6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.




This Christmas light remote is wireless from up to 80 feet away, saving you from having to bend down and search for the plug when it’s time to go to bed. Use it to control other light plugs around the year, too.

To buy: $20; amazon.com.

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P-Touch Embellish Ribbon & Tape Printer


Give your holiday gifts a special touch with this ribbon and tape printer. Personalize the finishing touches on your holiday wrapping with designs, phrases, and even the lucky recipient’s name. Its 14 fonts, 25 patterns, and more than 90 borders mean you can use the printer to customize gifts for any occasion.

To buy: $60; michaels.com.

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Rolling Cookie Cutter


Make your holiday baking obligations more efficient with this clever cookie cutter. Its rolling design means you get the optimal amount of uniform cut-outs from your dough, meaning there are less scraps that need to be rerolled. Comes with a heart, circle, and fluted square cutter and can be used throughout the year to cut pasta, pastries, and pizza dough.

To buy: $24; pamperedchef.com.

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T-Fal Airbake Bakeware Burn-Proof Cookie Sheet


Speaking of those perfectly cut cookies—make sure they’re perfectly baked, too, with this techy non-stick baking sheet. Featuring a double-layer microdome, it not only prevents burning, but also decreases baking times by up to 15 percent.

To buy: $15; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover


Holiday parties unfortunately mean a heightened chance of spilling red wine on something fancy. But with this all-natural spray in your back pocket, you’ve got nothing to worry about. It works to break down the stain at a cellular level, meaning the stain completely comes out from colorfast washable fabrics easily at record speeds.

To buy: $8; amazon.com.

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RetailMeNot Genie


Love scouring RetailMeNot for coupon codes when online shopping? This new Chrome browser extension saves you a small step and a lot of money, automatically applying promo codes and cash-back offers at nearly 200 retailers and restaurants.

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