Skip To Content

    37 Random And Useful Things That Made Me Think, "Okay, That's Pretty Smart"

    A collapsible bike helmet, roll-on foundation, and more!

    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. This moisturizing foundation that'll glide easily over your skin and leave it looking fabulous. It offers light coverage, so your natural beauty can shine through, all while being free of yucky chemicals and silicones.

    @milkmakeup / Via instagram.com, @milkmakeup / Via instagram.com

    The rollerball tip makes application a snap. It's easy to blend out with your fingers (or your fave makeup sponge) and can be layered for more coverage.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $56 (available in 14 shades). Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    2. This rolling garlic chopper that'll save your digits from a stinky fate. Reviewers say it can easily handle several large cloves at once, so you can spend less time tackling sticky messes at meal time.

    The garlic chopper next to freshly peeled cloves
    @chefn / Via instagram.com

    Just make sure you give it a good rinse after using it so the cloves don't dry to the blades.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    3. A set of snap-on linen organizers that'll take the guesswork out of bed-making. You'll be able to easily track which sheets are which AND how to place them, so you can fly through chore time in a *snap*.

    Etsy / Via etsy.com

    Plus, they stay on in the wash, so they'll save you tons of time on laundry day.

    Get a set of four labels from snaponbeddinglabel on Etsy Canada for $15.95 (available for sheet sizes twin–king).

    4. These drawer organizers that'll help you organize your teensy knickknacks. Reviewers have used them to organize kids' underwear and socks, corral ties and underwear, and keep T-shirts neat and tidy.

    An open drawer with a grid-like organizer inside
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It folds up flat when you're not using it, saving you tons of storage space.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon Canada for $16.99 (available in three colours).

    5. A pack of sponge cloths that are way more absorbent than paper towels (and less wasteful, too). Because they're super durable, you can use them to scrub dishes after dinner, or just to clean up miscellaneous spills and messes.

    Someone running the sponge cloth under a tap
    @ten_and_co / Via instagram.com

    They're also washable and reusable, so they'll last you for months (up to three, to be exact). And once they're at the end of their life, just toss them in the recycling with other paper products!

    Get a pack of four from Indigo for $24 (available in three styles).

    6. A silicone phone grip that'll keep your device from slipping out of your hands. Reviewers love that it's stretchy and slim, meaning it'll fit hands of all sizes (and tuck easily into pockets, too).

    Someone holding up their phone while using the silicone grip
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    You can also use it as a phone stand during video chats.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99+ (available in nine styles).

    7. A handheld mandoline slicer that'll save you TONS of time during meal prep. It's way safer than other similar products — it has a non-slip tip and a protective guard to keep you from slicing your fingertips off. Plus, it'll tuck away right into your drawer!

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The fun doesn't stop there, folks! The handle has three levels of grip, so you'll be able to slice even the teensiest fruits and veggies. Plus, the slicer's adjustable, so you can get your food just how you like it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.43.

    8. This eyeglass-cleaning gizmo that'll help you ditch sprays and wipes for good. The carbon-based cleaning pad won't leave smudges or streaks (or any stinky alcohol residue).

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Reviewers say it's incredibly easy to use and love that it's small enough to tuck into their pocket or purse.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99+ (available in five colours).

    9. A set of velvet hangers that'll prevent your clothes from slipping off and making a mess of your closet. Reviewers say that since they're way slimmer than wooden or plastic hangers, they're able to fit more clothing in their closets.

    A trio of velvet hangers with sweaters hung on them
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Each hanger is also equipped with a swivelling hook, which means you won't need to re-hang your shirts to get them all neatly lined up. You can even get some for your kiddos, too.

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon Canada for $25.99 (available in two packs and two colours).

    10. These silicone baking cups that'll be a cuter (and sturdier) alternative to their waxed paper cousins. Thanks to their durable design, reviewers use them to line their car cupholders, as dividers in lunch boxes, and to store chicken stock in the freezer.

    A person pouring batter into the silicone cups
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Since they're designed to be non-stick, they'll also save you from having to spray down your bakeware.

    Get a pack of 12 on Amazon Canada for $7.67 (also available in a pack of 24).

    11. These natural heating patches that'll deliver some toasty therapy when curling around a hot water bottle is a no-go. They start working the moment they're unwrapped and can be slapped on anywhere you've got an ouchie (like your belly or lower back).

    Someone lounging on a couch with the heating pad stuck to the front of their undies
    @get_rael / Via instagram.com

    They have a sticky backing that'll adhere to just about any material (just make sure you're not sticking them directly onto your skin!).

    Get a pack of six patches from Amazon Canada for $18.97.

    12. This roll-up drying rack that'll give you a place to drain your dishes, without sacrificing precious counter space. The rods are made of solid stainless steel, so they won't bend under the weight of heavier pots and pans.

    A silicone-covered rollup dish draining rack on a sink
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The rack is coated entirely in silicone, which means you won't need to stress about scratching or chipping your delicate dishware.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $26.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. This shimmering hydrogel sheet mask that'll actually stay put while you're maskin'. It's formulated with vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid, and chamomile that'll deliver a major hydration bomb to your skin (and leave it feeling soft as heck, too).

    @skinstore / Via instagram.com, @ohk_life / Via instagram.com

    No more adjusting the mask every two seconds!

    Get it from SkinStore for $8.58.

    14. This flexible ice pack that'll conform to whatever container you put it in. Its fabric sleeve means it won't get covered in condensation (or make your food soggy in the process), and will never crack or split like its plastic cousins.

    A person lifting the fabric-covered ice pack out of a lunch box
    @soyounginc / Via instagram.com

    It's filled with a combo of water and cellulose gum, making it completely non-toxic.

    Get it from Indigo for $12.95 (available in three styles).

    15. A swivelling utensil holder, so you can easily find a spatula when you're elbow-deep in dinner prep. It's big enough for 15 utensils and has separate compartments to help keep things organized.

    A porcelain rotating utensil holder filled with utensils
    Simons / Via simons.ca

    It's made of sturdy porcelain that won't stain if you accidentally splash a lil' pasta sauce on it.

    Get it from Simons for $35.

    16. A folding bike helmet that'll protect your noodle while you're riding, then fold up neatly when you're done. The flexible shell effectively absorbs AND dissipates impacts, which means there's less risk of injury to your precious noggin.

    @closcadesign / Via instagram.com, @closcadesign / Via instagram.com

    Plus, it's designed to be aerodynamic, so you can zoom along comfortably.

    Get it from Indigo for $110 (available in two sizes and three colours).

    17. A personal water-purifying pod that'll eliminate impurities from all your H2O, without the need for a bulky filter. Reviewers say it leaves their water tasting pure and clean, without any yucky aftertaste.

    Someone dropping the pod into a glass water bottle
    @thegopurepod / Via instagram.com

    Using it couldn't be any easier — just drop it into any bottle, bowl, mug, or jug and let it get to work. A single pod can filter up to 264 gallons!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $60.81.

    18. This cold brew coffee maker that'll prep your java while you're sleeping, so you can get caffeinated ASAP. The bottom section also doubles as a carafe, in case you don't finish every last drop (you will).

    The cold brew maker on a kitchen table, backlit by sunlight
    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    It's almost too easy to use — just fill the top with coffee, cover in cold water, and chill overnight. The one-way valve will keep any grounds from leaking into your beverage, too.

    Get it from Indigo for $59.95.

    19. This Bluetooth computer mouse that'll adjust to the curve of your hand, so your wrist will stay pain free while you're working. Once you're done, just snap it flat and tuck it into your laptop bag!

    Microsoft Surface / Via Facebook: Surface, Microsoft / Via microsoft.com

    According to reviewers, the full scroll plane takes some getting used to, but once you do, it's the most comfortable mouse they've ever used. It allows you to scroll both vertically and horizontally, AND it's designed to be ambidextrous!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $69.99+ (available in five colours).

    20. A lint remover that'll de-pill your fave sweater, without damaging the fibres. It's completely manual (no recharging!) and has a built-in lint brush, so you can keep all your fabrics clean and smooth.

    Alice Prendergast/BuzzFeed

    "I have a dog that sheds, and about a billion blankets that also shed. While those things are great for me, they are not great for my couch. I bought this lil' doodad to help me de-fluff and remove all the annoying pills from my sofa, and boy does it ever work. It has a razor head on one end (along with three interchangeable razors of varying intensities) that I use to scrape away pills, and a classic velvety lint brush on the other. It's worked serious wonders on my furniture and I've even moved on to brushing down my crewneck collection with it." —Alice Prendergast

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

    21. This adjustable pot and lid rack that'll keep your cookware from taking over your entire kitchen. By kicking the dreaded ~stack~ to the curb, you won't have to worry about scratching non-stick coatings.

    A top down view of the organizer inside a kitchen drawer
    Indigo / Via chapters.indigo.ca

    Plus, you'll have easy access to everything when it's time to whip up a tasty snack.

    Get it from Indigo for $55.

    22. A minimalist cordless diffuser that'll disperse your fave essential oils wherever you want, 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
    Britney Gill

    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.

    23. This laundry egg that'll get your clothes and linens looking brand-spankin' new. It's packed with chemical-free mineral cleaning pellets that'll help you skip the harsh detergents and powders.

    http://@ecoegg.us / Via instagram.com, http://@ecoegg.us / Via instagram.com

    Each egg is good for over 700 washes and can replace up to three years' worth of detergent. Plus, the container is recyclable at the end of its life!

    Get it from Indigo for $50.

    24. 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
    Indigo / Via chapters.indigo.ca

    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.

    25. A set of gliding shower rings that'll keep your liner from sticking to the curtain (and leaking water all over your floor). Reviewers say the double-hook design also makes replacing or cleaning curtains a snap!

    A set of double-sided rolling shower hooks
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    They won't rust or drag across the shower rod, either.

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon Canada for $9.97+ (available in three styles).

    26. 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
    @indigo / Via instagram.com

    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 $199.99 (available in two colours).

    27. A full set of ultra-slim cutlery that's designed to replace all those wasteful takeout tools. Each piece is made of stainless steel, so they won't bend or break when you're chowing down.

    @wandpdesign / Via instagram.com, @wandpdesign / Via instagram.com

    It comes with a fork, knife, and spoon, all in a travel-friendly silicone sleeve. Plus, it's all dishwasher safe!

    Get the set from Indigo for $22.50 (available in four colours).

    28. A trio of wall-mounted containers that'll help you organize your stuff or just give your plant babies a cool new home. They're incredibly easy to hang (even from the ceiling!), and can be paired with other sets to create a DIY living wall.

    Linen Chest / Via linenchest.com

    Get it from Linen Chest for $24.95.

    29. 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 its hair-catching abilities.

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

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

    Get it in grey from Amazon Canada for $8.

    30. A couple of beauty product spatulas, so you can get the most out of all your fave skincare. There's nothing worse than tossing out a container with TONS of product still left in it — and who doesn't love saving money on expensive beauty products?

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "The regular spatula is great for medium to large sized bottles like lotion, shampoo, or conditioner. It's long enough to get to the bottom of the containers and the end of the handle is on an angle so you have more control. The mini spatula is perfect for makeup bottles. I used it all the time when the pump on one of my serum bottles stopped working." — Kaysey Davis

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the S&T beauty spatulas (it's #1 on the list)!

    Get a two-pack from Amazon Canada for $8.41+ (available in two packs and three colours).

    31. This genius 3-in-1 rolling pin that'll flatten, flour, and measure your dough. Thanks to the integrated duster, keeping your pastry from sticking has never been easier.

    @masoncashuk / Via instagram.com, Indigo / Via chapters.indigo.ca

    It also features a measuring guide down the length to ensure your dough comes out nice and even.

    Get it from Indigo for $29.50.

    32. This collapsible basket that'll pop right up when you need it and fold up flat when you're done. Reviewers say it's super sturdy, too, so you could use this for everything from laundry to storage.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It's also waterproof!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.43+ (available in two sizes).

    33. These flexible ice packs that'll help soothe all your small ouchies. They'll never get stiff or hard (even when frozen), which means they'll be easy to apply just about anywhere.

    Someone twisting the mini ice pack
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Reviewers say they can also be heated up in the microwave if you prefer heat therapy instead.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon Canada for $17.99 (also available in a larger size).

    34. A 2-in-1 touch-up kit that'll help you blot away your oily spots and freshen your makeup on the go. It includes a hundred (!!!) blotting papers and a setting powder-filled puff, so you can keep calm and ~glow~ on.

    The compact is open on a simple background, showing the pouf and blotting sheets
    Sephora / Via sephora.com

    When you run out of product, you can top up your kit with blotting paper and puff refills, too.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $34.

    35. An expandable drawer insert that'll help you kick kitchen clutter to the curb. The customizable extension means you'll get a perfect fit every time — ideal if you (like me) have awkwardly-sized drawers.

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    Each compartment has little dividers that'll keep your cutlery neatly stacked. Another great feature: It's equipped with non-slip feet, so your bits and bobs won't go flying around your drawer every time you reach for a teaspoon.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $26.99+ (available in two colours).

    36. 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
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    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.

    37. And lastly, this sleek television that'll masquerade as artwork when you're not watching it. You'll be able to easily display your fave personal photos or choose some designs from the brand's art store, so it'll always match your decor style.

    A tv hung in a dining room that looks like a painting
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The best part is that it'll mount seamlessly on your wall just like a real picture frame, making it nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. And don't fret — this baby still boasts impressive resolution, so your movies and shows will look amazing, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $598+ (available in five sizes).

    You scrolling through this list:

    CBC

    Looking for more amazing Canadian shopping content? Be sure to check out these products from Amazon Canada that are totally worth the hype, these awesome organizers that'll eliminate all the chaos in your home, and these fantastic beauty products under $35.