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    39 Things That'll Do Jobs You Didn't Know Needed To Be Done In 2020

    A fancy ice cube tray, antiperspirant foot lotion, collapsable strainer, and 36 other products that'll help solve everyday (and not so everyday) problems in the new year.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An ice cube tray with a lid – it's gonna keep your ice from tasting stale and prevent that frustrating game of freezer Tetris from ever happening again.


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ice cubes in my drinks, and it's so annoying to have ice cube problems. I really researched ice cube trays and read a lot of reviews until I found these. It's so nice not to have to worry about spilling water just trying to get them in there. Also, they come out of the tray so easily! No more fighting to get the cubes out. These just kind of pop out when you press down on one side." —Kalisa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two styles).

    2. A universal skin salve pumped up with castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin for saving your lips from winter wind. But wait, there's more! The original formula is also great to use on other dry areas of your skin, meaning one tiny tube is here for *all* of you.


    Promising review: "I have three of these: Rose, Birthday, and Ming...all of them are awesome. My favorite is mint because of the tingle it leaves on your lips, which is perfect for a long day where you feel like your lips need a refresh but you don’t have time to reapply lipstick. The packaging is also adorable, of course. Overall, 10/10 VSCO Girl approved." —Becca

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight styles).

    3. A desk humidifier with a built-in plant box, so you can breathe easy in your stuffy office and show off your green thumb at the same time.


    Promising review: "My regular sized humidifier is a huge hassle to clean. I wanted one I could keep in my office but wouldn't break my back scrubbing every day. This looked perfect, so I went ahead and ordered it. It's about the size of a pint of ice cream but don't let the size fool you, this produces an incredible amount of steam! And it is SO cute! It's exactly what I needed and I'd recommended it to others." —Dana

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

    4. A foot antiperspirant lotion for anyone who knows wintertime is the season for boots, wool socks, and impressively sweaty feet.


    Sweaty palms? Grab the hand version and stop sweating it, stat!

    Promising reviews: "This is the only thing that has ever worked for my foot perspiration. It is wonderful, my feet are DRY when I take my boots off when I come in from work. If you think you've tried everything and don't think this will will!" —USMC/MCSO

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    5. A collapsable strainer that'll store flat and keep you from ~straining~ to find space in your kitchen cabinets.


    Promising review: "I love this colander, it saves so much space. I wish they sold one that was slightly bigger but I use this one for almost everything. This is an ingenious idea." —Sadean

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $7.93 (originally $21.99).

    6. A library scented candle for anyone who would always rather be reading. Sorry, can't come out tonight. I'm already ~booked~.


    Promising review: "Libraries, bookstores, and art supply shops make me happy and soothe my soul. I've always thought it was a scent-driven zen that I felt. Now I can have that any time in my own home. This candle is perfect." —Linda R.

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95.

    7. A sequin accent chair – this is sure to make your kids absolutely beside themselves with joy when they see it. Kids love sequins and sequins love kids. That's a fact.


    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $158.94+ (available in two colors).

    8. A pack of energizing breath mints (with a whopping 40mg of caffeine per mint) for people who need a pee-free pick-me-up in the middle of a road trip or just the middle of the day.

    Promising review: "This is one of best things any person can have in their desk at work or in their car. Need a major caffeine boost in five minutes? Pop some Viter. I keep some at work just. You never know when you need caffeine but you don't want to spend $7 in a Starbucks run and don't want the disgusting stuff they pass for coffee in the break room. Since they're mints, they don't go bad and the container is really nifty and small too. Just FYI: They do hit with a kick though. You'll be at an 11 for like five minutes after you pop one of these, so remember that when your heart rate jumps up a little." —Pen Name

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in five flavors).

    9. A luggage scale to make packing less of a guessing game, helping you avoid a heavy heart (and hefty charge) when your luggage weighs slightly more than it should.


    Promising review: "This is very accurate and perfect for constant travelers. We use this before every trip to avoid paying for extra weight as we travel internationally quite often. I have tested in several ways and also always note the weigh number in the airport. After several trips, I can say that the accuracy of it is right within two pounds. I have had it for almost two years and I'm still using the same batteries." —Cass Young

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. A toilet target light with a motion sensor and clear projection that'll make potty training a bright spot in your child's life.


    To apply, simply clean the area with an alcohol wipe before attaching the light. Take the sticker off the back and press firmly against the lid for 90 seconds. That's it! Batteries are included.

    Promising review: "I got this thinking 'Dear lord I hope this works. If I drop my pants in pee again or have to scrub another wall I am going to go insane!' I thought the price was a bit much but it is okay now that I now it works! I don’t know why people are saying theirs don’t stay on. I’m truly hoping they cleaned the area first... but anyways. All I did was clean the surface of the lid with some rubbing alcohol and stuck this light on, like it said to do. My husband and son are in and out of the bathroom several times a day. Slamming the lid closed. Lights on and off all the time. This still lights up bright as ever and it’s going on three weeks. Now when I sit I sometimes might lean back into it but it’s really not an issue. I'm just overwhelmed with joy because this target works and I do not have to scrub any extra walls, floors, or pants!!! You better believe I’m getting one for every darn bathroom in my house!!!" —NoRestForTheWicked

    Get it from Amazon for $29.88.

    11. A spice shelf that is gonna turn any ~scary spice~ situation into an organized masterpiece you'd actually ~wannabe~ using.


    Promising review: "This product is perfect for what I need it to do. Fits just right, is more than sturdy enough, and has made my absolutely nightmarish spice cabinet look awesome. No more duplicate spices going bad in the back of the cabinet! It’s not at all difficult to assemble." —Congaree

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (for two shelves).

    12. A storage bean bag chair for kids whose idea of cleaning is shoving things under the bed or in the closet – now they can shove things into a chair instead, keeping your home clean using your kids' preferred cleaning method.


    Promising review: "I didn't really believe that this beanbag would actually hold ALL of my children's considerable stuffed animal collection. Boy, was I wrong. From tiny beanie boos to a giant stuffed elephant, there are probably 40-50 stuffed animals in there, as well as a bolster pillow, and there still seems to be room to squeeze in the occasional stuffie I find lying around. It's such a great compromise: my kids refused to part with any of their stuffies, and we needed a beanbag anyway. Construction seems to be good quality, the fabric is nice, and it's good-looking. It's actually comfortable to sit on, not lumpy like I would've assumed. There is even a handle so you can drag it around easily. Highly recommend!" —JessicaSophia

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95 (available 11 colors and three sizes).

    13. A food smoker to infuse any food (or alcoholic beverage, for that matter) with a smokey flavor – no fire-starting skills required.


    Promising Review: "I use this with meat I've cooked with my sous vide cooker. It's not like cooking on the grill but it gives a subtle smoked flavor and if it's cold outside you don't have to go out and fire up the grill. I use charcoal and it would simply waste the charcoal just to smoke the meat." —Bill Berry

    Get it from Amazon for $79.96.

    14. A pair of shoe stretchers that'll rescue your feet when your new leather shoes are slightly too tight or to rescue your shoes when bad weather has them bent outta shape.


    Promising review: "My son works in a restaurant and his shoes get wet and greasy. I wash and dry them, so the toes curl up like the wicked witch of the west. These are heavy and made of cedar with a spring in them. I put them in the shoes, pushed and the curls came right out. I then put them in the shoe rack to stretch back into shape. This is a great product, worth the money, and not cheaply made." —phil13

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99+ (available for sizes 6.5–13).

    15. A rolling underbed cart for utilizing the space under your bed with a storage system that's ~wheely~ easy.


    This is pretty sturdy too! May reviewers have used it for clothing and blankets, but some have also filled it to the brim with books without issue.

    Promising review: "I needed a way to get at shoes under my bed without getting down on the floor after a back injury. This cart holds 10 pair of shoes and slides in and out from under the bed easily!! I would recommend this and buy it again." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.98.

    16. An AeroGarden that'll be a truly fool-proof way to grow fresh herbs outside of a garden and inside of your fifth-floor walkup.


    This uses energy-efficient LED lights that automatically turn on and off and it has feed/water reminders to help keep your herbs, you know, alive. It also includes Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food. Be sure to read our full review of the AeroGarden!

    Promising review: "I am really enjoying my AeroGarden. First, its narrow clean design fits into my kitchen well. Of the six seedlings, only the mint didn’t grow, but I have more dill and basil than I can use some weeks. I was apprehensive about cleaning it out every two weeks, but it is very easy; it only takes five minutes. I like it better than my 'click and grow', which is not hydroponic. I just bought another to give to my sister as a gift. It's a great product! And thank you for the great price Macy’s!" —LDianeP

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $89.99 (originally $189.99, available in two colors).

    17. An Aquapaw Slow Treater to keep your fluffer in the bath long enough to finally get her fluffy! Just throw some peanut butter or other pasty treat in the grooves and let her snack while you wash her off.


    This is safe to put in the dishwasher and freezer AND it's made from FDA-grade silicone.

    Promising review: "I just finished cutting toenails on my three dogs with their total cooperation, thanks to this product. I just put squirt cheese in between the nubs of the slow treater, laid it on the grooming table, and the dogs were happily licking away while I worked on their feet. No pulling away, no second person to hold the dog, just me, some cheese, and the slow treater. I’m a fan!" —D. Dipietro

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    18. A heat resistant travel mat that'll lie flat on your counter or wrap securely around your heat tools, keeping them from burning unprotected surfaces.

    Promising review: "Do yourself a favor and make this purchase! It has saved my vanity surface and bathroom granite from getting burn marks. I just wish I would have ordered this sooner! It's the perfect size and I use it every day with my straightener and curling iron." —Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $11.18 (available in two colors).

    19. A cord organizer to hide the mess of cords in your apartment in a neat and (c)orderly fashion.


    Promising review: "I purchased this cable box to hide a bunch of cords for a router, mini cell phone tower, etc. I shopped around a bit because I wanted something that looked nicer than just a plastic box. This was the best solution I found, I like the faux wood top of it, I actually wish the sides were the same design but again I do like the aesthetic of this box. It fits a ton of cords and wires. This was a fast and satisfying fix to my cord problem. I will be purchasing another one of these boxes for a different area of the house. It was worth the money for me as it looked better than the other cable boxes I could find and it really did solve the problem." —Frustrated Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97+ (available in three colors).

    20. A car visor tissue holder that'll save the day when someone gets a sudden bloody nose or when the traffic is so bad you start crying uncontrollably.


    Promising review: "I finally have a convenient place to keep my tissue instead of leaving them where I can’t find them. The quality is very good. I love this." —Lorieckl

    Get it from Amazon for $10.39 (available in two colors).

    21. A paint-and-peel latex cuticle guard so you can get a perfect manicure (at a perfect price = free) from the comfort of your own couch!

    Promising review: "If you do nail art or want to perfect your nail polishing skills, this is the product for you. Easy to use, dries sparkly so you know it’s dry, easy peel-off in one piece, and a clean finish. I do a lot of nail art and stamping. Some of the stamping polishes are really hard to get off the cuticle but with this, they come off cleanly. Helps when I do my toes, too, if I get a little messy, the mess comes off with the latex. You can also switch the brush so you don’t waste the bottle when the brush gets clumpy." —Diannah S.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A drinking fountain faucet attachment to snag a sip of water when you don't want a whole cup *and* make brushing your teeth a whole lot easier.


    Promising review: "I have Parkinson's and find it difficult to handle a water glass while taking my daily pills. This little water fountain is perfect for me! It was shipped quickly and was super easy to install with no tools. The knob is easy to slide in and out to change from faucet to fountain. The water comes up high enough that I do not have to bend too far over to drink from it. It is not in the way when I wash my hands. I really am glad that I spotted this gadget." —Texas Grandma

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    23. A L'Oréal blowout primer – it's gonna help blow dry your hair in a fraction of the time while protecting your precious locks from damage caused by heat tools (no matter your hair type).

    Promising review: "I use this every time I blow dry my hair. Even with my thick hair I can have it completely dry in less than five minutes. Leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft. I even find that I don't need to restyle my hair the next day even after sleeping on it." —blackrose

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    24. A stainless steel bottle sealer sure to have you feeling all bubbly inside. Why, you may ask? Because it's designed with a built-up pressure pump at-the-ready to keep your bubbly drinks, you know, bubbly.


    Promising review: "Loved this product. So easy to use. Everything is in one – no plug with pump. It stays on and keeps the bubbles in champagne and all carbonated wines. It does not pop off or leak if you lay the bottle back on its side in the refrigerator. It's metal and very strong. Love that you just need to pump the top to take out the air. Great for picnics and BYOBs. Plus it DOES NOT LEAK!" —C. Glidden

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    25. A foot hammock for giving yourself a real ~leg up~ when you travel, even in economy class.


    Promising review: "I often travel overseas on business and started suffering from numbness and swelling of my feet. After trying this nifty little foot hammock on a flight to Japan, I'll never fly without it again. Not only were my feet comfortable the majority of the flight, they didn't swell at all. I was very excited to find this great gadget and highly recommend it to anyone who travels." —Cristiane

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    26. A surprisingly aesthetic natural wood essential oil diffuser with a car vent clip so you can use all your favorite essential oils in your car and skip the plastic pine.


    This works with any essential oils, but it also comes with a lavender one!

    Promising review: "I’m very particular when it comes to scent so I’m picky about choosing products for my house and car. I’ve always used car air fresheners but was looking for an alternative that wouldn’t give me a headache with an overpowering chemical scent for my long commutes. This oil diffuser is a great alternative to other generic brands. The scent of lavender essential oil is lush, soothing but not overpowering which is great for de-stressing during my commutes. You can also place it on top of your work desk for a subtle and soothing aroma. The diffuser came in high quality packaging with two petite reeds sticks. Highly recommend it!" —Eric H.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. A candy making kit so you can satisfy your sweet tooth with some dandy homemade candy.


    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote about all of Tasty's dessert kits and my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection exclusively on Wilton for $14.99.

    28. A magnetic laundry guard – use this and you just might save yourself from missing laundry drama from now on.


    Promising review: "Oh, how I love this laundry guard! I have very little counter space in my laundry room and this allows me to use all that space on top of the washer and dryer for folding clothes. No more fishing socks and underwear from behind the machines! I love it and so does everyone else that visits and sees it for the first time. The magnets hold it in place very well. There is not a lot of shifting unless I throw something large and heavy up there but it's an easy adjustment to get it back in place. Good quality, not flimsy at all. I highly recommend this product." —Christa

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    29. A magnetic clasp converter that'll make putting on your tiny-clasped necklaces so easy you'll finally pull them out of the bottom of your jewelry box and put them back on your body!


    Promising review: "I have some necklaces whose clasp are so tiny and every time I try to open them, my fingernails get damaged. The magnets are strong enough to hold an average pendant and to keep it on place the whole time, and the best part: your fingernails will thank you. I’m going to buy a few more for all my necklaces." —TanMartz

    Get it from Amazon for $16.52.

    30. A hair finishing stick – basically a natural, plant oil-covered mascara wand to pick up those pesky baby hairs on the back of your neck or around your hairline.

    Promising review: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    31. A spiffy umbrella you can see through, which allows the umbrella's shape to cover more of your body and keep you (and your outfit) dry. Even when it rains, you should still respect the drip. KAREN.


    Promising review: "Loved this product. So easy to use. Everything is in one — no plug with pump. It stays on and keeps the bubbles in champagne and all carbonated wines. It does not pop off or leak if you lay the bottle back on its side in the refrigerator. It's metal and very strong. Love that you just need to pump the top to take out the air. Great for picnics and BYOBs. Plus it DOES NOT LEAK!" —C. Glidden

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50.

    32. A slow-feed bowl for pups who think speed eating is an olympic sport (and who suffer from upset stomachs because of it).,

    The non-slip base holds the bowl in place while your pet forages for food.

    Promising review: "This bowl worked so well for our one dog, that we ended up getting two more for the other two dogs. It has worked wonderfully for all three, who have different snouts/jaws – including a short, thick Pitbull's mouth. They all figure out a way to get every single piece of kibble out and all three seem to really enjoy the time spent. The built-in, non-skid phalanges make the bowl extremely stable, whether on wood or tile floor. They lie flat and are part of the molded base. Even the clumsy and overly-vigorous eaters can't knock the bowl around." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.60.

    33. A Manta sleep mask with 100% blackout and no eye pressure – this mask can help you fall asleep in the blink of an eye.


    I actually own this mask *and* I am now doing my part to make sure everyone knows how great it is. The band doesn’t mess up my hair, the cushions are comfortable, and it’s designed with enough space for long eyelashes to blink comfortably. I recently went to the "haunted" Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and threw this on before bed so I wouldn’t wake up and be spooked by a shadow in the night. With this comfortable cushion on? I slept like the dead.

    Promising review: "I'm in love. It's so soft! I'm a light sleeper so my husband got me this as a gift. I have slept soundly every night. Amazing." —Autumn Yaokum

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    34. A guided questions journal that'll make you a memory-saving pro in a matter of (exactly two) minutes. Your posterity will love reading about the week you ordered six pizzas hoping to see that one hot pizza deliverer again. They really will.


    This journal helps guide you to find gratitude, feel stress relief, and set intentions by focusing on the phrase, "I will let go of, I am grateful for, I will focus on."

    Promising review: "Do you have two minutes? Do you struggle with priorities? Well, here's a journal to help you win your day. After struggling to manage his commitments, Neil Pasricha discovered a simple gratitude practice that changed his life. It takes...wait for it...just two minutes every morning. The practice is simple yet powerful, and by using a journal to log your entries, you'll be able to look back over the year at all you've accomplished." —Chris Guillebeau

    Get it from Amazon for $15.62.

    35. A drawstring makeup bag with straps for makeup brushes, pockets for accessories, and enough room for holding the masses of makeup currently clustered around your counter. Honestly, this is a heaven-sent organization system for messy people, just toss stuff in and tie up!, Amazon

    Promising review: "This ingenious design has replaced all the other bags that I lugged around with me. Each day, in my rush to get to work, I kept adding more and more stuff, even water bottles. It's not just for cosmetics! Then I just tighten it up and go! It's even cushioned so I can flop it right on the counter." —Oyster800

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in 13 colors).

    36. An inflatable wedge pillow to give you some personal space (albeit, minimal) and help you sleep soundly even when you're stuck in the middle seat.


    Promising review: "I used this on four international flights last month and it made all the difference in the world. It's compact, easy to inflate/deflate, very versatile in how you can position it, doesn't rely on the tray table, and works well for bulkhead seats as well as those with someone in front of you. I can't sleep with my head back without snorting myself awake, so this is a perfect alternative. I can very comfortably lean forward in my seat and sleep almost like I can in a bed. I'm 6'2" and this pillow is plenty tall enough to just rest on my lap and let me lean forward into it without feeling crunched over. This pillow will easily let me get enough comfortable periods of sleep on a 9-hour flight that I don't feel completely drained upon arrival. My wife tried mine out before we left on vacation and loved it so much she had me order her one. We both wouldn't travel without them now." —Still Chilly In Colorado

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    37. A Squatty Potty for people who are tired of sitting on their constipation problem.


    Promising review: "Going 'number two' will never be the same! This is the best invention known to man. Seriously, with this you can poo in comfort and poo in peace. Poo with this underneath your feet and thank the porcelain gods for the genius who invented the most amazing product on earth!" —Sydney Armstrong

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    38. A pack of three eco-friendly reusable food wraps, because plastic wrap is a pain and an expense that's sure to seem totally unnecessary when you see how much money you have ~leftovers~ by using these.


    This pack includes a small, medium, and large food wrap.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these wraps. I have been making an effort to change over to more reusable products and these have been super helpful. I love the separate sizes. I have used them for packing items in my lunch, wrapping energy cookies for my long runs, wrapping left overs, etc. I am planning on implementing more wraps into my kitchen space to eliminate plastic bags and wraps. I absolutely love the colors and design of the turtles, it honestly brings me joy to see it in my lunch sack!" leahas

    Get them from Amazon for $16+ (available in four colors).

    39. And finally, a funny doormat that'll greet your guests when they come in and let them know exactly how you feel about their extended stay, without having to say a word.


    Promising review: "I love this clever little mat. I gave it as a housewarming gift and once everyone figured out the little upside-down trick, we all had a great laugh. Everyone enjoyed the gift. It's also thick and substantial. Maybe a little too thick, I have tripped over it a couple times. But other than that, I would recommend this product." —Tina B.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79.

    And now we're ready to take on the new year!


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