This applies to my own purchases, but it also applies to gifts for other people. After all, everyone loves smart and practical items that are worthy of their five-star ratings. Now, I'm grabbing smart lightbulbs that you can control using your voice. I'm buying collapsible water bottles that take up hardly any space in your backpack, and I'm definitely getting the device that cooks delicious, fresh waffle bowls right in your own home. These gifts are skyrocketing in popularity because (unlike that tarnished pineapple), the recipient will actually use them day in and day out.
So whether you're treating yourself to a practical gadget or buying a gift for someone you care about, Amazon has tons of products that are clever as hell and actually worth the money.
The downloadable app allows you to control it from anywhere,— and this smart lightbulb is also compatible with Amazon's Alexa so that you can turn the lights on and off using your voice. Set schedules and timers so that your lights are on when you come home, or use it as a sunrise lamp to wake you up gently and gradually. One Amazon reviewer wrote, "Set-up is actually a breeze."
You could prop your tablet upright for your entire flight, or you could use this drink and tablet holder for hands-free watching and beverage safety. It works even when the seat in front of you is reclined, and it folds down to the size of a wallet when you're not using it. And yes, it works in cars, too.
Not only are they tear- and water-resistant, but these packing bags also make it easy to keep your suitcase organized while you travel. Each order comes with one small, medium, and large bag, plus they're breathable so the contents don't absorb any unwanted odors.
An empty water bottle takes up a ton of space in your bag, which is why this water bottle collapses down to a fraction of its size when empty. It's also leak-proof in order to prevent any accidental spills, and it's made from 100% food-grade, BPA-free material. Get it in seven different colors for anyone on your list.
No one enjoys using tools that are caked in old makeup, so this electric makeup brush cleaner is a wonderful gift for the beauty enthusiast. Thanks to its interchangeable collars, it's able to clean brushes of practically any shape or size. Best of all, it's battery-operated, so it takes less than one minute to both clean and dry.
Reviewers have called this one a "life-saver" and "the best lip product [for] a dry climate." This repairing balm has a 4.5-star rating because it helps get your lips soft and smooth, despite the weather. It's formulated with a mix of honey, beeswax, aloe vera, and essential oils. Many Amazon reviewers even said they saw results by the next morning.
Simply attach it to your wallet, lanyard, keys, or bag. Then go to the app on your phone to make this tile mate ring, so you can find the lost item in record-time. The included battery is guaranteed for one year after purchase, and it even works backwards so you can use your keys to find your phone — yes, on silent.
Because it doubles as a foam roller and a source of hydration, this water bottle makes a great gift for any athlete or health enthusiast. The interior is made from recycled stainless steel, and the exterior is made from high-density EVA foam that can hold up to 350 pounds without collapsing.
If you're looking for an extremely simple standing desk, this one requires zero assembly — all you have to do is unfold it. It's available in sizes small through extra-large, and there are four colors to choose from: sesame, sea, periwinkle, and coral.
Unlike competing travel pillows, this one is made with customizable supports that you can use to hold your head up from any angle. It's lightweight so that it's easy to take with you while traveling, and the covers are removable in case it ever gets dirty. Get it in your choice of nine colors.
No matter where you happen to be, these mints offer a quick pick-me-up with ingredients like green tea caffeine, L-Theanine, and vitamin B. They absorb into your system quickly so that they work faster than a cup of coffee, and they're completely free from any artificial sweeteners, sugars, gluten, or GMOs.
Save someone time, hassle, and money with this travel espresso machine. Since it just requires ground espresso and boiling water, there's no electricity or N20 cartridges required, so it's great for camping, traveling, or efficient mornings. Many Amazon reviewers noted how it's very "easy to clean," too.
Know someone who loves the corner pieces? This brownie pan is made with 12 individual cavities to ensure that each brownie gets four delicious edges and is a perfect uniform size. The non-stick coating makes it easy to pop your brownies out once they're done cooking.
Bake waffle bowls for fruit-filled breakfast dishes and delicious desserts, or use this device with tortillas for taco salads. It only takes a few minutes to heat up, plus the dual non-stick cooking surfaces ensure that your bowls cook evenly and thoroughly.
If you're searching for a quirky coffee mug that's also functional, look no further than this horn-shaped mug. It comes with two sets of straps (long and short) so that it's easy to attach to your suitcase or backpack, plus it's 100% leak-proof so you won't have to worry about spills during your commute. The handle even turns into a stand.
With this electric wine opener, the recipient also gets a foil cutter, a vacuum bottle stopper, and a spout that aerates the wine as they pour. The necessary batteries come included so that they can use it right out of the box. Most importantly, reviewers say it "works seamlessly" to open wine bottles with the press of a button.
Some sleep masks can leave you feeling hot and sweaty at night, whereas this one is made from soft, silky bamboo fabric that's incredibly breathable. It blocks out all outside light so that it's easy to fall asleep, and one Amazon reviewer reported that it didn't cling to her eyelids, unlike competing masks.
You could dirty up your stove for a quick meal, or you could save yourself some mess by using this omelette maker instead. The device can cook omelettes pizzas, paninis, frittatas, and more, plus the cooking plates are coated in a non-stick material so that it's exceptionally easy to clean.
Perfect for any wine enthusiast, this stemless wine glass is large enough that it can easily hold up to half a bottle of wine. The silicone sleeve helps preserve the temperature, and the lidded glass is also shatter-resistant and leak-proof.
Vacuum-insulated so that your drink stays cold for hours, this water bottle sets itself apart from the competition by featuring an extra compartment on the bottom where you can store snacks, keys, cash, pet food, and more. It's made from heavy-duty stainless steel, and the inner chamber is removable so that it's easy to clean.
Made from ultra-soft fleece, this travel pillow has a built-in support system that prevents your head from falling forwards while you sleep. It's available in a variety of colors, plus it's incredibly lightweight so it's easy to attach to your carry-on. One reviewer wrote that it's "possibly the best purchase [they] have ever made for traveling."
Whiteboards aren't cheap, but this sticker version is a functional, affordable alternative for students and visual thinkers. The adhesive backing is strong so it stays securely stuck to your wall, and you can even put it on desks so that you always have a convenient place to sketch out ideas.
Give the gift of a comfortable, secure fit with these ear hooks, which are compatible with AirPods as well as wired earbuds. They're made from soft silicone that's naturally antibacterial, and they even help reduce outside noise so you can hear your music better. Get them in black, pink, blue, or clear.
Because it's made with adjustable shelves, this rotating makeup organizer can fit aerosol sprays and bottles of practically any shape or size. It's an easy way to get your vanity or bathroom counter organized, plus it's large enough that it can hold up to 60 brushes, lipsticks, and polishes.
Able to hold up to 80 pounds, this monitor stand is exceptionally sturdy and made from eco-friendly bamboo. There are multiple slots where you can store your phone, paper, staplers, and more, plus you can also use it to hold televisions, printers, or even gaming consoles.
Use it to hold your keys, wallet, and ID while hiking, or use this running backpack for bounce-free smartphone use during a marathon. There are even built-in loops where you can thread your headphones, plus it's sweat- as well as bounce-resistant. Thanks to the adjustable straps, it fits most people with ease.
For the person with spotty wi-fi, this extender is a gift they'll use every single day. In short, it boosts your signal for a stronger, wider-reaching connection. The smart indicator lights help you figure out the best spot to place it, and many Amazon reviewers wrote how it was "super easy" to install.
Made from rust-resistant stainless steel, this spoon rest helps prevent kitchen messes by neatly attaching to the side of your cookware. It can also be used as a standalone utensil holder, plus it's universally designed to fit on most rounded pots and pans.
Some adult card games have the tendency to get a little offensive, whereas this one leans more toward clever. Players try to create hilarious, goofy charts by playing the best Y-axis card from their hand. Each round, one person acts as a judge to decide which card is the funniest — and whoever wins the most rounds by the end is declared the champion.
The worst part of the winter season is having to scrape ice off your car in the morning, which is why this cover is a thoughtful, practical gift for anyone without a garage. It's made from thick, heavy-duty polyester, and the side panels hook inside your car door so that it doesn't blow away in the wind.
Jewelry can be incredibly expensive depending on where you shop, but this pair of cubic zirconia earrings is only $11 on Amazon. They're plated with your choice of sterling silver, rose gold, or yellow gold, and many Amazon reviewers wrote that despite the price, they look like real diamonds and they're "completely believable."
Buy this outlet extender for the person who's always searching for a power brick or empty outlet. Not only do the three surge-protected outlets save your devices from electrical spikes, but there are also two USB ports on the side for added convenience.
Part brush, part dryer, this tool is an easy way to dry your hair while simultaneously styling it. Hot air comes out through the bristles, so all you have to do is brush, and the built-in ionic technology leaves your hair looking shiny while also cutting down on drying time.
Using a facial steamer is an easy way to get your pores ready to absorb masks and serums, which is why this steamer also comes with two silicone brushes and a headband. The brushes are great for spreading mud and other treatments, and the cat-themed headband keeps your hair out of your face.
Stack it on top of your work space to create a standing desk, or use this laptop stand to binge movies in bed. The height is adjustable and there are zero tools required for set-up — plus it even holds your drink and phone with attachable accessories. When it's time to hit the road, everything stores inside the table.
Spray it on your joints anytime they're feeling sore, or use this magnesium spray to help you relax right before bed. Unlike other sprays, this one is undiluted, though it is also water-soluble in the event you'd prefer a lighter dosage. Reviewers also say it's a "miracle" for headaches, cramps, and stress.
If you're not a fan of standing desks, but still want to activate your muscles while you're at the office, try using this balance disc. All you have to do is place it on your chair, and it'll automatically engage your core while you sit. It's also great for encouraging proper posture.
Not all makeup primers are created equal. This one has a 4.3-star rating because it prolongs makeup wear, can be used alone for complexion-evening coverage, and "really does feel like velvet on the skin," according to reviewers.
Jars, stubborn cans, difficult lids — this opener is specially designed to help those with limited movement. The anti-skid teeth ensure that it firmly grips any lid, and there's also a tab on the end that you can use for pop lids. "I purchased this for my mother who has lost some strength in her hands due to age," one reviewer wrote. "This has been very helpful for her and works well."
Whereas most shavers easily get clogged with soaps and creams, this electric razor is made with an open-blade cutting system that allows shaving gels and residue to pass right through. That way, your shave comes out silky and smooth. The moisturizing strip is infused with hydrating almond oil, and the blades are hypoallergenic, as well.
Simply connect them to your Alexa, and these echo buttons will let you play over 100 fun, interactive games with your friends and family. You can also use them to turn your lights off, announce dinner, or even play music, plus they're compatible with a variety of Amazon devices.
This one's for the person who loves beachy waves, even when they're nowhere near the ocean. This waver styling tool is an easy way to give your hair touchable, bouncy texture thanks to its three barrels. The heat is adjustable so that you can use it on all types of hair, plus it's made with tourmaline ceramic technology in order to reduce frizz.
While the inside is made from rust-resistant stainless steel, this kitchen utensil set is coated in gorgeous copper that adds a pop to any kitchen. Each order arrives in a neat little gift box so you won't have to worry about wrapping it, and the non-slip handles are gentle during use.
Rather than trying to remove the claw marks from their jumping attempts, this set of pet stairs helps them get on and off furniture with ease. They're sturdy and able to hold up to 150 pounds, plus the non-skid feet ensure they stay put while your pet goes up and down.
"Did I feed the dog? Or did someone else feed it today?" If you know someone who's always trying to solve that mystery, gift them this handy reminder. There's a morning and afternoon slider for each day of the week, and each order comes with an adhesive so that you can easily attach it to a wall.
Yes, it's double-wall insulated in order to keep your water cold for up to 24 hours, but this filtering water bottle also gets rid of chlorine, impurities, and unwanted tastes. It's made from rust-resistant stainless steel, comes in tons of colors, has a carrying loop, and fits in most cup-holders, too.
Suited best for adults (with dark senses of humor), this card game has players vote on what they think their friends would do in a variety of disturbing situations. Each box comes with enough voting cards for up to 10 players, and reviewers write that it's "gut busting fun for a group of perverted and raunchy friends."
If you've ever suspected that scruffles has some mixed breed in him, try using this doggie DNA test to prove your hunch. All you have to do is swab your dog's cheek; then send your kit to the lab. The shipping has been pre-paid for your convenience, and it's an easy way to determine what health issues your dog might face down the line.
I have a tendency to toss stuff into the backseat of my car, which is why I use this organizer to keep it neat and tidy. You can put it in your trunk, backseat, or even the passenger side to organize everything from toys to groceries. It's even made from super-durable polyester fabric that's water- and abrasion-resistant in case of spills.
Studies show that weighted blankets help people with insomnia or anxiety, and this one is made with a lightweight fabric that won't leave you feeling hot and sweaty. You can also use it as a duvet insert, plus the glass bead filling is evenly distributed throughout so that no awkward pressure points develop.
For the camper, hiker, survivalist, traveler, or environmentalist, there's this external battery. It's made with four foldable solar panels that power up your devices significantly faster than competing chargers made with just one panel — plus the built-in LED flashlight features three modes: normal, SOS, and strobe.
Since it's made with supportive, self-adjusting buckwheat filling, this meditation cushion encourages them to continue their mindfulness practice every day. It also has a removable, washable cotton cover that comes in almost any color you can think of.
Whether their yoga mat is sweaty, dirty, or dusty, this spray can help get it squeaky clean again. It's designed to work on all types of yoga mats, and the formula is 100% biodegradable with zero parabens, phosphates, or bleach. It even comes with a free microfiber cleaning towel.
The only downside to wearing socks all the time? You might slip on hard floors — but these socks are made with non-skid bottoms that prevents your feet from sliding. The bottom is also waterproof for added durability, plus they're made from a mix of breathable cotton and spandex.
Mount it underneath your cabinet, stash it away in the pantry, or let this spice carousel stand by itself on your countertop — it's that chic. Each order comes with 12 removable spice compartments as well as 55 labels, plus every dial twist releases a quarter-teaspoon of spice, so measuring is easy.
Not only is it made from durable, lightweight aluminum, but this laptop stand also features built-in USB-powered cooling fans and a detachable mouse platform. The legs are adjustable so that you can choose how high or low this table sits, and as a result, it's an easy way to convert your desk into a standing desk — or comfortably answer e-mails from the couch.
Unlike other electric griddles, this one is made with a built-in warming tray that keeps your food heated until you're ready to eat. The titanium-infused non-stick coating is designed to last up to eight times longer than traditional coatings, and it even helps your food cook up to 30% faster.
This gorgeous, waterproof blanket is ideal for the person who loves the beach, outdoor concerts, or just being prepared. The faux-leather straps make it easy to roll up and take with you, and it's large enough to fit up to six adults at once.
With a universal design that's made to fit into most standard car seats, this heated pad is a great option for anyone trying to stay warm during the cold months. The optional automatic shut-off prevents it from draining your car's battery when you're not driving, and the temperature is adjustable for added comfort.
Simply dip the included bamboo brush into water; then draw on this Buddha board anytime you're feeling stressed or need a distraction. Your drawing will vanish as the water evaporates so that you can use this board over and over. It's great for kids or cultivating creativity and mindfulness.
Now it's easy to pause, skip, or even fast-forward through your songs while bundled up or in the shower. Chubby Buttons Bluetooth music remote is wearable, stickable, and even water-resistant — plus it pairs immediately to your phone without any apps.
Know someone who's been meaning to start a yoga practice for a while? This kit comes with everything they need, including a slip-resistant mat, two blocks, towels, and a strap. It's available in three colors, and despite the affordable price tag, reviewers say it's "great quality."
If you know someone who has a hard time getting up in the morning, this alarm clock practically guarantees they will. Once it goes off, it'll start rolling around their room so that hitting the snooze button is no easy feat. It's also incredibly loud — as in, so loud they won't be able to ignore it unless they physically get up and turn it off.
It doesn't matter whether you're sharpening kitchen knives, scissors, or even a straight razor — this whetstone is so versatile, it can even be used to sharpen axes. Each order comes with a wooden base that holds the whetstone stable while you sharpen your blades, and unlike other sharpeners, this one requires zero oil.
Thanks to its moisture-trapping capabilities, hyaluronic acid is great for combating tired, puffy eyes, and this eye cream is absolutely loaded with it. The added caffeine and quinoa seed extract further stimulate blood flow to reduce dark circles and inflammation, plus there are zero parabens, sulfates, or artificial chemicals in the formula.
Grab this brilliantly designed backpack for the traveler, commuter, or student in your life. It's water-resistant and made with an anti-theft compartment that helps keep your computer hidden from prying eyes. It's also large enough that it can fit a 17-inch laptop, and it has plenty of other compartments for accessories and essentials.
Anytime you're feeling like a quick game that won't take up hours of your life, bust out Peek & Push. Players set up a grid of tiles sitting face-down, then try to align the designs on the tiles into rows and columns. You can peek at the them during the first round, but from that point onward, it takes a combination of memory and strategy to win.
Made from durable borosilicate glass, this chic water bottle is also leak-proof so that you won't have to worry about it spilling in your bag. The included felt sleeve keeps your hands dry if the bottle ever starts to condensate, plus it's available in a variety of adorable colors.
Since these LEDs have a lifetime of up to 10,000 hours, you'll never need to worry about changing the bulb in this work light. The flexible gooseneck also makes it easy to point in practically any direction, and the magnetic base easily attaches to cars, crates, and appliances. For anywhere else, there's a convenient hook.
Grab these for anyone who loves sporting events or concerts. Sometimes it's hard to get your earplugs to fit snugly in your ears, which is why these ones are made from soft, flexible silicone. They're hypoallergenic as well as antibacterial, plus they won't muffle sound — instead, they filter out harmful decibels to help protect noise-induced damage.
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These compression socks help stimulate blood flow to your muscles in order to prevent fatigue and aches. They're made from eco-friendly bamboo fibers for moisture-wicking freshness. I like to wear them on long plane rides so that my legs don't get sore or inflamed while I'm sitting — but they're a great gift for anyone who spends all day on their feet, too.
There's only one ingredient in this syrup: certified organic California Medjool dates. Despite its low glycemic index, it has a rich caramel flavor that pairs well with coffee, tea, oatmeal, parfaits, and more. It's even suitable for vegan and paleo diets.
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