Here is a product that is aimed at kids, but could probably come in handy for just about anyone in the family. The Peanut Step Stool from Nest is a good example of a simple concept that is well executed. A step stool does not have to be anything elaborate, just sturdy, and hopefully a bit attractive. This stool easily pulls off both of those, plus they threw in a handle to make it convenient to carry around. Perhaps the thing I like the most about Nest though is their philosophy, and commitment to green design. I applaud anyone who can make an attractive modern product out of sustainable resources all at a price that I can afford. This stool is available directly from Nest for $54.