Personalized Protein Powder—and More Clever Items to Upgrade Your Life This Week

Upgrade your favorite hobbies and activities with these savvy products that won’t break the bank. Enjoy a speedy cup of espresso with your loved one, knit anywhere at any time with a clever bag for yarn, and feel prepared with a reliable water filter when you’re in the great outdoors.  

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Personalized Protein Powder

Waterproof Notebook

waterproof slim notebook

You're probably familiar with the sinking feeling you get when you realize a bottle of water has leaked all over the contents of your bag. Books and notepads—ruined! You don't have to deal with the soggy paper and splotches of ink next time it happens though. This journal is waterproof thanks to its waxed canvas cover and special coated paper.

Price at time of publish: $12

Gemini Espresso Maker

gemini espresso maker

Brew java twice as fast with this nifty espresso maker, which has a unique top with spouts for two cups of coffee and it attaches to the traditional bottom chamber. It's extremely efficient for a large family—or just one coffee chugger!

Price at time of publish: $52

Travel Knitting Bag

travel knitting bag

With the knitting trend that's taken over, you and probably five of your friends have taken up the hobby. Take it on the go with a carry-all that hangs from your lower arm while you knit. It can hold two to three balls of yarn in the main compartment and all the teeny tiny accessories in a front pocket. We especially love that the bag is made in the U.S. from a blend of cotton and recycled plastic.

Price at time of publish: $35

Personalized Protein Powder

protein powder

The world of protein powders and shakes can be very overwhelming, and it's not one-size-fits-all, which means there may be lots of trial and error until you get it just right. Gainful is proving this doesn't have to be the case. They offer personalized mixes based on a quiz you take, and it offers 19 to 27 grams of protein based on the goals you entered. Plus, the powders are flavorless so you can add them to anything you'd like or add one of their nine flavor boosts.

Price at time of publish: $45

Personal Water Filter

personal water filter

Going camping? Keep this water-filtering straw on hand. It removes 99.9 percent of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics, plus any dirt or sand. The filter lasts up to 1,000 gallons, or enough water for one person over five years. Fortunately, it has an unlimited shelf life, so you know it'll never need replacing once it's in your emergency kit.

Price at time of publish: $20

Desk Accessories Organizer

desk accessory organizing bag

Consider this your kid's portable homework station. The carrying case has pockets for pens, scissors, notepads, headphones, and more. Because it's only 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep, it won't eat up the entire work surface.

Price at time of publish: $15

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