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    Updated on 15 Mar 2020. Posted on 13 Mar 2020

    19 Genius Items That Will Make You Go, "Damn, Wish I'd Thought Of That"

    I could've been a millionaire, if only I'd thought of these things first.

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    We've all uttered these words — "I said this should be a thing the other day!" and cursed the person who actually went through the hard task of getting it made.

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    I swear I'm a genius, you'll just have to trust me.

    I, someone who looks at products for a living, have this conversation on the regular and thought I'd share with you 19 of the brilliant items that are to blame.

    1. This pet carrier bag, which allows you to safely take your cat out and about — because ain't no way they're staying on a leash.

    Dick Smith

    If, like us, you greatly enjoyed the scene in Miss Americana where Tay-Tay has her cat, Olivia, in a chic backpack carrier, then cop a look at this. You never need leave your furry friend behind again with this pet window carrier backpack — with plenty of ventilation, by the way.

    Buy for $39 from Dick Smith.

    2. This keychain car escape tool, that will enable you to cut through your seatbelt and break windows in an emergency.

    Amazon

    Rather than that keyring from the Grand Canyon and gym pass you never use, may I suggest this life-saving tool to hang from your keys instead? Compact yet bright (so easily spotted in the dark), this car escape tool was originally developed for first responders and now can be carried by every driver. A protected blade cuts through jammed seat belts and a small but effective steel spike shatters glass when needed.

    Buy for $26.65 from Amazon Australia.

    3. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because life's too short to deal with pesky phone cradles.

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    This phone holder comes with a stand and a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone, or put onto your phone case for instant GPS viewing ability. It also comes with two magnets, which is perfect if you share a car with someone.

    Buy it for $24.95 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This motivational water bottle, which will remind you to hydrate in-between your passive aggressive emails.

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    Dehydration is the enemy of energy and concentration, so fix your productivity with all the water. This litre bottle is marked with times, so when you glance at your bottle and realise its past the hour, you know it's time to take another swig. It helpfully lets you know just what a certain amount of liquid is doing for you, including, "3 p.m. — Reduce Fatigue" and "5 p.m. — Hydrate Skin".

    Buy for $28.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. This Fitbit Versa, which can go FOUR DAYS without a charge.

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    If, like me, you're planning for a healthier you this decade, this Fitbit Versa could be the thing for you. It's the lightest Fitbit yet — plus, it's swim resistant, accommodates wallet-free payments, GPS, sleep and period tracking, call and calendar alerts and all the fitness tracking for which the brand first became famous.

    Buy for $199 from JB Hi-Fi.

    6. This water fountain, because no matter how often you refresh your cat's water bowl, they're still not tempted to finish it.

    Amazon

    This fountain has a three litre capacity and three different settings — a gentle water flow, bubbling top or calm streams. Only filtered water is pushed to the surface, ensuring the cleanest, freshest water for your kitty every time.

    Buy for $63 from Amazon Australia.

    7. This Sensori + Macedon Trail Detoxifying Mist that smells like a walk in an Australian forest after rain — and will literally improve the quality of the air around you.

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    This air-detoxifying mist will break down airborne toxins and odour, and replace it with a scent that, honestly, smells like ~luxury~. Hours in a concrete building can take its toll on anyone and the scent of this mist instantly transports me to an evergreen, unmistakably Aussie nature setting.

    A blend of geranium, vetiver and Aussie sandalwood, this one is for those with nature-loving partners.

    Buy 100ml for $70 from Myer.

    8. This smart ceramic mug that will ensure your bean juice always stays warm.

    Amazon

    I do not know what it's like to have a hot cup of tea. Like, I can not even fathom the sensation. Who has the time to sit with a mug in hand, waiting for it to reach the optimum temperature before it gets cold?! Enter this ceramic mug which will keep your drink at the exact temperature you prefer, is controlled via app and sits on a charging coaster — ready for whenever you need a caffeine kick.

    Buy for $79.95 from Amazon Australia.

    9. This wood-look alarm clock that simulates dusk as a way of lulling you to sleep and sunrise to wake you — because you can't be productive if you wake on the wrong side of the bed.

    Amazon

    In addition to 10 different brightness levels, this clock plays six natural sounds — birds, waves and forest, for starters — meaning you won't just fill your space with natural-looking light, but also nature-emulating sounds.

    Buy for $40.99 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This eyeliner stamp, because whoever invented the winged-eye look was just setting us up for failure.

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    Reviewers say that this stamp makes the perfect winged eye every time — infinitely easier than trying to get even lines freehand. Each set comes with two pens — one for your left eye, one for right — and is water-resistant and smudge-proof.

    Buy for $11.57 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, which will withstand anything you throw at it — including water!

    @ultimateeasrs / Via instagram.com, @ultimateears / Via instagram.com

    I'd write an essay about why you should get this portable speaker, but no doubt you've been lusting after one for a while now. 360 sound (that infamously deep bass!) and 13 hours battery life, it is seriously waterproof and drop proof. Like, it actually floats, so you needn't worry about it getting damaged at your next party when someone gets carried away and it inevitably goes in the pool.

    Buy now for $99 from The Good Guys.

    12. This magic double-sided tape that sticks to everything and can be washed and reused, time and time again.

    Amazon

    Thanks to some special kind of wizardry, this durable, double-sided clear tape can be used to stick almost anything to any surface. Five metres long, it can be cut to suit your needs and then — without leaving a mark — be removed, washed and used again from now until eternity.

    Read all about its wondrousness here.

    Buy for $13.50 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This drain snake that will unclog the hair that has been building up since you've been sprouting follicles on top of your head.

    Amazon

    If I'm honest, I can't look at this photo without gagging a touch. I imagine doing the job itself would be much the same, but it needs to be done, so might as well get it over and done with faster, right? There are two different lengths to choose from, 50cm and 60cm, so no matter how far down you've managed to shove your hair, the tiny claws along its length will be able to pull it all out in one go.

    Buy a pack of four for $7.99 from Amazon Australia.

    14. These blemish patches, which protect your acne from bacteria as it heals.

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    These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a wound-healing material that protects against bacteria. Ultra-thin and complete with a matte finish, they can be worn on top of inflamed and acne-prone skin, and under foundation (!). A few hours later, your zits will have shrunk noticeably. No wonder people are buying these in bulk.

    Read all about their genius here.

    Buy a pack of 18 patches for $4.90 from Amazon Australia.

    15. This electric hand warmer, for when gloves just won't cut it.

    Amazon

    You can adjust this ~handy~ gadget's temperature all the way up to 45°C — perfect for warming cold fingers! Plus, it charges USB-compatible devices, should your portable charger run out of juice. Its rechargeable battery lasts for up to three hours — though if you need one with longer life, there is also a model that lasts six hours!

    Buy for $56.64 from Amazon Australia.

    16. This Tile Mate device, because if you're like me, you can't trust your memory to remember where you last put down your keys.

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    Promising review: "All you have to do is hook your phone up to this baby via Bluetooth and you're golden. Whenever you lose whatever you've attached it to — like your keys — it'll play a loud sound so you'll find them straight away. You can also use the tile itself to find your phone by pressing the button twice, which is perfect for me because I'm always losing mine!"

    Hameda Nafiz

    Buy it for $39.95 from Amazon Australia.

    17. These armpit pads that will keep your sweat from staining your shirts.

    Amazon

    Apply these self-adhesive underarm pads directly to your skin for some easy, all-natural soaking up of sweat. Never fear wearing synthetic fabrics on a hot day again!

    Buy a pack of 25 for $24.90 from Amazon Australia.

    18. These Sound PEATS wireless earbuds, because I've been wanting to make the move to wireless but have been turned off by competitors' prices.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    With just a touch of a single earbud, you have access to excellent sound quality to take calls and listen to music for around four hours per charge.

    Promising review: "I've been dragging my heels to make the move to wireless earbuds — I thought for sure I'd lose one and that having to charge them would be a massive inconvenience. My husband bought these as a gift and now I love the convenience of not having to hold my phone when out and about, should I want to listen to my music. Their holder has magnetic properties, so when charging or just being stored, you don't have to worry about the earbuds falling out and getting lost."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy now for $34.84 from Amazon Australia.

    19. And finally, this digital meat thermometer, because though I am a grown ass adult, I still don't know how to cook a medium rare steak.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "I am a woman of many talents — cooking however, is not one of them. This handy gadget gives you an accurate temperature reading within three seconds (!) and I've since been able to cook that elusive medium rare steak. The probe folds in easily for safe storage and I love the magnet backing — last thing I need is another kitchen tool taking up space in my heavily crowded drawers!"

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for $18.45 from Amazon Australia.

    Me, to every one of these items' inventors.

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