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    25 Useful Things For Anyone Who Wishes They Had A Personal Assistant

    These'll hold ya over 'til you can pay to have an extra set of hands.

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    1. A wearable nail polish holder to serve as an extra hand during at-home manis (that'll probably look like you stepped right out of a salon!).


    Promising review: "Ok this is definitely one of those things that is so simple and when you get it you say well why didn't I think of that? Super useful, fits my tall, thin bottles of gel polish great. I was concerned it wouldn't be snug enough for them because they are skinny but it still works wonderfully. Comfy on my fingers (ring size 9.5). Definitely recommended." β€”MandiC

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 19 colors).

    2. A grabber tool with a rotating grip to give you the *safe* height you need when a tall person isn't handy to grab things off the top shelf β€” and to do a ton of other things, like this:

    Amazon, Cherie of Green Bay /

    Promising review: "Every time we turn around we are finding a new use for our grip-and-grab. Originally purchased to get that lone sock out of the bottom of the we can add to the list that we took the Christmas light clips off the eaves, without any trouble." β€”Cherie of Green Bay

    Get it from Amazon for $16.91+ (available in three sizes).

    3. A weighted drink holder that'll grip onto your beverage while you're taking care of very important business, like watching pupper videos all day.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I have been using my drink holder for a few weeks and I can't say enough about this item. It's so convenient whether I have a hot coffee cup or a cold drink. I feel confident that my drink stays put and won't spill on my leather couch." β€”Susan

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.95 (available in four colors) or Amazon for $24.98 (available in five colors).

    4. Heatless foam rods for creating effortless waves, all while you complete other morning duties. Who needs a personal hairstylist anyway?!

    Marvelous Melissa /

    These can save your mornings so much time! Once you master them, they're easy to use and mean you don't have to spend 30 minutes in front of the mirror curling your hair. Read BuzzFeed's full write-up here.

    Promising review: "I really do enjoy these rollers. They are very easy to use and give great waves. Every time I use them I get great dimension β€” you basically can't go wrong!! I've decided they work best after a shower/blow-dry. I leave my hair barely damp β€” I mean 90% dry. I put the rollers in my hair and continue my morning routine (breakfast, kids, makeup). I take them out basically as I am walking out the door. Run a brush or fingers through and boom! I save SO much time and I actually look put together! I have young kids and I have not been able to find a morning hairstyle groove to keep me put together β€” I found it and love 'em! I think they are great and fun to use!" β€”Marvelous Melissa

    Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A tablet holder that'll free up your hands and allow you to properly eat nachos while you watch The Office for the 50th time.


    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    6. A motion-sensor trash can so you won't have to actually touch any part of the can like someone who does their own chores.


    The trash bin has a 13-gallon stainless-steel construction and is powered by four D-cell batteries. Get an eight-pack for $8.58.

    Promising review: "I've waited almost a year to write this review because I wanted to be sure this product was long-lasting. We have a tiny kitchen in our beach house and a tiny and weirdly shaped space for a trash can. I researched FOREVER (just ask my husband) and finally settled on this one. It fits perfectly in the space and has surpassed my expectations in every way. It's attractive and fits a TON of trash in a very discreet way. I love it." β€”S. Loud

    Get it from Amazon for $59.27 (available in six style/color options).

    7. A bagel guillotine for helping delish bread quickly and swiftly meet its untimely demise.


    I'm not the only one who learned about these from Sandy Cohen.

    Promising review: "I love this product. I originally bought it because I wanted to feel more like a Cohen (bagels and schmears were a staple in the Cohen family kitchen on the television show The O.C.). Pretty sure this is the exact model they used on the show. Anyway, it cuts my bagels very satisfactorily. Schmear on, my friends." β€”Christina

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in three colors).

    8. A windshield protector to peel off before you head out on wintery days, because who has the time to scrape off ice when it's freezing?!

    Amazon, Matt F. /

    Promising review: "This is the best windshield cover I ever bought, it stays put, non-sticky to the windshield, cover from snow, and easy to remove, love to use it before a snow storm. I am thinking of buying another one for my back windshield." β€”Catzzzz

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

    9. A low-key pet feeder that won't make your cat think you've also adopted a robot.


    The digital timer programs up to 12 meals a day with flexible meal portions from 1/8 cup up to 4 cups. It can hold up to 24 cups of dry food at a time, and the bowl holds up to five cups of food. It has both slow and immediate feed modes, and disassembles for easy cleaning with some dishwasher-safe parts.

    Promising review: "This thing is a freaking life changer! Hands down the best purchase I've made for my cat. I fit a whole bag of food in there and it lasts longer because I'm not overfeeding her. It's actually helped a lot with weight control and I'm not being woken up by her if I forgot to feed her. It's very easy to set up and change the settings, all you have to do is follow the instructions in the manual. I have already recommended this to all my friends with pets. This thing pays for itself by how much you save from not overfeeding, not to mention the completely hassle-free feeding now. I don't even have to think about feeding her besides dumping a new bag of cat food into the reservoir every few weeks. I can't praise this thing enough." β€”Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $109.95.

    10. A cloud-shaped magnetic key holder to make certain your days are free from the stressful, frantic, and all-too-common car key search.

    Makenah / / 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 β€” get some for $2.99.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    11. A pair of mopping slippers so when you actually have to get up and do something, you'll leave behind a clean wake.


    Promising review: "I have three pairs of these, and I love them. I swap them out as they get dirty, throw a pair in the wash, and pull out another. We have two dogs, one that tends to splatter water in the kitchen when he drinks, and I have to say, these are lifesavers. They do not replace mopping your floor, obviously, but they do help, and they are super comfortable, unlike some of the other similar cleaning slippers." β€”AZDogMama

    Get them from Amazon for $7.32 (available in four colors and three sizes).

    12. An adorable pot clip to hold up your cooking utensils while you're busy doing other things around the kitchen.


    It's made of silicone and stainless steel, and heat-resistant to 482Β°F (250Β°C).

    Promising review: "Simple yet brilliant is how to describe this little tool. Clips to any pot easily and securely and allows you to rest just about any kitchen utensil securely over the pot/dish. Drips simply end up back in the food and not on your counters. Silicone buttons protect against any scratching so this can be used safely be used on even the most expensive pots, worry-free." β€”KB

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    13. An under-cabinet lid opener that'll come in handy when nobody else is around to help you fight to open a jar.

    J. Jenkins /, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have tried a million different tools and gadgets for help in opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one person who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the 'V' closest to you and with it placed in the front, in the right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I have already placed an order for another one for a gift or my sister." β€”moorecats

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up here.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    14. An umbrella hat for keeping dry while you do other things, like walk your giant pack of dogs.


    Promising review: "This worked great for a photographer who does not have an assistant and needs to shoot in the rain. Very easy to use. It is full-sized and stays in place on the head. I would recommend this product to anyone who needs their hands free but need to stay dry. Why is anyone carrying an umbrella anymore??" β€”Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    15. A shoe cleaning kit you can rely on when unexpected rainy days (almost!) ruin your best kicks.

    Alex Turcios /, ACBro /

    The kit comes with a shoe cleaner, nylon brush, and microfiber cloth!

    Promising review: "Very impressed!! I bought this cleaner to test out. I had just returned another one because it did not work at all. This cleaner blew the other out of the water. I would recommend this shoe cleaner to anyone. I cleaned half of this flip-flop with to give you an idea of how impressive it is. I didn't even remember that a piece of the strap was actually a lighter shade! It's quite obvious how impressive the product is! Totally worth it! I want to clean all of my shoes! :)" β€”ACBro

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    16. An Echo Dot β€” basically the next best thing to having a walking, talking human outsource essential but time-consuming tasks like placing a pizza order, queuing up a Spotify playlist, or calling an Uber, among other things.


    Promising review: "I originally got the Echo Dot for my office, but we've found it to be so useful that it gets moved around the house as needed. Alexa is hands-down my favorite assistant. We are planning to get additional Echo devices to place in specific rooms so we don't have to keep moving the one around. I like the Dot specifically because it is smaller, cheaper, than the original Echo and is easy to connect to a wired speaker and of course it can be paired with a Bluetooth speaker. When in the office I have it connected to a wired speaker and when it is in the living room or kitchen area I have it connect to a Bluetooth speaker that provides the best audio quality for listening to music. Would definitely recommend and I will be buying more!" β€”R. Farrer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A flexible task light to hang in there when you're fixing a leaky pipe, popping the hood of your car, or doing any other task that needs an extra hand with a flashlight.

    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.99, or something similar from Amazon for $13.97.

    18. An automatic pan stirrer you and your arms will be thankful for when a recipe calls for continuous stirring.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    19. A selfie stick with an attachable tripod and Bluetooth remote that'll capture Insta-worthy pics of you so you don't have to ask total strangers to take a photo β€” which always ends up being a blurry mess anyway.

    Amazon, Amazon Customer /

    The stick can extend 7.9 inches to 26.6 inches, and comes with a Bluetooth remote and attachable tripod. It's compatible with most Android and iPhones (iPhone X/iPhone 8/8 Plus/iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus/Galaxy S9/S9 Plus/Note 8/S8/S8).

    Promising review: "Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Actually the best selfie stick I've ever put my paws on. I love a good selfie (let's be real) and this contraption makes it quality easy. The dual feature with stick and tripod in one is magical β€” pair it with the Bluetooth remote (that TUCKS INTO THE STICK?! You'll never lose it!) and you've got one hell of a selfie tool. The remote charges up super quickly and is easy to pair/use. The gunmetal coloring on the extension portion is a great bonus. Super sleek and profesh-looking (because duh, ain't nothing more professional than a selfie stick!). 10/10, highly recommend. Go get your selfie on!" β€”kathryn durkin

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two colors).

    20. A pre-planned grocery list because even though you don't have someone to do shopping for you, you can at least be super prepared and efficient β€” and therefore less stressed.


    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    21. A multipurpose food dicer with removable blades that makes chopping tons of fruits and veggies easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    harish /, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using the regular onion chopper and I always break them. I found that the design for this new chopper concentrates weight and pressure to prevent cracking. It looks stronger and I like that it has different types of knives. Personally, I can not live without a chopper because I love preparing ceviche and I refuse to spend hours cutting vegetables. Yesterday I even cut an apple and my daughter was happy to eat it (usually it takes a lot to make her eat fruits). My rating is 5 stars." β€”e. baron

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    22. A back shaver for lending some serious reach when a loved one can't.


    Promising review: "Not one for leaving reviews, but this item is completely awesome. I no longer have to wait for assistance to complete the task of shaving my back. Would recommend to anyone who is tired of asking for a hand." β€”Rolando Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    23. A digital food scale with a super useful conversion chart right on the base. No more Googling how many tablespoons are in a cup; it's right in front of you!


    The scale can measure in grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters, and fluid ounces. See BuzzFeed's full write-up of this scale.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.

    24. A life-changing robot vacuum to do daily cleanings of your floors so you have one less thing to worry about.


    Promising review: "My DeBo is such a good boy!! I love him! I've had experience with several generations of Roomba, and I wouldn't trade DeBo for any of them. He's quieter, smarter, and seems to clean much more efficiently. He has never failed to find his charging station, and he cleans on schedule (I've only used the remote, not the app to schedule him). The first time I ran him he went for two solid hours on a full charge. All in all, he is AWESOME!" β€”Beverly Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $195.99.

    25. And an Instant Pot for making eating at home on a budget a total snap with its ability to tackle nearly any recipe.


    This appliance is about to change your dang life. It does the job of a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sautΓ©, yogurt maker, and warmer. See BuzzFeed's glowing review of the Instant Pot.

    Promising review: "I am in love with all the things this pot does for me!!! I bought the extra inner pot so I never have a reason to eat out. Cooking with this pressure cooker is so EASY! Love it love it love it! I steam an egg for one minute in the morning. No mess. Drink the yolk and scoop out the cooked white. I let the pressure release by itself if I want the egg yolk to solidify. I steam yams for 10 minutes and just leave them on warm. Softest, yummiest natural dessert ever! Gizzards ready in 10 minutes. Frozen chicken gets tossed on the steamer and ready in 12 minutes!! It's so easy to eat healthy again!! Thank you Instant Pot for this product. Two friends already bought this pot after hearing all the fun I have been having with it! ZERO buyers remorse. I can't see why anyone would regret buying this little kitchen assistant!" β€”OK Forever In LA

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

    One day we'll have a personal day.


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