Some gadgets, you can take or leave. Oh, they're cool. There's no doubt about that. But you don't really need them, you know? Panini presses and breakfast sandwich makers, for instance. Detachable iPad keyboards that look like old typewriters. Pepper grinders. There are a lot of things that, no matter how much you like them, they just aren't clever enough to justify buying them.
But then, there are some products that positively ooze ingenuity. They are so practical, so downright nifty, that you just have to have them. They make your life easier. They save trouble and eliminate problems. These are the real inventions because they make you wonder how you ever got along without them.
When you scour the internet day in and day out, you stumble on a lot of these kinds of gadgets. We've found quite a collection of to-die-for products that we were impressed with, so we thought that we'd share. Check out these 15 products that will make you say, "Shut up and take my money!"
15 Labyrinth fish aquarium
Rectangular fish aquariums are so old. Like, yeah. We get it. A glass box full of water and guppies. What is this, the waiting room in a doctor's office? Is that the best that you've got?
No. Hell no, that isn't the best that we've got. We were just holding onto the best until we were sure that you could handle it. Now that you've passed the test, are you ready to see the best that we've got? Here it is—the Labyrinth fish aquarium. This must-have gadget takes the average aquarium-viewing experience to whole new realm of exciting. Not only does it allow your Nemos and Dories to swim to and fro, it also gives them the ability to travel up and down. They can swim to new glass pods via see-through tunnels. They can visit with their fish buddies in one bowl, then swim to another to munch on some fish flakes. Your fish will love this Labyrinth aquarium, and you'll love watching them all the while!
14 Waterproof notebook
The best ideas come to you at the worst possible times. When you're falling asleep, when you're driving, when you're taking a shower—any time that you're doing something that is kind of mindless, or whenever you're brain is more relaxed than usual, you can bet your bottom dollar that that is the exact moment when inspiration will strike. It's not fair, but it's true.
Fortunately, there are ways that we can remedy being caught off guard by great ideas. If you're at your most creative at bedtime, keep a journal and pen on your side table so that you can jot down all of your notions. If brilliant concepts come to you while you're driving, keep a handheld recorder with you so that you can keep track of them. And the next time your inner genius comes out in the shower, don't be caught without this awesome waterproof notebook.
13 Nail polish holder ring
Painting your nails is hard, yo. You don't just up and decide, "Hey, I'm going to paint my nails!" Do you think this is a game? No, you fool. Painting your nails necessitates careful planning. It requires strategy and skill. If you think that you can just give yourself a manicure all harum scarum, you're dead wrong.
Nail painting is a tedious process. First, you have to find the perfect color. It should go with the season and complement the outfit that you're going to wear when your nails are painted. Once you've chosen the perfect shade of lacquer, you can get started. Make sure to have plenty of paper towels with you to fix screw ups, and keep a steady hand to ensure that the paint stays on the nails. And, most importantly, don't knock over your nail polish! It's impossible to get those stains out! You know what? You'd better use this nail polish holder ring, just to be safe.
12 Full-face snorkel
If you want to explore the colorful flora and fauna that inhabit the underwater world, be prepared to become a mouth-breather. Snorkeling is a fantastic hobby. It allows you to witness, firsthand, the exquisite and serene beauty of marine life. In fact, the only downside to snorkeling that we know of is having to use a snorkel. Why is that a downside, you ask? Well, because your standard snorkeling set up is flawed.
The biggest problem with the snorkel is that the goggles cover your nose, which forces you to breathe through your mouth. Mouth-breathing is counter intuitive. You have to make a conscious effort to not breath through your schnauz. That might sound like we're just splitting hairs, but it's actually a super annoying problem. Which is why this full face, easy breathing snorkel is officially the new bomb diggity. With this incredible piece of equipment, you can breathe through your mouth or your nose, making the art of snorkeling that much more enjoyable.
11 Solar-powered phone case/charger
If your job keeps you outdoors and on your feet, you don't always have access to a phone charger. That means that once your phone dies, that's it. There is no power source out in the wilderness. Pine trees don't have hidden electrical outlets. Mosses and lichens don't harbor secret USB ports. Once your phone's battery loses its juice, you're SOL, fam. And that is a problem.
Your cell phone is more than just a luxury. It's a safety device. It's great for snapping pictures of gorgeous flowers, and for taking panoramic views from hilltops. But your phone is also a survival tool because it allows you to call for help and to look up pictures of mushrooms to see if they are poisonous or not. You need that little electronic gizmo. Your very life may depend on it, which is why you also need this incredible solar-powered phone charger case.
10 Microwave pasta cooker
We love pasta. Love it, we tell you! You can put literally anything on it, and it will taste amazing. Butter, Alfredo sauce, cheese, meat, vegetables—it literally does not matter. Noodles always taste amazing, and that's why pasta is our BFF (best food forever).
But pasta definitely makes you work for it. You have to fill a big pot with water so that you can boil it for half an hour. Then, you have to stir it while it boils to prevent it from sticking to the pot, even though stirring pasta always results in you getting your arms burned. Once the pasta is al dente, you have to drag that heavy, hot water-filled pot over to the sink, drain it, and try to survive the ensuing steam bath. If only there was a way to get all of the benefits of pasta without the muss and fuss of fixing it. Oh, wait, there is.
9 Shaving pedestal
People who don't shave their legs can never know the struggle. They don't know how long it takes to run a razor over your calves, shins, thighs, knees, and ankles without cutting yourself. They can't possibly begin to comprehend how difficult it is to find the perfect position to stand in, one which allows you to reach every square inch of your legs with ease. And they aren't even capable of fathoming the effort it takes to balance on one leg while you shave the other during your morning shower.
Flamingo impersonations, whether they are deliberate or just a humorous side effect of shaving your legs, are a dangerous thing to do when you're taking a shower. Tub floors are slippery. You could fall. And falling with a razor in your hand? Yikes! That could be painful and messy. Spare yourself the bloodshed by investing in one of these shaving pedestals.
8 Anti-tremor eyeliner tool
*Gasp* What!?! This tool exists? How come no one told us about this thing before we started trying all those beauty tutorials from Pinterest? Ugh! Just think of all of the frustration and tears that we could have saved by buying one of these anti-tremor eyeliner helper tools!
Applying eye makeup just got a whole lot easier with this anti-tremor eyeliner tool. This incredible little gadget is easy to hold, and it enables you to apply mascara with ease. Oh, but its abilities don't stop there. You can also use this thing to flawlessly wing your eyeliner. This is an invaluable tool, and it's one that you should definitely purchase before you so much as browse through Youtube for eye makeup tutorials. An inexpensive piece of makeup equipment that is every bit as essential to you as your blush brushes and your tweezers, this clever gadget is a must for every wannabe beautician.
7 Kernel-catcher popcorn bowl
Popcorn pros: 1) crunchy, 2) vessel for butter, 3) low-calorie snack.Popcorn cons: 1) kernels.
As you can see, popcorn has a lot of things going for it. In fact, it is very nearly the perfect snack. The only problem is all of those pesky kernels—you know, those teeth-shatteringly hard duds who refused to grow up and become real popcorn. We don't know what their problem is. After all, if you can become popcorn, why wouldn't you want to? Popcorn is great! It's a healthy treat that's perfect for snacking on when you're watching a movie. Everyone loves it.
We can't tell you why popcorn kernels are such killjoys, but we can tell you that you don't have to put up with their fun-destroying, denture-causing antics. Grab yourself one of these kernel-catching popcorn bowls. It lovingly caresses your delicious popcorn while exiling all of the undesirable kernels to a little tray in the bottom.
6 Desk foot hammock
Sitting at a desk all day can make you fidgety. There are only so many things that you can do with your legs. You can cross them, sure. But when you do that for any length of time, it cuts off your circulation, and you know what that means; it means that every time you get comfortable, you run the risk of having your feet fall asleep (which is actual hell, in terms of pain). Naturally, the fix for that problem would be to cross your legs the other way before your feet have a chance to fall asleep. But then, you're constantly switching your sitting position, and that can disturb your work flow.
Nah, crossing your legs is no kind of solution for getting comfortable at your desk. What you need is to be able to put your feet up. Queue this epic foot hammock. Kick up your heels and stretch out your legs with this must-have invention.
5 Dual jet bath spa
Well, well, well. Would you just look at this excellent piece of sh*t? It turns any plain Jane bathtub into a Jacuzzi spa. If that isn't witchcraft, then we don't know what is. But wait! This thing gets even better! This isn't just a cool feature that you can add to your bathtub at home. This sucker is portable. Yep. That means that you can take it with you wherever you go.
Bring it with you when you visit your mom and dad. It'll help soothe you when you're tense because your parents don't know how to use technology and they asked you to explain it to them. Pack this thing in your suitcase when you embark on business travels, so that you can pull it out when you get back to your hotel and use it to relax your muscles. Or, plug it in just because you want a hot, bubbly bath. Do what you want, there are no rules.
4 Laser scissors
Have you ever tried to cut a straight edge with a pair of scissors before? Of course you have. And you failed, because that is an impossible task to perform. In fact, if you know a guy or girl who can use a pair of scissors to cut a straight line on a piece of paper without having to use a ruler and pencil to draw that line, then don't trust them. They obviously have very dark powers, and should be avoided at all costs.
Or, you know, maybe they just have a pair of these laser guided scissors.
With this fantastic gadget, you can kiss your days of cutting crooked paper edges goodbye. This sturdy pair of scissors allows you to cut an impeccably straight edge. And you can use them on fabric as well as paper. So toss all of your old pairs out with the garbage, and invest in this must-have gadget.
3 Balcony desk
There's something about working outside that is great for stimulating the imagination. When you're inside, everything stays the same. It's unchanging. But the outdoors couldn't be any more different. Everything is in a constant state of flux. Birds are singing, bees and butterflies are making their rounds to all of the flowers, people are walking around doing their thing. Being outside is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for your brain to feed on. Plus, being outside has health benefits, like boosting vitamin D levels, and improving your mood.
Obviously, with so many benefits, you want to be working outside as much as possible. But that can be difficult since you can't just move all of your office furniture out onto the balcony of your apartment. What you need is one of these instant balcony tables. Just set this gadget over the railing, grab your laptop, and get to work! It's even got a spot to plant some flowers. How can you say no?
2 Cookie spoon
We like to think that in spite of all of our differences, there are still a lot of things that we can all come together on. Puppies, for instance. Netflix, yoga pants, and Pokémon GO, for another. But most importantly, we like to think that we're all on the same page when it comes to cookies and milk. A delicious snack and a simple dessert, cookies and milk are a timeless classic perfectly suited for children and adults alike.
But we have to tell you, getting your fingers sticky is a real issue. No matter how hard you try, you always end up getting your fingers doused in milk, then covered in a cocoa-y film of Oreo cookie crumbs. It's a problem. And for a long time, we all just put up with this because we had to. But we don't have to anymore. This cookie dunking spoon will save you from sticky fingers, while still allowing you to indulge in sheer cookies and milk bliss.
1 Waterproof Bluetooth speaker
We all sing in the shower. If you say that you don't, you're lying. You're a lying liar who doesn't deserve this must-have product. What are you even doing here, scum? We don't have time for negative people like you. We're cutting you off. Get out of here!
Alright, now that they're gone, we can all get down to brass tacks. So singing in the shower is a real thing that we all do. And we all spend, like, half an hour picking the perfect songs on our iPhones before we step into the tub, because we know that once we're in there, there is no changing the song. There is no "skip" option when you're covered in soapy water . . . or, is there?
Want to hose yourself off and still remain in full control of your tunes? You need this waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which allows you to be the most hygienic DJ ever.