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An immersion hand blender for making scrumdiddlyumptious milkshakes, DIY skincare products, and super cool designs in your coffee. It’s got so many uses, you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without it.

A reviewer's immersion hand blender with its attachments


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The package includes a whisk attachment, frother, blender, and four-blade chopper with eight speed options.

“When I’m making soup, which is actually pretty often during the cooler months, it’s always a pain to have to transfer soup from a stockpot to a blender in order to purée chunks of vegetables. This immersion blender makes it so easy and minimizes clean-up. It works for way more than just soup too. You can make mashed potatoes, smoothies, milkshakes, beat eggs, or prepare baby food.” —Hannah Loewentheil

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

2.

A pack of ankle socks because they’re always disappearing in the laundry 😒. If you have irritated ankles, you’ll love the Achilles guard.

The socks in block


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“I initially bought these for running, since I was sick of spending so much money on “blister-proof” fancy socks and a ton of reviewers mentioned that these worked just as well. Not only did I find that to be true (even though I am a VERY blister-prone individual), they are also just so freaking soft. I spend all day in them in my apartment now and get mad when they’re in the laundry. If you want to up your sock game … these are the pairs.” —Emma Lord

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes S—XL and four colors)

3.

A pair of Soul wireless earbuds so you can tune out your family members this holiday season when they start getting on your nerves.


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“I’ve been an avid Obé Fitness user for over a year now, but have def upped my workout game since quarantine started. I usually try and squeeze in a workout early in the morning, during lunch, or right after I’m done with work. And since I’m never home alone, my workout used to be a little disruptive. That is, until I invested in these wireless headphones. I liked these ones because they’re not terribly expensive (compared to others on the market) and have some features specifically designed for workouts (water and sweat proof, stay put in your ears, and are noise-canceling). They connect to my computer and phone super easily and bring my workout right into my ears so I can get it done quietly.” —Abby Kass

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in six colors).


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“I’ve been an avid Obé Fitness user for over a year now, but have def upped my workout game since quarantine started. I usually try and squeeze in a workout early in the morning, during lunch, or right after I’m done with work. And since I’m never home alone, my workout used to be a little disruptive. That is, until I invested in these wireless headphones. I liked these ones because they’re not terribly expensive (compared to others on the market) and have some features specifically designed for workouts (water and sweat proof, stay put in your ears, and are noise-canceling). They connect to my computer and phone super easily and bring my workout right into my ears so I can get it done quietly.” —Abby Kass

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in six colors).

4.

A Samsung frame TV because having a big black box on the wall doesn’t exactly vibe with everyone’s decor. Turn your device into a functional piece of artwork.


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“This is honest and truly the best splurge I have ever made. It has massively upgraded the look in my living room. My husband loves the photography options and I love all the classical paintings – as someone who loves changing up my decor, being able to update the display images has been so fun. The quality is fantastic while watching movies and TV…but I’m pretty sure I love it as a piece of art in my home even more.” —Mallory Mower

Get it from Amazon for $561.25+ (available in six sizes and six styles).


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“This is honest and truly the best splurge I have ever made. It has massively upgraded the look in my living room. My husband loves the photography options and I love all the classical paintings – as someone who loves changing up my decor, being able to update the display images has been so fun. The quality is fantastic while watching movies and TV…but I’m pretty sure I love it as a piece of art in my home even more.” —Mallory Mower

Get it from Amazon for $561.25+ (available in six sizes and six styles).

5.

An animal-free ice cream that will spare you the post-ice cream pain if you’re lactose intolerant. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more sustainable ice cream company. These use substantially less land, water, and energy than the average ice cream brand.

An assortment of Brave Robot ice cream flavors


Brave Robot

“It’s not a gimmick! I had my lactose-intolerant best friend try it too and we both loved it. She didn’t have to pop a pill, deal with stomach pains, or go to the bathroom after (all of which usually happen if she eats ice cream without her lactose pill). It doesn’t taste different from regular ice cream at all — in fact, you just feel good about the fact that it’s natural and made without cows. If you’re wondering, our fave flavors were Blueberry Pie (this is big for me as I generally don’t like blueberry-flavored things but this one has graham cookies in it!) and Hazelnut Chocolate.

This ice cream is made with an animal-free whey protein and the packaging is made with a renewable resource. Read more about how the ice cream is made here and check out the flavors here. Fun fact: If you send a picture of yourself asking your grocery to stock Brave Robot, they refund you the shipping costs!” —Nusrat Sultana

Get it from Brave Robot for $58+ (available in eight flavors and packs of four or eight).

6.

A set of masks because we’re going to need them for the foreseeable future. These masks come in so many dope prints, they’ll definitely become your favorite accessory.


Buzzfeed / Emma Lord

“I held off on buying these masks 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. The ones I’m holding above are the ‘Check Mates’ mix.

I love love love this chain. It’s ridiculously easy to snap on any of my masks and it adds a pop of fun color to anything I’m wearing. I’m hard-pressed to find an outfit I *don’t* want to wear with it. It’s extremely handy for keeping track of my mask and knowing it won’t get dropped or touch any other surfaces, too. Plus it shipped super fast!” —Emma Lord

Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: Cotton

Shipping Time: Standard shipping

Get a five-pack of the masks from Old Navy for $12.50 (available in 20 varieties).


Buzzfeed / Emma Lord

“I held off on buying these masks 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. The ones I’m holding above are the ‘Check Mates’ mix.

I love love love this chain. It’s ridiculously easy to snap on any of my masks and it adds a pop of fun color to anything I’m wearing. I’m hard-pressed to find an outfit I *don’t* want to wear with it. It’s extremely handy for keeping track of my mask and knowing it won’t get dropped or touch any other surfaces, too. Plus it shipped super fast!” —Emma Lord

Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: Cotton

Shipping Time: Standard shipping

Get a five-pack of the masks from Old Navy for $12.50 (available in 20 varieties).

7.

A set of 18 essential spices so you can have delectable meals this holiday season, even if you’re not spending it with your family.


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The set includes garlic, kashmiri chili powder, crushed red pepper, cinnamon powder, smoked paprika, cumin seed, oregano, rosemary, cloves, turmeric, granulated onion, dark chili powder, ground yellow mustard, green cardamom powder, coriander seed, herbs de provence, fennel seed, and ground ginger.

“Anyone who cooks knows that spices and seasonings are so important. But filling up a brand new spice drawer from scratch is overwhelming and can quickly get expensive. So when I stumbled upon Spicewalla’s kitchen essentials spices and seasonings starter pack, I was intrigued. The adorably packaged, colorful set comes with 18 common spices and seasonings from rosemary and fennel seed to oregano and smoked paprika. It arrives in a single box filled with the different spices and seasonings, packaged in beautifully colored jars. Instead of hiding them in a drawer, I immediately wanted to showcase them. It just so happened the whole set fit like a glove on a shelf over my stove, and they give my kitchen a perfect pop of color. I can honestly say that this is one of the best products I’ve gotten for my new home. Of course, it’s just as practical as it is cute. Whatever I’m cooking, any spices I need are right at my fingertips. There’s turmeric, cumin, and coriander for curries, rosemary, crushed red pepper and oregano perfect for Italian dishes, and garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika for tacos or fajitas. This one set contains everything I need.” —Hannah Loewentheil

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.


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The set includes garlic, kashmiri chili powder, crushed red pepper, cinnamon powder, smoked paprika, cumin seed, oregano, rosemary, cloves, turmeric, granulated onion, dark chili powder, ground yellow mustard, green cardamom powder, coriander seed, herbs de provence, fennel seed, and ground ginger.

“Anyone who cooks knows that spices and seasonings are so important. But filling up a brand new spice drawer from scratch is overwhelming and can quickly get expensive. So when I stumbled upon Spicewalla’s kitchen essentials spices and seasonings starter pack, I was intrigued. The adorably packaged, colorful set comes with 18 common spices and seasonings from rosemary and fennel seed to oregano and smoked paprika. It arrives in a single box filled with the different spices and seasonings, packaged in beautifully colored jars. Instead of hiding them in a drawer, I immediately wanted to showcase them. It just so happened the whole set fit like a glove on a shelf over my stove, and they give my kitchen a perfect pop of color. I can honestly say that this is one of the best products I’ve gotten for my new home. Of course, it’s just as practical as it is cute. Whatever I’m cooking, any spices I need are right at my fingertips. There’s turmeric, cumin, and coriander for curries, rosemary, crushed red pepper and oregano perfect for Italian dishes, and garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika for tacos or fajitas. This one set contains everything I need.” —Hannah Loewentheil

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

8.

A sativa-infused lip balm because you’re going to need something solid to make sure your lips don’t crumble under those masks. This baby has a winning combination of shea and moringa butter that gets the job done.

A reviewer holding the product


Buzzfeed // Kayla Boyd

“I love this lip balm because it’s ~super~ moisturizing. The ‘Green Dragon’ shade goes on completely clear so it also makes a great base to wear under lipstick. It’s ultra comfy to wear, nonsticky, and doesn’t flake. Plus, the lid is magnetic and the overall packaging is really nice quality.” —Kayla Boyd

Get it from Sephora for $16 (available in six colors).

9.

A sleeveless T-shirt dress that’s lounge-worthy but also appropriate for virtual work meetings.


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“I personally have this dress in about seven colors and can attest to how amazing it is. You can pair it with a jean jacket, an oversized cardigan, or just wear it as is for a cute daily look.” —Heather Braga

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S—XXL and 24 colors).


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“I personally have this dress in about seven colors and can attest to how amazing it is. You can pair it with a jean jacket, an oversized cardigan, or just wear it as is for a cute daily look.” —Heather Braga

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S—XXL and 24 colors).

10.

A padded sports bra shirt for everyone who hates wearing bras but still wants to keep those tatas out of the way. This shirt does both of those things with way less discomfort.

A person wearing the white shirt


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“I recently ordered this top to see what the hype was all about, and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The top is so comfortable and hits right where my high-waisted leggings end, which means there’s no extra fabric around my waist. The top is great for low-impact workouts — but I also love to wear it every day because it eliminates the need to wear a sports bra and a tank top, so it’s perfect to layer under sweatshirts and even sweaters.” —Abby Kass

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S—XXL and 19 colors)

11.

An electric candle lighter because butane lighters are low-key dangerous, they blow out, and they can’t be recharged. This rechargeable lighter is wind-proof, splash-proof, and has a safety lock.


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“I’m obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It’s really simple to use and charge, and it really works! TBH, I haven’t had to charge it since December! The batter lasts forever! I’ll never have to buy another lighter again.” —Heather Braga

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


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“I’m obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It’s really simple to use and charge, and it really works! TBH, I haven’t had to charge it since December! The batter lasts forever! I’ll never have to buy another lighter again.” —Heather Braga

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

12.

A plant-based deodorant for making your pits smell more like a fruit farm and less like a landfill — sans the suspect ingredients. Yes, this is a cruelty-free, plant-based, deodorant and it *really* works.

A reviewer's photo of their deodorant with the caption: "natural deo that actually works"


BuzzFeed / Katy Herman

“Two things I used to believe: 1) That putting on deodorant would never be something I looked forward to and 2) natural deodorants just didn’t work as well and I was stuck with my regular drugstore brand (rhymes with Schmecret) instead of the effective aluminum- and cruelty-free formula that was my white whale. But now, slap me in Cabin 6 and call me Annabeth Chase, because I’m a dutiful daughter of Athena (Club). The first thing I noticed when I got my sample of this magic stuff in the mail was the sleek and pretty packaging that feels all Insta-worthy on my countertop. Then, the smell — I really don’t like perfume-y, overpowering scents, but this was so mild and beautiful and natural-smelling (I picked scent No. 2, a rose, sage, vanilla, lime and cedarwood blend). But most importantly, it heckin’ WORKED.

I will confess, and I know no one here will judge me, that I have skipped some shower days in quarantine with my family, and this empowered me to skip another. I’m not going anywhere and my parents love me unconditionally, okay??? But I also feel totally fresh with this stuff on. My pits stay noticeably dry and smelling A-OK pretty much all day, even if they were pretty stinky to begin with (is this TMI??). And it achieves all that with really just a swipe — no need to apply a ton. Between the pretty packaging, the scent, and the effectiveness, I actually look forward to putting on this plant-based, cruelty-free goodness in the morning (and therefore am less likely to forget). Try it out and have your pits thank me later!” —Katy Herman

Get it from Athena Club for $11 (available in two scents).

13.

A sanitizer bag for sterilizing nursery items because we’re in a pandemic and babies put everything in their MOUTHS😰. Save yourself some stress and invest in a tool that’ll always be useful.

A bear with germs before being sanitized // The bear with no germs after being sanitized by the bag


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“So I recently got a chance to test out this UV sterilizer, which is about the size of a breadbox. I wasn’t sure what to think at first because, well, everything a toddler touches gets dirty and needs a thorough cleaning. But here’s where it comes in handy. There are some toys that you can throw in the wash (but if its a favorite that’s being taken away, that might cause a meltdown). There are also some toys that get waterlogged and need to be carefully cleaned. And then there are times when you just sick of using another disinfecting wipe. So now you’ve got another option that doesn’t take long at all and will leave your child’s toys germ-free and ready to pick up brand-new germs.” —John Mihaly

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

14.

A pack of Tajín Clásico seasoning that has a blend of chili, lime, and salt. Use it on fruits, vegetables, mixed drinks, and meat — you won’t be sorry.


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“This is the best. THE. BEST. seasoning the world will ever know (it’s my personal favorite if you couldn’t tell). Tajin uses a mix of spicy, tangy, and salty flavors to make anything you sprinkle it on fantastic. My mouth is literally salivating at the thought of it on a piece of cucumber.” —Elena Garcia

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.20.


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“This is the best. THE. BEST. seasoning the world will ever know (it’s my personal favorite if you couldn’t tell). Tajin uses a mix of spicy, tangy, and salty flavors to make anything you sprinkle it on fantastic. My mouth is literally salivating at the thought of it on a piece of cucumber.” —Elena Garcia

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.20.

15.

A roll of identity protection stamps to blur out confidential information. This’ll come in handy if you’re working with sensitive documents at home or you just don’t want people in your business.

A model using the protection stamp to conceal information on sensitive documents


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It also comes with a three-pack of refills.

“I bought this because honestly when I think about the fact that I’m gonna have to remove my package labels and rip them to smithereens, I don’t even feel like ordering anything anymore! I knew we’ve put these rollers in posts before, so I decided to order one for myself. The ink is preinstalled (yay), so all I did was remove the ink cover and rolled right over the label info I wanted to hide, and BOOM, it was all covered up! My mom and I were pretty impressed, and honestly, I didn’t want to stop using it! I went through the house just looking for more things I could use this lil’ guy on. While it works amazingly well on most package labels and paper, it won’t work on super-glossy surfaces.” —Jasmin Suknanan

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

16.

A silk robe so you can nail the cozy-glam aesthetic that’s only getting more popular the longer we stay home. It’s so nice, you can definitely get away with wearing it outside too 🙈.

A model wearing the robe


Nuno

“I own and love this and can tell you that it’ll be the house- and bathrobe you never knew you needed. It’s the waist ties that NEVER come loose or fall down for me 😍. And guess what? The whole thing is made of 100% NeoSilk™ fabric which is faux silk made of recycled plastic bottles. Gotta love that sustainability, baby!” –Marquaysa Battle

Get it from Nuno for $95.

17.

A waterproof cleansing brush for getting those relaxing esthetician level facial massages without leaving your bathroom. Its hypoallergenic silicone bristles remove debris without irritating skin.

A reviewer's cleansing brush


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“I pump my cleanser onto this, add some water to my face, turn it on, and rub away all the dirt and grime from the day. I remember saying “Woah” out loud when I felt how soft my skin was after using this for the first time. Now I just take it for granted. Turns out, soft skin is a *very* fun thing to take for granted.” —Mallory Mower

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in two colors).

18.

A pair of pearl hoop earrings that are elegant and shockingly affordable considering the size of that pearl! Don’t trip, the quality is definitely there. These are cultured, freshwater pearls, and 18-karat gold-coated sterling silver.


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“I actually received these a few months ago and am still raving about ’em today. I feel naked without earrings and am always wearing small gold hoops (also from Mejuri, also highly recommend). But when I want to switch it up? I absolutely love these pearl hoops. They feel dressy without being over-the-top, are super lightweight and don’t pull down my lobes, plus have a classic design that are still slightly more unique than the plain gold hoops I typically wear.” —AnaMaria Glavan

Get it from Mejuri for $85.


Mejuri, Tyler Hayward

“I actually received these a few months ago and am still raving about ’em today. I feel naked without earrings and am always wearing small gold hoops (also from Mejuri, also highly recommend). But when I want to switch it up? I absolutely love these pearl hoops. They feel dressy without being over-the-top, are super lightweight and don’t pull down my lobes, plus have a classic design that are still slightly more unique than the plain gold hoops I typically wear.” —AnaMaria Glavan

Get it from Mejuri for $85.

19.

A vitamin C serum so you can erase any evidence of that breakup you had a week ago. The weightless gel is 15% vitamin C and E, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation.


Buzzfeed // Rachel Dunkel

“This is a new product for me, and I’m already hooked! I love a good vitamin C serum and this is one of the best I’ve tried. It doesn’t have the off-putting smell that some serums have and it doesn’t feel tacky when it dries. It layers flawlessly under any moisturizer I’ve used and I can already tell it’s working on getting my complexion nice and smooth after I took a long break from using any skincare at all. Hyper Skin is also a Black woman-owned company! I could not recommend supporting them and trying this product enough. ” —Rachel Dunkel

Get it from Hyper Skin for $36.


Buzzfeed // Rachel Dunkel

“This is a new product for me, and I’m already hooked! I love a good vitamin C serum and this is one of the best I’ve tried. It doesn’t have the off-putting smell that some serums have and it doesn’t feel tacky when it dries. It layers flawlessly under any moisturizer I’ve used and I can already tell it’s working on getting my complexion nice and smooth after I took a long break from using any skincare at all. Hyper Skin is also a Black woman-owned company! I could not recommend supporting them and trying this product enough. ” —Rachel Dunkel

Get it from Hyper Skin for $36.

20.

A box of strawberry and almond butter squeeze packs that this dog totally approves of — it’s delicious, this dog can’t get enough of it.


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“I hate trying to figure out the perfect ratio between almond butter and blueberry jam on my morning toast. These packs make it so simple: just knead, squeeze, spread, you’re done. These are great if you’re constantly moving around and are tiny enough to throw in your bag.” —AnaMaria Glavan

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $16.50 (available in three flavors and packs of 30).


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“I hate trying to figure out the perfect ratio between almond butter and blueberry jam on my morning toast. These packs make it so simple: just knead, squeeze, spread, you’re done. These are great if you’re constantly moving around and are tiny enough to throw in your bag.” —AnaMaria Glavan

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $16.50 (available in three flavors and packs of 30).

21.

A vibrant 500-piece jigsaw puzzle to bond with your family without increasing your screen time. Bet you can’t name all of the animals in this puzzle 🤪.

The puzzle has various animals on it such as a tiger, iguana, ant eater, sloth, monkey, leopard, lemur, and more


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“I’ve been quarantined with my parents, and like most people we were doing a lot of puzzles in the spring. This one was my fave. The brand, Mudpuppy, has so many whimsical and adorable designs and I was thrilled to find one in stock. It’s 500 pieces and labeled a “family” puzzle, so it was quick enough to do without being *too* easy. Just right and really relaxing, unlike some of the super frustrating puzzles we did. And there’s an OKAPI on it!!!” —Katy Herman

Get it from Amazon for $13.65.

22.

An ultra-hydrating leave-in conditioner that’ll totally come in handy if you have hard water or brittle hair.

The squeezable bottle


IGK

It’s sulfate and paraben free!

“I use this on my hair’s ends and WOW! It really works. It keeps my hair from poofing up and makes it feel super soft, especially when I’m blow-drying it. You just need a dime’s worth, so it lasts for a long time.” —Bek O’Connell

Get it from Amazon for $26.94 or at Sephora for $29 (available in two sizes).

23.

A pack of compression socks to boost circulation on days you haven’t had the energy to move at all. They’re anti-cold and moisture-wicking, so they’re great for brisk morning runs too!

A reviewer wearing the socks


Buzzfeed / Harper Hendrickson

“Hi, my name is Harper and I’m here to tell you about some socks that recently changed my life. I’m talking about Melerio copper-infused compression socks. I tried them on a whim when I was really sick over the summer, and boy am I glad I did. As soon as I put these babies on, I could immediately feel their power. They definitely compress — they are pretty tight and can take a sec to get on, but I promise it’s worth it! I am disabled, immune-compromised, and I struggle with daily asthma flare-ups, inflammation, and muscle aches. The very first time I put a pair of these on, I felt…so much better? I immediately asked my partner to try them too to see their reaction, and well, that pair is theirs now.

These socks improve my circulation, soothe my aches, and the compression element also helps me feel really calm and grounded (I sleep in these!). I’m extremely allergic to mold, and copper is mold-resistant, so the fact that these are copper-infused turned out to be a huge win-win for me. It’s worth noting I wore these socks while I was living in the desert, and they lasted through the extreme heat (109+ temps), and the many skate sessions, hikes, and washes I put them through. It was, and still is empowering to start my day with one positive thing I could do for my body to get a little relief — slap on a fresh pair of these socks! Did a pair of socks cure all of my woes? Absolutely not. But they did help me feel well enough to leave the house, get outside, and start my long journey to recovery.” —Harper Hendrickson

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sixes S–XL).

24.

A pan organizer so you can stop waking up the neighbors while looking for that pan at the back of the cabinet you last saw in 2018.


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“During quarantine, my partner and I finally invested a little time and money in kitchen organization and pan and lid stackers like this are far and away our favorite purchase. No more scratching pans against each other, potentially ruining their nonstick coatings, just to get them out of a pile! What a concept!” —Rachel Dunkel

Get it from Amazon for $15.97.


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“During quarantine, my partner and I finally invested a little time and money in kitchen organization and pan and lid stackers like this are far and away our favorite purchase. No more scratching pans against each other, potentially ruining their nonstick coatings, just to get them out of a pile! What a concept!” —Rachel Dunkel

Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

25.

A cookbook to inspire the tiny chef in your home to learn basic life skills. You’ll get so many adorable, Christmas card-worthy photos while cooking with this book.

The cover of the cookbook


America’s Test Kitchen Kids

“My toddler is at the age where she’s eager to help with everything — including cooking. That’s why America’s Test Kitchen: My First Cookbook caught my eye when it came out in early March. I didn’t know it at the time, but the book would come in incredibly handy starting a few weeks later when quarantine kicked off.

There are a ton of kid- and family-centric cookbooks out there, but IMO, most of them don’t really nail it — especially if they’re aimed at much younger kids. Recipes are either overly complicated, gimmicky, or not actually something most toddlers would want to eat. But this cookbook avoids all of that. The recipes are all-purpose and written with smart, legitimately-doable tips and tricks built in. And each one is photographed in an eye-catching and step-by-step way — so toddler and kid cooks can follow along and help. It’s really well done. (And yes, the final results taste great!) Granted, most of these recipes don’t exactly reinvent the wheel — think: applesauce muffins, barbecue chicken, classic M&M cookies — but when your kid is just starting to learn the basics, you don’t always need to. TL;DR: Most kids’ cookbooks don’t deliver. This one does!” —Melissa Jameson

Get it from Amazon for $15.84 and Book Shop for $18.39.

26.

A bottle of honey-scented hair perfume because there are few pleasures in 2020 and this is one of them. This hair-friendly perfume smells immaculate and it’s suitable for all hair types.

The perfume bottle


Sephora

“I purchased this a few months ago and I AM OBSESSED. I was always fond of the ‘spritzing some perfume under your hair’ trick (aka the back of your neck), so it would last longer but this product has changed the game for me. A few quick spritzes of this on my hair since I’ve lightened it in color helps tame a bit of my frizz, while adding a heavenly scent that I would genuinely eat (but I won’t lol).” —Ali Faccenda

Get it from Sephora for $44.

27.

A standing desk so you can give your body a break. They can reduce back pain, mood, and energy levels — much-needed if you’re working from home. This easy-to-assemble desk is large enough for anyone who works on the computer and on paper.

The table


Knoll

“I love this desk. Until quite recently, I’d been working either on the couch (which hurt my back, neck, and wrists), in my bed (which made me want to nap every five minutes), or at a tiny kitchen table (which was only large enough for my laptop). Now that I have this bad boy, I have room for my work laptop, a 27-inch monitor, and my ginormous 17-inch laptop, plus space for snacks, my water bottle, random chargers, and my office supplies. On top of that, I can easily adjust its height if I’m ever tired of sitting and need a new view. I cannot stress how much this desk has increased my productivity and made working from home…actually…enjoyable.” —Melanie Aman

Get it from Knoll for $695 (available in three sizes and three colors).

28.

A Baby Yoda toy for channeling your inner-child and infusing 🤪 fun into any room. I mean, how can you look at this toy and not smile?


Buzzfeed / Emma Lord, Amazon

“I do, in fact, own the Baby Yoda plushie, and will stand by the fact that it’s the most important purchase I’ve made in 2020. I love him so much. He is so perfectly snuggly. He never complains when I make him sit next to me when I work all day. I wish the joy that I feel cuddling with him upon every living creature on Earth.” —Emma Lord

Get it from Target for $17.49 (originally $19.99).


Buzzfeed / Emma Lord, Amazon

“I do, in fact, own the Baby Yoda plushie, and will stand by the fact that it’s the most important purchase I’ve made in 2020. I love him so much. He is so perfectly snuggly. He never complains when I make him sit next to me when I work all day. I wish the joy that I feel cuddling with him upon every living creature on Earth.” —Emma Lord

Get it from Target for $17.49 (originally $19.99).

29.

A set of marble gift bags that you can buy with your gift so you don’t end up looking for one at the last minute. They’re so cute, any recipient will love them as much as the actual gift. Eco-friendly cardboard never looked so good!

The bags


Amazon

“I actually have a whole stack of these in my apartment at this very moment! Their unique look makes them seem like a personal choice, which I love.” —Mallory Mower

Promising review: “These bags are a great deal. I bought them with a gift I purchased. I always forget bags. These are very sturdy and will hold quite a bit ever for a smaller bag. I would say the bags are more small then medium. They also look very nice and I got lots of questions on where they were purchased.” —Amanda

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

30.

A Piquant Post subscription box so you can go on a spice adventure every month right in your kitchen. Imagine all the inspiration you’ll have after opening a curated box of delectable spice blends. Feed the head chef who lurks within and get this box!

A reviewer's bowl of Thai Green Curry made with the subscription box


Buzzfeed // Kayla Suazo

“This monthly spice subscription has sparked a fire deep down in my cooking soul. The spice blend combinations are incredible, and each spice comes with a corresponding recipe. I just made this cauliflower curry and my life will never be the same. I want to cook anything and everything with these spices.” —Kayla Suazo

Get it from Piquant Post starting at $9.99+ per month.

31.

An 100% Egyptian cotton sheet set that feels like sleeping on literal cumulus clouds. We spend a third of our lives sleeping and improving the quality of rest is 💯 percent worth the investment.


Maitland Quitmeyer, Percale

“I recently switched from a set of very old, pilling sheets to these babies, and…….the difference could not be larger. If you’re on the market for new sheets, look no further. But if you’re worried about wanting to do *everything* from bed, these might not be for you because sometimes I want to spend all day in these. These sheets are SO SOFT, I just want to burrow into them. They wash up beautifully, and I have never loved being in bed more (and…I already loved being in bed). I can honestly say I’ve never slept in more comfortable sheets. You know the feeling of freshly shaved legs and clean sheets??? Imagine that times a thousand in Parachute sheets.” —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it from Percale for $87+ (originally $109+; available in sizes Twin—California King and six colors).


Maitland Quitmeyer, Percale

“I recently switched from a set of very old, pilling sheets to these babies, and…….the difference could not be larger. If you’re on the market for new sheets, look no further. But if you’re worried about wanting to do *everything* from bed, these might not be for you because sometimes I want to spend all day in these. These sheets are SO SOFT, I just want to burrow into them. They wash up beautifully, and I have never loved being in bed more (and…I already loved being in bed). I can honestly say I’ve never slept in more comfortable sheets. You know the feeling of freshly shaved legs and clean sheets??? Imagine that times a thousand in Parachute sheets.” —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it from Percale for $87+ (originally $109+; available in sizes Twin—California King and six colors).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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