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    30 Things To Make Mundane Everyday Tasks Feel Way More Exciting

    Including a waterproof speaker to upgrade your shower concerts, a pair of lightsaber chop sticks, and a slightly gross yet totally adorable snail soap dispenser.

    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 pair of light-up "chop sabers" so you can bring a touch of the force to every meal β€” and have a post-lunch light saber battle afterward.

    Reviewers holding light-up lightsaber chopsticks
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Got these for my spouse as a stocking stuffer, needless to say he absolutely loves them! Has only tried them with a ramen bowl so far but he said they work as expected although they are thicker compared to usual chop sticks. I tried them as well and I actually like the thickness of them a lot! A+ purchase for Star Wars fans like us! Will be getting more colors soon!" β€”Jae

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97 (available in seven colors and four multipacks).

    2. A set of reusable shopping bags that fold up into adorable little fruits β€” so they're way too cute to accidentally leave at home. You're practically guaranteed to get at least five compliments on your next Target run.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "These are SO cute and fun! I have been trying to cut down on my single use plastics and these have come in very handy. I'm good about bringing my reusable bags when I go grocery shopping, but I often forget them when I run out for just one or two things. I put a couple of these in my car and one in my purse and I'm never without a reusable bag! Everyone compliments me when I pull it out and they think it's so cute and clever! I love using them." β€”Natalie

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $14.88 (also available in animal shapes).

    3. A double-sided magnet you can place on the dishwasher so Baby Yoda (Or is it Grogu? I can't keep up) can help you remember if those dishes are actually dirty or if you just forgot to unload them yet again.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered this since my husband and I both love Star Wars. He unloads the dishwasher while I load. Never has dish duty been so fun β€” and easy to stay on top of. The commonly asked question 'Are these clean or dirty' has entirely vanished from our household. :) Order this you must!" β€”C.T.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A folding tabletop mirror with some impressively bright lights that will have you saying "Hey guys, welcome back to my channel!" like the glamorous beauty influencer you were meant to be. No judgments if you talk your invisible audience through your makeup tutorial.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The 21 LED lights can be easily dimmed with the touch sensor button and can be powered with either batteries or a USB cord β€” so you can leave it permanently plugged in or take it around with you. It also has an adjustable swivel base with a nifty storage tray and two magnified mirrors on the right side so you can get a closer look and really make sure that concealer is blended to perfection.

    Promising review: "I've been using this mirror for a few months and it's fantastic. I've done my makeup by the light of this mirror alone, in a completely darkened room, many times, without any issues. The lights are bright, but aren't so intense that they strain my eyes. The biggest difference this mirror has made for me is that it's made eyeliner much, much easier. I used to struggle with it because my natural eyesight (sans glasses) wasn't quite sharp enough for me to clearly see what I was doing. The combination of the lights and the 3x magnifying mirror has made my life much easier." β€”Lisette C.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in seven colors).

    5. A waterproof speaker so you can take your shower concerts to the next level. It has an impressive 12-hour battery life on a single charge, meaning you can shout and cry your way through Olivia Rodrigo's Sour approximately 20 times before needing to recharge.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I use this to listen to music and my morning news updates in the shower, and it is absolutely fantastic! The sound quality is clear, and the battery, if you use it the way I do, is plenty enough to last weeks without needing a recharge. The included suction cup is a nice touch, and can be used to hang other miscellaneous things like a mirror for shaving or other things." β€”Tod

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69+ (available in six colors).

    6. And a light-up shower head to help your 2021 Shower World Tour will have the dramatic production value it truly deserves.

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    If the thought of installing a shower head scares you β€” don't worry β€” this one requires absolutely zero tools and works with most showers! The LED lights transition between seven colors as the water runs through them, so it's basically like having a disco ball in the bathroom.

    Promising review: "I am writing a review on this because it is truly one of my best buys! It is such a pleasure to take a shower with the lights off and just enjoy the calmness of this wonderful light show. It is so easy to hook up! There is a very short four-step picture on the box and it truly is just as easy as that. I couldn’t believe it. If I forget to turn off the lights when I get in the shower I will get out soaking wet just to turn them out so I can enjoy this shower head in the dark. It is that wonderful. So wonderful I had to get one for my daughter and granddaughter!" β€”B. Boyea

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49.

    7. A heat-resistant mug with an adorable little bear on the inside that is so stinkin' adorable it might just convince you to close the Starbucks app and make coffee at home for once.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you want a darling novelty item... this is it. Quality is excellent. I use this often (as an adult woman) for juice, milk, or chocolate milk. Every single time I have used it I feel so happy. I plan to purchase more to give as gifts. It would be perfect for a person who has everything." β€”Amy W.

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

    8. A nifty gadget to turn a pea-sized amount of your favorite liquid facial cleanser into a cloud-like mound of fluffy foam that is much easier to spread and feels amazing on sensitive skin.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Does exactly what it advertises: makes a thick whipped cream/foam out of washes, making it economical as well as fun. It can 'soften' harsh washes to make the concoction gentler on skin. It's also great for mixing washes if you have two or more you'd like to combine for different effects. And of course, a little goes a long, long way with this puppy." β€”KnockKnockMe

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    9. An iPhone charger that lights up when you plug it in, so you can basically see all the power going to your phone. It even turns off once your phone reaches 100% so you'll know exactly when it's safe to resume your late-night TikTok scrolling.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a very cool light up cable. When you plug in your device (iPhone or iPad) it lights up blue and starts to move showing you that the device is charging. As the battery is almost full, the blue flow starts to move slower and when the battery is full, the blue light turns off. The cable is pretty durable and the outside of the cable feels like silicone. So far, it has charged my devices with no problem and the lights makes it fun and cool to watch. I saw someone recommend this on TikTok and I am very happy with this purchase." β€”Christopher G

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    10. A pack of rainbow-tinted silverware to add a magical touch to all of your meals and make you a little less sad that you're actually being responsible and eating leftovers instead of ordering from Postmates.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This beautiful flatware sat in my cart for months before I finally bought it. It seemed a bit frivolous and unnecessary, but it was sooo pretty and who doesn't love a rainbow? I finally bought it to celebrate a milestone birthday for my husband and we love it! The colors are lovely, the weight of the flatware is substantial and not at all flimsy, and it is showing no wear after many washings. Now I have a matching serving set in my cart!" β€”Debra D.

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $22.99.

    11. A dog bowl that turns meal time into a mentally stimulating game of "find the treat." It'll stop your pupperooni from inhaling their dinner in approximately five seconds, meaning you'll actually have time to eat yours in peace.

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    You can hide their favorite treats inside the flip-top compartments and liftable dog-bone shapes, all of which have tiny air holes on top so your doggo can smell that something is hiding underneath. You might have to show them how to access the compartments the first time they use it, but reviewers say most dogs get the hang of it very quickly!

    Promising review: "My puppy Chabuddy loves this puzzle ... He uses his nose and paws to remove covers, flip open the lids, and slide the boxes to reveal more treats. I didn’t have to teach Chabuddy what to do with the puzzle, I just gave him a single peak under one lid to show him food was in fact accessible and his nose did the rest of the work." β€”Clementine

    Get it from Amazon for $14.32.

    12. A facial scrubber with an adorable little face and tiny whiskers that will become the skincare sidekick you never knew you needed. Simply plop some of your cleanser inside and let the silicone bristles gently exfoliate to reveal a glowing complexion that'll have you saying, "new skin, who dis?!"

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little guy is my new go-to face scrubber and I LOVE it!! It's soft enough for sensitive skin but tough enough to know it's getting into your pores and exfoliating. The cute face is a definite plus LOL. Easy to use, easy to clean. All around win πŸ‘Œ" β€”Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    13. A pasta server shaped like the friendliest dinosaur you've ever seen that'll make eating spaghetti for the fifth night in a row feel a little less boring.

    Dinosaur-shaped pasta server sitting over bowl of pasta
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought one of these some time ago (~2011? possibly earlier?) and it's held up beautifully over time. It's not stained at all despite being fed a mostly tomato-sauce based pasta diet and tossed into the dishwasher for cleaning. There's a few scratches here and there on the corners, but overall it's in excellent shape." β€”J. Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $11.05.

    14. A tortilla towel so you'll feel as warm and toasty as a burrito when it's finally time to dry off and say goodbye to the beach β€” and stop by Chipotle on the way home.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This towel was a hit! No more complaining from the kids about getting out of the bath because they get to wrap themselves up like a burrito. Also great quality! Love it! Gonna be buying more of these to give for gifts for sure!" β€”Suzanne

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. A spaghetti monster colander that looks like it was beamed down directly from space to help you solve any and all pasta predicaments. Its eyes double as ergonomic handles, and let's face it, it also makes for an excellent hat.

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    Promising review: "My wife received this as an Xmas gift from myself, and she smiles every time she pulls it out from its home in the cabinet. That alone makes it worth five stars in my book, but it's also sized nicely (just slightly smaller than a "standard' colander,) is made of very strong plastic, and has extremely expressive eyes which make for great handles. What's not to like?" β€”Gentleman Rook

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    16. An elephant-shaped toothbrush holder with a draining hole in its 3D-printed snout. It'll be like going to the zoo every time you brush your teeth, without the overpriced tickets.

    TheNoisy3DShop/Etsy

    Promising review: "This is so cute! I’ve been looking for a toothbrush holder with a drain for years and I love the style of this one. The little elephant is adorable and functions as designed." β€”kmmanning13

    TheNoisy3DShop is a small Etsy shop based in Neenah, Wisconsin.

    Get it from TheNoisy3DShop on Etsy for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A snail hand soap dispenser that's equal parts charming and gross. So basically, everyone who steps into your bathroom will be obsessed with it.

    Model dispensing soap from snail-shaped dispenser
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I originally got this little guy for my young son, to make it easier for him to dispense soap. It's so cute and works really well. It's easy for little hands to push the top without making it tip over like other dispensers do. It's also really easy to push it with the back of your hand, if your hands happen to be really dirty. I loved it so much that I ended up getting one for every sink in the house!" β€”Honoluluhoney44

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and a pack of three).

    18. A set of little wool penguins to help you say goodbye to dryer sheets for good. Simply throw them in the dryer and these little fluff balls will help soften fabric, smooth out wrinkles, and keep your clothes static-free.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love these. Not only do they act as a natural fabric softener, they also keep static electricity down in my laundry. And bonus, they are too adorable to see rolling around in my dryer. This is my second pack of eco-friendly dryer balls (first one was the original 'sheep'). I will never go back to the chemical-laden dryer sheets. Tip: add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (and let it work into the wool before using) if you want your laundry scented." β€”Scubagirl

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $28.

    19. A pack of shower steamers, which are basically like bath bombs for those of us without a tub. Throw it on your shower floor and let the 100% eucalyptus essential oil help clear your sinuses and make you feel like you're at a serene spa.

    Bag of Relax Away Essentials eucalyptus shower steamers
    Relax Away Essentials/Etsy

    Promising review: "These shower steamers are amazing! The scent is so strong and really helps clear sinuses. I will definitely be placing another order!" β€”Ashley

    Relax Away Essentials is a small Etsy shop based in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Get a bag of six from Relax Away Essentials on Etsy for $10.

    20. Or a popular pouch filled with eucalyptus leaves if you want an even more natural experience. You can tie it to the shower head or your tub's faucet and let the steam release all that eucalyptus goodness to help relieve some of those allergy-induced headaches.

    Eucalyptus Blooms/Etsy

    Promising review: "This might have been the best smelling package I have received. The eucalyptus was so fragrant right out of the package. I tied it around my shower head and, wow! The smell was amazing! Highly recommend." β€”Ines J.

    Eucalyptus Blooms is a small Etsy shop based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Get a pack of three from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $15.99 (also available in a pack of five).

    21. A ridiculously adorable set of Blue's Clues-themed salt and pepper shakers to add a pinch of nostalgia to all your meals. I mean, you guys β€” LOOK AT PAPRIKA! I CAN'T HANDLE THIS.

    Blue's Clues-themed salt and pepper shaker set
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "These are perfect. They look exactly like the ones from the show and they just make me happy. Definitely recommend for anyone who used to watch Blue’s Clues." β€”Chim Yaga

    Get it from Box Lunch for $19.90 (expected to ship between July 17 and July 28).

    22. An egg holder that makes it so much easier to lower eggs into boiling water thanks to the help of six cute penguins. You can cook, serve, and store your hard-boiled eggs right in their flappy little arms!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love hard-boiled eggs but it's always been a hassle to ever so gently lower them into a boiling pot of water with a spoon, then scoop them back into the now-wet carton to cool. This solves all those problems. You simply load the eggs in, lower into the boiling pot, pull back out, then store in your fridge. No more extra steps or gingerly lowering eggs into the pot. Plus they're adorable." β€”Lauren P

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A Post-it note holder to not only put a smile on your face every time you look at it, but also do a pretty great job of keeping your precious sticky notes safe and secure until you're ready to use them.

    Cat-shaped Post-It note holder placed on desk
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Not only is this holder adorable, it actually stays in place! I've had other dispensers that would move around or fall over when I would grab a post it note from it which defeats the purpose. Nice to have it work right! Doesn't take up a ton of space either." β€”Libra Lady 78

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

    24. A set of ice cream spoons that are perfect for shoveling Halo Top straight from the pint when you've just had one of those days...for the seventh time this week.

    DLAwesomeLiving/Etsy

    Promising review: "These are very fun, are well-made, and are surprisingly substantial. They were well-packaged, each pair comes in its own brown paper sleeve/bag, nice!" β€”Bill Kraft

    DLAwesomeLiving is a small Etsy shop based in Vancouver, Canada.

    Get a set of two from DLAwesomeLiving on Etsy for $12.98 (available in six colors).

    25. A pair of fluffy slippers with microfiber mops on the soles so you can get some cleaning done while you make your way from the couch to the kitchen and back to couch again. No one will know you haven't touched your mop in weeks.

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    Promising review: "So why do I like mopping slippers? I have a 2-year-old and they're great for mopping up little splashes. Drops of water from doing dishes and the extra padding is nice. No paper towels wasted and it's immediate. Plus these are cute. You have to have a sense of whimsy for this functional novelty item." β€”G. Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and 15 styles).

    26. A brush shaped like a freshly bloomed flower to add some major spring vibes to your least favorite chore. It even comes with its own little vase so it doubles as super cute kitchen dΓ©cor!

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    Promising review: "I love these! So far, I have not broken the leaves off like some of the other similar looking ones that I have purchased. I think this one is my favorite looking out of all the ones I have seen and bought. The petals don't get in the way, it feels good in my hand, and it cleans well." β€”pickyshopper

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three colors).

    27. A helpful water bottle that gives you time-marked goals so getting your 64 ounces a day feels like a fun challenge rather than a chore.

    Reviewer photo of blue time-marked water bottle placed on desk with times ranging from 9 AM to 7PM and text that reads "Let's Get Started," "You're Getting There," "Half-way," "Almost Done," and "Refill Time"
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Timer bottles help me with hydration more than anything else I've tried. With two jobs and a very busy lifestyle in general, it's easy to not drink enough water. I have had a few fun bottles but they always get to looking grody or the designs rub off. So far these are holding up better than anything else I've bought, AND they were the best value I found. If they ever add in another set in other colors I'll definitely buy it." β€”Rhianna Walker

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. A key holder with a fun surprise. When you place a key on the hook-shaped tail, a tiny squirrel pops up and looks oh-so-happy to see you. Although the squirrel goes away when you take the key off, so I'd basically never leave my house.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Was trying to find a cheerful and convenient way to hang masks for the school day and this darling squirrel fit the bill. I bought two because they were so adorable. They are doing a great job of keeping the masks available. Would recommend." β€”Luvslugg

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors and a combo pack).

    29. A pack of hydrogen peroxide-infused tablets that are basically like bath bombs for your toilet. If your toilet is looking embarrassingly dingy, just pop one of these cubes in the bowl and let the fizzy action break down all the nastiness that's accumulated throughout the week.

    Model holding jar of toilet bombs place on sink
    Viren Apothecary/Etsy

    Promising review: "Glad to have found a more sustainable toilet cleaner! My partner was very impressed how it removed the scale left in the toilet bowl without him even scrubbing it yet! Will be buying more!" β€”sophialam941

    Viren Apothecary is a Wisconsin-based small business specializing in hand-crafted green products for a clean and fragrant home.

    Get pack of twelve from Viren Apothecary on Etsy for $9+ (available in unscented or eucalyptus mint, as well as with a glass jar or paper bag).

    30. And a Loch Ness Monster ladle to help serve all your favorite soups and stews. It even has tiny little legs so it can stand by and guard your kitchen when not in use.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love that this ladle has feet so it can stand alone. It's adorable! It's bigger than I expected. I'm extremely happy with it and plan to buy more as gifts." β€”Shelly

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    When all these products make your life a little less boring:

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