Weird things on Amazon that you may not need but will probably want


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My mom used to watch that show I Want That on DIY Network and has bought me several things I don’t use much. (Mom I love you and appreciate you thinking of me!) She got really enthusiastic about the SushiQuik and bought several for friends and family. It does work well and makes it easier to make sushi, but I still only make it about twice a year. (We were just talking about kitchen gadgets last week! Hecate is much more of a chef than I am.)

My mom also bought me a really cool identity theft ink roller, similar to this one, that she saw on HSN. It blocks words, particularly your name and address, with other letters in black ink. I use that thing all the time but it doesn’t work on every surface, particularly Amazon labels. It’s better suited for paper. She’s gotten me a neck pillow for sleeping on the plane that’s I haven’t used yet, a smart outlet, a water bottle that lets you infuse fruits in it, and an herb cutter. I get why she’s like that, she thinks that the right present or gadget can change your life. I think that way too. Here are a bunch of things I found by looking through many of Bustle’s “weird things/amazing products/trending products” lists. Now I want at least half of them. That always happens when I’m writing these posts.

Moldable glue to fix just about anything
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How cool is this?! All I had to do was look at the photo on the box and I was sold. This is the “first mouldable glue that turns into rubber,” it lets you stick stuff anywhere, and it comes in different colors. People write that “it literally fixes everything,” that it’s especially good for fixing frayed electrical cords, and that it can fix cracked pieces on refrigerators, knife handles and other items. Plus it works as a sealant. There are different kits with tips for organizing, fixing tech products and crafting. Some reviewers warn that it dries out quickly and that you don’t get much for the price.

A cute round portable travel razor for touch ups on the go
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Women rave about this little single blade travel razor in a round case that comes with its own soap and spray. This razor, called the Sphynx, is said to make “skin so soft and smooth” and to be perfect for shaving spots you missed in the shower. However some warn that it doesn’t work well on stubborn and coarse hairs and that you may want a backup razor if you’re traveling for a while.

A cereal bowl that lets you keep the milk on the side
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Ok I do want this now even though my kid is old enough to fix his own cereal. This cleverly designed bowl, the Obol, stores the milk on one side and the cereal on the other so you can make it ahead of time, and put the cereal in the milk as you’re eating. It’s also good for storing soup on one side and croutons or a sandwich on the other. This would be great for slow eaters and for preparing cereal ahead of time for guests and children.

A 12 piece set of colorful stainless steel knives for just $23
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Knives are something most people need but forget to buy as it’s easy enough to cut with dull knives and not realize how much better they can be. You just don’t know what you’re missing until you use a sharp knife and it’s so much easier. This is the #1 best selling knife set. People say they’re the best knives under $30, that they work and that the colors stay vibrant. Others warn that they’re not as good as ceramic knives. Here’s a set of ceramic knives to consider.

A cosmetic bag that lays flat to find anything quickly
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How did I know know this existed before? It’s a cosmetic bag that folds up tight which you can lay out flat when you’re getting ready. That’s so clever! It comes in three colors, green, blue and pink, and has hundreds of five star reviews. Reviewers call it convenient, a space saver and easy to use. It also makes it easier to pack for a trip. Here’s a bag for toiletries that rolls up for easy packing.

A hair straightening brush that makes your hair look natural
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This hair straightening brush is said to create results that have more volume than a flat iron with less damage. Women say it’s quick and easy to use and that it “doesn’t burn no matter how close you get it to your hair line.” It’s also called “magic” and a “miracle” that works on all types of hair. There are so many photos of women who used this brush and got gorgeous hair! I definitely want this now.
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Gel to clean the crumbs and dust off your keyboard
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My mom has also bought us little keyboard vacuums, I forgot about that! This sticky gel is said to be great for removing dust, hair and junk from keyboards and music equipment without leaving a smell. People say it really works and is great for detailing cars too.

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  1. Erinn says:

    I had to use some of that Sugru to keep my macbook charger together before my new one came in. It definitely worked perfectly fine for what I needed.

    • Anna says:

      Me, too. Someone gave me a pack to try. It helped to fix a frayed cord that I needed in a pinch and bought me some time to fix the plug. I haven’t really used it for anything else, keeping the packets just in case.

  2. manda says:

    that sticky gel looks neat but does it get all filled up with hair and debris? (like dropping your silly putty on the carpet). That sounds kind of gross, but I’m assuming they thought of that.

    • leskat says:

      It’s like soft putty when you take it out of the package, but it cures in 24 hours to a firm, flexible substance that is no longer sticky. I have Sugru on all my iPhone cords to stop them from splitting!

  3. BrickyardUte says:

    What is the cord in the header picture? I must know!!

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I think it’s the cord after the silly putty-type substance has been applied around frayed wires.

  4. hnmmom says:

    I’d love a post about travel items at some point. We’re going on a big trip this summer and it’s been awhile since I traveled on a long international trip. Could use some gadget/packing recommendations. :)

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Just my thing, but we’ve been happy with some things from e-bags (not Amazon, so sorry Cbitchy). A compact nylon toiletry kit, a large square soft-sided carry-on that can be worn as a backpack, nylon packing cubes in a variety of brights, stuff like that. Amazon may carry similar items. Have fun!

    • Nancypants says:

      In the words of the old song, “I’ve been everywhere, man.” (retired military) and my older daughter is a world traveler now.
      In the last 9 months, Egypt, Iceland, Spain, Ireland, Alaska, Portugal, Costa Rica.
      It makes me tired just thinking about it.

      One thing is a universal adapter. They are tiny and light, cheap and you can use all your own appliances like a curling iron or something.

      Ziploc bags are essential for all kinds of things from make-up and lotions and stuff to the big ones for bigger things like gifts, keepsakes, damp shoes, maybe some tiny laundry like bras and panties.

      I wear a lot of black when I travel. A) I look fabulous in black ;) B) I prefer to blend in a little C) Black mixes well with white and other colors so you can get by with one handbag, one rain jacket, one pair of shoes, fewer pants, skirts and tops. Also, Amazon has lovely, large scarves/shawls in silk and linen blends that you can use for a little more warmth and/or to cover your head, hair, shoulders and will drape over your chest just in case you need that.

      Have a good time! Be careful! Talk to strangers.

  5. Celebitchy says:

    @BrickyardUte Those are cords that got fixed with the Sugru stuff that Erinn mentions! It’s the second photo in this story.

    @hnmmom thank you for asking I really need recommendations for topics and that will help a lot.

    @manda I looked through the reviews and couldn’t figure out if the gel gets nasty over time. I think it must but maybe you can use smaller amounts of it.

    • Erinn says:

      I also tossed that charger in a drawer, and found it yesterday. Which means it’s been intact for over a year at this point – and it didn’t have any cracks or anything in it. I still have some left over – I’m going to have to actually look for something to use it on haha.

      • Celebitchy says:

        Last month I bought a replacement charger for my macbook air but I could have saved money by just using this stuff. There are a lot of uses for it for storage I think, like hanging stuff on the walls and inside cabinet doors.

  6. Lolamd says:

    Thanks CB! I love these posts. I always buy something off of it.

  7. notthisagain says:

    Is it weird that i want everything on here and wonder how my l managed to live without them
    😊😁
    I love these posts and I don’t normally like product shilling but dunno here it seems more authentic/genuine
    Thanks !!

  8. Renee says:

    I have used the flat toiletry bag for years. It is great! I highly recommend it. You can see everything you have & then pull the drawstring to close it back. Love it!

  9. Nancypants says:

    I love Amazon. I’m a Prime member, so, free shipping AND TV!
    I’ve placed 18 orders in the last 7 months.
    I would say I have a problem but a big chunk of that was birthday and Christmas gifts.
    Most of it.

    I got two Amazon gift cards for Xmas. I finally replaced the kitchen bar stools (I got the first ones years ago at a garage sale) and a lovely torchiere lamp for the family room plus a pretty little side/snack table.

    This is one of the best gadgety things I’ve found in a long time: Monkey and Gorilla hooks.
    These are for hanging all kinds of pictures and mirrors and things. You don’t need tools.
    You just twist and push (for drywall) and they put a TINY hole in the wall.
    The bigger gorilla hooks can hold up to 100 lbs!

    Our long time handyman introduced me to Liquid Nails. This has to be the strongest glue in the world and it dries clear.