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May, 2023 | D&J Editors

9 Genius Home Products Our Staff Can’t Stop Raving About

Everyone has a gadget or gizmo they swear by. It can be a pool toy for kids that keeps the little ones entertained all summer long, or a garlic chopper that makes easy work of one of the most annoying cooking tasks. You already know how we feel about all-purpose cleaners like The Pink Stuff, which works wonders on pretty much anything. In discussing the things we love amongst the DrewandJonathan.com staff, we realized we should share our wealth of knowledge with each other… and you!

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things ranging from gardening essentials to bathroom saviors. There are even a few items that would make great gifts (the friendship lamp would be a perfect present for a new grad). So, sit back and let us do the shopping for you! And message us @DrewandJonathan to let us know what your favorite products are, too.  

friendship lamp

1. Long Distance Friendship Lamp by John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen


This smart lamp is amazing—you can get multiple for friends and family, and every time you touch it, it lights up yours and theirs at the same time. My loved ones are spread out all over the country, so this enables us to feel like we’re in the same room anytime we want. It’s instant love with the touch of a finger. —Erica Brown, Social Media Director

2. Safer Home Indoor Plug-In Fly Trap


Say goodbye to pesky summer gnats with this incredibly effective gnat fly trap! I’ve tested numerous products and homemade remedies against these relentless insects, but nothing comes close to the success I’ve had with this gem. It’s a game-changer! —Kelly Kraisinger, Digital Marketing Manager

fly trap
bath mat

3. SUTERA Stone Bath Mat


I just moved to a new place, which calls for replacing old items with new essentials. This is now the fourth time I’ve had to buy a bathmat, so instead of going for the usual kind that seem to get dingy quickly, I decided to try this stone version. My friends have this and love it because it soaks up water like magic. It’s a little pricier than your average, but it’s supposed to last much longer. —Ally Smith, Community Manager

4. OXO Good Grips Little Salad Dressing Shaker


I make my own salad dressings, but I was struggling for a good way to mix them up. A bowl or mason jar worked fine, but they weren’t ideal for storage. Plus, I was going through a ton of measuring cups and spoons every time. I finally came across this salad dressing shaker—it has measurements directly on the cup, so you can make, shake, and store everything in one handy container. Genius! —Megan Stein, Editorial Director

salad shaker

5. Scott Living Wallis Linen Blend Curtain Panel


These curtains have made waking up so much more enjoyable! Not only are they the ideal ivory to match my bedroom’s neutral color palette, but they let just enough light in to let the sun do the work instead of my obnoxious alarm. They also add the perfect touch of texture to my decor with the crosshatch design. —Heather Speer, Social Media Coordinator

6. Grampa’s Weeder


How many times did you hear your grandpa say: They don’t make things like they used to?” Well, this company has been “making things like they used to” since 1913. Grampa’s Weeder is the original stand up weed puller tool with a long handle that easily removes weeds without bending, pulling, or kneeling. —Jimmy Bertoni, Art Director

water balloons

7. SOPPYCID Reusable Water Bomb Balloon


We’re absolutely loving these reusable water balloons at our house right now! They’re the perfect way to cool down while burning off some toddler energy—and I feel so much better producing less waste and keeping our animal friends safe from traditional water balloon scraps. —Amanda Wolff, Director of Digital Brand Experience

8. Scott Living Signature Mattress


My husband is a HOT (I mean HOT) sleeper, so when I was introduced to the cooling technology in our Scott Living Signature mattresses, I was blown away. It was exactly what he needed to keep him cool all summer long. Plus, the Alumilast(r) Memory Foam—which is proprietary to Scott Living—not only adds a layer of comfort, it helps to continuously regulate his temperature too. When he sleeps better, I sleep better so it’s a win-win for both of us!  —Victoria DeFruscio, Brand Director

drying mat

9. Surpahs Over-the-Sink Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack


This drying rack is so helpful with saving precious counter space. I love that I can use it when needed, then easily roll it up and out of the way when I’m done. Added bonus: All the water drips right into the sink so there’s no mess! —Annie Tsai, Community Manager


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