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    35 Practical Purchases So Amazing Buying Them Will Feel Like A Gift To Yourself

    Self-care isn't all candles and face masks. Sometimes it's buying a bug-catcher so you never have to squash a creep crawler ever again.

    1. A pack of stretchy cord protectors for preventing the dreaded (and inevitable) cord fray on your charging cables and protecting you from a future with more dead batteries and money down the drain.

    The plier-like contraption in the photo is an included applicator tool for help getting these stretchy collars on your cords. 

    Promising review: "I drive a LOT and seem to go through far too many phone cords. I even buy the 'premium' cords yet end up replacing far too quickly, even trying to be careful. I used these on a couple of 'dead' cords and they work again! I have put these on new cords as well to keep damage from starting. The included tool is a big help." —Angela G

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $5.99+ (also available in black). 

    2. A beloved tub of pink cleaning paste if you want Magic Eraser-level clean you can use on virtually any surface in your home without endless, abrasive scrubbing that can actually end up causing damage to the surfaces underneath.

    Reviewer using it to clear up hard water stains in tub
    A customer review before and after photo showing the results of using The Pink Stuff on their stovetop

    A lot of people compare it to the Magic Eraser in paste form, so even your weirdest, most stubborn stains will meet their match.

    Promising review: "Found this product on TikTok. I don’t think I’ve ever seen value like I do this product! Literally use it on EVERYTHING!! Kids and teens have dirt, grime, and grease on their walls? ...This will make it look like a new paint job. Baseboards need some love? A pea-size amount of this makes them look brand new. Need a shoe cleaner? PERFECT for sneakers. I could name a million more uses, but I can ASSURE you this is worth every penny. What’s more? You need such LITTLE of this product, it will last a VERY long time. Thank you, TikTok!!!" —Rachel in CLT

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A detangling kids' leave-in conditioner to tame frizz, hydrate curls, reduce breakage, and just generally decrease the amount of time spent fussing over your kid's hair — something you'll both be grateful for.

    a reviewer's child with frizzy curly hair labeled
    the same reviewer's child with the curls looking less frizzy and better defined

    Promising review: "Love this stuff so much!! My son has tight ringlet Victorian style curls naturally and it was getting frizzy and broken so I found this spray and his hair is the healthiest it’s ever been! I spray some in and put his hair in a silk cap and it is so shiny and soft and his curls have all recovered and the smell is amazing! I’ve recommended it to everyone in my family and I started using it too because it works better than my adult leave-in!" —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $8.19.

    4. An all-in-one pancake batter dispenser with a blender ball inside that makes it easy to mix, pour, and store batter all in one easy-to-clean receptacle. Fewer dishes and more pancakes? Dreams really do come true.

    Promising review: "I was a little hesitant to buy this as an addition to my camping supplies. I thought who really needs a pancake batter mixer? How hard is it to mix up some batter in a bowl and ladle it? After using this, I was extremely happy I spent the money and purchased it. It makes mixing the batter super easy and the control it offers when pouring the batter is exceptional. Get one!" —Monkey's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99

    5. An AirFly Pro wireless transmitter so you (and a buddy) can actually use wire-free Bluetooth earbuds to watch those free in-flight movies.

    Promising review: "Worked beautifully on a recent eight-hour flight from New York City to Frankfurt! Really easy to pair with my Bose noise-canceling earbuds and charges quickly. The sound quality was excellent. I'm so excited about this product that I'm going to buy one for each of my family members!" —emily p murray

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (also available in four other models).

    6. A painless, mint-flavored teeth-whitening pen because traditional strips are tough to use, expensive, and can leave you with teeth sensitivity that is, in my professional opinion, NO fun. With this pen you can get instant results. And the best part? No lingering sensitivity. 

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim when I saw someone review it on TikTok. After using it several times over the course of a week, I immediately noticed the difference in the color of my teeth. I'm a smoker and a heavy coffee drinker. I'm finding that this product will be a lifesaver in terms of what my smile looks like. I would definitely recommend!!" —Mully

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (clip the $3 off coupon on the product page for this price).

    7. A bleach-free Wet & Forget shower cleaner for not only cleaning but preventing soap scum buildup. Once a week simply give your shower a spray, let it sit overnight, rinse off the next day, then — BOOM — you're done and didn't even break a sweat.

    a model using the shower cleaner in a wet shower
    a reviewer photo of a sparkling clean shower with glass doors

    Promising review: "I have been having shower draining issues, so there was a buildup of soap scum in my shower. I have a very weak stomach and cleaning the shower makes me physically ill. I have tried several products that have claimed to be no scrub/wipe but this has been the only one that has worked. I sprayed it after my shower and left it to sit until the next night. Found that A LOT of the grime had disappeared. Now, was it perfect? No. But I think with consistent use it will get there. Highly recommend this product." —KZ

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    8. A patented pet hair remover if constantly lugging out the vacuum to clean up Fido's shedding is getting old. This roller uses bristles, not sticky tape, to catch lint, meaning you can clean and reuse it over and over and over again.

    The T-shaped roller with its compartment open, showing how it's full of grey hair
    A reviewer's before: brown-grey couch cushion covered in white pet hair
    And after: That same couch cushion, with no pet hair in sight

    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and can reuse it — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Promising reviews: "Finally a lint roller that really works. Now I have an obsessed husband picking up German shepherd hair off the couch. Worth the price paid. It will pay for itself. No more sticky tape rollers!" —Blanca LInda Hatter

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    9. A handy bite suction tool to suck out the venom left behind under the skin by our bug and insect friends. It'll help reduce both itchiness and swelling and get things healed up a lot sooner.

    You can also use it to treat bites from bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice.

    Promising review: "Everything that bites, bites me. This easy-to-use gadget works like a charm. The itching stops within a few minutes." —Margaret M. Newburn

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

    10. Plus, a one-handed bug-catching tool that allows you to trap creeper crawlers from a *safe* distance so you can show them the door. It's also equipped with a magnifying glass if you want to get a good look at the enemy. 

    a gif of the bag catching tool being placed over a centipede and a tray sliding out under the centipede to trap it
    a reviewer photo of the bug catching tool

    Promising review: "Simple and works well for catching bugs. It’s the classic 'glass and slide a piece of paper under it' method turned into a device where you no longer have to go hunting for a piece of paper or worry about holding it tightly over the glass. Used it to catch and release various small critters in the house out into the yard rather than smashing them. The magnifying glass part works well and it’s interesting to observe the bugs before releasing them." —Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. A pair of faucet extenders so your little one can gain a little independence and wash their hands or grab a cup of water without you having to stop what you're doing and help.

    a child model getting water from a sink with the faucet extender installed
    a reviewer photo of the installed faucet extender with water coming out

    Promising review: "Does your little one thrash about on the bathroom floor like a cat in a tub when you try to assist with washing their hands? Fear no more! A request for hygiene-related independence can be satiated with this simple, travel-friendly device. Wash ya own hands without Mommy or Daddy's help just like the character in your favorite potty book!" —Rissa

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.