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    27 Gimmicky-Seeming Products That Actually Work

    You may be suspicious of these products, but just read the rave reviews.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A mustachioed holder that suctions onto the shower wall, keeping your razor dry and cute.


    Promising review: "This is both cute and functional. Holds the newer, larger razors in place perfectly. Bought it for my elderly dad who happens to have a mustache and he giggled when he saw it. Bonus!" β€”CB

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    2. A clear shower curtain with pockets for all your beloved screens.


    First you laugh, and then you realize how much easier it would be to give your kid a bath if Doc McStuffins was on.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this shower curtain! It is worth every penny. BTW if you feel like there is too much space in the pocket where you insert your device, just put a small hand towel or rag behind the device after insertion and you will be good to go." β€”Jonnisha Lewis

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    3. A pack of wine condoms to keep your wine safely stored for later.


    See BuzzFeed's full review for wine condoms.

    Promising review: "One of the greatest gifts ever. Practical yet hysterical." β€”Sal Vation

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $13.97.

    4. A trio of monkeys happy to hang out and hold your various kitchen utensils.


    Promising review: "These are fun and cute. I use them to hang utensils on and it works well. I wouldn't hang anything too heavy on them as they are just plastic. It adds an element of fun to my kitchen." β€”Diana

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A carbonated bubble clay mask that's fun to use, and can leave your face feeling fresh and new.


    Promising review: "Love it! Bought it after I found it on YouTube. It's very fun to wear, but it actually works really well too! Less annoying and flaky than the drying charcoal masks I normally buy. My skin is cleaner, but not dry and tight, after using it. My pores look smaller and it has definitely helped with my blemishes!" β€”Autumn

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12.

    6. Finger claws to make you feel like a tiny dinosaur while chowing down on some wings. But, like, a really clean dino, because your hands will be spotless.


    Promising review: "I've been wanting some of these since I first saw them on an invention TV shows years ago. Finally decided to order some while I was ordering some other kitchen goodies. I used them for the first time tonight while eating some baby back ribs. They work great. No messy fingers!" β€”Locutus65

    Get six pairs from Amazon for $14.95.

    7. A dog leash with a built-in umbrella so your pampered pup can stay dry in the rain.


    Promising review: "My Duds now goes outside when it's raining without a problem! Great price, I did a lot of homework before I purchased it and this price is right! It's really a clever idea." β€”Alina Gavryliuk

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. A blow dry accelerator to cut down on dry time and also possibly detangle and soften your mane.

    Promising review: "My hair is somewhere between straight and wavy. But not enough of either to go natural. So I blow dry and flat iron my hair every day. It's long, past mid back and, while it's fine, there is a lot of it. Typically it takes 35-45 minutes to get my hair dry. I came across this product by accident at CVS, so I decided to give it a try. My hair goes from dripping wet to bone dry in 10 minutes FLAT. This stuff is a lifesaver. I did not get compensated to say this. No free anything. I just want people who spend a five or six hours a week under a blow dryer to know there's a better way!!" β€”CLL1979

    Get it from Amazon for $2.74.

    9. A little sauce stand so you can get eveeeeerryyy last drop of that Sweet Baby Ray's.


    Promising review: "I like getting the last bit of whatever out of my bottles. These hold them upright without having to set them against something and them falling over." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. A tube of Nerdwax to actually keep your glasses on your nose.


    This unique formula of wax is safe for your skin and keeps your glasses in position.

    Promising Review: "I've been using it for a few weeks now, have done gardening, cleaning, all sorts of things where I would usually be pushing my glasses up constantly." β€”Maureen Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    11. An eyeliner stamp so you can get perfect wings every time in like, two seconds. No more ending up with gigantic wings after trying to even them out a hundred times.


    One side is a winged stamp and the other side is a regular eyeliner pen.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings... but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though β€” not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it." β€”Tara Doyle Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in four sizes).

    12. Sock holders to keep your favorite socks together in the laundry. Your washing machine is gonna have to find something else to eat.


    Promising review: "These work. They are of good quality construction. I had a sock problem, and these have stopped the unexplained disappearance of socks. Obviously, the sock monster can't swallow the Sock Dock full of socks, only single socks." β€”A.D. Burnette

    Get a pair from Amazon for $16 (available in three colors).

    13. A beverage chiller that can turn your hot coffee into ice coffee in just one minute.


    To use, fill it with water and stick it into the freezer for 12 hours before using. It has a 12.5 oz. capacity and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Gave this HyperChiller as a gift to my daughter to go with the Keurig I purchased at Costco. She loves it! It turns her hot coffee into an iced one in a couple of minutes while she gets ready for work." β€”Doreen

    Get it from Amazon $23.99.

    14. Shower curtain clips to ensure that all your water stays in the tub where it belongs.


    Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower where at the end there were six or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air, however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out of this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." β€”starvingcollegestudent

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.69.

    15. A sturdy umbrella that ingeniously closes inside out, so you don't have to get your arms all wet when closing the umbrella.


    Promising review: "I get so many compliments on this umbrella! It is cute, and it has stood up to every storm I’ve been through with it. Also, it’s a pretty cool perk that when I fold my umbrella down, the outside is dry! Didn’t even think about that when I bought it, but that’s pretty darn cool." β€”Melanie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 36 styles).

    16. A 3-color frosting tool to bring your baking skills to the next level. It's time to finally show up Linda at the bake sale.

    Promising review: "I thought this was a lot of fun to use. It's nice to get the three colors without trying to put all three icings in one bag. I was able to pipe an entire 9-in. layer cake in about 15 minutes with adding a bit more icing to each bag near the end. Getting the three couplers to lock together requires that you cut the bag at the right point so that the plastic bag doesn't cover the notches and grooves that are meant to interlock. I will definitely be using this again." β€”Nicole S.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.36.

    17. A pair of matching lamps for you and your long distance love. Just tap your light to turn it on and your favorite person's light will also turn on.


    Promising review: "My friend, who lives long distance, bought me this for my birthday. At first I thought nothing of it, but then we set it up the magic happened. It has a super nice design, very good quality. It definitely brings a smile to my face every time he presses his and mine lights up." β€”Cyan Fish

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $85/each.

    18. A Whisk Wiper to keep your whisk elevated off the counter, and to help clean off all that excess batter in one fluid motion.

    Oh look, there's one for a stand mixer too!

    Promising review: "Handy and super sturdy. I was worried these would be flimsy and not last use and washes. I was super blown away at how well these are made and will hold up. They have a robust clear hard polymer type material behind the rubberized wiper that keeps the wiper sturdy and easy to handle even one-handed. Great Product I would buy again if mine ever wore out but I think it will be a very long time before I will need another set." β€”Joshua Anders

    Get the wiper and an included whisk from Amazon for $18.95 (available in eight colors).

    19. A cat hammock that suctions onto the window so your feline can get in a snooze while keeping tabs on the birds outside.,

    Reviewers said that adding a blanket will encourage cats to snuggle up on it. Just remember to clean both the suction cups and the window before sticking the bed on the glass.

    Promising review: "After a year of good use, the cats still favor this bed. It has held up well and stays in place well. I wiped both the window and the suction cups with 91% alcohol before attaching. That seems to work!" β€”Z

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this cat hammock.

    20. A classy necklace simple enough to wear anywhere without anyone suspecting it's really a vibrator. ;)


    The 3.75 inch pendant is USB rechargeable and has four control settings.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my lady for her birthday. When she opened it, we were surprised by the size. It was a bit bigger then we had both anticipated. Despite the size, she wore it that night with little notice from other people. We brought it into the bedroom that night and WOW! She absolutely loved it. It warms up as you use it, its different settings are great and it lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Based on our experience, I would highly recommend this product." β€”Boom4real

    Get it from Amazon for $69+ (available in three finishes).

    21. An Aerogarden for growing your own herbs right at home. Green thumbs are easy to come by when the robot does all the work.


    It uses energy-efficient LED lights that automatically turn on and off when needed. There are handy little feed/water reminders to help you remember to take care of your new leafy friends. It includes seeds for Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, and Thai basil, plus Miracle-Gro plant food.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's, for $189.99 (available in three colors).

    Read our full review of the AeroGarden.

    22. A clip-on light to take your selfie game to new heights. When is your version of Selfish coming out?


    Promising review: "Great product and works as described. The light has three settings that gradually get brighter as you click the power button. Definitely makes a difference in your pics." β€”eryckahvii

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    23. A wine preservation system that pierces through the cork, so you can keep your fancy vino fresh if you don't feel like gulping down the whole bottle.


    The preservation system draws the wine out through the actual cork using a thin needle and pressurized capsule (up to 15 pours per capsule). Once done, it's like the bottle was never even opened! This gift set comes with three needles, two extra capsules, and a case.

    Promising review: "So worth the money. I was so excited to be able to finally get this. It's pricey but was able to get everyone to get me gift cards for my b-day so I could afford it, and so far I love it. I love to drink wine, but I end up drinking more than I really want to because I don't want to waste a bottle. Now with this, I can have a glass without having to drink it within the next couple days. The directions in the package are vague and basically just show pictures so I had to go to YouTube, and there I found the best way to learn how to use it." β€”Shani

    Get it from Amazon for $349.95, and get extra capsules for $17.95.

    24. A bristled bug catcher that snatches up creepy crawlies from a safe distance and lets you chuck 'em outside.


    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside. :)" β€”Crystal R

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

    25. A pair of herb scissors to cut down on prep time.


    Promising review: "I'm an avid grower of herbs and vegetables, but when it comes to using the resulting harvests in the kitchen, I'm admittedly lazy and my knife skills are weak at best. The tedium of prep-work/chopping sometimes sends me to the spice cabinet to find something dried and ready to use. With the addition of these scissors to my kitchen gadget arsenal, I believe these lazy habits will change. The scissors appear to be of great quality and solid construction and made VERY quick work of my first test herbs: oregano, chives and rosemary. Best of all, clean-up was super quick and easy. I'm already pondering all of the other great uses for these scissors...AND...will likely be buying more of these as they are a perfect inexpensive gift idea for gardeners and cooks." β€”Redwood

    Get them from Amazon for $13.97.

    26. An eight-in-one multitool slim enough to slip right into your wallet.


    Promising review: "I still can't believe how many times I find myself using this tool to go and do everyday tasks that I would naturally have struggled to do before. Sometimes you don't realize when you could need a screwdriver or a wrench at a moment's notice. This tool works great and fits in my minimalist wallet perfectly. When actually working on a project with this multi tool you won't have to worry about it breaking because it is made with such thick steel. I am confident in this tool and its construction." β€”Richard Atchue

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    27. A dumpling mold to help you make delicious food pockets with ease.


    Cut out the dumpling wrapper with the mold, load the top with your wrapper, plop in your filling, close the mold, and the edges will create the perfect crimped seal.

    Promising review: "I'm a gadget nut & will try anything new........that said, this is one great little tool. Easy peasy. Makes quick work of making Chinese dumplings or Mexican empanadas." β€”PJMiller

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes).

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