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    27 Products With Hidden Features You'll Love

    Your love for them: far from hidden

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    1. An apron with a handy conversion chart tucked away in a pocket so you can avoid using your phone to look up this info (while your hands are covered in flour). Plus, built-in pot holders at the bottom corners allow you to safely transport your 250-degree food.


    Admittedly, I owned this apron for a year before *really* reading the site description closely and discovering these two features. Well done!

    Get it from Food52 for $45 (available in five colors).

    2. A microwave- and dishwasher-safe mug for your reluctant pivot back to hot (noncold brew) coffee. When that time comes you'll probably be relieved to learn that this bad boy has a special finger grip that makes it function as a "hand-warming" mug for righties.

    Model holding "hand-warming" ceramic mug

    Promising review: "I adore this mug! A friend brought me one from Portland (where they're made) as a gift a few years ago and when I sadly broke it last year (my fault, not the mug's!) I immediately went in search of a new one and was very happy to find them on Amazon. The color and design on both of my mugs has been beautiful and the colors don't fade at all even after a few years of use. I really love being able to tuck my hand into the nook when it's chilly and I'm having tea as much to hug the warm mug as to sip the tea!" —Risa

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in 21 colorways).

    3. A tie-dyed running tee with a snug inner pocket to place your keys so they don't end up bouncing around in that roomy pocket in your athletic shorts.


    Promising review: "I've always preferred running in a cotton T-shirt over man-made fabrics. This tee takes it to a new level with inside-out seams that don't rub, moth holes that breathe, and a stealthy key pocket. I've worn and washed it so many times and it's kept its shape and seems to fit better and better." —Edward P

    Get it from Satisfy for $118 (available in men's sizes 0/XS–4XL and in eight designs).

    4. A made-to-order ceramic soap dish that isn't just obtuse for the sake of clinging onto your ledge; its protruding shape is actually a drainage path for excess water to trickle out directly into your sink.

    Ceramic soap dish with strainer attached to sink ledge
    Kim Hau Ceramics / Via Etsy

    Promising review: "I love this soap dish! I bought some handmade soap at a farmers market and wanted a soap dish for it. This one caught my eye because of the sensible drain, the minimalist design, and the matte black glaze." —Linda BInder

    Get it from Kim Hau Ceramics on Etsy for $30 (available in four colors).

    5. A medicine cabinet with a picture frame door (or is it the other way around?) so you can maximize your wall space for storage without making a big show of your meds.

    Picture frame that opens up into medicine cabinet

    Promising review: "Since it looks like a normal picture in a frame on a wall this is really more than just a bathroom medicine cabinet. It’s a concealed cabinet that works in any room of the house where easy access to frequently used items are needed. Friends and family alike have truly been surprised and impressed when we show them what’s behind the frame. These are really well made by a company that stands behind the product. They are very quick to respond to any questions or concerns you may have." —V-F

    Get it from Amazon for $319 (available in 11 styles).

    6. A key-shaped multi-tool that'll function as a metric ruler and wire stripper, among 14 other things. The most hidden function of all, though? It's a pipe!

    Key-shaped multi-tool in hand

    Promising review: "Excellent in usability and function. High quality tool in every way. Used the pipe and got exceedingly high and built a very sketchy deck with the tool." —Matthew

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    7. A stacking planter with the drainage tray expertly concealed in its bottom ring so you can achieve proper irrigation and seamless design at the same time.

    Coming Soon

    Get it from Coming Soon for $78+ (available in short and tall and in white and terracotta

    8. A bike saddle that'll double as a lock to keep your assets secure (and by that I mean both your cheeks and your bike).

    Bike saddle used as lock on boardwalk pole

    Promising review: "This is amazing, the seat feels great and so handy to have the lock available. There have been a lot of seat thefts in this area, solves that issue! Ordered a second one for the other bike." —Cleation

    Get it from Amazon for $64.95 (available in four colors).

    9. A stainless-steel flask with a built-in shot glass that pulls out from the side, so all (or many of) your drinking needs are covered on the go.

    Promising review: "It is PERFECT! I really love how they created a collapsible shot glass, which fits on the side. It holds up to 8 ounces of liquid. That is just enough for me to have fun....but not too much fun. It's a slim design, so that it fits well in even my smaller evening purses. You cannot go wrong with the purchase. I would definitely buy it again." —N. Stamp

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    10. A cooler with a handy shoulder strap that you'll also be able to use as a seat by folding out its sturdy, padded cover. That's two crucial checks off the picnic list.


    Get it from Food52 for $29.

    11. A side table that has 360-degree swivel capability so you can either enjoy it as a static two-tier storage unit or wrap it around your couch for the ultimate working/noshing setup.

    Promising review: "When COVID-19 hit, I was stuck in my room working from home. I haven't set up a home office and I need to be isolated from others in my home for calls: video/voice. I have been using TV trays so I measure it and realized that if I had more than one tray, I could use my monitor and laptop. Well, we are still working from home and I found this beauty. It works perfectly and was easy to assemble. When I am finished, I simply push it together and keep the monitor on top and set it aside." —luvmusic

    Get it from Amazon for $209.

    12. Scrunchies with a hidden zipper if your fit has no pockets and you need a sly way to store your loose money, lipstick, keys, or jewelry.


    Promising review: "I was both surprised and happy to find that there’s no inner liner! Great quality and the zipper isn’t too hard to keep hidden." —Evri97

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (for six; available in 15 colorways).

    13. Speaking of hair accessories: A hair clip you'll be able to use to tear through your delivery boxes or crack open a cold one.


    Use it as a: screwdriver, bottle opener, nail file, ruler, scraper, box cutter, serrated knife, or simply as a hair clip.

    Promising review: "I play several musical instruments, and this clip is a nice way to tighten flute screws without having to carry extra bulk into the auditorium. That's one of the main reasons I bought it." —L. Ingram

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    14. A pair of UV-blocking sunglasses with built-in Bose audio if you've been waiting for a wearable that isn't dorky as hell.


    Promising review: "These Bose Rondo frames are magnificent!!!!! I love the ease of connecting them to my phone. They are so comfortable that sometimes I forget that I have them on. The sound is clear and I don't have to worry about the person on the other end not being able to hear me clearly. The sound of my music is so pleasant. These frames are phenomenal!!!!!!" —magical1der

    Get them from Nordstrom for $199.

    15. A PopSocket phone grip because you already felt like you were leaning on your lip balm to feel whole — now you can literally lean on it.

    Urban Outfitters

    The lip balm compact can be removed and refilled as needed.

    Promising review: "I love this product. The lip balm is very good and the PopSocket is SOOO cute. My sister saw mine and ordered one." —ddiCF

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.99 (available in four flavors).

    16. A wireless charging station that'll also sanitize your phone with UV LED technology. Give it 30 minutes and 99.9% of screen germs will be gone.

    Charger and sanitizing case
    MoMA Design Store

    Get it from MoMA Design Store for $80 (available in four colors).

    17. Curtains to not only filter light but your air, too, with their mineral-based surface treatment. Nothing like a hidden feature that also saves you money on your electrical bill.

    Light gray curtains hanging in hallway

    Get them from Ikea for $29.99.

    18. A mid-century modern side table that'd be beautiful enough on its own, but — stay with me — it's a speaker, too. You love to see (and hear) it.

    The speaker side table displayed next to sofa in a living room

    You can wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled devices and even answer phone calls via the built-in mic. The rechargeable battery lasts for 10 hours and fully recharges in four hours. It has two USB ports and an AUX port.

    Promising review: "This is a great speaker. It’s loud enough, but you can’t blast it to a painfully loud volume. A friend accidentally knocked it over on my concrete patio, and it didn’t hurt it at all, which impressed me. I use it as a speaker for my projector in my living room. I move it to the center of the room and it’s perfect, I don’t generally need to turn it all the way up. The sound is best if you are sitting at the same level as the speaker. It sounds better than my Sony sound bar. The battery lasts a long time, and the Bluetooth hasn’t disconnected on me yet." —Mike W

    Get it from Amazon for $146.92.

    19. A leather accessory tray for your bedside table to charge your devices while they're hanging out there.


    Promising review: "It’s pricey for a charger and catch all, BUT I’ve used it now for about a month and it’s faster than any other brand I’ve used. And as my bedside table charger, the cream leather looks luxe and streamlined. I’ll be purchasing one for my husband as well." —Caitlin L.

    Get it from Courant for $175.

    20. A Scandinavian lantern that'll also act as a Bluetooth speaker, while its base acts as a wireless charger. Now who's lighting up?


    You can pick between a white glow or your choice of 10 colors and four light settings.

    Get it from Food52 for $99+ (wireless charger and cork cover sold separately).

    21. A planter to hide your unsightly kitty litter. We should all be so lucky to take care of our private matters inside of a beautiful piece of decor.

    Cat emerging from planter litter box

    Don't worry — it has a filtered vent system to control dust and odor.

    Promising review: "I just love how practical this is. It looks like part of my living room decoration. Btw I have five cats so it is very convenient that is big. I just love it and my cats love it even more." —Mandy

    Get it from Amazon or Chewy for $47.32.

    22. Or, a console/bench for another brilliant way to avoid bringing unnecessary attention to your litter (the odor usually does a decent enough job of that).

    A console/bench that doubles as a home for your kitty litter

    Promising review: "Super easy to put together and is easy to move around. I also enjoy that the cardboard scratcher insert is removable and easy to replace." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Wayfair for $89.99 (available in six colors).

    23. A three-in-one rechargeable LED lamp you'll be able to repurpose as a dish to hold your loose change.


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

    24. A veggie and fruit travel cup with a built-in colander so you can handle every step of the prep in one go.


    Promising review: "I love this cup from my fruits on the go. I can put the fruits in when I’m rushing for work and rinse them when I get to work. It’s perfect for me." —VSerrant1

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

    25. A concrete step bookend that'll offer up a special place to display your favorite air plants.

    Concrete step bookends holding air plants with books
    lilmaisons / Etsy

    Promising review: "These are super cute! They look great next to my books, are good quality, sturdy, etc. The air plants are big and healthy too." —Megan Armstrong

    Get them from lilmaisons on Etsy for $30 ($36 with air plant).

    26. An anti-theft backpack with a pretty stealthy USB port so you don't miss a single text in your group chat (for better or worse) while connected to your charger inside.

    Anti-theft backpack with place to charge your phone

    Promising review: "The fact that you can plug in a portable battery into it and charge your phone is such a life saver when you travel. I highly recommend this bag for anyone who travels constantly, such as I do." —Christanna U.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four colors).

    27. And a pair of running shorts with a liner that has a built-in pouch so you can firmly secure your phone in place with absolutely no bouncing.

    Phone secured in running shorts

    Get them from Lululemon for $68 (available in men's sizes XS–XXL and in seven colors).

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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