Good things that come in small packages

I’ll admit it. Compact versions of any kind of doodad or whatnot feel like kindred spirits in a way to me. They are also quite dandy for smaller living spaces (like Manhattan apartments!) and for travel. They are easier to store and lighter to tote around. Here are some of my favorite OTHER good things that come in small packages…

This travel-sized steamer is at the top of my list.  I go no long distance without it. Fires up so fast, and smooths out the crinkliest of wrinkles like nobody’s business.

I’ve got thick hair and lots of it, which makes for a challenge with most hairdryers, especially smaller ones which tend to be less powerful. I’ve been using this for travel (handle folds up to make it even smaller) with 1875 watts of blow power and I’ve been quite pleased with how it handles the tresses…

… and this mini ceramic straightener for smoothing them out,

…and this mini ceramic curling iron for adding curls and waves.

I also take this set of travel-sized bamboo makeup brushes on trips. The compact case they tuck into is pretty marvelous, too.

Never miss a beat with this portable little Bose bluetooth speaker. This mighty-might produces amazing rich and thrummy sound, just like you’d expect from Bose. I got one after my sister brought one with her on a trip to a family wedding, and I’ve surprised my own self with how often I use it — traveling, in the kitchen while I’m cooking, outside, the beach…

Is it weird to say you love a vacuum? A recently married friend of my daughter’s advised her to add it to her gift registry as a must-have. One try and I had to get one for myself. It’s just what you want — a lightweight and easy-to-use stick vacuum that converts to a handheld. Doesn’t lose its charge, because you plug it in. Picks up large stuff. Easy to maneuver, easy to convert, easy to empty, very easy on the budget.

I love using these tiny bowls and spoons for parties. For individual bite-or-two portions of appetizers or desserts, they are such an easy way to make the prettiest little display.

This mini cube variety tea gift pack makes a fabulous hostess gift. The tea bags come in silky mesh bags packaged inside individual little boxes. And the teas are extremely yummy.

These mini rainbow scratch art notes are so cute and fun for kids, and for adults, such a cool retro alternative to post-its.

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