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.


Gala Cocktail Plates


No more fumbling to shake hands at the holiday party. These eco-friendly cocktail plates feature a built-in finger grip, so you can hold both your plate and cup in one hand.

To buy: $6 for 30, ecoproductstore.com.

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Light-Up Holiday Bottle Stopper


Complete with a built-in power switch, these colorful stoppers stay lit for up to 3.5 hours. Use them to add flare to your own holiday party, or give them to friends as a festive hostess gift. Available in gold, green, red, and silver.

To buy: $14, surlatable.com.

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Northwest Digital Luggage Grip Scale


Nobody likes to pay for overweight baggage. This handheld scale displays the exact weight of your luggage, so there are no surprises during check-in. Weighs suitcases up to 110 pounds.

To buy: $14, staples.com.

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Automatic Handbag Illuminator


With this sleek orb tucked in your purse, you'll never have to rummage for your phone or keys again. The device lights up as your hand approaches it to illuminate the contents of your bag.

To buy: $35, uncommongoods.com.

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Magnetic Mirror Shelf


Attach your keys, to-do lists, and other necessities to this magnetic mirror to ensure you don't forget them as you head out the door. Perfect for your bedroom, the entryway, or even your office.

To buy: $110, momastore.com.

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Holiday travel is plagued with unreliable networks and pricey airport Wi-Fi. This app lets you share photos, videos, and other content instantly—even when you don't have access to the Internet.

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