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9 essential gadgets that make everyday life easier

The smallest things can make a huge difference, when it comes to innovation.


Christine Burkson

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Posted on Apr 4, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 12:05 am CDT

It truly is the little things when it comes to innovation. The smallest tweaks to essential items make life so much easier.

Here are nine gadgets in the Daily Dot store that are worth every cent of their discounted prices. They’ll keep you organized and out of the dark, all while maintaining a sense of style.

1) Titanium glow fob

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This durable key fob (now $33.95) glows for 12 hours without power after being exposed to light. It is also corrosion-resistant and incredibly lightweight, with a handmade glowing pellet.

2) DPTR clamshell wallet

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The DPTR Clamshell (now $39.99, or 28 percent off) is made from 100 percent genuine leather by Chicago’s famous Horween Leather Company. The elegant design eliminates excess bulk while keeping your cards and cash secure.

3) iHere 3.0 tracking device

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You can make this Bluetooth tag sound an alarm from your phone. Put the iHere 3.0 (now $22.99, or 54 percent off) on all your valuables, and you should never lose your keys or wallet again.

4) ‘The Hook’ polarized titanium sunglasses

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These classic wayfarers (now $119.99, or 17 percent off) have a neat party trick: dual bottle openers. Even when refreshment isn’t called for, they are outrageously stylish, durable, and adjustable.

5) Key safe

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Stuff like coins and pills can easily get lost in pockets, so the key safe (now $21, or 16 percent off) keeps them all in one container. The screw top is waterproof, and the Safe attaches to your keychain.

6) Flameless USB travel lighter

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This Carteret lighter (now $11.99, or 40 percent off) provides a flameless, wind-proof light without gas. It is approved by the TSA, so is safe for travel, and a full charge via USB is good for 50 uses.

7) CaraClaw blade

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This ingenious knife doubles as a sturdy carabiner. The CaraClaw (now $14.99, or 25 percent off) has a 1¼-inch steel blade and comfortable grip. At 0.3 pounds, it is ideal for trekkers traveling light.  

8) Pixel EDC flashlight

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Another option for keychain illumination is the Pixel EDC (now $33.95), which has a super-bright LED rated at 25 lumens. It is made from durable stainless steel, with a water-resistant seal.

9) Adonit wallet case for iPhone 6/6s

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The Adonit Wallet Case (now $16.99, or 32 percent off) protects your iPhone 6 or 6S from scratches and bumps, while securely holding cash and cards on the rear. The minimal design is remarkably thin.

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*First Published: Apr 4, 2016, 1:25 pm CDT