6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 20 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. From a spinning (and pretty) cake stand to a coffee helper, these products are solving life’s little problems left and right.
Spin & Serve Cake Decorating Stand
If you’ll take any excuse to bake a cake, you know the challenge of frosting a round one. This spinning stand makes it much easier (and makes your frosting smoother), and with the smooth slate surface and maplewood base, it gives your cake an elegant boost, too.
To buy: $98; uncommongoods.com.
Hotel Chocolat Batons – 70% Dark
Satisfy a sugar craving without going crazy with these perfectly portioned bars. Each bar holds a satisfying dose of rich dark chocolate, and if you end up eating several in one sitting, you can be sure you’re enjoying a high-quality treat.
To buy: $12; hotelchocolatusa.com.
Nathan Zipster Lite Runner Belt
Whether you’re running, walking, or hiking, this slim belt helps keep all your essentials in place—and your hands free. A large zippered pocket can hold your phone, and smaller side pockets can store keys, snacks, and more.
To buy: $30; rei.com.
Diamond Brand Day Tripper Duffle Bag
This water-resistant canvas bag has smart pockets (including outer pockets to hold your keys or phone) and a sturdy foam bottom to support your gear. The waxed material is sturdy enough to last—though it will develop a patina to track your journeys—and grab handles at either end make carrying it down narrow plane or train aisles or stuffing it into compartments or trunks easy.
To buy: From $159; diamondbrandgear.com.
Stainless Steel Coffee Scoop with Clip
This two-in-one coffee tool will keep your bag of grounds (or beans) sealed tightly; when it’s time to scoop, it captures the just-right amount.
To buy: $8; crateandbarrel.com.
The Vacation Hunt
January is the time to dream of a warm-weather escape—and The Vacation Hunt takes the stress out of planning your trip. It offers surprise vacations of anywhere between three and 14 days. Simply fill out a survey of your travel and budget preferences, and The Vacation Hunt will take care of flights, hotels, and activities.