Modern life is all about gadgets. We've got GPS guiding us where we're going, Alexa answering our questions, and a pocket-sized computer (which for some reason we call a phone) keeping us in touch with everything happening everywhere.
In a world like this, you'd think there'd be no gadget you hadn't yet seen. But you'd be wrong! There are new things being invented all the time. Some are simple solutions to everyday problems, like this mattress lifter gizmo and these anti-droop earring backs. Others are high-tech add-ons to existing technology, like this wireless smart home camera and this voice-controlled colorful light strip.
I searched out the handiest gadgets on Amazon and put together this list of 37 things I think you'll love.
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Take the strain out of making the bed with this mattress lifter
via: AmazonGet easy access to that wad of cash you keep hidden under the mattress with this handy mattress lifter. (It's a great tool for changing the sheets, too.) Just grab the curved handle and insert the wedge between the mattress and box spring to lift the mattress 4-5 inches and hold it in place. Then you can use both hands to apply a bed skirt, tuck in a fitted sheet or stash away that diary. This gadget is a huge aid for people with diminished strength, arthritis or back problems.
Stow your specs safely in this stylish tabletop eyeglass holder with soft lining
via: AmazonMy cute red eyeglass frames are forever torqued from that time I left them sitting on the bed, where I then proceeded to sleep on them. That's just one example of my bad habits with glasses. It's so easy to set them down willy nilly around the house. That's why this little gadget caught my eye. It's a standing eyeglass holder with plush lining to protect your specs from scratches -- something you don't get with the set-them-precariously-on-the-tissue-box method. This puppy is rated 4.9 stars (!) and comes in all kinds of cute colors and patterns.
This yarn winder makes it fast and easy to prep those skeins for kitting
via: AmazonI can safely say that there are few things more tedious than trying to wind a ball of yarn that's forever knotting and splitting. If you're not a knitter, you probably don't know the hell I'm describing. But trust me on this, if you have a friend who knits, they need a yarn winder. This totally affordable tool transform yarn hanks and skeins into compact center-pull cakes that sit nicely while you knit or crochet. Just clamp the winder onto the edge of the table and get to work!
Get those gobs of hair out of your brush or comb with this two-piece cleaning set
via: AmazonLetting your brush get congested with old hair is a surefire way to create knots when you run it through your 'do. But how can you get that hair out from between those bristles? A fork? Perhaps a tad unhygienic. This two-piece brush cleaning set has fork-like qualities that work wonders. You get a plastic tool with nylon bristles on one end and thicker plastic tines on the other. And you get a mini rake (a wooden-handled tool with fine metal tines). Together, this power duo will keep your brushes and combs clean enough to eat off!
Be a trendsetter while staying clear of sun and rain in this umbrella hat
via: AmazonStop having to choose between an umbrella or a hat with this ingenious hybrid. At three feet in diameter, this thing will block the rain or sun and keep you protected. The umbrella hat is great for gardening, fishing, walking the dog -- and setting fashion trends! When not in use, it collapses to a small, lightweight size that's easy to carry.
Use this stylus keychain to push buttons, touch screens and keep your hands clean
via: AmazonSince the start of 2020, we've all learned a lot about germs! This little tool is just what each of us needs on our keychain so we can keep our hands clean while navigating the world. Use the stylus tip to make selections on touchscreens or to push buttons. There's also a little hook you can use to pull open doors or carry bags. The whole thing is as small as a credit card and super lightweight.
This little personal fan is a truly cool necklace
via: AmazonWhether you're outdoors in the sun or indoors sweating bullets, this personal fan necklace is the cure for the overheated blues. It's compact and comes in several different colors. The neckband is adjustable, and the fan offers powerful vertical airflow, keeping a constant breeze right where you need it. Just pop in two AA batteries and it'll run for up to 12 hours. This is the perfect companion for when you're sitting in a stuffy theater or battling those nasty hot flashes.
Display your boots neatly with this six-pair boot rack
via: Amazon / OriganelleBoots are notoriously hard to store due to their size and floppy nature. This boot rack is a great solution at an affordable price. It holds six pairs of boots, clearing space off your closet floor and giving you an organized view of your footwear options. I'm a boot-lover, so I'll probably need two or three of these babies, but man will my collection look awesome!
Just swipe this security roller over your personal info and blot out identity theft
via: AmazonID theft is no joke. It's happened to me and it's a nightmare. There's no reason for us to make things easy on the criminals. The identifying information on your credit card bills, medicine bottles and other personal items is a treasure trove for the bad guys. This handy little security roller makes it easy to blot out that info and keep your identity secure. This roller easily marks over long lines of text in a single stroke.
Add storage compartments to your bag with this purse organizer
via: AmazonThere are lots of cute purses that are little more than an empty sac with no pockets or dividers inside. That's where a contraption like this comes in handy. This handbag organizer is made of lightweight water-resistant nylon and has 13 different pockets of varying sizes, two with zippers. It comes in an array of colors and is collapsible for easy storage.
This laptop riser gives you the perfect ergonomic angle
via: AmazonSitting at a computer for any extended length of time can be so hard on the neck and back. You might as well do what you can to avoid added strain. This ergonomic laptop riser lets you adjust your laptop to the perfect height and angle so you're not straining your neck while you work. Made of sturdy aluminum, the stand is stable and easily adjustable without the need for tools. Rubber strips on the surface help hold the laptop in place while in use.
This crispy corner brownie pan is perfect for lovers of edge pieces
via: AmazonAre you an edge person, or do you go in for the gooey middle pieces? If you're all about the corners and edges, this pan is for you! It has 48 edges compared to only 14 in a standard brownie pan. It's got non-stick coating and patented posts in the middle to ensure even baking (no more undercooked pieces). Pop out crispy, chewy deliciousness every time. Buyers rave about it, giving it 4.7 stars!
This balance board is the perfect standing desk accessory
via: AmazonReduce fatigue and avoid bad posture while working at a standing desk with this balance board. It keeps your core engaged and distributes the pressure being put upon your body. This is also a great tool for your home gym, helping you improve balance, strength and coordination. It's made of heavy-duty plywood and has an easy-grip standing surface as well as slip-resistant rockers underneath. Buyers give it an unbelievable 4.8 out of 5 stars!
Stop that dog tag jingle with this pet tag silencer
via: AmazonThis simple little product solves a common problem -- the incessant jingling when two pet tags knock together. FreezeTag clamps multiple tags (up to 4) together so they stop rattling. It easily attaches to your pet's collar and is simple to switch from one collar to another. Great for cats and dogs!
This power strip tower provides easy access to outlets and USB ports
via: AmazonStop reaching behind the furniture to access that power strip. This tabletop power tower gives you everything you need within easy reach. Just set it up on your desk and plug in your computer, monitor, printer and all of your accessories. Plus, you can charge up your phone and other USB devices right there on the desktop with the three USB ports. It has surge protection for the power outlets and overload protection for the USB ports, so you don't have to worry about damaging your devices or starting a fire. Plus, the two tiers of the tower can be separated and used apart if needed.
Meet your new frenemy, Clocky, the alarm clock on wheels
via: AmazonIf you have a habit of abusing the snooze button then this manic moving alarm clock may be for you. When it's time to wake up, Clocky will light up, make a super loud robot-like sound and leap into action, rolling around the room to get you chasing it. The idea is for it to be so annoying you can't sleep through it, and it works! Clocky's inventor is an MIT alum who scored a record-breaking deal on Shark Tank.
This clip-on light ring and cell phone holder is your one-stop selfie solution
via: AmazonThis nifty little product gives you everything you need for one low price. You've got a 24-inch gooseneck phone holder and an additional gooseneck light ring with three light modes (white, warm white and warm yellow) and 10 brightness levels. Both goosenecks are attached to a handy clip, which you can attach to a table or desk. Powered by USB and controlled by included remote, this device is great for FaceTime calls, selfies, Zoom meetings and more.
This cell phone mount attaches securely to your shopping cart, stroller or bike handlebars
via: AmazonStop trying to juggle your phone and other accessories while pushing a shopping cart or stroller. This smartphone bar mount secures it right in front of you (with 360-degree rotation) so you can easily scan your shopping list or keep track of your texts. And when you mount it on your bike handles, it's a great tool for navigation. Attaches easily with a simple strap; no tools required.
This two-pack of clip-on lights can be used for so many things
via: AmazonJust clip this little light on your hat, shirt, belt or wherever you need brightness and you'll get powerful illumination for 4-8 hours at a time. Just recharge via USB and the lights are ready for another outing. These are great for nighttime running, camping, hiking and more. They have four different lighting levels up to 150 lumens.
Discard wrappers and other small items in these pretty little car trash cans
via: AmazonThese cute little geometric trash capsules will fit in your car cup holder and look like a fancy travel mug. I love this idea! My car is always littered with mint wrappers and other little debris that would easily fit into one of these small receptacles. The best part is that they don't look like trash cans. They're stylish and easily pass for a high-end car accessory, all while secretly protecting passengers from the sight of your wadded tissue and melted lip balm.
Soothe and tone your skin with this cooling face massager
via: AmazonI'd like to give this roller a try to see how it works on my headaches and TMJ pain. It's also supposed to reduce under-eye puffiness and wrinkles, tighten skin and brighten the complexion. I'll take that! Once the roller is frozen, it'll stay cool for several hours, though treatments are generally only 5-10 minutes. This massager has an ergonomic design, is tested to ensure no squeakiness and comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
This tablet stand with flexible legs is ideal for bed or couch use
via: AmazonSo many of us use our tablets while sitting on the couch or lying in bed, and many tablet stands aren't designed for those environments. The Tablift tablet stand has you covered! Compatible with most tablet models, it'll hold your tablet horizontally or vertically, and has flexible legs that allow you to stretch it over your lap wherever you are. The tablet can be adjusted to three different viewing angles, and the whole contraption leaves your hands and lap free while you browse the internet, play games or read an ebook.
Stay toasty in the car with a heated blanket that plugs into the cigarette lighter
via: AmazonNo more freezing your buns off while tailgating or wearing 10 layers of flannel as you road trip it to the slopes. This 12-volt electric blanket plugs into the cigarette lighter and keeps you nice and warm. It's got a 96-inch cord, so it can even be used by backseat passengers. Just fold it up and store it in the trunk when not in use, because you never know when it'll come in handy!
Keep heavy earrings secure with these anti-droop earring backs
via: AmazonIt sure does ruin the look of a beautiful pair of earrings when they sag down off the earlobe. But if your earrings are heavy, they can be hard to keep securely in place. That's where these Happy Backs come in. They're larger than standard earring backs and have a special design that provides the extra support needed to keep heavier earrings in place. This set comes with three pairs of Happy Backs (six individual pieces), each made of sterling silver.
Let Alexa brighten your room with a colorful glow with this LED light strip
via: AmazonThis is one smart light strip! Using Alexa, Google Assistant or the manufacturer's app, you can turn the lights on and off, change the colors and brightness, and set a timer so you're automatically bathed in a soothing glow whenever you want. Plus, there's a built-in microphone that syncs the lights to the beat of your music. Designed to be easy to install, the kit comes with an adapter, a WiFi controller, a 16.4-foot light strip, 3M adhesive and fixing clips.
This acrylic headphone stand will keep your headphones safe and display them in style
via: AmazonThis sturdy stand has a minimalist design that lets your headphones stand out. It's universally designed to fit the full range of headphone sizes. Choose from black or clear in regular or extra-wide format. This handy little gadget is an Amazon buyer fave, rating 4.5 on more than 1,100 reviews.
Toss this multitool pen in your glove box or handbag for six different uses
via: AmazonThis seemingly simple yellow pen has six features in one: two screwdriver bits (Phillips and flat head), a bubble level, a ruler, a stylus and, of course, a pen. This makes a great gift (it even comes in a gift box), but you'll probably also want to get one for yourself. It'd be great to have in the glove box or your handbag so you always have access to it when need arises.
Repair jobs just got easier with this magnetic wristband
via: AmazonLightweight and breathable, this magnetic wristband makes it easy to access nails, screws and other metal parts while you're working on a project. No more setting them in a container near the work area and having to lean down (or worse, climb down a ladder) to dig for one when you need it. This wristband keeps those essentials right there in easy reach, making it that much less likely that you hammer a hole in the wall out of frustration.
Stick one of these personal alarms on your keychain to fend off attacks
via: AmazonThough this little gadget looks a lot like a car alarm remote, it's actually a personal alarm that you can trigger if you're ever being attacked. It sounds off at 140 decibels, which can be heard up to 600 feet away. There's also an LED light on the alarm, allowing you to light your path in dark areas and further protect yourself from unwanted surprises. Available in several colors, these little alarms clip right on to your keychain, so they're never far from hand.
Toss the remnants of fruit, vegetables and more in this kitchen countertop compost bin
via: AmazonYou may not be ready to go all-in on a compost bin for the whole house, but this small kitchen compost bin is a great way to start down a sustainable path. It takes up little space, and it'll hold a week’s worth of vegetable skins, fruit peels, coffee grounds and other compostable waste. The organic activated charcoal filter traps odors naturally so the bin will have no smell, which is something you can't say about the trash can when you toss the same waste in there. (The filter is even washable and reusable for up to six months.) The leak-proof stainless steel bin is surprisingly attractive, and has a metal handle for hanging storage.
Untangle those tanks with this hanging tank top organizer
via: AmazonI live in LA, where tank tops are worn year-round, so I've got two of these, and I love them! With this offer, you get three of these steel tank top racks (I'll be jealous), which can hold eight tops each. (Though personally, I fit 16 on each rack, since I hang one from each hook.) They're also great for hanging lingerie and other items with straps.
Transform that beard from frazzled to sleek with this heated beard straightener
via: AmazonThankfully, we're living in a time when personal grooming is not dismissed as unmanly. The beard trend has been running strong for years now, and this simple little tool can be a bearded man's best friend. Just plug in the brush (with convenient 360-degree rotating cord) and choose between two temperature modes: one for thick or coarse beard and another for long or curly beard. The brush will detangle and smooth those locks, leaving you looking sharp.
This jigsaw puzzle roll keeps your pieces in place during storage
via: AmazonIf you're working on a complex, multi-day puzzle, storage can be a real concern. Leaving it out can mean losing pieces, damaging it, or letting it become the cat's favorite new toy. But puzzle-keeper boards can be expensive. That's why this puzzle roll is so great. It works with an inflatable tube that is used to roll your puzzle up in a mat, keeping all the pieces in tact -- and at a crazy low price! Makes a great gift for the puzzle-lover in your life.
Forget the flashlight. This headlamp leaves your hands free!
via: AmazonLightweight and comfortable, this headlamp is great for early morning jogs, nighttime walks, camping, cycling and so much more. The light has a pivoting head and seven light modes. (White beam: low, medium, high and strobe. Red beam: low, SOS and strobe.) It's water resistant and drop-tested to stand up to harsh conditions, making it a reliable outdoor friend. Get two headlamps for one low price.
This wrist wallet is great for running, hiking and travel
via: AmazonThis stylish wrist wallet has two pockets. The zipper pocket is great for credit cards, cash, keys and other valuables. The foldover pocket is designed to fit all cell phone models, and there's an opening for headphone use. Made of a PolySpandex fabric blend, the wrist wallet is very light and stretches to fit bulkier items. Some users even wear it around their ankle instead of wrist!
This wireless smart home camera has night vision and works with Alexa
via: AmazonCheck out what your pets are doing while you're away with this wireless home camera. Or you can use it for more serious matters, like home security. It's got night vision, which lets you see up to 30 feet in absolute darkness using four infrared LEDs. It can automatically record a 12-second video clip when motion or sound is detected and save that video to the cloud for 14 days. You can also live stream from anywhere in 1080p, including two-way audio, through the Wyze app. For voice control, you can set the camera up to work with Alexa or Google Assistant.
There's no end of uses for this sturdy collapsible wagon
via: AmazonWhat can you put in this folding utility wagon? Groceries, gardening tools, athletic equipment, picnic supplies, beach gear, puppies (OMG that'd be cute) and more. It's made of durable high-strength 600D polyester fabric that cleans easily, has large all-terrain wheels, and folds down to only eight inches thick. Plus, there's an adjustable handle and two mesh cup and cell phone holders.