It seems the older I get, the more I value practicality. Or maybe I need to stop watching documentaries about minimalism. Either way, nothing thrills me more than
practical yet clever gifts that solve real problems.
While my space used to be filled to the brim with useless knick-knacks and (this is embarrassing) my collection of porcelain sea turtles, those are quickly getting replaced by genius gadgets and products that tackle tons of things at once. Actually, if it doesn't help make my day-to-day life run a little more smoothly, I don't want it taking up room on my shelves. Bonus points if it lights up, displays the time, and charges my cell phone simultaneously.
If you, too, value efficiency, then Amazon is an incredible place to shop. The selection is extensive, the reviews are really helpful, the categories are endless, and the technology is often pretty advanced. In other words, as soon as a new and innovative item hits the shelves, odds are it'll be available here. Whether you're an extremely practical person, or you're shopping for someone who hates clutter and loves functional gifts, check out these weird but genius products for people who appreciate efficiency and usefulness above all else.
1 Fry Food Without Getting Hot Oil Everywhere 2 Mount Your Device Hands-Free Anywhere 3 Block Out Sound And Light Simultaneously 4 The Planner That Boosts Productivity And Helps You Reach Your Goals The Panda Planner, $27, Amazon The Panda Planner is widely considered one of the most practical and effective organizational planners, but it also uses scientific strategies to promote happiness, gratitude, and goal achievement. The guided journals even help limit procrastination, and it comes equipped with free e-books and a video course. Needless to say, reviewers are really excited: “The combination of the philosophy behind it, and the terrific execution, makes this the best planner I've ever owned.” 5 This Little Acorn That's Actually A Travel-Friendly Bluetooth Speaker 6 This Phone Charger That Clips Onto Your Key Ring Avantree Handy Phone Keychain, $20, Amazon
Always find yourself in need of a phone charger? The
Avantree handy phone keychain flips open to give you charging and syncing capabilities wherever you are. One side is a USB and the other is a charger (compatible with all iPhones newer than the 5). Best of all, because it clips right onto your keys and comes in a set of two, you'll never leave it behind. 7 Thaw Your Food Faster With This Genius Plate 8 Clear Up Some Closet Space With These Innovative Shoe Organizers Stargoods Shoe Slots Organizer (6 Pack), $22, Amazon
Get double the storage with this six pack of
Stargoods shoe slots organizers, which allow you to stack pairs on top of each other in a neat and hygienic way. They can be used to organize existing shelves, cabinets, or your closet floor, and since they’re easy to use and easy to clean, reviewers are saying, “best shoe organizer and space saver; you will love these.” 9 Stop Wasting Paper With This Notebook-Style Whiteboard Nu Board Memo Size, $15, Amazon
If you're a doodler, to-do lister, or note taker, but you hate wasting paper, the
Nu Board memo size is the answer. It comes with eight pages of whiteboard material and a maker with an eraser, so you can doodle away and reuse the pages when you're done. 10 A Great Cup Of Coffee Without The Need For A Plug STARESSO Espresso Coffee Maker, $49, Amazon
Maybe it's just my imagination, but productive people and coffee seem to go hand in hand. This
STARESSO espresso coffee maker lets you make coffee, espresso, and even cappuccinos on the go and without electricity or batteries. It's all hand-operated, and according to reviewers, "Coffee tasted even better than usual coffee places." 11 Fill In That Gap Between Your Seat And Center Console Drop Stop, $20, Amazon
Drop Stop is one of those items that never crossed your mind, but you then wonder how you ever lived without it. It's an incredible Shark Tank invention that fills in the gap between your seat and center console to stop food, change, your phone, and your glasses from falling down there. It comes with two that universally fit every car, and it even has a hole for the seat belt catch. 12 Brew Smooth Iced Coffee Right In Your Travel Mug 13 This Crazy Knife Uses Your Body Heat To Warm Up Butter For Easier Spreading THAT! Warming Butter Knife, $16, Amazon
Made from material that uses the warmth from your body to conduct heat, the
THAT! warming butter knife lets you easily cut into butter that just came from the fridge. It doesn’t use batteries or electricity, and it’s designed for comfortable handling, so you can spread your butter without struggle every time. 14 This Backup Flashlight And Phone Charger For Sticky Situations 15 The Most Practical Way To Track Your Nutrition 16 These Brilliant Suitcase Organizers Make Packing Easier Packing Cubes by Bingonia Travel Accessories (5pc), $27, Amazon
Packing Cubes help you organize your clothing and save space in your suitcase. This set of five comes in varying sizes, all made from high-quality materials, and have a reliable zipper as well as a mesh top for visibility. They also let you access the stuff underneath without upsetting your whole suitcase. “They kept things perfectly folded and in place,” says one reviewer. “In a hotel, I just put the cube packed in the drawer and use things as I need them.” 17 This Speaker, Lamp, And Alarm All In One LIGHTSTORY LED Bedside Lamp, $43, Amazon
LIGHTSTORY LED bedside lamp isn't your average reading light. It's got a touch-activated LED, a Bluetooth speaker, color-changing dimmable options, a clock, an alarm, and a sleep timer all in one. It's also totally rechargeable and powered by any USB port. 18 Fix Your Broken Electronics At Home Silverhill Tools iPhone Repair Kit, $11, Amazon
Quit heading to the Apple store every time something on your phone breaks! The
Silverhill Tools iPhone repair kit comes with 20 pieces (including screwdrivers, L-keys, a SIM adaptor kit, and more) to help with battery changes, screen replacements, and basic tinkering. It can be used on tablets and laptops as well, and it’s a great value. 19 Carry Around A Blanket That Fits In Your Pocket Matador Mini Pocket Blanket, $20, Amazon
Always be prepared with the
Matador mini pocket blanket, which is water-repellent, puncture-resistant, insanely easy to travel with, and unfolds to 44x28 inches. It ensures that you’ve always got a clean place to sit at picnics, concerts, hikes, tailgating parties, and the beach. It comes in a convenient storage pouch complete with a loop for your keychain, and it's even got a pattern on the back that shows you how to refold it. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.