Modern life can be a real slog. You get up. You get dressed. You go to work. You eat, you sleep, you repeat. Sound familiar? If the daily grind has got you down, you're not alone. Luckily, there's a simple way to make your hum-drum existence a little more fun. Over on Amazon - the Aladdin's cave of the internet - you'll find a treasure trove of inventions.
You don't have to spend a fortune to make your life easier. These small but effective gadgets are low-cost and still offer big results. Whether you're a seasoned cook or a devoted film lover, there's a product for you. Clicking fingers at the ready: here are some of the most helpful knick-knacks you can get right now.
Consider yourself a BBQ master? Add this handy gadget to your tool kit. The patented SLOTDOG lets you effortlessly indent a criss-cross pattern on your hot dogs. That simple hack means you get extra smoky flavor and crisp when you slap them on the grill. Bonus: You can use the pattern as a guide for your sauce. Delish.
Picture the scene: You're hanging out in your room, watching Netflix or gaming, and your stomach rumbles. It's time for a snack. Save yourself the trouble of hauling downstairs for some treats with this mini-fridge. The 10-liter cooler means you can easily keep food and drink in your room. It's just like having your own mini-bar (minus the high prices!).
If you're the type of person who always has to have pristine nails, this is the product for you. Pop your favorite nail varnish bottle in the top of it and wear it as you paint. There's a rainbow array of color options plus these gadgets fit any fingers and bottles. Simple.
Ever thought about making your own bagels? Now you can! A bagel mold has you covered. Simply make your dough, and pop it on the separate molds. You can then boil the bagels and put them in the oven. Plus the 100% platinum silicone molds are dishwasher safe too!
Want to bring the magic of the cinema to the comfort of your own home? The Popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper is your answer. The fun kitchen gadget combines a maker and a bowl. Add some popcorn kernels, oil, and flavor to the base, and then put it in the microwave. Voila - you've got a tasty snack in minutes!
Slow drinkers of the world rejoice! With a coffee mug warmer, you'll never have to guzzle down a lukewarm cup of Joe again. The coaster-size gadget has a built-in heat zone that keeps your drinks at a nice temperature of around 131℉. Just plug this gadget in and pop a mug on top to give it a whirl. It even has LED lighting for some extra pizzazz.
Has the world got you down in the dumps? Go ahead and treat yourself to a self-care day at home. Made from Mulberry silk fabric, this heated eye mask is just what you need. Featuring a buttery-soft feel and an adjustable strap, it's ideal for everyone who needs a little comfort. You've got four temperature and time settings, so you can pick a session that suits you. Slip it on and take a moment to yourself.
Always snapping pictures on your smartphone? Why not bring them to life with a pocket printer. The adorable gadget features a cat-tastic design and an integrated cutter. Simply use Bluetooth to sync it to your phone and print off some crystal-clear photos in a matter of minutes. If you want to get all technical about it, you can expect 203 DPI prints. Neat.
Love cooking? If you're a whiz in the kitchen, getting a cutting board is a no-brainer. This bamboo pick comes with four (count them!) PET organizer trays built into it. That means that you can chop up your ingredients and effortlessly slide them into each compartment. Maintained and polished with food-safe oil, the board is safe and easy to use.
Sick of getting crumbs all over your keyboard? Here's the solution. The beautiful kitty-style USB Desktop Vacuum Cleaner is your go-to gadget. Charge up the lightweight cleaner and get going. At the touch of a button, the 360° spiral wind blade and strong suction power help you clean your desk completely. If you're a neat freak, you don't want to miss out.
Getting all hot and bothered? Chill! Made from soft silicone material, the Portable Neck Fan from Yolidas is just what you need. The bendy gadget can be adjusted to suit your neck. When you've popped it on, you can choose from three different fan settings for instant relief. Charge up the fan using a USB cable and you're ready to go.
Struggling to open that jar of pickles? We've all been there. Luckily, you don't need a muscle man to solve this problem. The Bloss Anti-Skid Jar Opener does the job for you. Made from thermoplastic elastomers, polypropylene, and rubber, the gadget is comfortable to use. Wrap it around the top of the jar, squeeze, twist, and go.
Heading out on an evening meander? The Bluetooth Beanie Hat is a winter must-have. Complete with built-in speakers and a torch at the front, the cozy hat has everything you need. You can listen to your favorite tunes (Taylor Swift, anybody?!) and let the light guide the way. Use Bluetooth to connect the gadget to your smartphone and get moving.
Zoom calls are now a way of life for all too many of us. Why not brighten up your face with this neat clip-on Ring Light? The gadget sports five levels of brights and comes complete with 48 LED lamp beads. Use the USB charger to plug it in and clip it on top of your laptop.
Want to make sure you get those recipes just right? There's an easy way to do that. The Nicewell Food Scale features four built-in high-precision load sensors to ensure that you measure every ingredient perfectly. With a large LCD display and a tempered glass design, this one is a real steal at under $25. Nice.
Looking for an affordable beauty gadget? The Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is a handy tool that could help you remove blackheads. With five different speed levels, the USB chargeable device is portable and easy to use. As if that weren't enough, it's waterproof too so you can use it in the shower.
Sometimes the best gadgets are the simplest ones. Cooking pasta for the family? The Adjustable Silicone Clip On Strainer from Kitchen Gizmo is one way to make your life easier. As the name suggests, you simply clip the gadget onto the side of your pot and then pour out the water.
Dogs might be man's best friend... but they can be your furniture's worst nightmare. Getting pet hair off your sofa, carpets, rugs, and more can be a real pain in the behind. Luckily, this pet hair roller is here to help. Roll it over your furniture to pick up even the smallest and finest of strands. It's reusable and power-free!
Hydration is kind of a huge deal. Luckily, this collapsible water bottle from SPECIAL MADE does exactly what its name says. This slick and stylish bottle folds away so you can slip it into your bag with ease. Made of silicone, it's available in a few different colors to match your personal sense of style.
Trying to impress the wine lover in your life? These socks could be the perfect gift. Printed with a quirky slogan on the feet, they express the wearer's love of wine while also being super cozy. Bundled up to look like a cupcake, the socks make a sweet treat for anyone.
When you're in the middle of whipping up a scrumptious meal, you might wish someone were there to hold your spoon. That's where this handy holder comes into play. Shaped like everyone's favorite crustacean, the gadget sticks on the side of your pots and holds your cooking spoons. Nothing could be easier!
How do you like your eggs in the morning? I personally like mine cooked in mini penguins. Yes, you read that correctly. The 3-in-1 egg cooker and holder has an adorable design and is the ideal tool for soft and hard-boiled eggs. Simply pop some eggs into the birds' tummies and submerge them in boiling water.
Why is it you can never find your keys when you're in a rush? Fortunately, with the Tile Mate Tracker, you can find them again in seconds. The Bluetooth device works with a free app on your iPhone or Android device. Using the app, you can make the keyring tracker ring when you're near it. Now, the only problem is if you misplace your phone too...
Are you on a health kick? If you want to reduce your fat intake but still want to taste some sweet, sweet bacon, this gadget is for you. It means you can hang your slices and pop them in the microwave for the perfect results. The fat drips off the meat (yum!) as it cooks.
Kids, don't forget to use protection... especially when you're drinking wine. On the rare occasions that there are a few gulps left in the bottle, you need to keep it safe. Featuring shrink-fit technology, the Original Wine Condom slides over the neck of the bottle easily. As the makers put it, it's "99.9% effective preventing unplanned spills ". Nice pun.
Cooking is an unbeatable pastime. However, if your kitchen looks as though a bomb went off when you're done, you need to change your ways. The Hanging Kitchen Collapsible Waste Bin attaches to your cupboard doors and holds more than two gallons of trash. That means you can simply sweep away your food offcuts with your hands as you go.
Garlic is the base of oh-so-many recipes. Sure, no one will want to kiss you when you feast on it, but it's worth it for that burst of flavor. The OTOTO Gracula gadget is essential to your kitchen. With just one twist of the count's head, you can crush your garlic. The handy tool is also BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Packed lunches don't have to be boring. The Insulated Food Jar from WayEee keeps whatever you make toasty for up to 12 hours. Whether you're a soup lover or crave a hearty stew, this lunch box is the way to go. Complete with a fold-away spoon and vacuum technology, the thermal container is a real winner.
Are you guilty of binge-watching shows on your smartphone? If the answer is yes, upgrade your viewing experience with this stand. Including a wireless speaker and an easy-to-use stand for your phone, it's the whole package. Sync your device, put it on the ledge, and grab some popcorn. The show is about to begin!
Have you ever poured bacon grease down your sink? That's a major no-no. Unless you want to pay a hefty plumbing bill, grab the Bacon Bin Grease Container. The small strainer allows you to get rid of grease quickly and safely. The BPA-free, heat-resistant material can hold up to 500°F.
Let's be real, who has the time to stand around peeling an egg? Not you, that's for sure. The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler does the job for you, and it's a whole lotta fun, too. Put your hard-boiled egg into the device, snap it shut, and then get shaking. The peel will come off the egg super swiftly.
While we're on the topic of speed, have you checked out the Rapid Slicer? The simple kitchen gadget means that you can slice a whole host of vegetables all at once. Just arrange your victims between the gadget and then batch-slice the lot. Made from BPA-free food-grade material, the slicer is available in a few poppin' colors. Or white.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but these gloves are so delightful! The fingerless knitted gloves feature a double-sided hot chip that keeps your hands super warm. Use the USB cable to charge them (in your laptop or use an adapter) and switch them on. Snap them up in three different colors.
Love reading, scrolling, or even crocheting in bed? The Hyness Bedside Caddy will help you declutter your bedroom in one swift move. The soft-felt storage gadget can be fastened to the side of your bed. With two rear pockets, two front pockets, and one main pocket, this is a dream for watches, books, magazines, lights, and everything in between.
Ever get halfway through a bag of chips or chocolate bar and want to save it for later? No, me neither. But, I have it on good authority that people with willpower exist. For those lucky individuals, make I present the Mini Bag Sealer. Simply reseal the packaging with this plug-in electric device that looks suspiciously like a pair of hair crimpers.