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    27 Things That Prove You Can Make Practical Purchases And Still Have Fun

    Fun *and* functional are 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 five colors).

    2. 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.

    3. 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).

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 $18.99.

    8. 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 $17.95.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. A pomegranate holding a bunch of tasty-looking pushpins. Do NOT put these forbidden fruits in your mouth, please.

    a halved pom with seed-like push pins inside

    It comes with 65 pushpins.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    12. 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 $5.48.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. Super-cute bunny wire holders to keep those pesky cords in place instead of sliding under your desk like the first victim in a horror movie.

    cord holder with bunny ears

    Get a pack of four from Momobabe on Etsy for $6.99 (available in four colors).

    16. A helpful cat that acts as both bookmark and book light so you can enjoy your book with purrfect lighting.

    flat cat bookmark with light on forehead slipped into a book

    Promising review: "I’m so thankful that my kids love to read! Whether it is at night or in the car on the trip, they love to have a book in hand. I thought this little guy with the perfect small addition to my daughter’s birthday! It did not disappoint. She loves it and I think will get some great use out of it." —@prettycheapmama

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A flower dish brush that will ~leaf~ your dirty dishes smelling as fresh as daisies.


    Depending on what model you get, it can come with a vase to keep the brush in.

    Promising review: "I hate putting my hands near any caked-on foods when rinsing for the dishwasher and I hate touching washcloths or sponges so this was exactly what I needed. The flower design is super cute. Sometimes I wish the bristles were a little bit tougher but it still works pretty well." —Taylor Lewis

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six styles).

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


    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 $12.59+ (available in six varieties).

    19. A plant-based conditioner bar with plastic-free packaging and natural oils to keep your locks looking their best. Best of all, it's easy to grab and go — no leaky bottles to worry about.

    a stack of colorful conditioner bars
    The Earthling Co.

    The Earthling Co. is a sustainable lifestyle brand and small business that aims to offer affordable, plastic-free alternatives to everyday products. They are also part of 1% for the Planet, an org that supports all sorts of nonprofits, and their contributions have so far gone to WIRES (Australian Wildfire Relief),, One Tree Planted (Tree Planting), Black Lives Matter, Black Visions Collective, the Audre Lorde Organization, and Earth Force.

    Get it from The Earthling Co. for $15 (available in six scents). 

    20. A simply gourd-geous pumpkin waffle maker for making mini treats you'll enjoy all fall.

    small waffle iron with pumpkin shaped treat inside

    Promising review: "This is the most fun waffle maker for fall! Used the recipe in the booklet to make pumpkin spice waffles and they were a hit!" —JulieZee21

    Get it from Amazon or Target for $9.99.

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. A paw print box cutter so you can feel like you have your own set of claws as you slice through your next round of packages.

    box cutters with paws on the ends

    Get it from CraftingSuppliesMY on Etsy for $8.90 (available in three colors).

    24. A set of Swedish dishcloths with gorgeous modern designs you'll be tempted to hang on your wall. You won't do it, of course, because they're way too helpful! These super-absorbent paper towel replacements will help you clean up spills, wash dishes, and dry hands in a flash.

    reuseuable dish clothes with geometric designs, plus a couple with leaves and one of the sun over the desert

    Promising review: "Great value and great absorbency. Have washed them a few times already in the washer and let air-dry, and they have not deteriorated at all. Love them!" —ModernMoon

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $13.99.

    25. A poop-shaped toilet bomb that will fizz away tough stains and odors, so you barely even have to scrub!

    poop-shaped toilet bomb

    Get it from WildFlowerRemedies on Etsy for $1.03.

    26. Owl-shaped reflectors to scare off any potential unwanted visitors, like nesting birds and enterprising squirrels.

    reflective owl paper in tree

    Promising review: "Last year, the squirrels and birds ate all the mulberries off our tree before they were even ripened and ate about 25% of our apricots before we could pick them. When I saw these, I knew I had to get them. It's still early March so the apricot tree is just budding but the squirrels are active already so I hung these to start giving them the message that these two trees are off limits. The owls have an iridescent material which makes the owl change colors depending how the sun shines on it, which is sure to create notice to the unwanted critters. There are two bells hanging from the bottom. This evening, the two squirrels that were running around my backyard took off as soon as these were hung and haven't been back since. I was worried that maybe the bells would be annoying from inside my house but I can't hear them from inside. I look forward to having more mulberries and apricots this year due to these owls and scare rods!" —cslaughter1

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $13.99.

    27. A classic self-watering glass orb, but with a twist: It comes with a cute frog on top to make sure your plant has some company!

    glass orbs with long stems and frogs on top

    Get it from Goddessglassdesigns on Etsy for $25 (available in eight colors). 

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    illustrated gift guide

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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