Hi! My name's Abi and I do a lot of shopping on Amazon. Like, a lot. I'm greeted by one of those smiley-faced boxes on my doorstep on a pretty regular basis. I thought I'd share with you some of the best purchases I've ever made on Amazon in the hopes that you might find something you'll like too!
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This ECHOGEAR Outlet Shelf That You'll Want In Every Room
via: AmazonWhy don't all outlets have shelves?
You Will Be Shocked the First Time You Use the Furminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
When it Comes to Electric Griddles, Bigger is Better and the Big Cool-Touch Electric Griddle is Bigger
via: AmazonThis thing is awesome. You can easily cook an entire package of bacon, an entire batch of pancakes, or enough grilled cheeses to feed a herd of hungry school children. Even if you already have a griddle, you might want to trade up for the Big Cool-Touch Electric Griddle because bigger is definitely better.
Stop Resenting Your Pets: Clean Up Their Hair From Anywhere For Under $20
via: AmazonThe all-rubber construction of the FURremover Broom not only lends to its long-term durability, but also its multi-use utility as a fur-gathering sweeper, and a pee-pushing squeegee. It'll keep your carpets fur-free and your hardwood unstained, so you can love your pets in all their messy glory without (too much) resentment.
These Moso Purifying Bags Apparently Have Odor-Killing Superpowers
via: AmazonThousands of reviewers tout the powers of these bags of activated charcoal, specifically highlighting their abilities to freshen truly nasty old shoes, or even drink up the odorrific remnants of spoiled milk inside a minivan.
I Swear By This Wildly Popular Acupressure Mat
via: AmazonYeah, it hurts at first, but after a day or two, it starts to work its magic.
The Magnogrip Keeps Screws And Nails Right Where You Need Them
via: AmazonMagnets are a wonderful thing.
This Tiny Gadget Not Only Charges Your Devices, But Also Adds Bluetooth Functionality To Your Car
via: AmazonFeel like taking that 20th century car into the 21st? Bluetooth amazingness is a ROAV adapter away.
These Big Wool Spheres Will Replace Dryer Sheets
via: AmazonThrow out those dryer sheets and fabric softener. These solid wool balls are a wildly popular solution to soft and static-free clothes.
This Universal Knife Block That Holds All My Knives
via: AmazonI don't know about you, but I think it's annoying having to make sure that you're putting your knives away in the right slot of your knife block. This thing has a bunch of plastic sticks inside that hold whatever knives you put in there. It's a little on the small size (which is great for my limited counter space), but I'm able to keep all the knives I regularly use in it.
The Ringer Is the Only Thing I Use to Scrub My Cast Iron Skillet
via: AmazonI love my cast iron skillet and am a little obsessive about keeping the seasoning in good condition. The Ringer lets me scrub any baked-on crud off of it without damaging the seasoning. I've been using it for several years with no complaints.
via: AmazonThis little sanitizer plugs directly into your outlet and sanitizes and deodorizes the air around it. I have one in both the living room and the bathroom and I think it really makes a difference in making the air feel much fresher.
I Know my Sheets are Softer Than Your Sheets Because Mine are These Brushed Microfiber Sheets
via: AmazonFirst of all, these Brushed Microfiber Sheets are crazy inexpensive. King sized sheets for under $30? Yes! But they are also ridiculously soft. Just buy them. Trust me.
This Down Alternative Comforter That Is So, So Comfy
via: AmazonI truly can't believe that this comforter costs less than $30 because it is the most luxurious bedding I've ever slept under in my life. It has loops in all four corners and all four sides so you can easily tie it into any duvet cover. I've had mine for about 6 months and none of the filling has become bunched up or clumpy, even after several launderings — in the washer! Because it's machine washable.
I'm a Huge Fan of Tons of Veggies on the Grill and This Large Grilling Basket Makes it so Much Easier
via: AmazonIn our house I'm in charge of all the prep work, while my husband mans the grill. This means that for years I'd cut up a ton of vegetables and then he'd be stuck with trying to keep them from falling between the grates. And then I discovered this grilling basket. It holds all the veggies I prepare, and makes it so much easier on my husband.
This Charging Station Dock Can Bring Peace and Harmony to Your Family
via: AmazonHave you ever had a my-phone-is-more-dead-than-yours argument with someone you love? If so, then I suggest buying one of these Charging Station Docks. It tames the mess, and eliminates the competition for chargers.
These Pencils Are the Fanciest Pencils I've Ever Owned
via: AmazonI know it might seem a little crazy to spend upward of $20 for 12 pencils, but trust me. These things are magical. The graphite core is the perfect level of softness. The black finish feels sleek and fancy. The erasers are rectangular! Best of all, these things smell amazing. This would make a great gift for your writer or musician friend! (Or for yourself!)
These Stainless Steel Reusable Drinking Straws That Will Help You Save the Environment
via: AmazonThe sad truth is that plastic straws are terrible for the environment. But if you love drinking out of straws (like we do), all hope is not lost! These stainless steel straws are perfect replacements. And they come with their very own cleaner brush!
This Skin Tag Remover Will Save You a Trip to the Dermatologist
via: AmazonIf you don't know what a skin tag is, consider yourself blessed and scroll on. For the rest of us mere mortals, this Skin Tag Remover is a serious money-saver. I don't want to go into great detail, but suffice to say this cheap little thing has saved me probably hundreds in co-pays over the years. Check the listing on Amazon to learn even more. Warning: Amazon reviewers included photos.
This Slim Storage Cart That Makes the Most of Tiny Spaces
via: AmazonI have this cart in between my washer/dryer combo and the wall. My laundry room doesn't have any storage, so this thing was seriously a lifesaver. It easily fits a standard size bottle of laundry detergent as well as a bunch of other cleaning supplies. You could also put it in your kitchen or anywhere else you need a bit more storage.
With This Gap Cleaning Brush You'll Have The Cleanest Window Tracks On The Block
via: AmazonThere is literally decades of dust living in the crevices of my windows right now, awaiting attack by the Trycooling Brush.
Using These Dirt Cheap Drain Snakes Will Both Disgust And Fascinate You
These Cooling Racks That Fold Flat for Easy Storage
via: AmazonThis listing is for a set of three racks. They're great for cooling biscuits, cookies, or loaves of bread. I also use them for draining oil off of fried goods.
I Got The Original Butter Bell Crock as a Gift For My Husband, Our Resident Toast Eater
via: AmazonI never fully appreciated the problem of hard to spread butter, but it was a frustration my husband faced on the regular. Even as a seldom toast eater, it is not an overstatement to say that the Butter Bell Crock is a life changer. Soft, spreadable butter is one of this world's true and pure pleasures. And you deserve it.
I Was Totally Surprised By How Much I Like This Anti-Frizz Microfiber Hair Towel
via: AmazonI bought this microfiber hair towel mostly for the button. I wanted something that would stay easily and securely in place, rather than using my giant, cumbersome, and completely not secure regular towel as a hair wrap. What I didn't expect was how much this improved my hair. It really does make it less frizzy and more curly. I don't know how or why, and I don't care. I love this thing.
This Digital Microscope That Gives a SUPER Close-Up View
via: AmazonJust plug this thing into your computer's USB port and grab a bunch of stuff from around the house to look at (I recommend socks, pennies, and sand!). It magnifies objects up 500 times so you really get an awesome view.
I Now Have Several of These Ceramic Non-Stick Frypans and I Use Them Daily
via: AmazonUnlike other versions of non-stick cookware, these ceramic pans hold up well over time, stay truly non-stick, and still manage to brown foods nicely. I have these in several sizes, and some ceramic pots as well, but I especially love the large covered pan. My favorite dinners to make are the one-pot variety and this pan is perfect for that.
If You Have a Body, You Should Also Have a High-Density Round Foam Roller
via: AmazonNothing attacks sore muscles as thoroughly, and sometimes painfully, as a good foam roller. But even if you're not into that hurts-so-good type of self torture, rolling out your back is the best feeling in the world.
The Anker Soundbuds Are the Best Inexpensive Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon
via: AmazonI use these headphones every single day. Not only are they comfortable, they also block out almost ALL noise, and have a surprisingly long battery life for their category (right around 9 hours per charge). Sure, they can't compete with $160 Airpods for ultimate convenience, but considering they're only $27, they're just about perfect.
This Magnetic Phone Mount For My Car
via: AmazonThe magnetic mount itself clips onto your car vent. Then, you put a thin metal disk inside your phone case for it to connect to. I cannot overstate how convenient this little gadget is. I even make sure to bring it with me whenever I'm traveling and using a rental car.
I Use These Reusable Grocery Bags For So Much More Than Groceries
via: AmazonIt's a beach bag, an overnight bag, a shopping bag, a trick or treating bag, a library bag, a boots, hat, and gloves bag, and a dog going to the dog sitter bag. These Reusable Grocery Bags weigh nothing, fold up into a tiny square, hold a ton, are machine washable, and are unreasonably strong.
This $8 Invention Adds An Invaluable Footrest To Your Shower
via: AmazonMuch like cupholders, I don't understand why more everyday things don't have built-in footrests.
This Bed Band That Prevent The Dreaded Sheet Slip
via: AmazonWho can get any sleep when your sheets are constantly slipping off? These brilliant "bed bands" eliminate that problem so you can finally catch some Z's.
These Hair Coils Never Pull, Tangle, or Get Stuck no Matter How Messy Your Messy Bun is
via: AmazonAwhile back I saw a curly hair life-hack video that showed a woman twisting her hair up into a tight, high bun, and wrapping it with one of these Hair Coils before going to bed. In the morning, instead of bent, crushed, messy, horrible curls, her little bun unravelled into neat ringlets and waves. I immediately bought the hair ties and my morning hair is 1000x better than it ever was before.
These Wildly Popular Baking Mats Will Keep You From Scrubbing Stuck-On Messes
via: AmazonUse these handy silicone liners to create a nonstick layer on your baking sheets. They're great for cookies, candies, cakes, biscuits — anything you want to bake in the oven. And they're dishwasher-safe!
The Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker is a Complete Game Changer When it Comes to Cooking Meats
via: AmazonThere is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to Sous Vide cooking, but once you get the hang of it, nothing will ever be the same. Never again will I serve up dry, over cooked chicken. Nor will I ever compulsively check it for doneness. Instead, my chicken is always tender and safely cooked to the perfect temperature, and I don't even have to be home to be cooking it.
This Microplush Heated Throw Puts All Other Throw Blankets to Shame
via: AmazonI received this as a Christmas gift a few years ago, and it has since become my go-to when I need a gift for someone. The best way to describe how awesome it is to sit under this Heated Throw is this: think of having a warm, soft, cuddly cat on your lap on a cold winter's day, but this cat is big enough to cover all of you, but without any of the cat downsides. OK, it's really not like being smothered by a giant cat, but it's very warm and snuggly.
These Compression Capri Leggings Are the Most Non-See-Through Leggings I've Ever Had
via: AmazonAs a mom who works from home, I'm pretty much an expert on leggings. Do I have many pairs from different brands? Yes. Do I wear them all? Nope. Instead, I bought multiple pairs of these Compression Capri Leggings because they're the most comfortable for lounging or working out, and they are completely not see through. Go ahead and bend over in front of your mirror - these leggings stay completely opaque.
This Magnetic Cable Organizer That Keeps My Sidetable Organized
via: AmazonI was getting sick of having to pick all my various charger cables up off the floor, so I went searching for a solution and found this. I like the wood-grain appearance and the fact that each cable clip fits three different sizes of cables.
This Ice Cream Scoop That's Honestly Just a Really Great Ice Cream Scoop
via: AmazonOne time, I Googled "best ice cream scoop" and was brought to an article that recommended this one. So I bought it! And guess what? They were not wrong. This is a great scoop. It creates a picture-perfect scoop of ice cream every time and never requires using an extra spoon (or your finger) to dig the ice cream out.
This Notebook That Makes the Perfect Bullet Journal
via: AmazonIt has two ribbon bookmarks, lightly dotted lines, page numbers, and a pocket on the back cover for holding extra stickers, papers, or receipts. Mine is never far from reach — it's literally right next to me as I write this.
I've Tried Many Different Brands and Types of Reusable Baggie, and Found That Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags are the Best
via: AmazonWith two school-aged kids, I shudder to think of the number of disposable plastic bags I would have used if I hadn't discovered Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags. These come in sandwich size, and a smaller snack size and I use both every day when packing my kids lunches. Unlike other brands, these close with zippers instead of velcro, which gets gross, and they are thin nylon, so they wash easily and dry quickly.
This Thermal Laminator That Keeps All My Important Papers Safe
via: AmazonIt comes with several thermal envelopes that you can use to laminate recipes, calendar pages, or important documents around your house. It only costs about $20!
This Ergonomic Vertical Mouse Was a Recent Discovery and it Has Reduced my Hand, Wrist, and Arm Pain Considerably
via: AmazonI spend a lot of time at my computer. I made the switch to an ergonomic keyboard years ago, making my computer nearly impossible for anyone else to use (winning!). Even with my wrist guard on, an hour or two of computer work would leave my mouse hand and arm tingly and in pain. Then a couple of months ago I bought this Ergonomic Vertical Mouse. It immediately made a dramatic difference. I still wear my wrist brace and do my stretches, but there really is no pain and no tingling. And my computer is now completely impossible for anyone else to use.
This Bug Zapper That Zaps the Heck Outta Bugs
via: AmazonI don't consider myself an especially vengeful person, but when there are flies in the house, that all goes out the window (unlike the flies, who seem to want to move in and live with me forever). This zapper is rechargeable and provides the most satisfying ZAP sound when you strike your target.
This Birdfeeder That Attaches Directly to Your Window
via: AmazonThe best part of having a birdfeeder is being visited by birds (duh). But this window-mounted feeder offers something even better: An up-close-and-personal view of your feathered friends! I just recently put mine on the window in my office and I can't wait until my bird friends come to visit.
This Rainfall Shower Head That Basically Turned My Bathroom into a Spa
via: AmazonThis was one of the first things I purchased after moving into a new apartment. I installed it myself in about five minutes and ever since, my showers are like mini getaways I get to take every day.
And Now For Something Completely Different. My Favorite Recent Find is This 2-Person Inflatable Kayak
via: AmazonMy husband and I have wanted kayaks for years. But they're big and expensive, and we'd have to invest in a car rack, and a garage rack, and the whole thing seemed like too much of an investment for something we'd only use a few times per year. Then, this summer, we found these 2-Person Inflatable Kayaks. THESE ARE AWESOME. They inflate easily and in no time. They really can fit two adults, but can also easily be used as single kayaks. And the best part is that when we're done, it takes about 5-10 minutes to deflate them and fold them away into their carrying bags to easily fit into our car. Every time we've taken them out people have approached us to ask where they can buy them. I'm starting to think I should be sponsored by Intex.
My Number One Favorite Thing Ever is My Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug
via: AmazonThis is a fancy (and expensive) mug and it is the best thing I've ever owned. You know how as you drink a cup of coffee you anticipate the colder and colder temperature, and how you take that last sip knowing it will be tepid and unpleasant? Well, the Ember Mug changes all of that. Your last sip of coffee is just as hot as your first and it will blow your mind every day for at least a month while you get used to this new, glorious life you lead.
The Rotring 600 Is the Best Mechanical Pencil Ever Made
via: AmazonBeloved by architects, designers, draftspeople, and myself, the German-engineered Rotring 600 may be the perfect writing implement. A solid brass body provides a weighty feel, which, coupled with a nicely knurled grip, allows ultra-precise use. Plus, it just looks really, really cool.
If You've Been Looking For a Truly Leakproof, One Handed, Easy to Drink From Water Bottle, Your Search Ends Here With the Best Sports Water Bottle
via: AmazonIf my life was ever going to be boiled down into one epic quest, it would be a quest for a leak proof water bottle. I don't know why this is so hard, but I've spent a small fortune on disappointing bottles until I found these water bottles. They fit nicely in a car's cupholders, and on a bike, and in the side pockets of my kids' backpacks. And so long as you remember to flip the little lock, which is easily managed with one hand, they will not leak at all.
This Kan Jam Frisbee Game That's Great for Summertime
via: AmazonThis a great game for outdoor weddings, barbecues, beach days, or any other days you're spending time outside. You try to toss the Frisbee into the plastic tubes (and try to foil your opponents' attempts to do the same). It's a lot of fun for adults and kids.
This Vitamin C Serum That Smells Divine
via: AmazonI'll be honest: The main draw of this product was the fun squeezy-top bottle that it comes with. But it also smells so great and definitely leaves my skin feeling very hydrated and nourished.
These Harperton Nail Clippers Will Be The Last Ones You Ever Buy
via: AmazonIf you haven't tried a REAL pair of nail clippers, trust me, you need to. It's a completely different (and far superior) experience from those $2 clippers.
This Series of Books Has Made Me a Trivia Master
via: AmazonWhile they are designed for in-bathroom use (heavy page stock, water-resistant covers), Uncle John's Bathroom Readers can — and should — be read anywhere. Now on their 31st year of publication, these thick miscellanies are packed with enough stories, facts, and other bits of knowledge to make even the most boring person seem interesting at a party. And if you're NOT boring, it'll just make you all the more fascinating.
The Code Name Board Game That's a Great Crowd Pleaser
via: AmazonHere's another game that I've played a lot — this one in particular has been a huge hit with my family members. You give clues to your teammates in order to get them to guess certain spies' code names without triggering the opposing team's spies. We played this game for several hours last holiday season. Highly recommend!
This Book That's Also a Planetarium
via: AmazonAnd an instrument, and a speaker, and an infinite calendar... I bought this book as a gift, and it was a huge hit. Every page is its own fully functional device made out of paper. It's like a pop-up book for grown-ups (although kids would also totally get a kick out of it, I'm sure).
My Living Room Has Four Sets of These Window Curtain Panels and I Love Them
via: AmazonWindow treatments can be crazy expensive! I was determined to find curtains I loved without going broke. I bought and returned several sets from Amazon in my hunt for the perfect curtains, and then I found these window panels. They finish my room beautifully and and look much more expensive than they are.
These Marker Pens That Came in a Convenient Storage Case
via: AmazonThese are the perfect pens for bullet journaling. I've literally used them every single day for the past two years and they haven't dried up at all (even though I've definitely left the caps off overnight on a few occasions).
I Use This Pepper Mill Every Day
via: AmazonIf you're not using fresh-ground pepper in your everyday cooking, it's time to step into the future, my friend. This pepper mill is big and may look a little ridiculous, but I don't have to refill it all that often and it's so fun to crank!
These Makeup Brushes That Are Surprisingly Good Quality for the Price
via: AmazonIf you're looking for a nice set of brushes that won't break the bank, these are the way to go. The set features seven different eyeshadow brushes and costs less than $15. They have more than 5,000 reviews, so you don't even have to just my word on this one.
I Was Truly Surprised by How Much I Love My Kindle Oasis E-reader
via: AmazonBefore this, I had (and loved) a Kindle Paperwhite. I used it daily and it always made me happy. And then my husband gave me the Kindle Oasis. I didn't think I needed the upgrade. And then I used it. I never noticed my Paperwhite being heavy or awkward to hold, until the amazingly light and comfortable Oasis was in my hands. If you are or know an avid reader, this is the e-reader to get.
This Oil Drizzler Made Cooking Easier (and More Fun)
via: AmazonI had wanted one of these drizzlers for years and when I finally got one, it was a real game changer. I know it's not difficult to twist open a bottle of olive oil, but it feels so much cooler drizzling it from one of these bottles.
This Star Realms Card Game That I've Already Played Dozens of Times
via: AmazonI'm a huge board game (and card game) fan, and this game is easily one of my favorites. It's a small deck that won't take up too much room on your game shelf but will provide a lot of fun times — for less than $15! (One deck supports a 2-player game, but you can add additional copies and have games for up to 6 players.)