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Sometimes you come across something so useful, brilliant or cute, you wonder why you’d never thought of it yourself. Then you think, “I’ve got to have that!” and proceed to purchase, track your package and eagerly await the delivery of this clever new gadget, beauty product, piece of personal gear or whatever it is you’ve just discovered.
Well, we’ve rounded up 15 of those genius, quirky, life-changing products, from a straw that makes all water drinkable to an ingenious hat-umbrella hybrid that’ll protect your freshly styled hair — and they’re all on sale for Presidents’ Day! And, of course, they’re all available on Amazon. Get ready to geek out about these fun finds.
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In pursuit of sparkling clean floors? No need to drag the Swiffer out of your closet — you can walk your way to spotless floors. This set of five chenile slippers pick up everything, from dust to pet hair, and can be thrown in the washing machine to be used over and over. Plus, they can be used barefoot or as a shoe cover. Who said cleaning can’t be fun?
“These are awesome,” shared a shopper. “I make my kids wear them around while I’m cleaning the floors. They make great scrubbers for pretty much anything, I hold up well in the wash, and wait for it….. They fit the Swiffer. Totally in love!”
Whether you find yourself on a camping trip gone wrong or otherwise stranded far from a thirst-quenching faucet, a LifeStraw can, well, save your life. It turns any water — even the stuff you find in a stream or pond — into clean, drinkable agua. Plus, over 73,500 shoppers swear by the gizmo.
“This thing is no joke!” a shopper reported. “I took it backpacking on Maine’s Bigelow range. When I ran out of the water I brought, I was A-OK with this. Just bring a wide-mouth bottle to fill with water you find. On top of one of the lower peaks, I drank from the most disgusting-looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap.”
These absolutely genius doodads replace dryer sheets — and do so much more too. The wool softens fabric, prevents static, eliminates lint, and is totally odorless. Just chuck them in with your freshly washed clothes and watch them work their magic. Plus: Each ball decreases drying time by 25 percent, and can be reused for over a thousand washes.
“Absolutely love the wool dryer balls,” a shopper shared. “Leaves my clothes soft and without chemicals. I use essential oils on mine to give my clothes a fresh all natural scent.”
Sometimes slotted spoons just don’t cut it, especially when you’re deep frying foods in large batches. This colander spoon is designed as a more large-mouthed scoop with a greater number of holes, allowing you to drain cooking grease or water from food more easily. It’s also made from tough nylon which can handle temperatures up to 392 degrees.
“It’s my go-to item in the kitchen now,” this fan says. “Great for pasta, frying, scooping out of a CrockPot or Instant Pot.”
These incredibly clever Wolverine-like kitchen gadgets are a great way to shred chicken, pork, beef and whatever else without a hassle. Easily grip onto that roast, shoulder or breast and tear that sucker to pieces to create the perfect at-home BBQ feast.
“A great set of shredders for the price,” writes a reviewer who replaced an old pair by another manufacturer. “These Bear Paws are sharp, they shred meat easily and fit my hands very well. They’re comfortable to hold, which is nice when shredding 10 to 20 pounds of pork for a party. I also use one claw when carving meat. I stick one claw into the meat to hold it steady while I carve with a knife, works much better than trying to use a fork…” They’re also great for mixing salads or lifting a turkey out of the roasting pan.
After a pricey trip to the hair salon, the last thing you want is a sudden downpour to ruin your ‘do. Enter this funny-yet-genius little hat that’ll protect your locks from moisture and humidity. Made from waterproof microfiber polyester and lined with satin to keep your styled hair soft and voluminous, the Hairbrella is the style savior you never knew you needed. And now you can get 15 percent off when you apply an on-page coupon.
“I’m so impressed with my Hairbrella; it keeps my 2c curls perfectly curly and doesn’t crush them,” one reviewer says. “My head is always kept at a comfortable temperature, no matter how long I wear the Hairbrella. I purchased it for the cold wet weather in UK, and it’s perfect! Well worth the money and wait.”
For the pup that can’t help himself when it comes to jumping in muddy puddles or digging up the garden, there’s this perfect, portable cup. Simply add a little water and some soap into the cup, insert your doggo’s muddy paw and twist the cup to let the silicone bristles inside clean off the mess. When you’re done, just wipe your dog’s paw clean and let them run free before they even have time to fuss.
Over 28,700 dog owners on Amazon love it. “Best. Thing. Ever,” one customer gushes. “This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between [my dogs] paw pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it!”
Finally, there’s a solution to washing baseball caps that have seen better days! This strange cage-like contraption perfectly fits around both curved and flat sports caps, letting you wash them on the top rack of your dishwasher. When you’re all done, you can also safely dry and store your cap in the cage as well.
“I bought this to wash all of my husband’s hats. I have used it in the dishwasher with no issues,” one reviewer says. “He curves the brim of his hats a lot and I was nervous it might flatten it but it didn’t; much to my relief…My husband was also impressed with how clean his hats are now. Some of them he even said he forgot the original color of!!”
Some areas seem impossible to clean, like the space between your blinds. Fortunately, this little three-pronged gadget is here to offer a solution. The cleaner comes with five microfiber dusters to help clean between venetian blinds, air conditioner vents and car shades in a fraction of the time. When you’re done, the sleeves can be thrown in the wash and used again.
This happy reviewer asks, “Where has this blind cleaner been for the past 50 years???? I have struggled to keep my blinds clean for so many years, and happily found this item. It WORKS!!! And I love that it comes with extra sleeves, and the sleeves are machine washable. The handle is plastic, but I feel confident it won’t break any time soon.”
This unusual accessory looks a bit futuristic, but it’s actually an ergonomic sleep mask with three-dimensional, contoured cups that won’t press down on (or even touch) your eyes — think of them as cup-shaped masks for your peepers. Blocking out the light completely promotes deeper, more restful sleep, especially when you need to catch a few winks on the go, but also when you’re in your own bed. This mask — now 30 percent off — has an adjustable strap for extra comfort and to help it fit any sized head, from a grown man’s to a child’s.
“I always wear a sleep mask at night, as even a tiny bit of light keeps me awake,” one reviewer explains. “Typically the elastic stretches out long before the mask has worn out. These masks are contoured to fit over the eyes and nose, are silky, soft and very comfortable, and the strap adjusts for desired tension.”
Professional microdermabrasions cost a fortune, and right now you’re probably in no big hurry to visit a salon. Enter this curious-looking yet effective little tool, Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller in facial microdermabrasion products. Packed with lots of tiny needles at aestheticians’ recommended length (.25 mm), this derma roller is designed to banish fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores and stimulate collagen if you use it a few times a week. Pair it with your favorite skin care products and look forward to plenty of compliments on your glowing complexion.
“After suffering from cystic acne through my teen years, I was left with a few indented scars,” one happy reviewer says. “I have been using this for about three weeks now and it is the best purchase I’ve made in a while. The scars are literally gone.”
If you prefer flat masks over cone or cup-shaped ones, you’re probably used to inhaling a mouthful of fabric, getting lipstick all over your mask (or just forgoing lipstick altogether) and having perpetually fogged-up glasses. But place this flexible bracket over your mouth before putting on your mask, and all of the aforementioned woes are gone. Made from food-grade material, the brackets are washable and reusable.
Amazon shoppers can’t get enough of this product, with one reviewer calling it a “game changer,” saying “I barely feel it on my face. I’m not sucking in my mask gasping for air. My mask isn’t moist against my face anymore, and my speech is clearer, too.”
Does your hair always clog your bathtub drain? This brilliant hair catcher is an Amazon bestseller, and it’s about to change your life (and save you money on plumbers’ visits). The genius of the TubShroom lies in its brilliant design. Due to its cylindrical “mushroom” shape, you don’t actually see any of the hair, soap or residue buildup until you’re ready to clean it. The product is made of silicone, so it’s flexible and easily fits in a variety of drains. Water passes through, but hair gets caught, wrapping around the tube. Now and then, just pull it out, clean it (the hair comes off easily) and put it back in place.
One satisfied reviewer says, “After having used the TubShroom for a while I can finally say my search for a solution has ended. It’s simple, it works, and when you step on it by accident it just squishes flat instead of trying to impale you like the spiky things do. Cleaning is simpler, too. Just remove it and pull the hair off the bottom.”
Stimulate blood flow, exfoliate your scalp and feel more relaxed after using this lightweight, handheld massager. It gets rid of excess skin and buildup on your scalp, which in turn fosters a healthy environment for optimal hair growth. Plus, this thing just makes your scalp feel great. Suitable for all hair types and gentle enough for sensitive scalps. Watch your hair transform now that your shampoo, conditioner, serums and other products are able to soak in and work to their fullest extent.
“Gets through my thick hair to my scalp for a good scrub,” says one reviewer. “Firm enough to work well, but gives enough to feel comfortable rather than scratchy.”
Over 16,400 shoppers have weighed in on this cleverly designed expandable silicone bowl, bestowing a shining five-star rating. It’s clear why: The Popco popcorn popper transforms the microwave popcorn experience. Never again will you end up with half a bag of unpopped kernels (or half of your kernels burned). You get perfect popcorn every time. This gadget is dishwasher-safe and makes a great gift for pretty much every household on earth.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
Fire HD 10 tablet, $110 (was $150), amazon.com
Apple Airpods Pro, $175 (was $249), amazon.com
ecobee SmartThermostat, $199 (was $249), amazon.com
Blink Mini, $25 (was $35), amazon.com
Echo Show 8, $90 (was $130), amazon.com
Video game deals:
NBA 2K22 for PlayStation 4, $20 (was $60), amazon.com
Razer Kraken Gaming Headset, $68 (was $80), amazon.com
Ninja AF101 Air Fryer, $100 (was $130), amazon.com
Abco 7-inch Bed Wedge Pillow, $30 (was $40), amazon.com
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