37 Problem-Solving Products For Anyone Who Wants To Be Pleasantly Surprised

Including a water bottle that makes you *actually* want to drink water and face mask spray to make your whole world smell like a lavender farm.

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These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Psst — these are also a great option for going outside in a mask, since it doesn’t have wires that’ll get tangled in the mask straps.

Promising review: “The earbuds worked seamlessly and well out of the box. I use them while hiking the hills with my dogs and when working at my desk – I can still hear outside noises when needed for safety, but can listen to music without disturbing others. The earbuds are comfortable even during exercise, and they fit securely. Using the earbuds as a headset with my cell phone is easy as well. I do have to experiment with how they handle the Google assistant. The audio quality is at least stereo hi-fi, and the earbuds paired easily with both my phone and laptop. Wireless charging and having a large backup power source for the phone are terrific features.” –Jawpar

Promising review: “Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230-pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has cut my hair removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool.” —David R.

Promising review: “I will start by saying that I am someone who is used to getting regular facials that include dermaplaning. I bought this because this service was no longer available to me during COVID (social distancing). I needed something to clear away dead skin and fine hairs. This product did NOT disappoint. The first time I used this blade/product I was absolutely amazed at the results. I washed my face and hands before using this. Once my face was dry, I used this to clear away dried skin areas and fine hair. My face felt amazing. I then proceeded to follow my moisturizing routine. It literally felt like I came from the spa. They came three to a package so this was a great buy for the amount of money spent. I have used one blade roughly three to four times and still don’t feel the need to switch to a new blade yet. Excellent purchase.” —Valerie Denison

Promising review: “I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to re-apply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future.” —Tonya Crippen

Promising review: “This stuff is great. I have fair sensitive skin but decided to try this. I previously used a Clinique concealer for years and a beauty blog recommended this stuff so I went for it. For the money it’s great. It’s medium coverage I would say so if you need a really full coverage concealer you’d have to play with it a little to see if layering it would make it work for you. Since COVID I kind of stopped wearing foundation so I use this under my eyes and in my T-zone and just spread it with my fingers to blend and it looks natural and not cakey but brightens under my eyes. 10/10 will be buying again.” —Amazon Customer

Promising review: “I love the finish on the bottle! I hate holding wet water bottles and this does NOT sweat! It also holds two full bottles of 16.9-oz. packages water bottles so it’s very easy to get my full water intake on the go! Easy to carry, fits in my car’s cup holders perfectly (not big at all like some water bottles). I got the ombré purple to teal and it’s very true to color. Easy to clean, wide enough for bottle brushes, and the straw stays put. I also love how I just push the little button by the mouthpiece and it just pops open quick for easy drinking (if you’re driving and don’t need to be messing around opening bottles😉). Highly recommend this water bottle. For the price, it’s amazing! Keeps my water cool for hours too.” —Alicia

Promising review: Beautifully made piece out of, appropriately, 420 Stainless Steel. As a machinist, I certainly appreciate the challenges of machining stainless. Five stars on the engineering and design. These types of tools (including this one) are only so practical for a few of their features usually, but this one will be with me all the time!” —Watt

Viva La Magia is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in Disney-themed earrings, pop grips, stickers, magnets, and more.

Promising review: “Shipment arrived faster than I expected! The magnet is nice and thick, high quality, and super cute!! I am very happy with this purchase.” —aemellen1

Get it from Viva La Magia on Etsy for $12.99 (psst — this item ships for free!).

Promising review: “Okay, I was skeptical because there are so many to choose from and everyone has an opinion on what works and what doesn’t. I have extremely crusty feet and because COVID was going on, I hadn’t been able to get to the salons so I bought this and tried it at home. IT WORKED! I am very pleased. My feet are hella soft and I ain’t embarrassed wearing flip-flops. This product 100% works so if you are looking for a product like I was and taking forever to make a decision … then stop and buy this one.” —Serlencie Vick Abram Jr

Promising review: “I’ve purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend.” —Bellarosa555

The silicone lids are super secure, but also designed for gentle and easy opening and closing to account for users with dexterity issues.

Promising review: “I take nine prescriptions every day between my morning and nights. Add supplements to that and it equals a lot of pills. Until I found these, I wasn’t able find any organizer large enough. After I got and used the first of this organizer, I immediately ordered a second. I only have to set my meds up twice a month and they stay fresh, handy and neat. And when traveling, you can leave the rack at home and just toss the individual modules in your suitcase with no fear of them opening and dumping your meds all over your clothes. I highly recommend this system.” —Bernice

Per the seller, soft low-density is great for gentle face exfoliation, semi soft high-density for body washing and light house cleaning, firm low-density for dishwashing, and firm high-density for body exfoliating, dry brushing and general house cleaning. You can leave a note for the seller to indicate which kind you’d prefer.

Sambeni Loofahs is a Virginia-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2020 that sources its natural loofahs from along the Zambezi river in Zambia.

Promising review: “I love this!!! I’ve used the plastic loofahs before but this natural one is good for the earth, and provides SO MUCH more exfoliation. I’ve used it for a few days and it has no signs of wear — so it’s very durable. I bought two, and they came with a really sweet hand written note. I use one for the shower and I cut the other into smaller pieces and use those to exfoliate my face. Will absolutely be buying my loofahs from this shop!” —Shelby Willis

Get it from Sambeni Loofahs on Etsy for $3+ (available in three lengths and multiple densities).

Bonus: this also stops the inside liner of your purse from getting dirty if anything happens to explode (been there, cleaned the Panera butter packet out of that).

Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this item!!! I love it so much I bought it again, in a different color, for another bag. It keeps your handbag clean, organized and maintains its value!!! They fit perfectly inside all of my bags, and when I want to keep the same color organizer, all I have to do is lift it up and place it in another bag. It already has everything I need and I don’t have to reorganize!!! If you like to keep your handbags clean and organized this is the BEST invention ever!!!” —Jamie R.

Journee Naturelle is a Georgia-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in luxury soaps, body washes, scrubs, butters, and candles.

Promising review: “Ordered the sugar scrub in grapefruit and citrus and I love it! I use it on my body once a week to make sure i don’t over-exfoliate. It’s really moisturizing, smells like candy, and I like how the sugar slowly dissolves while you’re scrubbing. Also great to know I’m neither tearing up my skin with nutshell pieces nor sending plastic micro-beads into the water supply.” —Rachel Clark

Get it from Journee Naturelle on Etsy for $8.09+ (available in two sizes and two scents).

Promising review: “Since COVID, I have been staying at home and my skin has gotten a little dryer. I think the dry air in my home, not getting up and putting on makeup, moisturizer, serum, etc. took its toll. So, I’m going back to putting time into taking care of my skin. So, I began using this product along with a vitamin c cleanser and bam, back to pre-COVID glow. I hope that if you buy it that it works for you as well.” —Indy Reader

Promising review: “I’m typically one of those people that will write a review when a product is bad but never really ever good. But I HAD to write this review … So I recently dyed the ends of my hair blue and it made my hair feel ‘stretchy,’ which usually means that it’s lacking protein. I was going to buy my normal Olaplex 3 but I was affected by COVID-19 and it really wouldn’t be smart right now to buy a product that expensive. Well, I was reading an article and it mentioned this stuff and it was calling it the Olaplex dupe. Eight dollars isn’t bad so why not. I bought it. Now, I have dry hair from mid shaft to ends from bleaching and I’m letting my natural brown hair grow out. First use, it’s a little shiny, nothing spectacular but I noticed barely any stretching in my hair (I left it on for three hours). My hair is SO SOFT … Olaplex never left my hair feeling this amazing after just one use. This is my new holy grail product and will recommend to everyone!” —lynn

FWIW re: scars, though, this stuff really works. I had thyroid surgery a few years ago and Bio-Oil took me from looking like I’d stumbled out of the Red Wedding to virtually no detectable scar within a few months. All I did was apply it once in the morning and once at night.

Promising review: “I bought this for my scars but because of the current COVID-19 crisis I have been washing my hands so much that they are painfully dry. Hand cream hasn’t helped enough so I decided to use the Bio-Oil on them and even after the first application they felt SO much better! I’m glad I bought the big bottle!” —L. Strand

Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

Promising review: “Love everything about this pad!!! Good, thick paper. Easy to grab and take to meetings. Leave on my desk and jot down things as I go, etc. Great quality note pad and it’s a great size!” —Everest

Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they’re designed not to bleed through thin pages!

Promising review: “I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I’ve used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn’t want to pay much for markers I’d use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand-lettering, and note-taking, and they’re exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!” —Michael Fanizzi

I held off on buying these at first because I truly couldn’t choose a set to save my life (aesthetics are important to me!!), but after my brother got a set he loved I caved and got them too. These are super sturdy, well-made, SO great for the price point, and come in genuinely cute patterns and solids that make it a lot easier to match something to your outfit or mood. I tied the elastic on mine just for a snugger fit, but the size they come in well-suited for adult faces. The ones I’m holding above are the “Check Mates” mix.

Promising review: “Bought these as extras. Super comfortable and I throw them in the wash after each use. They open up and cover nose to chin. Bought them in colors my husband would use as well. Good purchase.” —Old Navy Customer

Promising review: “This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!” —KaelynnVP

Promising review: “Natural and easy! I use Boy Brow everyday that I wear makeup, and I love that natural but refined and full look this gives my brows and sometimes my eyelashes. I got rid of all other brow products immediately and I’m never going back! While the Boy Brow is perhaps not the most inexpensive brow product on the market it is by far the best, and unlike other tinted brow gels out there it doesn’t leave your brows with a crusty finish but rather a breathable and flexible finish that manages to keep your brow hairs glued in place. It has become my holy grail eyebrow product and I can’t wait to try more of Glossier’s products!! :)” —Emma

Promising review: “I’m not washing my hair as often as I should be during quarantine, and after a while my scalp started getting dandruff/flaking skin and was itching. No matter how much I scrubbed the shampoo in with my fingers, my hair still felt oily after showers. I got this and I noticed a BIG difference in my hair after using it. This felt AMAZING while scrubbing my scalp to work the shampoo in (at first I was afraid it wouldn’t get to my scalp through my hair or would pull my hair out but neither of those happened) and once my hair dried, I noticed that it wasn’t oily at all and my roots were superrr soft. I’m going to recommend this to everyone I know!” —Megan

Promising review: “These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning!” —Eric T. Ma

Unlike your regular undies, you don’t have to scrub the blood out of these — they’re designed so it rinses right out in the sink with soap and warm water, and can get tossed in the washer and dryer from there.

Promising review: “I deal with PCOS and endometriosis which make my periods HEAVY for the first three to four days. I ordered two pairs of these underwear. They absorbed better than a pad, were comfortable, and the top layer stayed dry. Amazing. I had been thinking about buying the really expensive version of these underwear, but the price was ridiculous. These underwear do exactly what I need them to do for half the price. They are easy to hand wash and hang dry. I plan on ordering more. The stitching and waistband are solid and they don’t bunch, don’t ride up, and don’t roll. They provide front and back coverage. They’re literally perfect. If you’re on the fence about these, I urge you to give them a try. They’ll save you money (no pads or tampons needed, and you won’t stain your regular underwear and have to replace them).” —drsmaw

I purchased one of these at the aggressive behest of a friend, and it’s LEGIT. I told myself I was a Red Wine Lady my whole life because it was easier to save for later, but now that I don’t live in constant fear of wasting the bubbly stuff, I am an All Wine Lady and have finally achieved my truest form.

Promising review: “I purchased this stopper after seeing one being used at a local wine tasting event. I enjoy sparkling wines, but either have to drink the whole bottle myself before it gets flat (ugh) or throw it out (terribly wasteful). This product was the answer to my problem! It is very easy to use and keeps my sparkling beverage fresh and bubbly! Definitely a must!” —MKC

Hello, that is my face above, because I bought into the hype of over 35,000 positive reviews and now I will never look back!! Putting it on is like giving my eyelashes butterfly wings. It doesn’t get clumpy, it stays put ALL the live long day (I spent all of this ridiculously hot pandemic summer wearing it, so I can speak to that), and you can apply it on very lightly if you don’t want it to look so dramatic, or continue applying for longer lashes each time.

Promising review: “After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy…and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!” —Carrie E. Miller

Promising review: “I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of the package for quantity), and approximately a month after I used these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This also worked wonders for my plants that don’t flower! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became greener and healthier-looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again.” —Elizabeth

Promising review: “I’ve used these almost every day of quarantine to drown out the sound of upstairs neighbors. I wouldn’t compare the sound quality to other brands but the design is perfect for sleeping, exercise, cleaning, and everyday wear.” —Demi Boyd

The water bottles are plastic and shatter-proof, and even have a soothing auditory element to them, since the glass beads on the inside make a slight crackling sound.

The Calm Mom is a Connecticut-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in soothing sensory glitter bottles in various colors and sizes for both kids and adults.

Promising review: “Bought the larger one for both my daughter (approaching teen years) and my preschooler. Funny how it is helpful for both ages! Beautiful and settles clear The contrast is amazing! Love it!!” —Connie Cohn

Get it from The Calm Mom on Etsy for $14.79 (psst — this item ships for free!).

Pie Town Soap Co. is an Arizona-based Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in handmade soaps and aromatherapy. You can get the spray in Breathe, Shield, Calm, Good Mood, Lavender, Sundew, Clear Mind, and Bliss.

Promising review: “The face mask sprays were a big hit in our small town hospital! Thank you for making wearing a mask for 12 hours better! They sprays smell wonderful!” —Cathy Smith

Get it from Pie Town Soap Co. on Etsy for $7.50+ (available in seven scents and two sizes).

Promising review: “Love this. I have many items to plug in now that I have to office at home. There’s plenty of room to plug in two laptops, a computer, a monitor and my Alexa safely. It’s a little bulkier than I was expecting but that is due to the room your items will need.” —Jennifer

Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft

Demi Naturals is a Texas-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in hydrating skincare, including body oils, body butters, and body scrubs.

Promising review: “Just received, just opened, just fell in love. It’s such a beautiful scent, I’m a big fan of coconut and vanilla together and they complement each other so well in this oil. Doesn’t sit on top of the skin, absorbs well, very hydrating but not greasy. Thanks so much!” —Mackenzie Bancroft

I bought one of these for my phone about eight months ago just because I have a bad habit of sticking credit cards in my pockets on quick trips around the neighborhood and losing them. I’m happy to report that is still QUITE firmly on my phone and easily holding an ID, credit card, and sneaky $10 bill, which I especially love living in NYC. Instead of making a whole production every time I leave now, I can just grab my keys, my hybrid phone/wallet, and mask, and be right out the door.

Promising review: “Has completely replaced my wallet! I pretty much only need three cards in my day to day life — my credit card, my ID, and my public transit card. This sleeve holds all three perfectly without ever losing a single one, and has held up really well despite how careless I am with my things, so I haven’t carried a wallet in months. It’s pretty tight at first but will stretch to hold your cards as needed — note that this means that if you take a card out, it will be fairly loose for the others, so be careful. I got the pink color and it’s picked up a little color around the edges from my jeans, but otherwise has remained pretty much the same color. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a stick-on wallet sleeve for your phone!” —Alexis

Promising review: “This thing is a miracle-worker! I’m a little ashamed to say that getting my ring cleaned had become low priority in the past eight or so years, kids, moving, etc. took the top spots. My ring was so dirty that I was starting to worry that if I took it somewhere to clean it they’d be disgusted! I randomly saw this product mentioned by someone as a way to shine up their ring occasionally. I bought because it was pretty cheap and why not take a chance? I soaked my ring in some warm water and dish soap for about half an hour then took it out and started using the stick on it. I should’ve taken a picture of all of the gunk I got out of the crevices! I went over it thoroughly and then rinsed it off, OMG! My husband said he could see it sparkling from across the room and said maybe he needed to use it on his ring now! It’s been about a month since I’ve last done it and it’s only now starting to lose some of it’s sparkle, very long-lasting!” —Browns

All you have to do to “set” it is soak the bear in water for 20 minutes, dry the outside of it, and plop it in with your brown sugar. It also works on baked goods, cakes, cookies, marshmallows, and dried fruit!

Promising review: “Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn’t keep it soft even in a tight container. I purchased new five-quart jars for my flour, sugar and so forth and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again which was amazing to me! I have about two pounds of sugar in the five-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed gasket but I haven’t had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years.” —diosa

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