Listen, I'll be straight with you: I am a massive fan of online shopping. And hands down, all the weird yet amazing things trending on Amazon are my favorite products to write about. And that's the fault of my mother.
When I was a kid, she'd always buy the most bizarre products from magazines and websites, and while all of us were deeply perplexed when she opened the box to show us, somewhere around week two, we'd always change our tune. Turns out that her weird impulse buys were actually pretty darn useful. Except the light-up dolphin mobile; we never found a use for that.
Nowadays, Amazon is the place to look if you're searching for weird trending items, and that's because in addition to seeing which products have been selling like hotcakes for the past few days, you can also search by category, department, and rating. Plus, the people in the reviews sections are normally hilarious and decidedly insightful.
Check out these surprisingly useful trending products from Amazon, because if other people are buying them, there's a solid chance the rest of us might be missing out.
1This Aptly Named Tool For Sushi Enthusiasts
If you love sushi, but you're a bit intimidated by the process, the The Sushi Bazooka is definitely something for you. All you need to do is load your favorite ingredients into the tray, and it comes out as a neat roll that's ready to cut.
2These Stickers That Help You Find Anything
People are loving these Dynotag tracking stickers -- especially people who tend to lose things. Each tag has a specific code that only the owner can access on the web to track the items using GPS. They're weatherproof, durable, battery-free, and they come in a pack of 12 stickers.
3Because "Comfortable" Should Translate To "A Shark Ate My Torso"
Odds are you've seen the mermaid tail blanket, but now people are onto this badass shark tail one. It's handcrafted with super cozy wool yarn, and it fits just like a sleeping bag so you stay warm, bundled, and moderately terrifying all throughout the winter.
4Film Your Own Music Videos With This Selfie-Karaoke Stick
Yep, this Selfie Mic is trending like crazy. It combines a selfie stick and karaoke so you can make your own music videos with your friends (or by yourself?), and it comes with a fully-licensed catalog of thousands of songs that are updated daily.
5Smear Snail Goo On Your Face
As if the name wasn't telling enough, this Skederm snail jelly face mask uses actual snail secretion, which is apparently really nourishing and hydrating for your face. This pack comes with ten sheets, and reviewers say that their skin feels wonderful afterwards.
6This Amazing Device That Cleanses Pores
This weird thumb-looking thing (called the Solo Mio Sonic Brush) is actually made with 100 percent organic silicone fingers that gently pulsate to remove all impurities and debris from your pores. It's apparently way more gentle than a brush, and more hygienic, too.
7Channel Bill Nye At Home
Amateur geologists, unite! This crystal growing experiment kit provides the compounds and mixtures you need to grow your own sparkly crystals at home. Show off your shimmering wonders in the included display domes to impress your friends with your scientific prowess.
8Treat Yourself To The World's Best Skin Care
The beauty world is abuzz over Korean skin care trends right now, like this facial cleansing stick made of fermented rose extract. Shaped like a giant Chapstick, this stick by Su:m37 forms a gentle lather on wet skin to clean away impurities and leave skin looking fresh and clear. One reviewer summed it up nicely: "Best. Cleanser. Ever."
9Add Sparkly Magic To Your Desk
Life isn't always rainbows and unicorns, but have no fear: Your tape still can be. Take a pass on the boring clear stuff and invite happiness into your life with this unicorn-shaped tape dispenser. It comes with two rolls of rainbow tape, making your office supplies more colorful and unique than ever.
10Have The Crispiest Cereal All Morning Long
The inventors of the Obol don't like soggy cereal — so much so that they designed this unique cereal bowl with separate wet and dry compartments to keep their precious cereal from turning into milk mush. To keep your cereal as crisp and crunchy as nature intended, add the milk to one side and the cereal to the other so you can combine them one bite at a time.
11A Knife That Heats Up For Easy Spreading
Not a fan of cold butter that just rips up your toast? This heated knife takes only a few minutes to heat up, and then you'll have soft, warm butter on whatever you want to spread it on. It's got a rechargeable battery that will last up to 15 hours.
12A Tool That Makes Pizza Night Even Easier
Pizza is a crowd pleaser, but all that cheesy goodness can get a little messy. This clever two-in-one pizza slicer combines scissors and a silicone spatula to cut through and serve even the gooiest of pizzas with ease. As its creators say, they really did reinvent the (pizza) wheel with this one.
13Naturally Brighten Your Smile
If your pearly whites are starting to lose their pearl, it may be time to set aside harsh whitening toothpastes and gels and get yourself a miswak whitening brush. This natural teeth whitener comes from the Arak tree and is popular abroad, but Americans are catching on to its whitening, cleaning, and freshening powers.
14This LED Lamp Folds Up Smaller Than Your Phone
This foldable LED desk lamp makes for an awesome desk lamp or emergency light. It's entirely rechargeable and folds up into a little tiny square smaller than your phone, so you can use it as a reading light or a flashlight.
15Choose A Gentle Wake Up
If chasing alarm clocks on wheels isn't your thing, consider a more gentle start to your day with this Philips wakeup light. It wakes you up gradually — no blaring alarm — with colored, simulated "sunrise" light that gets brighter as your wakeup time nears. Add relaxing nature sounds to make the experience even more zen.
16This Clock For Math Enthusiasts
As an English major, this Metal Mathematics pop quiz clock is my worst nightmare, but tons of math enthusiasts seem to love it. Each hour is marked with a simple math problem, and the product description says, "If you can read this clock, you are without a doubt a geek."
17Fuel Your Mason Jar Addiction
Who loves mason jars enough to get measuring cups in the shape of them? Me. The answer is me. With four distinct cups that stack together to create this cute counter top decoration, you can't go wrong -- and they're dishwasher safe, too.
18Turn All Your Ancient Speakers Bluetooth
If you've got a set of speakers from ten years ago that you wish were Bluetooth-enabled, complain no more. This trending Unify Roverbeats bluetooth receiver plugs into traditional speakers so you can use them wirelessly with your phone or device. It's also lightweight, compact, and easy to tuck away out of sight.
19Trim And Groom Your Beard With Ease
This double-sided comb called the The Beard Bro allows you to trim and cut all hairs the same length, and it creates a symmetrical curve for shaving your cheeks and neck.
20A Compact Way To Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitary
You probably don't want to know too much about the germs festering on your toothbrush, but suffice it to say, it's pretty gross. The good news is you can zap away 99.9 percent of bacteria, fungi, and even mold (I told you! You don't want to know) growing on your toothbrush with this compact toothbrush sanitizer in just seven minutes. Cleaner toothbrush, cleaner mouth.
21Spray, Go, And Leave No Tracks
On the bestseller list this week, you've got Poo-Pourri, which is a pocket-sized spray that coats the top layer of toilet bowl water. The natural ingredients lock all smells under the surface, so no one will ever know that you did anything in there but powder your nose.
22Pick The Most Supportive Sports Bra Out There
It's hard to get your workout on when your boobs are bouncing all over the place, so a no-bounce sports bra is essential when it's sweating time. This one's got moisture-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable and dry as well as an attached panel to keep your chest from spilling out the top, so go right ahead and sign up for that high-intensity kickboxing class.
23Get Spa-Like Results From Your Own Home
The Korean beauty scene crushes it again with this pore-cleansing steam balm. Massage it onto your face and in just a few minutes the self-heating balm changes color as it reacts with your skin's sebum and draws impurities — think blackheads, dirt, and oil — from your pores. The result is softer, smoother skin with less visible pores.
24We Dare You To Find A Cup This Lid Doesn't Fit
Drinking beverages on the go is all but unavoidable (hello, morning caffeine), but with this adjustable, universal lid made from food-grade silicone, you can avoid the inevitable spills. Slide it over nearly any glass or cup to form a tight seal, and you're good to go. Psst: Make sure to purchase the reusable straws separately.
25Stick This Thing In A Glass Of Water And Go
If your nose stings in the winter, this trending cool mist travel humidifier stick is a great idea. Simply plug one end into any USB port and stick the other end in a bottle or glass of water. It pulls the moisture out from the container and into the air, helping to relieve you of allergies, dryness, or cold symptoms.
26If Your Popsicles Aren't Dinos, You're Doing It Wrong
This thing is pretty self-explanatory, and people are flipping over it for a great reason. The Zoku dino pop mold lets you make Popsicles in the shape of dinosaurs. Each one has a different adorable design, and people love that they're insanely easy to prep, easy to freeze, and easy to clean.
27Fight Off Your Cold With A Cup Of Tea
I love it when my tea talks to me in the form of motivational phrases. People are super excited right now about this caffeine-free Hey Girl Feel Better Tea. It's absolutely delicious, loaded with healthy herbs, and actually helps you to feel better with a boost of Vitamin C. Consequently, happy reviewers are saying things like, "This tea has fantastic ingredients to ensure that you fight off that nasty cold you may have or feel like you are getting!"
28Master The Law Of Attraction With This Planner
Loads of people have seen Law of Attraction documentaries like The Secret, but people are still having trouble with the execution of it. This Law Of Attraction planner is selling like crazy right now because it helps with productivity, goal-setting, gratitude, to-do lists, and everything else you need to get from point A to point B as far as your ideal life.
29Grow Herbs Anywhere With Minimal Skill
Zero green thumb abilities? No worries. This weirdly futuristic Smart herb garden actually requires no skills whatsoever. All you need to do is add water, plug it in, and let your plants grow anywhere with the LED grow light bulb. Best of all, you've got your own homegrown herbs at the end of it.
30Solve Your Laundry Mistakes With This Simple Solution
It's happened to the best of us: Your favorite sweater accidentally got thrown in the dryer, only to come out two sizes too small. Have no fear: Unshrinkit is here. It does exactly what the name implies: After a laundry mishap, the product essentially works like a hair relaxer to help the garment's fibers stretch back to their original size, meaning you no longer have to reluctantly give away that beloved sweater to your middle school cousin.
31This Sound Machine Fits In Any Bag You Pack
Don't be fooled by this portable sound machine's miniature stature: It's powerful enough to drown out all the pesky noises and sounds that interrupt your beauty rest. Choose from 10 different non-looping white noise, fan, or ocean soundstories to lull you off to dreamland peacefully, whether you're at home or traveling.
32This Simple Thing For Stretching Out Your Body
The Infinity Strap is in fact exactly what it sounds like: a strap in the shape of an infinity symbol. That being said, people are in love with it because it's a simple and timeless way to stretch out your body during yoga, dance, strength training, or physical therapy. It comes in multiple different sizes and colors, and it's easy to grip and comfortable to use.
33Sleep To The Sound Of Whooshing Air
The Marpac white noise machine sits on your bedside table and makes a noise like whoosing air. People cannot get enough of it. It's a great resource for people who have trouble sleeping, because constant ongoing noises have been shown to relax the brain and block out sudden disruptive noises that wake you up. The volume and tone are both adjustable, and it comes in three different colors.
34This Epic Night Light That Projects Space Onto Your Ceiling
Is this constellation night light for children? Probably. Do I want it? You bet. It projects all kinds of space-related shapes onto the ceiling, and it makes for romantic mood-lighting or an intriguing night light.
35Hold Your Frozen Meat Under The Water
This genius little gadget called the Thaw Claw holds your frozen meat underneath the water so that it thaws quickly, safely, and without wasting running water. It's got a suction cup that sticks to the bottom of your sink as well as durable fingers that fit just about any meat package, and reviewers are saying things like, "I'm actually really impressed with this. It's one of those products you don't really think you need until you actually have it and then wonder why you didn't get it sooner."
36Style Your Drinks With The Cutest Ice Cubes
Sure, you could use regular ice cubes, but why would you when you can have dog-shaped ones? This silicone ice cube tray has mini dachshunds molds, so when you need to add a little bite (bad pun intended) to your drink, look no further.
37Everyone With A Bag Needs This Genius Clip
The Instant Bag Hanger, where have you been all my life?! This simple little clip can hold up to 33 pounds, stores on the strap of your bag, and folds out to hang your bag anywhere -- tables, chairs, bars, you name it -- while you're out in public. That means no more cradling your bag in your lap or putting it on the dirty floor.
38For Those Lengthy E-mails Sent From Your Phone
For those times when you absolutely have to type out a lengthy e-mail from your phone, there's the foldable Bluetooth keyboard. It's ultra slim and pocket-sized when it's folded, but it's actually a moderately sized keyboard that wirelessly connects to all your gadgets and devices. The rechargeable battery lasts a really long time, too.
39Trendy Because It's Chalkboard
Are globes outdated? Probably, but this chalkboard globe is chalkboard, so that makes it pertinent again. Make your mark on the world with this wanderlust-inspired desk decoration — color in the places you've been, plan your next trip, or give it to your favorite traveler as a sophisticated gift.
40Deter Bugs Without Slathering Yourself With Repellent
It's currently November, but people are still buying this mosquito repellent bracelet. Wishful thinking, I guess. It naturally deters your least-favorite pests, like spiders, mosquitoes, and gnats, and people love that it's safe, comfortable, and works surprisingly well.
41This Weird Cushion That Actually helps With Pain
This orthopedic memory foam cushion does not look normal, but it's that shape because it's designed to reduce pressure on the lower back, straighten your spine, caress your tailbone, and comfort your butt in wonderful, breathable memory foam.
42Never Again, Horde Of Fruit Flies; Never Again
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People are apparently all about the genius kitchen gadgets this week. These Kitcherry Food Covers are made from a durable yet flexible mesh that pops up and out to protect your food from bugs. They work for outdoor picnics as well as warding away fruit flies from your countertop bananas, and since they're washable, come in a pack of four (two different sizes), and have a convenient carrying case, they've got a super high rating.
43This Wearable Sauna That People Are Flipping Over
If you're looking to get a little further with your fitness routine, this Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer is apparently crazy effective. It wraps around your torso to increase your core temperature, almost like a wearable sauna, resulting in more sweat, better detoxification, and more calories burned.
44Microwave Your Way To A Fresh Dinner
Yes, we all know we should eat more vegetables, but the prep and cleanup involved are enough to make anyone reach for a pizza at the end of the day — unless they have this microwavable steamer, that is. Simply load it up with fresh veggies (or fish, or even both), add water to the lower compartment, and pop it in the microwave. Within minutes, you'll have freshly steamed food that's perfect on its own...or as a side to that pizza you ordered.
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