A cheap knife sharpener – I’ve always done it the correct way with a stone and everything, but at some point my brother asked me why. Did I plan to get a medal for virtuous knife sharpening? Are my knives so precious they will go to a museum when I die? Nope and nope. Now my knives are sharper than ever because it’s so easy I sharpen them several times a day and you will not believe how much easier food prep gets with very sharp knives.
Magnetic Cable Holder – for corralling charging cables has been extremely worth it. Where is the end of the cable for charging my phone? Exactly where I left it.
A magnetic knife strip to keep the random collection of knives you have out of your drawers and safely on your wall where they are less likely to harm someone just looking for a fork.
Drop Stop Car Gap Seat Filler – prevents keys, phones, change, jewelry, makeup, bottle caps, pens, gum, and more from falling down The Black Hole between your car seats
Paper disposable to-go coffee cups with lids, like the cups you’d get in a coffee shop – We used these very regularly before the pandemic- a guest would come over, leave on a Sunday morning and we could offer them a coffee for the road without having to lend them a travel mug we might never get back. Also useful for when you are headed somewhere, want to take a coffee and know you won’t be in a situation where you can easily lug your travel mug home and want something disposable.
I got a silicone jar opener as a very weird and unexpected Christmas present about ten years ago and it is awesome. I have reasonably good grip strength to start with but this makes opening even sticky jars trivial.
These little magnetic knives/box cutters. I’ve got one on the fridge and one in the bedroom, and FINALLY don’t have to try to find the box opening scissors or use my keys or my teeth or something to open a package. They’re tiny but perfect for what they need to do.
A Magnet mount for my phone. It comes with a couple powerful magnetized pucks with sticker back to mount to your wall, car dashboard, etc. Also good for TV remotes.
A Meat Thermometer is worth its weight in plutonium. It gave me the confidence to try cooking a lot of things I otherwise wouldn’t have and also ensures I don’t overcook everything like I used to. Especially good for reverse searing steaks
Leaf scoops! I always thought they looked so ridiculous, like gigantic plastic novelty baseball gloves for Wolverine, but they continue to surprise me with their scooping capacity.
I just bought a power strip with USB plugs on it and can’t imagine why I didn’t do this before.
Headlamps are too cheap and too small now days to *NOT* be purchased. They are the solution to fixing things under the sink, finding your keys in a parking lot at night, and otherwise – always useful. Given that they now use LEDs and can run off of 2 AAAs – having one in a backpack or a purse is wicked easy. Having one in your glove compartment – just as easy. If you are a camper or backpacker – having an outdoor one is awesome.
A drain weasel for removing hair/soap clogs from the shower drain. Dead easy to use, and it’s weirdly satisfying to see the disgusting masses you unearth.
A silicone bottle brush for cleaning tall narrow vases and all those other vessels where the gunk is juuussst out of reach.
Tripod for my phone/iPad and a clip on ring light have improved my personal video interactions significantly
We bought an roll-up over the sink dish rack for our tiny kitchen and it’s been a life changer.