·Updated 5 minutes ago. Posted 1 hour agoSometimes you wear a face mask so comfy or find a dog grooming glove so effective you just gotta yell about it.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
A lightweight, faux-leather tote so versatile, it’ll last you through every season. Plus, it’s got a cheeky side pocket you can use for backup face masks if you’re on the go!
Promising review: “LOVE THIS TOTE!!! You know when you spend a lot of money on a purse and you get compliments, and it totally validates the $$$ you spent? Multiply those comments by 10, and that’s what I got with this purse…for under $20. I get compliments from dudes, it’s that cute. Soft and fuzzy on the inside, clean lines on the outside. Straps are a little narrow, but they honestly haven’t been an issue. I’m at the point now I’m going to order more colors…and not feel guilty.” —Army of J Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 48 colors).
A produce saver storage container designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh longer, so you can take your sweet time going through this week’s grocery haul without panic-throwing all your produce into dishes where they don’t belong.
Promising review: “LOVE LOVE LOVE these! We buy only organic produce which does not tend to last very long and when you pay as much as we do for organic you don’t want it going bad so fast. My favorite thing about these is that it keeps my lettuce crisp and fresh for weeks not days. I’ve been able to buy bunches of lettuce and keep them in the fridge for several weeks. I keep the second container for strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, etc. and it keeps them fresh for way longer now. Not only that but it prevents them from molding after only a few days so I’m not worried about having to eat my strawberries in two days now. Will definitely be buying more in the future. Totally worth every penny and super easy to wash and dry.” —JessicaCheck out BuzzFeed’s full review of the produce savers for more deets!Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in multiple sizes and sets).
A pair of very popular, absurdly cozy joggers so you have a nice standard pair to throw on for WFH or quick walks around the block this autumn.
Promising review: “I LOVE THESE PANTS. I bought them on a whim during COVID-19 because I needed more lounge pants because who want to wear real pants for working from home?? They far exceeded my expectations. They are wildly comfortable for sleeping, wearing around the house, running errands, etc. The pockets are fairly deep and the waistband is very comfortable. It has both elastic and a tie string but the elastic is perfect for my waist without pinching, haven’t needed to use the string to keep them up. I haven’t washed them yet but I’ve been wearing them all week and they haven’t stretched noticeably. For only $14-$15 a pair I’m considering dedicating my wardrobe to these pants. Highly recommend.” —Maddie Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in women’s sizes S-3X and 35 colors and prints).
A three-pack of hidden pocket scrunchies with zippers you can use to hold cash, lip gloss, or keys when you’re on the move (and out of pocket space).
Loki Stashed is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in hidden pocket scrunchies and keychains. Promising review: “LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!” —Marie Luna Get a three-pack from Loki Stashed on Etsy for $12.99.
A set of satin pillowcases – not only will they feel lovely on your skin, but they’ll also create less friction for your hair, ultimately leading to less tangling, less hair breakage, and less time spent restyling it every morning.
Promising review: “LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair breakage and I’ve already noticed a huge difference!!!” —shawnellnewberryGet a set of two for $9.99 on Amazon (available in seven colors and three sizes).
A contoured sleep mask designed to alleviate pressure from your eyes and plunge you into total delicious darkness, while staying put on your head without any Velcro snagging in your hair. A lot of 20-minute power naps are about to turn into three-hour sleep-a-paloozas, y’all.
Promising review: “BUY IT. Trust me. I haven’t been on a ‘sleep mask journey’ for the perfect one like many others have but I read millions of reviews & when I saw the one for this mask I was sold. It is the BEST sleep mask. It’s so soft and smooth. It’s like memory foam so when you press on it it comes back up, but conforms to you and your face. Side sleepers: (that’s me) it NEVER MOVES! It stays on great. OH and there’s no Velcro sticking to your hair, YAY! It’s a simple band that can move to make it loose or tighter. The eye part doesn’t look deep, but trust me you CAN open your eyes with it on. It’s pitch black relief. It’s the best mask you’ll get, trust me.” —KendraGet it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).
A streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields, to prevent them from fogging up while you’re wearing a mask.
Promising review: “Due to the pandemic, my job had required all of the employees to wear mask and of course public places. My only problem as someone who wears safety glasses to work and glasses all day is that if i wear a mask MY GLASSES FOG! So when I looked on Amazon and decided to chose OPTIX 55 it was my BEST CHOICE! I literally only have to spray each lens ONE TIME and rub in a circular motion with a SOFT CLOTH and I’m good all day. I use it on all my eye wear, everyday glasses and safety glasses. I’m all around satisfied because FOG GONE really saved me a lot of stress. I recommend anyone who has this problem to chose OPTIX 55… You won’t be disappointed!” —Snowy DayGet it from Amazon for $10.55.
A corgi bread loaf plushie you’ll probably wanna “BOOP” on the nose so many times it turns into a whole new hobby.
Kiwihen Design is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in apparel, enamel pins, stickers, plushes, and face masks. Promising review: “IT LITERALLY FEELS LIKE A MARSHMALLOW!!! So squishy and soft and adorable! zero regrets buying and i absolutely love it! :)” —Ro Gori*Another* promising review: “He is SO ADORABLE!!! Perfectly cute and fluffy, but also fat and dense. Just the right size for squeezing!” —Beth aka petite fairy tales Get it from Kiwihen Design on Etsy for $25.50.
A five-pack of Old Navy masks you can get in 20 different ~aesthetics~, whether theirs is “Blues,” “Brights,” or even something called “Medium Americana.”
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I held off on buying these at first because I truly couldn’t choose a set to save my life (AESTHETICS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME), but after my brother got a set he loved I caved and got them too. These are super sturdy, well-made, SO great for the price point, and come in genuinely cute patterns and solids that make it a lot easier to match something to your outfit or mood. I tied the elastic on mine just for a snugger fit, but the size they come in well-suited for adult faces. Promising review: “BEST MASKS YET! I’ve tried so many different masks — I’ve even made my own. Here are the problems I usually have: when I breathe, my mask goes in my mouth; when I talk, my mask starts to slip down and uncover my nose and mouth; some of my masks (not cotton) are so hard to breathe in, I feel like I’m choking; I have small ears and some masks hurt the back of my ears after wearing them for a few hours. THESE MASKS SOLVE ALL OF MY PROBLEMS. I can breathe, they don’t slip around, and they don’t hurt my ears. My husband bought a set as well, and they fit him perfectly. If you need masks, these can’t be beat. They are thick and sturdy, but somehow breathable. Who knew Old Navy would make the best masks? And the cute prints don’t hurt! Also — super fast shipping.” —nmessick Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear strapsPocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: CottonShipping Time: Standard shipping Get a five-pack from Old Navy for $12.50 (available in 20 varieties).
Plus a colorful beaded face mask chain you can use when you’re in the car between errands or eating outside at a picnic and want to keep your mask on your person.
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Firefly Feeling Bright is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in artisanal jewelry. Promising review: “I HAVE SEVERAL MASKS = ALL DIFFERENT COLORS. A RAINBOW OF COLORS MAKES THIS CHAIN PERFECT. I LOVE IT AND GO NOWHERE WITHOUT IT!!!” —Alice Get it from Firefly Feeling Bright on Etsy for $7 (psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping!✨).
And a soft silicone ear-saver and mask-extender that works overtime on problem-solving — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don’t *quite* fit your face.
An easy hack, of course, is to tie the elastic strings, but sometimes that makes it too small! Plus this silicone ear-saver is anti-slip to keep it locked in place, and designed not to get tangled in hair.Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids’ masks, especially since sizing for kids’ faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you’re buying masks online! Promising review: “I ordered these because my ears were starting to hurt from wearing my mask. I was SO EXCITED by the second benefit which was the downward pressure on the top of my mask keeping my glasses from fogging up!!!!!” —Amanda ONealGet a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight different color combos).
A pair of pet grooming gloves that will help you get ahead of all the furballs collecting on your floor by letting you gently collect loose hair from your furry friend. Not that you needed another excuse to pet them over and over into infinity.
Promising review: “WOW!!! I brushed the cat with our regular brush and got a bit of fur….. then I used ‘THE GLOVE’….. I got enough fur off that cat to knit a wig for my bald head! Now I just gotta learn how to knit. AMAZING!!!! The cat purrs and seems to enjoy the process or maybe she just likes all the new attention she gets from everyone wanting to see how much fur we can get off her….. poor cats looks like she’s lost 10 pounds. Best of this whole thing is that there isn’t cat hairballs all over our hardwood floors. We can pick up the cat without a cloud of hair trailing behind us. This product is every bit as good as described. If you have a cat you need these gloves. FYI — they also work well on sleeping teenagers … but they don’t seem to appreciate it as much as the cat.” —GSGet a pair from Amazon for $13.99.
A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you’ll finally stop losing sleep over your love-hate relationship with your WFH chair.
Promising review: “ABSOLUTELY best support cushion I’ve used! We have so many aids/cushions/creams/new beds over three years, and an endless amount of physical therapy devices I’ve purchased online or even online with a prescription and nothing I’ve got has ever just, ‘WORKED!’ right out if the box. It wasn’t a cushion that sat awkward in the chair, I didn’t feel like I was 40-something going on 90, and it didn’t feel like ‘it will probably keep my tailbone part from not feeling as bad’ — NOPE THIS CUSHION INSTANTLY CRADLED MY BODY IN A WAY THAT SUPPORTED FAR MORE THAN MY TAILBONE!!!! IT ACTUALLY HELPED ME SIT. THEN AFTER A SPELL, GET UP GRACEFULLY!!!!! I always have to get up so careful to lean forward and release my coccyx pressure first, before I can even get up. THIS PILLOW TRULY KEEPS ALL PRESSURE OFF MY COCCYX AND SPINE. I PLAN ON GETTING A FEW MORE TO HAVE SEVERAL PLACES. This is truly an item worth far more than its retail price. The science in the design, material and shape are stellar!!!!!!!” —J-Licious Get it from Amazon for $28.
A set of itty bitty dermaplaning razors you can use to take care of those lil’ unibrow hairs that keep dodging your tweezers or work whatever face fuzzies you might want to take care of in a gentle way — an especially handy tool when many of us can’t head to a salon like we normally would.
This tool also helps soften skin by gently exfoliating as you use it! Promising review: “Okay, I have very dry sensitive skin, exacerbated by the use of Retin-A. I have had facials with dermaplaning, and bought this as a lark. They arrived, and I used it on DRY skin. No shaving cream, no water, just dry, dry, dry skin. I also used it very gently, and in downward strokes avoiding the eyes, nose or mouth (though I did my upper lip and the strays around my eyebrows) and obviously not sawing back and forth or slashing motions. Used gently, it took off an entire (thin!) layer of dead skin, peach fuzz and who knows what off my face, and it was AWESOME. My skin is glowing, smooth, peach fuzz free and I know any product I’m using will soak in better, too. Highly recommend, will make a part of my regular beauty routine. I would not suggest using this more than once a week or even once a month if you have sensitive skin, but it is WAY BETTER and WAY LESS TRAUMATIC than scrubbing, using a rough wash cloth, or exfoliators on your skin. This is gentle, no muss, no fuss. A+++.” —JaneGet a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.
A see-through toaster, so you can watch your toast get to your *precise* level of preferred toastiness and finally have the kind of breakfast you deserve. TBH, cancel my Netflix account, this is my new TV.
Promising review: “I LOVE THIS TOASTER! It makes great toast. I can’t believe that I’ve gotten so excited over a toaster. I haven’t been able to find a durable, reasonably priced toaster that could accommodate long slices or bagels, etc. Additionally, I have had to be gluten-free for the last 10 years and gluten-free bread has to be carefully toasted in order to be good. All the toasters I have ever owned had those fragile, thin wires that heat up and glow to toast the bread. And when they broke, which they inevitably did, the bread toasted unevenly. THIS TOASTER has unique coils in the bottom, so that you would expect unevenly toasted bread. BUT NO! It’s the most perfectly toasted bread I’ve had in 30 years.” —Byron Trist Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).
A pair of hypoallergenic pillows with the perfect amount of fiber filling to keep your neck and head supported, but that also feel soft like a fancy hotel pillow. PLUS, these babies are machine-washable, so they’ll have a much longer life than some of their counterparts.
Promising review: “Oh my gosh … seriously the most comfortable pillow I have ever owned! Was a bit hesitant when I opened the package and there were two huge, flat pancakes….but they puffed up instantly upon opening the plastic wrapping and need minimal fluffing. These things are AMAZING!! It has now been about two weeks since we started using the pillows and I cannot stress enough how happy I am with this purchase…..simply the BEST pillows we have ever used!!” —SLDGet a set of two from Amazon for $22.09 (available in Standard, Queen, and King sizes).
A rapid egg cooker so versatile, it can cook eggs in five different ways, all just using the steam from the water you measure into the machine. Plus, for the meal preppers out there, you can get a week’s worth of hard-boiled or medium-boiled eggs for breakfast in a matter of minutes — an egg-cellent timesaver, if I do say so myself.
I own one of these babies and have faithfully used it every week for more than two years, especially now that quarantine has me making elaborate ~at home~ breakfasts for myself. I get perfectly medium-boiled eggs every time. I even bought one for my parents so I could spread its majesty to them as well (but also mostly so I could use it when I come to visit, if we’re being real). Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume and they play a happy song instead!Promising review: “PERFECT hard boiled eggs! Okay, I NEVER write as much as I have on this product as it made me a believer that if I can do it, anyone can with this little miracle of a hard-boiled egg maker!!!! I am the worst hard boil egg maker in the WORLD! I not only ordered one but four additional for my children and aging parents after for the first time made the PERFECT hard-boiled egg!” —RicoGet it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).
A pair of super comfy period-proof underwear designed to hold two tampons’ worth of period blood. Not only are these a great alternative to pads and tampons, they’re also ideal for overnight protection (you can pair them with a pad if you have a heavy flow) and for people who are worried about ~leakage~ during sports or physical activities.
I personally always wear period-proof undies when I go on runs on my period and it has been a MASSIVE godsend. As much as I love pulling a fellow runner aside for a “butt check” on my aggressive flow days, it is SO NICE to have underwear like this as a back-up to catch anything that might shift or overflow from a pad. Plus, unlike your regular undies, you don’t have to scrub the blood out of these — they’re designed so it rinses right out in the sink with soap and warm water, and can get tossed in the washer and dryer from there. Psst — reviewers love these undies, but suggest sizing up! Promising review: ” AMAZING!!!! Literally my best purchase ever! I AM NEVER GOING BACK TO PADS OR TAMPONS!!!! Size 18 Target jeans and a 4X was a little tight around the legs and a little loose on my belly upon first 30 seconds of wear (even after an accidental dryer drying) and then INSTANT comfort. I am not kidding. I contacted Bambody to see what other styles they suggested and received 100% perfect picks for my body type! I seriously cannot rave enough about them! Plus they are sooooo much more affordable and sturdy than the competition companies I’ve bought from. One pair is about the cost of a good pad or tampon pack, but with zero pain, discomfort, chemicals, or landfill waste. It’s truly a no brainer — anything that makes a period comfortable AND all that!” —CBJCGet it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in sizes XS-6XL, two colors, and in three-packs).
A foot file just as effective — if not more so! — than going to a salon. This will remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels so soft you might start petting them.
Promising review: “Okay, I was skeptical because there are so many to choose from and everyone has an opinion on what works and what doesn’t. I have extremely crusty feet and because COVID was going on, I hadn’t been able to get to the salons so I bought this and tried it at home. IT WORKED! I am very pleased. My feet are hella soft and I ain’t embarrassed wearing flip-flops. This product 100% works so if you are looking for a product like I was and taking forever to make a decision…then stop and buy this one.” —Serlencie Vick Abram JrGet it from Amazon for $9.95.
A handy electric toothbrush a ton of reviewers swear by for helping whiten their teeth — it’s made with charcoal-infused bristles to better remove surface stains, has three brushing modes to adapt to the sensitivity of your teeth, *and* its battery can last up to four weeks.
Promising review: “Best electric toothbrush EVER!! I’m actually in love with this toothbrush, from the color to the settings! I absolutely love this toothbrush and highly recommend it to EVERYONE! It’s so gentle on my teeth! My teeth have never felt so clean so fast! Will continue to stay with this company!” —Maddog11Get it from Burst Oral Care for $69.99 (available in three colors and a subscription service for replaceable heads).
A HyperChiller that will transform your piping hot coffee into glorious iced coffee in a literal minute — same goes for that rosé you forgot to put in the fridge.
Promising review: “WORTH THE MONEY. LOVE!! I absolutely love this product. Assembling it for the first time is extremely easy and after that, you simply rinse and refreeze for the next use and you only have to assemble on the first use. It works so well and gives me yummy iced coffee without the watered-down ice.” —Alexa PenningtonGet it from Amazon for $24.99.
A migraine stick made with lavender, peppermint, and spearmint oils to help ease tension and take the edge off headaches. All you have to do for it to work its magic is dab the roller on your temples, your forehead, and the back of your head.
Promising review: “Years ago a massage therapist I went to used a cream at my temples that helped greatly with headaches and nausea. I have tried to find that scent for years. THIS IS IT!! I use it daily on my temples and the back of neck just below my hairline. It helps 100% with the nausea I suffer from meds I take. Many of my headaches I can prevent from going to a migraine by applying again at start of headache. I take so many meds because of autoimmune diseases that I like not having to pop another pill for my headaches. I am the most skeptical person you will find when it comes to homeopathic or oils etc., but this works!!” —DVSCheck out BuzzFeed’s review of the migraine stick for more deets! Get it from Amazon for $10.99.
An adorably encouraging daily planner for anyone who’s looking for a little more structure in their routine, but not so much that it stresses them out. With this, you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake — with, of course, a whole lil’ section for notes and doodles.
Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper. Promising review: “A MUST-BUY simply awesome product. You can stop scrolling around looking for the perfect planner because this one is absolutely PERFECT. Really helps manage my time and keeping track of things all across the board. I also appreciate the positivity it exudes. Starts my day off just right!! I’ll definitely be ordering more.” —Brit Get it from Amazon for $10.99.
A set of super gentle hair ties made with microfiber elastics to not only reduce breakage, but prevent denting in your hair and give it a little extra *pop* if you, like me, have hair that looks a little thin when it’s gathered on top of your head.
Promising review: “LOVE THESE!!!! These are amazing!!! I have extremely thick hair and literally break about every band out there for ponytails. THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! Ponytail, bun, doesn’t matter….hold great and no breaking!!!” —DeniseGet a set of six from Amazon for $12 (available in seven color packs).
Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, putting a fun twist on them that makes it all the more motivating to stay focused 🌈.
Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they’re designed not to bleed through thin pages! Promising review: “THE BEST QUALITY PENS FOR AN EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE PRICE!!! I’ve been looking for markers thin enough to use for notes and for my planner and found these. All the markers or pens I looked at offered either multiple of the same color or only five different colors or were way too expensive. These were AN ABSOLUTE STEAL! I highly recommend these for anyone wanting to use on a calendar/planner because they don’t bleed through either! I was so impressed with the assortment of colors this pack had because they weren’t the typical colors seen in a package of markers you would find at the store at an affordable price like these!! I’ve used them for writing notes for my online class and they don’t smudge or dry out quick AT ALL which is hard to find in a pack of markers. I am sooooo happy with these and highly recommend anyone wanting to get a beautiful assortment of colors for a very affordable price!!” —Amazon CustomerGet a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.
A super soft Makeup Eraser towel equipped with two sides — one that rubs away makeup using literally just water, and the other that gently exfoliates your skin. Plus the microfiber fabric is designed specifically to get gunk outta your pores, so it’ll leave you extra fresh-faced.
You can also clean it by soaking it in water and leaving it to dry overnight! RIP, all those harsh washcloths you were dirtying up before. I recently was just gifted one of these, and it is legit astonishing how well it works — one of my favorite mascaras is so notoriously difficult to get off that even when I *think* I took care of it, I’ll sometimes wake up with smudges under my eyes. This gets it off without even rubbing!! I just soak the towel and put light pressure on my eyeballs and the mascara wipes right off! Has saved me a lot of time (and dread, TBH — do you ever put off taking off your make up when you’re like, woof, this is going to take a century?). Highly highly recommend! Promising review: “THIS. THING. IS. AMAZING. I have literally never had clearer skin. It does exactly what it says it does, erases your makeup. Waterproof or not, it all goes away with just a little water and a little bit of scrubbing. I will forever be amazed by this. Never buying another makeup remover product again.” —Brittany Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Makeup Eraser for more deets! Get it from Amazon for $20.
A set of affordable wireless Bluetooth earbuds to prevent the wires on your headphones from getting tangled in your mask straps every time you want to pull them off on a walk or a run.
These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Promising review: “I misplaced my Samsung wireless earbuds and went on Amazon looking for a replacement. Usually, I don’t believe the ratings or hype, but I decided to give these a try because I really can’t live without wireless earbuds. This is a real rating so listen carefully….THESE EARBUDS ARE SIMPLY THE BEST PERIOD!!! I paired these up with my Samsung phone in seconds, without reading even the quick start guide. I did glance at the packaging and I noticed that they said WATERPROOF. Again, I didn’t believe it because for sub $50 you don’t usually get everything as advertised. Seeing that Sony, Bose (who I love) and Samsung are selling the same type earbuds with less advertised features for hundreds of dollars more. Well, I decided to wear these in the shower — since I purchased the Amazon extended warranty I figured if anything goes wrong I am covered. Well I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!! They performed flawlessly — hence my long review!! I am totally satisfied with my purchase and you will be too. YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THESE EARBUDS!!!” —John TCGet it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).
A Pet House candle for when you need a way to quickly mask miscellaneous pet odors like litter boxes, dog beds, and all those lil’ sprinkles of pee that you’ve just accepted as “eau de pet.”
Promising review: “We are foster parents to a LOT of kittens, and while we wait for them to find their forever homes, even though we clean the litter twice daily, things can get smelly. I was certainly skeptical about this candle because all the reviews heralded it as some sort of miracle product. But it totally is. The first night I came home that it had been delivered, my partner had lit it and I walked into a house that DID NOT SMELL LIKE CAT despite there being eleven kittens actively everywhere. Poop smell – gone. Kitten fart smell – GONE. General messy kitten smell – GONE. We like keeping our house clean and safe for the little ones in our care, and this helps us feel a little more sane while we take care of our own cats, and take care of the ones still looking for their families. We will continue buying FOR SURE. The candy cane smell is nice: not overwhelming, not too sweet. I’m looking forward to trying new ones as the seasons change.” —Elizabeth Lincoln Check out BuzzFeed’s review of the Pet House candle for more deets! Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 16 scents).
Plus a rose gold rechargeable electric lighter you can use to replace all yiur old gas ones. This one is not only chic as heck, but completely flameless, and made with a long stem so you can use it to light gas burners and larger candles.
This also comes in other pretty colors, but I am especially partial to this one because I bought it for my parents (their kitchen is entirely pink and one of my favorite places on Earth), and this was SO EASY to use — not to mention super safe! I’m a big weenie about fire (LOL, self-preservation) so I’ve always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it. Promising review: “BUY IT NOW. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEEE this item. Firstly, it’s rechargeable, so no more purchasing of matchboxes, or of liquid to put in the click starters, which is way better for being green! I also love that it has an on/off switch. so I never have to worry about something bumping it and it turning on, or me grabbing it funny and turning it on while I pick it up. I’ve never had to charge yet, and its been working for regularly lighting bath and body three-wick candles since my purchase earlier this month. I no longer have to deal with multiple matches to light one candle, or the matchstick breaking and needing to hold it close to the flame. The product offers plenty of distance for lighting wicks, I purchased the rose gold version, and the color is very pretty, and the item is pretty compact. It’s just slightly larger than a pilot multi-ink pen.” —Chelsea Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).
A trio lasagna pan that will ensure perfectly crisped cheesy edges on every single piece, and also stop a war from erupting when the fam/squad have very different but equally strong opinions about what kind of lasagna you want tonight. (DO NOT PUT YOUR VEGGIES IN MY CHEESE, I beg.)
Psst — these are also extremely handy for crispy-edged brownies! Promising review: “ORDER THIS PAN. Folks, this pan is a heavy pan with a good finish. I have used it twice in two weeks since I have received it and my family loves it. I have a meat eater, a ‘who cares’ eater and a strictly non-beef, no gluten, very low carb family. The three separate slots allowed me to make lasagna for my whole family. Each section holds four generous portions. I made a veggie section, traditional section and nongluten, nonbeef section and it was a hit. I am going to order a second one.” —Don G. Get it from Amazon for $19.99
A set of Sea Bands, which target an acupuncture point on your wrists meant to help reduce nausea. Basically, if you’re someone who has motion sickness, morning sickness, migraine nausea, or even nausea brought on my cramps, this may the be thing to take you from 🥴to 😊.
Promising review: “I’ve always been kind of sick. I throw up on long car rides, I can’t read in the car, I get horrible migraines 24/7, etc. Recently I changed medications and because of that, my migraines came back with a vengeance. Thinking there was nothing I could do I kind of gave up, until, I was looking at BuzzFeed and saw this in their recommended. I thought it could help with any car sickness that I would get but man I was not giving these enough credit! Since I have bought them I where ALL.THE.TIME. I wear them in and out of the car, to bed, and just around the house. I no longer feel nauseous and my migraines are almost non existent. Whoever invented these are a freaking god! I don’t know think I could ever live without these! BUY THESE!! They’re so worth it.” —JohnDzGet a set of two from Amazon for $8.54 (available in adult and children’s sizes).
A pack of animal-themed tea strainers so adorable that you might seriously test the limits of your bladder by suddenly needing a MINIMUM four cups of tea per day.
Each set includes a cat, hippo, sloth, platypus, and owl 🦉. Promising review: “THEY ARE THE CUTEST AND I LOVE THEM! Made myself a great cup of tea; the strainers are the perfect size for a single cup.” —LizGet a set of five from Amazon for $19.99.
A wireless charging pad that works for a ton of different models of (*deep breath*) iPhones, Google Pixels, Samsung Galaxy Notes, and both models of AirPods. It charges right through the case and basically makes you feel like a wizard.
Promising review: “I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CHARGER. I have a Galaxy Note 7. I use it for both work travel and at my desk. It is so much easier to use than plugging in to the mini-USB socket that always seems to come unplug or wear out. I keep it on my desk most of the time. It makes it easy to keep my phone charged. I also use this while I am traveling. With the USB connection it easily fits in to most night stands at the hotels I stay in to. I used this once during a trade show where I was in charge of a booth. It made it easy to continually charge my phone while I was using it as a scanner app and I needed to constantly charge my phone.” —WildeFamGet it from Amazon for $11.95.
An smudgeproof eyeliner stamp so you can finally get the perfect cat-eye on the first go without having to ~wing it~.
Psst — this tool is double-sided, so you can choose the thickness of your wing, and comes with two stamp pens — one for each eye!Promising review: “Let me start by saying this isn’t my first cat-eye rodeo. I’ve tried the taping method, tried normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot… It’s not like my hopes were high since nothing else has been efficient or worked as it should. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out … but to my surprise I put the left cat-eye on first and it was perfect aside from needing to connect it to my current liner. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye … again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES … LET ALONE THE two MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There was no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I love that it has two ends as well, one with the stamp and one with a thin tip so you can connect your liner and cat-eye. I can now do a cat-eye EVERY day and everyone can think I spend hours doing my make-up in the morning.” —LadyMeowGet it from Amazon for $14.97.
An air fryer that can cook so many different dishes using the power of rapid air technology that you’ll want to try something new in it every day of the week. Perfectly crisped french fries and chicken wings in 20 minutes, no oil required!! The future is now.
I got the smaller version of this air fryer (available on Amazon for $49.99) and I feel like a princess now because I roast tomatoes in it for a quick 10 minutes with my eggs every morning and it makes me feel like I’m eating hotel room service. I also use it for crispy Brussels sprouts, Hasselback potatoes, baked apples with cinnamon, and even once put orange rings covered in olive oil in there and it was basically Christmas in my mouth. Promising review: “LOVEEE THIS PRODUCT!! JUST MADE WINGS AND ALL I DID WAS DIP THEM IN EGG AND FLOUR AND THEY CAME OUT SO CRISPY …. NO OIL ADDED. THIS IS GOING TO BE A GO TO FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! TOTALLY GREAT BUY.” —Alicia BrissettGet it from Amazon for $72.99+ (available in four colors).
A pair of sleek prescription cat-eye glasses you can try on virtually using a quick video of your face to see *exactly* what it will look like before you buy (especially important considering it comes in so many great colors!).
Promising review: “I ordered my first two pairs of Zenni glasses and got these in red. LOVE THEM! I wear progressives and have ordered from two other less expensive places so I was preparing myself just in case the prescription was off. Thankfully, I am so impressed and happy with these!!! The fit on my oval face is great, the red color compliments my brown complexion and the prescription is as good as ones from more expensive brick and mortar retailers. Mind blown! They do slip a touch but most of my frames do. I’ve been able to tighten the arms. What color and style should I get next?” —LotusGet it from Zenni Optical for $29.95 (available in six colors).
A pet urine stain-removing spray that instantly tackles both old and new stains *plus* the funky smell, so you can enjoy the new quality time you might be getting with your pet without sacrificing your nostrils.
Promising review: “Oh my gosh…. of course my cat decides to go on a PEE SPREE during the COVID pandemic when we are stuck inside our home for days on end!!!!! My cat peed on my mattress, the carpet, and two couches, and since the state went on lockdown, we couldn’t have a carpet/upholstery place come in to clean (and even then, they couldn’t guarantee anything against CAT URINE, which they say is the worst possible stain/odor to remove). This was our only hope. Well. This worked. It WORKED, PEOPLE. I sprayed the mattress down, soaked it good, soaked a rag in the stuff and laid it on top to THOROUGHLY saturate it. Then I soaked up as much of the residual and let it air dry. and then I BURIED my face in there, punched the mattress to see if any stink ‘poofed’ up into my face … and nope. Only the wonderful bubble-gum type scent of this spray was left. So I’m totally happy.” —AmazonReviewerJenGet it from Amazon for $19.97.
A cooling weighted blanket with natural glass beads on the inside, giving it a weighted pressure that some reviewers say helps with insomnia and anxiety.
Promising review: “I’ve always had trouble sleeping ever since I can remember. I move around a lot, twist and turn and take sometimes HOURS to fall asleep — even then my sleep tended to be very poor. I would find that putting multiple blankets or pillows would help, because of the weight, so I decided to give this product a try. Ever since I started to use this blanket I’ve had a lot less trouble falling asleep and STAYING asleep until I need to wake up for work. This definitely helps with anxiety and insomnia issues; I guess it makes me feel secure/safer. It’s definitely worth it!!” —Natali Galindo Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).
A gentle vegan bath and body wash that’ll be the MVP in your bathroom — this eco-friendly, handmade formula is gentle on your body, face, and hair and has a crisp almond smell to boot.
Zandra Beauty is a New York-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in plant-based skincare. It was founded by entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist Zandra Cunningham when she was 9 years old, and continues to be run by her to this day, expanding the product line every year. Promising review: “SO GOOD! My girls have thin, fine hair that tangles easily. We typically rely heavily on detangler spray after bath time in order to brush without tears… not with this! Absolutely ZERO additional conditioners or detanglers are needed. My girls’ hair is bouncy, shiny and it smells amazing. It’s a low-suds formula so that’s been a bit of a change to get used to but not a problem. We are OBSESSED!” —CarlyGet it from Zandra Beauty on Etsy for $18.99.
A Squatty Potty, one of those internet-famous stools you can put at the base of your toilet to prop your feet up on while you ~go~. The placement helps align your colon to make the process a whole lot easier and faster — like, 20 seconds compared to several minutes! — so you don’t end up watching all of TikTok while you’re waiting yourself out.
Promising review: “I LOVE THIS THING! It has completely changed my life! No more long, drawn-out trips to the bathroom agonizing as to whether I’ll be able to do the doodoo. No more wondering if what I’m feeling is as agonizing as childbirth. FINALLY, fast and smooth bowel movements carried out almost exclusively by natural peristalsis! Oh. Em. Gee!! I was hesitant to pay for a piece of plastic that sits around my toilet seat, but let me tell you, it’s the best money you can spend!” —RuthieGet it from Amazon for $24.99 (comes in 7-inch and 9-inch sizes).
A set of blue-light-blocking glasses ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of their computer (it … me?), whether it’s for work or for good old-fashioned Netflix marathons. The lenses are designed to block the kind of light from your screens that can cause eye strain or mess with your sleep.
Promising review: “GAME-CHANGER. Eyes are no longer tired, head no longer aches. After a days’ worth of work my face just always felt like it was being pulled on. My face and eyes felt TIRED. I would get rest at night and would wake up feeling like I didn’t sleep a wink. Only after one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed right away that my eyes felt shielded from the harmful computer/phone light and my face no longer felt like some one was tugging on it (painful). I wear them everyday religiously now and have even turned quite a few people onto them. They’re great! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.” —JasmineGet a set of two from Amazon for $17.98 (available in seven color combinations).
A set of 50,000 (!!) highly popular, 100% biodegradable water beads that are basically microscopic when they arrive, but expand into small, bouncy jelly-like balls when exposed to water. People love them for at-home spa treatments, for fun games with kids, for making stress balls, for home decorating — the word is your water bead oyster.
Promising review: “Quarantine made me do it but I’m not sorry. Don’t bother buying the expensive name brand Orbeez — these are essentially the same and work great. My kids LOVE these! A million uses and great for all ages of kids (except for babies). We have filled up a huge bin and used cups to scoop and play. We have put them in the water table outside. We have used a funnel to fill up balloons and make homemade squishy stress balls. We have made foot spas. We have talked about filling a baby wading pool and lounging, but I’m not willing to buy enough. 😂TIPS — a small amount of these goes a LONG way. About half the beads in this container will fill up half of a Rubbermaid garage storage tub. Just pour them into your container with a large amount of water and wait, wait, wait. Did I mention WAIT — It will take ONE TO TWO DAYS for them to fully expand, so plan ahead!!! We’ve gotten hours of fun and I’ve also heard they’re good for gardens, so you can dispose of them there when you’re done (though you might want to do your own research on that one!)” —DeeberGet a set of 50,000 from Amazon for $7.99.
A big ole cheesecake-themed dessert box anyone would be *delighted* to receive as a gift (including and not limited to you, yourself, and you).
Each box comes complete with a mini cheesecake topped with chocolate-dipped pineapple, a mini cheesecake topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries, a mini cheesecake with whipped topping, plus a fresh strawberry, chocolate-dipped apple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and white and semisweet chocolate-dipped bananas.Promising review: “WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE!!! I LOVE THIS SELECTION! EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER RECEIVED FROM EDIBLES HAS BEEN GREAT! MY SON SENDS DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENTS AND I LOVE EVERY ONE. THANKS KIDDO.” —MomGet it from Edible Arrangements for $37.99.
A glare-free Kindle Paperwhite that not only can hold thousands of books, but will let you read them the *chef’s kiss* way you like best — you can customize with all your favorite fonts and layouts, and organize your virtual shelves to your precise standards. Bonus — its charge lasts weeks (plural!!), and it’s waterproof, so you can take this bb in the bathtub 🍷.
Promising review: “I was very slow to the e-reader game; I am a voracious reader and thought I would not want to read from a screen, since I do that all day at my job. I purchased one after four weeks of ‘stay home stay safe,’ and had read everything in the house multiple times. The library has been closed for six weeks. I LOVE THIS THING. With a few customizations of layout and font, I may as well be reading from a book. With the Kindle Unlimited, I can choose from soooooo many books. I’ve had this thing for three days and I’ve read five books. Can’t believe I didn’t get one years ago.” —Jess MoRead BuzzFeed’s closer look at the Kindle Paperwhite for more deets! Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).
YOU AFTER SOAKING IN THE MAJESTY OF ALL THESE CAPS LOCK-REVIEWED THINGS.
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