A clever way to repurpose an everyday item.

By Real Simple
Updated October 08, 2004
Formula Z/S

Original purpose: Playing airplane ("Here comes da wittle plane...") with your babies. Now, though, they're your teenagers.

Aha! use: Serving party dips or condiments―a chic alternative to setting out a bottle of French's.

Reward: No gunky bottles, plus a way to reuse shower gifts from, oh, 1994.