If you're shady AF, you'll love these 42 clever things on Amazon

Because feeling like a private eye is fun.

ByClaire Epting
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You don't have to be a secret agent to want a few sneaky devices in your life. In fact, it's never been easier to become a master of everyday deception, thanks to these clever things on Amazon.

Every item on this list uses a bit of practical magic, from this wall safe disguised as an air vent to a tote bag that doubles as a wine dispenser. Whether you’ve learned not to trust strangers — or strangers have learned not to trust you — I’ve compiled an inventive selection of great products on Amazon that will make you feel like one sly fox.


The odor eliminator spray that gets rid of stubborn smoke smells

Whether it's from a cigarette, joint, or campfire, the smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to get rid of indoors. This odor eliminator spray doesn't just mask the smell of smoke — it knocks it out completely. Keep a can in your car, your bedroom, or any other place you like to light up, and you're good to go.


A door stop that works as a security alarm

Stop intruders in their tracks with this battery-powered door stop alarm. When propped under the door, the powerful alarm will sound off as soon as pressure is applied. Use it in your apartment or pack it in your bag when you travel. No matter where you are, you'll take comfort in knowing you're protected from trespassers.


The portable lock you can use anywhere

Even if you already have a lock on your door, a portable door lock can make your room even safer and more private. The lock can be installed and removed in seconds, making it the ideal travel companion. It's especially useful while staying in a hotel or an Airbnb, giving you peace of mind so you can enjoy your vacation.


This CIA manual on the art of trickery and deception

To become a bonafide trickster, you've got to do your research. This step-by-step handbook was a top-secret training manual for CIA agents in the 1950s, but has since become available to spies and civilians alike. Learn all about covert communication and sleight of hand tricks as you delve into the mind of legendary magician and intelligence agent John Mullholland.


A tactical pen for self-defense

This aluminum tactical pen isn't joking around — its tip can break glass, ceramic, and even metal surfaces. While it's an advantageous self-defense tool, the pen also functions as a flashlight, bottle opener, screwdriver, hexagonal wrench, and writing utensil. It's a mini toolbox that's small enough to fit in your pocket.


These cards that let you get revenge on bad parking jobs

Do poorly parked cars make your blood boil? If so, you'll love this set of snarky cards from Witty Yeti. Each card includes one of 10 insults targeted toward bad parkers, ready to be slipped under an unsuspecting windshield at a moment's notice. With 50 cards in a pack, you'll never have to scribble an angry note on top of a car again.


This frosted window film for your home or office

When living or working in close proximity to others, privacy becomes a big priority. If you want to keep your neighbors from taking a peek at your business, you can cover your windows with this frosted privacy film. Made from environmentally-friendly materials, this window cover offers seclusion while also allowing natural light to enter your room, and it attaches easily with the power of static cling.

  • Available sizes: 14
  • Available colors: 6


This tote bag that lets you bring wine to the beach

If sipping wine by the ocean sounds like paradise, you need to check out this beach tote bag with a hidden wine pouch. The tote can discreetly hold up to two bottles of wine (it's up to you if they're reds, whites, or rosés), and the cleverly placed flap covers the wine spout until you're ready to pour a glass.


A realistic-looking rock that tucks away your spare key

Just by looking at it, you'd never guess that this realistic-looking rock could hold a spare key or USB key or a little stash of some kind. Once you put your things inside and place it in your garden, you've got a naturally disguised hiding spot. The bottom of the rock even has a sliding door that keeps your items from falling out.


A handy guide filled with survival hacks

Surviving in the great outdoors is no effortless task. You've got to to have stamina, and you can't be afraid to get crafty. This book of survival hacks is packed with over 200 ways to keep yourself alive using a variety of everyday household objects. If building a cookstove using a packet of alcohol-soaked ramen sounds up your alley, this is the book for you.


This secret pouch that attaches to your bra

This water-resistant undercover bra wallet snaps over your bra strap, allowing you to secretly stash your cash and credit cards close to your body — without anyone knowing. Whether you're getting your groove on at the club or traveling to a new locale, you can be confident that your valuables are safe.


A screen protector designed for maximum privacy

Made with high-quality tempered glass, this smartphone screen protector keeps your most private information safe from wandering eyes. The screen is only visible when you're directly in front of it, while those sitting next to you won't be able to see a thing. Not to mention, the protector will keep your screen scratch-free.


A lockable safe that looks like an English dictionary

Keep your prized possessions secure by hiding them where no one would think to look: an English dictionary. This metal diversion safe looks exactly like a real book, complete with a faux leather cover. Covertly equipped with a small lock and key, the safe easily blends in with the other books on your shelf.


This note pad for passive-aggressive commentors

This stationery note pad from Knock Knock makes it oh-so easy to deliver the perfect passive-aggressive memo to your roommate, family member, or co-worker, without the fear of confrontation. Simply check some boxes, fill in some blanks, and let your clear (but subtle) message do the talking.


These hair clips that double as multi-purpose tools

Who says fashion can't be functional? These tactical hair clips double as mini rulers, screwdrivers, scrapers, and wrenches. Made out of stainless steel, these nifty little clips come in a set of 15 and can hold your bangs back just as easily as they can peel an orange or tighten a screw.


A magnetic key holder that hides your spare keys

This magnetic key holder is designed to hide your spares inside or outside your home, storing one to two keys. Use it on any steel surface — but note that it’s not intended for cars — such as under a railing or inside a mailbox. Made from a durable plastic, the sliding cover hides the keys inside. “It’s large enough to hold key fobs or a couple of keys yet small enough to not be bulky,” one reviewer shared.


A running belt that holds your essentials on-the-go

Whether you’re jogging, hiking, or even just running errands, this running fanny pack holds your essentials while you’re on the move. An adjustable belt pouch lets you find the right fit, and the pack is sized to hold various phones from 4 inches to 7 inches. A secured zippered pocket can hold your cards or cash, and there’s even a sealed headphone hole for your earbuds. Made of water-resistant neoprene, this pack is a durable choice.


These tiny Bluetooth earbuds that are barely noticeable

Gone are the days of clunky wired headsets. These discreet wireless Bluetooth earbuds are so small, you'll barely notice them there. Whether you're making a hands-free phone call in the office or listening to music at the gym, these mighty little units sit comfortably in your ears without feeling intrusive.


A solar-powered lantern that’s also USB-rechargeable

This lantern is convenient in multiple ways, beginning with its size. It collapses down to the size of a hockey puck, making it easy to tote in your backpack or purse. Additionally, it’s rechargeable via solar energy or USB cable, and once it’s charged, it provides up to 10 hours of LED light. With three lighting modes, this lantern is handy to have for roadside emergencies, blackouts, or finding your way to your campsite.


This wall safe disguised as an air vent

You can hide your valuables in plain sight with this wall safe disguised as an air vent. The paintable grill attaches to the unit using magnets for easy access, or screws on for more security. The inconspicuous design even includes a false wall to block the sight of your items behind the vent.


A hidden electronic lock for cabinets and drawers

This electric cabinet lock is a direct way to bolster your cupboards and drawers with extra security. After you install the battery-powered cabinet lock into your cabinet, just wave your programmable key fob in front of it to unlock. You'll feel like a CIA agent every time you head to the pantry.


These stealthy flasks hidden inside sunscreen tubes

If you're looking for a way to sneak alcohol into an event, it might be a good idea to check the weather report. If it’s calling for sunny skies, you're in luck — these uniquely designed flasks look just like tubes of sunscreen. The canisters hold up to 10 ounces each, which can be poured easily with the included funnel. Leakproof safety seals complete the package.


These packing cubes that save space & keep everything organized

Whether you’re packing for a super secret mission or just a family vacation, this set of packing cubes will make your journey so much easier. Available in multiple fun colors, these are made with a breathable yet strong mesh that’ll keep your clothing organized and secure. These will also help you save plenty of room in your luggage for souvenirs. This set also comes with a convenient laundry bag, so you can separate worn clothes from fresh clothes without second guessing.


An infinity scarf with a zipper pocket

A solid-colored scarf can elevate any look while keeping you warm, but this particular infinity loop scarf goes a step further with a hidden zipper pocket for storage. While traveling, this jersey knit scarf's secret pouch can hold your phone, passport, cash, or car keys. Not to mention, it comes in 12 appealing shades from burgundy to sky blue.

  • Available colors: 12


The gift box that doubles as a brain teaser puzzle

The next time you give a small present to your S.O., sibling, or friend, really make them work for it. This beautiful handcrafted rosewood puzzle box requires the recipient to solve a brainteasing puzzle to reveal its contents. It's appropriate for those who love a little challenge, and the box makes for a nice hiding place for valuables once it's completely opened.


This rechargeable book light that clips to your book

When you’re reading at night and don’t want to wake up someone with a bright lamp light, this rechargeable book light is here for you. Coming in a two-pack, these lights clip onto your book with a flexible neck to adjust it for your needs. Whether you’re reading or knitting, at home or traveling, these lights will be handy for any nighttime activity. Three lighting modes — white, daylight, and amber — let you choose the lighting that works best for you.


A digital voice recorder that's also a pen

When you're taking notes in class or at work, it can be frustrating trying to keep up. Luckily, this compact digital voice recorder is also a functional writing utensil (and nobody will even know you're recording). This incredible little device can hold 32 gigabytes of audio, which can then be transferred to your computer using the included USB cable.


The high-tech padlock that opens with your fingerprint

Regular padlocks can be time-consuming and cumbersome, especially if you use one daily. Take the hassle out of your daily routine with this Bluetooth padlock that opens with your fingerprint. The lock, which runs on a rechargeable battery, can be authorized for up to 15 users. Connect the device to your phone via Bluetooth, where you can control its settings on a mobile app.


This wireless doorbell with over 50 chime sounds

If you live in an apartment or house without a doorbell, install one easily with SadoTech’s wireless doorbell. Offering over 50 chime sounds and four volume settings, it’s customizable for your lifestyle. The range extends up to 1,000 feet, making it workable even in larger homes and offices. Included with the kit is one remote doorbell transmitter, one plug-in smart doorbell receiver, double-sided tape, anchors, and screws.


These trendy hair scrunchies with a hidden pocket

If you've got any small items you want to stash, like a key or a few bills, these scrunchies with hidden pockets will do the trick. Sport one on your wrist or in your hair, and never lose your small valuables again. Plus, they add a fun touch to your outfit. They're a win-win.


A portable safe that's perfect for traveling

As much fun as it is to travel, it's also important to make sure you're doing it the safe way. Theft can happen to anyone, so it's a great idea to keep your precious items in a portable combination lock safe. This compact lock box is just the right size for a carry-on bag or suitcase.


This personal straw that purifies water out in the wild

If you want to off the grid and head out into the wilderness, you'll want to make sure you have access to clean drinking water. Enter: This ingenious personal straw filter. It purifies water from lakes and streams on the spot. Just place the straw into the water and suck in. The microbiological filter removes virtually all bacteria and parasites before the water reaches your mouth, so it's completely safe for you to drink.


A soda can that’s actually a safe

Maybe you work in a public-facing office without much privacy or maybe you just like the idea of covert tools; either way this fake soda can safe is a clever, fun purchase. Just unscrew the top when you want to access your valuables. “I keep it on my desk in my room and no one would ever suspect it,” one reviewer wrote. “I have all my money stashed safely in plain sight!”


This trash can for your car that’ll hide all evidence of mid-commute snacking

This leakproof trash can is the perfect way to keep your car clean and ensure no fast food wrappers are in sight before your next road trip. It has a capacity of two gallons and comes with 20 liners to help keep its interior clean. Aside from being quite a good trash can, many customers also use it as a cooler, since it’s waterproof. You can hang it from your console, your side door, or even over your headrest.


This key-shaped pocket tool with a bunch of functions

We take our keys with us everywhere, so why not add some extra function to your key ring? This innovative key-shaped pocket tool has 16 different functions for any occasion. The stainless steel design features multiple wrenches, a bike spoke key, a bottle opener, a ruler, a protractor, and even a smoking pipe.


These under-the-bed storage boxes for your shoes (or your secrets)

Not too many people will search through one of these storage boxes hidden under your bed, making them a pretty solid place to hide things. But, shadiness aside, they’re also quite convenient for your clothes, extra linens, and shoes, freeing up plenty of valuable real estate in your closet. They have a see-through top and a zipper closure, and you can buy them in one of three colors that’ll best match your bedroom decor.


A balcony privacy shield for ultimate seclusion

A balcony should be a secluded space where you can unwind in peace. If you live up against other buildings, you should check out this weather-resistant privacy screen that isolates your balcony from neighbors and passersby. Enjoy your outdoor area without worrying about anyone watching you from afar.


This popular & well-reviewed roller stamp that’ll help protect your identity

Say goodbye to the shredder for a bit, and say hello to this genius roller stamp that helps protect against identity theft. With just a swipe, this stamp can cover a wide area to hide private information. Stamps are also easily refillable, so you don’t have to worry about buying a replacement when the ink runs out — especially since you get three refills per purchase. Nearly 20,000 customers have given it a five-star rating, admitting it “gets the job done.”


A deceptive hanger pocket that fits underneath your clothes

If you're looking for a simple but surefire way to keep your valuables unseen, this hanger diversion safe is a suitable option. The pocket fits right underneath a jacket or coat and hangs in your closet. The storage space is 17 inches wide, which means there's plenty of room for your passport, wallet, keys, jewelry, and then some.


A nylon belt that conceals your cash

If a fanny pack is not your vibe, this money-hiding belt is a fantastic alternative. The classic nylon belt includes an interior zippered pouch that's just the right size for your cash. Just fold the bills lengthwise to fit them into your belt, and you're all set. Because the buckle is made of plastic, you can even wear it through airport security when traveling.


A survival kit that's fit for the great outdoors

If you're planning on spending any amount of time out in the wilderness, do yourself a favor and invest in this portable survival kit. Nature is unpredictable, and these multi-functional tools will prepare you for anything. Inside, you'll find items such as a flashlight, flint stone, an emergency blanket, tactical pen, a compass, wire saw, and survival whistle.


These motion sensor security lights that can scare away any trespassers

It’s important to safeguard your home, and these solar outdoor lights are a convenient way to do just that. There are three lighting modes you can choose from, including a motion sensor option that’ll kick on when someone’s nearby. They’re waterproof and weather-resistant, so you can keep them out all day and night without worry. But even better, they have 35,000 five-star reviews to back them up.