I love shopping, but I really try not to buy a lot of things. I travel a lot so the less I have on me, the better. Unfortunately, I'm pretty helpless when I find myself on Amazon. If you haven't checked it out, there are literally billions of products for sale on Amazon, and thousands of them get crazy good ratings. It makes you wonder, what's so special about them? Why are people buying them over and over again?
Think about it: When you decide you need to buy something and you hop on Amazon for a little browse, what makes you add it to your cart? Is it the ratings, the number of reviews, or the product images and descriptions?
If I want to know that something is really going to work, I look for Amazon items that have huge ratings. In fact, just last week, I put in two separate orders on Amazon several hours apart because I got caught up looking at the ratings (thankfully, Amazon is amazing and shipped everything in the same box). I spent the first part of the day browsing the office section and the second part of the day browsing the cleaning products. I only clicked on things with four or more stars.
Using these insane ratings to determine what you want to buy can be super helpful, from Amazon products that bring Alexa to your door like the Fire TV Stick or Echo Dot to beauty products with thousands of great reviews like Vitamin C serum. Taking note of ratings will let you know you're getting the most bang for your buck!
1. Fire TV Stick
Over 207,000 people agree that this is the perfect way to stream TV Shows, listen to music, and chat with Alexa. I have one of these and I spend hours and hours in front of my TV discovering new shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $39.99, Amazon
2. Echo Dot
Have a meaningful conversation with Alexa around your house, and by that I mean ask her to order you a pizza, check the weather, play your favorite song, or even track your fitness. If you want to get really fancy, you can even connect the Dot with other Echo devices and turn your home into a smart house.
3. Fire 7 Tablet
Speaking of Alexa, why not have her in the palm of your hands, literally? With the Fire 7 Tablet you can ask her to play your favorite movies and stream TV shows. You can read books, video call anyone with access to Alexa, and more.
Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, $49.99, Amazon
4. Wireless Keyboard And Mouse
As someone who works from home, I can attest that a wireless keyboard and mouse are absolute game changers in your workspace. Just pop the receiver into your USB port and the keyboard and mouse will connect to your laptop, giving you more freedom to get your work done comfortably.
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo, $29.99, Amazon
5. Kindle E-Reader
This super light e-reader is perfect for bookworms. It comes in black and white and skips the screen glare, which means you can read it in bright sunlight without having to strain your eyes. A single charge lasts weeks so you can read to your heart's content.
Kindle E-Reader, $89.99, Amazon
6. Sports Action Camera
If you can't splurge on a GoPro, there are other options for action cameras out there, and over 7,000 people have decided this is the one to get. The AKASO is a 4k Ultra HD Action Camera so you'll get high quality images and video. It also comes with built-in wifi so you can instantly share your adventures by uploading them to your phone.
AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Waterproof Camera, $59.99, Amazon
7. Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
This makes a perfect coffee table book, whether you have kids or not. It's filled with hundreds of one-liners, knock knock jokes, and more. Whip this out during holidays or dinner parties and get some laughs.
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliot, $3.32, Amazon
8. Girl, Wash Your Face...
Reading this book will not change your life. According to Melissa, it "can give you the tools that you need to reach your goals and make lasting change to live your best life, but it's up to you to make it happen." Sounds like a good read to me.
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be, $13.79, Amazon
9. 12 Rules For Life...
There's a reason this is a number one international best seller. It takes simple life lessons like "why you should pet a cat when you meet one on the street" and presents them from a new perspective. It's a humorous book that takes scientific research and ancient tradition in consideration when answering the most basic of questions.
12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos, $13.99-$15.57, Amazon
10. Harry Potter Paperback Box Set
I mean, come on, is it even a surprise this is one of the highest-rated items on Amazon? I think it's pretty self-explanatory why a box set of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is getting "swept off the shelves."
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set, $52.16, Amazon
11. Cable Knit Beanie
Get cozy with a cable knit beanie. It's perfect for camping, snowboarding, or just walking in the cold. It comes in a ton of different colors, including mauve, beige, burgundy, pink, rainbow, deep purple, ivory, mint, and more.
Warm Chunky Cable Knit Beanie, $10.99, Amazon
12. Yoga Pants
Is it just me, or are things with pockets just automatically better? They just make everything so much more functional, like these sweet yoga pants. They feature a four-way stretch, so they're super comfortable. They also have pockets so you can store your phone or keys during workouts.
ODODOS High Waist Out Pocket Yoga Pants, $16.10-$43.95, Amazon
13. Lighted Vanity Mirror
Yesterday, I was trying to fix my eyebrows in between threading appointments and I struggled so hard because I couldn't see a thing. I should've sprung for this lighted vanity mirror. I really could have used its 7x magnification side and soft halo light.
Conair Double-Sided Lighted Mirror, $29.99, Amazon
14. IFINITIPRO By CONAIR
If I'm honest, this kind of curling iron scares me, but I have a friend who uses one and her hair always looks flawless. The tourmaline ceramic technology reduces frizz and makes hair shinier. Plus, it' super easy to use: Just wrap it around one inch of hair and gently draw it into the chamber. Wait for the beep and then, bam, you've got flawless curls.
INFINITIPRO By CONAIR Curl Secret, $53.99, Amazon
15. HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron
Nearly 31,000 people purchased the previous version of this flat iron, and about 70 percent of them gave it a five-star review. I'd say that's pretty amazing. The updated ceramic tourmaline flat iron has infrared heat technology so it won't burn your hair and you can use it to create curls and waves in addition to straightening your locks.
HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron, $229.99, Amazon
I love a good multi-use beauty product, and Bio-Oil can be used for so many things. I personally use it to help fade scars, but it's also used for getting rid of stretch marks, improving the appearance of uneven skin tone, and helping nourish dry skin. It's not greasy so it won't clog your pores, which means it's perfect for all skin types.
Bio-Oil 2 Fl Oz: Multiuse Skincare Oil, $8.89, Amazon
17. Wunder2 Wunderbrow
I get super envious of people with good brows. Mine only look okay for about two days after I get them threaded because they're so patchy, but an eyebrow gel like Wunder2 Wunderbrow can make all the difference. This one fills in sparse areas to create a natural look. It's budge proof and waterproof so you'll be set all day!
Wunder2 Wunderbrow Long Lasting Eyebrow Gel, $14.97, Amazon
18. URPOWER Oil Diffuser
There's seriously nothing like coming home after a long day and switching on an oil diffuser. It's just so nice to sit and relax while your favorite scent fills the room. This one sprays out a cool mist and even changes colors if you want.
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser, $16.99, Amazon
19. Waterpik Flosser
I've always wanted to try one of these. I think they're so cool, and as someone who doesn't love flossing, it's possible it could change my tune. This waterpik flosser features 10 pressure settings, seven Waterpik flossing tips, and 90 seconds of water capacity. All you need to do is use it for about a minute a day and you'll be on your way to healthier gums.
Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser, $59.99, Amazon
20. TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C Serum is really good for you. It leaves you with brighter skin, improves tone, shrinks pores, decreases breakouts, smooths fine lines, and fades dark spots. It's the perfect product to add to your skincare regimen, and over 10,000 customers would agree.
TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face, $19.99, Amazon
21. Aztec Secret
Made with 100 percent natural calcium bentonite clay, this little pot of "healing clay" is gold. It can be used for facials, body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, and more. Apply it to your skin for thirty minutes and you'll literally feel your pores being deep cleaned.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $11.49, Amazon
22. Painless Hair Remover
This 18K gold-plated hair remover is so discreet, people will think it's a lipstick tube. Just pop it in your purse until you need it. It painlessly removes facial hair from sensitive areas like your lip, chin, and cheeks.
Finishing Touch Flawless Painless Hair Remover, $19.99, Amazon
23. Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder
My teeth are super sensitive, but I'm also really self-conscious about their color. No one else seems to notice it, but I think my teeth are yellow. Because of my sensitivity, I can't use most teeth whiteners, and that's how I ended up trying whitening charcoal powder. It's completely natural as it's made with activated charcoal and it really does remove stains.
Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder, $19.99, Amazon
24. Tea Tree Oil Body Wash
Tea tree oil is a magical thing. It's got anti-fungal and antibacterial properties so it's perfect for getting rid of harsh body odors, athlete's foot, nail fungus, itchy scalp, and more. It's a natural way to create a strong defense against those things and it soothes while doing it.
Anitfungal Tea Tree Oil Body Wash, $14.20, Amazon
25. Baebody Eye Gel
Nobody wants dark circles or bags under their eyes. Unfortunately, it happens to the vast majority of people. Brighten up and reduce puffiness with this eye gel you can use morning and night. It's made with Peptide Complex, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, and more, which leaves you with a tighter, brighter eye area.
Baebody Eye Gel, $23.95, Amazon
26. Back Neck Massager
I could use this right now. Seriously, my neck pain is bad. But I digress. This amazing little massaging pillow helps relieve sore muscles by heating up and deep-kneading your pain away. The best part? It's completely portable so you can bring it on your travels with you.
Zyllion Shiatsu Back Neck Massager, $49.95, Amazon
27. White Noise Machine
I live in a house with five other girls and it can be quite noisy at night when you want to fall asleep. A great way to fix that is by switching on a white noise machine. This one provides you with ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise sounds. Trust me, you'll be snoring in no time.
LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine, $39.96, Amazon
28. Silk Sleep Mask
If you travel as much as I do, you understand how important it is to have a good sleep mask. One reviewer said other eye masks "pale in comparison." That's probably because this one is made of natural silk, hypoallergenic, and has an adjustable strap.
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask, $9.99, Amazon
29. Digital Bathroom Scale
I love having a bathroom scale — not because I enjoy weighing myself, but because I can track my progress with a new workout. This one is great because it comes with a measuring tape so you can actually see your progress (it's way easier to tell if your new eating habits or workout are successful by measuring around the waist).
Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale, $19.88, Amazon
30. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
I really need to try one of these. It's a 7-in-1 multi-use pressure cooker and you can make so many delicious things with it. Cook rice, steam veggies, sauté, make yogurt, slow cook, and more. It's dishwasher safe and perfect for dorm, RV, or boat living.
Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 QT 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, $79.00, Amazon
"Sprtiz the bowl before-you-go and no one else will ever know." Doesn't that rhyme make you chuckle? It's about Poo-Pourri, a bathroom spray designed to stop bathroom odors before they eve begin. It's scientifically tested, but more importantly, it's got a huge fan base of over 12,100 people.
Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, $10.24, Amazon
32. Sheet Set
I just recently purchased this sheet set and they are so, so soft. Seriously, I can't get enough of them. They're also stain resistant, which is great for me because I love to eat in bed. They come in a number of colors so you're sure to find a set that matches your bedding.
Mellani Sheet Set, $27-$29.90, Amazon
33. Travel Mug
I've always wanted a fancy travel mug, and this one is super fancy. The lids have autoseal technology, which means they're leak and spill proof (apparently there's a difference). Hot drinks stay hot for seven hours and cold drinks stay cold for eighteen. Sounds good to me!
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug, $9.26, Amazon
34. Popcorn Popper
Pop your popcorn conveniently with no mess and without taking up a ton of storage space. This collapsible silicone popcorn maker fits neatly into a drawer when you're finished making your snack. It comes in 14 different colors and is super easy to use — just add popcorn and pop it in the microwave!
The Original Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper, $15.90, Amazon
35. Electric Grinder
Whether you love your coffee or your fresh spices, this electric grinder is made for you. It features stainless steel blades that grind your favorite coffee beans, spices, herbs, nuts, grains, and more. It's the perfect addition to your kitchen tool collection.
Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder, $18.07 Amazon
Anything that has more than one function is amazing in my book, and this griddle features six cooking options: contact grill, panini press, full griddle, full grill, half grill, half griddle, and top melt. The grill/griddle plates are fully removable and nonstick. It's the perfect tool for creating sandwiches, cheese melts, pancakes, and everything in between.
Cuisinart Griddler, Brushed Stainless, $99.95, Amazon
37. Velvet Hangers
Velvet hangers are my favorite things in the world. They're excellent space savers if you have a ton of clothes and not a lot of space, and they don't slip. Maximize your closet space with this set of 30 that comes in three different colors.
AmazonBasics Velvet Hangers (30 Pack), $15.99, Amazon
The TubShroom is a game-changer for shared bathrooms. Just stick it in the drain and it's sure to catch hair before a clogs occurs. It comes in six different colors and is made to fit standard tubs. When it's time to clean, just lift it out of your drain, wipe it off, and stick it back in so it can continue to keep your tub clean.
39. Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Dog Toy
The types of toys people come up with for their dogs never cease to amaze, and this one is no different. You can remove the squirrels, change the pattern on which they're hanging on the log, or use them to play fetch with your pup. It'll keep Fido busy for hours.
Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys Dog, $7.99, Amazon
40. Cat Scratcher Toy
Watch your cat enjoy itself for hours with this little scratching toy. Cats are easily entertained, and this gadget will keep them that way forever. This one is made with a textured pad for scratching and has a small ball attached.
Scratcher Cat Toy, $10.00, Amazon
41. Resistance Band Set
Get your workout on even when you're on the road. This amazing set of resistance bands is all you need to accomplish a great workout when you don't have a gym nearby. It comes with light, medium, heavy, and extra heavy bands as well as an instruction guide and carry bag.
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands. $10.95, Amazon
42. Exercise Mat
Give yoga a go with this thick mat made with high density foam. It's great for knees, elbows, and backs if you're practicing yoga on a hard surface. It features a non-slip surface and comes with an easy carry loop so you can take it wherever you want.
BalanceFrom GoYoga All Purpose 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Mat, $17.95, Amazon
43. Kitchen Thermometer
I cooked steak last night for the first time in my life, and while it came out almost perfect, I had to throw it back on the stove for an extra two minutes because I couldn't tell if it was perfectly cooked. A kitchen thermometer would've taken the guess work out of the process and I wouldn't have had to risk overcooking it.
ThermoPro TP031 Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer, $10.49, Amazon
44. Jewelry Cleaner
Jewelry is supposed to sparkle, so this digital jewelry cleaner generates ultrasonic waves to remove dirt and grime from necklaces, bracelets, eyeglasses, watches, and more. Thanks to this tool, you won't have to use harsh chemicals, so you'll know your favorite jewels are safe.
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, $39.99, Amazon
45. Luggage Scale
I weigh my suitcase with this scale, and then I pack it with me so I can weigh my bags on my return flight. I hate showing up to the airport not knowing if my bag is going to be overweight, and this takes the guess work right out of it. You can weigh it in pounds or kilograms, so it's easy to determine if you're good to go.
Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale, $8.49, Amazon
46. Adjustable Laptop Stand
Prop up your laptop and allow it to run cooler, then adjust the height for comfort and make your workspace better for yourself. I's also great because it has slots on the back that keep your cords organized and out of the way.
Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand, $39.90, Amazon
47. In-Ear Headphones
I'm a wireless headphone convert, but over 55,000 people swear by these in-ear headphones by Panasonic. You can choose to purchase them with a mic or without one, depending on your preference. Plus, they have an ErgoFit Design so they fit comfortably in your ears and you can rock out for hours.
Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, $7.46, Amazon
48. External Battery
Power banks are the best invention ever for people who use their phones nonstop. No matter what kind of phone you have, if you're constantly on it, the battery is going to drain. This power bank is super light and small but will have your phone fully charged in about thirty minutes.
Anker PowerCore 1000, $31.99, Amazon
49. Glass Screen Protector
Save your phone from getting cracked with a tempered glass screen protector. This little baby attaches to your phone and keeps it from getting scratched or shattered if you drop it.
amFilm iPhone Screen Protector Glass, $7.99, Amazon
50. Drop Stop
I miss having a car, but I don't miss losing things in between the seats. If I still had a car, I'd definitely pick up a pack of Drop Stops. They fit into the gaps between your seats and the center console of the car and keep things from falling in between. Sounds pretty genius to me!
51. Exploding Kittens Card Game
It's no wonder this is the most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter. Strategically avoid being an exploding kitten and you win. Sounds fun, right?
Exploding Kittens Card Game, $19.99, Amazon
52. Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition
I've seen this game all over people's Instagram Stories. To play, you stick a clear plastic opener in your mouth and say a series of words while your teammates guess what you're trying to tell them. It's a pretty hilarious thing to watch.
Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition, $15.99, Amazon
53. Banana Infant Training Toothbrush
There was no way I couldn't include this banana-shaped training toothbrush in this round up. Aside from the fact that it's shaped like a banana, it's safer than normal toothbrushes for when your baby is teething. Its thick bristles also massage sensitive baby gums to make them feel better.
Banana Infant Training Toothbrush, $7.59, Amazon
54. iTouchless Stainless Steel Trash Can
I was recently in the market for a new trash can and I wish I had seen this one. It's stainless steel, opens automatically when you wave your hand in front of the sensor, it comes with odor absorbing filters, and generally just keeps your kitchen smelling cleaner. I wish I had splurged and gotten this one, it's a serious game changer.
iTouchless 13 Gallon Stainless Still Automatic Trash Can with Odor-Absorbing Filter, $74.07 Amazon
55. Spacesaver Vacuum Storage Bags
These bags are magical. Seriously, you can squeeze so much into these. Plus, it's so satisfying vacuuming out all of the air. They're perfect for travel or for storing things and saving space at the same time.
Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags, $23.99, Amazon
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