useless things to buy that are actually useful

Whether you’re buying a gift for a friend or looking to add some novelty to your own life, we’ve gathered some more of our favorite seemingly useless that can actually improve your life. From making you a better swimmer to keeping your coffee consistently hot to helping you slice an avocado, these gifts prove to be quite useful and fun at the same time. Best of all, your friends will love your keen eye for the outrageous and the practical.

1. Swim Faster

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Get it on Tophatter for around $3

If “Aquaman” was your favorite movie this year, these webbed gloves are just for you. While they may seem like silly gift ideas, these gloves are perfect for beginner swimmers, those who want to swim faster, and those who want to improve their technique. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they’re both comfortable and durable. Ready to impress everyone at your next pool party?

2. Clear the Air

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Get it on Tophatter for around $14

Want to enjoy new car scent all the time? There’s no need for chemical-ridden air fresheners thanks to this ionic air purifier. Small and mountable with a sleek design, this portable car accessory is ideal for parents and pet owners. Because let’s be honest — kids and pets are adorable, but they’re also smelly.

3. Tacosaurus Rex

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Get it on Tophatter for around $12

Taco Tuesday just went Jurassic with the help of these prehistoric taco holders. While  this kitchen accessory is sure to make dinner more engaging for little ones, it’s useful too. Taco shells remain in place so you can dress tacos with all your favorite toppings. It can also hold waffles and toast for massive fun in the morning.

4. Ban Cold Coffee

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Get it on Tophatter for around $6

Never endure a cold cup of coffee again. These Oreo-style USB-heated coasters make the perfect desktop accessory, slowly heating to 50 degrees Celsius to keep your hot drink hot while you work.

5. Make Room for Beer

Get it on Amazon for around $13

Make extra space in your fridge for beer or other necessary provisions with these super-powered fridge magnets. Bottles stay firmly in place and neatly organized so you can access them when needed.

6. Put a Cork in It

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Get it on Tophatter for around $6

Create an enchanting atmosphere with these LED bottle cork lights, which make bright centerpieces for any occasion. With flexible copper wire that allows you to create any design you want, these wine lights offer a perfect addition for your next evening party. So, save those empty wine bottles and create a dreamy wonderland.

7. Slice Avocado With Ease

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Get it on Tophatter for around $9

Did you know that “avocado hand” sends some people to the emergency room because they don’t know how to prevent injury while making guacamole? This avocado slicer comes in handy while also protecting your hand, providing three necessary functions: slicing, pitting, and splitting the creamy fruit. The kitchen tool also removes fruit from skin in perfectly even slices, so it’s ideal for sandwiches or topping off salads. You can also use it with papaya and other hard-to-slice fruits.

If you haven’t found your new favorite home or car accessory here, check out our other guide to more fun and outrageous gifts that can actually improve your life.

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

 

Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.

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