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30 Practical Purchases You’ll Actually Have Fun Using


30 Practical Purchases You’ll Actually Have Fun Using

Because smart purchases don’t have to be boring.

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1. A pair of Crocs, because these poster children for comfort and practicality just got a fun new update: adorable shoe charms. Your outfits will look cuter, your feet will live in bliss, and they’ll stay in good condition basically forever (these bbs are built to l-a-s-t).,

Promising review (for Crocs): “I will admit, I once was a hater. I lived a hateful, negative life where I truly despised this footwear. But recently I’ve made many drastic life changes and these shoes have helped me see the light. They have helped me to see the beauty of the world and give me the confidence to face whatever obstacles life may throw my way. These shoes, these marvelous shoes, help me to live my life to the fullest not only in style but with such comfort no amount of words can begin to describe. I will now continue to live my life with an open mind to such fashion statements. No more will I live with my head hung low but now I wear my Crocs with pride. Crocs have also been the glue that has bonded me and one of my best friends. Crocs truly change your life and bring people together. I will forever be indebted to this spectacular shoe.” —Heidi Bumanlang

Get them from Amazon: the Crocs for $15.24+ (available in sizes 4–19 and 44 colors) and a set of 100+ shoe charms for $13.99+ (available in three style combinations).

2. A pair of glittery car coasters so you can keep your cup holders ~sparkling~ clean — and by that, I mean they’ll be protected from sticky stains while also making your car look extra cute.

Glitter Me That / Etsy

Promising review: “They’re a super cute addition to my new car AND they keep my cup holders a little cleaner.” —Allison Bee

Get a pack of two from Glitter Me That on Etsy for $8+ (available in 20 other colors, listed separately).

3. A SodaStream that’ll let you drink all the sparkling water your fancy heart could ever desire *without* having to splurge on groceries every week. And I don’t know about you guys, but I just really enjoy making bubbles. My bubbles.

Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

Promising review: “We LOVE our SodaStream. I always thought it was only for making soda/pop, but then I realized we can make sparkling water. It ends up saving us money by not having to buy La Croix. We have started experimenting with infusing it with natural fruit flavors because I like the flavored water. My boyfriend is perfectly content with plain bubbly water. Buy two CO2 cartridges so then you have a backup if one runs out and you don’t have to run out to get it filled right away.” —Nicole

Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in four colors).

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “I Use My Soda Stream Every Day To Make Sparkling Water.”

4. A set of plant waterers for an adorable way to keep your plant bbs properly hydrated if you’re one to…forget about them sometimes. Just fill the bear up, put him in the soil, and let him do his work for ~seven days~ before refilling. Try not to feel bad that someone from the Arctic has a greener thumb than you.

You’ll also get an extra hose to connect the bear to a basin of water using the hose for extended self-watering for plants if seven days isn’t long enough.

Promising review: “This product works really well! I just poked it in the soil then left it for five days and it works! And there’s still water left! I also tried it with the pipe which is included in the package, and attached it in a water bottle. I was amazed how the water from the bottle refills the waterer. The rate that the water is flowing is just enough to keep the plants and the soil moist.” —ailyne

Get a set of three from Amazon for $17.99.

5. A subscription to Daily Harvest to have delicious (and nutritious) meals delivered right to your door — including easy-to-make, gluten-free flatbreads. Alert moms everywhere that we can have a make-your-own pizza night AND get our veggies in. Amazing.

Bek O’Connell / BuzzFeed

6. A quirky AirPods case, because this’ll feel like a fun a way to ~treat yourself~ with a fun little purchase, while also protecting your expensive tech (and making sure you don’t lose them). So actually this is a very mature purchase. Mazel.


Promising review: “This is super cute and very durable. It’s a great design, my daughter loves it and so do I. It’s very secure so I know that her AirPods will not fall out unexpectedly. I would highly recommend for the money.” —Chatter 75

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

7. A pair of vintage-y blue light glasses so you can chicly accessorize all your outfits *and* protect your eyes from too much screen exposure (aka what can sometimes cause headaches). Do these call for daily selfies? I strongly believe so.

Promising review: “I love these! I tried three different brands before deciding on this one. They definitely block blue light, and they are high quality (which was not the case with other brands). Got them in black also, as well as another style. I can tell my eyes strain less when I wear them and I fall asleep better at night.” —Dark Star

Get them from Amazon for 19.99+ (available in five colors).

8. An S-shaped chew toy that’ll be extra gentle on your precious fur child’s teeth whenever you guys play tug of war (it’s especially great for gentle chewers) so no one gets hurt, no matter how competitive both of you get. Plus! It’s super stretchy and lightweight so you can throw it further — it is officially game 👏 on 👏.

This is designed for bbs with sensitive teeth, so if your pup is an aggressive chewer this might not be for you!

Promising review: “My dogs LOVE to play tug, but one of my girls has not-so-great teeth, so ropes basically end up pulling her little front teeth out and make her bleed. This toy, however, doesn’t do that. She can tug and tug and tug and no issues! They get it all stretched out in a line, and then it just bounces right back! When things start to get nuts, I can walk up and just pull this out of all three of their mouths. Whatever it’s made out of makes it easier because they don’t get their teeth actually embedded in the toy, like they would a rope.” —Alicia L. Silva

Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two sizes and three colors).

9. A sunny bath mat for ☀️brightening☀️ your bathroom with some fun decor *and* your mornings now that your bare feet aren’t greeted with freezing cold tile every day.

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “It’s so nice to step out of the shower in the morning onto this lovely uplifting mat! My roommates and I love the bright pop of color, and it seems to be of good quality, as well.” —nmaetz

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

10. A picky eaters plate to have the perfect ~game plan~ next time your little one would rather sit at the table for 15 years than eat a piece of broccoli (which is fair). Now you two can have fun using this together, instead of arguing.


Promising review: “Who has a picky eater? My son is very limited with his diet. He is autistic and has sensory processing disorder. I took the plunge and got the pirate themed one. I surprised him tonight with it and HE ATE EVERYTHING on the plate! My surprise for him was a piece of chocolate. I taped down the lid to the prize so he couldn’t peek. Since it was his first time, I didn’t want to push it too much so I alternated food he really enjoys, with foods he doesn’t, mainly due to their texture. He loved it! Even when he struggled with the cheese he pushed through to get to the next ‘level’ as he calls it. I plan on using this plate every once in a while so it holds its value and I told him the harder the challenge, the better the surprise!” —A.E

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in six styles).

11. A Celeb Luxury colorwash, because this’ll make faded dye jobs look vivid and freshly done (hello, saving money) *and* help you easily try out an exciting new shade on already-bleached hair! It’s about time we finally try out those pink locks we’ve always wanted.

Promising review: “This shampoo is awesome. I used this wet and it gave my hair a slight pink tint. The next time I applied it to dry hair in pieces to see if it would be more vivid and it definitely turned those pieces a lot pinker. It lasts a few washes, just make sure you also use conditioner because this can feel drying. My hair is dark blonde with highlights and it shows better on the highlights. You can still see it on the dark blonde too, it’s just not as vibrant. I’m sold on this stuff and will be getting more of it!” —Jess

Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in 13 shades).

12. A chic set of fidget spinner rings so you can score some sophisticated-looking jewelry without spending major cash, but the best part? These’ll keep your hands busy with something to play with — especially helpful if you pick at your cuticles, or bite your nails.


Promising review: “I’m IN LOVE with my rings! I always tend to mess with my jewelry, and end up with sore fingers. This not only helps, but they look really pretty, too!” —Maggie

Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 7–13 and two style combinations).

13. A rhino knife sharpener that’ll become the best sous chef you’ve ever had. He keeps you company, makes sure your knives are never dull, and is totally down to taste test all your food. Don’t take it personally if he thinks there’s too much salt.


Promising review: “This little guy packs a powerful punch. I got this for my fiancé for Christmas so that he could sharpen his custom designed knife set and this worked perfectly. It was small enough not to ruin or touch the custom design but the blades were the perfect size to make his knives turn into a brand-new set with some super sharp edges.” —Isa Gutierrez

Get it from Amazon for $15.70 (available in two colors).

14. A fantastic cotton tote for the perfect eco-friendly accessory whenever you go cheese, I mean grocery, shopping. If you hear someone say “Good God, Lemon” just assume it’s a compliment. They’re not alarmed by your clearing out the cheddar selection.

Simply Shop / Etsy

Plus maybe now you’ll remember to bring this tote to the grocery store if you always forget and end up using plastic bags.

Get it from Simply Shop on Etsy for $12.74 (originally $14.99).

15. A set of NeoGen wine-infused exfoliating pads to shake up your skincare routine and turn every night into a ~wine night~. Each pad’s three-layer technology, plus powerful lactic acid, penetrates deep into clogged pores to eliminate dirt and oil and clear breakouts. Feel free to have a glass of actual vino to toast your pimple goodbye.

16. A fridge deodorizer, because this’ll be happy to ~chill~ all day, every day, while getting rid of any funky smells. He won’t judge you when you keep buying groceries just to order takeout. He loves sushi so he gets it.


Just fill him with baking soda!

Promising review: “Love the Chill Bill penguin. So much more attractive than a box of baking soda in the fridge. It uses only a small amount of baking soda, and is doing his job quite well.” —Yvonne M.

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

17. A hooded bathrobe so your pajamas get quite the cuddly upgrade. Watching Netflix wrapped in a ~bear hug~ just became your new routine (and now you won’t mind when your S.O. refuses to turn up the heat come winter).


Get it from ModCloth for $29.99 (available in sizes S–L).

18. A crossbody diaper clutch that’ll put an end to bulky diaper bags and let you stylishly keep extra diapers and wipes on hand in a surprisingly chic accessory. It’s easier to carry, goes with all your outfits, and might even make wiping your little but MESSY one’s butt a little more enjoyable.


Promising review: “Now that my little one is a toddler I’m finding that an actual diaper bag is just too much to go out. We only need a sippy cup, snack, and diapers. This has made it to where we can go out without a diaper bag. I fit a change of clothes in the side zipper, four diapers, a travel tube of Desitin, a mini brush, and a refillable wipes pack. It’s also perfect when I just need a wipe for sticky hands. I wish I had bought this months ago!” —Tiff

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 10 colors and patterns).

19. A sloth to-do pad for treating yourself to inarguably the cutest lil’ helpers you can find, and adding some cheer to your day-to-day (but still managing to accomplish all your tasks). These sloths won’t judge how long it takes to get some things finished, but they’re not leaving until you check everything off.

Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

Plus it’s broken down by priority so you can manage your time better! I have this myself, and I love these little guys. They really do motivate me once I’m actually able to list things out! I’m easily overwhelmed, but since making these new friends, I feel so much more organized and on top of things.

Promising review: “I can no longer live without this planner. It keeps it all sorted for me so that I can focus on one area at a time and get things done faster.” —Terri Boyd

Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

Check out my full review in “Just 10 Things You’ll Want To Try In July“.

20. A cute egg separator to get more ~egg~cited about making breakfast now that you know you’re not going to get yolk all over the counter. This lil’ flower is the CEO of getting you out of *sticky* situations.

Promising review: “This is a terrific little tool and it works perfectly. I place it over a short drinking glass and crack an egg right into it. The white of the egg tends to hand down in one long ‘stalactite’, but with a couple of shakes it plops neatly into the glass.” —D. Rachlin

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

21. A scalp massager, because this’ll help treat dandruff, dryness, and itchiness by exfoliating and stimulating blood flow to your scalp. But you’ll *really* use this for how just darn GOOD it feels on your head — reviewers love using this for stress relief!


Promising review: “This is a great little tool. My daughter and I both have VERY thick hair. Mine is especially difficult because it’s curly (I have a combination of type 3A and 3B curly hair). My daughter always had a hard time getting to her scalp, which left some shampoo and conditioner not reaching her scalp, which caused some flaking and dandruff. Since she’s been using this, that has stopped. It’s made it much easier for both of us to get down to the root shaft. For people saying ‘just use your fingernails,’ this works better. I’ve had long and short nails and this still works better. It’s easy to grip and clean.” —EMM

Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

22. A Dash air fryer so you always have crispy chicken wings and onion rings at your fingertips without driving to get fast food — plus this fries meals *without* grease and oil! Now you’re saving money, making more meals at home, and still getting your curly fries fix.


Promising review: “Love it! I had it on my counter for a year and didn’t realize what I had was gold. My son wanted to know why it was just sitting there. I was apprehensive about using it (does it really taste like fried chicken?). Well I’m hear to tell you it does! It’s crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. All you do is follow the instructions and you will have fried chicken that will melt in your mouth. It does more than can bake bread, jerky, etc. Try it you will be pleased and healthier!” —Baby Freaky Gees

Get it from Amazon for $74.95 (available in four colors).

Learn more about air frying in “I Tried The Airfryer Kitchen Gadget That’s All Over The Internet“.

23. A watering can juicer that’ll make eating salads a little more fun (and tastier now that it’s easier to make some homemade dressings). Talk about adding ~zest~ to healthy foods.


Promising review: “It’s easy to use and lemonade is quickly made. It looks so good I leave it on the counter.” —Stephaniep

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

24. A geometric, color-changing backpack for accessorizing yourself to the FUTURE with a bag that holds *much* more than your usual purse. If your shoulder is starting to hurt from your weighed-down cross-body, may I introduce you to your coolest new accessory.

It changes colors based on lighting!

Promising review: “Omg, I love this bag. It’s sturdy, super spacious, and water-resistant. I’m a pedestrian and bike commuter, so I need a decently sized bag to hold my lunch and book and life, basically. This holds everything I need neatly, without being huge and in the way. I got caught in the rain immediately my first day with it, and everything inside stayed dried and the bag itself was unharmed. Not to mention it’s AMAZING to look at! I’ve gotten so many, ‘OMG THAT BAG!’ comments, it’s incredible. I get excited about it again every time though. This is for sure my favorite bag.” —Molly Louise

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in two styles).

25. A Glossier skin salve to always have on you whenever your lips are chapped, your cuticles are dry, or any other part of your body needs a little moisturizing. But that’s not the best part — it comes in flavors like ~birthday cake~, mint, coconut, and cherry. Try not to think of these as sweet snacks.


Its combo of castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin will instantly soothe (and last).

Promising review: “I am someone who has had sensitive and intensely chapped lips off and on for years. For a long time I tried every drugstore lip balm imaginable, but I never found one that I settled on and absolutely loved. This on the other hand is absolutely amazing. I have used this product for a little over a year and it never fails to impress me.” —Katie

Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight formulas).

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love.”

26. A mini waffle maker, because this’ll not only make waking up simply ADORABLE, but encourage non-morning people to make quick and easy breakfasts (important!!!). And! It’s a great thing to have in order to save space if you’re the proud owner of a teeny kitchen.

Alexandra Napoli / BuzzFeed

Promising review: “If you like waffles, but don’t want to eat gigantic ones and/or don’t have a ton of counters pace to spare for a full size waffle maker, this little thing is well worth the price. Another benefit of this smaller size is that you can use the waffles from this little machine to make sandwiches, for those who like breakfast on-the-go, not to mention a sweet and savory treat in the morning. We have actually been surprised by how much we use this item considering other waffle makers we’ve purchased all end up collecting dust in the back of a cupboard. This really is a waffle maker that you’ll use more than once; in fact, diehard waffle fans will probably use it every day.” —Memory Lane

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 13 colors).

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in “Just 10 Things You’ll Want To Try In July“.

27. A motivational water bottle so you can get your eight glasses (it’s 64 oz.) of water in every day with the help of your new encouraging friend. It REALLY wants you to stay hydrated and is willing to cheer you on the whole day.


Promising review: “Finally I am assured that I am getting my full 64 oz of water per day. I fill it up in the morning and carry this bottle around and can drink the water I need throughout the day at even periods rather than spurts, and don’t forget. It keeps me on track and feels great.” —Slyguy

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four colors).

28. A set of wool dryer balls that’ll make pesky chores a heck of a lot more entertaining — while still actually getting them done. Not only will these make your clothes irresistibly fluffy, but they won’t be afraid to guilt trip you if you neglect them by avoiding laundry day.

And they’re built to last up to 1,000 washes!!!

Promising review: “I love using these little guys. It’s been a few months now and they’re still going strong.” —AzrathNyx

Get a pack of three from Little Beau Sheep on Etsy for $28.30, or get a pack of six regular wool dryer balls from Amazon for $6.99.

29. A flower dish brush for suddenly feeling a lot more capable of washing your dirty plates now that it’s easier to scrub off tough leftovers thanks to its durable, nylon bristles. I believe that’s what they call ~growth~.


Promising review: “This product has great functionality and it’s very cute! I love the color in my kitchen. Great quality, as well.” —Caylee Rogers

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

30. A dishwasher magnet to finally avoid a lot of conflict with a certain roommate who *claims* to “never know if the dishes are clean.” Truly impish. At least now you’ll have a funny way to communicate.


Promising review: “Great magnet! It’s large enough to see it on our dishwasher even though the washer is in a dark corner of our kitchen. It flips easily, and makes loading and unloading the dishwasher just a little less painful. Also help communication in the house.” —Magen S.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

But making any practical purchases that DON’T feel fun to use:

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

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