plane with a huge body pillow that she hugged and slept on the entire flight. #Respect. For the rest of us, there's this cleverly designed chin-supporting travel pillow
, which more than 2,500 Amazon customers gave a five-star rating.
This Necklace Fan Keeps You Cool and Happy
These colorful, lightweight fans
blow cool air where you need it most: straight up onto your hot little face. Reviewers on Amazon are using them for travel, stuffy workplaces, costumes, and lots of other situations where a cool breeze is welcome. Best of all, they come in two-packs, so you can share the air.
I'm obsessed with this lamp
. It collapses down to a neat little package the size of my phone, or unfolds into an architectural showpiece. I think the rose gold is my favorite, but the other finishes are pretty fab, too.
If you're tired of cutting strawberries the old-fashioned way, have I got the gadget for you! Load this one-handed strawberry-slicing wonder
with a strawberry, squeeze the handle, and shoot out perfect slices right into your salad, cereal, or mouth (no judgment).
Call me crazy, but I don't mind washing dishes. There's something zen-like about scouring things till they shine. Now I enjoy it even more with this rainbow of scrubbers
that smile while they do the dirty work.
These brightly colored magnetic twist ties
are insanely useful. I originally bought them to corral electrical cords, but before long I was using them all over my life. Now, my friends keep stealing them. Time to order a new 10-pack.
I recently ordered nightstands that arrived in the form of chunks of wood with a zillion bolts and screws. Building them took hours and every swear word I know, but at least my handy-dandy magnetic wristband
kept me from losing the metal parts (and my sanity).
I love a gadget that puts the fast into food. Crack one or two eggs directly into this clever cooker. Add anything you like for flavor (I'll take mine with hot sauce and cheese). Cook for under a minute and--ding!
--breakfast is served
One reviewer called it "indispensable," and I can see why. This sunshine-yellow sweeper
is the perfect size for spills too small for the vacuum. When you're done, the broom clicks into the dustpan in a very satisfying way, and the set stores neatly in any little nook.
The moment I saw this hand-held batter-dispensing marvel
, I had to have it. Pour any batter into the device, then squeeze the trigger to dispense perfectly-portioned amounts into molds, pans, or directly onto a griddle. More than 1,000 reviewers gave it five stars, and I'm one of them!
This Pirate Bar Tool Makes Friday Night Grog a Little More Fun
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho! It's the pirate's life for me, at least when it comes time to serve drinks with the help of this multi-functional bar tool
. The combo corkscrew, bottle opener, and foil cutter will have you splicing the mainbrace and winning the love of your crew in no time.
This Portable Hammock Turns Any Spot Into a Mini-Vacation
Right now, I have friends on holiday in Japan, Mexico, and Hawaii. But it's fine--just fine--that I'm stuck at home on a deadline, because I can string up my compact, portable hammock
any only place I want. Including between the fridge and my desk. It's FINE.
My hands are always cold, so any gadget promising to warm me up goes right in my basket. This high-tech hand warmer
is one of the best I've tried. It has two heat settings and lasts for hours on a single charge. Bonus: if my phone's battery runs low, I can steal the warmer's power with a USB cord.
I'm not sure which I like better: how easy this rotating peeler
is to use, or how fun it is to watch the long, curly peels pile up. So far, I've used it to peel potatoes, yams, apples, and oranges. I'm now eyeing the rest of my fruit and veggies for my next victims.
Join me and hundreds of five-star reviewers in trying this little piece of shower heaven
. No batteries required. Just add a bit of shampoo to the soft, silicone bristles and rub in circles all over your scalp. You'll get a squeaky clean head and a moment of pure relaxation at the same time.
This Shower Foot Scrubber Turns Every Shower Into a Spa Moment
I'm the kind of person who enjoys small moments of happiness: petting a friendly dog, sipping the foam off a latte, or treating my toes to a bubble scrub. That's why I love this shower foot scrubber
! Just put in on the floor of your shower, add a few drops of body wash, then let the hundreds of bristles clean and massage your feet.
This Smart Ice Cream Scooper Takes Your Dessert Game to the Next Level
Be the envy of ice cream parlors with this cleverly designed tool
! It forms perfectly round scoops of ice cream, then releases them into the bowl with a squeeze of the handle. Dessert has never looked better. Some reviewers also use this scooper to perfectly portion cookie dough.
I bought a basic, no-frills can opener for my first apartment back in 19-- (redacted
), and it worked just fine for decades. I had zero interest in upgrading until I spotted this genius can opener
that was a true improvement on the original concept. The secret is that it opens cans below the edge of the lid, leaving behind a totally smooth surface and zero drips. You never even have to rinse the can opener.
Perfect for camping, small kitchens, or anyone who adores smaller versions of things they already own (*raises hand*). This neat little set
gives you a grater, peeler, grinder, can opener, and rotary cutter--pretty much everything you need for basic food prep. Plus, they nestle together in the cutest way and take up almost zero storage space.
This Spider Smartphone Holder Makes Hands-Free Phone Use Easier Than Ever
Anytime you need to use your phone or tablet hands-free, this handy little spider
is up to the task. Prop up your phone on your desk while eating lunch. Attach your phone to the air vents in your car for navigation while you drive. Reviewers on Amazon also say they like to just play with them!
Perfect for the science nerd in your life, this test tube spice rack
is a fun and practical addition to the kitchen. Fill the 10 glass vials with spices and flavored salts, then seal them up with the included corks. One reviewer uses the set to hold a variety of loose teas. Talk about genius!
Do you have a super-organized friend who loves to pack her stuff in a complicated toiletries bag with a zillion little compartments? This product is not for her. My friend, this travel bag
is for the rest of us, who just want to dump in our stuff, pull the drawstring, and GO. Don't even worry about spills, since this bag is machine-washable.
In my never-ending quest to consume less caffeine and more water, I've accumulated a pyramid of water bottles that I mostly ignore. Because now I have my favorite water bottle ever
! I load the infusion basket with sliced fruit, add water, and I have a delicious and refreshing drink I'll actually finish. My favorite flavor at the moment is cucumber with blueberries. Bonus: This bottle comes in 10 fun colors!