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These 10 cult-fave gadgets will make life so much easier, starting at $6

You never knew you needed these gadgets — but you absolutely do. (Amazon)
You never knew you needed these gadgets — but you absolutely do. (Amazon)

Some of our favorite things start off as a recommendation from a friend. Whether they swear by a cleaning must-have or something to make dinner prep a little less exhausting, we rely on those in the know to give us the scoop on what really works. Now, imagine you had access to the opinions of tens of thousands of friends from all different walks of life — if that many people rally behind something, there's no way it's a dud. No need to join any new social media groups; instead, trust the opinions of countless Amazon reviewers. They know how to differentiate something gimmicky from something great; they're a discerning bunch, and you can use their knowledge to your advantage — and to check off your holiday list. Scroll down for our favorite Amazon gadgets with cult-favorite status.

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This winter weather warrior has a panel to push snow off your car, a telescoping handle that extends from 33 to 52 inches so you can get to those hard-to-reach spots and even LED lights for those times you have to clear snow when it's dark. 

$20 at Amazon

A go-to winter tool for more than 14,000 five-star fans, this gadget is lightweight and easy to use — you can tackle two feet of snow and clear in one big swipe. On one end, it has a scraper and on the other end, instead of the standard snow brush to sweep snow off your windshield, it has a shovel-like panel.

"This is so great for clearing off a ton of snow in a hurry," shared a happy Midwesterner. "I live in Michigan and I do not have a garage. This baby clears off inches of snow from my car in no time. I like being able to clear off the top of my car too, so I'm not causing a safety hazard with tons of snow blowing off the top of my car on the highway. (The ice scraper on the other side is helpful too.) I had no trouble with the telescoping handle. I'm able to extend it and compress it with no issues (and I'm just an average middle-aged woman with no super-human strength)."

This neck light is rechargeable and bendable so you can adjust it to suit your reading needs at any angle.

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$18 at Amazon

If you're a late-night reader or just can't seem to put down the crossword at bedtime, this reading light might just change your routine. It's horseshoe-shaped and hangs around your neck like a necklace with two little lights on the end. It's also rechargeable, adjustable and has over 83,000 five-star fans.

"I honestly only bought this on a whim but now I'm not sure how I can continue life without it," reported a rave reviewer. "Amazing for reading, crochet, power outages, camping....10/10."

This magnetic telescoping tool includes a 22-inch extendable and flexible neck to get to every nook and cranny your fingers can't.  

$12 at Amazon

You don't have to be a gearhead to appreciate just how useful this telescoping tool is. It's kind of like a flashlight with a long neck and a magnet on the end. That means you can pick up tiny items in hard-to-reach places. If any of the 14,000 five-star reviews say anything, it's that this gadget makes a great addition to any tool kit. And you can get it for $17.

"Wrapped this up as a last-minute gift for my Father’s 92nd birthday," shared a five-star fan. "He thought it was a clever tool. Dropping little odds and ends happens frequently with my aging parents. Getting that bright direct light in a tight area is very helpful. The magnetic end will is handy for those little screws that come out of their glasses. I recommend this product."

This is a simple gadget — it has an on/off switch and a plug — and keeps your beverage hot from the first sip to the last.

$20 at Amazon

The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is an easygoing little guy, with only an on/off switch and an indicator light telling you when your drink is hot — and it takes less than two minutes to do its thing! It has a nice long cord, easily wipes clean and is tiny enough to fit in a carry-on. And now that the weather is starting to cool down, your coffee doesn't have to!

"Keeps drinks warm for hours," reported one of 34,000 five-star fans. "It is amazing (and sad) how quickly a hot drink cools. My husband loves this cup warmer as it allows his coffee (he is a slow drinker) to remain warm for hours. He liked it so much he gifted a few to the technicians and nurses at his dialysis center."

These little discs fit into your car cup holders to keep them free of dirt, debris and stains.

$6 at Amazon

If you like to have drinks in your car but don't like the mess, these coasters can help keep your car tidy. They're removable, washable and stop your beverages from sliding around. More than 13,000 shoppers give this handy gadget a perfect five-star rating.

"Even if I don't spill the condescension from drinks still gets into the cup holder," reported a five-star fan. "With this item it makes my cup holders clean from mess and it's easy to remove and clean, so no worries whatsoever."

This reusable notebook has 36 dot-grid notebook pages and comes with one microfiber cloth and one black Pilot FriXion erasable pen.

$25 at Amazon

The 36-page Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook is perfect for the student, the professional or anyone who takes lots of notes. This topseller is also a dream solution for those who want to reduce paper waste and clutter. Simply send handwritten notes to the cloud and then wipe the pages clean for reuse. It has nearly 53,000 five-star ratings! The Rocketbook is currently available in two sizes and 16 colors and comes with a Pilot Frixion pen and a microfiber cloth.

"The Rocketbook was a great find," shared a rave reviewer. "It allows me to keep track of notes rather than notebooks (I've used and lost many). The cool thing that I have found with it is the ease that it is with set up and storage of notes. I like the fact that it is quick and easy with simple shortcuts. I recommend it for those struggling to track and find notebooks."

Organize your pantry like a pro with these durable, stackable, BPA-free containers. The set includes one tall, two medium, two small and two mini containers and lids, plus two dozen reusable labels. Clip the on-page coupon for the full discount.

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$23 at Amazon

Professional organizers will tell you that the key to a happy pantry is to swap out all those ugly cardboard boxes and polypropylene for clear containers so that you know exactly what you have. This seven-piece set, complete with reusable labels, does just that — plus their easy-lock lids ensure maximum freshness. Over 21,000 five-star reviewers rank them as perfection.

This happy reviewer gets it: "Great organizers to bring some calm to your chaos and not just for food! My pantry finally looks organized. The containers are heavy-duty and seal very well...I recommend these multi-purpose containers to anyone who wants to bring some calm to their chaos, whether it’s food, craft supplies or anything you need to securely store."

The EZ Off Jar Opener affixes to the underside of your kitchen cabinet with adhesives and a few small screws. It has a V-shape with metal teeth on one side. The teeth grip the jar and pry it open when you twist.

$15 at Amazon

Opening jars never seems to get any easier, especially if you have arthritis. If you're one of these people, the EZ Off Jar Opener is a game-changer.

"My husband bought this for me and I love it!" raved one of 20,000 five-star fans. "I'm not a kitchen gadget person but I think everyone should have one of these if you're getting tired of trying to open jars and bottles. It's an excellent gift for anyone, especially an older person. The older I get, the more frustrated I get with opening jars and bottles. We gave one to our 84-year-old friend and she loves it!"

This sleep mask-headphone combo is ergonomically designed to keep your eyes comfortable while blocking out almost 100% of light, all while letting you listen to what lets you sleep best.

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$20 at Amazon

Have trouble sleeping? This mask blocks light while letting you listen to comforting tunes to help you sleep. It's already helped over 13,000 five-star fans get some zzzs.

"These provide a perfect balance of relaxation (I can focus on music, podcasts, etc) and “blackout” for light in the room," shared a happy sleeper. "Bluetooth pairing is extremely easy and forgoes the need for a clunky cable that can disconnect at night, destroy your plug jacks, or both. Battery life is great, typically around 3-4 full nights. All for a reasonable price tag. 5/5 would recommend."

This ultra-thin power bank holds enough supply to juice up most smartphones twice before recharging.  

$20 at Amazon

We could all use a bit more power in our lives. For the person who's always running low on juice for their phone, this mighty portable charger can keep them powered up for days. 27,000 Amazon shoppers give it two thumbs up, so you know it's gotten people out of close calls.

"By far the best portable charger I have ever used!" shared a happy shopper. "Every other portable charger I’ve owned in the past would take too long to charge, overheat, doesn’t charge at all overnight or takes forever to charge my phone but this charger actually does its job well, I’ve let others at my workplace use it and they agree! I also really love the little paw that shows how much battery it has left."

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.