It’s fairly easy to get lost on Amazon. You start clicking around looking for one thing, then suddenly notice something else you need. For moms especially, it’s been quite a lifesaver when it comes to restocking on diapers, formula, and other necessities.
But it’s also a great place to find stuff for you that has nothing to do with the kids — because you deserve it. And if you’ve been holding out on treating yourself, maybe now’s a good time to peruse this list of weird-yet-wonderful items. Best of all, none of them will break the bank.
A Knee Pillow That Might Help You Sleep Better
I’m no stranger to back pain. But, it’s gotten tremendously better since I bought this exact pillow back in 2018. Made of memory foam, it’s a cozy way to get a bit of restorative rest. The angling of the pillow also promotes good circulation, and the pillow itself is built to last — just ask the over 7,000 fans on Amazon who also use it to get better rest.
These Tongue Scrapers That’ll Make Your Mouth Sparkle
Do you clean your tongue? Probably not, right? Well, Oralganix made it quite easy to get into the habit. This product falls more on the “weird” side of things, but plenty of fresh-tongued Amazon reviewers are more than happy to share their praise of these scrapers. “These brushes work really well. They make your mouth feel super clean,” one said. This is a must-have product before heading on that first date with someone new.
A Device That’ll Get Your Makeup Brushes Really Clean
Makeup brushes can carry a ton of germs. Make sure you’re getting rid of them with this makeup brush cleaner and dryer that does all the hard work for you. This kit comes with everything you need, including a cleaning bowl, and the same spinning tool that cleans your brushes dries them quickly after they’re rinsed. “I won’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown away makeup brushes because they are too hard to clean. This thing really works!” one reviewer raved. “And leaves the brushes DRY AND READY TO USE!!!”
A UV Light That’ll Help You Spot Accidents Immediately
Pets are wonderful. They can be our pals when we’re having a bad day, and cheer us up like no other. But sometimes, pets can have accidents — and sometimes, those accidents can be a
bit sneaky. This UV flashlight is the best way to spot an issue. All it needs is an AA battery (which is not included) and it can help make your home a much more pleasant, better-smelling place to be. Don’t have pets? It might work wonders for toddlers, too.
This Refreshing Body Butter Made From Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you’re the kind of parent who literally shuts down at the end of the day because you’re too damn tired to do anything you actually enjoy, then you should buy this body butter. Because, it’ll remind you that you
deserve time to relax and chill. This particular butter is special since it’s made from raw ingredients, including olive oil and almond oil. “It is perfect for thwarting the dry skin that cold air and heat can create,” said one Amazon reviewer. “I have received many compliments on my skin and hair since I began using Bliss of Greece products, and I highly recommend them!”
An Ice Roller That’ll Feel Great On Your Skin In The Summer
Whether you suffer from TMJ symptoms or just need some cooling relief after a workout, this ice roller will become your new best friend. Made from stainless steel, it can help control puffiness and even help out with headaches. It’s a great way to add a small dose of self-care into your routine. You can get it in one of two shades of pink.
Magnets That Can Keep Important Paperwork Together
Whether you’re trying to organize your child’s report cards,
art projects, or assignments, there’s no better solution than a magnetic clip. They’re cheap, reliable, and get the job done — and Amazon customers are obsessed. “I use them to hold mail waiting to be delivered, posters and calendars in my classroom, and lots of different papers,” one reviewer said. “I use them on metal cabinets in my garage for small items like box cutters. These are bendable enough that I can flex them as needed, but not flimsy.” They even come in a multicolor pack, if that’s more your aesthetic.
This Hair Brush That’ll Kick Knots To The Curb
Brushing your hair shouldn’t be a chore. Consider upgrading your hair brushes for this Crave Naturals brush, which kids will also love. “Wildly popular” is actually an understatement when it comes to this brush. Over 40,000 customers have given it five stars, with many people swearing by the results. It’s also great for natural hair. It comes in six colors, and you may find yourself buying… all of them.
This Chopper That Makes Salad Prep So Much Easier
Between chopping up small, slippery veggies and unwieldy lettuce leaves, salad prep can feel like more work than it’s worth sometimes. Enter the salad chopper. With two long, stainless-steel blades, this chopper cuts up veggies, nuts, herbs, chocolate and more in just seconds. The chopper also comes with two blade covers for safe storage.
This Manual Coffee Grinder That’ll Add Flavor To Your Morning
If you find yourself grabbing coffee from a shop every day, this stainless steel manual coffee grinder may end up saving you lot of
money. Coffee fans on Amazon are shocked by the taste that this grinder can give, with one saying, “You can make adjustments to how fine or coarse you want your grind. I use the Ninja Coffee System and it’s a pour-over style maker and I’ve never had such amazing coffee in my life. This combo has been the best I’ve ever had.” Sold.
This Bug Repellent That’ll Keep Your Kiddo Bug Bite-Free
Sometimes, the best gift you can give a parent is security. With over 5,000 five-star ratings, this bug repellent and after-bite cream has received high praise for protecting kids from bug bites. Deet-free and made from a proprietary (and cruelty-free) blend of 16 essential oils, this “no-bite-me” cream emits a strong minty scent formulated to keep bugs away for up to four hours. “I tried quite a few products, and this is like magic,” one reviewer wrote. “My kids can go outside, and the mosquitos don’t bother them.”
A Meat Thermometer That’ll Give You The Perfect Cook
Never worried about undercooked meat again with this instant-read thermometer. Great for anyone who loves grilling outdoors, this thermometer can save you from chaos during your neighborhood cookout. But, the best part about this thermometer is that it comes in different versions. You can choose one with a bottle opener on it to serve two purposes, or get one with a longer probe depending on what you’re cooking.
Magnet Sheets That’ll Turn Any Image Into A Magnet
Whether it’s your kid’s art project or your work schedule for the week, important documents are easy to find when they’re stuck on the fridge. These magnetic sheets are great for art projects, or for turning small masterpieces into treasured heirlooms. They’ve got 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with one crafty reviewer saying they’ve used them to magnetize stickers to make them last longer.
A Pasta Strainer That’ll Up Your Kitchen Game
Have you ever cooked pasta by yourself? Then, you already know how much you need this pot strainer. Save yourself a ton of hassle and join the Snap N Strain fan club. Available in five colors, this genius gadget will fit almost all round pots and pans. With over 14,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, you’ll find yourself agreeing with one reviewer who stated, “why didn’t I discover this earlier?”
An Anti-Splatter Screen That Helps Keep Your Stove & Countertops Clean
Keep your stove splatter-free and hands burn-free when using your frying pan with this handy 13-inch splatter-screen. It’s made from extra fine mesh that stops 99% of splatter while allowing steam to escape from the pan. It also doubles as a strainer and a cooling rack. The heat-resistant handle will help protect you from painful burns, and the resting feet will keep your counters clean. With more than 28,000 five-star reviews, this cooking accessory is a kitchen must-have.
These Wipes That’ll Ensure You Always Feel Fresh
Listen, this is a list of “weird” and popular items that you might not have thought to get for yourself. So, that means a multi-pack of these Booty Wipes makes the cut. Over 9,000 people gave these flushable wipes five-stars. These wipes are free of alcohol, parabens, and fragrance and help maintain a healthy PH balance. They’re also infused with soothing ingredients like Vitamin E and Aloe.
A Shampoo Brush That Massages & Lathers
Add a dollop of shampoo to this brush, then gently massage it into your scalp for an oh-so-invigorating experience. The soft silicone bristles shouldn’t irritate your skin, and can even help stimulate blood flow and remove dead skin. You can use it wet or dry — and many reviewers wrote about how it’s a “game changer.”
This Microneedling Roller That’ll Give You More Glow
Have you heard of micro needling procedures but feel a little scared to get them done? You might want to ease into it with this derma roller that over 16,000 have fully praised. These
gadgets can help brighten skin as well as promote healthy hair growth. This is meant to put pressure on and exfoliate — and not puncture — your skin, and the seller recommends using it once a week to see results.
A Rose Water Mist For Glowy, Hydrated Skin
This rose water mist has earned an overall 4.7-star rating from over 11,000 shoppers on Amazon, and for good reason. The soothing and hydrating mist refreshes your skin with just three ingredients (water, glycerin, and rose flower oil), is completely hypoallergenic, and is made without any dyes, alcohol, parabens, or phthalates.
An At-Home Cupping Kit To Help Aches And Pains
Remember when cupping was all the rage? You can now try it yourself from the safety of your own home. Great for conditions like arthritis and plantar fasciitis, each cup contains six negative ion beads, which are often believed to help with both circulation and general wellbeing. “They really are good for the pain and the circle imprint only [stays] on me for around an hour and the pain is gone for hours,” noted one satisfied customer.
A Trunk Organizer That Can Be Anchored In Place
car organizer is loved by shoppers for its super-sturdy design that boasts plenty of storage compartments, with one fan writing, “I use half of mine for first aid/emergency gear and the other half for dog supplies for my pups.” In addition to the divided storage inside, it also features mesh pockets around the outside and anchoring straps to keep it from sliding around.
This Soap That Can Help Soothe Your Skin Irritations
Life isn’t fun when you’re itchy. It might be a good time to introduce new, helpful products — like this itch relief soap — into your hygiene routine. Great for bites and rashes, it might end up making a huge difference in how you feel this season when the bugs emerge. “As soon as I received this product and tried it, I ordered more,” said one Amazon customer.
A Purse Storage System That’ll Help You Stay Organized
Just picture it: You’re back in the car after an extensive shopping trip, and leave your purse on the seat next to you. One sharp turn later, and everything that was once in your purse is now… not. This purse holder will give you a safe place to store your bag. Available in both tan and black, it can also match the interior of your car. “I spend a lot of time in my car with my children running back-and-forth doing the mommy thing,” said one reviewer on Amazon. “This little gadget has made my life so much easier.”
These Nail Clippers That Are Up For Any Challenge
Our feet can take a lot of abuse. We’re always on them, chasing kids around while managing everything else on a daily basis. Treat them right with these toenail clippers that are excellent at tackling some of your most worrisome foot problems. Made from stainless steel, these have a rubber handle that’ll offer more grip and control than your standard clipper.
This Hanging Purse Organizer That’ll Conquer Clutter
Organization is a skill we all work towards every day. This hanging purse organizer is a must-have if you’ve got quite the bag collection. Over 5,000 Amazon customers have fallen in love with this solution. It’s got eight slots that can conquer bags of most sizes. Since the pockets are clear, your purses will be easy to see. You can get this in four colors, in case you want to go a step further and find an organizer that looks best with your purses and totes.
An Abdominal Mat That’ll Help You Work Up A Sweat
Finding ways to exercise and get moving has been tough the last few years. This ab mat is made of supportive, high-density foam that’ll help aid you while doing extended situps, or other floor activities. If you suffer from back pain, this could be a gamechanger. “Oh my, this is a great product and helps me so much with my Ab work,” raved one Amazon customer. “Also I just lay on it with it in the correction position, and it makes my back feel great! Highly recommend.”
This Set Of Reusable Cupcake Liners In A Rainbow Of Colors
With over 67,000 reviews on Amazon, these reusable baking cups are a popular pick, and they’re dishwasher-safe so they’re super easy to clean. The food-safe silicone material provides a completely nonstick surface that releases easily from the outside of your cupcakes or muffins, and they’re oven-safe up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit to accommodate most baking recipes. Choose from a 12 or 24-pack.
A Bamboo Bath Mat That Can Be Used Indoors Or Outdoors
If you’re looking to avoid a constantly damp bath mat, consider upgrading to this bamboo mat. Slightly elevated with wood slats that allow for air circulation, it can be used indoors by your tub, or outdoors by your pool or outdoor shower. Reviewers also say it makes a handy bath mat outside RV showers or as a tray for pet food bowls. Nine anti-slip grips on the mat’s bottom ensure it will stay put.
These Bamboo Containers With Magnetic Lids
Made from 100% bamboo wood, this set of two containers (you can also buy just one) are great for storing spices and herbs. Swiveling magnetic lids keep spices fresh and free from dampness. These containers look nice on kitchen countertops, and they’re easy to clean with mild soap and water.
Rug Tape That’ll Fix Any Hazardous Curls
Even if your home decor is perfect, a curled rug can throw off your whole vibe. You might not have realized that a product existed just to fix this problem. This rug tape will make things more secure, and remove the “tripping hazard” aspect from your rug. “I don’t know why I didn’t do this years ago. Finally, my dog and I both can walk in the kitchen and bathroom without tip-toeing over the rugs being afraid we are going to fall,” said one reviewer.
A Pair Of Cut-Resistant Gloves For Food Prep & Projects
Whether you’re filleting the catch of the day or creating paper-thin veggies on your mandolin slicer, these safety gloves will help reduce your chances of injury. They boast a cut resistance that’s four times stronger than leather, are completely food-safe, and have a breathable design that’s machine washable after use. Choose from five sizes.
A Poster That’ll Remind You To Stretch Every Day
Yoga can help you become more flexible. And the more flexible you are, the better you might feel during the day. This poster goes over a few simple moves that you can do any time of the day. Hang this up around your home office and let it remind you to stretch, move, and take a screen break. If yoga’s not your thing, they also have this available for barbell routines, kettlebells, pilates, and more.
A Tree Swing You And Your Kids Will Both Enjoy
If you have kids, you might be looking for some cheap and easy solutions to get them outside this summer. This tree swing is absolutely perfect. In fact, you might want to grab more than one if you have multiples. This swing can support up to 150 pounds, and installation is easy. “This has been an incredible addition to our backyard,” said one happy parent. “The steps make it easy for the kids to climb (and gain confidence in those abilities). The larger red swing is thick and sturdy for either sitting or standing. The best part is the rainbow rope, my girls went nuts for it, they loved it! We’ve been using it daily for about two months and it’s held up beautifully.”
These Festive Straws That’ll Make Your Summer Gathering Come Alive
A drink without one of these umbrella straws is just that — a drink. Add one of these in, and that drink morphs into an
experience. These strange yet adorable straws are great for your tiki bar, or for feeling fancy while sipping on seltzer water. “These were a hit at my house,” said one parent on Amazon. “My kids love umbrellas in their drinks in the summer, and these have a straw attached! Even better!”
This Handheld Milk Frother For Making Yummy Drinks
If you’d like to be able to make your own delicious lattes, cappuccinos, and fancy coffees, get one of these handheld milk frothers with an easy one-button design. It boasts a soft silicone handle and a whisk attachment that can create frothy, creamy milk in just seconds, and it even comes with a convenient stand for storing when not in use.
Vacuum Storage Bags That’ll Increase The Space In Your Closet
Not only are vacuum storage bags practical — they’re also kind of fun. When your closet can’t handle one more cardigan, these bags will be your savior. They’re also great to use if you’re moving and packing up your wardrobe. Available in sizes from small to jumbo, over 14,000 people have sung their praises. You’ll appreciate your vacuum on a completely different level after seeing how much space it can create.
This Durable Nylon Fanny Pack That’s Great To Travel With
Fanny packs are back in style. And, this one is weird and wonderful enough to make an impression. With over 11,000 five-star reviews, people are absolutely loving the design and functionality of this fanny pack, which one reviewer referred to as “a
lifestyle.” It has two zippered pockets and one back pocket and is perfect for travel. It’s also water-resistant and comes in a ton of fun designs.
A Pet Hair Remover With Over 140,000 Ratings On Amazon
This popular pet hair remover has received rave reviews from pet owners who love how well it picks up even the most embedded hair, with one shopper writing, “This item will change your world if you have pets.” The roller uses static cling to grab and trap hair inside and then, best of all, deposits it into a compartment for easy disposal with the press of a button.
A Meat Tenderizer For Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meals
Whether you’re cooking chicken, beef, or pork, use this meat tenderizer to prep it to perfection. The weighted mallet boasts a nonslip grip and has two sides: a flat side for pounding out thick cuts and a spiked side for tenderizing. It’s also great for crushing garlic, nuts, cookies, and other ingredients.
An Electric Skillet That Shaves Time Off Meal Prep
This electric skillet is destined to become indispensable in your kitchen. With a ceramic, non-stick coating and a 1200-watt heating system, this skillet is designed to cook food faster than other non-stick skillets. It can also do it all — roast, fry, sauté, etc. This skillet is particularly handy for one-pot
family meals such as omelets or ratatouilles.
A Set Of Silicone Baking Mats With A Nonstick Surface
Whether you’re baking cookies or serving up one of your favorite one-pan meals, these silicone baking mats will let everything slide right off without sticking when they’re done. They’re completely food-safe and heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit, and two half sheets and two quarter sheets are included.
A Dry Erase Whiteboard That Sticks To Your Fridge
For grocery lists or notes to your roommates or family, this dry erase whiteboard is super practical. It sticks via magnets to your fridge and is easy to write on and clean. One reviewer says, “Great for grocery and to-do lists. Erases clean as long as you use a cloth or the included eraser. Had ours for over a year and it’s still clean like the day we got it.”
This Microwave Popcorn Maker That Holds Up To 15 Cups
Simply add some kernels into this popcorn maker and put it in the microwave to make up to 15 cups of a freshly popped snack that you can season and flavor however you’d like. The silicone material is both BPA-free and food-safe, can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning, and has a collapsible design for easy storage when not in use. Plus, it comes in 14 colors.
This Fruit & Vegetable Chopper That Saves Time On Food Prep
Whether you’re dicing fruit for a refreshing salad or chopping up some veggies for dinner, this OXO vegetable chopper will save you so much time. Stainless steel blades provide smooth and precise cuts, while a 2.5-cup container in the bottom catches it all for easy dumping into your bowl or pot. When you’re finished, simply pop it in the dishwasher to clean.
These Cooking Rings For Perfectly Round Eggs, Burgers, & More
These egg rings make it easy to create an expertly stacked breakfast sandwich, yummy mini pancakes, or a perfect burger patty. The stainless steel rings have a nonstick coating for easy removal and little handles on the sides that fold down for storage. They can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning, and are heat-safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
These Shelf Liners That Make Cleaning Your Fridge So Much Easier
Cleaning spills and crumbs from your refrigerator shelves just got a little easier with this set of waterproof shelf liners that can be taken out and rinsed off as needed. They’re great for use on both glass and wire shelves and are made of a food-safe EVA material. Plus, they can be cut and trimmed to fit your shelves as needed.
A Kit That’ll Turn You Into The World’s Best Candle Maker
Have you ever tried your hand at making candles before? You, yourself, can be a chandler (yes, that’s what they’re called) from the comforts of your own home. This would also be for kids to help out with if you’re looking for a good Saturday afternoon activity. As a bonus, these candles are toxin-free and made of all-natural soy wax.
A Grease Separator That Makes Smooth Sauces Every Time
Pour your favorite dressing, gravy, or sauce into this grease separator and it will eliminate some of the oil in the recipe. It has a built-in strainer to remove clumps and pulp from thicker sauce recipes, for a smooth liquid poured every time.
These Packing Cubes That Reviewers Swear By
These packing cubes have earned an overall 4.8-star rating from over 20,000 shoppers on Amazon, with one fan calling the set a “game-changer” for traveling. Each of the four packing cubes helps you organize clothing and essentials in your suitcase and features strong, durable zippers for tight packing. Mesh cutouts on the top let you can see what’s inside, and a laundry bag is included.
This article was originally published on
April 22, 2022