You might think the cheap plastic rake you grabbed at the hardware store is more than adequate given you really only use it for about one month out of the year. But that's only because you haven't been introduced to Quirky's wonderful new Rake 'n' Tamp, which not only wrangles leaves, it also tamps them down so you can squeeze as much as possible into every bag.
In full leaf gathering mode, the Rake 'n' Tamp's flexible stainless steel tines are spread wide so it grabs as much dead foliage as possible with each pass. But by unlocking a sliding mechanism on the handle, you can bring them together as a tamping plate extends all the way to the bottom.
In this second mode the Rake 'n' Tamp becomes an effective tool for cramming as many leaves into a garbage bag as possible. Saving you from having to climb in there yourself and risk both an ankle injury and possibly stepping on something your dog left behind. And its $US30 price tag is worth it entirely for the fact that when folded down this rake takes up next to no space while not in use the other 11 months of the year. [Quirky via Craziest Gadgets]