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    34 Things You Probably Didn't Know Existed Yesterday And Now Might Not Be Able To Live Without Today

    Part practical, part ~fun.~

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    1. A jumbo remote because you’ll be damned if you spend another night fruitlessly digging through your couch cushions on the hunt for your tiny remote. In the *slightly* altered words of Zoolander, "What is this, a remote for ants?"

    Hands holding the jumbo remote which is roughly the size of a folded newspaper
    Urban Outfitters

    The oversized universal remote isn't just a gag gift (though it works wonderfully for that) — it's fully functional and can be used to control up to four devices. PS: It does require two double AA batteries, so buy those now! (Don't even think about putting it off.)

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.95.

    2. A washer-friendly sock organization system because at this point, you're basically running a home for orphaned socks.

    A model holding the organization system which is full of socks

    The foot-shaped hangers come in a two-pack so you can use one for clean socks and one for dirty. Each holds nine pairs in total and can easily be hung on a doorknob or in your closet or wardrobe.

    Promising review: "If you're tired of sorting and pairing socks, then you need this product. I ordered a set for me (one for clean socks and one for dirty socks). The socks stayed secured in and out of the wash cycle and dried well. Great idea for each family member, travelers, and kids going off to college. Can be used for more than just socks. Think scarves, gloves, etc." —valueval

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16 (available in pink, red, blue, and dark blue).

    3. A dish brush with a built-in sink rest because you are positively d o n e with fishing your brush out of murky, greasy water every time it falls in.

    Two brushes hanging from side of sink

    The space-saving design doesn't take up any counter space and since it drips directly into the sink, you won't have to clean up questionable puddles, either.

    Promising review: "Sometimes it's the little things that make you happy — like the fact that the dish brush can sit up out of the sink, not get gross when you accidentally throw greasy dishes on top, and it's attractive! If the edge of your sink is, it stays up." —Jazzmine

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. A pistachio pedestal designed to give the king of nuts the respect they deserve.

    The pistachio pedestal with whole pistachios in the top tier and shells in the bottom tier
    Uncommon Goods

    The upper tier of the solid wood design holds 8 ounces of pistachios and the pieces come apart for easy cleaning. To keep the maple in tip-top shape, the seller advises giving it a once-over with mineral oil or beeswax wood conditioner every few months.

    Promising review: "The Pistachio Pedestal is my 'go-to' present for my hard-to-gift family and friends. It's handsome as well as functional, and it never fails to get compliments when it's out on a table. I love the craftsmanship and two-level design, and it makes cleaning up the empty shells a breeze. It's also a great container for snacking on other types of nuts, or edamame (soy bean pods), too! I have one myself, and I've given this to others multiple times, and it's always appreciated and well-used. A winner!" —Early Bird

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    5. A produce-saving Rubbermaid container that'll extend the life of your fruits and veggies. Now, instead of throwing away your untouched spinach after just a few days, you can throw it out after a week!

    Amazon, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    The containers use "FreshVent" technology to let in the optimal amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide and a crisp tray (at the bottom) keeps the produce elevated so it doesn't sit in a pool of condensation.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, these work! I went on a 10-day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get it from Amazon for $12.35 (available in six sizes and combos).

    Check out our full review of these Rubbermaid produce saver containers.

    6. An adjustable, three-blade blind duster capable of cleaning the grimiest blinds — we're talking top and bottom — in one fell swoop. No more poof of dust coming at you every time you crack them open.

    A hand using the duster on blinds

    Promising review: "OK I'll be honest, I ordered this because of the price. After reviewing several other options and having been disappointed with previous dusters I've had, I figured why spend more money on something that isn't going to work? So I ordered the least expensive option but WOW does this little tool rock!!!! It's very easy to use and clean. It does a fantastic job of cleaning and dusting the blinds and gets ALL of the crud off of them. My blinds haven't been this clean since the day they were first installed. VERY happy with purchase." —Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    7. A set of cocktail plates made to hold your charcuterie and champagne thanks to a notch you can slip your glass right into for hands-free holding. No more fumbling to eat, drink, and make convincing small talk.

    The cocktail plate with a wine glass and food

    Promising review: "They exceeded my expectations. They are attractive, sturdy yet lightweight. These will be great for informal entertaining in home, outside, or even poolside. The cutout securely holds a wineglass and the cocktail area is sufficient for cheese, fruit, and/or other nibbles." —Cynthia J. Salim

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (for four).

    8. A scratch-free scraping tool because the stickers on those TJ Maxx candles aren't going to remove themselves.

    A hand using the scraper to remove a sticker from a glass

    The tool isn't just for stickers; use it on candle wax, soap buildup, dried food, and more. It's dishwasher-safe, so you don't have to clean off any sticky residue, either.

    Promising review: "The perfect handy tool for getting into tight places. It's firm enough for multiple uses but it doesn't scratch or mar surfaces. I should have gotten the five-pack, I have so many uses for these things. I think the best use yet was cleaning the sliding door track, I finally could get into the corners to get the grunge out. A great invention." —MissPicky

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in set of five).

    9. A set of Himalayan salt tequila glasses so you can pretend you're at a fancy Mexican resort while shooting your bottom-shelf spirit of choice.

    The four glasses which are the size of regular shot glasses
    Uncommon Goods

    Himalayan salt is naturally anti-microbial so once you're done, just wipe them clean and store somewhere dry (the latter is v important!!).

    Promising review: "We use these for special occasions and to taste new tequila brands. To clean, you simply rinse the salt cup under water. Super fun and easy to use! Will definitely give this as a gift to friends in the future." —Jeninnm

    Get a set of four from Uncommon Goods for $28.

    10. A mini picnic table ready to welcome furry lil' guests. Let's be real: Most of us have nothing better to do than watch them feast on peanuts.

    A squirrel on the mini picnic table

    Minnesota-based Etsy seller Jacob Wolff (I Lake The Life) has racked up hundreds of 5-star reviews for his squirrel picnic tables which come in three different styles.

    Promising review: "We absolutely love our little squirrel picnic table! The quality is excellent and it was clearly packaged with love and care. Neighbors have already asked where we got it and it’s been outside for only one day. A great purchase!" —Sarah Birdsall

    Get it from I Lake The Life on Etsy for $25.99.

    11. A three-in-one rechargeable lamp that can adjust to the needs of any room. Plus, since a single charge gives you 8 to 16 hours of use, you don't have to worry about unsightly cords.


    The LED light has two brightness levels and can be hung as a pendant, used as a table lamp, or flipped upside down to sit on its shade (she versatile). It's splash-proof, too, so outdoor use is fair game.

    Get it from Food52 for $138 (available in three colors).

    12. A cellphone jail for those times when you just can't pry yourself away from Twitter even though it is ~directly~ responsible for your deteriorating mental health. Oh 2020, you're such a peach.

    The cellphone jail with a smartphone locked inside
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Well it’s not made out of metal like I thought it would be, but it definitely works for my 6-year-old because that’s where her phone goes when she doesn’t listen! LOL!" —ash0069

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.95 or from Amazon for $11.89.

    13. A hanger stacker because turns out, those suckers take up a whole lot of space and throwing them in the back of your closet isn't the best solution.

    If you're trying to guestimate how many you'll need, each rack holds ~roughly~ 50 hangers.

    Promising review: "I grew tired of throwing my empty hangers into a pile in my closet. They would get all tangled up and really frustrated the heck out of me every time I had to put away clothes! This hanger stacker seemed like an easy solution and boy, was I right! It assembles really easily (just two screws and an Allen wrench) and it is good at keeping my hangers organized. Buy one — you won't regret it!" —Bubbles456

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49+.

    14. A dip clip designed to give your sauces the special treatment they deserve. Half the time I don't even want fries, it's just one of the only socially acceptable ways to gulp down honey mustard, you know?

    A dip clip holding sauce from Chick-fil-A and Whataburger

    Texas-based Etsy seller Brian Chookas (3D Printed By Brian) offers a variety of 3D-printed goodies from Scooby Doo-style dog tags to skull-shaped succulent planters so don't stop here!

    Get it from 3D Printed By Brian on Etsy for $5.20+(available as a single or double dipper).

    15. A pack of energizing mints because you're now at an age where you simply cannot function without some sweet caffeine coursing through your veins.

    A reviewer holding up the pack of mints

    Each mint has 40 mg of caffeine as well as B vitamins complex. Two mints = the same amount of caffeine as a full coffee but it acts five times faster than your drink of choice!

    Promising review: "I LOVE these mints. They taste great in general and I've had every flavor. I never understood the caffeine crash from coffee people often complain about, because I used to drink loads of coffee and I didn't really experience one. In fact, I was always tired and I never got much of a caffeine boost. Then I started using these mints. I got a noticeable caffeine boost and I could tell when the boost was slowly fading away, but I never felt tired after. I just felt normal." —Queen Torres

    Get a single pack from Amazon for $4.99 or a pack of six for $19.99 (both available in five flavors).

    16. A temperature-controlled smart mug ready to extend the life of your latte. Once paired with your smartphone, you can choose the exact degree you'd like your beverage (between 120 degrees F to 145 degrees F), so no more sippin' on lukewarm coffee at your midday meeting!


    A single charge can keep your drink piping hot for 1.5-on-the-go-hours or if you leave it on the charging coaster, it'll maintain its temp all day. There's more to the stainless steel mug than just temperature, too. It'll automatically turn on and off when it senses your cup is empty or liquid has been poured in. It's basically the mug of our dreams.

    Promising review: "Best thing since sliced bread! I hate when my coffee gets cold. I was originally looking for one of those warming coaster, but then I saw the Ember mugs...there was no turning back. I can take my coffee with me into my bosses office and it still stays hot?? Yes please. I used that app and have adjusted my temp down to 127 degrees. It stays at that temperature the entire time. I’ve not had an issue with battery life either, doesn’t take me more than an hour to polish off a cup of coffee. I HIGHLY recommend." —Mathews

    Get it from Amazon for $99.50

    17. A "disgustingly effective" set of sticky-stake insect traps because you spent a small fortune on your pothos, monstera, and parlor palm and you're not going to let them go down without a fight.,

    Stick the traps into your plants with the aid of seven included stakes and watch as they mercilessly trap whiteflies, fungus gnats, blackflies, fruit flies, and any other flying insect your home may be harboring.

    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately I added a new house plant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.09.

    18. A six-pack of mini skillets so you can make the most adorable individual desserts imaginable. Cast-iron cookies all around!,

    Promising review: "These mini cast-iron skillets are the perfect size for individual pot pies or other meals. I bought them after seeing them on a cooking show where someone made pies and the — best of all — molten brownies. Your guests will be so impressed when you pull these straight from the oven and serve them for dinner or dessert." —lynne

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $38.99.

    See what won best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. An "everything but the bagel" seasoning blend because what's better than adding a dash of sea salt, garlic, and onion to every meal? We'll wait...

    A reviewer's photo of the seasoning on salmon and eggs

    Promising review: "I am eating low carb but still crave the taste of toast or toasted bagels. Found this seasoning to use to give me the flavor of eating a toasted bagel without having to eat the bread/bagel. It tastes great, and was exactly as I expected. I've used it in a few recipes so far and it greatly enhanced the flavor. I will buy this again when I run out. Wish there was a Trader Joes in my area but glad Amazon has this item available." —luv2shop

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (for a two-pack).

    Read our full review of Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.

    20. A hooded neck pillow with two drawstrings so you can hide (or sleep) in plain sight.

    A model using the pillow in grey with the hood up

    The travel pillow — which is made from cozy sweatshirt material — features a deflatable inner pillow so you can fold it up and store it in between uses.

    Promising review: "Best idea I had to buy this. It blocks out the light on flights and car rides. It fits as tight as you wish around your neck by adjusting the hood ropes. Felt extremely comfortable although may look a little silly. Slept over five hours on an international flight." —Renee

    Get it from Amazon for $13.67+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    21. A bourbon lip balm because your office is cool, but not to the extent that it's okay to drink bourbon at 10 a.m. on a Monday. Instead, just let it linger right under your nose all day.

    The bourbon lip balm

    Promising review: "Fantastic lip balm, I genuinely hate sweet-flavored lip balms, and the plain ones are too boring; so this one is perfect. It smells of bourbon without coming off alcoholic. I had dry, chapped, and, frankly, gross lips when it arrived and now, two days later, I'm doing great. I also like the barrel shape — it's flatter and wider than more lip balms, so it better fits in my pocket." —Caitlin Egan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

    22. A foldable cutting board that'll help you transfer chopped-up veggies to your pot or pan and save you from the torture that is having to sweep them up because your dog is decidedly not into carrots.


    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon $14 (available in seven colors).

    23. A multi-slotted battery organizer because at some point in the next few months, your fire alarm will start its chirp of death at 3 a.m. and you're not about to mess around in your junk drawer(s) again.

    The nifty, wall-mounted organizer can hold 82 batteries in total, including 25 AAAs, 39 AAs, 4 9Vs, 8 Cs, and 6 Ds. An attached battery tester means you can also gauge the charge on each; no more swapping out your TV remote's batteries with fingers tightly crossed!

    Promising review: "We have forever kept spare batteries in sandwich baggies in a kitchen junk drawer for quick convenience. The bags would always come open and scatter batteries or tear. One day, I decided to reorganize — I found this on Amazon and decided to give it a try. It was a major step in reorganizing my junk drawer! I also discovered that I had five dead batteries stored for use. How wonderful was that? Now I'll never replace a dead battery with another dead battery. I love things that help me stay organized and this is a huge plus." —FergFam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89.

    24. A recycled gift wrap set so your giftee can repurpose their birthday packaging. Each box comes with four pre-seeded gift wraps that once planted, will bloom into a garden of wildflowers.

    The gift wrap set with sheets in purple, yellow, and green as well as raffia in yellow and green

    It's super easy, too — there's no green thumb required. Just cover each sheet with one-eighth of an inch of topsoil, give it a few weeks, and sprouts will start to pop up.

    Promising review: "I just received some more gift wrap that grows! I recently started using it to wrap the organic products that I make and sell for my small aromatherapy business. I have actually gotten phone calls from clients who are excited about how beautiful their products look upon arrival and how excited they are about the wrap that grows! The paper is beautiful and is perfect for those who care about our earth and want to give a gift that sets all others apart. And, just an FYI — even though it’s thicker, it’s easy to work with and can also be used instead of tissue paper." —Debby M

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    25. A thumb page holder because holding down a paperback — especially one the size of, say, The Nix — can be seriously taxing.

    A model using the page holder to hold open a book

    Promising review: "I got this for my dad who reads a bunch but has arthritis. What a clever little gadget this is. He actually uses it every night when he reads, really enjoys it. I’m happy it made him happy and helped him. Good deal!" —renee

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    26. A high-rise organizer so you can use every nook and cranny in your medicine cabinet and stop blindly throwing things in your under-sink cabinet. Turns out I have enough travel-size shampoos to Airbnb hop for the rest of the year, so I guess I should follow my own advice.

    The organizer being used in a medicine cabinet

    The organizer's bridge design means you can store medicine bottle underneath and skinnier items — like razors, toothbrushes, or flossing picks — on top. Two side compartments also make it easier to stand up items that take too much space lying down — we're talking toothpaste, lipstick, thermometers, etc.

    Promising review: "My medicine cabinet looks so neat with these organizers! The quality of plastic is good; the compartment size is convenient. I bought a few different sizes and found use for all of them. Highly recommended." —ZK

    Get it from Amazon for $12.60.

    27. A bug bite suction tool because it's this or scratching at it until it bleeds and that is not the way, my friends.

    A model using the bug bite tool

    The Bug Bite Thing (of Shark Tank fame) works on bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, and more. Basically, the gadget sucks out insect venom and saliva — two things that lead to itchiness and irritation. With that out, your skin should stop swelling and be back to normal in no time!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in packs of two, three, and six).

    28. A terra-cotta bear that, when presented with a bag of brown sugar, will bravely say "I volunteer as tribute!",

    This adorable little guy can be used a few different ways. To keep things like brown sugar and fresh cookies nice and moist, soak it in some water and then place it in the same container. On the flip side, keep things like chips and crackers nice and crispy by using it dry.

    Promising review: "Not only do I use one of these little fellows for my brown sugar, I picked up a tip from someone else. If you take one of these little guys and don't run him under water, but leave him perfectly dry, he will help keep your electronics such as cameras dry in the camera bags during humid months by absorbing the humidity. How perfect is that? A multi-tasking little fellow. Well worth getting multiples of. I'm sure I can find other uses as well." —A.B.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.05 for a pack of two.

    29. A sheet of stick-on sound dampeners because when you get up a midnight to grab some chips, your cat *will* think you're grabbing her a treat and you just can't bear to inflict such nightly disappointment.

    Five sound dampeners lined up on a cabinet door

    Each sheet comes with 100 adhesive bumpers which can be put on doors, chair legs, or anything else that could use some quieting down.

    Promising review: "These work very well to dampen the sounds of my idiot roommates slamming cabinet doors at all hours of the day. Just make sure you're wiping down the part of the cabinet they'll stick to before applying them. The adhesive is good and should hold for a while." —LMA

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (for a sheet of 100).

    30. A punching bag-shaped laundry hamper where you can take out all of your feelings about washing and folding. Go ahead, give it a roundhouse kick once it's full.

    The laundry bag in black

    Promising review: "I needed two things out of a laundry bag: something that could fit three to four loads and something that was not just flimsy canvas or cloth. This checked both of those boxes. The bag is adorable in that it is made to resemble a punching bag (and I often show aggression toward my laundry as it is my least favorite chore) and has a durable PVC bottom so even when you set it on a concrete laundromat floor, it protects your clothes and holds up to wear and tear. Worth the price for sure!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $40.49.

    31. A shower curtain liner with pockets because if your razor falls in the tub one. more. time., you're gonna lose your mind.

    The clear shower liner with items in most pockets

    FYI the curtain has nine mesh pockets which are able to hold items up to 1 pound each, so just don't go throwing a mega-size conditioner in there, okay?

    Promising review: "This is the perfect solution for my tub/shower situation. We have no shelving, and showerhead racks tend to get rusty/caked with soap and have even fallen off. We've had this in the shower for three months now and it's great. It holds all our bottles, razors, and bars of soap." —Rachel B

    Get it from Amazon for $18.67.

    Read our full review of the shower curtain liner with pockets (#2).

    32. A veggie and fruit to-go cup for those days when you're absolutely starving but also in a rush so you need to frantically eat in the car.


    The double-layer cup includes a colander so you can rinse your produce and let it drain right into the cup. A fork and a lid complete the uber-cute set.

    Get it from Food52 for $26 (available in four colors).

    33. A pack of heavy-duty anti-vibration pads to stop the constant shaking of your washing machine from convincing you that you have tinnitus.

    A reviewer's photo of the anti-vibration pad placed under a washing machine

    The thick rubber pads can be used on a variety of floors and they'll stop vibrating, wobbling, and unnecessary noise.

    Promising review: "Very good for recently purchased washer/dryer combo unit. The machine makes a lot of vibrations when it is in spinning mode. However after installing this anti-vibration pad, it's very quiet. I just hear the water valves sound. I'm really happy with the result." —katt

    Get them from Amazon for $24.95 (for four).

    34. A handy "did you feed the dog?" sliding system because Sparky is a master manipulator and lives for second dinner.

    The sliding system mounted on the wall; it's roughly the size of an outlet

    Whether you have the memory of a dog or split feeding duties with an S.O./roommate/family member, this nifty little tracker will prove indispensable. The gadget tracks a.m. and p.m. feedings Sunday through Saturday and the sliders "click" into place when moved, so you don't have to worry about bumping them if you brush them on accident when reaching for the light switch.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just see if it's green and if not I feed them and indicate it, we all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available as a set of two and three, and in a cat version).

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