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    A picture hanging tool to hang frames evenly? This world can be yours...

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    1. A picture-hanging tool to take all the stress out of hanging a gallery wall (or even just one shelf or frame). It's basically a tape measure with a built-in level, and two slidey points designed for effortlessly marking the precise spots where you need to hammer your nails. Actually level frames??? It's possible, my friend.

    Six photos showing the progression of using the tool to easily hang frames evenly

    Ooooohhh, the amount of times I have a hung up a picture just to take a step back and realize it is very crooked; it's too many to count.

    Promising review: "While hanging shelves and frames and other wall decorations shouldn't be rocket science, I make things more complicated than they should be. Leveling is where I normally falter. With the Hang-O-Matic it becomes an exact science! It's so simple to use! I've hung over 10 items on our walls this past weekend and it was a breeze with this tool. Just measure, put the tape to the wall where you want it, ensure your tape is level, and then push the marker pins in to know where you need to put in your anchors/hooks. When you're doing it solo, this tool is absolutely priceless!" —Shameel Kumar

    Get it on Amazon for $14.58.

    2. A moisture meter for us no-matter-how-hard-we-try-our-plants-die people that you place deep down into the soil to get a reading of how much water your plant is receiving, so you can adjust your watering frequency accordingly!

    A reviewer's plant with the meter inside, showing it is slightly over watered

    Promising review: "This item is great. I can check how wet my plants are down where the roots are. So no more over watering! It is very accurate. This works great!!" —Terri Carlson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    3. A bagel slicer that'll give you that perfect, bagel shop cut, creating a perfect surface for your elaborate cream cheese spread.

    person holding clean-cut bagel after using bagel slicer to evenly slice it

    Promising review: "This is such a fun slicer! It goes through the middle of the bagel perfectly and little to no effort, however you sometimes do have to make sure you haven't put it in the holder somewhat wonky. It cuts like a breeze, is easy to clean, too. I have gone straight through two packages of Costco raisin cinnamon and plain bagels without having to stop and clean 'til I was done. Great little unit and very well made!" —Mstv01

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in 12 colors).

    4. Or! A rapid food slicer because it's this, or individually cutting each cherry tomato, ultimately increasing the likelihood you get juice sent straight to the eyeball. This is just so much more efficient!

    Promising review: "The Rapid Slicer is a fantastic addition to any cooks kitchen! It is an extremely high quality product that makes cutting so much faster. I really dislike making salad because of all the chopping. Now it is a breeze using the Rapid Slicer. I’m an economy Mom who will purchase meat in larger packages to save money. I use the Rapid Slicer to cut large chicken breasts, pork chops, etc. to make portion size cuts of meat. I don’t have a steady hand so my portion sizes used to be all over the place and now they are all even. I would recommend this product for all of the reasons." —Amazon reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    5. A Glossier Brow Flick pen — aka your new favorite way to fill in your brows with total ease. Just flick, flick, flick and your feathery, natural look is D-O-N-E.


    Promising review: "I’ve been using brow pens rather than pencils/wax-based products for a couple of years now. My eyebrows naturally have a couple of patchy spots so I knew I needed a brow product. But unlike other brow products, pens aren’t hard in my brow hairs during application and don’t seem to clog up my pores as much. This brow pen is the most waterproof of the ones I’ve tried by far. I work out a lot and this did not bleed or fade at all when I sweat. Highly recommend if you’re into this type of brow product!" —Molly

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

    6. A peel-off barrier nail polish so you can erase all your mani missteps and end up with a salon-quality polish job.

    Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. Then, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and pretend it never happened! I won't tell.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It would've saved me so much money on manicures. I'm horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I've always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It's a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it's great." —Brittany N.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A squatty potty that'll adjust your position and relax the right muscles so you can pass poo comfortably. Life gets busy, you do(do) not need to deal with bloating and constipation on top of it.

    Squatty Potty at the base of a toilet

    It has 19,300+ positive reviews and a 4.5-star rating.

    Promising review: "I've struggled with the #2 for the last couple years. I've gone from Defecating Toxic Avenger to 'Dear GOD! I feel like I'm passing the Twin King Guardian Statues'. It's been a sphincter nightmare. No matter what I tried: prunes, more water, high fiber, Taco Bell, even White Castle — nothing was working. Usually, in a three-week interval, I'd get very sick and spend three to four hours going to the bathroom nine or ten times. After my sphincter would be tender and I'm damn near positive if this had gone on, it would be the end of me. Then I saw this. Decided to go ahead and plunk down the $25. By day two of using it I started to feel better and my cramps were gone. I swear to god, when I go on my next road trip, I'm taking the damn thing with me, and IDGAF if my friends laugh at me. This damn thing may have saved my health and possibly my life." —DJ_Malsidious

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Learn more in our full write up: I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same

    8. "The Cut Buddy" — your foolproof way to get clean, precise grooming lines that are totally barber-worthy. Save yourself an expensive trip to the salon and use your newfound time to get some relaxin' in.


    Promising review: "This thing is amazing. Holds well in the hand, has many different outline sides, and the chalk pencil it comes with does a good job of helping me keep my line when I shave with a straight razor. I have tried other beard templates but they were too big, left outlines that looked subpar, and didn't have a barber pencil. This is worth every penny." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    9. Minimalist labels for an easy way to quickly identify your ingredients and revamp your pantry.

    simple label on jar that says "brown rice, no. 33 | grain"
    Real and Vibrant / Etsy

    Real and Vibrant is a woman-owned business that was started after creator Sapana was looking for an effective way to organize her pantry. She's a food blogger, too, so if you're looking for some yummy foods, check out her recipe website!

    Promising review: "Absolutely obsessed with how organized my kitchen looks with these effortless and minimal stickers for my jars. I’m tempted to buy each and every sticker! If I ever need to change out my jars, I will definitely be reordering these stickers." —Emily Nguyen

    Get a set of 20 from Real and Vibrant on Etsy for $8+ (available in larger sets, customizable options, and in a spice set).

    10. A sushi kit that'll assist you in making easy (easy being the key word here) delicious rolls right at home. Oh, just think of the money you'll save.,

    The kit includes rice frame, paddle, rolling mat, and cutter.

    Promising review: "Made sushi for the first time last night and it was awesome!!! This thing is so easy!! I was able to make rolls with rice on the outside with no problem, just added a little water to the roll mat and voila! My guests and husband were all amazed!" —Beach Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    11. A handy tool so you can ditch the struggle that is fake eyelash application. It holds the falsies in place so adding glue is easy, and actually attaching them to your lash line is even easier. Thank the heavens, honestly.

    reviewer image of clamps holding fake eyelashes

    Promising review: "Very easy to use and affordable. I was able to put on my lashes in no time. I can't believe I use to apply my lashes without this amazing tool. I place my lashes directly in the center and adjust the ends. My lashes go on in 1min it less with this tool." —CITY Beauty

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98 (available in three colors).

    12. Canva — a design platform that'll guide you in creating stunning presentations, social media graphics, menus, invitations, and *so* much more with its already designed templates.

    Mood board designed on  Canva with a beach theme and color palette

    With Canva, you have everything you need to create incredible custom graphics whether its for your small business, project, social media, blog, or just for fun. Edit photos, create your own layouts, design logos, generate your very own color palette, and the list goes on. Be sure to check out the entire Canva site to see all of the neat things you can create.

    Get a subscription for Canva starting at $9.95/month (available in a 30 day free trial).

    13. Clever adjustable plastic bag holders that, you guessed it, props bags up to make meal prepping and cooking beyond simple. Use these to get your week's worth of meals packaged, or to even hold up things like flour bags to make scooping hassle free.,

    Promising review: "Many of the flours and similar products I use come in plastic bags (see photo showing Bob’s Red Mill rice flour and Schar bread crumbs). The bags are frequently unstable if you try to stand them up. These cleverly designed stands make it much easier to scoop out whatever is needed without spilling. I was surprised and pleased by how sturdy and adjustable they are." —Skyhawk

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    14. A hand lettering kit with all the things you need to get started on your calligraphy journey. Is 2021 the year you start sending snail mail with flawless penmanship? Yes, yes it is.

    person using tracing paper to trace calligraphy letters
    Handlettering by Bethany / Etsy

    Kit includes brush pens, papers, workbook tutorial, and practice pages.

    And if you love shopping small, be sure to check out Handlettering by Bethany's Esty shop. This woman-owned business offers kits, stickers, shirts, and more.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing kit to begin your journey into the wonderful world of lettering. The kit had everything you need to get started. The direction, artwork, and set up is beyond perfect! I highly recommend this for a gift for someone who is interested in starting or for yourself (as my purchase was). Bethany is amazing and wonderful to interact with! I would give this more stars if possible!" —Bay Billups

    Get it from Handlettering by Bethany on Etsy for $55.99.

    15. A sous vide precision cooker so you can get perfectly done meats, veggies, and even cheesecake every single time. No guess work, no stress, just perfection on the first try. What is better than that?!,

    Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh I love this thing. I cook tons of stuff with this since I have discovered sous vide. I’ve taken it to friends houses for events or dinners to show them how it works and everyone is always amazed at how juicy and delicious everything is. I consider myself a great cook and this is just another tool in the arsenal. There have been a few occasions where I've not been paying attention and accidentally overcooked my steaks on the grill (alcohol may have been involved) but I’m telling you this thing makes cooking a perfect steak absolutely impossible to mess up. I won’t cook one any other way than this. It is perfection every time." —Sean

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    16. A double-sided eyeliner stamp that — are you ready for this — creates the perfect wing in mere minutes. Oof, these are not even close to being even, is a sentence you will never hear yourself say again.


    One side is the actual stamp, while the other end is a fine-point pen perfect for touchups.

    Promising review: "I do winged eyeliner pretty much every morning before work, and it's always the most time consuming part of my makeup routine. The first time I used this product, it took me about a minute, no joke, to put on my eyeliner. I would highly recommend this product. It doesn't smudge, but it also isn't hard to get off when you're ready to remove your makeup. Very pleased. Will be ordering again once my current supply runs out!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    17. And a pack of shadow shields because who has the time or energy to deal with eyeshadow fallout? Answer: Nobody. These can *also* act as a stencil for creating sharp wings, and we stan a multipurpose product, yes we do.

    progression photos of model using shadow shields, applying eyeshadow, and removing them for defined lines and no fallout

    Promising review: "I LOVE these! I've shared them with my friends and everyone has come to me with positive feedback. They are perfect for either protecting your cheeks/face from eyeshadow fallout and offer a great 'stencil' if you are looking to create a sharp cat eye with eyeliner or eye shadow. I was also surprised at how many pieces you get for the price. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase." —HMS Hoglund

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $6.64.

    18. A shoe whitener that'll give your white kicks a better clean than the washer ever could. Dab, dab, dab this stuff on and your sneakers will look like they came straight outta the box.

    reviewer photo showing one shoe without the whitener and one with it applied with drastic results

    Promising review: "This product works miracles. As you can see, my poor Vans became dirty, so I cleaned them and made the intelligent decision to use peroxide and put them in the sun to dry. Even with the yellowing and deep stains, this product brought them back to their bright dazzling glory and it looks decently brand new. Love it!!!! Also, this is sort of like a paint rather than an actual cleaner, so always make sure you clean your shoes then apply it." —Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    19. Black Girl Magic Box — a subscription service that sends you 7-10 self care goodies bimonthly. A box that practically forces you to take some time to pamper yourself? Sign up, now!

    Black Girl Magic Box

    Each month you'll be sent lovely products meant to "stimulate the mind, body and soul." And because most of the items are from Black- and minority-owned businesses, you'll be able to find new shops to support and love!

    Get a box from Black Girl Magic Box starting at $54.95 (available in other monthly plans).

    20. A 3-in-1 avocado tool for splitting, pitting, and slicing with total ease. Avocado! On! Everything!

    "The avocado tool from OXO. I was always so afraid I was going to slip and slice my hand trying to get the pit out, but this tools makes it so easy! The top part is a knife to cut the avocado and the bottom helps to scoop out the avocado into nice slices. Even my mom who is totally against kitchen gadgets with only one purpose loves this tool!" —kg73

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A delightful AeroGarden so you can finally grow your very own fresh herbs (and actually keep them alive) in the comfort of your own home. This smarty gadget waters, feeds, and emits lights on schedule so there's not forgetting to water here, folks.

    Reviewer's AeroGarden on their counter with tons of fresh herbs that have grown

    Promising review: "We like to use fresh herbs in our cooking but when we buy them at the store, we usually end up using half the package and the rest go bad. This product has added a nice green element to our kitchen and a good amount of herbs to use. The plants sprouted and grew exactly as described in the instructions. We follow the directions and prune often and water and feed when the lights tell us to. It is really easy. We cut per the instructions and store the cuttings in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It has also been fun to watch the process." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.97+ (available in three colors).

    Read our full review on the AeroGarden!

    22. A pineapple corer that'll make it an actual fuss-free process to cut up a pineapple...and then use it as a piña colada glass, naturally.,

    "A pineapple corer. I love pineapple but cutting them up is a pain. I have MS and my hands have tremors so knife work is difficult. The corer manages to cut a pineapple up in a few seconds. Generally I'm against buying a kitchen utensil that only has one purpose but the pineapple corer is the exception. It cuts the pineapple into a giant spiral and you can easily slice into smaller pieces." —tuffylrue

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    23. Labeled closet dividers to take your closet from disorganized mess where you can't ever find the one shirt you're looking for to an orderly oasis where every item has its place.

    Closet dividers with "jackets, skirts, dress shirts, and t-shirts" labels in a closet

    The set comes with 12 blank dividers and 48 labels.

    Promising review: "This is one of those products you don't know you need until you have it. I love how organized my closet is. It also helps you know what you have. It makes it easy to see the items you may be hoarding. I didn't even realize I had capri pants until I stared organizing with these. I could have been wearing them all summer. I have large closet rods made from heavy piping. This product fit. I am ordering a set for my mom. She loved mine." —Michelle

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four font styles and three types).

    24. A large hair diffuser adapter compatible with most blow dryers for helping you achieve frizz-free, natural curls without having to spend money on an entirely new dryer. Goodbye, flyaways. Hello, sleek blowouts at home.

    Two review photos. The first photo shows the diffuser on the hair dryer. The second is a reviewer with curly hair after using the diffuser. /

    Promising review: "Fits perfect! I really wanted a bowl diffuser and this one works really well. I like that I can actually fit all my hair into the bowl, or at least most of it, and dry it in half the time it would take for other FLAT 'bowl' diffusers. I love this diffuser! It dries my hair quickly, thoroughly and does not cause frizz. Perfect curls every time!" —M

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in five colors).

    25. A 3-in-1 edge styler (in a variety of very pretty colors if I may say so myself) featuring a comb for separating and smoothing, boar bristles for shaping, and a pointed tip for finishing details.

    the different color brushes laid out
    Shop Latinx

    Get it from Shop Latinx for $15 (available in six colors).

    26. A multi-functional chopper with interchangeable blades to make chopping tons of fruits and veggies easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    Think about how much time you'll be saving! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

    Promising review: " The chopper is heavy-duty, and stainless steel. It's very sharp! It's easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic." —Chelsea H

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    27. A laundry board that makes it incredibly easy to fold all of your clothes with precision, ensuring that everything looks tidy in your drawers and closet. It's like you took it all to the laundromat. 😍,

    This board is super easy to use! Just lay the board flat (with a tee, towel, pants, whatever, on top) and simply flip the left side, then the right, and that's it! You're done! Plus, this works perfectly for not just clothes, but also linens and towels.

    Promising review: "My first reaction was 'Why did I buy this?' Then I gave this a try with a couple shirts I had just washed and next thing you know, I simply had to do my entire drawer! Everything folds so neatly and easily with this thing. I still couldn't believe it, so I ended up organizing our bedsheets and towels. I am amazed at how much of a game changer this is. Must try! Am in love on how beautiful it left my clothes." —Jesus Antonio Vedia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors).

    28. A decorating kit to take you from amateur baker to "send me to The Great British Bake Off immediately!"

    Kit includes a coupler, decorating tips 1M, 1A and 6—16-inch disposable decorating bags.

    Promising review: "Worked AWESOME! I'm not a professional but with this decorating set, my cupcakes looked like I am. Easy to work with." —Luanne Lobdell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.38.

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