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43 weird-as-hell products under $20 on Amazon that are actually genius

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As the saying goes, “One person’s weird is another person’s wonderful,” and that statement is pretty true. What seems strange as hell at first may end up being the best idea or experience you’ve ever had. For instance, take all the odd products on Amazon that you can find just by browsing the site. I’ve clicked on many of them, and sometimes — even a lot of the time — they end up being pretty cool and totally usable, too. If I may say so, a fair few are even genius, and totally budget-friendly, to boot.

I’ve taken some time to gather up some of the weirdest – and most incredible – items on Amazon for less than $20. A few of them made me do a double take, but all of them come highly recommended by trusted reviewers on the site. For example, I’m all in for a blanket that resembles a giant tortilla or a pizza cutter that looks like a bicycle that rides through each slice. And while a lot of these may look like simple novelty gifts you’d pick up on a whim with actual use, they turn out to be pretty cool ideas I really wish I’d come up with myself.

Follow along as I share some of the top weird products that are actually pretty genius.

1. This burrito blanket that looks good enough to eat

Go ahead and wrap yourself up like your favorite bean and cheese menu item with this soft burrito blanket. The printed blanket totally looks like the real thing, and it’s perfect for lounging on the couch. You can toss it in the washing machine for simple maintenance.

2. A motion-activated toilet light with 8 brilliant colors

Sure, this one’s a little extra — but it’s also pretty smart. This toilet night light has a flexible arm for a universal fit on most toilet seats, and the eight colors deliver a brilliant glow when you go to use the restroom. It’s motion-activated, so you don’t have to fumble for a switch in the dark.

3. A sleep mask that’s also a set of headphones

You won’t care if people look at you funny on the plane— your eyes will be covered by this Bluetooth sleep mask with built-in headphones. The ergonomic 3-D design eliminates pressure on your eyes for a more comfortable nap, and the thin headphone speakers deliver stereo sound to help lull you to sleep.

4. This pizza cutter bike that rides through your pie

Do a wheelie or two through your takeout or frozen pizza with this pizza cutter bike. Both wheels are made with food-grade stainless steel for even slicing, and it even comes with its own kickstand so your can park it on your counter as a creative conversation starter when friends come over.

5. This wireless charger for phones & earbuds

If you’re not a fan of dealing with cables, this wireless charger is an easy way to keep your phone and earbuds powered up. It flashes when it’s plugged in to let you know it’s connected to your device, then turns off again, so you can fall asleep when it’s on your nightstand, without any LEDs disturbing you.

6. These eco-friendly dog poop bags that handle a lot of ... stuff

Even though we’re used to seeing it, walking around with a grocery bag of your pup’s contributions at the park is a bit weird. These eco-friendly dog poop bags offer a leakproof solution to cleaning up the mess. They’re strong, whether you’ve got a Great Dane or a dachshund, and they’re eco-friendly — the box and cores are recyclable.

7. A universal kickstand that fits pretty much any phone

Attach this universal kickstand to your phone’s case for convenient hands-free viewing. The secure magnetic mount pops open quickly with just a tap, and closes just as fast. The slim phone magnet is unobtrusive, and you can choose from silver, gold, or rose gold metallic finishes.

8. This squishy cleaning gel that gets into corners & crevices

Go ahead and stick your hand into this goop that’s actually a car cleaning gel. The moldable putty won’t stick to your hands, but it will stick to dust, hair, and crumbs. Use it to clean your car, computer, and other items with small crevices. It’s reusable over and over until it turns dark.

9. A shower bag that takes camping a little closer to glamping

Who says you can’t be clean when camping? This shower backpack holds up to 5 gallons of water and uses the sun to heat it up — there’s even a convenient temperature gauge to let you know when it’s warm. Hang it on a tree or tent pole to wash dirt and dust away.

10. These stainless steel beer-chilling sticks

A stick that cools your beer as you sip? I’m intrigued. These beer chiller sticks look like giant nails but clearly are so much more. Simply freeze them and then stick them in freshly opened beers — or bottled sodas — for refreshingly cool drinks. They’re even packaged for gifting.

11. A waterproof phone mount for watching TV in the shower

This waterproof phone mount lets you watch movies or TV shows in the shower or during your morning routine. It can fit phones measuring up to 6.8 inches and has a transparent cover that protects your device from splashes. It’s also fog-proof so you won’t miss any detail — but it’s also touch sensitive so you can rewind if you need to.

12. An egg separator that keeps your hands & counter clean

Save the yolk — or the white — for later use with this clever egg yolk separator. This small tool rests on the edge of your bowl, letting you crack the egg and sift it without having to juggle back and forth between shells. It’s no yolk (you know I had to).

13. These shoe deodorizers made with natural minerals

Stop the stink in shoes, closets, gym bags, and cars with these deodorizers. The simple bags are filled with a natural mineral compound that neutralizes odors at the molecular level — no fragrance or perfumes involved.

14. A collapsible lantern that’s solar-powered

This compact camping lantern pops up to deliver brilliant illumination when you need it, then collapses to take up minimal space in your gear. It has three light modes — high, low, and SOS — and can even function as a flashlight. Charge it via USB or the solar panels in the sun.

15. This moldable glue for DIY repairs

It’s not weird if it works, and this moldable glue works on just about everything. Wrap it around cables to fix wear and tear, or use it to stop a leak at your kitchen faucet. It’s available in white, black, or colorful multipacks to get your DIY creativity going.

16. This batter dispenser that perfects the art of pancake making

How great would it be to use just one item to measure, mix, and dispense your pancake, waffle, and cupcake batter? So great, thanks to this ingenious batter dispenser. Measurement markings on the side keep track of your ingredients as you add them, then you can pull the rubber grip on the handle for easy, drip-free dispensing right over the pan — no mess involved.

17. This personal water filter that works like a straw

Over 70,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating overall make this personal water filter a must-have for your camping gear. It works like a straw — simply dip into water and let the built-in filter do the rest. Over 99.99% of bacteria and parasites are removed, quenching your thirst when you can’t find fresh water.

18. A microwave bacon maker that delivers crispy results

It might look weird rotating in your microwave, but this simple microwave bacon tray lets you enjoy all the crispy goodness while reducing fat by up to 35%. A convenient handle makes it easy to remove when your breakfast is done, and it’s dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

19. This fridge drawer to keep eggs or produce organized

Bring order to your fridge with this slide-out drawer that keeps items organized. The sturdy plastic construction holds up to 33 pounds, and this size can store up to 20 eggs. Or you can use it to store produce, meat, or cheese; either way, it arrives fully assembled so you can just slide it in and use it.

20. This multi-tasking soap that’s made for your body & hair

If you want to streamline your shower routine, you might appreciate this bar soap that’s made to use from head to toe — literally. Use it as a body wash, shampoo, or as shaving lubricant. You can even use it to wash your beard. It is infused with moisturizing ingredients to leave you feeling clean without stripping your skin and hair, and it comes in three scents.

21. These lids that turn cans into pourable bottles

Turn your favorite canned drink into a bottle using one of these soda can lids. Their tight seal makes them easily pourable and keeps carbonated drinks fresher longer. These are especially great for a party and are conveniently dishwasher-safe.

22. A beer aerator for a better-tasting pint

Make your beer taste even better with this fun aerating coaster that gives your pint a better foam head. Set your beer down, press a button, and watch as its ultrasonic vibration releases bubbles at the bottom of the glass, eventually creating an ideal foam head.

23. This mini Bluetooth keyboard that folds up

It can be hard to work — or even send an email — on your phone or tablet with that little onscreen keyboard. This mini Bluetooth keyboard offers a simple solution that won’t weigh down your bag. It folds in half in between uses and wakes up with a simple tap on any key. The 32-foot operating distance means it even works well with your smart TV.

24. These grocery bag holders that save your wrists

This grocery bag carrier saves you multiple trips to the car since it balances weight to help reduce wrist strain. It’s lightweight and easy to grip, and the convenient pack of two lets you carry multiple bags in each hand.

25. This tool that takes the sting out of bug bites

Bug Bite Thing is a handy tool that suctions out the venom, saliva, and other irritants that bees and mosquitos can leave behind — that means less itching and irritation for you. The unique design even includes a scraper for removing stingers. Over 18,000 reviewers have given this suction tool a five-star rating.

26. A toothbrush sanitizer that eradicates germs

Throw out your standard toothbrush travel caps and use this portable UV toothbrush sanitizer instead. The compact size fits most toothbrushes, including some electric heads, and the UV light eliminates up to 99.9% of common germs. In just five minutes, your brush will be fresh.

27. This set of ice molds that make tiny cubes

These mini ice cube molds make really small ice cubes that can even fit into water bottles and soda cans. Plus, they’re just about the closest thing you can get to crushed ice at home. The flexible construction makes it easy to pop the cubes out, and each set comes with two molds.

28. A beard bib that catches whiskers as you shave

This beard catcher saves your sink and shower while you shave and trim. One end attaches to your mirror, and the other secures around your neck, creating a barrier that keeps the basin clean and your shirt free from stray hairs. Disposal is as simple as shaking the shavings into the trash can.

29. A pair of chopsticks that look like mini light sabers

These light saber chopsticks are sold as a pair and light up just like the fan-favorite Jedi weapon at the press of a button. Choose from blue to channel your inner Obi-Wan Kenobi, red to bring out your Darth side, or five other eye-catching options.

30. An innovative knife for spreading cold butter

Butter bread without the shred when you’ve got this butter spreading knife. The odd blade features tiny holes that perfectly curl cold butter without needing to soften it first. The opposite side of the blade is a standard edge that applies the butter from crust to crust. Looks weird, works great.

31. This beard-trimming comb that helps you get tight edges

Is it a comb? Is it a guide? This beard shaping and styling tool is actually both in one. One side helps you get a precise trim on the cheeks, while the other helps create a perfect jawline edge. Use the built-in combs with your razor for effortless whisker shortening. Included instructions help you make the most of this guide.

32. This wearable neck fan to keep you cool on the go

This rechargeable neck fan can help keep you cool on warm days with two heads that swivel 360 degrees. The device features three adjustable speed settings and can last up to 12 hours before it needs to be recharged via the included mini-USB cable.

33. A microwave cleaner that’s shaped like a volcano

It’s funny-looking, but it’s functional: This volcano microwave oven cleaner erupts in a dirty microwave for positive results. It’s an easy way to steam clean gunk, so you can wipe it away, and all you have to do is fill it with vinegar and water, then set the timer for seven minutes.

34. These dryer balls for eco-conscious softening

Toss these silicone dryer balls in with your next load for an eco-friendly option that softens laundry. Also, the soft spikes help lift fabrics to keep air moving efficiently, which speeds up drying time (and saves on your energy bill). The set comes with four, and they’re endlessly reusable.

35. A convenient jar scraper that gets every last bit

This quirky little scraper makes the most of almost-empty jars by getting every last bit. Perfect for jam, peanut butter, and your favorite hot sauce, cleaning is as simple as a cycle in the dishwasher. And its one-piece construction means there’s nowhere for food to get stuck.

36. This fidget toy with 12 different sides

Keep restless fingers happily preoccupied with this 12-sided fidget toy. It’s designed with everything from buttons to stress balls and even a joystick to give your hands something to do when you feel fidgety. It’s ideal for kids and adults alike — one reviewer described it as a “great toy to help me calm down and focus.” Plus, it’s small enough to pack in a purse or backpack and take with you.

37. A watermelon slicer that works in seconds

One Amazon reviewer called this watermelon windmill slicer a “summer must-have” and I totally agree. The windmill design evenly slices your watermelon into cubes without the watery mess of a knife. It’s even safe for kids to use, thanks to the rounded handle and non-sharp blade. Use the built-in sliding scale for perfectly portioned pieces.

38. A bottle coupler that gets every last drop of your favorite products

If you get frustrated that you can never get to the last drop of your favorite product, this bottle coupler can help eliminate the problem. Just slip the connector over the mouth of an empty bottle and flip it over — it’ll drain the last of the product into a new bottle.

39. This popular card game & dodgeball hybrid that will have you in stitches

I spent more than a little time wondering what weird person thought up a dodgeball-card game that combined cards and whipping fake burritos around the room. I’m really glad they did. Gain points from the cards and then lose them all if you happen to get hit by the ridiculously large burritos. This fun party game is ideal for all ages, but you might want to clear some space in the living room before you play.

40. These coasters that catch spills & crumbs in your car

Load up your car’s cupholders with these coasters, and they’ll catch those inevitable spills and crumbs for a much easier eventual clean-up. Their deep cup shape features high side walls to catch drips, and they’re designed to fit standard cupholders. Reviewers report simply tossing them in the dishwasher periodically to clean.

41. A credit-card sized multitool that takes on almost every task

Have you ever patted your pockets looking for a box cutter or can opener that you totally know isn’t going to be there? This credit card-sized multitool is the thing you’re actually looking for. This little 18-in-one card is all the things, including a bottle opener, nail puller, and even 2-inch ruler. It’s made from heat-treated steel for durability.

42. This sculptural glasses holder made of wood

Having a dedicated place to keep your glasses when you’re not wearing them (like when you go to bed) is a great way to keep them safely close at hand. This wooden glasses holder is carved into the shape of a face, combining both fun and functionality into one product. One reviewer described it as the “perfect resting place for my glasses during the night.”

43. The magnetic pick-up tool with a flashlight

This really cool magnetic pick-up tool has a telescoping head that reaches into narrow, tight spaces, so you can reach lost keys and coins without having to bend over to get them. It also has a built-in LED light, so you can actually find what you’re looking for, whether it’s behind the couch or under the bed.

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