Amazon products so good that I bought two

Sometimes I’m in the mood to browse at the store, and sometimes I’m in it for convenience, speed, and variety. Yes, there’s something to be said for walking through a small boutique or market and rifling through unique items looking for the perfect, bespoke item for whatever occasion; but there can be something equally as novel about scrolling through the oddities offered exclusively in the online marketplace. And sometimes, sorry big box stores, I actually far prefer the online variety to the shelf model. This goes beyond the simple price point. I’ll pay more for something online if the quality, fit, or selection is superior to what’s out at the store. There are some great finds online that outperform their big brand counterparts, and you deserve to go out and get them.

I am a self-professed Amazon fiend. As a prime member, the shipping can’t be beat, and the convenience of being able to shop from my computer or phone anytime, anywhere can’t be overstated. Most people’s favorite Amazon moments probably come at about 9:00 pm on Wednesday night when they suddenly remember they need a birthday gift for Aunt Janine’s party on Saturday, and squeezing extra errands into the week is too much of a chore, plus Aunt Janine has always been tricky to shop for. Amazon’s got that covered! As a theater director, my favorite Amazon moments come about a month before opening night when I’m looking for last-minute props and can track down 100 fake daffodil stems, a werewolf mask, painters stilts, checkered table clothes, and ten pairs of scrub pants, all in one sitting instead of running errands all over town.


Wherever you’re at on the online shopping, there are just some deals that are too good to pass by, and some items that are just too perfect not to take the plunge on. What’s on the ink. shopping list and what’s worth a dash button? Here are a few favorite finds on Amazon so good I went back for another!

Gustbuster umbrellaGustbuster 48″ automatic umbrella – $30: I’m not a person that generally carries an umbrella preferring to sprint from my car to the store, my house to the mail, my parking space to the door of the school in a downpour. However, in 2015, as the forecast for my wedding day showed an increasing chance of rain, it was time to find an umbrella that was not only going to be reliable, but also, potentially, photo worthy. I did a lot of umbrella research about our best options, and looked at a lot of colors to figure out what would best match our scheme before settling on this Gustbuster 48″ umbrella with a curved handle in burgundy. When all was said and done, it only rained for 5 minutes during our pictures, so we probably could have done without, but it did make for a stunning photo backdrop for one of my favorite portrait shots. Also, it’s a darn good umbrella. We use it all the time now, and when rain threatened my best friends spring wedding last year, I reordered it and had rush shipped to Kansas so we’d have one just in case! This is a winner!

Our Gustbuster photographed beautifully!


Wella Shampoo and Conditioner for fine, color treated hair – $29: I love my stylist, and I want to help support her, but buying the salon shampoo and conditioner that gets more than a 200% markup is not the way to do it! Buying bulk, economy sizes online…definitely the way to go. This is THE BEST shampoo and conditioner I’ve even used on my color treated hair. It smells amazing, makes my hair super soft, keeps wet hair untangled, and helps my color last as long as possible. Amazon now wants me to have a “dash button” that I can press for one touch ordering away from my computer. I’ve resisted dash buttons in the past because I never thought I was quite so brand loyal as to need them, but for this shampoo and conditioner, I might!

travel bottlesOursunshine leak proof travel bottles – $9: If you’re a regular traveller, and/or you’re trying to pack into a small suitcase or carry-on, consolidating your toiletries is a must! This travel set is made out of flexible silicone that is shatterproof and easily manipulated into funny shapes and weird pockets. The best part, the bottles flatten out as you use the product inside of them, so more room for souvenirs coming home! They also come with two, small, one ounce jars for a dollop of a lotion, cream, or cosmetic that you need a dab of, but not the whole bottle. I took a set to Europe. My husband took a set to Europe. I won’t travel without them again. tw

headsweatsHeadsweats lightweight moisture wicking hat – $20: If you’re a baseball hat person, you need at least two of these hats, but with 25 different colors to choose from, I won’t blame you if you pick out a few more. The hat is constructed of lightweight, breathable, moisture wicking fabric, with sweatband style interior band that fits snuggly on your forehead for additional cooling. The back is adjustable, and the clasp is easiy to manipulate behind your head. No velcro to catch your hair in! Even better, the hat is absent of interior supports (no cardboard or reinforced front panels), so it’s super flexible and can be stuffed into any backpack, suitcase, overnight bag, or purse without ruining the shape of the hat. It’s been to Europe and back with me twice…once in yellow and once in gray. Worth every penny!


Have an awesome Amazon find I should try? Are you a dash button user or have a habitual Amazon purchase pattern? Let me know what I should be looking at in the comments!












Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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