Have you ever accidentally discovered a useful new item or device and wondered how you’ve managed to live your whole life without it? Pre-pandemic, you probably never realized how much a wireless keyboard, weighted blanket, or seat cushion could improve your well-being, but now they seem indispensable. If you’re an online shopper, you can probably relate—some of the best finds are the ones you weren’t even looking for, but somehow stumbled into your life and made your daily routine easier and more enjoyable. Below, we list some nifty gadgets you probably weren’t searching for—you may not even be aware that some of them exist—but trust us, they could seriously improve your life.
1. TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart Wi-Fi Socket (P450)
Picture this: You’re lying in bed ready to get some shut eye when you suddenly realize you left the light on in the kitchen or living room. Now begins the minutes-long debate with yourself about whether or not you should compromise your cozy position to get up and switch it off. TP-Link's Tapo P100 Smart Wi-Fi Socket will rid you of that inconvenience forever—it lets you control your electronics and home appliances using just your phone! All you have to do is download the TP-Link Tapo app (available on the App Store and Google Play Store), connect the plug to your phone, and set it up. Make sure the socket is close enough to your Wi-Fi router, so it can receive commands from your phone. Once you've got it all set up, you can control the smart plug using the app on your phone. With just a tap on your screen, switch devices plugged into the socket on or off, set a timer for them, or schedule when they turn on or off.
2. Urallife Smart Touch Heating Coaster (P1,254)
Raise your hand if you relate: It’s 8 a.m. and you’ve brewed your morning coffee, but suddenly you’re bombarded with tasks and by the time you finally take a sip of your cup of joe, it’s too cold for you to enjoy. This handy heating coaster from Urallife may just save you from that small inconvenience. The USB-powered coaster comes with three adjustable temperatures (low, medium, high) and a touch sensor so you can heat up your drink in seconds. Its smart heating system maintains your beverage’s temperature, so if you place a hot cup of coffee on it in the morning, it will still be warm a few hours later.
3. Philips Handheld Steamer (P3,599)
You’ll never go back to traditional irons again once you’ve experienced the ease and convenience of a handheld steamer like this one from Philips. It requires no ironing board, so it’s a great alternative for those residing in small spaces. All you have to do is hang up your wrinkled clothing—or lay it on the bed—and press your steamer all over. The folds and creases will disappear in a flash with no fuss.
4. Deerma Anti-Dust Mites Vacuum Cleaner (P5,850)
Any homeowner can attest to the fact that sometimes keeping fabric surfaces spotless feels like an impossible task. This Deerma vacuum cleaner could be just what you need to finally make it happen. It’s made especially for cleaning fabric surfaces like mattresses, couches, and bed sheets. Aside from dislodging dust deep inside the fabric, it has a warm air outlet designed to remove dampness and drive away mites to make your linens feel good as new. It also has a built-in UV light to kill bacteria for deep and thorough cleaning. Say goodbye to dusty, dirty-looking upholstery!
5. Gemini Store 10L Mini Refrigerator (P2,700)
Time to live out your lifelong dream of having your very own little fridge inside your bedroom! Online appliance shop Gemini Store's 10L Mini Refrigerator could help you do just that—and it'll cost you less than P3,000. You can use it to store your fave drinks and snacks in your room, so you always have easy access to fresh munchies no matter the time of day. Now you won't have to head down to the kitchen every time you need a snack break during the day or in the middle of the night.
Available on geministore.ph.
6. Yoobao 26,400mAh Power Station (P4,399)
You probably already own a pocketable power bank for charging your phone and other small gadgets, but we suggest keeping a power station like this Yoobao device at home, too, in case of emergencies. It has a battery capacity of 26,400 mAh and comes with several USB ports as well as an electrical socket, so you can charge or power multiple devices at once including phones, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, Wi-Fi routers, and more.
7. Blitzwolf Mini LED WiFi Projector (P9,999)
Metro Manila has been stuck in an endless quarantine for over a year now and boy, do we miss the rush of catching the latest blockbuster on the big screen. We’re sure you do, too so in case you want to replicate the experience at home, check out this mini projector from Blitzwolf—it can’t make cinemas safe again, but it can at least help you forget that they aren’t. Just wirelessly connect your phone, laptop, or tablet to the projector (make sure both gadgets are connected to the same Wi-Fi network) and it'll flash the image or video displayed on your screen onto any wall up to 180 inches in size—we suggest looking for a large, plain white surface for optimal projection clarity. Once everything is set up, all you have to do is dim the lights and turn up the volume (the projector has built-in speakers) to make your movie at home night feel just like a real cinema experience. Don't forget to grab some popcorn and bundle up in your coziest jammies and blankets!
8. Samsung Galaxy SmartTag (P1,799)
If you’re the type to constantly misplace your keys, glasses, and other small essentials, Samsung's Galaxy SmartTag will be your new best friend. All you have to do is attach it to the item you lose the most—you can buy several tags if you’re that much of a clutterbug. Now, the next time you can’t find the item, you can track it down using your Samsung phone. It’ll let you know exactly where your device is located even when the SmartTag is out of your Wi-Fi router’s range.
Available online; see a list of Samsung stores.
8. MUJI Sensor Light with Magnet (P1,450)
Say goodbye to stumbling around unlit hallways and aimlessly searching through dark closets with this cool Sensor Light from MUJI. The handy device, which can easily be attached to walls, shelves, and other surfaces, automatically lights up when it detects movement in a dark area. That means as soon as you start walking through the hall or rifling through your closet in the middle of the night, it’ll immediately turn on, preventing any unnecessary bumps in the night.
Available on trunc.ph; see a list of MUJI stores.
9. Ckeyin Hair Dryer Brush (P2,272)
This is the perfect hair styling tool for lazy girls and guys alike! If you just don’t have the energy to bother with flat irons or hair dryers, this cool brush from Ckeyin lets you get bouncy, shiny tresses in a flash—and it’s as easy as using a hair brush. While conventional hair dryers typically require the use of a roller brush, this device builds the heat and air right into the center of the brush, so you can detangle, volumize, and dry your locks all at once. You don’t even need both hands to get your hair looking fresh and put-together.
* This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.