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    25 Products That Are So Useful, You'll Feel Like MacGyver

    For solutions that seem so simple once you think of them.

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    1. A classic Victorinox Swiss Army multi-tool with 32 utility functions that you can use in just about any situation where ya need a tool!

    A red Swiss Army knife with a saw, screwdriver, and other tools partially opened

    This lil' model's got eight functions: a key ring, toothpick, tweezers, large blade with a rounded tip, nail file, nail cleaner, Phillips screwdriver, and wood saw β€” ready to go whenever you need 'em! And each style (or "Evolution") has a different number of functions, so you can choose one that suits exactly what you're looking for.

    Promising Review: "For anyone who doesn't already know, Victorinox is top of the line, and this is a perfect example. I love knives and gadgets and have always wanted a real Swiss Army knife, this doesn't disappoint! All the tools are easy to pull out, and the blade even locks. There are a few I don't really see myself using, but it's nice to know they are there just in case. If you are undecided on buying this or one of the other models, you won't regret it. Also don't forget the Victorinox leather case." β€”1treasurehunter

    Get it from Amazon for $24.65 (available in 13 styles).

    2. A rechargeable plasma lighter that will light whatever you need without a flame. It's waterproof and windproof, so you won't have to struggle to keep a flame lit!

    A reviewer holding the small, black lit plasma lighter

    The lighter works by generating a high voltage between the electrodes, producing the dual electric arcs. But that's not the plasma you see. Plasma is a state of matter β€” solid, liquid, gas, and plasma (although it's sometimes thought as a subset of or ionized gas). Now, you've seen phase changes β€” like solid to liquid to gas β€” so, as air (a gas) passes through the current between the electrodes, it gets ionized, producing the plasma you see that lights your stuff! MacGyver that.

    Promising Review: "These things are amazing! I bought two of them, one as part of my everyday carry and one for my get-home bag for the car. It instantly ignited anything between the diodes when you push the button. Waterproof when closed, wind proof when open. Charges in about two hours, give or take. I don’t know how long it will last on one charge. Normal lighters run out of fuel eventually, and having a free and easy way to sustain these is a major benefit of their rechargeable design. The lid latches tightly, and the hinge that attached above the release button holds very well. You shouldn’t have to worry about this coming undone and igniting your shorts any time soon. Works beautifully, functionally, and is small enough to be added to any every day carry or survival kit." β€”Charlie Bush

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    3. This bag light with an automatic motion sensor so that you can *actually find* what you're looking for as you rummage through your bag β€” without having to take everything out and ask someone to hold it, handful by handful.

    The bag light clipped to the inner pocket of a purse, lighting up the interior of the bag

    Promising Review: "I got this as a present for my mom and she loved it! She always carries a big purse and has problems finding stuff inside it. She's able to clip this light inside and it lights up her purse so she can see what she's looking for! Being motion activated comes in very handy! She now has both hands free instead of holding a light in one hand while searching with the other." β€”Jennifer K Townsend

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A sleek, stainless-steel reusable straw keychain that expands from a 4-inch to a 9-inch straw that you can easily carry and (re)use, because you never know when you're gonna swing by Starbs for a pick-me-up.


    It even comes with a lil' straw cleaner so you don't have worry about reusing it on the go, and it has a silicone tip!

    Promising Review: "I bought this in an effort to be less wasteful with the plastics and also because I can NEVER find a straw when I need one β€” and this knocked it out of the park!! The awesome oil-slick coloring on the straw? Amazing! It collapses and opens smoothly and the little telescoping cleaner brush is fabulous! Everyone in my office is jealous and now wants one too." β€”Ashe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95 (available in 11 colors).

    5. This compact portable solar panel with two USB ports that will charge your devices when you're off the grid and there's no outlet in sight! It's even got a pocket to hold your devices as they charge.


    Each port has a charging speed of up to 2.4 amps β€” or 3 amps under direct sunlight. When it's folded, it's 11.1 inches by 6.3 inches. And opened, it's 26.4 inches by 11.1 inches. It even has stainless steel eyeholes on each corner so you can attach anywhere β€” over your backpack, to your tent, or to a tree!

    Promising Review: "I’ve used this on four separate backpacking trips through backcountry; each trip ranging from three to six days. I’ve been able to keep a steady charge with this solar panel consistently. Very sturdy, works great. I love the pocket where the USBs go, you can put phone or cords in while charging. You can even clip it to your pack while trekking and get a charge while you're on the move. All in all, I’ve had no issues with it. So worth it." β€”nicole hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    6. A leather bracelet that opens up into a USB cord so you can always have one on hand to charge your phone or connect two devices!


    This bracelet is compatible with USB-C devices, but you can also get one that's specifically meant for for Apple devices.

    Promising Review: "I usually have every sort of cable that I could possibly need when I'm at work, but I don't usually carry one on my person when I'm elsewhere. It looks sharp and isn't obviously a cable, but it's always available should I need it. One thing I have found is that the cable is compatible with Apple CarPlay, and when plugged into a computer it will function like a default Apple cable. I am incredibly happy with it and would recommend it to anyone who might ask. I need more things like this in my life." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two sizes).

    7. Speaking of, a paracord bracelet that opens into a knife for a ~handy~ lil' tool when you need to open a package on the go or are setting up on a camping trip!

    Different colored clasped bracelets, then the bracelet open with the knife being used to open a cardboard box, then a hand holding the bracelet with the knife tip extended, and a bag of clasped bracelets with one being held open

    Promising Review: "This is a pretty good everyday knife. The knife was pretty damn sharp. I have a pocket knife, but it is rather heavy. I mainly use it for opening boxes or containers that have tape put on in a rather messy fashion and tend to require a blade. I just needed a blade to handle cutting stuff open at home and decided to use this one rather than my pocket knife. It's handy whenever I go fishing, so I can cut fishing line, but it is a little harder than you expect, so I will warn you to be careful as the blade is sharp." β€”Imaginary Unicorn997

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in a set of two).

    8. This drill brush that cleverly combines a nylon brush with a power drill to scrub even the dirtiest of bathrooms clean. No more lasting stains or achey arms from scrubbing for hours!

    A reviewer's drill brush lays in front of two shower glass panels, one unclear and full of scum and the other so clear that it's hard to tell there's glass there

    Promising Review: "These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning!" β€”Eric T. Ma

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six levels of brush stiffness from soft (the white one) to ultra (the black bristle)).

    9. Some waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, multi-surface moldable glue for you to use in so many different ways! It's durable and holds up to 4.4 pounds. You can fill in gaps, reseal wires, or mount things to your wall! It takes 30 minutes to harden, then it turns into a silicone rubber.,,

    You can use this on glass, ceramics, wood, metal, plaster, plastics, fabrics, and more! Reviewers have used this stuff on their steering wheels, kayaks, dishwashers, car fenders, and more!

    Promising Review: "Soooo many uses. I keep buying this over and over. It's unbelievable all you can do with it. I've used it to mount things, organize wiring in stereo cabinets, stop rattles (license plate rattled when closing trunk, and two little balls of Sugru to the back of plate did the trick). Even made tool hangers in the garage with it. Wonder if I could build a boat with it! :-)" β€”fastrnu

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven other colors).

    10. A multi-tool that looks like a key but doesn't actually unlock anything. Instead, it's got over 16 functions β€” a bottle and can opener, a wire bender and stripper, wrenches, a ruler and protractor, and even a screw driver! Talk about prepared.

    The multi-tool key from different angles with text identifying each function, such as a serrated edge, closed wrenches, and more

    Promising Review: "I am an EDC junkie. I always want to everyday carry something that will get me out of a pickle. With microtools, I often carry two. My world is just an ongoing lab to test which microtools work best. This tool has NEVER been cut from the rotation since I received it. I've also used the smoking pipe, and it worked perfectly and was super easy to clean with a standard pipe cleaner. Get this!" β€”krakatoa

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    11. An AirFly wireless transmitter that connects your wireless earbuds or headphones to a wired jack through Bluetooth β€” meaning you can finally connect them to your treadmill, your handheld gaming device (I see you on your Switch) or that TV screen on the plane!


    Promising Review: "These work amazingly well. I was surprised that you can charge and use them at the same time. I use them on planes to listen to the in-flight entertainment with my AirPods. I also use them to listen to music on my laptop with my AirPods. They work really well. Now, I don't have to carry my wired earbuds with me when I travel anymore. They really work as advertised. I have not had any issues with them since I started using them." β€”RPL

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

    12. An incredibly ingenious layered necklace clasp detangler for when you wear multiple necklaces to keep them from tangling every day!


    You basically clasp your necklaces to the corresponding sides of the detangler, then clasp the detangler β€” voila, no more untwisting your necklaces every day!

    My coworker Kayla, an editor here at BuzzFeed, loves these: "I recently bought a couple of these and had one of those very real, WHY DIDN'T I BUY ONE OF THESE SOONER moments. They do an amazing job at keeping your necklaces from tangling as you wear them, and I love that I can layer multiple of my favorites at once. I am forever sold on these."

    Get it from Theresa Rose on Etsy for $12.49+ (available in gold and silver, and with two, three, or four clasps).

    13. This car safety tool that is a window breaker and seat belt cutter in one, so you can easily store it in your car (it even comes with a mounting bracket!) and grab if you ever need it.

    Promising Review: "As a firefighter of 32 years (retired), I’ve used this tool many times and it works flawlessly . The chances of a person having to ever use it is slim. But if you need to extract yourself or come across an accident where a quick extrication is required, it will be a very handy tool." β€”David A.

    Get two from Amazon for $10.99+ (also available in a pack of four).

    14. A compact and lightweight First Aid Kit with over 120 medical pieces that will keep you prepared in the case you need something anything from a bandage or instant ice pack to a trauma pad or emergency blanket.

    A Swiss Safe First Aid Kit that zips open into two halves with mesh components that hold all of the medical pieces

    For some context: There are 30 medium bandages, six antiseptic wipes, 10 mini bandages, 10 alcohol prep pads, four knuckle bandages, four sting relief pads, four fingertip bandages, four butterfly bandages, one moleskin blister relief, two disposable PVC gloves, one first aid tape, one CPR mask, one trauma shears, one emergency glow stick, one pair of metal tweezers, one sewing kit, one whistle, one compass, give sterile gauze pads, one triangular bandage, one large trauma pad, one emergency blanket, 20 cotton tips, one elastic bandage, six safety pins, one instant ice pack, and one first aid guide.

    There's also a mini first aid pouch with: 10 medium bandages, two alcohol prep pads, two sting reliefs, one non-woven pad, 10 cotton tips, one sterile gauze pad, one first aid tape, four safety pins, and one CPR mask.

    Promising Review: "A high-quality first aid kit that contains what you need. True to the description, it is compact and light. A lot of kits will stuff their kits with cheap product or include a high amount of small, inconsequential things to get the item count up. This kit actually delivers what you need with high quality items. I first looked at constructing my own kit, but this kit provides most of what I was looking for at a cost that would be really hard to replicate. You could do it, but you would need be producing a large number of kits and buy in bulk. The bag also had additional room in which I could put additional items to supplement the kit as needed/wanted. I will be buying more." β€”C Sund

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    15. This USB hard-drive adapter so you can recover your data or clone your hard drive because your laptop is slow as molasses but still has those old photos saved that you love.

    A small hard drive adapter with three ports, a plug for power, and a USB plug

    Promising Review: "My friend has an ancient HP laptop with corrupted bios and an old 2.5 inch IDE drive. She wanted pictures from the old laptop, but, with the corrupted BIOS, the machine would no longer boot, and we thought the pics were long gone. Instead of spending time trying to re-flash an old BIOS, I saw this adapter and thought I would try to use it to copy the files off of the laptop's old IDE hard drive. In short, it was fantastic. I was able to read the old IDE drive, and I found her pictures and managed to copy them to a large flash drive without breaking a sweat! So as I'm writing this, I'm using it to clone an old 3.5 inch SATA HD, plugged into this adapter, to a new SSD on another SATA to USB adapter that I had around. Working perfectly. This is a very handy tool for anyone who plays with their old piles of hardware or works on computers for other people. I love it." β€”Toolmanjsp

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    16. A PhoneSoap UV sanitizer that uses two UV-C bulbs to kill 99.99% of the germs and bacteria on your phone. Plus, it has a USB-A and C port for charging! So your phone will be sanitized and powered up the next time you pick it up.

    The inner dimensions of the case are 6.80 x 3.74 x 0.78 inches so you can sanitize pretty much anything that fits inside!

    Promising Review: "I used to Clorox-wipe my phone all the time. It's such a pain and leaves a weird residue on my phone. I love that I can put my phone in and go wash my face. By the time I am done, so is my phone! I also clean my wallet, keys, and jewelry. Pretty much anything I can fit inside it that normally doesn't get cleaned. I thought it was kind of expensive at first, however, I have used it so many times that it more than makes up for the price." β€”DoeEyedFawn

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    17. These inventive mirrored glasses because they let you lay back AND see what you're reading (or watching, bc let's be real w ourselves) by turning your view 90 degrees downward. Whattaya mean lazy?! It's to help prevent neck strain... c'mon.

    A model lays on her back in bed wearing black glasses that have a pyramidal attachment to the "lens" with the base facing a 90 degree angle downward to the book that she holds open over her stomach

    Promising Review: "I didn't know what I was missing until I used this. My life is now complete. If you enjoy comfort and lazy binge-watching but don't care how ridiculous you look wearing these, you have found nirvana. My glasses fit in these just fine. Takes a minute to get used to, then it becomes your reason to live. Expect people to laugh at you, but forgive them for they know not what they are missing." β€”Michael Boyd

    Get them on Amazon for $13.99.

    18. A six-in-one screw driver so that you're never stuck with a screwdriver that doesn't match the type of screw you need to, well, screw. (Or is it "drive"?)


    Promising Review: "Simply the Best Six-in-One screwdriver on the market. I've installed alarms, cameras, and other electronics for 20 years. This driver is up to the task, and the bits last forever. This is my third one. Only because the first two were lost or stolen at/from commercial job sites. Hands down destroys all other competitors. Klein has an annoying habit of the driver biting into the screw too hard and actually pulling the driver from shaft. No issues like this with the Lenox." β€”Soaked in Bleach

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five pack sizes).

    19. A useful double extension cord because that one outlet is the only one that works, except it's 6 feet away and only has two outlets.

    Two six foot extension cords each with three outlets extending from one base cord

    Each 6-foot extension cord has three outlets, so you can cover 12 feet of space with seven outlets.

    Promising Review: "I have no idea why these are not sold everywhere. PERFECT for my room! I ended up getting this due to my king-size bed being against a wall with only one outlet. I needed a way to connect my two lamps on my nightstand and this is absolutely, without a doubt, the very best solution to connecting my lamps and also not having all my outlets taken up. I recommend this to everyone! Also perfect for outlets connected to a switch to turn on and off both lights at the same time." β€”Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. This simple but clever PVC spiral ring adjuster to make that ring you love one to 1.5 sizes smaller without having to resize or exchange it!

    Hands winding the spiral onto an engagement-like ring

    The set of four comes with 2 mm and 3 mm wide adjusters, which are each 10 cm long β€” so you can pick the width you want, then cut it down to your perfect size.

    Promising Review: "I lost weight during my pregnancy (and after) and my wedding rings kept falling off. I didn't want to get them resized, have a little ball welded in or wear one of those guards that slide around. I pretty much gave up on wearing them. I saw these in one of those silly BuzzFeed lists about Amazon products. I usually just read those things for a good laugh (really who needs a hedgehog shaped planter.) I immediately put this item in my cart and I couldn't be happier! It comes with four sizes. I used the smallest size for my engagement ring. It was super easy to wrap around." β€”DMA

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $4.99.

    21. A six-in-one tactical pen that you can use every day to jot down notes, shine some light if the power goes out, or even if you ever needed to break your car windows.

    The tactical pen in its case and shown broken apart to indicate the flashlight, battery slot, the ballpoint, five ink refills that come with the pen, the multi-tool, and the self-defense tip

    It preps ya with a flashlight, bottle opener, screw driver, hex wrench, and, of course, an actual ballpoint pen.

    Promising Review: "Really cool gadget; something I was looking for, for quite a while. I'm a type of gal that likes to carry basic tools in my purse, so this tactical pen comes really handy for me. It eliminates the need to carry a flashlight, screwdriver, and some other stuff (including the actual pen) separately! It's sturdy, has nice design and pen writes very smoothly. I'm really happy with this purchase." β€”Joanna H.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    22. This compact drink carrier you can toss in your bag or glovebox, then use whenever you're picking up some drinks for the fam or friends!

    The drink carrier collapses into a flat device, but opens to hold four drinks like floating cup holders held by the handle in the center

    Promising Review: "This was so easy to toss in my car. When I want to grab coffee for a group on a whim I just flip the handle up and spread the holders around. I used to get stuck carrying drinks inside two at a time; now I can easily get five at once, four in the carrier and one in my other hand." β€”Amy Shoemaker

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    23. An electric jar opener that will grip, twist, and open those pesky salsa, olive, and pickle jars for ya! Robots don't have to be complex, ya know?

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    Promising Review: "I have difficulty using a traditional opener. The Robo Twist is the perfect tool for anyone unable to grip and twist jar lids. It is an invaluable tool." β€”Karen C

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99.

    24. This straightforward hands-free grocery carrier to spare you the Herculean effort and all those tiny indented lines on your arms from carrying all your grocery bags at once.


    Promising Review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: Just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Then you can either bring the two ends of the Grocery Gripps carrier together to carry the bags with a single handle, or place one end of the carrier through the other to carry the bags over your shoulder. Carrying the bags over my shoulder worked really well for me because it allowed me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back instead of taking all the weight on my shoulder. I initially balked at the expense of this product, but it's very well made and sturdy and really makes our lives easier. It's worth the money." β€”S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    25. A pocket-sized ceramic cutting tool that'll never rust and is almost as hard as diamonds! It'll cut anything from coupons to plastic and blister packages.

    The cutting tool slicing through packaging tape, blister packaging, plastic bags, and clamshell

    Promising Review: "I have a medical disorder that causes my fingers to lose dexterity in cold, and in my job, I have to go into a freezer and open taped up boxes every day. I was having way too much trouble getting the tape off, and didn't want to use a bulky box cutter. So I found this, put them on my keys, and it is ready to go immediately. It hasn't cut me, and I grab my keys over and over a day (I'm a delivery driver) and have yet to be injured. I love this thing! The blade is tiny, but strong. It does not retract, but it's still safe." β€”Rachel C.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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