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    49 Things Under $50 That Just Make Sense

    Smart + effective = a truly winning combo.

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    1. A reusable Revlon oil-absorbing roller stick with a ball made of volcanic stone that sucks the excess shine right off your face. Just pop it out and give it a wash once in a while and you can reuse it over and over and over again!

    The rollerball stick on a pile of volcanic stone
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    Promising review: "I bought this product from CVS and it’s nothing short of amazing! My face produces more oil than BP and this handy little gadget was able to suck it all up! I love the fact that it’s washable and that I no longer have to use three oil blotting papers to soak up all my face’s oil production." —Christa Monko

    Promising review: "This... this! I don't know what sort of sorcery this is, but this thing totally works, and it's freaking me out! I tested it by standing outside for a few mins (I live in the south, very humid) and then came back inside and rolled it along my nose. Sucked that oil right up!! I cannot believe I have been wasting money on blotting paper when this was out there (and reusable)! Totally buying some for my sister and friends. If you're on the fence about it, JUST BUY IT!" —Stellar

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    2. A cat self-grooming toy you can attach right to a corner or wall and make your furry friend think "I'm ~feline~ myself" — and help you have less hair to clean off your clothes...furniture...and everywhere else.

    A reviewer's cat rubbing its face on the toy
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    Just mount it on a wall or corner with the included strips!

    Promising review: "My cat is IN LOVE with this thing! She goes nuts rubbing her face and neck all over this thing. I call it her 'scratchy scratchy'... I can hear her from the next room rubbing and nibbling on it. It cracks me up. It is secure on the wall and has never fallen off. The comb part pops off if you need to clean it. I haven't had to use the included package of cat nip because she didn't need any encouraging. This is the best thing I have ever bought!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. A Dracula garlic mincer for anyone who appreciates irony, has strong feelings about their favorite vampire, or just really loves garlic bread. And if you're on board with all three like me, even better.

    The mincer that looks like Dracula (just twist the head to mince) with garlic bread
    Amazon

    Brought to you in part by my current Vampire Diaries rewatch.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a gift for my friend who is a fantastic cook--she uses fresh ingredients almost exclusively — but pressing fresh garlic is a task usually delegated. No longer — Gracula is there for her. She uses him nearly every time she needs garlic (which is basically daily) and months later still makes a point of saying how much she enjoys the gift. I'm pretty sure she likes it better than other gifts I've gotten her which were more expensive/thought out, and I'm fairly certain it's what took me from "good friend" to "best friend," but it be that way sometimes. Anyway, definitely recommended for people who cook with garlic and have a sense of humor." —L

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    4. A chunky knit satin-lined winter beanie to keep your head toasty warm when the temperatures drop *and* help protect your hair from damage and moisture loss without disrupting your style or curl pattern.

    Beautifully Warm

    It's also super stretchy to fit your hair!

    Promising review: "Finally a winter hat that I can actually wear. I’ve had it for a good part of the winter now and I’m so happy with it. Often right after I wash my hair I just put it in a silk cap while I do things around the house as it’s drying so it's not in my face. Recently if I need to go out I put my hair in my hat because it’s silk-lined, so it does the same thing and just looks like I’ve got a winter hat on. When you put it on your already styled hair, it doesn’t mess up the curl pattern at all. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it." —Aliana K.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 10 colors and packs of two) or Beautifully Warm for $14.99 (available in 11 colors, each listed separately plus a version with a faux fur pompom).

    Beautifully Warm is a Black-owned business that makes satin-lined hats including both winter styles like he one above, plus and cap-style hats with a scrunchie in the back designed for natural hair. They make kids' sizes too!

    5. A measuring cube with a whopping *19* amounts on it (metric AND US) so you can handle your cookie, banana bread, or cake project without having to wash (or store) so many individual measuring cups and spoons.

    The yellow cube with vanilla extract measured into one of the divots
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    And yep, you can throw it right in the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this. I can’t seem to keep my measuring cups and spoons in my drawers. They are always getting lost or always dirty or in the wash. This is awesome, I love the cup/spoon measurement or the ml! It’s fantastic! The ONLY flaw is you don’t have the ease of scooping ingredients as you would with a regular measuring spoon or cup, so if you can’t pour the ingredient into the cube you will have to spoon it." —TJCarr

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    6. A portable pack of soap sheets, because when public bathrooms run out of soap (especially in times like ::gestures around::) that is *not* a good feeling.

    The paper thin lavender soap sheets, which come in a matchbox size box
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m thrilled to have purchased these! Amazing soap sheets. The scents are not overwhelming. I have sensitive skin and, does not irritate my skin. Hands feel soft, clean and smells great. My 6-year-old son loves these. With pretty much everything still closed down, due to COVID-19, we have been doing a lot more outdoor activities. It’s nice to have soap handy when in middle of hiking or biking and, need to wash hands before eating lunch. I would strongly recommend these soap sheets." —Ann

    Get three packs of 100 sheets each from Amazon for $11.99 (available in lemon, orange, lavender, tea tree, a variety pack of the three scents, or unscented).

    7. A soft but light infinity scarf with a zipper pockets so you can stash away your phone, a credit card, and a lip balm for errand runs when you don't want to schlep a whole purse with you.

    a model with the black scarf with a phone half in the pocket
    Amazon

    Great for traveling, too!

    Promising review: "Been wanting something like this for a while. Going on a trip soon, hopefully, and it will come in handy. In case you are wondering, it will easily hold a Google Pixel 3a XL phone in a rugged case. For those that say you can see the shape of the phone through the fabric, they must not be positioning it correctly. Place the phone on your chest. Adjust the scarf's outer loop over it. You'll be fine. Plenty of room for your phone, and other necessary items. Don't like things around my neck, in general, but it beats toting around a purse on vacation. Especially if you're traveling solo. A little discretion goes a long way. It's a very simple scarf, but it does the job! Got it in black, because that goes with everything!" —Jeannine Sherrod

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 14 colors).

    8. A single-handed tape dispenser, because wrapping presents is hard and time-consuming enough. Just pull the lever to cut the tape!

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    Push the lever to dispense a 1-inch piece, or keep it pointed to create a custom length of tape.

    Promising review: "My last tape dispenser that was awful. Threading the tape through the mechanism was a PITA. The gears and springs would fall out when you opened the damn thing. Eventually, the tape started to cling to the roller and would rip the paper I was trying to tape. This design is great; the tape self threads itself when you put it on the rubber bands, the tape stays on the inside of the device until you press the trigger to release it, the tape self cuts when you let go of the trigger. Everything can be done with one hand. Wonderful!" —Billster

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four colors).


    9. A pair of lil' leaf scoopers to help make clearing your lawn less of a, well, chore.

    Hands using the trashcan lid-like scoopers with rake teeth on the bottom to scoop leaves
    Amazon

    The jumping into the leaf pile part will be just as great though!

    Promising review: "I really like these mitts. They greatly facilitate cleaning up leaves and yard debris. They are very durable for yard work. I wouldn't use them to move gravel or rock. These mitts save time and more importantly a lot of back wrenching work. I use these too when out on yard jobs. If you have a lot of leaves or loose brush to gather these make the job a great deal easier." —Marty R.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.13.

    10. An ~enjoy-a-bowl~, a genius two-bowl system for picky dogs and cats. Put their fave food in the lower bowl, the food they need to eat in the upper bowl, and the aroma will waft up and help them enjoy their dinner more!

    Bacon in the lower bowl, topped with a plate with holes to let the smell rise, and kibble in the top bowl
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    Get them from Enjoy-A-Bowl for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    Enjoyabowl is a Black-owned business based in Las Vegas and owned by veterinarian and inventor Dr. Joe Owens who created the bowl to help picky pets and help keep pets healthier and living longer lives. You can clean the bowls in the dishwasher or wash them by hand.

    11. A liquid-free rolling screen cleaner to clean your tablet, phone, laptop, and more back to straight-from-the-box newness. You know when your screen goes dark and you're like "Oh wow, that's a lot of dust and sneeze particles!" That's over now.

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    Oh, is that just me?

    Promising review: "This little device removes the oil from your screen. Often, when you are 'cleaning' your screen by wiping it with a cloth, you are simply pushing around the oil into a thin enough layer to see through without noticing it as much. This device actually lifts the oil and removes it. My screen feels like new, which is great because I am picky about my devices. Also, this is much better than cleaning the screen with some kind of wipe since repeated cleaning with most wipes will damage the screen over time. Unbeknownst to me, my wife was cleaning her screen daily and now her screen collects oils far too quickly because she wore off the protective layer. With this product, you don't need to worry about that. Clean it as often as you want/need and you can continue to enjoy that pristine screen without fear of wearing the oleophobic layer off prematurely. I would highly recommend this to others." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two sizes).

    12. A pocket-sized, safer-to-use cutting tool for making small jobs (cutting tape, opening boxes) quicker and easier and tough jobs (that clamshell packaging) less frustrating.

    The cutting tool slicing through packaging tape, blister packaging, plastic bags, and clamshell
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a medical disorder that causes my fingers to lose dexterity in cold, and in my job, I have to go into a freezer and open taped up boxes every day. I was having way too much trouble getting the tape off, and didn't want to use a bulky box cutter. So I found this, put them on my keys, and it is ready to go immediately. It hasn't cut me, and I grab my keys over and over a day (I'm a delivery driver) and have yet to be injured. I love this thing! The blade is tiny, but strong. It does not retract, but it's still safe." —Rachel C.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

    13. A Dash toaster with a *see through* window for monitoring the darkness of your Eggo, bagel, or toast. As someone with Very Strong Feelings about the proper toast color, this is a game-changer.

    The toaster in black with text that says "large window. never burn toast again!"
    Amazon

    On Dash's browning levels chart, anything less than a 4 just isn't toast!!

    This bb also has defrost, reheat, and bagel settings, plus an extra-wide slot for bagels and ~specialty breads~. AND the crumb tray and window both slide out for easy cleanup (and no burnt smell every time you toast). Reviewers note that it ejects your toast with some *vigor* (which most people like! especially if you're annoyed when toast doesn't pop enough and you need to fish it out).

    Promising review: "Makes toast that is evenly toasted and to your exact specifications. Big enough to handle bagels and large bread slices. Uses crystal heating rods and not a bunch of little wires on cardboard or other flimsy medium like most toasters. This leads to even toasting from edge to edge without untoasted lines and patches. These also allow for finer control of heating level, so your toast his consistently toasted to the level you like. The window allows for you to see it toast, functionally allowing you to see if you want it pop it out early and providing a nice toasty ambiance to your kitchen. Glass and crumb tray are easily removed for cleaning." —Grandmultipara

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in seven colors).

    14. An ingenious cereal bowl designed by some clever person who (like me) hates sogginess. Pour your milk in one half, dump your cereal in the other, and then just scoop it down into the milk as you go. You'll enjoy a fully satisfying bowl every dang time.

    Two people using the divided bowls
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My life can be divided into two parts, before and after the Obol. Before the Obol my life was a cornucopia if misery and suffering. The inevitable sogginess of my breakfast cereal caused me to live in a miasma of despair. The eldritch ability of the milk to foul Capt-Crunch or Raisin Bran Crunch seemed an impossible foe. With every snap crackle and pop, like drums in the deep, I knew the saturation was coming for my precious malted grains. How can one enjoy the morning repast free from the heinous congealing of granule and dairy? Tiny bowls were insufficient. The enigma of a proper ratio of bovine mammary secretions to sugary grains eluded me for decades. I consulted the great minds of our age yet none of these learned men had a solution and dismissed my plight as one of unimportance. The hubris! The unmitigated gall! Obol, you have lifted the veil from my eyes. You've opened a new world to me. Thank you Obol creator. You know not the positive effect on my life."ChrisW

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in two sizes and two colors).


    15. An ergonomic, angled pen designed for lefties to keep ink from smearing and smudging allllllllll over the side of your hand.

    The pen
    Amazon

    Basically magic.

    Promising review: "My dad is left-handed and always whines that the world needs to catch up with lefties. I bought him these pens as a gag gift...basically to mess with him. I mean really, left-handed pens? Anyways, when he received them, he thought they were hysterical. He works in a school and is always writing. He tried the pen just to play with it and fell in love. He told me these pens are amazing, the best thing he has ever written with. I am right-handed, obviously, and I tried to use the pen in my right hand, thinking it would be like any other pen. It is very uncomfortable in the right hand. It really is contoured for the left hand. If you know someone who is left-handed and can't find the perfect present, these pens are it. I plan on buying a lot more of these dumb pens. They are pricey, but well worth it. If I could give it more stars, I would." —Castryn

    Get a pack of two black-ink pens from Amazon for $7.24 or a pack of three (one blue, one red, one black) for $7.49.

    16. A two-in-one straightener and curling iron so you only have to store or bring *one* tool, no matter how you want to wear your hair. It has dual voltage for international trips, too.

    The tool in black and rose gold
    Amazon

    It has a swiveling, tangle-free cord, too.

    Promising review: "I bought this for a trip to Italy, as I didn't have a dual-voltage iron (and you can't just use a converter-adapter combination with things that heat up). I liked that it was a flat iron and curling iron combo, so I could change things up as I desired. It worked beautifully on our trip — I look nice in all my selfies ;) — and continues to work beautifully at home. In fact, I've replaced my old flat iron with this because of the versatility and now use this one every day. BTW, in case you are wondering, it automatically switches to the appropriate voltage, no looking for a switch or anything. You don't need to do anything but plug it in! Great product!" —Diane Field

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (also available in white).

    17. A razor protector (it fits all standard men's and women's razors) to prevent rust and corrosion and keep your blades sharper for longer, so you don't have to waste money on replacements again and again and again.

    A three-image collage: new blade (clean), blade without the Steelbee (after one month with rust on it), blade with the steelbee (1 month, no rust)
    Amazon

    It helps your razor dry between uses, stretches to fit, andprotects the blade when you're traveling — making your razor last up to THREE TIMES longer.

    Promising review: "This was a great find! I wanted to test this for myself, so I put two razors in the shower with one having the SteelBee. I shaved every other with each razor and within weeks I could tell a big difference. The razor without the SteelBee has rust spots and is much duller. All of the razors in the house will now be using this. I even used this on my most recent business trip last week and it doubled as a great travel protector." —Rob May

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A microfiber towel-material pillowcover with a waterproof lining so you can go to bed with freshly-washed hair without ruining your pillowcase — and so you can sleep comfortably.

    Model sleeping on a pink and grey pillowcase
    Kitsch

    Promising review: "Great pillow cover! I love how absorbent the microfiber pillowcase is. Amazing post-shower or while crying myself to sleep." —mor

    Get it from Kitsch or from Amazon for $24 (available in four colors/patterns).

    Kitsch is a woman-founded company that makes adorable hair accessories, useful tools (they make towel scrunchies too!) and more to help make every day a good hair day.

    19. A smartphone or tablet holder you can attach to your treadmill or exercise bike (or anything with a handlebar!) so you can enjoy some Netflix while on a jog or to use the Peloton app on your decidedly nonPeloton bike.

    A reviewer's home bike with a tablet attached
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    It can rotate 360 degrees for easy viewing (and so you can easily rotate from portrait mode to landscape mode) and comes with everything you need to mount it.

    Promising review: "Got this to help me when use my stationary bike. Working out on it can be such a chore sometimes, and I usually put on a television or movie in the background, though that can cause my neck to strain sometimes if not in just the right spot. With this, I'm able to place my phone right in front of me and play the same shows at a much better angle while working out. This has helped me to be more focused on my workout, reducing my bad posture while riding and focusing my attention forward, right in front of me. Feels solid on my bike, hasn't fallen down yet. The adjustments to the grip are very tight and precise and the device doesn't move after a set." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A *customized* set of ManiMe nail stickers made with a thin, 10-free gel for the easiest way to get an at home manicure, whether you're looking for solid colors or sophisticated or fun nail art.

    Manime, ManiMe

    You just scan your nails using your phone camera (holding a business card, Metrocard, gift card, or something similar) and choose your styles — they make the width *custom for you* and will resize for free if the gels don't fit right. They'll outlast hand washing, showering, and all your regular activities until you peel them off. For longer lasting results use your own topcoat (or theirs for $8).

    Get the set pictured above for $25, and shop all the manicures here.

    Promising review: "I'm 100% a convert to ManiMe's and I'm never going back. I tried them on a whim after seeing an ad during COVID quarantine, and I'm so glad I did. I have nails that flake and break easily - and normal polish doesn't stay on, while gels make them weaker with repeated use. With ManiMe, I get two weeks of a salon look manicure...and they protect my nails and help them grow out longer! ManiMe's look amazing and professional, are easy to apply (once you get the hang of it), and stay on about 14 days. I'm getting so many compliments and telling everyone I know about them. It's taken a few tries to get the perfect fit and learn to apply them, and I'm still working on getting the edges right, but customer service is really helpful and generous! I'd recommend adding a top coat after the first week, to seal the edge near the cuticle that may start to come up. The only thing that could possibly be better, is if they continue to make more options so I can keep ordering!" —Julia G.

    Manime co-founder and CEO Jooyeon Song, a Korean-American woman, was inspired to create an easier manicure solution while at Stanford business school with her future business partner David.

    21. A self-watering, self-aerating planter to keep your thirsty plants happy, *without* worrying about dreaded root rot. Just fill the reservoir and the (patented) hollow legs will draw water up into the soil.

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    Each planter comes with a clip-on watering attachment for easy pouring!

    Promising review: "I purchased six of these so far. And plan to purchase more. They are reliable, functional, easy to use, and my plants love them. They work well indoors and out. The little spout keeps water from getting everywhere. While they are absolutely perfect, a couple of suggestions: It'd be nice if the distance between the saucer and pot was ever so much increased so as to easily tell if more water is needed. Again, this is SO minor and will not affect my future purchases. AND I hope this company is so successful it can add more colors and styles. I plan to buy a half dozen more as my small plants grow a bit more." —Brenda Daily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and four colors).

    22. A handy-dandy silicone paw cleaner designed to fully (but gently) remove dirt, mud, sand, ice melt and whatever else from your furry friend's feet pronto – and without the hassle of scrubbing or wasting paper towels. Just rinse it out for next time!

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    You'll *both* be happier.

    Promising review: " UPDATE: I’ve been using this for a few weeks, and I love it. It cleans the salt off my dogs’ paws so easily. When it’s super dirty and the streets are covered in salt, I’ll refresh the water supply. I add a few drops of their doggie shampoo, and it works great. Don’t believe the negative reviews. I don’t see how they can possibly not know how to use this gadget. It is so easy to use. And the pictures of the German Shepherds and their mess, I find it impossible that this gadget could possibly create that mess. I guess if they are covered in thick mud, then they have to be hosed down, and this product is not a replacement for a bath. I have four dogs in NYC. I have to wash their feet after every walk because the streets are so filthy. It would take me about 10-15 minutes to clean their paws with a spray bottle and towel. Now, it takes about five minutes. And the towel doesn’t end up filthy. The dirt gets caught in the cup. Plus the dogs seem to like it. The silicone bristles must feel good. A huge thumbs-up!" —Sandra

    Get it from Amazon for $14.75 (available in three sizes and six colors).

    23. A ~Multi-tasker~ makeup brush with four tools in one (concealer sponge, blush brush, brow brush, and eyeshadow brush) so you can keep just *one* thing at your desk, in your purse, etc. for touchups throughout the day.

    Alleyoop

    Promising review: "So happy I ordered multi-tasker brush set. This is perfect to take on trips without having to take all those individual brushes. The quality of the brushes is very good making the application of the makeup and eyeshadows go on smoothly." —Sheila D.

    Get it from Alleyoop for $28.

    Alleyoop is a woman-owned beauty company making products designed to save you time.

    24. A Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron that rotates to create curls or waves in seconds. All you need to do is press the button and watch the magic happen.

    A reviewer with straight hair before using, and voluminous waves after
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    It has prongs along the side that smooth and detangle hair as it gets wrapped around, while the ceramic iconic barrel ensures your curls are shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. It also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes to give you peace of mind after you've left for the day. PLUS it has thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews *and* directions to help you use it, whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

    Promising review: "Here's the deal, I'm pretty much a tomboy, I don't know how to do my makeup, I have thick hair, but never knew how to do anything but straighten it, until a friend made me try her Kiss automatic curling iron. It legitimately works and it's the easiest thing to use! I've (briefly) tried other wands and burn myself over and over. I've never burned myself with this tool and I love that it makes it easy to curl away from your face on either side, with just a push of a button. I also like that it dings when it's done, so it takes some guess work out. If you want curls, but are intimidated by all the tools out there, you won't be disappointed with this styler." —Uskadelig

    Get it from Amazon for $41.89.

    And if you already have curls or coils and are looking for a heat-free styler, check out these foam curling rods ($12.99 on Amazon) that reviewers with everything from 3A to 4C hair swear by.

    25. A pet hair-removing roller with a patented brush design (and *no* adhesive strips to replace) to rid your lovely black sofa of all your furry friend's shedding in a quick roll — so you can get back to cuddling together. Adhesive lint rollers and other devices only WISH they could

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    It has over 60,000 5-star reviews!

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    26. A Luminoodle — an LED lighting strip you can affix to the back of your TV for a backlighting effect that'll create sharper images, increase color contrast, and reduce eye strain.

    A reviewer's before/after of their TV with backlighting: before with a less clear picture and brights that strain the eyes and after with clearer picture and backlighting on the wall
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    Promising review: "You will be surprised how well this works. I though it was a gimmick — but then read several articles about the benefits of bias lighting and though I would give it a try. Setting it up takes about five minutes — very simple. The surprise comes when you turn on the TV with the bias lighting and the picture POPS! The contrast and the black level jumps and the picture looks significantly improved! It supposedly relieves eye strain but I have never really had a problem with that so I can't comment on that." —Rgd18

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    27. A pack of waterproof blister bandages that are thick enough to protect and prevent blisters (like moleskin), but also made of hydrocolloid to treat any existing blisters while you wear 'em.

    The packet of bandages with the three sizes: long and narrow, round with side strips, and oval
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    On a family trip to Rome, my dad brought new shoes (???? terrible idea!!) and got really bad blisters. Luckily his Virgo daughter had these bbs along and enabled him to walk in much more comfort until they healed.

    Promising review: "Great bandages! These are easy to use and so soft. They stayed on during a shower which impressed me as well. They are the perfect size and so comfortable. I also appreciated the fact that they didn't come off in my shoe which is always a problem for me! Love the little case for them which I can easily throw in my purse. Great blister bandages!" —CTSmith

    Get a pack of 12 (three different sizes) from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. A clip-on spoon rest so all the good stuff drips back *into* your pot rather than onto your sparkling countertop — and so you don't get ~crabby~ having to scrub your surfaces down later.

    The holder clipped on the side of the pot, designed to look like crab claws
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is pretty much the best invention since, well, since spoon rests — only a whole lot better!!! I've always hated transferring a dripping spoon to a separate spoon rest or plate. I've often left my utensils in the pot with the food only to burn my hand because of transferred heat or have a not so high quality utensil soften in the soup. This pot clip works so well. It clips easily to the side of my pots and fits the handles of all of my utensils and the little rubbery projections firmly grip keeping the utensil from sliding. I bought a second one for myself! Great invention!!!" —Yeah-Nah

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    29. A handy dandy phone and tablet holder you can rest on the tray table while down or hooked on while folded up to watch your *own* downloaded flights and shows on any flight.

    A tablet held up on a seat tray table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This. Product. Is. Genius! I am a frequent flyer for work and in the past have had to rig a support just so that I can watch a movie/show hands-free on my phone while flying. Which most of the time also include the need for the try table being down as well! (super annoying) The flight flap resolved both issues, allowing me to watch my shows hands free and with all the leg room that i could ever need....or am allowed :) With dimensions a little bigger than the size of my phone, it packs aways super easy in any carry-on or office bag. I would highly recommend this product to any one who flies with any regularity or has little ones that need to be entertained during long flights! P.S. Flight Flap is great for at-home use as well! I have used it a few times already to help hold up my tablet while streaming DYIs to help with some house projects that I have been working on. I'm sure for the avid cook it would work great in the kitchen as well!" —Elise Ingram

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75 (also available in a larger size for larger tablets).

    30. A two-in-one chop 'n' stir tool ideal for thoroughly cooking ground beef, easily mashing boiled potatoes, dicing hardboiled eggs for egg salad, and oh-so much more — all with the twist and press of one hand.

    the tool with four horizontal blades mixing up ground meat in a pan
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love making chicken tacos in my pressure cooker, the meat ends up tender but sometimes doesn't fall apart. I'd seen this online and it worked out perfectly, not only does it smash but it chops at the same time. While the chicken is still hot in the pot I can use this to smash/shred the chicken, making perfect shredded chicken taco meat. I have also used while cooking ground beef doing the same, chopping while i smash. I even used it to smash/chop some cooked meatballs making meat sauce. I love this thing" —Eric M. Schloegel, Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    31. A two-pack of mint-flavored, sensitive skin-friendly teeth-whitening pens you can just brush on and remove those deep-set coffee, tea, and wine stains — without all the hassle of those trays or strips.

    before and after images of yellow and then whiter teeth
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    Just twist the bottom, and paint onto your teeth. Each pen has 20 uses, and you can see how much you've used through the handy transparent tube!

    Promising review: "You need this! A little goes a really long way. I love this product and I’m still on the first pen I can truly see a difference!" —T. 

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.89.

    32. A heated vibration massage seat cushion so you can turn *any* chair into a ~massage chair~ — even your sofa, your car passenger seat, or at your desk!

    A reviewer's armchair with the massage cushion with remote control
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    It's not a shiatsu-style massager with rolling balls, but reviewers swear by the powerful vibration motors for a relaxing, knot-reducing massage. It has three heat settings, four massage areas you can choose from (or do them all), and an auto-shut off timer. You can also get an adapter from the same company to use it in your car!

    Promising review: "You can stop looking, you're not going to find a better chair massager for the price than this. I bought one for my wife and she loves it. So I tried it and I bought one for me. We use them in our rec room chairs when watching TV at night. Then I bought a third one because my wife's back hurts her when she fixes dinner. So it went in the family room off the kitchen so she could take a break a break now an then to relax her back. Obviously it was just what we were looking for..." —Dave Weber

    Get it from Amazon for $49.98, and get the car adapter for $9.99.

    33. A three-pack of 14-karat gold-filled magnetic clasp converters to more easily (but still securely) put on and take off your go-to necklaces and bracelets — without having to ask for help.

    The three clasps
    Amazon

    These are especially great for anyone with arthritis or limited mobility in their fingers!

    Promising review: "Love these! Can't believe I've lived without these for so long. I used to not bother switching necklaces because it was such a pain taking them on and off, but this makes life so much easier & now I don't hesitate changing up my necklaces every day. They are so strong that I'm not paranoid at all that my necklaces will come off. Definitely ordering more so I can put them on every piece I own. Also, great for layering necklaces so they don't get tangled in back of your neck." —House Hunter

    Get the set of three from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in two-packs and singly).

    34. A TikTok-famous mirrored alarm clock to add some style to your bedside table and make it rreeeaaalllyyyy easy to see if you need to get up yet. It also has brightness settings so you can get some Zzzs.

    A reviewer's clock
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    Aaaand it has USB ports so you can easily charge your phone.

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS CLOCK!!! The only improvement would be to have the date on there too. But other than that it’s going on my favorite Amazon purchases list. Such a good looking, sleek design, I keep it on the lower brightness which is perfect and if you need a BRIGHT view of time this clock is bright on that setting. Like the USB plug, I have it next to my desk computer set up for when I’m on Zoom and now can keep better awareness of time. I’m ordering another one for my office so just hope the clock will work for the long haul." —Anagev

    Get it from Amazon for $20.95

    35. A steam diverter for your pressure cooker to move steam to the side, rather than venting up towards your cabinets. No warped wood here!

    The curved smokestack-like diverter on a reviewer's instant pot to point steam away from the cabinets
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    Promising review: "We've used our Instant Pot at least weekly since we got it and I've always worried about the upper cabinets. We have a small kitchen and the steam goes straight up to those cabinets. So much so that I have to wipe them dry before I open the lid or it may drip into the food (um, gross). And I've been concerned that the steam may ultimately damage the cabinets. Well, low and behold!! Not this anymore!! The steam was properly diverted away, so no more steamy, wet mess on the edge of the cabinet above!! Amazing. It was much larger than I anticipated, but realize it needs to be that big to work." —renee richard

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

    36. And a set of two magnetic cheat sheets for making the most of your Instant Pot without having to Google. This is a great way to make bulk-cooking grains for the whole week and making cooking for yourself a little easier!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best invention ever for all Instant Pot fans! A must! I am so happy that I decided to give this product a try! What an amazing idea. I placed the smaller magnet right on the instant pot and use it daily for a quick reference. Instead of search the cook book or internet, I can just glance over and know in an instant how to program my ip for that particular product." —Olesya R.

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes).

    And if you don't have an Instant Pot yet, you can get one for $79.

    37. A ball launcher that'll be a years-long treat for any four-legged friends who love to R-U-N.

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    Promising review: "While my dog struggles with the concept of returning the ball to me, she absolutely loves this! We visit a huge dog park frequently, and this lets me throw a ball far enough that she really gets to run full throttle! I could never throw it far enough on my own to keep her interested more than one or two times before getting the launcher. Now, we can spend an hour at the park playing with it. I have one super tired dog when we go home. Tired dog = happy dog = happy dog mom. I also love that I don't have to pick up the slimy ball with my hands anymore, especially after she drops it in a puddle, because the launcher picks it right up. My dog gets so excited when she sees the launcher that she will bounce back and forth in front of me until I throw the ball. I only regret not buying one of these earlier!" —C. Fritzche

    Get it from Amazon for $4.71 (available in five sizes).

    38. A *filtering* Nalgene water bottle that'll provide great-tasting water on the go, without having to schlep massive packs of the bottled stuff from Costco.

    The blue Nalgene with built-in straw
    Amazon

    It has a coconut shell-based carbon fiber mesh filter built right in to remove particulates and contaminates from your tap water.

    Promising review: "I decided to get this bottle simply for the fact that I drink a ton of water and I want to save on using plastic water bottles. This filter gets rid of any foul taste there is. The worst is when I go to the gym and try to use the water dispenser there, it tastes absolutely foul. I tried this bottle with the gym water and boom! Crisp, clean tasing water. It’s super easy to sip through the straw as well and size is perfect." —Nicole C.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.95 (available in three sizes and 11 colors).

    39. A padded sleep mask with lavender and flax seeds inside for a relaxing aromatherapy moment built right in to send you off to slumber. It's like a weighted blanket *for your eyes*.

    Model in the lavender silky mask
    Asutra

    Promising review: "Love this product! I bought this because I need complete darkness when I sleep. This mask does the job and more. I love the scent and the additional cool mask. The presentation was perfect. If you are in need of an eye mask, look no further. I plan to give these as gifts in the future." —Mandy V.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 or Asutra for $19.99 (available in four colors).

    Asutra is a woman-owned company (partially owned by Venus Williams!!) carrying products for self-care. Nothing is tested on animals or contains parabens, phthalates, or petroleum.

    40. A plastic cutting board that'll fold into a funnel so you can chop your ingredients and scoop them into your recipe in one fluid motion.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very good foldable chopping block. We use it daily and love being able to chop a lot of different items and just fold the block and pour into a pot or container. Seems to be standing up to lots of use with little wear showing. We use the large and medium sizes daily and are very happy with them." —Nathan Bales

    Get it from Amazon for $11.23. You can also get a set of three sizes from Amazon for $27.99.

    41. A roll of screen repairing tape to quickly patch up a hole or tear in your window screen if you're *also* realizing mosquito season is beginning and they're finding their way into your home.

    A screen that's been repaired with the tape
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    It may not blend in perfectly but hey, it's cheaper than replacing a whole screen!

    Promising review: "I live in an old home and we are at the point in life where we have done all the big repairs we are going to do. We have holes in quite a few screens which my spouse promised to fix with his mystical screen hole patching prowess. That was years ago and I’m tired of getting eaten alive. I bought a roll of this and in 10 minutes every screen was patched. This product cuts cleanly even with mediocre scissors. It adheres to the existing screen neatly and without a lot of pressure or fuss. I’d say not to worry too much about which color you choose as this product is quite obvious in use. It is really not going to blend. However I don’t care; my screens no longer are mosquito boulevards and the product stays put. I’m thrilled, one more job off the list." —Quickbeam

    Get a roll of 15 feet from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in black).

    42. A bungee dog leash to keep both you and your eager pupper happier on walks — with no unpleasant jolts for either of you. And the handle is padded for extra comfort.

    A reviewer's dog on the stretchy leash
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    Promising review: "I always feel bad with the jolt a dog sometimes gets if it quickly pulls from you and the leash immediately goes tight. This has the bungee action so it’s not so harsh on the harness or collar when a dog pulls. Appears to be good quality and good stitching. I like the additional handle so you can grab and make the leash short when you need to hold back you dog. Much more convenient than have to wrap the leash on your hands when you need to make it shorter just momentarily." —Curdio

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

    43. A window-insulation kit that'll help keep your heating bills down — no more warmth (and money) going out while the drafts come in.

    A model applying the clear insulation around a window, plus two reviewer photos showing the thermostat up 9 degrees thanks to the insulation retaining heat
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    Promising review: "Very easy to use once you get the hang or it. I live in an apartment building with very drafty windows and electric heat; this insulation saves me a lot of money on my winter heating costs, and I've gotten really good at making it nearly invisible over the years." —Julie

    Get a three-window kit from Amazon for $6.59 (also available in five- and ten-window, as well as patio door and large window kits).

    44. A SockDock, aka a useful tool you can clip dirty socks to (in pairs!), toss the *whole thing* in the washer and dryer, and remove together so NO SOCK gets lost. And you're not stuck searching for a pair when you're already running late.

    Model clipping socks in the sock dock before putting it in the washing machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Totally obsessed with this! I’ve been using it a few weeks now and have zero complaints! I haven’t lost a single sock since! They always come out paired and completely dried (which was one of my concerns, I wasn’t sure if they were going to dry properly) I would defiantly recommend this! It’s amazing and makes life so much easier! Especially with a toddler and a baby on the way!" —Sarah Elizabeth

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

    45. A set of bed bands that will keep your fitted sheets neatly tucked under your mattress, so you'll sleep more comfortably *and* be able to make your bed wayyyy faster in the morning. And making your bed is really the best way to start a productive day.

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    Promising review: "I have a pillow-top and pillow-bottom queen-sized bed that is a little too small for king sheets and with queen sheets I have battled to keep the sheets from popping off. I have tried everything! I was about to try to customize some king sheets because it was so frustrating. Then I saw this product advertised on Facebook in one of those posts about the amazing products that people love. So I figured it was worth a try. It works. I was shocked. My sheets have not popped off once. I ordered this in February and it is May now — and they have not popped off once! They used to pop off EVERY...SINGLE...NIGHT. To say this is life changing is not an exaggeration. Such a relief to be able to sleep through the night without ending up in rumpled sheets." —TinkerbellAPixie

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    46. An intelligently designed, mega-popular AND water-resistant Under Armour face mask for a much, much comfier alternative to disposable ones. This bb sits off your lips, so you have room to breathe (and don't have the fabric sucked into your mouth every time you talk). Plus it's made with Under Armour's "Iso-Chill" fabric for zero overheating.

    BuzzFeed editor in a black face mask that protrudes slightly off the face
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    Here's what BuzzFeed Shopping Editor Emma Lord has to say: "This mask has the approval of a *ton* of runners and athletes in its reviews, but also runners IRL. I run in Central Park four days a week and I am constantly seeing other runners in this mask. I have two of them in my own run rotation, and I'm impressed not only by how well they stay in place and don't get over-sweaty and gross on long runs, but by how well they wash up and maintain their shape. The straps are super soft on your ears, too. I've gotten to used to straps chafing on longer runs that I was surprised by what a difference this made. I also recently traveled cross country by plane wearing mine, and a lot of other reviewers praised it for being comfy on long flights! I gifted one of these to my dad for Christmas, too, and it's his go-to for walks and errand running. It's just an overall easier mask to breathe in (while still maintaining a tight fit and keeping the people around you safe!)."

    Type Of Fit: Around-the-ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Iso-Chill fabric

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in five sizes and six colors; for reference, Emma is wearing the Small-Medium above).

    47. A flat colander that'll fit right into your sink for easy ingredient prep without scraps falling into your drain (and getting all gross). Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, just sayin'.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a porcelain 'farm sink' and had bought one of these before to prevent breakage or accidents when I drop things. It is really great and can be used as a strainer as well. Easy to clean-just pop it in the dishwasher. I think everyone should have one of these no matter what sink type they have!" —Miss DRM

    Promising review: "When I don’t want to put the peels down the sink disposer, this is very handy, allows use of drain while peeling, dumps easy into garbage can, then cleans up easy and dishwasher safe, stores easily too. Keeps scraps out of drain when rinsing plates." —S. Robertson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    48. A fun and functional multitool masquerading as a hair clip. Just use it to pin back those in-your-face locks and take it out whenever you need a ruler, nail file, box opener, screwdriver, or bottle opener (beer me, stat!).

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    49. And a cute little buffalo plaid iced coffee koozie, because it's iced coffee season all year round (I refuse to hear otherwise) but we'd like to keep our fingertips from freezing as we head into the crisp fall weather.

    A smoothie in the koozie
    amazon.com

    It comes in three sizes to fit whatever iced coffee cup size you like, whether from Dunkies, Starbs, or your local brewer.

    Promising review: "I drink iced tea every day! With this sleeve, I no longer freeze my hand, nor have unsightly cup sweats ruining the papers on my desk. It has also kept my ice from melting as fast. Great product and looks good too!" —3573

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

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