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    36 Genius Products That Are Ahead Of The Game

    These brilliant products are always one step ahead.

    1. A rechargeable, flameless electric lighter to light well-loved candles, fire pits, and more. 

    A rose gold lighter with an electric current
    BuzzFeed editor lighting a candle
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    People also swear by this for camping! It comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! I'm a big weenie about fire (lol, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in five colors).

    2. A Homer Simpson sponge holder that recreates everyone's favorite reaction gif. It even comes with a little drain to prevent mildew, making it both funny and practical.

    the sponge holder with homer simpson
    Geek3DbySean / Etsy

    Get it from Geek3DbySean on Etsy for $19.99+ (with or without a suction cup). 

    3. Blind spot mirrors so switching lanes doesn't have to be a heart-stopping moment of terror. Why don't cars just have these already?

    small round mirror that sticks to side mirror

    Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back ago and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel in the city." —Mariam Abass

    Get two from Amazon for $6.97.

    4. A set of a-meow-zing chair socks that ironically prevent scratches instead of creating them.

    cat paw socks on chair legs
    close up on small little paw sock

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE these!!! Not only are they cute and adorable, but also very functional. I bought these because of my frustration with other products I've tried that left marks on my hardwood floors. My chair legs are thick and I was worried they might not fit, but they stretched nicely and did not slip or slide off. I have tried several other options from rubber tips to felt pads and all of them fall or slide off after a while. We use our chairs every day, multiple times a day and they have not worn out. They very obviously prevent scratches. They look like the chairs have gotten socks to keep their legs warm with these cat paws. Excellent design and manufacture with a nice dose of whimsy. I will definitely buy more of these just to have as backup." —Zhangsu

    Get a variety set of 20 from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in six varieties).

    5. A pair of genius sneakers made for all the people suffering with squished shoe heels. The "Patented HandsFree Labs shoe entry technology" means you can just shove your foot in there and the back will snap back in place. 

    gif of foot going into sneaker with a heel that collapses and snaps back

    Why not just buy slip-ons? Because laced shoes are cute and adjustable! 

    Get the women's Vegas shoes from Kizik for $129 (available in sizes 6–13 and seven color) or see the whole selection of futuristic shoes here.

    6. A downloadable icon and background set that transforms your iPhone into a scene from Pokémon Fire Red/Leaf Green.

    pokemon icons on phone

    It comes with four banner widgets and almost 200 icons. See more Pokémon versions and other video game sets here

    Get it from iOSThunder on Etsy for $10.02.

    7. Reusable silicone cupcake holders so you can stop dealing with those paper ones stealing half your cupcake bottom.

    model pulls silicone cupcake holder off cupcake to show no crumbs are stuck to it

    These food-grade silicone cups are freezer-, microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "These little thingies are perfect! I made some muffins with them and they came out incredibly easily with no residue on the cups at all. I didn't have to use grease or anything. The colors are bright and fun, and they you plenty of each color. These are slightly smaller than a regular cupcake pan/liner, which is actually perfect for my purposes. As others have mentioned, the cups are a bit on the flimsy side, so make sure they're on a baking sheet before you fill them because they can be difficult to transport once full." —kapplejack

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99/12, or $9.99/24.

    8. A spiral notebook with a surprise inside — highly pigmented eyeshadow! Everyone *take note* of this amazing beauty find.

    reviewer with vibrant red under the eyes
    notepad with eyeshadow palette inside

    This is one of Oprah's favorite things! The Crayon Case is a Black woman-owned business that sells beauty products that look like stationery.

    Promising review: "Very nice! I used it for the color under my eyes in the pic. Very potent and colorful. I got the red collection. Great buy compared to a $32 eyeshadow palette by Huda in Ruby Obsession. You get the same colors for a fraction of the cost." —P. Armstrong

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in eight colors).

    9. A touchless stationery vacuum that completely removes the need for a dustpan. Just sweep the mess to the vacuum and say "bye, dirt!"

    gif of vacuum sucking up debris when the broom gets close

    Promising review: "After seeing other reviews, I ordered this for easy dog hair clean up. It's easy to hide behind the couch and so simple to use. After getting tired to dog hair, this was the answer for me instead of sweeping onto a dustpan and losing half of it as it tumbled back to the floor!" —V. Hardee

    Get it from Amazon for $149 (available in three colors). 

    10. Jumbo divider sticky notes so you can jot down some summary notes on each section in your notebook.

    large sticky notes with tabs

    Promising review: "These sticky notes are excellent. They come in a booklet, with a clear cover over and a cardlike paper with a blue mandala pattern at the back, which is really neat and beautiful. The colors are quite neon and bright and look exactly as the picture shows. The tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle, and are 2.4 cm, or about 0.8 inches, in length. The paper note itself is 14.8 cm, or 5.8 inches, in length. They came in neatly and safely packaged, with no dirt or paper-creasing in sight." —Malik

    Get a single pack from Amazon for $6.49 (available in packs of 1–12).

    11. A keychain shaped like a classic Ikea bag sure to either bring back fond memories of eating Swedish meatballs or horrible flashbacks to melting down in the outrageously long checkout line. Lots of people use it to carry dog treats on walks!

    tiny blue ikea bags with credit cards and car keys inside

    Promising review: "We use it to hold dog treats and keep it attached to our dog's leash for walks and it works fantastic." —Whitney Carpenter

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

    12. A dishwasher magnet so you can know at a glance whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Arguments = avoided. Accidentally eating off a dirty plate = never again.

    hexagonal magnet that says clean and dirty on either side

    Just rotate it to switch the "status."

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me so long to buy this thing, but I'm glad that I finally did. Yes, to some it might be silly, but there are times when I forget or can't tell whether my dishes and glassware are clean. This $3 magnetic sign saves me from washing the 'dirty' dishes another time." —Colmac

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    13. A pair of massage slippers that are meant to be worn for 15 minutes at a time to help with various foot pain problems.

    slides with bumpy soles

    Promising review: "I had done a lot of research on these before I purchased them. When I received them I put them on for 15 minutes and wore them around the house while I did my household chores. I did wear socks with them. The last five minutes were a bit painful but I kept them on. The first night I slept better than I have slept in a really long time. I woke up with no knee pain or sciatica and back pain. I could actually get up from a sitting position without struggling. I am 71 years old and my knees and back have been giving me a fit for a really long time. My husband was so impressed that he asked me to order him a pair. I truly believe in the health benefits that these offer and all without drugs and/or surgery. I will continue to wear them the recommended 15 minutes per day. I can't say enough positive things about these slippers, and have already recommended them to my family and friends." —ELIZABETH J.

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 4F–12M and four styles).

    14. A satin-lined Hairbrella to keep your hair protected from rain, humidity, and anything else that's out to ruin your perfect hairdo.

    Model pouring water on another model's head while wearing the hairbrella, then taking it off to show hair perfectly styled and dried

    Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business established in 2016 that specializes in hats combining fashion and function to protect against all types of weather.

    Promising review: "I never carry an umbrella cause they’re too bulky, so when I saw the Hairbrella I was so excited. It keeps my hair dry and my curls nicely quaffed, rather than me looking like I stuck my fingers I a light socket. I’m telling everyone I know about it, it’s an amazing alternative to those wide-brimmed hats or a briefcase LOL! Truly it’s never going Read more about review stating Love it!!to leave my side from now on! I definitely recommend it." —Gina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 or Hairbrella for $39.99 (available in five colors).

    15. A liquid eyeliner with a stamp on the other end so you can just ~wing~ it when you want dramatic cat eyes without the drama of trying to draw them on yourself.

    eyeliner pen with triangle stamp
    reviewer with eyeliner wings

    Promising review: "It really is smudge-proof! Living in Texas in the 100+ degree weather, you definitely need something that’s not going to be running down your face a couple minutes after going outside. This is it! It's super easy to use and doesn't irritate my eyes like other eyeliners. I love it and will repurchase when I need to." —Lacey

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in four sizes).