35 Things For Your Home That May Look Pretty Silly, But They’re Legitimately Useful

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35 Things For Your Home That May Look Pretty Silly, But They’re Legitimately Useful

Good luck *not* accidentally eating these Goldfish cracker fridge magnets that look like the real deal.

1. A cloud-shaped utility knife you *need* in your life if you’re a person who gets a lot of packages — this will save you a whole lot of time and effort (and DESPAIR over your ruined nails) with quick, easy cuts. 

Model using a purple cloud shaped knife to open a package

Set of cloud knives in various pastel colors


Check out a TikTok of the cloud knife in action. 

Promising review: “I love these — sturdy, sharp with retractable blade. I keep them in different rooms for opening packages or breaking down boxes to recycle. Would recommend and buy again.” —Amy Yasneski

Get a set of six from Amazon for $13.99

2. A “Scrambled Bus” egg holder for when you want breakfast on the ~eggspress~ line and need access to ’em as quickly and adorably as possible. 

A yellow school bus shaped egg tray with a transparent top shaped like windows on.a bus

Promising review: “My kids are having fun with it. They even try to draw faces on the eggs and pretend they are going to school. I like how easy it is to open and store inside my fridge.” —Joseph Angelo Alcantara

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

3. Michael Scott/Prison Mike reversible dishwasher magnet so you always know whether the dishes in there are clean and need to be put away, or whether they’re dirty and here to SCARE YOU STRAIGHT.

the clean and the dirty sides of the michael scott magnet shown on reviewer's dishwasher

Promising review: “My whole family is a fan of The Office, so when I was searching for a magnet we could use on our dishwasher, this was the hands-down winner. Does it go with my farmhouse decor? Nope, not at all. But it does get the attention of two teenage boys. Had I gone with something a bit more my decor style, I can guarantee you it would not be as useful. I mean, we all would much rather see Prison Mike staring back at us than suit and tie Michael Scott, right? And there is only one way for that to happen…clean out the dishwasher!” —R. Funk

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

4. A set of cat and mouse hooks you can easily install with the stick-on adhesive for a downright lawlessly adorable option for stashing lightweight items like keys, tote bags, and scarves at the door. 

product photo of one of the animal hooks, showing how when you place weight on them, the head pops up

the hooks used to hang six mugs on a wall

Check them out on TikTok of the cat and mouse hooks in action. 

Promising reviews: “These are so cute and easy to install. My husband always forgets to put his keys away so I got these to try to condition him into hanging them up. Now he has a little friend say hello when he gets home.” —leaaffy

Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $15.99 (also available in a six-pack that includes a monkey and baby chick). 

5. A dimmable sad duck nightlight because sometimes you just have to look at this emotionally deflated creature on your desk and be like, “Welp. At least I’m doing better than that little dude.” Reviewers love this for late night studying or reading without a harsh overhead light! 

A light up duck laying on its side with a face of just complete bone deep existential despair


Promising review: “I ordered this lamp because of its appearance. I didn’t NEED a depressed duck lamp … but it has totally filled a void in my life I didn’t know existed. Everyone who sees it pokes it. The lamp is actually very functional. It’s got a really nice set of brightness options and the glow is yellowish, which is much nicer than white in a dim/dark room. One thing that isn’t mentioned in the description is that its legs are utterly floppy. It’s terrific.” —Literated

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three styles). 

6. A set of Goldfish fridge magnets — aka “Holdfish” — to instantly assert the superiority of this cracker to anyone who enters your home and dares to think they can suggest a snack food that doesn’t smile back. 

A bag of magnets shaped like goldfish crackers

The crackers holding up photos of a dog on a fridge

Handy Cute Art/Etsy

Handy Cute Art is a Florida-based Etsy shop that specializes in quirky home products. 

Promising review: “These are the cutest ever! My daughter ate these guys [a lot] growing up. Great reminder gift of her fave snack food!” —Teresa A Houtz

Get a set of six from Handy Cute Art on Etsy for $10.20 (originally $12). 

7. A set of vinyl coasters to give your coffee table a delightfully retro nostalgic touch *and* protect it from the perils of condensation. 

A black mini vinyl record in a reviewer's hand that says

six different mini vinyls on a table

Promising review: “I absolutely adore these!!! They are so cute and definitely do the job! They keep the surface free from water rings and make me giggle!” —johnny williams

Get a set of six from Amazon for $5.99

8. A decorative ceramic lips holder for your jewelry or makeup to add a little retro pop to your vanity or entryway table that is most definitely Red-era Taylor Swift-approved. 

Two lip-shaped containers in pink and red with lip balms stashed inside of them

Promising review: “I love this as I’m getting into my super pink era. 💅🏼 It’s a nice weight and not easily breakable. It holds a lot of knickknacks too, from lipsticks to trinkets. I also think it’s really cute. Going to get a number of these to put around my home.” —Agusta

Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in five shades). 

9. A Buddy the dog spoon and spatula holder, aka the goodest! boy!!!!! in your kitchen. This heat-resistant pupperoonie will latch to your pots and pans to make an instant spoon rest (or prop open a hot lid to vent while cooking!). Paw-sitively DELIGHTFUL. 

two dog spoon rests, one beige and one brown, on the side of a pot holding spatulas

a dog spoon rest propping open a lid on a cooking pot

Promising review: “Most adorable spoon holder ever! I have a griddle in the middle of my stove, needed a holder that wasn’t my counter. This is super cute, easy to clean, and unique!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

10. A cloud-shaped magnetic key holder for an absurdly cute storage option for keys that will prettttyyy much guarantee you never lose them again. 

A minimalist cloud magnet tacked to a wall holding two sets of car keys

Promising review: “So, yes, TikTok made me buy this, but so far I really like it. It’s obviously very adorable and offers a charming spot to keep my keys that works with my entryway. I’m really surprised by how strong the hold is for such a small object — I carry my car fob and a few keys and so far it’s holding strong. I hung it with command strips to avoid any potential damage to the wall and I will say make sure it’s level as the hold is not so good on an angle (but that was from the original in-hand testing). Definitely recommend and for the price, I’m very tempted to get one for my at-work office.” —D. Carter 

Get it from Amazon for $7.68

11. A “Gracula” garlic crusher, because you know what? If a 108-year-old vampire lurking moodily in the trees in the Pacific Northwest isn’t going to fall in love with you and grant you immortality, one might as well make your life in the kitchen a little easier. 

A reviewer twisting a vampire shaped garlic crusher and showing the garlic inside

The garlic crusher sitting on a counter

Promising review: “I love this little guy. I found him on a BuzzFeed list and had to have it as soon as I saw it! I’ve minced as many as five cloves in it in seconds. It’s a little tricky getting all of the garlic out once minced (I use a silicone basting brush to get most of it but I always use more than the recipe calls for anyway so it’s not a deal breaker). Cleanup is a breeze because he goes right in the dishwasher!” —Barbie

Get it from Amazon for $17.95

12. A mildly alarming if not adorable flexible flower vase that will fascinate guests when they can bend its limbs and hang it from any fixture they choose. That says if this thing *does* come to life in the middle of the night and starts singing and dancing all over your room, well. That’s on you for buying whatever the heck this is. 

A beige color small vase with four stretchy limbs that bend to sit on a windowsill

White version of it bent to sit on a counter top

Promising review: “An affable, squishy, bendy, happy little vase! The consensus on my social media page is that everyone should have one of these. I finally got a chance to try it out with some daffodils, and really, it’s hard not to smile when you see them.” Susy Lundy 

Get it from Amazon for $20.90 (available in three colors). 

13. A pair of microfiber mop slippers to take the frustration out of cleaning up small spills and messes on days when you’ve already had it up to HERE and a half. These are handy, effective, and are so fun to bust out that you’ll be laugh-crying over spilled milk. 

Pair of pink bear-shaped slippers

Reviewer wearing bear-shaped mop slippers

Promising review: “So why do I like mopping slippers? I have a 2-year-old and the slippers are great for mopping up little splashes. Drops of water from doing dishes and the extra padding is nice. No paper towels wasted and it’s immediate. Plus these are cute. You have to have a sense of whimsy for this functional novelty item.” —G. Kim

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four sizes and 17 styles).

14. A glass milk carton reviewers *love* for frothing — not only is it the perfect size, but the container is shaped in a way that stops milk and cream from spilling over the sides. Because yes, there’s no use crying over spilled milk, but crying over spilled FROTHED milk?? Valid. 

A model pouring milk into a coffee cup from a glass milk carton-shaped container


Promising review: “I came from TikTok … not disappointed. It is great for frothing without having splashes go everywhere.” —Kyle

“I love glassware, especially borosilicate glass, because it’s delicate and yet strong, it’s thinner and lighter than most glass. This is is definitely a conversation piece, because of its small milk carton shape and it holds a significant amount of cream or milk. It’s perfect for use during brunch, and during coffee or tea dates with friends. To get it cleaned, I use warm water, dish soap, and a small foam brush, than I put it on the dish rack to air dry.” —APR63

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in five styles). 

15. A light up rain cloud essential oil diffuser that looks like it was pulled out of your dizziest daydreams. Reviewers especially love how soothing the color changes and sounds of the water flow are. (And that both are fully adjustable!)

a gif of the raining cloud essential oil diffuser on and glowing red

the purple-lit raining cloud essential oil diffuser

Check out a TikTok of the rain cloud diffuser in action.

Promising review: “Loves it! It’s so super cute! We call it our shroomcloud. It’s peaceful and the mood changing colors are the best! I love hearing the subtle sound of water. Ahhh, zen! Works great as a diffuser with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, too.” —Krissy 

Get it from Amazon for $56.80

16. A mini ceramic bathtub (with drainage!) you can use as a soap holder, a planter, or just a cute lil’ way of organizing your bathroom countertops. Plus it’s always nice to have a durable bathing option for Thumbelina when she comes to stay. 

Pink ceramic bathtub holding a green bar of soap

Reviewer holding white version with plants inside of it

Check out a TikTok of the mini ceramic bathtub in action. 

Promising review: “I ordered two of these. One I used as a regular soap dish in my tub. It has holes for drainage which is a plus. I also used it as a cute plant decanter. I placed some succulents in it and voila … the cutest planter for my bathroom.” —Diane Sheehan

Get it from Amazon for $9.45 (available in six colors). 

17. cherry toilet brush because yes, we apparently live in a day and age where a guest can emerge from your bathroom and full bodily say to you, “Oh my god, where did you get that adorable toilet brush??” 

gif of reviewer taking the brush out of its holder

the cherry toilet brush in a reviewer's bathroom

Check out a TikTok of the cherry toilet brush in action.

Promising review: “This toilet brush makes me want to clean my toilet. It is so cute, exactly what I wanted, and works perfectly!! Fits nicely into my bathroom decor. It was delivered in perfect condition and I’ve used it three times now. If you’re thinking about buying this…do it!” —Michelle Maroon

Get it from Amazon for $19.49

18. A bicycle-shaped pizza cutter with *two* blades so you can do a ~wheely~ thorough job dividing up your slices (sorry). 

Reviewer cutting pizza with a white bicycle shaped spinning cutter with two blades as wheels

Soho Kitchen is a small NYC-based business established in 2015 that specializes in quirky pizza products. 

Promising review: “Cuts really nicely and super cute. My husband loved this idea as it looks just like his road bike!” —Courtney 

Get it from Amazon for $22.95

19. A retro-style pixel art game Bluetooth speaker so beloved by reviewers that a ton of them are gifting it to loved ones. It serves not just a speaker, but as a tiny canvas to make your own pixel art, a game console, an alarm clock, and even a white noise machine. Oh — and any designs you make on the pixel art screen can dance along to the music you play! 

A small speaker with a screen that has a dancing penguin pixel graphic and a small keyboard with six keys

The pink version displaying the time

Here’s what BuzzFeeder Jenae Sitzes has to say about it: “I saw this exact Bluetooth speaker in probably dozens of TikToks before I picked one up myself, and I honestly can’t recommend it enough if you like a cutesy aesthetic. The price might seem high for something that kind of sounds like a toy, but the second you pick it up, it’s clear this is a high-quality piece of tech with a ton of functionality. Its speakers are powerful, its screen is bright and vibrant, and the companion app is simply packed with all sorts of customization options. There’s programmable RGB lighting under the keyboard keys (which are real buttons), and you can pick from a ton of different clock faces as well!” 

Get it from Amazon for $89.92+ (clip the 10% off coupon on the product page for this price; available in five colors). 

20. A “Shower Cat” for anyone who sheds enough in the shower that they could, in fact, costume an entire production of Cats. This gizmo attaches to the shower wall as a handy place to stash loose hair and toss it later so it won’t wrap around the drain and cause you a headache later (also not unlike a production of Cats).

A small bristled silicone attachment on a wall with white cat-like ears

Reviewer using the device to put hair in and pull it out

Shower Cat is a small business established in 2021 specializing in products to prevent shower clogs. 

Promising review: “I first saw this product on TikTok and I knew immediately that I needed it. I just moved into a new apartment and I didn’t want to be how I used to be, where I’d just let hair go down the drain and plug it eventually, or peel it off of the drain after each shower. It works great but I probably need some practice with it. I currently just floss my hair through it so it will hold them and there are a few stray hairs that don’t stick. I would recommend to anyone who is tired of putting your loose strands of hair on the shower wall.” —Cari Schwartzkopf

Get it from Amazon for $13.95

21. A small duck-themed salad bowl so there’s no such thing as a Sad Lunch Desk Salad ever again — now at least you have *one* coworker who will always quack you up mid-meal. 

A round flat bowl with a duck face on it full of salad


Promising review: “I love this bowl for putting snacks in. It is good in the dishwasher and holds an okay amount of stuff. I love the cute face on it.” —Mana McPhee

Get it from Amazon for $22.99

22. A pickle wine stopper perfect for anyone who is both a wine-o AND a brine-o, letting you preserve your favorite pinots in ~style~. 

Pickle shaped wine stopper next to the box it comes in

The pickle inserted into the top of an open wine bottle

Promising review: “I bought this pickle wine stopper for my nephew and his partner. It keeps air out of the bottle with a snug fit and it cleans up easily after use. The fact that they love ‘pickle’ anything is an added bonus!” —Cynthia

Get it from Amazon for $12.13 (available in four other styles). 

23. A “Hell Done” digital thermometer so you can keep track of your meats to know if they’re rare, medium, well-done, or positively ~sinful~. This features a clear and easy-to-read digital display, plus the ability to tell people you literally went to hell and back to cook this meal!!! 

A thermometer inside a piece of with a digital display shaped like a cute red demon

The thermometer next to the box showing that the end of it is a little red horn

Promising review: “This thermometer not only works perfectly, but is a great conversation starter at gatherings! I’ve used it a few times now and am completely satisfied with the purchase. It is accurate, and the display is super easy to read. If you buy this, make sure to read the back of the box ;).” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.95

24. A cleverly-designed banana slicer that yes, a lot of reviewers bought as a joke, except it became so handy that the joke was on them — this gives you quick, perfectly portioned banana slices, making it easier to incorporate them in cereal, oatmeal, PB and banana sandwiches, and other Pinterest-worthy breakfasts. 

A banana shaped slicer cutting a banana into even portions that are then put into a bowl

Promising review: “TikTok made me buy it and could I live without? Yes. But now I don’t have to slice my bananas every day. This does wonders for my OCD too!” —Paige

Get it from Amazon for $5.99

25. A bunch of teensy macaron boxes for a delightful upgrade to many things in your life, whether it’s storing pills or trinkets or just staring at them looking all fancy and French on your bedside table.

Tiny macaron boxes holding pills and jewelry


Promising review: “Just received these cute little boxes and am in love with them. Very thick and sturdy plastic but easy enough to open. These will work perfectly for filling solid perfumes and giving out as stocking stuffer gifts as I don’t have to worry about it being a snug fit/lid falling off. I imagine these would also be great for pretend food for kids’ playsets or for a kid’s trinket box. Overall I love them, love their feel, love the colors and am very happy.” —Mary

Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.99.

26. Cherry Chomper whose favorite hobby is gobbling up cherry and olive pits so you can eat them pit-free and live your most delicious life. Parents especially love this so kids can safely de-pit their own snacks! 

hand pressing down on white smiley face tool that collects cherry pits in clear base

gif of a reviewer using the cherry pitter and showing how easy it is

Talisman Designs is a small business that specializes in quirky, functional home products. 

Promising review: “Hands down, one of the coolest and cutest kitchen gadgets I own. I bought this pitter because my father is a HUGE bing cherry fan. When cherry season is in, you can guarantee he’ll be sitting in his recliner with a bowl full of cherries. He normally eats cherries and pits them in his mouth, but in his older age, I worried about him cracking a tooth or choking on the pit. So I bought this pitter and it was an INSTANT hit! He loved how cute it was and the pitter does an amazing job. Easy to use, not a ton of force needed, and then the pits are in one place and easy to throw away!” —cocade27

Get it from Amazon for $17.99

27. A cow-themed cheese holder that is, in fact, a Big Moooooooood. Not only is this an adorable and handy way to store your cheese slices, but tons of parents say it’s been a real hit with the kiddos! 

A squared shaped closed small storage box shaped like a cow

The lid flipped open to find cheese inside

Each container holds 24 slices of cheese. 

Promising review: “I had an old Kraft cheese container from decades ago that finally broke and I didn’t think I would be able to find a replacement, but this is even better! My kids named it Daisy immediately. It is cute to have in the fridge or even bring out to the dinner table. Great quality and should last a long time.” —Karen

Get it from Amazon for $10.99

28. A succulent toothpick/cotton swab holder for the convenience, yes, but more importantly the aesthetic, which is “cottagecorganization.” 

the holders in pink and green with white round bases holding swabs and toothpicks with clear covers


Promising review: “Did I absolutely need this? No. Does it make me ridiculously happy? Yes! It’s so cute. You can remove a layer or two of the ‘leaves’ to make more room. I have two-thirds on right now to hold cotton swabs. Brings a smile to my face every time I stand at my sink.” —amester26

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two colors).

29. A 3D-printed wearable “chopstick” that has a cult-following among folks who spend a lot of time at their computers. This lets you pluck snacks out of a bowl without getting your greasy fingers on a mouse or trackpad, making it a boon on a stressful screen-heavy day. 

Model wearing a small chopstick-like device between two fingers and plucking a chip out of a bowl with it

The model holding the chip between the device

Ridha 3D Printing/Etsy

Bonus: This is also a great life hack for anyone with drying nails or manicures they don’t want to mess up! 

Ridha 3D Printing is a family-run, Michigan-based Etsy shop established in 2021 that specializes in 3D-printed gadgets and toys. 

Promising review: “Perfect for what I wanted it for. Now I can game on my PC and eat snacks without getting my mouse and keyboard dirty! Thank you, such an amazing invention. 😊” —Leilani Calderon

Get it from Ridha 3D Printing on Etsy for $4.90 (available in 24 colors and two styles). 

30. A “Pasta Monster” spoon and fork set you can use to serve both pasta and salad, and also as inspiration for your new stage name. (“Salad Gremlin” was already taken.) 

yellow forked ladle and spoon set that both have eyeballs on top of the handle

The handles poking out of a bowl of pasta

Promising review: “I love these, they’re so cute. I made pasta salad and used these to serve it. My son got a huge kick out of them. They’re quite sturdy, easy to wash and a fun addition to our kitchen. I could give these as a gift to my friends and they would love them.” —J Band 

Get it from Amazon for $19.99

31. A delightfully absorbent egg-shaped bath mat that will ~crack~ you up every morning, even on the days you wake up feeling like a rotten egg. 

the white and yellow egg-shaped mat


Promising review: “I purchased this for my kitchen and I’m in love! It’s super soft and the rubber backing keeps it in place. I’ve run the vacuum over it and the material didn’t pull or anything so it’s very good quality and super easy to clean.” —Sarah B.

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

32. A skull-shaped olive oil dispenser just to remind everyone that your cooking is to ~die~ for. 

Two clear skull-shaped dispensers full of olive oil

Promising review: “These oil dispensers are very nice, come with everything you need to use them and even has a wire brush to clean out any build up in the dispensers. Also comes with a small funnel for refills. Nice heavy glass that looks really good, well made.” —Angela

Get it from Amazon for $18.98

33. A egg yolk separator that is basically what would happen if a fish alien abducted a yolk (sorry for whatever bizarre fan fiction AU that might have inspired). Essentially, this makes baking and cooking with eggs a WHOLE lot more foolproof, and helps prevent food waste. 

chef using the fish shaped yolk separator to gobble up a yolk


Check out a TikTok of the egg separator in action. 

Promising review: “This thing is a time and egg saver. We own a bed and breakfast hotel and a number of our menu items and baked goods of our require separating eggs. This little frog gets the job done efficiently and prevents the waste that happens when the yolk breaks. Plus, it’s just plain fun to use in the morning. Wish it were a but easier to clean, but otherwise, a great purchase.” —SR

Get it from Amazon for $13.90 (available in three designs).

34. A set of succulent fridge magnets because sometimes the plant parent urge can’t be satisfied by living plants alone, and you have to go the extra mile to cozy up your space and fill the succulent-shaped hole in your heart. 

A reviewer holding up a small succulent shaped magnet

the 14 magnets shaped like succulents stuck to a fridge

Promising review: “What fun! Very well made and super cute. We were delighted just unpacking them. Every one is different!” —Alyssa widmark

Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three variety packs). 

35. An adorable little puppy doorstop that is just so! excited! that you’re home!!! the same way your actual doggo is when you walk through the door. Good luck handling all this free serotonin. 

line of dog shaped doorstops


Promising review: “This has been in use at our house for about a year now. VERY VERY sturdy. We are truly impressed. Thought we would get maybe six months before it cracked. NOPE. Still looks new.” —T.J. Dukie

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two breeds and a mouse). 

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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