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Amazon is called “The Everything Store” for good reason. We use it for everything. Thanks to Amazon Prime, whatever we order, we never have to wait longer than two days for it to arrive at our door. Sometimes our items even show up the same day.
But with great purchasing power comes some unusual choices. I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share the best things they’ve bought on a whim using Amazon Prime, and I got some interesting responses.
Some are practical (hangers) while some are nostalgic (a box of Rice Krispies Treats Cereal).
Check out our favorite Amazon Prime buys below.
A box of cereal
It turns out my favorite childhood cereal is still available to buy on Amazon. I was so excited, I bought four boxes. Best 2 a.m. purchase ever!
Rice Krispies Treats Rice Cereal (2 Boxes), $17.99
I know this is probably the most boring answer in the world, but for a shopaholic like me, these are a lifesaver.
AmazonBasics Velvet Shirt/Dress Hangers (50-Pack), $17.99
My grill. It ended up coming early (the next day), too!
Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, $399
A pizza steel
I bought two pizza steels while at a customer dinner once. Only meant to buy one…but they were both there before I got back to my house the next day.
The Original Baking Steel, $89
My boyfriend accidentally broke my original “cow” mug while washing the dishes. And I kid you not, a replacement was ordered on Amazon within the hour. This mug brings me such joy; I don’t even like cows that much.
Boston Warehouse Udderly Cows Mug, $10.15
Flavored candy corn
I recently spent around $15 to order apple-flavored candy corn. I was devastated that Dylan’s Candy Bar wasn’t selling flavored candy corns this year (they had about 20 different kinds last year!), so in my distress I turned to Amazon, and they had so many weird flavors to choose from! Thanks for fueling my candy addiction, Amazon.
Brach’s Apple Mix Candy Corn, $5.98
A 3DS game
I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime. It’s really brought out the inner child in me on some products!
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS [Digital Code], $39.99
A streaming stick
In one day, I cancelled my cable service, ordered a Roku streaming stick through Amazon Prime, and my package was waiting at my apartment by the time I got home from the office. I am still in awe of Prime’s complimentary same-day shipping. It’s like going shopping at a regular store without leaving your desk.
Roku Streaming Stick (3600R), $39.99
I once ordered straws and nothing else.
Ikea Smoothie Straws (100-Pack), $5.25
A bed frame
I bought an entire bed frame off Amazon Prime Now.
For anyone who hasn’t used it, it’s Amazon’s courier service — basically, anything that’s in the local warehouses can be shipped out to you within one or two hours.
It’s a pretty mundane product, but you have to hand it to the company for nailing logistics down to the point where you can get a heavy, unwieldy package from Manhattan to Brooklyn for rock-bottom prices. (I tipped, generously.)
Apologies to the poor soul who had to load it onto the van for being that guy.
Zinus 14-Inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame (Queen), $69
An electric toothbrush
I recently bought this toothbrush, and it has changed the way I look at brushing my teeth. It used to feel like a chore, but this takes the work out of it. It also seems really efficient, it’s decently priced, has great battery life, and best of all, it runs for two minutes so I can’t “rush” or underbrush.
Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, $24.97
Silicone wedding bands
My husband and I are really active and travel a lot, and we’re always worried about destroying/losing our wedding rings when we’re playing sports/ hiking / swimming / staying in unknown places, so for an anniversary present I bought us both these Qalo rings.
They’re made of medical-grade silicone and they’re super comfortable. Lots of users have switched to silicone rings permanently; I haven’t gone that far yet, but I can see myself doing it in the future. Also, a couple started the company, and they do lots of philanthropic work. Cute.
QALO Silicone Wedding Ring, $19.99
A speaker system
I picked these up when my Klipsch speakers blew out. Figured they were a budget buy and wouldn’t last long. Almost 4 years of daily use later, they still sound great — no issues whatsoever.
Cyber Acoustics 30 Watt Powered Speakers with Subwoofer for PC and Gaming Systems, $39.89
This umbrella gets used nearly every weekend during the summer months. I’ve lost a few of the original stakes, but replacements are cheap.
Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella, $53.98
A Bluetooth speaker
Originally purchased for a summer vacation on the beach, this little workhorse is now used pretty much every day by my wife.
Mpow Portable Bluetooth Speaker with 1,000 mAh Power Bank, $19.99
A gaming keyboard
I threw my old keyboard directly in the trash after getting this in the mail.
SROCKER Rainbow Backlight LED Gaming Keyboard, $21.99
I was looking for some headphones to wear while exercising, but didn’t want to shell out for a premium pair — I know I’d either destroy them or lose them. This pair was one of the cheapest I’ve ever purchased, but they are by far the best.
They clip to my shirt to stay put, a wire cinch keeps them from getting tangled on weight-lifting equipment, and they even come with a carrying pouch. When I’m exercising, they stay firmly in my ear, sound halfway decent, and simply will not die.
I’ve run in the rain with them, left them outside, and even stepped on them. And they come in some cool colors! Best $18 I’ve ever spent.
MEE audio Sport-Fi M6 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones, $17.99
An apple peeler
My apple peeler, corer, slicer…it’s genius!
Precision Kitchenware Apple Peeler, Corer, and Slicer, $14.99
Just bought these protein bars. The most filling thing my family has ever eaten!
Muscle Pharm Combat Crunch Baked Protein Bars (24-Pack), $65.91
These wipes are great. My sister-in-law used to yell at me for using Windex to clean my glasses; she works in the industry and says that Windex destroys the coating on eye glasses. These wipes on the other hand don’t do that. Bonus after I wipe my glasses clean, I will use the wipe to clean my phone.
Zeiss Portable Lens Wipes Pouch (20 Count), $6.46
I just bought these as stocking stuffers for our beach vacation that begins the day after Christmas. Super excited about them!
Turtlebacks Sand Coaster Drink Cup Holder (4-Pack), $12.99