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    Updated on Jul 12, 2020. Posted on Jul 1, 2020

    25 Practical Products Disguised As Fun Impulse Buys

    Fun *and* functional? The perfect pairing.

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    1. A humidifier that looks like a little dog ready to blast off into space in their reindeer rocket ship. Why isn't this a movie yet?,

    It can last up to 10 hours and has seven LED colors.

    Promising review: "I can honestly say I was shocked to find this little gem, especially for the price. I have used it daily since it arrived at my doorstep. I’ve been taking it back and forth from home to work, but I will Instead buy a second one, and most likely a couple more as gifts, as Christmas is around the corner." —Helen Quigley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

    2. A tape dispenser shaped like a narwhal because — just like the horned whale itself — fun practical purchases seem mythical, but really do exist.

    big-eyed narwhal with tape dispenser on back

    Get it from ModCloth for $15.

    3. A herd of colorful pens that just wanna be your palpacas.

    four pastel llama pens

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. A pool floatie for your mug! Just fill the bottom with loose tea and enjoy your own personal pool party.

    three mini float tea infusers shaped like unicorn, flamingo, and swan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in three shapes).

    5. A pair of blue-light blocking glasses so you can have an excuse to try out a new pair of frames. These help prevent eye strain and headaches, so yeah, you need these things!,

    Promising review: "LOVE these!! I plan on buying these again in a different color because I love them so much. I keep them at work and wear them to prevent headaches while staring at the computer all day. I have not gotten a single headache since starting to wear these." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.44+ (available in seven colors).

    6. A VERY cool microfiber laundry ball inspired by how coral filters the ocean. It collects microfibers shed by clothes so you can snag them all and dispose of them properly.

    laundry ball made of a hard material with loops all over it

    Celsious is a Black-owned, eco-friendly laundry brand founded by sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams. They also have the most energy efficient laundromat in New York. If you live near Williamsburg, Brooklyn I definitely recommend checking it out and doing your laundry there.

    Get it from Celsious for $39.

    7. A pack of mint kitchen gadgets for when you need to stock your kitchen with fresh items, but want to have a little fun doing it.

    the tools: pizza cutter, can opener, peeler, whisk, ice cream scoop, grater

    Promising review: "I got these kitchen tools specifically for the colors and I love them and how they work. This was a great addition to the kitchen." —Nicole

    Get a set of seven from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. A fun set of iridescent flatware so you can finally throw away that one fork you just don't like for some reason.

    shiny purple flatware

    Promising review: "Great cutlery set! All pieces were perfect upon arrival and great when used. The colors are so pretty. I am in love with this set and wish it was the first we bought. All pieces are very sturdy and feel high quality." —Moffett Family

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $23.99.

    9. A bookend vase that not only keeps your books upright, but also offers a nice place for your fresh or dried flowers.

    two vases shaped like faces with flat backs and holes on top for flowers

    Jungalow is a Black-owned brand, which started as a design blog by Justina Blakeney. Every time you place an order, the LA-based shop plans to plant at least two trees.

    Get one from Jungalow for $98 (available in two styles).

    10. A chick-themed contact lens case you can get for a pretty cheep price.

    chick shaped case with chick and egg shaped contact lens case and mirror inside

    It comes with a contact case and a travel case complete with a lil' mirror.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    11. A space-saving whale strainer that takes up less space and is easier to clean than a regular colander. I think that's just whale-y great.

    thin colander with handle shaped like whale

    Promising review: "This item should be in EVERY kitchen — OMG. Beyond useful, as well as cute and whimsical. I use it when I need to strain something but but don't have the sink space to plop down a huge colander. Hard to see in the pic, but the bottom has a lip that snugly hugs onto the curve of a pot or bowl. Also great for when you don't want to strain off all of the liquid, just most of it, like when making ramen. Needless to say, this thing stays within reach of the sink at all times now! :D" —IMP117777444

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A Disney villain face covering to keep you and others safe and a little sinister.

    face mask with ursula, cruella de vil, maleficent, the evil queen, and various skull props on it
    Murder Apparel

    Get it from Murder Apparel for $19.99 (available in two sizes).

    13. A penguin-shaped odor remover that looks a lot better nestled amongst your food than a regular old box of baking soda.

    penguin  in fridge

    Promising review: "My husband came home and said, 'Why is there a penguin in our fridge?' It's a conversation piece, for sure! But it also does its job well. It can be a tad messy trying to pour baking soda into the penguin in the first place, but once it's in, the penguin actually takes up less space than a box of baking soda, which is nice." —LHD

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    14. An angry mama who gets steaming mad when she sees the state of your microwave. Luckily you can use that steam to loosen up all the hardened gunk in there.

    angry mama in microwave steaming out of head

    Promising review: "At first I was skeptical to try this product due to all the hype of how it works, but I stand corrected. It works great! I was so surprised at just how well all the grime and junk got off the walls of my microwave. It's really simple to use and takes only minutes! It loosens all the sticky food residue so all you need to do is wipe clean. Pretty effortless! Great investment!" —Dalya Blech

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A pack of cat-shaped sponges sure to make you actually excited to do dishes. At least the first time, anyway.

    sponges that look like cats wearing clothing sitting on ledge of sink

    Promising review: "The way they sit up helps them dry quickly and they work very well too. I used them as stocking stuffers." —pinkzin

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A pomegranate holding a bunch of tasty looking push pins. Do NOT put these forbidden fruits in your mouth, please.

    a halved pom with seed-like push pins inside

    It comes with 65 push pins.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    17. A self-care master plan kit with postcard-sized pages with prompts like "things I like to do" and "power song." Fill them out, put them up, and get ready to take care of yourself.

    various pastel postcards lined up with prompts or messages like "take good care"
    Free Period Press

    There are 28 pages in all. Free Period Press is a QPOC-owned business based in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Get it from Free Period Press for $12.

    18. A container of Belif's Aqua or Moisturizing Bomb featuring a cute creature on the top so you can feel cool and refreshed before you even put the cream on.

    three jars opened to show the aqua bomb looking blue and watery and the moisturising version looking thick and white

    I've used and loved the Moisturizing Bomb! It's super hydrating without being overly greasy or heavy when I put it on. It absorbs fairly quickly and leaves my face feeling silky soft. This is a pretty solid choice of moisturizer, whether you get the ultra-popular Aqua Bomb or the heavier Moisturizing Bomb, and the cute animal designs really seal the deal for me!

    Get the Moisturizing and Aqua Bomb from Sephora for $38.

    19. And a cat-eared headband so your purrfect skincare routine stays on your face and not your fur.

    white headband with cat ears

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    20. Delish blackberry-flavored gummies that do more than just taste good — they have melatonin in them to help you get to sleep and stay that way.

    the purple gummies in a jar

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these worked. Sleeping pills and things to help me sleep haven’t been very helpful in the past. So being skeptical, I took twice the dosage. I ate four of the gummies instead of two. I figured it would help me get a much-needed nap and instead it might as well have caused me to go into a coma. LOL. I don’t know what you guys created but...I’m a huge fan. Knocked me right out! P.S. Only take the correct amount." —Austin M

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes).

    21. A pineapple-shaped toothbrush holder sure to make a sweet addition in your bathroom.

    pineapple stuck to wall with razor in pocket

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. A pack of woodland creatures happy to help in any way they can. Need that bag clipped, Snow White? You got it!

    clips shaped like foxes and hedgehogs

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $3.99.

    23. A mustachioed razor holder that gives "handlebar mustache" a new meaning.

    black and white character with mustache that has bars for a razor to hang on. it sticks to shower wall

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    24. A unicorn ice tray for some simply magical drinks.

    hands remove ice from unicorn ice making tray shaped like unicorn head

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A pair of leaf-shaped shears that you can plant right into your flower pot until you need to do a little pruning.

    model prunes plants with scissors shaped like two leaves

    I have these and they work surprisingly well! You just have to get a hang of using them because you need to hold them in a very specific way for them to snip properly. It's nice having some mini shears nearby at all times without them feeling like clutter.

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

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