You know when you're scrolling through Amazon and something weird catches your eye, and you click on it only to discover the product is kinda useful and not that weird after all? Well, this article is about those things. Like that picture of bursting fungus you click on, only to discover that it's a neat box of organic mushrooms you can grow right in your own kitchen. Or that enormous bangle bracelet that you discover is actually a wearable flask. Pretty neat, huh?
Well, I've rounded up 37 items like those -- stuff that looks weird or cool or fun, and that's also pretty useful. Among my favorites are this beautiful journal with a laser-cut wood cover and these PyroPet candles that melt to reveal a cat skeleton. Oh, and I love this colorful set of mixing bowls and spoons that looks like it was designed for a modern art museum. Hope you find something you like, too!
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These Floating Bookshelves Add Magic To Your Space
These floating bookshelves will not only add space-saving storage to your living room, but they'll also make your guests believe that you are, in fact, a wizard. And who wouldn't want that? They attach easily to your wall to make it look like stacks of books are floating in mid-air.
This Bold Bangle Bracelet Doubles as a Flask: Made of Stainless Steel, and Available in So Many Colors
This bold bangle bracelet will make people do a double-take. It's a fun party piece that looks great on but has an even more important job than looking good. It holds up to 3.5 ounces of liquor (the equivalent of two shots). Choose from silver, black, bright blue, hot pink, rose gold, white marble, and lots of other colors and styles.
This Scary-Looking Brush Works Wonders
Yes, I realize that the thought of putting this pointy brush anywhere near your eyeballs sounds frightening, but trust me, it's worth it. This game-changing product combs out unsightly mascara clumps, so you're left with perfect lashes every time.
This Two-Pack of Flower-Themed Containers Can Be Used to Store Cotton Swabs, Toothpicks, and More
Get one green and one pink flower-shaped container with a lid for under $10. These look lovely on the bathroom counter, and they're perfect for storing cotton swabs or makeup applicators. In the kitchen, you can use them to store toothpicks, coffee stirs, and more. Buyers rate these lovely little canisters 4.6 stars.
Stay Warm and Cozy With These Fun Animal Paw Slippers for Kids and Adults
You're never too old for a pair of silly slippers, and these ones are cozy and comfy to boot. More than 11,000 Amazon buyers rate these 4.6 stars. These slippers come in sizes extra-small to extra-large, and in all kinds of fund designs: Pink or green monster claws, Bigfoot paws, dinosaur paws, wolf paws, and lots of different bear paws.
Your Guests Will Be Hypnotized When You Serve Them on This Rotating Spiral-Print Serving Platter
Talk about a colorful pop of fun! This spiral-print serving platter is a Lazy Susan. Just set it on the table and top it with small dishes. Guests can turn it this way and that to get the item they're looking for. Let's just hope those spirals and the rotating don't get anyone so dizzy they pass out in the guacamole!
This Stamp...But For Your Face
If you're someone who struggled to put on normal eyeliner, the thought of creating a perfect winged cat-eye look is probably laughable. That's where this eyeliner stamp comes in. You literally press one end of it at the corner of your eye and draw the rest of the line with the other end. Easy-peasy!
These Dinosaur Tea Infusers Will Be the Cutest Thing Your Teacup Has Ever Seen
You get two long-necked dinosaur tea infusers in this set, which comes in a box for easy gifting. Just fill the dinosaur body with tea leaves and then settle the critter in your cup to infuse your water. Each dinosaur is made of food-grade non-toxic silicone.
This Dramatic Skeleton Hand Is a Cool Jewelry Holder
You get a decorative piece of art and a useful jewelry rack in one with this unusual find. The realistic human skeleton hand has movable steel joints and a natural solid beech wood base that serves as a tray for overspill. Because the joints move, you can pose the hand however you want.
This Little Plastic Spindle Is a Revolutionary Drain Protector
You'd never think a little plastic gadget like this could have such a powerful effect! This TubShroom is a hair strainer/catcher that prevents your shower drain from clogging. It fits into any standard bathroom drain and is designed to effortlessly catch human or pet hair without disrupting water flow. It's won several awards for innovative design and earns a 4.5-star rating on nearly 80,000 Amazon reviews. Choose from six different colors.
Harvest Your Own Gourmet Oyster Mushrooms With This Organic Mushroom Grow Kit
Ok, at first glance, this mushroom grow kit looks truly bizarre! But it's a handy way to have healthy, non-GMO mushrooms on hand. Just place the box near a window with indirect light, mist twice a day, and you'll have delicious mushrooms growing in a week. The kit comes with organic plant-based soil infused with mushrooms and an instruction booklet.
This 9-Piece Set of Mixing Bowls and Measuring Spoons Has an Amazing Design Scheme
This set of mixing bowls and spoons deserves a design award. When nested together, they make for a color-changing display of varying sizes and shapes. I'd almost hesitate to ever use them because they look so great all stacked together! Buyers rate this set 4.8 stars. Choose from a colorful rainbow set or the subtle color variation of the sky-tone set.
This Gorgeous Journal Has a Laser-Cut Wood Cover That Inspires You to Write
As a writer, this journal is right after my heart. The intricate laser-cut design on the sleek wooden cover is beautiful enough to inspire a whole journal's-worth of thoughts. I always think it's worth it to buy yourself a special-looking book to keep your thoughts in, and this one sparks my fancy. It's got 80 unlined sheets (160 pages when you use both sides), and the wood used for the cover is certified sustainable American wood. The back cover is navy leatherette with a gold foil logo.
This Globe Whiskey Decanter With Glasses Is a Work of Art
This whiskey decanter is made of hand-blown glass with an etched globe design and an antique ship inside. It's a truly unique item to display on your bar. And it makes an amazing gift for the cocktail enthusiast in your life! The two wisely glasses that come with the set have a matching globe pattern etched in them. The gold stopper for the decanter is the perfect final touch.
This Hand-Blown Glass Bowl Looks Like an Unzipped Plastic Bag
This hand-blown glass bowl is a conversation piece, to be sure. Place this on your desk with candy in it, and everyone who takes a piece will be shocked to discover the container is actual glass and not a plastic bag. It's got a flat base that makes it stable on the countertop, and it's 5x5x6-inches in size -- perfect for snacks and knick-knacks.
This Pink Metallic Balloon Dog Bank Looks Great on Display
This mini metallic balloon dog bank weighs only a pound and measures 7.5x2x7.5 inches. It's a designer piece in a smooth anodized pink finish that looks great at home or in the office. It's got a touch of the playful, but with a bit of sophistication as well.
Be the Only One in Your Office With a "Human Organ Transplant" Lunch Tote
This insulated lunch tote is a silly little gag that keeps on giving. Emblazoned with the words "Human Organ for Transplant" and with an EMT tag hanging off the handle, it looks a bit official. However, it will only house your ham sandwich and bag of Doritos. Buyers rate this lunch tote 4.8 stars!
Give Your Coffee Table a Touch of Style With These Gorgeous Agate Coasters
I want a set of these colorful agate coasters for my coffee table! Each is about 4-5 inches wide and has rubber bumpers to keep it from scratching your furniture. These coasters make a lovely decoration in any room. Why not try them as an accent on a bathroom shelf display for a fresh, beachy look?
These Small Donut Pillows Are Fun Decor -- Handy for Use at Your Desk or in the Car
You can use these little donut pillows in so many places: in the office, in the car, or simply on the couch for added support. Their biggest selling point, of course, is their appearance. Each one has its own delicious donut design: lemon-chocolate, strawberry, rainbow sprinkles, and more. Two dozen designs to choose from!
Do You Have a Rubber Chicken Purse? No? Get This One!
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This chicken purse is a surefire conversation starter. Made of rubber with nylon handles and bottom, it's got a zipper top and an adorable 3D yellow beak. Take a gander at the buyer reviews for this baby. They're hilarious. More than 1,600 buyers rate it 4.5 stars.
This Beautiful Pop-Up Card Is a Work of Art That Your Loved One Can Display in Their Home
Though the Amazon page for this product mentions Mother's Day, this gorgeous pop-up card can be given on any occasion. There are no words printed in it. Instead, it's all about the amazing visual story of a cherry blossom tree scene. It comes with a small notecard to write your thoughts and insert them in the envelope without writing directly on the artwork itself.
Take a Trip Back to the '80s With This Color-Changing PAC-MAN Ghost Lamp
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Take a look at the Amazon reviewer photos of this PAC-MAN ghost lamp and you'll be transported back in time to the Atari '80s. At 8 inches tall, this lamp is perfect for the nightstand, desk, or bookshelf. It changes between nine different colors. And in party mode, it'll flash through the colors to the beat of the music!
PyroPet Candles Are Wax Cat Sculptures That Melt to Reveal a Skeleton!
These PyroPet candles are both beautiful and creepy-cool! Choose from pink or gray. Each one is an angularly sculpted cat made of paraffin wax. Just light the cotton wick, and it will melt over the course of 20 hours, slowly revealing a silver cat skeleton inside.
This Accessory Organizer Has an Amazing Grid System to Hold Almost Anything You Want
This simple organizer with elastic bands can hold a huge array of items in a single handy-dandy spot. Use it to store all your art supplies or your travel accessories. The options are endless. Because the elastic bands come in so many sizes, and in crisscrossing directions, they're able to grip objects of all different sizes and shapes and hold them securely.
These Adorable Sheep Containers Are Great for Office Supplies, Bathroom Goods and More
These adorable little sheep containers come in your choice of black or white, with a clear body revealing the contents. They're great on the desktop for holding paper clips, thumbtacks, and more. Or, you can use them in the bathroom for cotton swabs, cotton balls, and makeup applicators. And if you're not feeling the sheep, grab yourself one of these handy containers with an elephant design -- also in white or black.
Every Cat Would Love This Wall-Mounted Scratching Post
My cat would kill for this wall-mounted scratching post. It's definitely on my wish list. It's 26 inches long (that's just over two feet) and comes with adhesive stainless steel mounting hooks to secure it to the wall. Created with premium pressed cardboard, the scratching post is dense and durable.
This Titanium Coated Crystal Geode Is a Beautiful Decoration for Home or Office
Made of natural materials, these geodes are gorgeous clusters of titanium-coated quartz crystals. Choose from 11 beautiful colors. These specimens are said to create a force field to strengthen one's aura and protect you from having your energy drained by others.
This Luxury Bathtub Tray Holds All Your Favorite Things
Why not spend all evening soaking in the tub and watching YouTube videos? Or maybe marinate in a bubble bath while reading a book and sipping wine? This bathtub tray will let you keep all your favorite things close at hand while you luxuriate. It's extendable, so you can get just the right width to fit across your tub.
Set the Perfect Mood Lighting With These LED Curtain Lights in Mermaid Colors
Sure, these pink-purple-and-blue curtain lights are perfect for a teenage girl's room, but I'm just gonna say it: I'd hang them in my room, too. The colors are beautiful and soothing -- the perfect mood lighting for an evening lounging around the house. They've got three-step brightness control and look really great when hung on top of a sheer curtain.
The TacoCat Holds More Than Just Tacos: Use It for Napkins, Dish Sponges, Remote Controls and More
It's hard to beat the cuteness of this TacoCat holder. You get one per pack, and it has a sturdy cat base and a silicone sleeve insert. Both are dishwasher safe. These are a great way to serve tacos, but you can also use them to display napkins on the table, or just about anything else. Pictures from Amazon reviewers show the TacoCat holding remote controls, napkins, Korean barbecue, and more.
Add Some Cuteness to the Counter With This Handsome Cat Kitchen Timer
Sure, we all have electronic devices to use as timers these days, but there's something fun about this old-fashioned countertop timer. It's got a handsome cat standing regally on top. Just twist the dial manually to the desired time, and the cat will rotate until your meal is ready. Choose from 15 different designs -- from bunnies to ladybugs to monsters.
Add Mood Lighting to Your Bedroom With This Dimmable, Color-Changing LED Moon Lamp
This color-changing LED moon lamp looks like an amazing little sculpture. It's perfect on the nightstand or dresser, giving your bedroom the feeling of a peaceful night under the stars. It comes in five different models, from 4.7 to 7.1 inches in size, and with either three or 16 different color-changing modes.
This Pool Float Is a 62-Inch Dia de Los Muertos Skull
Summer is on the way, and it's time to get the pool decked out for backyard fun. Why go with traditional pool floats when you can get an enormous Dia de Los Muertos sugar skull like this one? At 62-inches in size, it's large enough to make a comfortable lounge. But it's got one-of-a-kind flair that'll add spunk to your pool party.
These Wacky Potholders Look Like Lobster Claws -- And They Actually Work!
Not every wacky kitchen accessory actually does the job, but these silicone potholders will protect your hands when you take that tray of cookies out of the oven. They make a great gift for the chef or baker in your life.
Add a Touch of Retro Flair to Your Cards and Letters By Sealing the Envelope With a Monogram in Wax
This monogram stamp has a wooden handle and a brass head imprinted with your choice of letter. Just order wax in your choice of color and use this stamp to press your monogram into the hot wax and seal your envelope. In the age of email, a wax-sealed letter in the mail would be a real treat for anyone to receive. Why not bring a smile to a friend's face with this call-back to the olden days?
This Stainless Steel Multi-Tool Looks Like Sasquatch!
This stainless steel multi-tool is so darn cute, but it's also incredibly useful. It comes on a handy carabiner, and it has the following tools: hex wrench, bottle opener, cord cutter, ruler (1 inch), flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, butterfly wrench, and can opener. And you can choose from lots of other fun designs as well: Moose, sloth, sailboat, bicycle ... the list goes on and on.
These Gold Crescent Moon Earrings Are Encrusted With Black Cubic Zirconias
These simple earrings have a lush look and feel. The gold-plated crescent moon is encrusted with black cubic zirconias for a stylish effect. They come in a lovely box, ready for gifting.