A Puzzle-Saving Mat—and More Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

A compact fire extinguisher, snack containers, and a hands-free dog leash.

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The weather is getting pretty rough, and we're officially ready to go into full hibernation mood. So, we've rounded up some items that will make getting through these colder months a little easier. A cozy headband with built-in headphones is comfy enough to wear to bed; a retinol alternative eye cream helps to hydrate after the harsh winter wind strips your skin; and a rollable puzzle mat keeps your puzzles safely stored no matter what room in the house you’ve found yourself sequestered inside. With these items, and more, the dark winter days will have nothing on you.

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Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher

lifesafetechnologies.com

The kitchen cabinets are already cramped enough, and you probably don’t want to add a bulky fire extinguisher. But with the possibility of grease fires and shoddy kitchen appliances, it’s important to keep one on hand. LifeSafe Technologies has created a compact and lightweight version that’s perfect for storing in your kitchen, car glove compartment, or tool bag. The StaySafe 5-in-1 Fire Extinguisher is non-toxic, non-hazardous, eco-friendly, quick and easy to use, and ideal for keeping your home safe.

Price at time of publish: $35

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Headband Headphones

headphone headband

Cozyband.com

If you need music—or ASMR meditation—to fall asleep, you might have run into the problem of finding headphones comfortable enough to sleep in. Luckily, we've found just the product. Cozyband’s Wireless Headphones are made of a soft and stretchy material, have twelve hours of battery life, noise isolation, Bluetooth—and they're washable. So, they’re perfect for wearing to bed and sleeping the night away.

Price at time of publish: $40

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Retinol Alternative Eye Cream

Retinol Eye cream

iliabeauty.com

Ilia Beauty, a brand that’s consistently wowed us with their clean, one-and-done products, is back with their Bright Start Activated Eye Cream. Using sea fennel extract, a plant-based retinol alternative that firms and smooths, along with caffeine, peptides, and avocado extract, this vegan eye cream is a lifesaver for dry winter under eyes. And with soft pigment pearls running throughout, it illuminates skin for a brightened, energized look—so you can fool anyone into thinking you got a full eight hours, even if you were actually up late watching TV.

Price at time of publish: $46

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Snack Containers

Stackable snack containers

Blenderbottle.com

Snacking is key to keeping us focused during the workday and BlenderBottle GoStak Twist n' Lock Storage Jars are great for providing a whole variety of snacks to choose from. In a set of four interlocking containers of various sizes, the jars are portable and travel-friendly, made of Eastman Tritan plastic, stain and odor-resistant, BPA and phthalate-free; and dishwasher and freezer safe, so you can bring along your favorites snacks no matter what adventure you’re going on.

Price at time of publish: $13

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Hands-Free Dog Leash

Hands free dog leash

sparklypets.com

A dog leash that lets you keep your hands free, your dog secure, and your legs moving? Yes, please! Sparkly Pet’s Professional dog leash has a support mechanism that keeps the tension off the plastic buckle, keeping your large or medium pup safely with you, a strong, flexible bungee, a comfortable band, an easy grip control handle, and an attachable rubber handle. This leash will make your morning runs with your pup all the better.

Price at time of publish: $22

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Puzzle Mat

Puzzle saving mat

bitsandpieces.com

If you have a family of avid puzzlers, then this foam roll-up puzzle mat is a lifesaver. No longer do you have to keep your work-in-progress sprawled over your dining room table. Instead, you can roll up your partially or fully finished jigsaw, because the foam surface of this puzzle mat reduces wrinkling and allows pieces to stick firmly. Just attach the velcro and elastic straps to secure the wooden roll-up inside and you’ll be ready to puzzle anywhere and everywhere.

Price at time of publish: $24

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