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27 Cute But Practical Products That Live Up To Their Promises

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27 Cute But Practical Products That Live Up To Their Promises
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·Updated 22 minutes ago. Posted 2 hours agoThey’re more than just looks, OK?We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A simply gourd-geous pumpkin waffle maker for making mini treats you’ll enjoy all fall.


Promising review: “What an adorable little waffle maker. OK, maybe I’m a little thick, but I thought the pumpkin was just the color. Nope! I get waffles with an adorable pumpkin pattern. Of course the first thing I made was pumpkin spice waffles! Very easy to use — gets very hot and fairly simple to keep clean.” —B. DancyGet it from Amazon for $9.99.


A pair of under-eye patches featuring everybody’s favorite lazy egg — Gudetama!

I’ve tried these and enjoyed immensely! They feel super soothing and are, of course, amazing to look at. They have 24-karat gold and aloe so they’re hydrating and very refreshing. Get them from The Créme Shop for $5.


A helpful cat that acts as both bookmark and book light so you can enjoy your book with purrfect lighting.

Promising review: “I’m so thankful that my kids love to read! Whether it is at night or in the car on the trip, they love to have a book in hand. I thought this little guy with the perfect small addition to my daughter’s birthday! It did not disappoint. She loves it and I think will get some great use out of it.” —@prettycheapmamaGet it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).


A container of Belif’s Aqua or Moisturizing Bomb featuring a cute creature on the top so you can feel cool and refreshed before you even put the cream on.

I’ve used and loved the Moisturizing Bomb! It’s super hydrating without being overly greasy or heavy when I put it on. It absorbs fairly quickly and leaves my face feeling silky soft. This is a pretty solid choice of moisturizer, whether you get the ultra-popular Aqua Bomb or the heavier Moisturizing Bomb, and the cute animal designs really seal the deal for me!Get the Moisturizing and Aqua Bomb from Sephora for $38.


Goose socks that’ll keep your feet warm *and* act as emergency puppets when you need to entertain on the fly.


Promising review: “My 5-year-old loves Untitled Goose Game and these socks have now transformed it into a game we play in the backyard. She being the horrible goose and I the gardener/shop keeper for the day. If you are a fan of the game (or awful geese) grab yourself a set.” —J. BurchamGet three pairs from Amazon for $11.99.


An acorn air freshener for a nice fall touch in your car. It diffuses the perfume or essential oil of your choice so might I recommend something to fit the theme?

Promising review: “This wooden acorn car diffuser is adorable and very well-made from quality materials. The wood is just gorgeous and the finish is done nicely. Inside the wooden acorn is a little glass vial with a cork lid that you fill with oil. The scent permeates the vehicle nicely without being too overpowering. 🔆 TIP:🔆 tip and hold the glass vial upside down for several seconds to let the cork really absorb the essential oil before turning it right side up again and placing inside the acorn.” —@LarkGet it from Amazon for $8.99.


A pack of cat-shaped sponges sure to make you actually excited to do dishes. At least the first time, anyway.


Promising review: “The way they sit up helps them dry quickly and they work very well too. I used them as stocking stuffers.” —pinkzinGet a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.


An Angry Mama who gets steaming mad when she sees the state of your microwave. Luckily you can use that steam to loosen up all the hardened gunk in there.


Promising review: “At first I was skeptical to try this product due to all the hype of how it works, but I stand corrected. It works great! I was so surprised at just how well all the grime and junk got off the walls of my microwave. It’s really simple to use and takes only minutes! It loosens all the sticky food residue so all you need to do is wipe clean. Pretty effortless! Great investment!” —Dalya BlechGet it from Amazon for $9.99.


A penguin-shaped odor remover that looks a lot better nestled amongst your food than a regular old box of baking soda.


Promising review: “My husband came home and said, ‘Why is there a penguin in our fridge?’ It’s a conversation piece, for sure! But it also does its job well. It can be a tad messy trying to pour baking soda into the penguin in the first place, but once it’s in, the penguin actually takes up less space than a box of baking soda, which is nice.” —LHDGet it from Amazon for $16.95.


A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses so you can have an excuse to try out a new pair of frames. These could help prevent eye strain and headaches, so yeah, you need these things!,

Promising review: “LOVE these!! I plan on buying these again in a different color because I love them so much. I keep them at work and wear them to prevent headaches while staring at the computer all day. I have not gotten a single headache since starting to wear these.” —Amazon CustomerGet them from Amazon for $14.44+ (available in seven colors).


A space-saving whale strainer that takes up less space and is easier to clean than a regular colander. I think that’s just whale-y great.


Promising review: “This item should be in EVERY kitchen — OMG. Beyond useful, as well as cute and whimsical. I use it when I need to strain something but but don’t have the sink space to plop down a huge colander. Hard to see in the pic, but the bottom has a lip that snugly hugs onto the curve of a pot or bowl. Also great for when you don’t want to strain off all of the liquid, just most of it, like when making ramen. Needless to say, this thing stays within reach of the sink at all times now! :D” —IMP117777444Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A pool floatie for your mug! Just fill the bottom with loose tea and enjoy your own personal pool party.


Promising review: “This tea infuser is so adorable! I got many compliments at work. It runs a little small though, you can’t fill it as much a most regular-sized tea bags. I had a citrus loose-leaf tea with fruit bits that couldn’t fit too well either but the look makes up for it.” —JWGet it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in three shapes).


A pack of mint kitchen gadgets for when you need to stock your kitchen with fresh items, but want to have a little fun doing it.


Promising review: “I got these kitchen tools specifically for the colors and I love them and how they work. This was a great addition to the kitchen.” —NicoleGet a set of seven from Amazon for $29.99.


A little bird water globe so efficient at watering your plants, you’ll want to sing about it.


Promising review: “Bought this for a friend for Christmas and she absolutely loves it! What a cute way to span the watering process for indoor plants. I plan to get a few for myself!” —wendytimeGet it from Amazon for $8.32.


A pair of herb scissors that look like leaves so you can stash ’em right in your planter.


I have these and they cut very nicely! It’s also useful for poking the soil of my plants to aerate it when it gets a little too dense. They just take a little practice to use because you need to cut in a very specific way for it to work. Get them from Amazon for $6.99.


A disco ball-inspired face mask to make your skincare routine feel like a dang party.


Promising review: “I really, really like this mask. When you apply the mask to your face it looks like shimmering pearls. What I really like about the product is that it is a peel-off mask. Depending on thickly you put the product on your face it only takes 20-30 minutes to dry. That sounds like a long time but it is worth the wait. When you peel this off your face and then do a final rinse your face feels and looks wonderful.” —Grandma FranGet it from Amazon for $19.10 (get $1 off with on-screen coupon).


A humidifier that looks like a little dog ready to blast off into space in their reindeer rocket ship. Why isn’t this a movie yet?,

It can last up to 10 hours and has seven LED colors. Promising review: “I can honestly say I was shocked to find this little gem, especially for the price. I have used it daily since it arrived at my doorstep. I’ve been taking it back and forth from home to work, but I will Instead buy a second one, and most likely a couple more as gifts, as Christmas is around the corner.” —Helen QuigleyGet it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).


A Mickey Mouse toaster so at least one of your foods can be Disney-themed. Sadly, we can’t live in Disney World and eat mouse-shaped food forever, so this is the next best thing.


Promising review: “I had to replace my toaster because toasters do not last forever. I decided since it was time to shop for a new toaster that I would downgrade from my large four-slice toaster to a quaint two-slice toaster to gain some counter space. I saw this little baby on Amazon and it caught my eye, plus the price was awesome. The color and graphics are just as bright and cheery in person as it looks in this picture. The settings are pretty accurate as far as how dark or light you prefer your toast. The coolest part is that it leaves a Mickey Mouse head-shaped outline on one side of your toast. Since it totally toasts one side, it doesn’t taste like untoasted bread in those areas on the other side. One thing that I don’t like is that the toaster almost feels like a toy. Despite the fact that it toasts so well, it is very light and therefore a bit cheap-feeling. But having said this, I feel like this is something that I’d get used to kind of quickly. Overall, I love this toaster. Guests comment on its good looks. If they receive toast, they gush over the Mickey head shape. I recommend this to fans of Disney and toasted bread everywhere.” —Michael ScappGet it from Amazon for $12.98.


Magnetic gizmos that can be used as cord organizers, magnets, or bookmarks.


Promising review: “Really pleased with these. Good quality, easy to use, and makes everything look much cleaner. Will likely be ordering more in the future.” —TrevorGet a pack of 12 from Amazon for $7.99.


A mini heart-shaped pan for heart-shaped eggs and pancakes.


Promising review: “Fantastic pan, great size. Perfect for eggs. I have the square and the heart ones along, with a complete set of bigger Neoflam pans. I really like them.” —AnonymousGet it from Amazon for $18.99.


A mint egg cooker that’s making me realize that maybe every kitchen appliance should be mint-colored.


Read BuzzFeed’s full write-up on this egg cooker. Promising review: “Cooks just like pricey models, and has a knob on top so no burned hands. As to the one distinguishing characteristic of the Dash that makes it the best, in my opinion: The handle on the Dash is a knob on the top of the dome. All you have to do is lift it off, and the handle you are using to do that lifting is as far away from the outflow of steam (coming out from around the rim when you open the unit) as it can possibly be on one of these units. I found that the knob on the top was adequate to protect my hands from the steam, all by itself.” —RaeGet it from Amazon for $16.99.


A pair of cactus dryer balls so your laundry will come out feeling anything but prickly.


Promising review: “I don’t know what kind of sorcery this is, but these things work. It used to take three cycles to dry my comforter and bed sheets. I’m one of those set-it-and-forget-it people, so I’d always forget to turn the dryer back on for round two and three, which meant that at midnight, when my husband and I were about to pass out from exhaustion, I’d remember the sheets and comforter were still in the dryer, undoubtedly damp because I didn’t run them through the dryer another two times. So I finally bought these puppies and as usual, I dried the comforter and bed sheets once, and forgot to check on them. That night, my husband asked where our sheets were since they weren’t on the bed at bed time. Then he groaned, and asked if I remembered to really dry them. So I checked the dryer and lo and behold, they were dry!” —GabbyGet them from Amazon for $8.


A bear-y cute power strip that knows that sharing (electricity) is caring.


It has four outlets and two USB ports.Promising review: “I love it. It’s soo cute. I’m a student and I plug in my computer, my Kindle, and my phone. A must-buy!!” —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).


Or a cactus humidifier because sometimes your dry home feels like the desert.


Promising review: “I just received it and set it up and it worked right away and is putting out a lot of mist. It is smaller than I thought shorter than the length of a pen, but that’s my fault for not paying attention to dimensions. It cycles through the colors quite nicely. The only issue I see is that it is not clear how to open up the tube to replace the filter. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it and update how it is going.” —Cactus LoverGet it from Amazon for $15.89.


A flower dish brush that will ~leaf~ your dirty dishes smelling as fresh as daisies.


Depending on what model you get, it can come with a vase to keep the brush in.Promising review: “I hate putting my hands near any caked-on foods when rinsing for the dishwasher and I hate touching washcloths or sponges so this was exactly what I needed. The flower design is super cute. Sometimes I wish the bristles were a little bit tougher but it still works pretty well.” —Taylor LewisGet it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in six styles).


And a set of a-meow-zing chair socks that ironically prevent scratches instead of creating them.


Promising review: “LOVE LOVE these!!! Not only are they cute and adorable, but also very functional. I bought these because of my frustration with other products I’ve tried that left marks on my hardwood floors. My chair legs are thick and I was worried they might not fit, but they stretched nicely and did not slip or slide off. I have tried several other options from rubber tips to felt pads and all of them fall or slide off after a while. We use our chairs every day, multiple times a day and they have not worn out. They very obviously prevent scratches. They look like the chairs have gotten socks to keep their legs warm with these cat paws. Excellent design and manufacture with a nice dose of whimsy. I will definitely buy more of these just to have as backup.” —ZhangsuGet a variety set of 20 from Amazon for $12.59+ (available in six varieties).

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