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    25 Practical Things That Are Definitely Worth Spending Your Hard-Earned Cash On

    Making everyday problems go the way of the do-do.

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    1. This mini broom and dust pan set that'll help you tidy tiny messes, without whipping out your whole cleaning kit. The silicone-rimmed dustpan is super deep, so dust and dirt will stay contained.

    Someone sweeping up spilled dirt with the mini broom and dustpan
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    The palm-sized broom clicks right into the dustpan, making storage a *snap*.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    2. This magical shoe stretch spray that'll help snug footwear fit like an absolute dream. And it's incredibly easy to use — just spray it generously on your shoes, slip on a pair of your thickest socks, and putter around your place until the shoes dry.

    A bottle of the shoe stretch spray is seen on a soft fabric background
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    Reviewers say that it doesn't damage leather or other materials, and love that they can finally have perfectly-fitted footwear.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.38.

    3. This acne-fighting facial oil that'll calm, soothe, hydrate, and help prevent scarring. The star of the show is the black cumin seed oil — it's naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it'll chill out even the feistiest zit.

    A bottle of the facial oil on a bathroom vanity
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    To maximize its power, use it before your moisturizer and wait for it to dry down before applying the next step in your routine.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $34+ (available in two sizes). Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    4. This non-skid organizer that'll keep your lotions and potions exactly where you want them. The tiered design will allow you to keep everything within view, so things won't go "missing" in the back of your cupboard.

    A tiered shelf holding bathroom essentials
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    You can even use it to store pantry essentials or craft supplies.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.74+ (available in two sizes).

    5. This motion-activated light that'll help you find your way to the bathroom for a midnight tinkle. It has adjustable brightness and auto shut-off timers, so you won't need to worry about wasting energy.

    A person getting out of bed with the lights mounted under the edge of the bed
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    You could also mount them under your kitchen cabinets, around your stairs, or in your bathroom for a little extra illumination.

    Get a five-foot length on Amazon Canada for $26.99.

    6. This water-collecting boot rack that'll protect your floors from slush and salt. The V-shape platforms provide drainage, giving your footwear the chance to properly dry (and not just sit in a puddle).

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    Each platform can be adjusted to accommodate even the tallest boots.

    Get a six-pair rack on Amazon Canada for $49.99 (also available in a two-pair style).

    7. A cleaning pen that'll restore your bling to its former glory. The formula is non-abrasive, so it won't leave your jewels looking cloudy or murky, either.

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    "My best friend introduced me to this miracle-worker of a product (ON HER WEDDING DAY!) and I feel compelled to share it with the world. I swear, it's that good. I quickly bought my own Diamond Dazzle Stik and never looked back! It keeps my engagement ring and wedding band (in addition to all my other pieces of jewelry) sparkling like the day I got them. I've even used it on cubic zirconia studs to spiff 'em up a little. All you have to do is wet the tip, twist the back of the pen, scrub your gem, and rinse 'em all off (PLEASE KEEP YOUR DRAIN CLOSED). This pen is a game-changer and is my go-to gift for any newly engaged couple." —Heather Braga

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik (#2 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $20.11.

    8. These nutrient-dense fertilizer spikes that will keep your greenery happy and healthy (even when you forget to water them). They can even help revive those on the verge of death and save you from unnecessary plant funerals.

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    One package has enough spikes to keep a plant fed for two months.

    Get a pack of 24 on Amazon Canada for $9.49.

    9. This ultra-slim multitool that'll help you tackle common problems, without having to dig around for your toolkit. It's about as thin as a credit card, so it'll fit right inside your wallet.

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    You can use it to pop open bottles, tighten a screw, peel fruit, loosen bolts, or measure on the go.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $6.93.

    10. These deodorizing shoe balls that'll freshen up your stinky footwear. They're equipped with a fresh scent that'll release with a quick twist of the spheres and can last up to six months.

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    Because you get to choose when they work, they actually last longer than most other deodorizers. Reviewers love that they're less messy than powders and sprays, too!

    Get a set of three pairs on Amazon Canada for $16.87.

    11. This unscented facial spray that'll rescue your skin from redness, breakouts, and irritation. Reviewers say it's the most effective product they've tried for persistent acne and love that it speeds up their skin's healing process, too.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $16+ (available in two sizes). Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    12. This rubber stopper that'll snag loose strands and keep them from clogging your drain. With a single press of the top button, it'll turn into a regular plug. Simply press again to open the top and take advantage of it's hair-catching abilities.

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    It's great if you're always forgetting to pop in the drain catcher.

    Get a grey version on Amazon Canada for $7.

    13. This kitchen scrap trap that'll slip right over your existing cabinetry and help you contain kitchen messes. It even comes with a slim scraping brush, so even the smallest crumb won't stand a chance.

    A person scraping kitchen scraps into the over-the-cabinet trap
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    Reviewers say it's sturdy enough to stand up to high-traffic areas.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.99.

    14. This U-shaped wall organizer that'll help you stash your keys or organize oddly-shaped bits and bobs. It's designed to stick to any smooth surface, making it the perfect solution for a chaotic bathroom.

    A u-shaped organizer hung on a tiled bathroom wall above a vanity
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    No need for drills or screws, either! It comes with a powerful adhesive strip that'll make installation a snap.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.99+ (available in two colours).

    15. An extra-long electric lighter that'll help you spark up in all kinds of weather. Instead of flames, it uses dual plasma beams that'll never go out — no matter how windy or wild the weather is.

    A person using the extra-long lighter to light a BBQ
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    Did I mention it's USB rechargeable?

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    16. These pastel-hued measuring spoons that'll be a whalecome addition to your kitchen repertoire. Each spoon is neatly labelled in gold foil, so you won't make any baking blunders.

    A trio of whale-shaped measuring spoons with gold foil labelling
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    Because they're ceramic, I'd recommend hand washing these.

    Get the three-piece set on Amazon Canada for $13.68.

    17. This stainless steel cleaner that'll help you buff out fingerprints, smudges, and grease. Just one spritz will easily dissolve grime and it leaves behind a protective film that'll stop future residue from appearing.

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    Reviewers love that it's super simple to use and doesn't require hours of scrubbing to be effective.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $5.77+ (available in two sizes and in a pack of four).

    18. This weighted sink caddy that'll store your damp dish towels and wet sponges. The sturdy base has raised edges that'll keep dingy dish water from ending up all over your counter, too.

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    The base is padded, so it won't scratch up your counters.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99 (available in four styles).

    19. This handheld SharkNinja vacuum cleaner that'll help make kitchen messes *suck* a lot less. It'll take up a mere sliver of counter real estate, so you won't need to stash it deep in a closet with the rest of your cleaning supplies.

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    "Vacuuming my apartment has always seemed like a boring, clunky chore to me. I have a big vacuum, but I only really use it once a week to do the carpets. But since I got a SharkNinja handheld vacuum, it’s become an easy, daily activity for me. You could use it on bigger messes if you want, but I find it particularly useful for cleaning dirt off baseboards, dog hair off my couch, and crumbs off the kitchen counter. I used it just yesterday after I was transplanting some plants into new pots! It has a hands-free emptying button, and I also really love how it’s lightweight, fast to charge, and has a decent amount of suction. I’ll be honest and say that I actually look for excuses to use it, because it’s so satisfying." —Sarah Aspler

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $155.11.

    20. A Zippo hand warmer that'll prevent your fingers from freezing in the wintertime. It's small enough to fit in your pocket, so you'll be able to use it in cold arenas, while hiking, or to keep you cozy during camping.

    A person holding the Zippo hand warmer in their closed hand
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    Make sure you get lighter fluid, too, so you can refill it when it starts to get low.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.97+ (available in three sizes, five colours, and two sets).

    21. These 2-in-1 colander bowls that'll help you wash and drain your fruits and veggies. The snap-on strainer also makes them great for storing produce, as it'll help it stay fresh for longer.

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    Get a two-pack on Amazon Canada for $26.99.

    22. This tactical pen that'll double as a self-defense tool. This low-key writing implement is super lightweight, but durable enough to smash through a window in case of an emergency.

    A flatlay of the tactical pen next to a mini flashlight
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    Reviewers say it writes super smoothly, too!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    23. This petite herb stripper that'll trap any fragrant shrapnel in the attached bowl. Reviewers say it works great on all types of herbs (and not just the woody kind).

    A rosemary sprig inserted into one of the stripping holes of the herb stripper
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    It has four differently-sized holes in the stripper, so even plush herbs like basil don't stand a chance.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.22.

    24. These silicone washing gloves that'll make post-meal clean-up feel like less of a chore. They're decked out in tiny silicone fronds that'll scrape up every speck of dirt, and are grippy enough to keep heavy plates from slipping from your soapy hands.

    A person washing a plate while wearing silicone dish gloves
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    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $13.99 (available in three colours).

    25. And lastly, these pot bumpers that'll protect your expensive cookware from getting dinged in storage. They're also effective at preventing moisture buildup, so your seasoned cast iron won't rust in your cupboards.

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    Get a set of six from Linuxglobal on Etsy Canada for $9.95 (available in six colours).

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