People sometimes buy some weird things when they’re shopping. But
while they can be super bizarre, many of the products that people get on Amazon are actually pretty brilliant — all you have to do is look past an item's oddity and focus on how beneficial it can be.
Scrolling through the
Amazon Hot Picks or Movers & Shakers pages can be so much fun. They're constantly being updated, with some pretty peculiar and unusual products being added every day. With that being said, it’s sometimes hard to look past the novelty of an item and actually imagine buying yourself something that seems a bit out there. But several of these items are actually very practical, and sometimes even multi-functional. I, for one, have bought things just because of how unique or strange they looked in the past, later to find just how useful they really were.
The next time you
spot something weird on Amazon, don’t just take a peek and then click away. Instead, actually read the product description — you might be surprised how handy that item could be in everyday life. From an alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns to underwear that keeps you smelling extra fresh, you'll fall in love with so many of these odd yet genius items.
Make Espresso Wherever You May Go
MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker, $59, Amazon
If you’re a big coffee addict and you’ll only drink the best, this
MiniPresso machine, which is hand-operated and super compact, can brew up a quality cup of coffee in minutes, wherever you may be.
Smell Great All Day With A Natural Deodorant
Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant, $13, Amazon
If you're looking for a natural deodorant that also neutralizes odor, try this
lavender paste. It's all-natural, aluminum-free, and chemical-free product and was featured on Shark Tank? It’s made with organic shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and more.
Stop Hair Loss With A Gentle Shampoo
Pura'Dor Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo, $28, Amazon
shampoo is an effective solution for those losing hair due to breaking strands. Using a proprietary herbal blend which includes ingredients like biotin, argan oil, and pumpkin seed, this will heal your hair from the scalp and the roots, making it thicker and less prone to shedding and breakage.
Exfoliate Away Dead Skin With A Salt Scrub
Purest Naturals Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, $12, Amazon A deep exfoliator is important to add to your routine if you have super dry skin. Himalayan Sea salt is a very effective ingredient when it comes to sloughing away dead skin. The scrub is packed with other potent ingredients like almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, and aloe vera. Together the ingredients buff skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth.
Brighten And Moisturize Skin With Snail Mucus
Try On-The-Go Acupuncture
Aculief Wearable Acupressure, $20, Amazon
Stop throwing back the pain pills and try a holistic approach to pain management with
wearable acupressure. The Aculief provides pressure to the LI4 acupressure point which helps relieve headaches and tension as well as increase blood flow in the body. It’s a natural way to reduce stress and live healthier.
Let Your Cat Scratch In Style
SUCK UK Cat Playhouse Series, $27, Amazon
If your cat likes to scratch everything in sight, this is the perfect item for you. Your cat will love using this “turntable” scratch pad — and your couch will
finally stop getting clawed up every day.
Attack Of The Flying Plants
Air Plant Flying Jellyfish School Of 3, $33, Amazon
These “flying jellyfish” plant pots will look so cool hanging from your ceiling. The best part: These plants are really hard to kill, so even if you’re usually bad at keeping houseplants alive, you’ll still be able to handle these.
Stay Comfy No Matter The Temperature
Rocket Pure Natural Anti Chafe Balm, $15, Amazon
balm goes on like deodorant but can be put anywhere on the body to protect against blisters, chafing, and irritation from sweat. It's made with tea tree oil and rosemary, and there's no chemicals in it.
Keep Drinks Safe From Spills
Decorate Instagram-worthy Dessert
Write On! Decorating Tool, $16, Amazon
Save money and create Instagram-worthy desserts with your very own cake-
decorating tool. You can decorate and personalize sweets for special occasions without making a mess with a pastry bag or spending money for a professional to do it. Simply fill the silicone and plastic pencil with frosting and push down on the eraser for it to come out. When you’re finished, you can put it in the dishwasher for an easy clean.
Keep Your Phone Clean With A Sanitizer
Give Yourself Healthier-Looking Skin With An All-Natural Facial Sponge
MY Konjac Sponge All Natural French Red Clay Facial Sponge, $10, Amazon Konjac sponges are incredibly popular. And for good reason, too. They're made from the roots of konjac plants, which are native to eastern Asia and filled with vitamins and minerals. They’re also hypoallergenic, so they are great for sensitive skin. This one is made with red clay, which is packed with minerals, leaving you with softer and more hydrated skin.
Upgrade Your Hair And Downsize Your Brush Collection
Get Salon-Smooth Feet At Home
PediSand Hands Free Foot File, $18, Amazon
Get pedicure-soft feet without the price tag with an easy-to-use,
hands-free foot file. Don’t bend down to slough off dead skin; sit down and let your feet take care of themselves. It comes with replaceable sheets for hygiene and abrasiveness.
Scrub Your Teeth With A Tree
Miswak Club Natural Teeth Whitening Kit, $20, Amazon
Instead of using traditional whitening agents to get a brighter smile, now all you have to do is scrub your teeth with a twig. The bark whitens teeth and freshens breath, and it doesn’t need a drop of water to work.
Make The Perfect Poached Egg In Minutes
Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Egg Poacher, $10, Amazon
I love Eggs Benedict, but poaching eggs can seem hard to do at home. But now, brunch lovers won’t have any issue
poaching eggs at home because with this tool they can easily do it in the microwave. It’s also super easy to clean, so the whole process is a breeze.
Workout Like You're Barefoot
Revive Your Skin With A Week Of Sheet Masks
reSkin Solution Monday to Sunday One Week Treatment Sheet Mask, $17, Amazon
Whether your skin is freaking out from travel, weather changes, or stress, doing a few specialized treatments can spruce that complexion right up. Not only does this set address several different skin concerns, from dehydration to enlarged pores, but it also comes at a huge bargain when compared to a standard $8 singular mask that many beauty retailers offer. Treat your skin for a week with seven daily sheet masks — and take spooky selfies while you’re at it!
Wash Even The Hardest-To-Reach Places
Lu La Bath Brush Gift Set, $26, Amazon
Instead of doing bathtub acrobatics to try to reach every inch of your body, use a brush set that allows you to scrub those hard-to-reach places. These
multi-functional brushes offer three different angles and heads to customize the way you want to get clean. Using the brushes will leave you with softer skin all over your body, including your back.
Pretend You’re From The Future With An Eye Massage Mask
Keep Your Kitchen Cleaner With A Charcoal-Infused Dish Towel
Nawrap Binchotan Dishcloth, $9, Amazon Dishtowels can get incredibly dirty when you're constantly cleaning up messes or wiping your hands with them. This one is more hygienic because it is infused with charcoal. The charcoal also helps the dish release odor. Plus, the quick-drying towel will look chic hanging in your kitchen.
Create The Best Sleep Environment Imaginable
Cut Prep And Clean-Up Time In Half
Vegetable Chopper Dicer Slicer Cutter, $21, Amazon
I love to make salads, but I don’t love all the prep work that goes into it. Eliminate the time you spend chopping vegetables with a
veggie chopper and dicer. This convenient set comes with several different slicers, allowing you to chop vegetables or fruit easily. And when you’re finished, there’s no annoying mess to clean up, since the pieces fall into a bowl as they’re chopped.
Never Get Hot Coffee On Your Shirt Again
Double Wall Vacuum Insulate Travel Mug, $13, Amazon
This brilliant coffee mug has a vacuum seal so that you’ll never spill your drink. Plus, its inside features an awesome stainless steel mesh screen so you can make loose leaf tea on the go.
Mount Your Smartphone or Tablet So It’s Easier To See
The Kitchen iPad Rack, $28, Amazon
iPad rack gives you the opportunity to place your gadgets at eye level so you can read recipes or watch movies more comfortably. This one is made of acrylic and can be installed with brackets on the inside of a cabinet door or attached anywhere with Velcro.
A Constant Cool Side Of The Pillow
Add A Fog-Free Mirror To Your Shower
Get Some Fresh Air — In Your Home, That Is
Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag, $19, Amazon
Say goodbye to air fresheners that only mask odors and hello to this bag of charcoal that does so much more. It prevents mold, mildew, and bacteria while getting rid of odors, allergens, and pollutants. Plus, you can keep using it for up to two years. A money-saver that keeps your home fresh? Yes, please.
Protect Your Fingers When Cooking
NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves, $11, Amazon
Are you still grating cheese, slicing fruits, and doing other potentially digit-damaging activities without wearing gloves? There’s nothing wrong with being extra careful — and reviewers agree, saying, ”The first pair wore out and we bought another. It’s worth every penny!”
Give Yourself Fuller Eyelashes With Brush-On Falsies
Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, $20, Amazon
Applying false lashes can be frustrating, and finding a pair that fit on your eyes comfortably is a challenge. Swap out the glue for a brush-on, nontoxic option. The
fiber lash mascara uses 3D fibers to give you the fullness of false lashes without the hassle.
Stay Clean And Dry With A Pocket Blanket
DMZ Outdoor Pocket Blanket, $14, Amazon
This super tiny blanket unfolds to create enough space for one person to lay down or two people to sit next to each other. You’ll never have a wet butt in the park again.
Get Connected And Stay Connected
Keep All Of Your Nighttime Necessities Nearby
Bunk Buddy Bedside Shelf, $28, Amazon
Never miss a notification again by keeping your phone close by while you sleep. This space-saving
bedside shelf easily attaches to the frame without any tools. It gives you more room to keep all of your nighttime products and gadgets close by without needing an end table.
The Easy Way To Cut Pizza
Kitchen Maestro Pizza Scissors, $12, Amazon
If you’ve always found it a little annoying to try to saw homemade pizza using a typical bread knife, you need this pizza-specific set of shears.
Juice Your Phone On The Go
Fuse Chicken Titan Loop Key Chain Cable, $25, Amazon
Anything that serves more than one purpose is a win in my book — and this super tough key chain takes the cake on tech accessories that make life easier. Not only is it pretty much indestructible, but it also doubles as a charging cable for your phone.
Stay Connected No Matter Where You Are
Solar Charger, $29, Amazon
Never be without power again. In a time when our phones are basically an extra limb, running out of power can be daunting. But with a
solar charger, you’ll be able to stay connected anywhere you go. It's made from eco-friendly silicone rubber, and it can even be used when it's raining out.
Fresher Breath That Lasts Longer
Levoit Aria Natural Himalayan Crystal Sea Salt Lamp, $80, Amazon
How beautiful and calming is this sea salt lamp? Let it fill your living room with warm light.
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