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    34 Cheap Little Doohickeys That May Surprise You With How Well They Work

    And they're all under $20.

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    1. These five-blade herb scissors to help you prepare ingredients for dinner in what may feel like a fraction of the time it usually takes., Amazon

    They come with a safety cover, which can also be used to safely (and easily!) push all the extra herb cuttings off the blades!

    Promising review: "I grow many different herbs and it can be tedious cutting and preparing them for cooking, drying, and preserving. I used these right away and loved them!! Just be very careful, they are very SHARP, but that's a good thing! They were easy to use and I love the little sleeve that comes with them, not just for storage but to get every little bit of whatever you're preparing out from between the blades (do not use your finger). These are great for snipping right over your pan as you're cooking — no cutting board needed!" —Kiki

    Get them from Amazon for $14.87.

    2. A handy little knife sharpener that'll sharpen up blunt blades so you don't have to toss the knife set you've had for 10 years.


    Promising review: "I'm very surprised by how well this product works. I make knives and sharpen my knives by Japanese wet stone or belt grinder. I sharpen my mom's and grandma's knives by stone whenever I visit. I've tried to teach my mom to use a honing stick while I'm gone to keep the knives in good shape, but she can't seem to get the hang of it, so I decided to buy this product because of the simplicity of use. I tested it on a few of my dull knives at home, and it takes about 10 strokes on the coarse grind and 10 strokes on the fine grind to get a sharp enough edge to slice printer paper without tearing. I love how simple and how little time it takes to sharpen a knife enough for kitchen use. Now my mom and grandma can sharpen their knives whenever they need it. I highly recommend this product!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

    P.S., Elizabeth, an editor here at BuzzFeed, tried this knife sharpener and said it totally transformed her knife collection. Read her review to learn more!

    3. A jewelry clasp so you can finally solve the age-old issue of tangled chains every time you layer your necklaces.

    TheresaRose/Etsy, Kayla Suazo/BuzzFeed

    The two sides of the clasp come apart and fasten together, and each side hooks to one end of the necklaces. Here's why Kayla Suazo, a BuzzFeed writer and editor, loves this nifty little thing:

    "I recently bought a couple of these and had one of those very real WHY DIDN'T I BUY ONE OF THESE SOONER moments. They do an amazing job at keeping your necklaces from tangling as you wear them, and I love that I can layer several of my favorites at once. I am forever sold on these."

    Get it from TheresaRose on Etsy for $11.95+ (available in two colors and for two, three, or four strands).

    4. This car vent dip clip that'll conveniently hold your honey mustard sauce so you can dip those chicken nuggets without accidentally spilling everything in your car. /

    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors and in packs of three and four).

    5. Or! A dip clip you can attach to the side of your plate for a fun, mess-free way to dip your tater tots while you chill on the couch.

    Plus, it's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.68.

    6. This tiny spatula that'll actually help you scrape out the very last of your foundation and skincare products so you can go an extra week or two before you really have to buy more. /

    Promising review: "Fantastic product. I'm able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. It works on bottles, jars, etc. I only wish I would have bought this product years ago. Oh, the money I could have saved. Just clean with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up) and I think you will get your money's worth out it. I already bought more as gifts." —HMSK

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. An itty-bitty safety cutter so you can slit open packaging and cut coupons at basically the speed of light. It's small enough to keep one in every room of the house so you never have to walk all the way downstairs for a pair of scissors.


    The teeny, tiny ceramic blade can actually cut through shrink wrap, thin film, plastic packaging, paper, and more.

    Promising review: "This is one of those products that you never knew was missing from your life. It cuts paper, slices envelopes, opens plastic packaging, and cuts coupons from magazines without damaging the second page, all without danger of cutting your hand." —aJayM

    Get it from Amazon for $7.27+ (also available as a pack of 48).

    8. A magnetic key holder that'll have you on ~cloud nine~ when it provides you with easy access to your keys and other magnetic morning essentials — no more fumbling around to figure out where you placed 'em! / Amazon Customer /

    It has an adhesive backing that'll stick to your walls and doors. If you're a renter or are worried about the stickiness, you can always add Command Strips to the back, instead.

    Promising review: "I just received this today, and I was a little nervous that the magnet wouldn’t be strong enough to hold my keys (I have a lot of junk on my key ring) but to my pleasant surprise, it does! The magnet seems pretty strong too. I still had to give my keys a little tug to get them off, which means they probably won’t just fall off randomly. Worth the money for sure!" —Ryan Conklin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    9. This ice cube tray with a spill-proof silicone lid so you can store the tray at any angle in your already-cramped freezer.


    It'll also keep your cubes from getting that funky freezer smell.

    Promising review: "Do you feel the need to research even the smallest purchases before you commit? Well then, this is the review for you, because I spent a solid hour researching ice cube trays upon moving into my new apartment. Amazon reviewers, you've done it again! I have owned this ice cube tray for approximately four months and I have loved every day we've had together. I've considered inviting people into my home and offering them a glass of water just so they can watch in awe as I peel back the silicone top and cool the crap out of their drink. The ice cubes taste like fresh ice and the name does not lie — these ice cubes DO NOT SPILL. I sometimes turn it upside down in my freezer just to spice things up." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available as an ice stick tray).

    10. This 11-function stainless steel multi-tool that you can keep in your wallet because *of course* you'll need a butterfly wrench when you don't have one on you.


    Promising review: "I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool which, again, I'll rarely use anyway. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! There's a screwdriver, four-position wrench, butterfly wrench, direction ancillary wrench, and a two-position wrench for my common tool needs. On top of that, there's a can opener, knife edge, ruler, bottle opener (very handy to have!), and a saw blade for any other random emergency, which I find very useful. The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn't want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won't break with average use." —Johann Christine Alcaraz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.52.

    11. A versatile clip to keep your bag off of gross, wet bathroom floors, or prevent your bag from falling off the back of your car seat's headrest when you make a sharp turn. Honestly, you can use this baby on grocery carts, stall doors, tables, chairs, and in other public places.,

    Promising review: "I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girl friends love it and have gotten them for themselves." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in seven finishes).

    12. These Reusable K-cup pods so you can stop spending money on expensive single-serving plastic pods. Plus, these make it possible for you to quickly brew your favorite coffee or whatever grounds you happen to already have on hand.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my dad. We've been talking about getting refillable K-cups to use up the coffee grounds we had stashed away in the cabinet after I bought my Keurig a year ago. I was actually pleasantly surprised by these! They feel sturdy and the lids closed snugly and stay shut. They fit perfectly in my 2.0 Keurig and I have had no issues at all. I usually fill mine 3/4 full with grounds and put it in the Keurig and it is plenty strong enough. This is a super cost-effective solution to K-cups, which tend to be really expensive." —tehgingerfluff

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.95.

    13. A four-blade chopping device that'll separate, cut, and mash meats and vegetables with minimal effort.


    It's also dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I saw this tool on a Youtube cooking video. In the video, they were separating meat as it cooked. I have always had a hard time doing this, especially for sausage, and this little tool is a wonder! I loved it so much, I gave them for Christmas presents this year. This is a must-have for every cook's kitchen!" —anr

    Get it on Amazon for $10.99.

    14. This dishwasher magnet you can rotate to stop yourself (and your roommates) from accidentally putting dirty dishes on a rack with all clean dishes.


    Promising review: "I had been using Post-It notes to mark my dishwasher as a reminder to the rest of the household. But while holiday shopping on Amazon, I found this and couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. Thanks!" —Andy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.83 (also available as a pack of three).

    15. An adjustable silicone pie shield because it'll prevent your pie crusts from burning before your pie is even baked — and it's more efficient and less wasteful than tin foil.


    It can fit eight- to 10-inch pans and is heat resistant up to 500˚F.

    Promising review: "I thought I'd give these a try instead of my usual crimping foil around the edges. I much prefer these ready-made crust edge covers. Just wrap it around the edge and hook the little tab to the correct size . I left them on the whole time for my pumpkin pies and the crust came out nicely browned. If you've ever had very dark brown or burned crust you'll appreciate these. Sure foil works, but you have to try and crimp several pieces together, fold them and then try and curve it around without messing up your crust. These silicone covers are much quicker and easier. I'd recommend them." —Addie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors and in packs of two).

    16. This avocado slicing tool so you can cut, pit, and slice your avocados with just one convenient utensil., Sarah Aspler / BuzzFeed

    The serrated plastic blade lets you easily cut through an avocado without accidentally cutting yourself. The pitter's designed to remove even stubborn pits, without the risks of trying to aim a knife to hit it just so. And, the fan blade slicer removes the fruit from its skin while simultaneously cutting it into seven ~perfect~ slices.

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, please! This tool is awesome. It easily cuts open the fruit and the pit remover works well — just push onto the pit and give it a twist and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. It makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit off of the skin. I'm really happy I bought this tool!" —NPR MAN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    BTW, my colleague Sarah wrote an in-depth review of the avocado tool with her thoughts on what exactly makes this gadget so ~magical~.

    17. A BPA-free microwave egg cooker that'll help you whip up an egg-cellent snack or breakfast without having to wash a ton of dishes in the process.


    It's also dishwasher-, microwave-, fridge-, and freezer-safe.

    Promising review: "I was quite surprised by how easy it was to make myself a mini omelet in the microwave. Because of the consistent size, it sort of reminds me of the eggs from the fast-food joints, only these are real eggs. Clean-up is easy, which makes my wife happy since I usually dirty half the kitchen just to make one egg on the stove." —Jeff 🚑 & Jeff's Wife 💅

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. This silicone handle cover because it'll create a layer of protection between your hand and a hot pan handle without the bulk of an oven mitt.


    It's heat-resistant for up to 475 degrees and reviewers recommend only using it for pans on the stovetop, not in the oven.

    Promising review: "I keep this near the stove to use with my cast iron pans. They work great to allow me to hold the handle without fear of being burned or having to use a hot pad. You cannot keep them on the handle because they will start to heat up. So when frying an egg, for example, I have to slide it on and off every time I need to hold the pan to flip or remove the egg. This is not the fault of the product. Cast iron gets hot!!" —stradavarius

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49+ (available in three colors).

    19. A TubShroom that seems small but does a mighty fine job of catching any hair that may try to escape down the drain and clog your bathtub.

    Promising review: "I have a blue heeler who sheds like a wild beast. Before I had the TubShroom my bathtub would clog every time and I'd have to go buy draino. Now I don't have to worry about that at all. This thing really does stop all hair, I am so surprised at how awesome this inexpensive product is. I would highly recommend this product to all pet owners or you Bigfoot-type folk." —Amazon Customer

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

    20. These shower curtain holders because you're tired of how your shower curtain leaks water out of the bath area to the floor (aka, not doing the job it was made to do).


    Promising review: "I thought these would be silly, but they are great. I have a lot of trouble with leakage around my tub when I shower. I tried double liners and magnets but the curtain still blows enough to leak onto the floor and from there, through the ceiling of the dining room downstairs thanks to a large gap between the flooring and the wall. I was desperate, so I gave these a try. Problem solved. The liner stays tight against the tile and can be freed for cleaning." —D Polsky

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.99 (also available as a pack of eight).

    21. A pack of toothpaste squeezers with built-in stands so you can actually get the very last of your toothpaste without struggling to push it all out yourself.


    Promising review: "I bought this with having a low expectation because, in my experience, gadgets such as this tend not to perform as promised. I just wanted something to help stop my kids from making a mess and wasting toothpaste. When it was delivered, I was surprised it had enough weight at the base that it actually stood up to a brand new tube of toothpaste! It works flawlessly, both holding up the toothpaste tube, which now doesn't take up much room and also collecting every drop of paste. I'm now thinking of buying them as gifts to friends and family because it can be a minor life changer (definitely worth the money and you won't regret it)." —Skippyspot

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.79.

    22. This framing tool that'll help you measure, level, and mark while you hang photo frames and other pieces of decor around your home.


    Promising review: "I'm glad I waited to review this because at first I really didn't think I was impressed (it seemed a bit on the cheap side). But after using it on a project where I was installing hanging bracelets on a plank of wood, as well as hanging that same piece above a door in the main room, I couldn't be happier with this purchase. It made every part of the hanging process so easy! All the functions of the hanging device worked flawlessly and smoothly, and I will never hang anything without using this again. I will definitely be recommending this to friends and family — great product!" —rcr

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

    23. An easy grip jar opener so you can pretty much effortlessly remove stubborn bottle and jar caps without hurting your hand.


    Promising review: "I have severe hand/finger arthritis. I've tried several openers over the years. This one REALLY WORKS, even with a very low level of strength. My family is always willing to help but I like to be independent and with this I can open anything I want. It's very inexpensive and well worth trying. I've used it to open things as small as a bottle of nail polish to the largest item it fits. The way it works is unique and very easy to use." —George

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available as a pack of two).

    24. This nail polish holder that'll actually make it possible for you to apply a fresh coat or do a quick touch-up pretty much anywhere, even if you don't have a flat surface to place the nail polish bottle on.


    Promising review: "Love this little gizmo. I've used many inventions to hold my nail polish close and steady when I do my nails, but this is the best. It clamps snugly and comfortably onto the fingers and holds any shape bottle you fit into it (you can lift the petals to hold odd shapes). I plan to give these out as gifts too." —J. Huggins

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 16 colors).

    25. A jewelry cleaning stick to restore the shine to all your gems so you don't have to spend a ton of money (or time!) getting your jewelry professionally cleaned.

    Promising review: "This little pen brush is incredible! I wasn't sure if it would work well on my emerald engagement ring since it's mostly advertised for diamonds, but I thought I'd give it a try. I have been wearing the ring since getting engaged in October, and even though I had it cleaned at the jeweler's in April, it just didn't seem as bright as it was when it was new and I thought it would just always be a little cloudy. But after cleaning it once with the Dazzle Stik I was blown away by the difference — it looks as bright and sparkly as when I first got it! I'm so glad I didn't buy an ultrasonic cleaner since this is so much less expensive and easier and gentler — it took me less than a minute to clean and I can do it whenever I want! And it's honestly better than when the jeweler cleaned it. So thrilled!" —KFray

    Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

    26. These magnetic eyeglass holders that attach to your shirt and give you a safe place to keep your glasses when you're on the go — because we've all slipped our glasses into our back pockets only to accidentally sit on them.


    Promising review: "Not only is this item pretty on a shirt, blouse, or jacket but it also has very strong magnets that hold it in place no matter what. It is so easy to 'park' my glasses for safekeeping and the glasses are secure and will not let them slip even if you bend over. This is such a quality item and after the first one, I went back and bought several more — some to keep around the house and some to give as gifts." —Judi Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available with or without crystal embellishments).

    27. A bottle-emptying kit so you can feel like a total winner when you actually get the very last drop out of all your favorite condiments and lotions without having to bang the bottle against a wall.


    You just replace the original bottle cap with this!

    Promising review: "I will never fight with a pump bottle again. As soon as it gets difficult to pump anything out of any bottle, I will waste no time in 'flipping it.' I'm so glad someone created this. Upside-down bottles are such a small annoyance in life, but this simple solution really means a lot. 100% worth the price." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two stands and six size adapters from Amazon for $13.99.

    28. This fabric shaver because it'll help you revamp your old couch cushions so you can go another couple of years before you really have to replace them.

    It'll also work wonders on your favorite sweater!

    Promising review: "I have spent hours and hours trying to groom our sofas from millions of tiny lint balls they have acquired over four years. I hoped maybe this de-fuzzer might work...and WOW! This thing works like a lint mower! It's really easy to use (our five-year-old 'mowed' most of one sofa) and clean out. I'm really happy with the quality!" —Mrs.Harper

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ (available in seven colors and as a battery-operated or rechargeable device).

    29. A super cute silicone bear that actually softens hard, lumpy brown sugar so you won't have to run to the store at the last minute to buy more for the cookies you wanted to bake that night.


    Promising review: "OMG, soft brown sugar! I've heard of the product for years, shame on me for not buying one sooner. They work. Brown sugar in a glass canister, hard as a rock, can't chip it out, cutie brown sugar bear soaked for 20 minutes. A half-hour later, it's fully soft and usable." —Karsie

    BTW, if you have a big jar of brown sugar that needs softening, reviewers say it may take a day or two; but a smaller amount can be softened in less time, of course.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.61+ (also available as a pack of two).

    30. This drain clog remover because it easily snakes its way through your drain to remove any hair and gunk blocking up your sink or shower, all thanks to its textured edges.


    Promising review: "You will not regret buying these. They work SO well. I had constant draining issues in my shower and so I figured I would search 'hair drain' on Amazon. Lo and behold, there I was searching for tools to clean out my drain. I did not expect these drain snakes to work so well! They are made out of sturdy plastic and I was able to use it both on my shower AND my sink drains before being too grossed out and needing to throw it away." —Nhi

    Get three from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

    31. A dryer vent cleaning kit and brush that you can attach to a drill to remove any lint build-up and, thus, prevent a potential fire. Added bonus: Your clothes can actually dry faster when you remove that extra lint!

    This kit comes with 12 feet of rods to help you get the brush through the dryer vent.

    Promising review: "First, let me admit: I didn't think I needed this tool at all, but when the auto-dry function on our dryer started delivering me damp clothes on a regular basis, I reluctantly agreed to clean out the vent. It didn't look clogged from the outside and seemed to be blowing plenty of air there, so I was skeptical but ultimately disgusted to see all the gunk this tool pushed through. Whether you're paranoid about burning the house down, or you just have a dryer that isn't working so great anymore, you need to get the lint out of the duct!" —Lego Girl

    Get it on Amazon for $15.63.

    32. These laundry detergent caddies because they make dispensing liquid from super bulky, heavy detergent bottles way more convenient. Plus, they catch any excess dripping, which keeps your laundry area mess-free.


    Promising review: "This product works great! I am definitely glad I purchased it as it makes it easy to dispense laundry care products with one hand and catch spills. They do move occasionally when bumped as others have stated, but I do not think they are unreasonably loose nor do they fall off all the time. It makes it easy to remove and clean or switch detergent/softener containers. I am glad that I bought them as they have made our laundry space more organized and added convenience to an otherwise mundane chore!" —Sunshine_E

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.37 (also available as just a pack of one).

    33. A ceiling fan pull chain that you never think you need until you accidentally turn on the fan when you really meant to turn on the light, and vice versa.

    Promising review: "This is the definition of 'product you didn't know you needed because you didn't know it existed.' I was FOREVER pulling the wrong chain on our bedroom ceiling fan. (Want the light off? Oh the fan's on high. Need to change the fan speed? you're in the dark.) They're much better quality than I expected. They're actually quite heavy-duty pull chains, and they add a bit of fun to the decor." —LHD

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

    34. And this roller stamp because it'll black out any identifying information from old letters, bills, and receipts before you toss 'em. In other words, it's probably one of the simplest ways to protect yourself from identity theft.

    I just bought this because honestly, when I think about the fact that I'm gonna have to remove my package labels and rip them to smithereens, I don't even feel like ordering anything anymore! I know we've put these rollers in posts before, so I decided to order them for myself. The ink is pre-installed (yay) so all I did was remove the ink cover and rolled right over the label info I wanted to hide and BOOM, it was all covered up! My mom and I were pretty impressed and honestly, I didn't want to stop using it! I went through the house just looking for more things I could use this 'lil guy on. While it works amazingly well on most package labels and paper, it won't work on super glossy surfaces.

    Promising review: "I liked this product so much I bought another one as a gift. It works as promised, and you really cannot read what is underneath the stamp. Black permanent marker wasn't working very well and sometimes shredding takes too long. This is a great product." —Figs5

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three colors and with refill sets).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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