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    Updated on Sep 16, 2019. Posted on Jun 3, 2019

    28 Practical Things Your Parents Totally Want You To Buy

    Am I...turning into my parents? *As I put on a pair of glasses while sipping tea in pajamas at 8PM on a Friday night*

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    1. A magnetic menu board to end the guessing game on Sunday afternoon when you look at the week ahead and don't know what to eat. Now you'll finally be able to upgrade from ramen and Uber Eats.

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    A menu board = the ultimate meal prepping tool. It also features a spot to jot down groceries and notes. You'll get three different colored markers as well.

    Promising review: "I really love this menu board. It's cute, easy to see, and gets the job done at the same time. It has made menu planning, keeping a grocery list, and keeping track of upcoming appointments so much easier. A friend who saw mine has already ordered one for herself. It comes with three markers, blue, pink, and green, and you do have to 'prime' the markers first. Once you do that, they work so well and are nice and bright. The menu board is a nice, big size and has a strong magnetic hold. I had read some reviews about bubbles or wrinkles in their menu boards, but mine is nice and flat without any issues." —S. Winkeljohn

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    2. A set of bed bands so you can properly make your bed for possibly the first time in your adult life! Plus, they're adjustable to fit any and all bed sizes or sheet types.

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    They'll keep your fitted sheet firmly in-place all night long.

    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top queen bed that is a little too small for king sheets and too big for queen. I struggled to keep queen sheets completely on. I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get four bands from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    3. An over-the-door organizer ideal for cleaning products. I can hear your mom squealing with glee, because organized cleaning products mean you may actually start successfully cleaning your home without her help.

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    The 24 pockets are deep enough for product bottles (like cleaning wipes and disinfectant sprays). Or you could use this type of organizer for shoes!

    Promising review: "I'm currently using this for cleaning supplies in a closet and it does its job. Good quality fabric and the pockets are roomy for supplies. The included door hangers are big, so they'll fit all size doors." —Alexandriathered

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in two colors).

    4. A medicine cabinet shelf, because you've got so many products that they're starting to spill onto your bathroom counter. This shelf will help you rearrange the cabinet entirely, creating more space for pill bottles, hair products, and makeup. AKA, when your dad visits and needs a painkiller, it won't take you centuries to find it.

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    Promising review: "I bought two shelves for my medicine cabinet and you would be surprised at how much happiness these shelves bring me. My cabinet was so cluttered! Whenever I would remove anything, other items would tumble down on me. Now I can see everything and know where everything is. All is organized and nothing falls down. I strongly recommend these shelves." —Custmr Oklahoma

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available as a set of two).

    5. A bakeware holder for cupcake tins, cutting boards, pot lids, and any other items you usually throw into a cabinet and pray don't come crashing down. Pretty sure cabinet organization is the first step to impressing your 'rents.

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    The rack has a no-scratch coating so it won't damage the items you choose to store.

    Promising Review: "These are so helpful. I was getting tired of having to dig through our pots and pans every time I wanted to cook. I like that you can use this either vertically or horizontally. It really helps when you're tight on space. All of our stuff fits except for one of our very small quart lids. Other than that, it's perfect. A cheap and effective solution to our problem! We bought two of them." —bf

    Get it from Amazon for $8.87.

    6. A car trunk organizer that'll create more room for a roadside emergency kit should an unfortunate event ever occur. It'll definitely give your mom peace of mind to know that you have one readily available.

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    The sturdy polyester won't tear, and the built-in handles allow you to move the organizer from car to car.

    Promising review: "I really wasn't expecting this to be as strong and well made as it is. It opens in a flash, and has two compartments with extra support for the bottom. It is really compact and takes up almost no room in my trunk, a big plus also. It stands open while I load it, and doesn't collapse on me like other organizers I have had. I use it all the time and it has held up very well." —Melanie P. Moses

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    And add a car safety hammer to your emergency roadside kit, too!

    7. A pumice stone to remove calcium, lime, and hard-water stains without scratching your toilet bowl or sink (super important if you're a renter). Imagine your family not making a comment about the cleanliness of your bathroom when they come over!

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    The plastic handle means your hands won't get dirtied, but we still suggest wearing gloves!

    Promising review: "I'm so embarrassed to show how disgusting my toilets have been, but it's worth it for me to help anyone who has suffered as I have. We built our house and have lived in it 33 years. We dug a well and the water was beautiful, until air hit it. The copper, iron, and lime are all so high the chart doesn't even go that high. We have spent thousands on a huge filter that filters all the water coming into the house from the well. My toilets have been disgusting to me, though clean (as clean as I can get them). This pumice stone — HOLY MOLY — my toilets are clean!!!!! I am totally amazed. It took about 30 minutes on each one. The stains are gone." —Libby Nance

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in a pack of two).

    8. Or a clog remover so you can finally unplug your pipes without dropping big bucks on a plumber. It'll wiggle its way through your drain, grabbing hair and grime with its textured edges along the way.

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    But first, get annoyed that your shower isn't draining and call your parents.

    Promising review: "This product did exactly what I had hoped it would do. Our bathtub was barely draining and I have really long hair, so I knew there had to be a huge wad of hair clogged down there. We were originally skeptical concerning its durability being plastic, but the price was so low. AMAZING! So Simple! The snake is very durable and the jagged edges make it easy to pull up any debris stuck in the drain or pipe. I’d buy these 100 times over!!" —LuchesKa's

    Get three from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. A paper shredder, because identity theft is not a joke, Jim!!! But seriously, this machine will help dispose of paid bills and old credit cards so your parents no longer have to worry about someone stealing your bank account number.

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    And it has a reverse function to clear jams and protection from overheating.

    Promising review: "I am *impressed* with this little shredder. We had several months' backlog after unexpectedly having to cancel our quarterly shred service. I was expecting to spend hours catching up. Boy, was I wrong! This little dude ate envelopes full of credit offers, balance transfers, and every other annoying POS junk mail we get. I got through it all, including one time to empty it, in less than an hour. Never jammed, never overheated. I can't say enough good things about this little guy! Just buy it!" —Jenna H

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in four types with different paper-shredding abilities).

    10. A basic home tool kit so you can handle small repairs without having to call a handyman. It's like a right of passage of adulthood that you start fixing this on your own.

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    You'll receive a tape measurer, a hammer, pliers, a bit driver, a bit connector, scissors, a utility snap-off knife, four screwdrivers, hex keys, and 20 screwdriver bits. Plus a carrying case to house all these things!

    Promising review: "The tools are entirely serviceable. The best part is the variety of tools they throw into a very small case. I haven't damaged any of them, but they don't feel as durable as a high quality set of shop or automotive tools – but that wasn't what I was looking for. It's great to tighten the odd screw, install small items, or tap gizmos back into place rather than having to wait for building maintenance or IT to show up. A good deal!" —Geriatric Suthriner

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

    11. And a 321-piece first aid kit so you can handle anything life throws at you. Hey – you've made it this far, so pat yourself on the back! But stay prepared, too.

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    Altogether you'll get adhesive bandage strips (knee, elbow, knuckle, butterfly, spot, triangular), abdominal trauma and eye pads, sterile gauze sponges and rolls, medical tape, alcohol wipes, povidone-iodine wipes, antiseptic towelettes, alcohol-free wound cleansing wipes, cotton tip applicators, a CPR face mask, latex-free gloves, an instant cold compress, a medical face mask, metal scissors, metal tweezers, safety pins, a tourniquet, wooden splints and tongue depressors. Phew!

    Promising review: "Wow, this is a very professional first aid kit! It has everything in it. I'm so glad I looked the choices over well. It will be a fine addition to safety on the road or within the home." —a reader

    Get it from Amazon for $28.88.

    12. A reusable Baggu shopping bag that'll become your best friend while grocery shopping or running errands. Your mom and dad will be so proud that they raised an environmentally-aware member of society.

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    The sturdy handles and construction allow you to hoist items over your shoulder without having to worry about items breaking. The bag can hold up to 50 pounds and is machine washable!

    Promising review: "They are so well-made, easily washable, colorful, easy as a shoulder bag, and convenient to keep in my purse or in the car. I am always prepared to shop! It's a good-sized, sturdy bag to accommodate all my needs!! Great as a beach bag, also." —Pat Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in six styles).

    Learn more about these reusable totes in our closer look!

    13. An insulated Hydro Flask stainless steel bottle that'll keep your beverage hot for 12 hours and cold for a full 24 so you stay properly hydrated. It's BPA-free, incredibly durable, and spill-proof.

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    I took my Hydro Flask on a hiking trip and it was sheer perfection. It kept my water cold for hours on end, never leaked in my backpack, and took numerous falls without denting.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my Hydro Flask! I use it every day and carry it with me anywhere I go. It's been great at keeping my water cold. I left ice in this thing overnight and woke up to ice cold water with still plenty of ice left in it. I've also purposely left it in my car on a 90-degree day in California and I came back to find that the water was still cold. I was amazed!" —Isaias

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in four sizes and 21 colors).

    14. Color-coded cutting boards, because mixing raw meats with veggies when prepping food is unsanitary! The last thing your parents wanna find out is that you've been putting raw meat near anything else in your kitchen.

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    Each board provides a handy photo so you know which is which, plus they're lightweight, flexible, slip-resistant, and durable.

    Promising review: "Very durable so far! I bought them four months ago, used them almost daily and got usual marks from knives but never got close to cutting through. I've put them in the dishwasher and while they did bow slightly, I just bent them in the opposite direction before storing them and they're good as new. The little photos haven't washed off, either. They haven't slipped on me. Overall, great for the price." —T.

    Get the set from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in a set of four or six).

    15. Charcoal air fresheners for your shoes or gym bag that'll banish all smelly smells probably lingering in your apartment. They'll absorb excess moisture, preventing mold, mildew, and bacteria build-up.

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    These fresheners can last up to two years! To keep them at their best, put them in the sun once a month.

    Promising review: "Our boys play a lot of sports, but we bought these specifically for our teenage son's soccer cleats. We tried spray and sneaker balls, but they didn't touch the smell. His cleats were so gross if he took them off in the car I had to roll down the windows. When these bags are in, you can't smell the cleats. If you stick your nose up in his shoes they still have an odor but I feel like they are constantly having to battle the funk so they are doing a great job. He can also stick his cleats in his bag and not make all his kits smell. These are definitely worth the purchase." —Aimee

    Get two from Amazon for $9.95+ (available as a four or six pack).

    And click here to check out more solutions for smelly feet.

    16. A wall-mounted mail and key organizer so you'll always know where your keys and important bills are. Just think of the satisfaction you'll feel when your mom calls to make sure you've paid your electric bill and you can assuredly answer, "Already paid and mailed!"

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    All necessary wall mounting hardware is included! This one has five hooks and two pockets.

    Promising review: "This caddy is very useful and helpful. Our entire family uses it to keep up with all of our various keys. We didn’t use the mounting kit that came with it because it was more convenient to just use command strips to avoid damaging the wall. We placed it directly behind our front door so that as soon as we walk in the door or prepare to leave home, we always know where our keys last were. We also used it as a reminder to mail or take various things out the door with us. It was worth the purchase." —Cali Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

    17. A legit Tuft & Needle pillow, because those pancakes you used in college aren't providing real neck and shoulder support! It's time to upgrade and start living like your parents, who have about 95 pillows on their bed, decorative or not.

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    Get it from Tuft & Needle for $75+ (available in standard or king).

    This pillow was also chosen as the high-price pick for the best pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. A five-quart prep bowl with three grating and slicing inserts that'll elevate your work done in the kitchen. If you're transitioning from home-cooking to your own, uh, concoctions, than this little gadget will come in handy.

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    The three inserts are a fine grater, a coarse grater, and a slicer.

    Promising review: "I love just about anything if it's versatile. This bowl definitely fits that description. Space-saving, multi-functional, and useful! The base has a non-slip surface, too. Slice, grate, beat, and store...this bowl does everything." —SpaceJunky

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, sold exclusively at Macy's for $23.99 (originally $42.99, get 20%-off with code SHOP).

    19. CarGuys Super Cleaner all-purpose spray to use on practically every surface in your car minus glass and dashboard screens. And it can be used on the exterior of your ride, so really it eliminates the need for other automobile cleaners.

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    Promising review: "I have tried many many different sprays, wipes and concentrates for cleaning vehicle interiors. This is my personal favorite. I love how it penetrates even the most hard stuck-on dirt and makes it easy to wipe up. After a few days with my windows open I noticed that unlike other detail sprays this one dries completely matte and leaves no sticky residue behind. Everyone can appreciate that." —Mom of 2

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in a larger size bottle).

    20. A garbage disposal foaming cleaner that'll reach deep into your drain pipes to eliminate grime and buildup on pipe walls and blades. It'll blast away odors, leaving your disposal smelling like sweetly scented flowers.

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    If you're a renter or home-owner, you need some basic cleaning supplies that'll make your parents feel like you've got everything under control – and this is one of them.

    Promising review: "This is the first time that I used these, and I am impressed. To use them, you run very hot water from your tap into the disposer. Then you add the cleaner pack to the disposer while the water is turned down to a trickle, and turn the disposer on. I initially thought you tore the paper and poured the cleaner in the disposer, but you add the pack as is — the paper gets dissolved as the disposer is run. There is a scrubbing bubbles type of foam that appears, and once it stops foaming, your disposal is clean. It took two of these to really clean the disposer (it hadn't been cleaned in some time), and they did a fantastic job. Glisten will now be part of our regular kitchen cleaning routine." —Wyrmwood

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.18+ (available in an eight-pack).

    21. A monthly budget planner so you always know how much you can allot to groceries and nighttime activities, with just enough left for rent 🙃. Can you hear your 'rents clapping in the distance??

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    With separate sections for goals and bill reminders, you'll be able to track your spending against your saving. It'll keep you super aware of just how much you spend a day versus a month.

    Promising review: "Best budget planner I ever owned. Love the color! It's easy to take with you and jot down everything that was spent that day and then for the entire week. Planning what you spent, what you owe, and what you plan to pay for is so easy. Allows you to be creative regarding your spending. I can even use the different colors for what I plan to spend on different projects regarding my art, my home décor, my writing, and my overall creativity. I am addicted to Clever Fox Planners." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 10 colors).

    22. A mini alarm to carry with you in case of emergencies, because you can never be too prepared. When activated, it'll emit a high-pitch sound to deter and confuse an attacker, giving you more time to react and get away safely.

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    It can be used by all ages and is great for alerting those around you that you may be in danger. It's also small enough to be attached to your backpack, handbag, or keys. Plus, it includes a flashlight!

    Promising review: "Wow! This is really loud! I am happy with this purchase, but hope to never have to actually use the alarm since it's very loud. No attacker or purse snatcher wants any attention drawn to him or her. The ear-piercing sound this device makes would be unwanted attention. It's very lightweight and can be carried in one hand." —Alijah R.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. A hand sanitizer, because the amount of germs you're exposed to on a daily basis is honestly horrifying. To combat getting sick (and inevitably calling your parents to complain), a reliable hand sanitizer is a must. This one kills 99.9% of germs and creates a barrier for up to 24 hours.

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    Promising review: "Umm, this stuff is amazing. I usually hate hand sanitizer because of the way it makes my hands feel after, but this leaves zero film on your hands and it also smells delightful. I also love that it's a spray. Easy for kiddos and adults alike!" —Rebecca Rucker

    Get two from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in multi-packs).

    24. A laundry soap bar and stain remover that'll lift serious stains, breathing new life into your clothes. But yes, you're still responsible for your own laundry since you're now an adult, SORRY!

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    Promising review: "We have used Fels Naptha for years. It is simply the best stain remover we have ever used. It has taken out pen, blueberry juice, blood, spaghetti sauce, and more. Simply scrub the stain with this prior to throwing it in the wash and BAM, it works." —Richard Stubbs

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47.

    25. And mesh laundry bags so you can separate lights from darks, delicates from non-delicates, and socks. These will make doing your laundry so much easier (and faster).

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    Say goodbye to the confusion of missing or torn garments! They'll also come in handy while traveling! They'll help organize your suitcase so items don't go spilling out the moment you open.

    Promising review: "This set is AMAZING! The largest of the bags is huge, think pillowcase-sized. The assortment of medium and smaller ones fit the bill for all my laundry needs. Good, sturdy material and zippers. I used the largest one to wash my queen-sized duvet cover with some other bedding. I used to wash them in separate, smaller loads to avoid the sheet tangle. These large bags cured that problem and I can wash everything together without having a big knot to pull apart. Just buy them, you'll be so glad you did." —Elizabeth

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A topical ointment to treat minor aches and pains, congestion, and cold symptoms. It's pretty much a cure-all and can be applied to your chest, back, shoulders, and neck for instant relief. It's also great at de-stuffing a clogged nose.

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    Promising review: "I've always loved Mentholatum and, as this is the original, that hasn't changed. I'm 75 years old and don't remember ever having used anything else; my mother used it on herself and on me when I was a child. I've tried other brands of menthol ointments, but they don't work as well as this one. I use it for chapped lips and under my nostrils when I have a cold to make breathing easier. I even use it to relieve muscle aches." —Judith A. Carlson

    Get it from Amazon for $5.36.

    27. A DampRid Moisture Absorber that'll last up to 60 days once in-use and work best in smaller spaces (like a closet, bathroom, laundry room). Just think about all the moisture that currently resides in your bathroom post-shower. Yuck.

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    The crystals attract and trap excess moisture, leaving the air free of musty odors.

    Promising review: "We had a flood in our kitchen. Our home builder came in with dehumidifiers and dried up the area. They sprayed for mold and mildew as well. Even after all of that work, we still had a faint musty smell coming from under the sink. We have an open floor plan into the living room and the odor just wafted into that open area, plus all the way to the entryway. I was so over the smell, so I decided to try DampRid. It completely worked. Within two days my house smelled normal again. I can't even recommend this product enough. It's still under my sink." —The Byrne Family

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $4.52+ (available in two scents and in larger packs).

    28. A Delta shower head so you can increase your water pressure without wasting more water. And the self-cleaning nodules mean you don't need to spend time cleaning lime and mineral buildups.

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    With a more forceful stream, you'll get better warmth and coverage. But no worries, this shower head can reduce your water use up to 20%!

    Promising review: ""This shower head has CHANGED MY LIFE. The water pressure in my prewar building is quite low and my previous shower head gave me a narrow stream of trickle that I would have to rotate my body under in order to get entirely wet. The water temperature would also vacillate widely between freezing cold and burning hot, so I was often doing a little dance to get out of its narrow stream in time to not get frozen or burned. Well, the change was immediate and phenomenal. Suddenly, I have a shower with terrific water pressure and a wide spray that is a joy to experience every morning. And although it didn't advertise this feature, the shower head has also somehow managed to even out the former temperature swings. If you are on the fence about trying this, DO IT! You will love it!" —Andy Monroe

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+.

    Also, check out our review of the Delta 2-Spray Shower Head here.

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