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    28 Practical, Life-Improving Products That'll Also Make You Laugh

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    1. A whimsical bed-shaped sponge holder for your trusty sponge to take a snooze while draining and to remind you to actually take that gross, germy thing out of the basin of your sink.

    white bed shaped sponge holder with reviewer's sponge resting on it like a mattress

    Promising review: "The moment I opened the package and saw my new sponge resting peacefully upon its little sponge bed, my heart fluttered. I had no idea a sponge could look so cute and vulnerable while simultaneously giving off such a proprietary air of strength and dominance. This bed raises the sponge to a new level. Literally. It equips even the most basic sponges with adorability and humor, but more than that, the bed represents a crowning of heightened status in the kitchen. To current sponges, it’s an achievement and a privilege. To future sponges, it’s an aspiration, a goal to look forward to. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I think in some way this bed is a gesture of my respect and’s like saying, 'Hey, I see you. You do good work.' and I think that’s beautiful." —Alissa

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    2. Game-changing ceiling fan pulls, because apparently I'm not the only one who cannot for the life of me remember which cord controls the light and which controls the fan. Honestly, why don't they make all ceiling fans with these?!?

    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 a much better quality than I expected. They're actually quite heavy-duty pull chains, and they add a bit of fun to the decor (when you notice them — most of the time, who even thinks about a ceiling fan pull chain?). As an added bonus, my infant daughter loves staring at them while I change her diaper or jammies. I tap them to make the chains swing, and it's instant fascination, which helps make my job easier!" —LHD

    Get them from Amazon for $6.59.

    3. A wonderfully whimsical monster colander, which must have been designed by a comedic genius. I'd like to take a look inside that person's ~noodle~.

    the yellow colander with handles that look like monster eye stalks

    Promising review: "My wife received this as a Christmas gift from me, 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 is 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?" —Gentleman Rook

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    4. The Cat Dancer, a super-simple wire toy that's the under-$3 way to keep your cat entertained and get them to perform the most hilarious antics of their nine lives.,

    Honestly, I could spend all day LOLing at the review photos.

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I've never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    5. Or an endlessly amusing robot cat toy that'll automatically turn on for 10 minutes every hour an a half to keep kitties busy even when their human's not around — and to keep them from going on their usual afternoon rampage of destruction.

    A cat biting at the feather attachment on the antenna sticking up from the two light-up wheels

    The LED wheels light up different colors and the USB-rechargable bot can rotate a full 360 degrees. Plus it comes with ball, feather, and ring attachments for the antenna so they can mix it up.

    Promising review: "WORTH EVERY PENNY! My little kitten is very, very rambunctious. Loves to play! Loves to bite (agh)! Loves to hunt and pounce! But I can’t always drop everything to play and feel bad when I’m busy or have to work. This lil’ gem keeps her entertained! Cats need the 'hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, sleep' cycle and I want to do what I can to make sure that I’m supporting this. She was a little hesitant at first but now she chases that thing like her life depends on it! She grabs it, chews on it, tries to beat it into submission, and generally just tries to catch it. The lights on the side come on when it 'wakes up.' And then it gives her a chase for about 15 minutes before going into sleep mode. My favorite thing is that it doesn’t need batteries but is USB charged. AND it comes with three attachments. Seriously buy this. It will saved me...and Christmas tree this year. LOL!" —Kiki

    Get it from Amazon for $34.90.

    6. A pretty little pastel cup featuring a sweet animal friend who can't wait to surprise you when you finish your beverage and is sure to make you giggle on the daily.


    It's dishwasher safe, too!

    Promising review: "This is possibly my GF's favorite thing I've ever bought for her. Every morning she laughs about the little panda in her cup. SO CUTE." —KevinS

    Get it from Amazon for $8.82+ (available in six animals).

    7. An honest doormat to give your guests a *subtle* hint. And to control their expectations — no, we will not be starting a movie at 8:45, nor will we be heading out for post-dinner drinks.

    brown doormat with "welcome please leave by 9" on it in black letters

    This San Diego-based shop makes all sorts of fun doormats.

    Promising review: "Obsessed is an understatement. Such great quality!" —Aly Charles

    Get it from BoldBearFarmhouse on Etsy for $69.99+ (available in two sizes and two materials.

    8. An absolutely inspired car dipping sauce holder that'll clip to your vents and make your drive-thru meal an even more wonderful experience. You'll pity your fellow fast food patrons who are still spilling BBQ all over their seats or balancing ranch precariously on their center console. Who's laughing now?

    A reviewer dipping a chicken tender into a sauce cup stored in the red holder clipped to a car air vent

    It's designed to be able to hold different sizes of sauce containers depending on whether you position them horizontally or vertically, and it even comes with a removable tray you can squeeze sauce packets into.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Who ever invented this knows my love language!" —Quintana

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.90 (available in three colors).

    9. A clever sheep toilet paper organizer so you'll always have extra TP handy without it being an eyesore on the baaaaaack of the toilet or baaaaaathroom shelf.

    A metal sculpture of a sheep's body about two feet high. It has indents that allow you to fill it with toilet paper to form the sheep's "fluff"

    It holds seven to eight rolls and can stand on its own or be mounted on a wall.

    Promising review: "This adorable toilet paper holder is sturdy and you always know when you need to restock — after all, who wants to run out of toilet paper? Too cute not to have!!!" —Judith O. Neff

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    10. And an absolutely out-of-this-world lightsaber toilet paper holder that'll finally ~force~ your lazy housemates to change the roll. I mean, if getting to wield a lightsaber isn't motivation to do it, I don't know what is.

    roll of toilet paper on red lightsaber holder

    This Atlanta-based small business stocks so many super creative (and geeky!) 3D-printed home goods!

    Promising review: "My wife and daughter think I went overboard, but it's great!" —James

    Get it from Inceptualize3D on Etsy for $44 (available in two colors or message the seller for a custom color).

    11. Elizavecca Milky Piggy carbonated bubble clay mask, a top-rated, blackhead-banishing, and just plain F-U-N mask that starts to bubble once you apply it. Even without the skin benefits, it'd be worth it for the selfies.

    A set of nine reviewer selfies in the mask, showing how it goes from flat to super bubbly and fun

    It has over 4,000 (!!!!) positive reviews and comes with an application spatula.

    Promising review: "Wow! I purchased this on a whim after seeing one of my favorite Youtubers try it out. I didn't expect a lot from it. I tried it out and was shocked!!! The mask was simple (and fun) to use. I wasn't sure I felt a lot happening while it was on, but it was pretty cool how the bubbles started to grow off of my face. Upon inspection after using this mask I was completely amazed. My face felt cleaner than it has in a very long time AND my pores looked amazing! I don't remember a time when I felt like my pores looked great before using this mask. I would highly recommend this mask to anyone. It's also so much cheaper than the GlamGlow ones I have been using (and didn't see near these results from)." —K. Textor

    Get it from Amazon for $10.64.

    12. An OMG-worthy pet bed that Fluffy will love chillaxing in — and you'll love getting a zillion Instagram likes on a pic of them doing so. Yup, sounds pretty a-peel-ing.,

    Though most of the pictures feature kitties, some reviewers also use it for bunnies and small pups!

    Promising review: "If you want to laugh for hours on end, purchase this banana bed and watch your kitties sleep in it, play with it, and attack each other to gain entry! The best moment so far was when one cat was in the bed with the banana 'peel' down, and the other cat wanted to get in so he proceeded to fish for the other kitty in the banana bed and dislodge him. Very cute cat bed and toy." —Pamela J. Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three sizes).

    13. Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence, because how would it not improve your life to know whether salamanders toot?? You'll be a big hit at parties.

    the book cover
    Hatchette Books

    Promising review: "As the mother of boys who are always interested in farts and find them the funniest things ever, I knew I had to read this book and I’m so glad I did! I learned a lot and had some laughs along the way too. The authors have researched all kinds of animals from birds to roly-polys to camels. It briefly describes the digestive systems of each of these creatures and adds some humor to it as well. Most animals, it appears, fart, but some do not. While having a chuckle here and there, I was amazed at the enormous amount of information that I absorbed along the way. I think this is a delightful book for young children on up to adults. You never stop learning and you never stop laughing." —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $9.99+ or from Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $14.72 (originally $16).

    14. A pack of cheerful and colorful Scrub Daddy sponges that combine whimsy and practicality better than pretty much any product out there. They're ingeniously designed to be odor-resistant and scratch free, with eye holes that make an easy grip and a mouth for scrubbing both sides of silverware at once.

    The smiley face shaped sponges in yellow, orange, green, and blue

    Forgive me for saying this, but yes, Daddy. This multicolor pack even allows you to color code which sponges you use for which areas of your home! Check out BuzzFeed's full Scrub Daddy write-up.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love Scrub Daddy sponges, and I haven't bought another sponge since I discovered the company after watching Shark Tank. I know the mouth is supposed to be great for spoons, but I honestly don't even use it that way. This sponge just cleans everything: my granite counters, my stainless steel sink, my wooden dining table, dishes, etc. NOTHING is damaged, and the best part of these sponges is that they don't stink like a dumpster after a week of use. Not only do they do their job, but you're actually saving money in the long run from not having to buy sponges all the time. Whenever one does start to smell a bit, I just throw it on the rack in the dishwasher and run it through a cycle, and it lasts another two weeks or so." —Peaceful Pines

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.99 (or $14.24 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    15. A LOL-worthy screaming goat figure who lets out a little shriek when you press him, making him a very big mood. He's perfect to help you release your own stress as well as impress your friends.

    The goat standing on a stump figurine, its packaging, and the mini booklet

    He also comes with a little book of equally delightful goat facts.

    Promising review: "This is one of those things you don't know you need in your life until you see it. Yes, it may have been a late night, altered state kind of purchase that surprised me a bit when it showed up, but it's one of the best things that's ever happened to me. For just a few dollars, you too can receive an informational mini-book full of goat facts to awe and impress your friends as well as a miniature screaming goat. If you're a fan of the screaming goat videos on YouTube, this will be right up your alley. It sounds best when set on a hard surface like a table or desk, so the sound can echo. It's just loud enough for coworkers to ask 'did y'all just hear a screaming goat?' Yes. Yes you did, Phil. If you've read this far, it's been decided: you need this. This will be there for you longer than that dumb T-shirt you're considering. This screaming goat will complete you. Better get one for your best friend too, while you're at it." —echobunny

    Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

    16. Hilarious yet practical pop-up fire hydrant pee pads that'll not only look way less unsightly around your house than plain ones, but also be easier for your pup to find (and aim at). Pee-ure genius.

    Small dog sitting on square pad with red fire hydrant

    Promising review: "Best pads I've used. Hydrant is a floor-saver! The little fire hydrant pops up automatically when you unfold the pad, and it has a contrasting color that allows them to see it (while looking really cute). It's perfect size for a small dog to aim at, it's absorbent so it doesn't splash, and it's small enough that girl dogs can share the pad without it getting in the way. I have two toy poodles, one boy and one girl. They boy would never make it onto the pad (and nearly ruined my floor) because he didn't have anything to aim at. So I ended up creating my own hydrants out of cans wrapped in potty pads. They worked but it was a pain to create a new one each time I put out a new pad. This is so much better! I'm in love with these. Best of all, these are hands-down some of the best quality potty pads I've ever used. Liquid becomes a gel almost instantly so they don't track wet footprints on the floor, and they absorb the smell." —A. Platter

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $14.95.

    17. A waterproof notepad for recording all of your vitally important shower thoughts, because don't you sometimes wonder how different your life would be if you had remembered that million dollar idea that came to you during a 6:52 a.m. shower in the fall of 2017? Or even what you realized was missing from your grocery list this morning?

    A hand writing on the notepad suction cupped to the shower wall

    You can use it with any regular pencil, but it includes one that says "No more great ideas down the drain!"

    Promising review: "I purchased this product for myself because I was always thinking of things I needed to do while in the shower, but would forget to do them once I got out. This works for that situation. It's also nice to leave love notes for my husband when he takes showers after me." —Cheryl Bass

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75.

    18. Super cute and realistic animal slippers, which come in pretty much any creature you can imagine. They'll warm your heart, but also seriously warm your tootsies., Amazon

    They've got over 1,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "These slippers are amazing! I live in the basement with hard floors (tile, wood, anything but carpet), and the floor is super cold. It's like living on an iceberg, and no matter how many layers of socks I wore, my feet were still cold. I have a condition called Raynaud's where my hands and feet have trouble staying warm and turn blue and purple because there isn't enough blood flow to keep them warm, so I practically always have cold feet, and they often go completely numb from being so cold. I put these slippers on, and within about two minutes, my feet were warm. The feeling came back into them, and I could not feel the cold floor at all. For practically the first time ever, I'm going through winter with warm feet! These slippers are incredibly comfortable, fit my feet exactly, and they are completely adorable to boot! I loved these so much that my mom and sister got some as well! My mom got sheep, and my sister got penguins. All of us love these miracle slippers. I HIGHLY recommend them! They are the best slippers I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot." —Random chick

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in six sizes and in 48 animals).

    19. An absolutely iconic Schitt spray that's the mash-up of pop culture and practical product you never knew you needed. Ew, David, I bet you thought stinking up the bathroom was just an inevitable part of life. Nope — just spritz this oil blend onto the toilet before you go to mask whatever damage you're about to do (especially if you're Roland using the loo in the Rose's motel room).

    the large and small spray bottles with labels that read "Schitt Spray, Ew, David" with David Rose's face on them

    *Extremely PopTV lady voice*: A ~poop~ original series.

    It's from a Boston-based small business!

    Promising review: "Love this spray!!! It works great and the scent is lovely. The small travel size is perfect for my purse!" —Nancy

    Get a full-size bottle and a travel size from SEssentialsBoutique on Etsy for $16.50.

    20. A seemingly silly but actually genius burger holder to change the way you eat your fave fast food forever. No more spilling on your shirt, losing precious toppings out the back of the bun, or having to strategically calculate which bites to take for minimum mess. It's great for when you're on the go without real plates available, too.


    It's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I have neuropathy and everything I pick up to eat turns into a squashed mess, so as soon as I saw this I ordered it. First hamburger I've eaten without it turning into a mess in years. I loaded up the burger with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and mayo, and every bite was delicious!! I LOVE IT!!!!!" —Paul Roup

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    21. A hilarious and accurate matching mug and bowl set for you and your pooch that'll not only make your guests LOL, but give you the matching mommy-and-me bonding moment you've been deprived of because your dog *refuses* to wear little dog clothes.

    white mug with a speech bubble that says "I'm a dog person" and white bowl with bubble that says "I'm a people dog"

    Get it from ModCloth for $29.99 (originally $35).

    22. A positively precious set of baking tool-themed eye makeup brushes (complete with an apron-shaped holder...squee!) reviewers say are basically as good at blending as actual spoons and whisks.

    Beauty Bakerie

    Beauty Bakerie is a cruelty-free, Black woman-owned beauty brand entirely devoted to *adorable* sweets-themed makeup goodies.

    Promising review: "These brushes are awesome! Each one does the job it's supposed to do very well. They pick up pigment nicely and the eyeshadow brush is GREAT for blending. Super happy with this set!" —Anndrekiá M.

    Get five brushes and a holder from Beauty Bakerie for $30.

    23. A funny but helpful pair of Boot Bananas that'll use a combo of plant extracts, activated charcoal, minerals, and salts to deodorize even the stinkiest of shoes. And the coolest part? Just like a real banana, they'll brown over time as they soak up more and more nastiness, so you'll know when you need to purchase a new pair.

    the boot bananas in a pair of sneakers

    Still, one set can last 6–12 months!

    Promising review: "What's not to love about a banana that unstinks your shoes?! Read about these online and decided to try them for myself and my wife. We mostly use them for our climbing shoes, and yes they do work. Leave them in overnight and your shoes will be MUCH less stinky, if not completely stink-free. I can even see leaving them in the closet overnight to air it out a bit. I love the fact too that when they are at the end of their life, they will turn brown just like a rotten banana. Genius!" —B-Jamz

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    24. A low-key ingenious split bedding set designed specifically for couples who can never seem to agree on blanket ratio. No more freezing because babe keeps hogging the comforter or sweating because they *insist* on using all the covers even in the middle of the summer.

    models in bed under the gray blanket split almost all the way down the middle but attached at the bottom
    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $85+ (available as just the blanket or a blanket and sheets set and in two colors).

    25. The Pooch Selfie, a handy little device that holds a squeaky ball above your phone, and will turn even the most easily distracted pups into magnificent models. Yes, really.


    It fits on most smartphones and comes with a detachable squeaky ball. Reviewers do note that the ball is not as durable as a regular dog toy, so it's best to just keep it for photo purposes!

    Promising review: "It’s so hard to get our pooch to stay still for a photo — not anymore! I saw this on Shark Tank. Genius! Now if we could just have something for the cat. 😹" —Sarah-stillloading-Ledbetter

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A set of mini "chill pill" soaps in a spiced apple cider scent to make your get-clean routine all the more relaxing.

    red, orange, and yellow pill-shaped soaps that read "chill pill 200 mg"
    Smartass & Sass

    Get 20% off your first order from Smartass & Sass with our exclusive promo code BUZZFEED!

    Get a set of three from Smartass & Sass for $4.

    27. A cruelty-free, quick-drying contour palette in absolutely precious packaging that'll make you smile every time you do your makeup. *Note* to self: never settle for basic compacts ever again.

    The Crayon Case

    It's from The Crayon Case, a super cool and affordable Black woman-owned makeup brand that whimsically designs all of its products like school supplies and specifically strives to make makeup accessible for beauty beginners (hence the handy chart inside showing you how to use the contour and highlight!).

    Get it from The Crayon Case for $18.

    28. And a ridiculously adorable astronaut potato LED desk lamp to light up your life both literally and figuratively.

    the small light shaped like a potato dressed in an astronaut suit, with a face and little arms and legs

    Promising review: "I’m gonna be honest. Originally bought this for my niece. Once I opened the box, Tayto looked at me and I knew we could never be parted. I bought another one for my niece but my daughter-in-law took one look at it and, well, they had an instant connection as well. 😍🥰 Ordered another for my niece...." —Renee F.

    Get it from Smoko for $22.

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