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    26 Products That Are Somehow Both Practical And Exciting

    Practical doesn't have to mean boring.

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    1. A sleep eye mask with Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to a book or soft music as you snooze while also keeping out excess light. Me? I'll be napping in the middle of the day while listening to the same podcast episode for the thousandth time, as always.,

    Promising review: "The first thing I noticed was how soft it is. I have tried other sleep masks. but they usually end up with some seam feeling scratchy on my nose. I love the size of this and how well it fits with the adjustable Velcro straps. It blocks light very well, which is great for me because I cannot stand any light when I sleep. I also use a sound machine app and had no trouble pairing this to my phone and playing my sounds. It has really good-quality audio and was still playing when I woke up in the morning after about six hours." —T. Spencer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.59.

    2. A 3D-printed clip-on sauce holder to up your drive-thru game to a level thought previously unreachable. Cue up "Da' Dip" on repeat for your entire drive.

    3DPrintedByBrian / Via Etsy

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $7+ (available in two sizes).

    3. A sponge holder to add a little whimsy to your sink area and to give your hardworking kitchen sponge a tidy place to rest.


    The tiny bed fits any standard-size sponge but also comes with one to start. It's also dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I live in Hong Kong, and everything here is moist for most of the year. I also have a very small kitchen with no dishwasher, so I use sponges a lot. As a result, my sponges were always getting moldy and gross super fast. This holder has made all the difference! Its compact design is perfect for my limited space, and it is extending the life of my sponges as well as being a fun and quirky addition. Two thumbs up!" —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    4. A pack of Sugru, a moldable glue that sets overnight into silicone rubber. Fix pesky fraying cords, mend toy dinosaur knees, and even hang art on the walls, all with this handy dough.,

    Sugru is waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant, and electrically insulating up to 24 volts. It bonds to glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics. It can also bond to walls and safely hold 4.4 pounds.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest product EVER — it lives up to all hype. I used it to repair the bands on several IRREPLACEABLE glass rings. Not only is it rubbery enough to make a comfortable fit and sticky enough to bond to glass, but its many colors made matching a breeze! I’ve already used it to repair broken earbuds, place nearly invisible hooks everywhere so chargers don’t get tangled up in my iRobot vacuum, and even used it to make hanging loops on jars so I could put my collection of completely random tillandsia gardens on the wall! I couldn’t recommend more highly." —Fawn Force

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in seven colors).

    5. A sleek backpack *with a charging port* so you can keep your devices full of juice while on the go. It's also waterproof and will keep alllll your electronics and papers dry no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.


    Promising review: "Great backpack for travel. I can comfortably fit my 15" laptop, water bottle, small pair of flat shoes, a course reader, and a bunch of other little things (agenda, iPad, journal, pens and pencils, iPhone.) Really an awesome backpack that looks professional and clean and holds a LOT. I use it for my frequent travel (airplane), and it fits perfectly under the seat." —A.K.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in six colors).

    This won best budget laptop backpack on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. A pair of Bandelettes, slip-on lace bands that prevent thigh chafing and feel like a fun lil' secret under your clothes — and there's no better secret than sweet relief from painful thigh rubbing., Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best thing to happen to my big thighs. They have generous silicone anti-slip around the top and bottom on the inside. They keep my thighs from rubbing and chafing in shorts or dresses, AND they’re pretty!" —Lizzy S.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes A–F and 17 colors).

    Learn more about Bandelettes in "These $12 Thigh Bands Banish Chub Rub and Look Sexy as Hell."

    7. A pair of bedsheet suspenders for keeping your fitted sheets taut no matter how much you toss and turn. And there's the bonus laugh after you dress up your mattress to cosplay as an old man.


    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We switched to those awesome deep-pocketed sheets a few years ago, which helped, but he even manages to get those to slide up each night. Bought these, and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! These are on that list of things you never knew how you lived without them before." —Lindsey B.

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A set of sushi socks that unroll into fun patterns, o*fish*ally putting an end to the notion that socks are a snoozefest.


    Promising review: "I got them for my husband, who only wears white socks, because the presentation is adorable, and he LOVES sushi, so I couldn’t resist! It was a 'just because' gift, and I’m happy to report he took the plunge and has already worn the tamago socks, in public. Once unrolled, they no longer look like sushi, obviously, but are still fun, colorful socks." —Valberg

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in women's sizes 5.5–9 and men's sizes 9.5–13).

    9. A Kindle Paperwhite with twice the storage of previous models — and it's...ummmm...WATERPROOF! Pencil "Kindle and a bath bomb" into your planner every night until the end of time.


    Promising review: "Love this as an upgrade to my very old Kindle. It’s nice that it lights up but still is Paperwhite. It doesn’t hurt your eyes or overstimulate so you ruin going to sleep. Light and much more user-friendly than my last one. Excited for the waterproofness so I can take to pool and beach and not be nervous!" —Jamie G.

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99.

    Check out BuzzFeed's ~deep dive~ on the new Kindle in "The New Kindle Paperwhite Is Waterproof, and I'm Bringing It on Vacation."

    10. An eyeliner stamp to make fast work of the perfect cat eye. Liner newbies and seasoned professionals can agree that this makes the process of throwing on a quick wing much easier.


    The set comes with a double-ended pen for each eye — one side with the wing stamp, and the other with a traditional liquid eyeliner tip.

    Promising review: "Actual holy grail! This eyeliner has changed my life. I know that sounds suuuper dramatic (and it is), but it’s true! I have been doing cat eyeliner for the past six years, and I’m somehow STILL horrible at it. I also recently had a baby, so my daily 10–20 minutes of attempting a passable cat eye was chucked out the window and replaced with a sad, under-five-minute routine. I ordered this on a whim thinking it might help, and after the first application, I knew I had found my answer! This stuff is SO easy to apply and actually looks really good. Now I get to feel a little more like myself even if all I’m doing that day is changing diapers." —Katelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A bidet that will get your booty cleaner than you ever imagined it could be. It's more efficient and eco-friendly than using wads of paper. And a mini butt shower every time you poop? Literally the dream.


    The bidet's nozzle retracts to keep it safe and clean when everything's...ya know...going down. It comes with everything you need for easy installation — even the tools — and is compatible with most standard toilets.

    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling-clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower. The unit took me all of about 10 minutes to install on my existing toilet with only a wrench. The easy-to-control flow valve allows you to provide just the right amount of water pressure for a full range of cleaning, from 'gentle trickling stream' to 'full-on Silkwood decontamination,' ensuring that the end of your bowel movement leaves you feeling cleaner and more refreshed than using just toilet paper alone. Even flushable wet wipes pale in comparison." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors).

    BTW, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 was our $$$ pick for best toilet paper (well, best way to get your butt clean) on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. An earwax remover so you can quickly and safely remove YEARS of waxy buildup. I deeply want to use this, but I'm honestly going to throw up if I keep looking at this photo any longer, so, um, moving on.


    The kit includes the washer bottle and three disposable tips.

    Promising review: "I’ve suffered with wax buildup for the past few years, and it became a routine to go to the doctor every three to five months to get my ears cleaned. It was a total hassle, and the price of having to go to the doctor that frequently for such a small thing adds up. I finally bought this and I’m so glad I did. Now I clean my ears monthly with this product, and I no longer suffer with impacted earwax. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who deals with wax buildup. It may be gross, but this really helps." —Lisa and Fiona

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

    13. A three-in-one avocado slicer for making the best food even better. Avoid infomercial-esque knife mishaps and simplify your avocado prep by switching to this tool for halving, pit removal, and slicing.


    Promising review: "If you even looked through these reviews to decide if you truly needed an avocado slicer, the answer is clear: Your avocado obsession clearly requires this. I will admit, you can do everything this tool does without it. You may lose a minimal amount of avocado by using a knife instead to remove the seed and cut it open, but this product is mainly for convenience's sake. I will say, however, that the convenience is uncanny. Simple to use, it cuts everything just how you want it and is worth the small investment for the future of my avocado enjoyment. If you inhale avocados at an alarming rate, then the convenience is well worth the investment." —Friendly Redwood

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. An Amazon Echo Dot so you have a little robot assistant to help you with your schedule, tell you the weather, play music, and *so* much more! Life is just more zesty with a technological sidekick.


    The Echo Dot can set alarms, make shopping lists, play music, dim the lights, tell you about the's a little scary how much it's capable of!

    Promising review: "I have friends and family who have made fun of me for using the Echo Dot around my home. Well, I gave a few as gifts. 'Why would I ever need something like this?' turned into love within the first hour! The music, the information, and the whole Alexa experience made her a huge believer. The same thing happened with my sister and my niece. They loved it. Now we also 'drop in' to talk to one another. I'd say it was a huge hit, and based on my personal experiences plus their enthusiastic acceptance, I have to give Alexa and the Echo Dot five stars." —Greg C.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    15. A wine stain remover, because accidents happen — especially when you're using your glass of wine as a mic to sing "Born to Run" karaoke while jumping on your couch. Just a few spritzes of this and you're free to let out your inner Bruce.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. I seriously once poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate to a friend how great this is. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle lasts us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    16. A set of miniature spatulas so you can rescue any unreachable product left in your cosmetics bottles. If getting *so* many more uses out of foundations, moisturizers, primers — anything! — doesn't make you do a happy dance, I don't know what will.

    Sarah Han / Via BuzzFeed,

    This set comes with one 6-inch and one 12-inch spatula.

    Promising review: "These spatulas are awesome! You never really realize how much product — be it foundation, lotion, or any food from a jar — you leave behind and toss when you can't get the rest out easily. These handy spatulas are the perfect little doodads to get the job done! So far, I have made one bottle of foundation that I was about to toss last incredibly longer than I would expect, and I FINALLY can get my money's worth from a certain cherry-almond-scented pump dispenser lotion! Honestly, this is one of those tools you'll wish you had come up with yourself, and won't regret coughing up the small amount of dough for, because in the long run it will pay for itself over and over." —Miranda

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.70+ (available in two colors).

    17. A Yeti Rambler mug that keeps coffee hot for a ridiculously long time by using double-wall vacuum insulation. No more microwaving your drink over and over again? 🎶Celebrate good times, come on!🎶


    Besides being used for hot liquids, the mug can also be used for serving things such as oatmeal *or* to keep cold beverages cold. It comes with a lid, is dent-resistant, doesn't sweat (genius!), and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This mug is great. It's incredibly sturdy. I like how wide the handle is compared with similar products. This was my boyfriend's favorite mug to use in his garage until I stole it to use at work! I imagine this would be great to bring camping, too. I recommend also purchasing the lid with the slider to prevent splashing and to slow down cooling." —Samara434

    Get it from Yeti for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    18. A wakeup-light alarm clock, because waking up to an aggressive *BeEeEeP* is literally the worst thing in the world. This alarm clock begins to softly glow, mimicking the rising sun, and if that isn't enough to get your lazy bones out of bed, it also makes peaceful noises to get you up and at 'em.


    Promising review: "This has really made a big difference in how I wake up every morning. On these short winter days, I always have to wake up before sunrise, and that's challenging. I found myself hitting the snooze button at least three times, leaving very little time for me to get ready and to work on time Having the sunrise simulation wakes me up gradually and completely. I almost always wake up fully before the music starts, and I have not needed the snooze function yet. It does help that I put the lamp on a tall dresser across from my bed (also eliminating triggering the overly sensitive snooze function that other reviewers mentioned). All of the wakeup sounds were pleasant. I especially like the birdsong with flute music, as it reminds me of being in a spa. I like the dusk option for going to sleep. I set it for 30–60 minutes and read until it's too dark and I drop off to sleep. It is a significant investment, but it has been worth it." —MsEdinger

    Get it from Amazon for $104.98.

    19. A set of eight Star Wars silicone ice cube trays that will chill your drinks and make your nerdy heart soar. Turns out the best way to rid the universe of Darth Vader was just to turn his head into ice and watch it melt.


    Promising review: "These are wonderful, fun, good-looking designs. They are made of thick-enough silicone that you can fill them with water and place them in the freezer without spilling. Also, extracting the ice is very easy. You do have to use warm water for the Death Star's removal, but to have that floating in a glass of iced tea is just awesome!" —Janet K.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.50.

    20. A Milky Piggy carbonated bubble clay mask — not to ~burst your bubble~, but your other masks are boring in comparison. Milky Piggy lifts dirt and oil out of pores and detoxes using green tea, pomegranate, and charcoal powder extract. You'll be left with taut, clean skin and some excellent selfies.

    Promising review: "This mask is simply amazing. When I first opened it, I was a little disappointed by the size — surely this isn't enough to last — but I soldiered on, applying little dabs with the convenient paddle. I discovered that a little goes a VERY long way. I let it settle for five minutes and it began to bubble! I looked like a little gray pig — oink! Then I massaged with tepid water, rinsed well, and wow! My pores were unclogged and my skin was baby soft. I use products more expensive than this little jar, but it achieved and exceeded those same results! So impressed. My skin is oily in my T-zone and super sensitive. This did not overly dry my skin or irritate at all!" —Sam l. Holloway

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    For more on Milky Piggy, check out "This Bubble Face Mask Is $10, Will Give You Perfect Skin, and Make You LOL, You're Welcome."

    21. A golden set of measuring cups and spoons, because measuring precisely for baking is a snore, but doing so with gorgeous, glimmering utensils? A joy to behold.


    Promising review: "Happy with this measuring set. The cups come on a detachable ring, and the spoons come on their own ring, which make it easy to take them off and on for using and then storing. The color is gorgeous and perfectly matches the gold cooking utensils I bought from the same vendor. As for the quality, they appear well-made, as they are heavier than other sets I’ve used. Thumbs up from me!" —Megan Harding

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in two finishes).

    22. An essential oil migraine relief stick so you can finally tell your headaches to buzz off. The bottle is small enough for you to carry everywhere, and based on the cult-status love of this stuff, you'll probably want to.

    Katy Herman / Via BuzzFeed, Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over the counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Hear more about one BuzzFeed writer's love of the migraine stick in "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life."

    23. An iced tea tumbler that lets you brew and cool fresh iced tea from scratch in just minutes. Iced drinks all year long is a bold way of life that this tumbler fully condones! Skip shelling out too much money at the counter *and* getting weird looks from baristas when you order iced tea in the winter by getting this bad boy.


    To use this tumbler, add hot water and loose-leaf or bagged tea to the bottom chamber. Let everything steep while you add ice to the upper chamber and then press down. The built-in stainless steel filter will keep out any and all leaves. The bottle is leakproof, dishwasher-safe, and BPA-free.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's, for $19.99, originally $28.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A customizable coaster set designed to look like old-school Polaroids. Putting coasters out for guests will be a whole lot more appealing if it means you get to show off pics of your latest family vacay.


    Promising review: "Bought this as a gift and the recipient absolutely raved over it, especially since they can change the photos whenever they want." —Jasmine T.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.94.

    25. A rain showerhead that'll make your morning shower feel like a five-star experience every dang time. Surprise! You don't need to be on an HGTV show to get one of these; you can simply order it online.

    Depending on your current shower configuration, you may need a showerhead extender to accommodate this piece.

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a replacement showerhead for a while, and I could not be happier. Beautifully made completely out of metal, unlike some of the other cheap plastic lookalikes. The rain comes out perfectly and consistently. Perfect for a long, relaxing shower." —Patrick C.

    Get it from Amazon for $50.39+ (available in two finishes).

    26. An AeroGarden because, although you're *so* caring in many other ways, keeping plants alive might not be one of 'em. This will take care of almost every facet of plant growing, leaving you and your brown thumb to sit back and enjoy the fresh herbs it brings you.


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

    Check out our full review in "Grow Herbs in Your Apartment With Zero Effort Using This Smart Countertop Garden."

    You, rightfully defending all the items in your shopping cart right now.

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