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    23 Tiny Gizmos That Are Actually Way More Useful Than You Think

    Don't let the size fool you — these lil' guys are ready to take on all sorts of challenges.

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    1. A bottle of hand sanitizer spray that won't make your skin feel dry and sticky. The unique spritz mechanism can be used with just one hand, so you won't need to juggle all your stuff the next time you need to sanitize your grabbers.

    A person spritzing some sanitizer into their open hands
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    The formula is enriched with aloe vera and essential oils, meaning you won't be plagued by the stink of ethyl alcohol after every spray. Each bottle contains up to 500 spritzes.

    Get it from Indigo for $18 (available in eight scents).

    2. This wearable acupressure tool that reviewers say has basically eliminated their chronic headaches and sinus pain altogether. It slips easily over your hand and is completely adjustable, so you can pop it on and go about your day.

    A top down shot of a person typing on their keyboard while wearing the acupressure tool
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    I've had headaches all my life and just accepted that ibuprofen was my new best friend. After trying this, I'm ready to break up with traditional pain meds and make the switch, because this lil' guy is no joke. The first time I wore it, my nagging migraine was gone in under half an hour.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99 (available in two sizes).

    3. A gripping pad that'll help you pop open that jar of pickles when the craving hits. It works with all kinds of containers — even twist-top bottles!

    A person using the pad to open a jar of sewing supplies
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    The underside is covered in rubberized gripping nodes that'll help you gain purchase on every surface and lid.

    Get it from PeridotandTopaz on Etsy Canada for $6.95 (available in five patterns).

    4. This motion-activated light that'll help you find your way to the bathroom for a midnight tinkle. You can easily adjust the brightness and it has 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-long strip from Amazon Canada for $22.94.

    5. A skin spatula that'll literally shake the debris out of your pores. It uses high-frequency vibrations to dislodge any buildup, and it won't tug and pull at your skin like pore vacuums do.

    A person using the skin spatula on someone's face
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    It's also equipped with an EMS function — that means a low-level electric current is applied to the skin, allowing it to renew itself and leaving it looking glowy and smooth. Oh, and it's rechargeable, so you won't need to keep repurchasing batteries every time it runs out of juice.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    6. This handy little touching tool that'll let you open doors, use ATMs, press elevator buttons, and tap in your credit card PIN, without ever touching anything with your hands. It's made of antimicrobial copper and is super lightweight, meaning you can stash it in your pocket or attach it to your keys for easy use on the go.

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    I was able to open even the heaviest doors with relative ease, and thanks to the silicone touchscreen tips, I could flip between paying for groceries and answering texts in seconds. What about push doors, you may ask? NOT AN ISSUE! I just attached the tips to the end and used them to gently prod doors open — no slip, no scratches. Push, pull, tap, grab — this lil' guy does it all, and keeps your hands germ free in the process.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Touché Tool (it's #1).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99+ (available in two colours and in packs of three).

    7. A double-ended whisk and reamer combo that'll help you whip up the perfect dessert. Since you get two tools in one, it's perfect for microscopic kitchens.

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    The reamer end is made of wood, meaning it won't leave a chemical-y taste in your lemon juice.

    Get it from Indigo for $15.

    8. This ultra-bright collapsible light that'll last for up to 50 hours on a single charge. It's equipped with two-way USB charging, so you could even juice up your smartphone in a pinch.

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    You can also charge it up via solar power, if you don't have access to an outlet.

    Get it from Altitude Sports for $59.99.

    9. A waterproof Kobo e-reader that'll let you flip between horizontal or landscape modes while you peruse your e-book library. It can hold up to 6,000 titles, so you can finally digitize your collection of romance novels.

    A flatlay of a person holding the e-reader over a fluffy blanket next to a pair of glasses and a coffee mug
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    It features a glare-free screen that'll automatically reduce blue light as the day goes on, so you won't need to strain your peepers to finish that chapter.

    Get it from Indigo for $179 (available in two colours).

    10. An electric lint remover that'll trim those annoying pills off your favourite sweaters. The adjustable cap helps prevent snags, so you won't have to worry about accidentally damaging your fave sweaters.

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    It comes with a power cord, an extra blade, a storage bag, and a cleaning brush. Just make sure you use it on a flat surface to avoid snags!

    "I got this because my favourite sweaters were starting to look kind of grungy. I tried using lint rollers, but they weren't picking up enough of the pills on my knits, and it was so time consuming. This electric shaver got rid of ALL the annoying pills and my sweaters look good as new. It's super gentle on clothes and it took way less time to get rid of the pills." —Kaysey Davis

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Union Fabric Shaver Lint Remover (#1 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    11. This tiny tube squeezer that'll help you eke out every last drop of toothpaste. It's incredibly easy to use (just slip it over the end of the tube) and has no moving parts, so you won't accidentally break it.

    A triangle-shaped tube squeezer on a tube of toothpaste
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    Get it from Spark3DPrinting on Etsy Canada for $3.59.

    12. A dual-ended callus remover that'll (you guessed it!) eliminate pesky hard skin. By mimicking the shape of a barbel or chin-up bar, you'll be able to easily target your calluses right where they appear most often.

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    It's best to use in the shower to avoid chafing, and definitely make sure to apply the included salve afterwards to hydrate the new skin underneath. You can also use it on your feet or other problem areas.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $35.99.

    13. A chef's knife with a built-in herb stripper that'll save you tons of time during meal prep. No more picking each individual leaf off the stem!

    Someone pulling a stem of rosemary through the herb stripper holes at the base of the knife
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    The stainless steel blade has a non-stick coating, so you'll be able to flip between stripping and chopping in a flash.

    Get it from Indigo for $14.50.

    14. A sleep aid metronome that'll help you doze off in a flash. Using a neat lil' light projection, it'll help you slow down your breathing and calm your pulse — creating optimal conditions for falling into a deep, relaxing slumber.

    A person lightly presses the top of the metronome to activate it
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    Worried about intrusive thoughts? Following the contraction and expansion of the light projection is an easy way to distract your brain from thinking about your to-do list (or anything else).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $79.90.

    15. An all-natural detergent alternative that'll lift away dirt and grime, without any harsh chemicals. Instead, the lil' egg is filled with mineral pellets that won't irritate your skin or leave residue on your laundry.

    A large egg-shaped container nestled into a pile of fresh, clean laundry
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    One egg can replace up to 720 loads of laundry detergent and save you lots of cash on expensive soaps and powders.

    Get it from Indigo for $50.

    16. A massage ball that's covered in knot-busting nodes that'll ease tension and soreness. The spiky outer layer perfectly stimulates circulation (bye, plantar fasciitis!), while kneading away aches and pains.

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    "My RMT is very unimpressed by the state of my knots, so much so that she encouraged me to start doing pressure-point massages on myself. So, I purchased this prickly little orb to help knead out my aches and pains. This baby may be small, but the results are major. Thanks to its size, I can really dig it into my neck and shoulders, which are my real problem areas. Oh, and it's a great fidget toy to play around with while I'm on calls or working. Basically, this is the best $10 I've ever spent." —Alice Prendergast

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    17. 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 from Amazon Canada for $6.89.

    18. A pocket-sized espresso maker that'll make brewing a hot, delicious cup of espresso easy, peasy, coffee squeezy. It's designed to be completely portable — and you won't need any electricity or batteries, either.

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    Get it from Altitude Sports for $79.99.

    19. An electronic brush cleaner that'll help you say goodbye to gunky makeup brushes. All it takes is 10 seconds to restore your brushes to their former fluffy glory!

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    Make sure you get some AAA batteries, too!

    "I know I'm not alone in not washing my makeup brushes as often as I should. It takes forever, and even once I'm done cleaning them, I still have to let them dry overnight. But this spinning makeup brush cleaner has totally changed the game. I cleaned and dried all of my makeup brushes in under ten minutes. Now I'll actually clean them on the regular." ⁠—Kat Angus

    Check out BuzzFeed full review of the RICRIS Makeup Brush Cleaner (it's #1 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.98.

    20. A slicer tool that'll help you pop open all kinds of packages, without any risk of injury. The ceramic blade resists rust, meaning it'll never snag delicate materials (like wrapping paper).

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    "This little slicer is so dang handy. I keep one on my keychain, so I always have it near me. I love using it when I’m unpacking groceries and need to cut through the thick plastic packaging. It’s also easier and much more satisfying to open boxes that are covered in packing tape. The ceramic blade is smooth, making it impossible to cut yourself with it, but it can easily cut through paper, plastic, and cardboard. I feel much more comfortable carrying it around than a pair of scissors, and it's only a third of the size." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.23.

    21. This slim umbrella that comes with a bottle that'll let you store it when it's still damp. The bottle doubles as a sturdy protective case, if you tend to be a lil' rough on your parasols.

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    Get it from Linen Chest for $39.95.

    22. This compact fruit peeler that won't take up your entire cutlery drawer. The foldable design means the blade will be protected from daily wear and tear, so it'll stay sharper for longer.

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    Get it from JennSpON on Etsy Canada for $4.10.

    23. And finally, a sleek cordless diffuser that'll disperse your fave essential oils wherever you want (and not just where the plugs are). It's free of BPAs (harmful chemicals often found in cheap plastics), so you can feel good knowing you won't be inhaling any pollutants.

    A model lifting the diffuser off the charging plate to show its portability
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    It has two timers (four-hour intermittent or eight-hour continuous), and will shut off automatically once the water runs out.

    Get it from Indigo for $179 (available in two colours).

    The game = changed.


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