6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 15 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Kinto Non-Slip Serving Tray


Enjoy a romantic—and mess-free!—breakfast in bed with this plywood tray, which features a no-slip coating to keep cups and plates in place.

To buy: $24, urbanoutfitters.com.

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Foodstirs Valentine‘s Day Kit


Need a little assistance with your Valentine's Day baking? This kit comes complete with instructions, ingredients, and cookie cutters, whether you choose heart-shaped sugar cookies or decadent brownie pops.

To buy: $25, foodstirs.com.

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Chic Buds Clutchette Power


No need to huddle near the outlet on date night. This stylish clutch features a built-in smartphone charger, and it's spacious enough to fit keys and other essentials. Carry it alone, or tuck it into a larger handbag.

To buy: $50, chicbuds.com.

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Veuve Clicquot‘s Cliquot Message


If you really want to win over your date, put your love letter on a bottle of champagne. The box of this rosé features adhesive letters, which can be arranged into a romantic message.

To buy: $69, sherry-lehman.com.

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Portable Ice Maker


Save yourself last-minute trips to the store with a festive ice maker that makes fresh ice in as little as six minutes. Set it on the counter while entertaining guests, or take it with you on outdoor dates.

To buy: $150, amazon.com.

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Top This Chocolate


Instead of gifting your sweetheart an ordinary box of chocolates, personalize a chocolate bar for the ultimate Valentine's Day treat. Top This Chocolate lets you pick out the type of chocolate, its shape, and the toppings, too—which range from conversation hearts to peppermint marshmallows.

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