20 Random but Useful Products That Take All the Stress Out of Holiday Decorating

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When it comes to the holiest, jolliest season of the year, it’s safe to say that we love nearly everything about it—from the smells of fresh pine and piping hot cups of cocoa, the twinkling lights that adorn our roofs and Christmas trees. But there is one thing that we could do without and that’s the hours of tedious work it takes to get our homes ready for the holidays. Which is why we did some digging and found a bunch of random but useful products you need to snag ASAP.

From automatic tree watering systems to solar-powered lights and clever storage ideas for ornaments, wrapping paper and wreaths, this list is packed with nifty products that make getting prepped for the holidays stress-free. Decking the halls has never been easier.

24 of the Most Random but Useful Gifts for Everyone on Your List

random vut useful light fixer

1. ulta Lit Light Keeper Pro

When it comes to decorating, there are few things more frustrating than putting up your lights only to discover a bulb (or heaven forbid, bulbs) isn’t working. But this snazzy little tool has your back. Simply plug the bulb into the gun’s front opening, pull the trigger and voilá, good as new.

random but useful paper cutter

2. slice Ceramic Blade Safety Cutter

Forget scissors. This tiny cutter slices through wrapping paper like butter, delivering clean, straight cuts without any tearing or jagged edges.

random but useful wrapping paper cutter

3. wrapping Paper Roll Cutter

For a truly efficient gift-wrapping setup, look no further. This cutter holds a roll of wrapping paper in place, and its sharp, serrated edge slices paper into perfectly sized, straight-edged pieces for quick and easy gift wrapping.

random but useful tube paper cutter

4. seyurigaoka Sliding Wrapping Paper Cutter

Speaking of cutting gift wrap, this little gadget slides right over the tube, slicing paper cleanly and easily. (Just in case the other two options weren’t quite your style.)

random but useful wrapping paper storage

5. Christmas Wrapping Paper & Holiday Accessories Storage Organizer Box

Store up to 24 rolls of wrapping paper, plus other package necessities like bows and tape, all in one easy-to-access location.

random but useful ribbon storage

6. deflecto Ribbon Dispenser

Say goodbye to that jumbled mess of thread, yarn and ribbon you’ve stuffed into a box, and hello to a seamlessly organized crate that keeps it all tangle-free.

random but useful bow tie helper

7. lacyie 5-in-1 Multipurpose Bow Maker

Sure, you can stick to the old-fashioned way of enlisting your friend’s finger to help tie bows. Or you can simplify the process. Just loop the ribbon around one of these variously sized poles and easily tie big, beautiful bows in the blink of an eye.

random but useful knot tier

8. egmy Latex Knotter Tie Tool

Speaking of tying things, this hand-held tool makes knotting even the smallest of strings a total breeze.

random but useful cord protector

9. sockitbox The Original Weatherproof Connection Box

Enjoy your white Christmas with peace of mind knowing your cables and cords are protected. Designed to preserve and shield plug-ins, sockets and extension cords from harsh elements, this heavy-duty, weatherproof box keeps electric equipment nice and dry.

random but useful ornament storage

10. santa's Bags Three Tray Ornament Storage Box

A whopping 72 individual cells keep bulbs, cherished ornaments and sentimental keepsakes safe from chipping and breaking for worry-free storage.

random but useful solar powered lights

11. solar String Lights With Remote

Those twinkling lights you staple to your roof year after year tend to cost a pretty penny. Forgo that sky-high electric bill with solar-powered lights that will glint and glitter all season long, free of charge.

random but useful pine scented ornaments

12. scentsicles Scented Ornaments

Perfect for those of you who opt for an artificial tree each year but hate missing out on that glorious, fresh pine scent. Crafted to blend in with your tree’s needles, these ScentSciles help your tree smell like the real deal, without any of the mess.

random but useful light hanger pole

13. eversprout 7-to-25 Foot Utility Hook With Extension Pole

You know the scene in Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswold is putting up his Christmas lights, only to fall off the roof and into a bush? Funny on screen; not so much IRL. Thanks to an extension of up to 25 feet, this pole allows you to string up your holiday lights with both feet firmly planted on the ground.

random but useful automatic tree waterer

14. santa's Secret Gift Christmas Tree Watering System

Sneakily designed as a present, this automatic watering system helps your tree stay fresh and hydrated, all without you having to lift a finger. And it gets bonus points for being eco-friendly and 100 percent recyclable.

random but useful printed rolling pin

15. christmas Wooden Rolling Pins

Take that famous cookie recipe of yours to the next level and roll out your dough with one of these rolling pins, each embossed with a different design. Best of all, no one will know the tiny works of art showcased on each cookie only took a few seconds to make. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.

random but useful trivia coasters

16. trivia Holiday Coasters

A protective coaster and a party game all-in-one. What’s not to love?

random but useful snow flake army knife

17. desuccus 18-in-1 Snowflake Multi Tool

This little 18-in-one gadget is equipped with different sized screwdrivers and wrenches, a box and rope cutter, a keyhole and a bottle opener. Just think of it as a festive take on the Swiss Army knife.

random but useful magnetic light holders

18. magnetic Christmas Light Clips

Stop hassling with that pesky staple gun and opt for magnetic hooks that cling to your gutter, easily holding up string lights without causing damage.

random but useful wreath storage

19. Christmas Wreath Storage Bag

Keep artificial wreaths looking merry and bright for years to come by storing them in waterproof, durable bags.

random but useful cord reels

20. trademark Home Extension Cord Or Christmas Light Reels With Bag

Wrap cords and string lights around these reels that help keep them nice and orderly so you won’t have to spend hours untangling. Your future self will thank you.

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Commerce Editor

Anna Smutny covered a range of beats, from fashion and beauty verticals to home decor (and everything else in between) for PureWow from 2021-2022. With a background in wedding and...