33 Things That'll Do Jobs You Probably Didn't Even Know Needed To Be Done
A nose butter, USB bracelet, app garden, and 29 other products that'll solve everyday (and not so everyday) problems.
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moisture meter you can place deep down into the soil to know exactly how much water your plant is getting. Under- and overwatering is a thing of the past, people!
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I love having this tool in my home! I jumped on the 2020 plant trend fast and have filled my home with tons of botanicals (that all have different watering schedules). The meter tells you if a plant is being over-watered or under-watered right down to the root, which is very necessary for a plant parent (who used to be a plant murderer) like myself.
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
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ice cube maker with a sleek design that'll look ~cool~ on your counter, because old school ice trays belong in the ice age.
Promising review: "I love this. It’s the perfect ice maker for my condo. I don’t have a lot of counter space and this doesn’t take up much space at all. I wish I bought one sooner." —Susan
Get it on sale from Wayfair for
$132.31 (originally $149.95; available in five colors).
Samsung Frame for those of us who don't want quality wall space taken over by a big blank screen. With this, you just happen to get a luxury television while you're at it.
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This is honest and truly the best splurge I have ever made. It has massively upgraded the look in my living room. My husband loves the photography options and I love all the classical paintings – as someone who loves changing up my decor, being able to update the display images has been so fun. The quality is fantastic while watching movies and TV...but I'm pretty sure I love it as a piece of art in my home even more.
Promising review: "This is a brilliant TV! It looks great in art mode. If your primary goal is to have the TV look less like a TV, I think you’ll be pleased with this one. There are some reviews that point out some downsides (like a small amount of local storage), but I’ve had no problems. The pictures make the screen look brighter than it is but with the right pictures, it looks matte and brilliant in art mode; like a framed print." — N B
Get it from Amazon for
$525.98+ (available in four colors and six sizes).
to give to a fan who knows every "that's what she said" joke that's come out of Michael Scott's mouth. It's the gift they never knew they needed. The Office LookSee Collector's Box
The gift box includes a Dwight Schrute bobblehead, Fun Run lanyard, Dear Future Dwight writing pad, WUPHF.com sticker, and a World's Best Boss mug.
Promising review: "My boyfriend and I are obsessed with The Office! We live long distance and I wanted to send him something that would make him smile. He loved it and said that everything was amazing! The value for the box was awesome and it delivered in a quick and timely manner." —DVM
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Billie Razor kit so you can use a razor with a genius storage solution (it attaches right to the wall!) and drop the pink tax while you're at it.
The starter kit includes the razor handle, two blade cartridges, and a magnetic wall holder. Each razor cartridge has five blades encased in charcoal shave soap. Check out our full Billie razor review to hear all about this
dreamy shaving system.
The pink tax is the extra amount charged for random products that are targeted to women. Billie's pink tax rebate uses a referral link (for the program) that you can share with your friends. You can get up to $20 back and hey, I'm here for that!
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A pack of
dander reducing wipes that'll help your kitto have a clean coat this winter without any bath time drama.
Each pack has 50 wipes. BTW, you can also get grooming wipes from Burt's Bees
for your dog. Promising review: "I was skeptical at first, but am so glad I decided to get these. Burt's Bees make excellent products. My apartment is so dry in the cold seasons, even with running multiple vaporizers. My cat was getting very bad dry skin and dander, as you can see in the first image (pictured above, left). After one use her fur is soft, silky, and the dander is so much better! This product will be a regular purchase and a must for my pets!" — Magpie
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bidet because when you realize that washing your bottom after using the bathroom makes even more sense than washing your hands, you're never gonna want to wipe with that dry, wasteful, less-efficient toilet paper ever again.
Promising review: "I am loving my Tushy! It is powerful and so easy to install! Not gonna lie, I wish my sink was on the same wall so I could do the warm water option but it is super effective and definitely wakes you up! I believe this is the best way to keep things happily clean and, coupled with my Squatty Potty, I think 2019 is going to be the year of the happy BM!" —Natalie D.
Get it from Tushy for
$69 (available in nine colors).
headrest pillow to save your neck from the awkward nap angles you usually end up in during long road trips. Don't let neck pain put a kink in your future travel plans!
Promising review: "I almost dozed off the first time I tested it in the driveway, lol. It was easy to install and adjustable for a 6-foot-3-inch adult all the way down to a small child very easily. It took me less than 10 minutes to unbox and set it up perfectly with all adjustments." — Edward
Get it from Amazon for
$29.61+ (available in four colors).
FlipLock lid mug that'll fit perfectly under your single-serve brewer and in most cup holders. Is this mug the perfect fit for your lifestyle? Why yes, I believe it is!
Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for! I’ve been hunting around for a good leak proof mug for my coffee in the morning. I wanted something that I could put in the side pocket of my backpack without worrying about it leaking. All the others that I found were either too big, too wide, or didn’t have a spout that I liked. Most of the coffee mugs that I have found that are stainless steel only have a sliding lid and those are not leak proof. Another great thing is after I drink my coffee, I can rinse it out and then use it for ice water the rest of the day and it keeps my water nice and cold. It’s a little pricey but for a good cup I guess spending the money one time isn’t so bad." —KatPedsRN
Get it from Takeya for
$29.99 (available in nine colors).
A pack of four
self-closing outlets to make your baby-proofed place look way less baby-proofed, even though they're extra safe!
Promising review: "We have been behind the curve on babyproofing and bought a big pack of the plastic two-prong outlet covers. My kiddo is determined to stick anything and everything he can into outlets and wants so badly to peel the individual outlet covers off. I bought a four-pack of these covers and they are AMAZING! They're easy to install (just don't forget the little plastic spacer between the actual bare outlet and the back of the cover) and SO MUCH BETTER than the cheap plastic covers. For the outlets that were the kiddo's 'favorites' to try to bust into, these are SO GOOD. The amount of force needed to slide the plate over to use is more than a toddler can muster, but not hard for an adult. It's very easy to plug things in, and take them out, but the baby doesn't even mess with these outlets anymore because the thrill of death is beyond his tiny finger strength. Installing a few of these in high kid-traffic areas has been WELL worth it! Thanks for a great product." — Katie Ackerman
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digital touch-screen photo frame – it's gonna be a ~picture~ perfect way to connect with your family and see what everyone is up to, without having to keep up on the family group chats.
This Wi-Fi connected photo frame comes with instructions for setting up a unique Skylight email account which is linked to the device. Any images (JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF) sent to the email will show up on the screen. It has 8GB of storage (enough for 8000+ photos).
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customizable desk that uses dash panels to help you make the workstation of your dreams – whether you're a crisp and clean minimalist or (like myself) a massive maximalist.
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This desk has upgraded my work from home life so drastically I can hardly remember life without it (pretty sure I've blacked out those work-from-bed days). I got the
filing shelf to hold all my favorite spooky books, the dry erase panel for taking quick notes, and a headphone hook. It doesn't take up floor space (a need in my tiny apartment) and it even has a charging dock available with extra outlets for USB cords and standard plugs, so you don't have to hunt around your house for extra outlet space. The adjustable shelves are simple to set up and super satisfying. Plus it's pretty...dang pretty.
Get it from Nine O for
$575+ (available in three kits with a selection of customized add-ons).
Jibbitz accessory to put on your Crocs to let everyone know (in the most meta way) just how much you love your Crocs.
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Those are my Crocs! And *my* accessory of choice. The only thing better than Crocs is MORE CROCS.
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fabric defuzzer sure to clean up sweaters, sofas, and other aging fabrics that have been a real ~pill~ lately.
Promising review: "I didn't think it through when I threw some dark shirts and sweaters in the wash with a couple of light towels. They came out with all those fuzzies. I ordered one of these based on the price and customer reviews and I can see why this is rated so high. Since it's so portable, I just sat on the couch and shaved two shirts and a pair of cottony exercise pants while watching tv. I probably would have never worn these items (at least not outside the house!) again if it wasn't for this great little gadget." — Paula Nelson
Get it from Amazon for
$12.99 (available in six colors).
fine meats gift box – a one-and-done gift for your entire family. This won't just ~meat~ their expectations, it'll totally exceed them.
This gift set includes four 8-oz. New Your Strip steaks, four 10-oz. center cut boneless ribeye, and four 16-oz. 85% lean ground beef.
Get it from Certified Piedmontese for
blind cord holder you can place nice and high to keep window cords away from your children and fur babies.
Promising review: "I have 30 blinds in my house and, with a toddler and three cats, this makes for a lot of nuisances and potential dangers. I have installed these cord packs throughout the house and, while it was an initial investment, I am so glad I did. They look great, they do not impede our ability to open or close the blind quickly, they are easy to remove if I move or no longer need them, and most importantly, they keep the cords out of reach of curious kids and cats. I had one issue with a couple magnets and contacted the manufacturer, and received a replacement pronto. The person I communicated with was nice too (not a given)! I wholly recommend this product." — CK
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bed ramp to help your pets (whether too young to jump up, too old to jump down, or too short for either situation) get up and down with ease.
You can also get a
collapsable ramp if your dog needs help getting in and out of the car. Promising review: "This is a great ramp! It's sturdy and the carpet helps my dog get up and down without any problems. It took me approximately 10 minutes to put together. I am very happy with this ramp." —Katie
Get it on sale from Chewy for
$124.95 (originally $169.99; available in two colors).
A box of
Verb energy bars that'll delight people who need a pick-me-up stronger than chocolate. These have as much caffeine as an espresso – without the post-coffee slump and/or jitters.
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Wish you could have a salted peanut butter, maple blueberry, lemon raspberry, coconut chai, cocoa, vanilla latte...that's chewable? Here ya go! You can even
try them for free (just pay $3.95 for shipping) and see what you think! Promising review: "I struggled for a long time to find something to fuel me before my early morning workout. I'm up early, roll out of bed and work out before the day gets away from me. Thankfully a friend recommended Verb bars! They are perfect for me! Love the bars, this company, and their customer service." —Leah
Get a box from Verb for
$22+ (available in multiple flavors and bundles).
USB cord bracelet great for vacations or for anyone who seems to need a charge at a moment's notice.
This specific bracelet is compatible with Apple, but you can also get one for
Samsung products. Promising review: "I usually have every sort of cable that I could possibly need when I'm at work, but I don't usually carry one on my person when I'm elsewhere. It looks sharp, and isn't obviously a cable, but its always available should you need it. One thing I have found is that the cable is compatible with Apple CarPlay, and when plugged into a computer will function like a default Apple cable. I am incredibly happy with it and would recommend it to anyone who might ask." — Patt Duffy
Get it from Amazon for
$14.99 (available in three styles).
insulated water reservoir to keep you hydrated while snowboarding in the freezing cold. With this snazzy system your water won't freeze on you, no matter what you're up to this winter.
Promising review: "This is perfect for my needs. I've been able to take out and use the inside water pouch for hiking in the summer, and the insulated pouch for snowboarding in the winter. So much value! I'm very happy with my purchase." —jollii
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light necklace you can toss on your dog to give you some peace of mind while walking around at night. This thing is especially useful if you play fetch with your dog when it's dark, or if they love running around your large yard at night. There's a reason this thing has ~glowing~ reviews!
Promising review: "Everyone should have one of these! It's great quality! I love how it alternates colors and how you can make it stick to one color. My dog loves his necklace. This is a fabulous purchase. Get one right now!" —Khaos
Get it from Chewy for
$15.99 (originally $19.99).
And a pair of color-changing
LED faucet lights that are gonna light up your life every time you turn on your water. Need a way to convince your kids to wash their hands more often? Have I got a ~bright~ idea for you.
These lights use a built-in generator, so no need to worry about batteries or electricity! Each light has three colors that will change depending on the temperature of the water being used.
Promising review: "Love love these LED lights. It's very easy to set up, the price is right ,and it's durable. I bought these lights over 2 months ago and they are still working. When the kitchen lights are off and the faucet is on it brightens up the entire kitchen sink. I love that it changes colors when the temperature changes, that makes it easier and safer for the kids to know when the temperature is hot or cold. I would buy these again in a heartbeat." — Judean C.
Get them from Amazon for
$14.99 and get a shower head version for $29.99.
Balance Blox kit for kids who need some active fun when they're cooped up inside – cut your energetic kiddos some ~slack~ and give them this indoor solution to outdoor fun!
Promising review: "This is a great activity for indoors! (It can also be used outdoors, but my preference is indoors.). My 5-year-olds LOVE this!" —Leanne P
Get it on sale from B4 Adventure for
$169.99 (originally $199.99).
multi-tier drinking fountain – it's gonna help keep your cat hydrated, because cats' instincts tell them that moving water is cleaner than still water. This thing looks great, is whisper-quiet, and even dishwasher-safe!
P.S. This is also a great choice for small dogs!
Promising reviews: "My Jake loves his new water dish! The constant flow keeps the water fresh and clean. I filled it and, just to test it, emptied it two days later. There was no scum and the water was clean. I am now confident I can just replenish the water lost. Jake drinks more water than before, which is good for him. I would recommend this to any pet owner." —RescueMom
"Our little dog, who is 15 years old, was starting to have trouble seeing and drinking from her normal water bowl, so we ordered this to see if it would help! It is perfect!
Not only is it higher than a bowl on the floor, which helps her neck pain but the water also moves and she loves drinking from the top part. This is great for an aging pet!" —Happypetparent
Get it from Chewy for
$29.95 (originally $64.99).
shoebox bag that'll make packing shoes when you travel so easy you'll never feel de-feet-ed by the task again.
Promising review: "As a Sneakerhead this is a most have! I own three already. It is great. It fits big sizes (I'm a 14). I can just pack it and put it in my travel bag, or even just carry it by hand! It's practical and looks great!" —Electrolights
Get it on sale from Champs for
$24.99 (originally $35; available in two colors).
Every Plate subscription, one of the most budget-friendly food services out there, with a satisfying selection of 11 weekly recipes to enjoy when you don't have the energy to meal prep for the week.
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Every week there are 11 varied recipes to chose from. Your box will come with labeled ingredients inside an insulated box.
Promising review: "It takes out all the work of having to meal plan and grocery shop. It not only saves me so much time, but it also saves me so much money!" —Kelsey Brackett
Get it from Every Plate for
$4.99/serving per two people (plus $8.99 shipping; available for two to four people with three to five meals per week).
Fenty lip care pair with a scrub stick and a mini balm that'll soothe sore lips this winter season.
Promising review: "This is amazing, my lips are smooth and look amazing with or without ant lip color." —Anonymous
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Lively candle is gonna give you the sweet beach scents you didn't know you'd miss so much when pumpkin spice season started up.
Promising review: "Your house will smell like a field of fresh flowers. It's absolutely heavenly and I would highly recommend it for yourself or a gift. I'm buying more!" —Jodi
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A pack of 10
compostable compressed towels for earth-friendly folks who want a hypoallergenic solution to their washing routine. These expand when wet and are super sensitive, so they work great for your entire body!
Promising review: "I really love the wipes. These are super easy to use, just wet with a little water and you're good to go! Plus they are reusable, making them environmentally friendly. I love Maude!" —Astrid A.
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nose butter that'll soothe your dog's schnoz if it gets dry or cracked this winter.
Promising review: "I received this item yesterday, so I have been using it three times a day for two days. My poor, beautiful English mastiff has had a horrible nose for so long. I have talked to the vet and researched on forums, but had yet to find a solution that actually worked. My husband was skeptical when I stumbled across this product but said to try it. I am amazed and recommend this to anyone who has a pup in need. Two days and my puppy's nose is almost as good as new! This stuff is a miracle-worker! I have attached a photo of the before and after so you can see the results too (pictured above). A huge thank you from my pup and myself!" — Bleeding Rose
Get it from Amazon for
$7.50+ (available in several packaging styles based on breed).
app-driven indoor garden to guide you through your vegetation's care from seedlings to salad! And all (get this) while staying inside!
I actually own this! Not only is the garden itself a gorgeous addition to my apartment but the process is truly fool-proof, with step-by-step instructions that have given me confidence with a hobby that's totally out of my comfort zone. The
Rise Gardens app tells you everything you need to know about caring for your plantlings, and watching them grow so quickly is so satisfying! They have a great selection of herb and vegetable seeds to chose from – so become the apartment farmer you were always meant to be! Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with my garden! It's thoughtfully designed, easy to use, and we have delicious fresh produce year round. It's a really beautiful accent piece. There is some noise from the water draining, but over time you get used to it – I actually enjoy it now. This thing is BRIGHT though, so not necessarily suitable for any room. I had a couple of problems with the power supply and EC/pH sensor at first, but customer service was quick to send replacements. I'm looking forward to trying out different types of plants, and thinking of buying a second one since nutrient requirements are different for young and old plants." —Ross
Get it from Rise Gardens for
$549+ (available in three sizes).
AeroGarden if you want to start growing but only have some counter space to spare.
This includes six herb seed pods of Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and mint, with a 3-oz. bottle of all natural plant nutrients (enough for a full season of growth).
Promising review: " I got this as a birthday present for my husband, the classic man who is impossible to buy for, and he was thrilled with it. He's a by-the-numbers kind of guy, and followed the directions carefully. As a result, all six of the herbs have germinated, and we are already using some of them (basil, thyme and dill) only three weeks later. One thing: the light is much brighter than I expected. It's bright. The timer keeps it on for 15 hours a day, so hopefully there's a place in your house where it won't reflect off the TV screen or light up somebody's bedroom." — Mary B.
Get it from Amazon for
$99.99+ (available in two styles).
And finally, a
toning and hydrating mask that'll neutralizing yellow tones and brighten your blonde hair to a chic platinum in FIVE MINUTES. This has açai extract and vitamin B5, so it'll also deep-condition and add extra shine.
You've gotta heal your hair to keep that platinum going strong! This...does it all.
Promising review: "Y’all! Verb’s purple mask brought my blonde locks back to life during quarantine! I’ve never used a mask but my stylist recommended I try it. My hair is fresh, velveteen smooth, and I love my perfectly revived blonde highlights!" —Austin, TX
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