53 Hidden Gems On Amazon Practical People Will Love
You might think that after two years of writing articles about genius things on Amazon, I would have seen it all by now. But it's quite the contrary. Amazon is a seemingly endless supply of trending products, recent listings, and epic but low-key items just waiting for someone to find them. With a selection of over 400 million products (and that number is only growing year by year), Amazon always has something new and intriguing to offer — which, if you're as practical as I am, might not be enough to hit the buy button. Of course, once you hear how functional they are, you'll be glad you did.
Even the most practical amongst us know the products worth spending some money for. They're secret little gems that make life easier, won't just collect dust on your shelf, and will decrease your spending in the long run. From a clip that saves you trips to the hair salon to a set of towels that will cut down on your paper towel use, these aren't just unique purchases — they're smart ones.
Consequently, every week, I'm still finding hidden gems on Amazon that will change your life, especially if you're a sensible shopper. Check out some of the best new finds here.
1These Cleaning Towels That Work Using Nothing But Water
Because they're made from a proven breakthrough cloth technology, Nano Towels thoroughly clean virtually any surface using nothing but water. It works on glass, mirrors, tile, wood, stainless steel, chrome, metal, granite, and porcelain to remove anything from dust to serious dirt, and because they're totally free of harmful chemicals, they're a lot safer for children and pets. One reviewer writes: "Got my nano towels today and I've been a cleaning fool. The damn thing really works."
2This Touch-Activated Purse Light That Doubles As A Power Bank
With a single touch, the rechargeable Wasserstein purse light will illuminate your bag so you can find your keys or phone. However, it also doubles as a 2000 mAh power bank so you can charge all your devices on the go. It's even got a clip-on strap so you can secure it to your bag and comes with a USB cord for charging.
3This Extra Long Weighted Charging Cable That's Both Convenient And Durable
No longer will you find yourself glued to an outlet when your phone is charging. The Native Union NIGHT cable has a full 10-foot range so you can use your device in comfort. It's also got a weighted knot that anchors it onto your bed or night table, so you don't have to worry about the wire falling underneath. Last but not least, it's reinforced with flexible connector joints and a woven wire for lasting durability.
4This Long Shower Scrubber So You Can Reach Your Back By Yourself
This double-sided back scrubber has a long, strap-like shape and handles on both ends, so you can clean hard-to-reach areas like your back and neck. One side is made from a soft massaging microfiber while the other feels like a loofah for easy exfoliation. It's also machine washable and designed to repel moisture, so it'll stay fresh in your shower.
5These Genius Flexible Lights That Plug Into Any USB Port
For any activity that requires some extra light, there are these SDMH mini LEDs. The flexible silicone body bends any which way to direct the light anywhere, and the soft illumination is designed to be easy on your eyes. Best of all, it just needs a USB port to work, so you can get some extra light while reading, typing, taking selfies, or working at your desk.
6This Beanie That Won't Get In The Way Of Your Ponytail
This soft, stretchable hat is called the BeanieTail, and it ensures that your hair is neat and comfortable during outdoor winter activities. The hole at the top is suitable for ponytails and buns, and it comes in nearly a hundred different colors. "Super cute and so comfy!" says one reviewer. "So much better than trying to pull a beanie over a pony tail!"
7This Travel Organizer That Keeps All Of Your Electronic Accessories Carefully Organized And Protected Against Damage
There’s nothing practical about throwing a wad of cords in your carry-on, but we all seem to do it. Not anymore thanks to this nylon travel organizer. The padded exterior unclips to reveal a carefully segmented case designed to hold cords, SD card, flash drives, and more. Inside you’ll discover a large zippered pocket, five cord slots, two mesh pockets, and four elastic holders. It measures just under 10 inches by 6 inches and comes in four colors to match the rest of your luggage.
8This Durable Hand Towel That Multitasks As A Lid Grip, Pot Holder, and Tool Caddy
While most kitchen tools feel like unnecessary gimmicks, reviews rave that the Cooking Buddy is an actual “must-have for the kitchen.” Part hand towel meets pot holder, the buddy is made from a long cotton body with silicone inserts attached at both ends. The terry acts like a barrier between the skin and a trivet for hot dishes, while the silicone ends are heat resistant up to 500 degrees. Best of all it’s completely machine washable and can hang over your oven door when not in use. You can even pick from 15 colors to match your decor.
9The Yoga Pants With A Secret Pocket For Phones
These yoga pants come in tall, short, and regular length, have a high waist, wick away moisture during a workout. They're machine washable, and even have a secret pocket for easy smartphone or key storage, so they're great for the gym. They're also super-soft, stretchy, and reviewers love them for leisure or yoga class.
10This Incredible Moldable Plastic Fixes Any Household Problem You Have
Soak this Polydoh plastic in hot water and mold it to any shape you want. Once cooled, it can withstand a force of 8400 pounds per square inch, so you can use it to fix household items or craft anything you can think of. This set even comes with six colored pellets that you can mix to create virtually any shade. Reviewers love it — and have made phone stands, fixed bike locks, and phone wires with it — and it's easy to melt down and start over again if you don't like the result.
11This Eye Mask That Doubles As A Pair Of Bluetooth Headphones
The WU-MINGLU sleep mask is made from a soft velvet and cotton that fully blocks out all light without putting pressure on your face. That being said, it also doubles as a pair of Bluetooth headphones that play music or soothing sounds right into your ears. It's rechargeable, washable, and apparently a must-buy for light sleepers.
12This Sturdy Umbrella That Doubles As A Flashlight
Instead of stumbling around in the dark during a thunderstorm, take advantage of this compact umbrella that has a flashlight built into the handle. The rotating flashlight runs off lightweight AG13 batteries that can easily be replaced for years of use. Of course the rest of the umbrella is also built to last with a stainless steel and fiberglass frame that’s weatherproofed against corrosion and strong enough to withstand winds up to 55 miles per hour.
13This Personal Steamer To Soothe Sinuses, Allergies, Or Cold Symptoms
Whenever it's cold or flu season or you have some sinus congestion, this brilliant personal steam inhaler will provide some much-needed relief. Its comfortable hood directs the steam right into your nasal passages to soothe your throat, nose, or lungs. You can set a timer for your treatment, and people say it seriously helps with everything from colds and bronchitis to allergies and headaches.
14This Travel Mug That Doubles As A French Press Coffee Maker
This isn't your average travel mug. The Bodum tumbler keeps your drink hot for hours and spill-free with a stainless steel insulation and locking lid — but it also allows you to make French press coffee right in the cup. It comes with a built-in plunger, so all you have to do is add coffee grounds and water for a fresh-brewed cup anywhere. One reviewer calls it "the best travel mug out there."
15This Motorized Cleaner Washes And Dries Makeup Brushes In Seconds
This wireless makeup brush cleaner runs on batteries and thoroughly washes and dries all your brushes quickly. It comes with eight rubber holders that fit any handle size, and reviewers are raving: "My brushes are like new! I'm so impressed....what an excellent invention." The whole process only takes 20 seconds, and the splash guard prevents any messes.
16This Simple But Genius Tool To Defrost Meat Quickly In Your Sink
Such a simple design, but reviewers are uncharacteristically psyched: "Seriously the best amazon purchase ever." The Thaw Claw holds meat under the water when you're thawing a package in your sink. It's got a suction cup that keeps it stable, it seriously speeds up the defrosting process, and it saves you from having to continuously run the water.
17This Smart Tool Turns Your Steering Wheel Into A Desk
If you find yourself eating and working in your car, there's the AutoExec WheelMate. It clips onto your steering wheel to convert it into an ergonomic surface that supports your notebook, tablet, or lunch. It's also lightweight and slim, so it's easy to store when it's not in use.
18This Sturdy Clip So You Can Hang Your Bag Virtually Anywhere
Never again put your bag on a dirty public floor. The Clipa 2 stores on your strap and opens when you need it, so you can hang your pocketbook over bathroom stalls, on bars, on the edges of tables, and around car headrests. It comes in five colors and is made from triple-plated high-strength alloy, so it supports even the heaviest of purses.
19These Brilliant Adjustable Clips For Blanket Bandits And Sliding Sheets
Whether you're plagued by runaway elastic sheets or a partner who won't quit stealing the covers, there's Bed Bands — easy-to-install adjustable clips that keep your bedding right where you want it. The cordlock button allows you to control the tension, and the clips stay put on just about any fabric. The Amazon page has over 4,000 reviewers who now can't live without them.
20This 3-In-1 Tool For The Avocado Lover
Whether you make a lot of guacamole or think any salad is improved with avocado (duh), there's this Vremi three-in-one tool. It cuts, de-pits, and slices safely and efficiently, and it's dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
21A Safe Place To Put Your Phone While It's Charging
Whether it's for your phone, electric toothbrush, Echo Dot, speaker, or Wifi hub, the ECHOGEAR outlet shelf is a genius storage solution. It installs just like any outlet cover, holds up to ten pounds, and provides a sturdy surface with a built-in cable management system. One reviewer writes that this is the "best invention since the toaster."
22This Sleek Automatic Mug Warmer That Keeps Your Tea Or Coffee Hot All Day
Keep your drink at precisely 131 degrees all day with this Nicelucky mug warmer. It ensures that your tea and coffee (or mug of soup, or the office cheese dip) is hot no matter how long you leave it sitting, and it automatically shuts off when the mug is removed. Because it's waterproof, it's also really easy to clean and can withstand spills.
23This Damage-Free Way To Hang Posters On Any Surface
We can all thank Shark Tank for yet another brilliant invention: GoodHangups. These magnetic stickers won't damage your walls, but they will allow you to hang posters, notes, and pictures on any surface. They can be removed and reused, and come with eight tiny magnets to match the receptive stickers.
24This Erasable Notebook That You Can Use Over And Over Again
The Elfinbook 2.0 is a lifesaver for college students, artists, engineers, or chronic note-takers. That's because the special pages wipe clean with a wet cloth (or the microwave), so you can reuse them up to 500 times. Need to keep your notes or drawings long-term? There's a special app that scans everything so you can store them digitally and reference them anywhere.
25This Food Strainer That Lets You Wash And Drain Food In One Bowl
Simplify your food prep process with a versatile stainless steel colander that has a tilted bottom surface designed to let you wash and drain your food in just one bowl. Rinse rice, lentils, or veggies in the bowl before shifting the 3 quarter strainer to a horizontal position to drain and dry. Available with both medium or micro holes, it’s sleek enough to work as a fruit bowl and completely dishwasher safe
26This Vacuum Pump That Creates An Air-Tight Seal, So Open Bottles Stay Fresh For Weeks
If you can't finish a bottle of wine to save your life, so you hesitate to open it in the first place, there's the Vacu Vin. It removes all the air from an open wine bottle and replaces it with a new stopper, so it stays fresh for up to two weeks. It's also great when it comes to transporting open bottles without spills.
27This Genius Rotating Power Strip That Plugs Right Into Your Wall
This ECHOGEAR strip plugs right into your wall to reduce clutter and to power so many things at once. The AC three-prong outlets rotate so you can plug in bulky adapters without blocking other things, and it's got two USB ports for fast, efficient charging. It's even got a built-in surge protector.
28This Moisturizer, Foundation, And Sunscreen In One
People are losing it over bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, because it's a moisturizer, a sheer-to-medium foundation, and a 30 SPF sunscreen all in one. It's even great for sensitive skin, and reviewers say it's buildable and actually helps to improve complexion over time. Eight different skin tone colors are available for purchase.
29This Wire-Free Bra That Lifts And Supports As Well As One With Underwire
The older I get, the more I realize that there's nothing more practical than a wireless bra. Warner's Easy Does It doesn't have any underwire. Instead, it uses seamless all-over stretch fabric and molded cups to shape, lift, cover, and support. It's also designed to look smooth under clothing and comes in a bunch of cute colors.
30An Epic Inflatable Mattress For Your Back Seat
This FBSport inflatable car mattress is a must-have for road trips, festivals, or travelers. It covers the whole back seat in cushy comfort, and it's got a wedge piece that fits into the foot area, keeping it stable while the car is in motion. This set even comes with an inflatable pillow and a pump that works with your car adapter.
31This Fashion Emergency Kit That Everyone Should Have In Her Purse
Inside this Hollywood Fashion Secrets kit, you've got everything you need should a fashion emergency strike: stain remover liquid, a shoe-shiner sponge, a nail file, a mini sewing kit, two buttons, a stain wipe, clothing tape, and anti-blister pads. Bring this thing to a wedding, and you'll be a hero in no time.
32A Portable Blender That Makes Smoothies Or Protein Shakes
Very quiet, completely versatile, and totally portable, this blender is strong enough to pulverize ice, fruits, vegetables, and seeds. It's great for protein shakes, juices, smoothies, sauces, marinades, and salad dressings. It even comes with an ice cube tray, and works in as little as 20 seconds. It's easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
33The Brilliant Ice Cover For Your Windshield
If you don't have a garage, the SnowOFF cover is the next best thing. It protects your windshield from snow and ice during a storm, so you don't have to spend your time chipping away at it afterwards. Using magnets, suction cups, and windproof straps, it stays in place no matter what, and the fabric is durable, waterproof, and won't scratch your car. "New England just got slammed with a Nor'easter, and let me tell you... this thing works!" says one reviewer. "No snow or ice anywhere on the wiper well or windshield."
34These Packing Cubes That Squeeze The Air Out So You Can Fit More
Save space in your suitcase and keep everything organized with these compression packing cubes. The expandable nylon bags have mesh panels that squeeze all the air out, so you can fit way more, and they've got handles for easy carrying. They come in tons of different colors and set options, and even comes with a laundry bag.
35This Simple Way To Prep All Your Ingredients Into Any Shape Or Size
Take all the hassle out of prep with this brilliant Godmorn vegetable slicer. It's got seven detachable blades for various sizes, shapes, and types of food, so you can instantly dice tomatoes, slice cucumbers, or crush garlic. It comes with a free cleaning tool and peeler, and all pieces are durable and made from food-grade materials.
36The Tool That Gets The Last Drop Out Of Every Tube Of Toothpaste
Whether it's toothpaste, hair dye, concealer, or paint, you know there's more in there. This tube squeezer helps you get to it. It's made of durable aluminum alloy, so it'll never rust or bend, and it's designed to be mess-free and easy to operate. It even comes with a plastic version to have as a back-up.
37This 2-In-1 Vacuum That's Entirely Cordless, So You Can Clean Anywhere
Not only is this NPOLE vacuum rechargeable and wireless, but the lightweight stick design has a built-in detachable hand vac for smaller messes. The 2200mAh lithium power battery can run on high for up to 30 minutes at a time, and the cyclonic system protects the motor and provides powerful suction no matter what.
38These No-Spill Silicone Lids That Create An Airtight Seal
Quit searching endlessly for storage containers and their matching covers. These silicone lids create an airtight seal with their suction cup-like design, and they prevent spills in your refrigerator or while traveling. They come in six sizes, so they fit everything from pots to glasses, and they're BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and heat resistant up to 450 degrees.
39This Fantastically Convenient Collapsible Salad Bowl Keeps Lettuce Fresh
The hard part about bringing green salad to the office for lunch is that the veggies start making the lettuce soggy and wilted. Enter this genius portable salad bowl that stores toppings in handy separate compartments above the lettuce so you can wait to toss them in until you’re ready to eat. There’s also a special container for the dressing, along with a plastic spork that goes under the lid. Best of all, when you’re done eating you can rinse it off and collapse the bowl down into a small compact space to throw into your work bag.
40This Handy Triangular Storage Box Prevents You From Losing Hangers
Made of a lightweight, easy-to-carry polypropylene fabric, this hanger hamper provides a custom-shaped box to store your extra hangers in so they don’t get lost on your clothing rod between all the shirts and tanks tops. The hamper, which is shaped to perfectly fit into a corner so it doesn’t take up extra space, has quick-carry handles for transporting to a guest room or other area.
41These Heavy Duty Car Hooks That Let You Hang Groceries From Your Car Seat
Rediscover your car’s floor space by installing these heavy duty hanger hooks. Each strap attaches to your car headrests and has two heavy duty hooks that can hold up to 27 pounds combined. Designed to stay in place while you drive, you can use them to hang purses, backpacks, groceries, or even coats. One reviewer raved: “It makes my car feel more organized and it keep the groceries from flying all over my backseat.”
42This Magic Towel Has Special Microfibers That Makes Your Hair Dry Extra Fast
If you’re the practical type that appreciates efficiency, you will be obsessed with this miracle hair towel that reduces the amount of time it takes you blow dry your hair by a whopping 50 percent. This astonishing feat is accomplished via specially designed microfibers that absorb moisture, cutting down on how much time you spend pointing the hairdryer at it. The result is much faster mornings where you’re out the door quicker, on top of reduced heat damage to your hair.
43These Weighted Gloves That Increase Your Strength With Minimal Effort
Get the most out of every workout by adding in these weighted gloves for additional strength building. Each one-pound glove has an open palm design for minimal hand sweat and straps around your fingers and wrist to stay securely in place. They’re made from a stretchy neoprene enforced with double stitching and come in four lining colors. Lightweight and slim enough to fit into your purse or gym bag, they can be worn during kickboxing, jogging, cross-training, or simply while walking.
44A Phenomenally Useful Strainer Attaches Directly Onto To Your Boiling Pot
Pouring your pasta into a strainer in the sink, letting it drain, waiting for it to cool, pouring it back into the pot, washing the strainer, and finally washing the pot is anything but practical. This brilliant clip-on strainer reduces that process down to one easy move, allowing you to strain your noodles and veggies directly from the main pot. The portable strainer cuts down on steam burns and other hazards that can arise from transferring food while also mitigating splashing and taking up less space in the cupboard.
45These Ingenious Gardening Gloves Have Built-In Raking Claws
At last, a pair of gloves and gardening tools all in one. These genius rubber gloves have built-in claws on four of the fingers on one hand, leaving the other free to do picking and pruning. The finger claws are made with an ultra-durable ABS plastic that makes them perfect for digging, planting, raking, and other gardening tasks. The gloves are super breathable with non-slip construction and a puncture-resistant design.
46This Bathtub Drainer Is Shockingly Simple To Clean
Cleaning out the tub drainer is pretty much the grossest job on the planet; however, this genius gadget makes the task infinitely more bearable. Due to the drainer’s mushroom shape, water can flow around it, funneling hair around a lip on the bottom where it’s completely out of view. That means no more wadding up tissue paper and wiping soggy messes up from the bottom of the tub. As a bonus, the device will prevent clogged drains too.
47This Innovative Hair Clip Lets You Cut Your Locks At Home With Perfection
Since the average cost for a haircut at a salon these days hovers around a gajillion dollars, this hair clip will save you money while also making your bangs look boss. The clever rotating level switches at every 22 degrees, creating meticulous, even cuts from side to side. The kit comes with two sizes — a small straight one for basic trims and a large curved one for softer styling — both of which have easy-to-follow edges to use as a guide.
48This Kitchen Tool That Mashes Food Into An Creamy, Fluffy Texture
Create the creamiest mashed potatoes and fluffiest hummus with the Dash Masha. It has a patented roto-cone core that guarantees you get a flawless creamy texture in every dish. It comes with two bladed attachments that whip to perfection and are 100 percent dishwasher safe. Not to mention it’s lightweight and slim enough to store in your kitchen drawers.
49This Clever Contraption Folds Your T-Shirts With Eerie Precision
Have you ever gone into Hollister and found yourself slowly pulled into the mesmerizing stack of perfectly folded T-shirts? Well, now you can create that enchanting display in your very own dresser with this simple T-shirt folder. The handy little device can be used to fold T-shirts, shorts, pajamas, and other clothes in three quick steps, making laundry day fly by in a snap. The clever apparatus, which comes with a how-to diagram, saves you time while also making everything look prettier.
50These Teeth Whitening Pens That Let Your Whiten On The Move
These gel whitening pens take the hassle out of whitening your teeth by ditching strips and gunky pastes that take hours to work. You just apply the extra-strength, smooth foaming gel right onto your teeth and go about your day. Each non-toxic stick contains a mixture of carbamide peroxide, xylitol, and peppermint oil, which means each treatment whitens teeth while also reducing tooth decay and freshening your breath.
51This Set Of Three Survival Multi-Tools That Fit Into Your Wallet
Next time you’re in a bind to fix that loose screw, you’ll be happy to have these credit-card sized pocket tools on hand. A necessity for anyone who loves camping or hiking, each set includes an 11-in-1 multitool card, an 18-in-1 survival card, and a compact folding knife. The 18-in-1 tool acts as a firestick, screwdriver, blade saw, or compass, while the 11-in-1 card can be used as a ruler, can opener, wrench, or knife. Save the compact folding knife to cut away tricky foliage or for last minute food prep.
52An Emergency Car Escape Tool That Can Cut Seat Belts Or Break Windows
Almost 2,000 reviewers have given this escape tool five stars with buyers calling it a “necessity for any keychain.” The compact tool, which can attach to any keyring or rearview mirror, doubles as both a seat belt cutter and a window breaker in case of emergencies. An actual life-saving tool, it was initially created for first responded. Now available for the public, it not only works for submerged cards, but children trapped in hot cars or car fires.
53This 2-In-1 Car Caddy Organizer Will De-Clutter Your Car In An Instant
If your car typically looks like a small tornado struck it, this backseat organizer will change your life. The incredibly convenient car caddy slides over the seat, allowing you to store items above the ground and giving you easy access when you need them. The compact organizer has four Velcro-locked compartments of varying sizes that will accommodate differently shaped items. It can go in your trunk too, making it versatile and adaptable — the perfect thing to clear out the clutter in your automobile.
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