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A mini donut maker to keep anyone with a sweet tooth occupied — truly, can you think of anything in this universe more delicious than a warm homemade donut?? I’ll wait.


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The donuts cook within minutes, have an auto shutoff to stop them from overheating, and come with a recipe book that even includes gluten-free and Paleo-friendly options. Bonus? You don’t even need to figure out how to make donuts — this machine will take store bought brownie, muffin, and cake mix just fine.

Promising review: “I cannot say enough about the Dash Mini Donut Maker. It is so much fun to use and make donuts at home. Rather than going to the local chain donut restaurant, you can make your own specialty donuts at home. It is very easy to use and cleans up quickly. My children love to decorate the donuts after they are cooked. It’s a fun family activity and the donuts taste great! Also, it comes with a neat design and stands out among my other boring looking kitchen cooking appliances. If you like donuts, this product is for you.” —JoshH

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


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The donuts cook within minutes, have an auto shutoff to stop them from overheating, and come with a recipe book that even includes gluten-free and Paleo-friendly options. Bonus? You don’t even need to figure out how to make donuts — this machine will take store bought brownie, muffin, and cake mix just fine.

Promising review: “I cannot say enough about the Dash Mini Donut Maker. It is so much fun to use and make donuts at home. Rather than going to the local chain donut restaurant, you can make your own specialty donuts at home. It is very easy to use and cleans up quickly. My children love to decorate the donuts after they are cooked. It’s a fun family activity and the donuts taste great! Also, it comes with a neat design and stands out among my other boring looking kitchen cooking appliances. If you like donuts, this product is for you.” —JoshH

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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A Drinking Animals Coloring Book complete with recipes for themed cocktails on each page — Llamarita, anyone?


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Promising review: “Absolutely love it! Fun and creative. Combines two of my favorite pastimes…coloring and mixing drinks! My girlfriends and I Zoom weekly. We drink, we talk, we color. ❤️❤️❤️. Even sent one as a gift. Just fantastic.” —CH

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.


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Promising review: “Absolutely love it! Fun and creative. Combines two of my favorite pastimes…coloring and mixing drinks! My girlfriends and I Zoom weekly. We drink, we talk, we color. ❤️❤️❤️. Even sent one as a gift. Just fantastic.” —CH

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

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Plus a tin of cocktail sugar or salt for the rims of your at-home cocktails that come in so many inventive flavors you might just call the Food Network to get your own bartending show.


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I recently started putting this on my end-of-the-week whiskey drink (quarantine has made me go full Mad Men, who knew!!) and it is SO darn satisfying. I tried the citrus petals version, and it’s got a light lemon, faint floral, and vaguely minty taste with its sweetness that just makes the whole experience a delight and a half. The container it comes in is actually quite wide, so what we did was pour lemon juice on the top half to prep the rim, and a bit of sugar in the bottom half to coat it. In other news, I am officially too fancy to exist.

Promising review: “Since COVID-19 I have become my own bartender. Taco Tuesdays and margaritas! The lime comes through so well with this salt. I use it for Bloody Marys as well. It is thick and chunky so its a learning curve to get the right amount of salt on. Don’t press down too hard if you don’t like a lot of salt. I do like extra salt but my husband said it was a little much for him, so I have mastered just a light salt for him.” —cobrajet427

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in nine flavors).


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I recently started putting this on my end-of-the-week whiskey drink (quarantine has made me go full Mad Men, who knew!!) and it is SO darn satisfying. I tried the citrus petals version, and it’s got a light lemon, faint floral, and vaguely minty taste with its sweetness that just makes the whole experience a delight and a half. The container it comes in is actually quite wide, so what we did was pour lemon juice on the top half to prep the rim, and a bit of sugar in the bottom half to coat it. In other news, I am officially too fancy to exist.

Promising review: “Since COVID-19 I have become my own bartender. Taco Tuesdays and margaritas! The lime comes through so well with this salt. I use it for Bloody Marys as well. It is thick and chunky so its a learning curve to get the right amount of salt on. Don’t press down too hard if you don’t like a lot of salt. I do like extra salt but my husband said it was a little much for him, so I have mastered just a light salt for him.” —cobrajet427

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in nine flavors).

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A tiny milk frother that makes rich, creamy froths in seconds, making you as powerful as the Starbucks mermaid herself. It also doesn’t need to be plugged in, cleans with a quick stream of hot running water, and is teensy for storing.


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Promising review: “All of my friends and family had this so naturally I had to get one and I am obsessed. Makes every homemade coffee taste like you went out and bought one. Very affordable and worth every penny. I love that is comes with a cute holder for it.” —Kayla Dillinger

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five styles).


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Promising review: “All of my friends and family had this so naturally I had to get one and I am obsessed. Makes every homemade coffee taste like you went out and bought one. Very affordable and worth every penny. I love that is comes with a cute holder for it.” —Kayla Dillinger

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five styles).

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A Memory Lane candle made with rich scents like vanilla, amaretto, and dark musk that also comes with its own ~surprise~ curated ’70s R&B playlist to match the vibe.

A black candle that says "Memory Lane" in gold


Treble & Flame/Etsy

Treble & Flame is a Florida-based, Black-owned Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in 100% soy candles with carefully curated playlists.

Promising review: “First off, the packaging of the product was gorgeous. It was wrapped so well and presented even better. I bought Purple Rain, Bonita Applebum, and Ascension. The scents were all amazing and different in their own way. I love them and can’t wait to purchase more! I think these will also make great gifts for my girlfriends. The customer service is also probably the only thing better than these candles. They are super responsive and reached out about my purchase! I will be purchasing again.” —mallory jordan

Get it from Treble & Flame on Etsy for $23.

Check out the rest of Treble & Flame’s candles for more scent/sound combinations.

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Plus a rose gold rechargeable electric lighter to replace all your old gas ones. This one is not only chic as heck, but completely flameless, and made with a long stem so you can use them to light all your deep, well-loved three-wick candles to keep your home cozy.


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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: “Wow. This thing is amazing. Small and so easy to use. My husband kept saying it won’t actually light anything and was blown away when it did. We lit candles and paper to use as tinder with absolutely no effort. No fuel needed. Just a quick recharging. And no waste in throwing away those huge and never easy to use butane sticks. Love love it. Easy buying process so I would recommend everyone buy one.” —Diane Bold

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors).


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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: “Wow. This thing is amazing. Small and so easy to use. My husband kept saying it won’t actually light anything and was blown away when it did. We lit candles and paper to use as tinder with absolutely no effort. No fuel needed. Just a quick recharging. And no waste in throwing away those huge and never easy to use butane sticks. Love love it. Easy buying process so I would recommend everyone buy one.” —Diane Bold

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors).

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An adorably encouraging daily planner so you can give some semblance of order back to long stretches at home — this helps you track your calls, goals, and even your water intake for the day without overcrowding your actual calendar.

A blank page of the planner


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Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

Promising review: “Bought this last week. Love the set up. I can begin in the morning and then reflect at night. It covers everything from what you’re grateful for to what you ate that day. I will definitely be using these for a long time!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!” —Chloe Attram

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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Plus a set of eye-popping fine-point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can keep your ink as fresh as all your thoughts.

18 pens in different colors next to writing showing their color and fine point thin-ness


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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: “I have dabbled with bullet journaling and love using my Rocketbook products to take notes during meetings, but for my weekly planners, the pens that are compatible with Rocketbook just weren’t cutting it. These pens are smooth and quick-drying (essential for a lefty!) and the colors are vibrant and bright. I love how thin the tips are, it makes fitting all of my notes neatly in planner a possibility! Having 18 colors to choose from gives me simple joy when it comes to planning my day, and they help to organize my thoughts and color code categories. I’m pleasantly surprised by even how well the ‘Lake Blue’ color pops, I had been thinking it was going to be nice for adding emphasis to outlining boxes etc, but it’s bright enough to be easy to read on white paper!! Wonderful product!” —Katie

Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.98 (get this price by clicking the “$2 off” coupon at checkout).

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A set of 50,000 (!!) highly popular, 100% biodegradable water beads for the ultimate ~spa vibe~. These are basically microscopic when they arrive, but expand into small, bouncy jelly-like balls when exposed to water.


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People also use these for fun games with kids, making stress balls, and home decorating — the world is their water bead oyster!!

Promising review: “EXCELLENT value and they work perfectly! The kids are having so much fun with them and even added them to SLIME! Highly recommend, will be ordering these as gifts too. A little goes a long way, they arrive in a small container but make a huge amount!” —Jason

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


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People also use these for fun games with kids, making stress balls, and home decorating — the world is their water bead oyster!!

Promising review: “EXCELLENT value and they work perfectly! The kids are having so much fun with them and even added them to SLIME! Highly recommend, will be ordering these as gifts too. A little goes a long way, they arrive in a small container but make a huge amount!” —Jason

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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A mini illuminated relaxation waterfall for your work desk or your bedside table, perfect for calming some of the restless “AGJAKLFGJAG” in your brain.


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Promising review: “Awesome addition to my workspace environment. I’ve tried several fountains so far. This one is awesome, the pump is quiet, as is the water, it simply provides a really nice environmental impact on my workspace. I run it up to eight hours in a day, use distilled water only and clean it periodically, and it’s running just like new after several weeks. Not all of the fountains that I’ve tried work quite so well, I’m impressed and happy with this purchase. Six-month update: If I could give this thing 6 stars, I would. It runs so quiet, and I nearly let it go dry last weekend *(three-day weekend and forgot to turn it off…) — once I filled it up again it was just as quiet as ever. I’m beyond impressed. Still cleaning it periodically and using only distilled water.” —Rod

Get it from Amazon for $22.34.


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Promising review: “Awesome addition to my workspace environment. I’ve tried several fountains so far. This one is awesome, the pump is quiet, as is the water, it simply provides a really nice environmental impact on my workspace. I run it up to eight hours in a day, use distilled water only and clean it periodically, and it’s running just like new after several weeks. Not all of the fountains that I’ve tried work quite so well, I’m impressed and happy with this purchase. Six-month update: If I could give this thing 6 stars, I would. It runs so quiet, and I nearly let it go dry last weekend *(three-day weekend and forgot to turn it off…) — once I filled it up again it was just as quiet as ever. I’m beyond impressed. Still cleaning it periodically and using only distilled water.” —Rod

Get it from Amazon for $22.34.

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A beginner-friendly fermenting kit complete with everything you need to “set it and forget it,” so you can serve yourself lil’ sides of pickled things with your dishes like a fancy farm-to-table restaurant.

Three jars of fermenting beets, carrots, and cucumbers


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Each kit comes with three fermenting lids with airlock valves, date setters, and an easy release tab, as well as an oxygen extractor. The lids are compatible with most wide mouth mason jars (you can snag four Ball mason jars on Amazon for $12.82).

Promising review: “I have now been using my Easy Fermenter for several months. I continue to be delighted with the results. My favorite recipes are a cabbage/carrot sauerkraut, and a blend of fermented peppers (some sweet, some hot). I have recommended these fermenting lids to many of my friends because they make fermenting foods so incredibly easy! You will NOT be disappointed.” —K. Dixon

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

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A ridiculously popular “cat dancer” toy so both you and your furry friend can break a sweat indoors chasing after it — and, of course, chronicle the absurd shenanigans for Instagram. Do it for the LOLz, y’all. We could all use ’em.


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In fact, if you are looking for an immediate LOL, please head straight to the review images of this little gizmo — pages and pages of kitty cats losing their marbles. It is goodness and absurdity and light.

Promising review: “I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It’s funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he’s panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I’m certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!” —Kwoo

Get it from Amazon for $2.49.


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In fact, if you are looking for an immediate LOL, please head straight to the review images of this little gizmo — pages and pages of kitty cats losing their marbles. It is goodness and absurdity and light.

Promising review: “I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It’s funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he’s panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I’m certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!” —Kwoo

Get it from Amazon for $2.49.

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Or a lightweight, indoor-friendly roller toy for dogs so they can play fetch in the house without wreaking four-legged havoc.

Dog sitting with fuzzy roller toy in blue and orange


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Note: This toy isn’t meant for dogs who are “chewers!”

Promising review:This toy is great for indoor fetch and my dog is obsessed with it. She will bring this toy to me several times throughout the day and place it in my lap begging for me to throw it. The toy is soft enough to not cause any damage to you house or property. It is easy for the dog to pick up in his/her mouth and a great texture that allows for it to not be tooooo easily destroyed. My dog will play with this toy for hours without being bored, and it allows for me to play fetch with her without leaving the couch, a win for all.” —Ben Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $5.04.

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A Baby Yoda puzzle that essentially proves that the human heart is made up of 500 pieces, and those 500 pieces make up this tiny creature’s perfect face.


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*Hamilton voice* “Look at my SON …”

Promising review: “Not only is this puzzle exciting for me as a Mando fan but also as a Star Wars fan! I couldn’t wait to get started on it! Once I opened it and started piecing together the “outer rim” 😂 I was DELIGHTED to find that the puzzle pieces were a great size, not too big and not too small! Once I started on filling it in, I was MORE excited to find that it was challenging without being maddening!! Total spent four hours straight puzzling with a few smoke breaks. All in all, a GREAT puzzle for one person, or a family!!!! Put on some Star Wars or Mando and you have yourself a heck of an evening in!!!! Recommended to all!” —Tiffany Davis

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.


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*Hamilton voice* “Look at my SON …”

Promising review: “Not only is this puzzle exciting for me as a Mando fan but also as a Star Wars fan! I couldn’t wait to get started on it! Once I opened it and started piecing together the “outer rim” 😂 I was DELIGHTED to find that the puzzle pieces were a great size, not too big and not too small! Once I started on filling it in, I was MORE excited to find that it was challenging without being maddening!! Total spent four hours straight puzzling with a few smoke breaks. All in all, a GREAT puzzle for one person, or a family!!!! Put on some Star Wars or Mando and you have yourself a heck of an evening in!!!! Recommended to all!” —Tiffany Davis

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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An easy-to-follow bubble tea kit so physically you can be at home, but emotionally you can be window shopping in the middle of summer with a heart full of boba.

The kit in cartoon boba tea packaging


Flavor Purveyor/Etsy

Flavor Purveyor is a Georgia-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in boba, bubble tea kits, and fun flavors of loose leaf tea. Each kit comes with loose leaf tea bags, tapioca pearls, two stainless-steel boba straws, and instructions.

Promising review: “Arrived super, super quick!! Bought it for a friend’s birthday and she loved it, she made one right away and it was so fun to make and yummy!” —Brittany Bittor

Get it from Flavor Purveyor on Etsy for $30.

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A copy of The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions that’s perfect for any stage of life, if you’re looking for something structured and soothing to do that will also help you preserve your favorite memories.

The cover of "The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions," by Carl and David Marshall


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This book is a kind of DIY memoir — it goes through three phases of “Early,” “Middle,” and “Later” years, and has 201 different prompts based on your memories, experiences, and views on the world. Prompts include things like what you would have switched careers to midway through if given the chance, or a present you got from your parents that sticks in your memory, or who you think the funniest person in your family is. This also makes for a lovely gift for family members, so you can all preserve each other’s memories!

Get it from Amazon for $9.89 or from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $13.80.

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A bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey, a miracle condiment you can add to any boring “blah” meal you’re making at home to instantly make it taste like the nectar of the gods.

A model drizzling hot honey on pizza


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TBH, this stuff can be slathered on anything, but pro tip while you’re here: Drizzle it on grilled cheese.

Promising review:This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I’ll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever and quick pan sauces for pork; plus, it adds unexpected zip to dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times, and everyone gets hooked.” —Martha Ronemus

Get it from Amazon for $8.81.

Check out BuzzFeed’s review of Mike’s Hot Honey for more info!

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A starter’s weaving kit to make gorgeous pastel tapestries you’ll want to make your bedroom’s new 2021 aesthetic.

A weaving look with half of a project completed on it in dusty pink, blue, and ivory


Wool Couture Company

Wool Couture Company is a UK-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in knitting, crochet, weaving, and macrame craft kits.

You can get one of three kinds of kits: a Basic Kit, which comes with a loom and instructions; a Starter Kit, which comes with a loom, two weaving needles, instructions, a mounting bar for hanging, and a cotton ball of warp to hold your work; and a Quintessential Kit, which comes with everything in the Starter Kit, plus the merino wool for weaving.

Promising review: “It’s simple to use, the wool I received in the set is of a high quality and the service was smooth and communicative. Can not recommend this highly enough from a first-time weaver.” —DivineDerbyshire

Get it from Wool Couture Company on Etsy for $44.01+.

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A book of New York Times crossword puzzles to keep your brain sharp — you can ease into it with the simpler Monday puzzle book, then work your way up to the more challenging Friday puzzle book, until eventually reaching the Bowser level: the Sunday puzzle book.

The cover of the Monday crossword book


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Promising review: “I have recently started getting into doing crossword puzzles and this one was a good place to start. Some puzzles are more challenging than others and there are also a good amount of themed puzzles in this book. If you’re looking for that ‘not too easy, not too hard’ puzzle, you can’t go wrong with this one!” —Josh & Jessica Kittle

Get the Monday puzzle book from Amazon for $11.69, the Friday puzzle book from Amazon for $12.99, and the Sunday puzzle book from Amazon for $12.99.

Read one BuzzFeeder’s passionate PSA about the glory of crossword puzzling for more inspo/GIFs about crossword puzzling.

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A gorgeous pastel paint-by-number with an end result so beautiful you’ll want to frame it in the front hall — nay, tack it right to the front door. Wreaths are for squares.

a painting of a single pink flower in a clear jar propped on a rustic table in a kitchen


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Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

Promising review: “I loved this painting! I was weird that it wouldn’t look right but it turned out perfect! Way more than enough paint! Some lighter colors you had to go over twice.” —Anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $15.79.

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A sushi-making kit perfect for beginners or intermediate sushi makers, so you can finally mix and match the exact ingredients your adventurous heart desires.


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I’m definitely going to sushi jail for this, but I’ve started putting peanut butter in my avocado rolls. Don’t knock it until you try it. Anyway, each kit comes with two sushi rolling mats, five pairs of chopsticks, a paddle, a spreader, and a PDF of instructions, including recipes for six popular rolls.

Promising review: “The entire Bamboo Sushi Kit is absolutely well made, easy to use, easy to clean, high-end restaurant quality, and durable. it was very nicely packaged, and instructions clear, in-depth and very easy to follow. No one (myself included) in my household has ever made sushi before but (thanks to the enclosed instructions), there were no issues making it. My daughter did an awesome job utilizing these products to make ‘FISH-FREE SUSHI’ with pickled ginger on top, was delectable! Finally, I highly recommend this set. It comes at a small cost but don’t let that deter you — the quality and overall aforementioned features is undoubtedly above and beyond excellent, thus (IMO), it is the perfect product! Loooooove it!” —Liza

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


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I’m definitely going to sushi jail for this, but I’ve started putting peanut butter in my avocado rolls. Don’t knock it until you try it. Anyway, each kit comes with two sushi rolling mats, five pairs of chopsticks, a paddle, a spreader, and a PDF of instructions, including recipes for six popular rolls.

Promising review: “The entire Bamboo Sushi Kit is absolutely well made, easy to use, easy to clean, high-end restaurant quality, and durable. it was very nicely packaged, and instructions clear, in-depth and very easy to follow. No one (myself included) in my household has ever made sushi before but (thanks to the enclosed instructions), there were no issues making it. My daughter did an awesome job utilizing these products to make ‘FISH-FREE SUSHI’ with pickled ginger on top, was delectable! Finally, I highly recommend this set. It comes at a small cost but don’t let that deter you — the quality and overall aforementioned features is undoubtedly above and beyond excellent, thus (IMO), it is the perfect product! Loooooove it!” —Liza

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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Plus a pair of glowing light saber chopsticks to bring balance to the Force *and* to your sushi — just because you’re always eating at home doesn’t mean dinner can’t be ~out of this world~.


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As you can see from the above GIF, I bought these for myself, and I love them to pieces. TBH, I use them as decor every bit as much as I use them to eat. Sometimes I just keep them in my work area to light them up during the day to feel fancy. They toggle back and forth between a bunch of different colors, like red, blue, yellow, purple, and multicolor, so you can either make them match *or* have a red and blue one together and bring ~balance~ to the Force.

Promising review: “The chopsticks are very durable, and the glow is bright. They’re a bit bigger that I expected — but very pleased nonetheless with the product because it serves the purpose and is entertaining for kids, right up to adult Star Wars nerds. It also made the perfect gift for my fellow Star Wars nerds. I’ve been too busy playing with them rather than using them to eat food — but hopefully that will eventually happen before the batteries need changing.” —Anthony

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.97.


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As you can see from the above GIF, I bought these for myself, and I love them to pieces. TBH, I use them as decor every bit as much as I use them to eat. Sometimes I just keep them in my work area to light them up during the day to feel fancy. They toggle back and forth between a bunch of different colors, like red, blue, yellow, purple, and multicolor, so you can either make them match *or* have a red and blue one together and bring ~balance~ to the Force.

Promising review: “The chopsticks are very durable, and the glow is bright. They’re a bit bigger that I expected — but very pleased nonetheless with the product because it serves the purpose and is entertaining for kids, right up to adult Star Wars nerds. It also made the perfect gift for my fellow Star Wars nerds. I’ve been too busy playing with them rather than using them to eat food — but hopefully that will eventually happen before the batteries need changing.” —Anthony

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.97.

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A beginner’s embroidery kit for adults, so you can have something soothing to do with your hands while you binge yet another Netflix series full of murder, murder, and a side of…well, murder. (At least now your stitching will be tighter than the main suspect’s alibi!)

Model embroidering flowers into a hoop


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Each kit comes with a simple design, a cotton cloth, a bamboo embroidery hoop, a little scissor, colored threads, embroidery needles, and instructions, so you should be raring to go when it arrives!

Promising review: “I’ve never done anything like this before … but I like to try new things, and I’ve just recently moved and wanted to decorate my house with some handmade decor. This kit is a great value for the price! It came with the hoop, more than enough thread, and two needles! The printed pattern is very clear and easy to follow, and the little sheet of instructions on what stitch to use and how to do it is clear enough (and anything I don’t understand I just watch a tutorial on YouTube). I’m about three hours into the project already and I didn’t want to put it down last night. I was up until 2 a.m. stitching away! It’s fun, simple and it’s going to look very cute next to my collection of cacti!! Thank you for a great quality product, and for allowing me to add another hobby to my ever growing stack!” —Abby

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five different patterns).

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OR a beginner’s crochet kit, which comes with all the basic tools you’ll need, plus detailed instructions for over 30 different simple projects like blankets and beanies and scarves. Once you get the hang of this you’ll be the coziest punk in town.

The kit with its contents laid out


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Each pack contains It contains five Susan Bates Silvalume crochet hooks, one afghan hook, two yarn needles, a knit check, and an instruction book. Plus — special instruction for lefties!

Promising review: “Great for beginners!! I bought this book to learn crochet. I’d never done it before, but after just a few minutes I was making basic stitches! I was making actual projects the next day! The pictures are very clear and helpful.” —Lianne

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

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A subscription to EveryPlate, an affordable, easy-to-use meal kit service that you can customize to your needs so you don’t get stuck in a rut eating the same meals at home over and over again (sorry to @ you, all three frozen pizzas in my freezer).

A plate of breaded chicken, green beans, and toast


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With the subscription, you can specify whether you want servings for two or four people, and whether you want three, four, or five meals per week. Each meal arrives with all of the fresh ingredients you need and easy-to-follow instructions. You can select your meals from the site’s Weekly Menu, which shows up to three weeks in advance and includes 13 meals, along with the list of ingredients and instructions so you can peruse them in advance.

Promising review: “Not only are the recipes easy to follow with a minimal amount of cleanup afterwards, but the food is delicious!” —David Sirota

Get it from EveryPlate for $4.99/serving.

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A set of affordable, highly popular (seriously, these have over 100,000 popular reviews) wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you can either go into full ~flow~ when you’re trying to get work done, or immerse yourself in a meditative podcast if you’re trying to chill. Oh, did I mention that they’re also so waterproof you can TAKE THEM IN THE SHOWER?? We love to see it.


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These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for four+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Psst — these are also a great option for going outside in a mask, since it doesn’t have wires that’ll get tangled in the mask straps.

Promising review: “Color me impressed! I first fell in love with wireless earbuds with Taotronics. However I wanted to use them to sleep with and they do not fit comfortably laying on them. They also shorted out in the shower which scared me since they are supposed to be waterproof. Enter TOZO T10. I took a chance since the profile seemed smaller and it paid off! First thing i did was try them in the shower no problem at all! Washed my hair and everything lol. I’m a side sleeper and am able to fall asleep comfortably listening to my audio books. Big thing for people is sound quality — I must say these SURPASSED my expectations! I can’t even listen past half volume, deep bass, clear sounds and no crackles, super impressed! The magnets in the charger are very strong, no issues of them falling out and the case is sturdier and battery life longer than my Taotronics set. I haven’t used those since I got these! Only weird thing I noticed is if you put your hand up close to the non master side the volume fades on that side, it’s quirky but not annoying, lol. I fully endorse these you will love love love them!”ca1234

Get it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).


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These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for four+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Psst — these are also a great option for going outside in a mask, since it doesn’t have wires that’ll get tangled in the mask straps.

Promising review: “Color me impressed! I first fell in love with wireless earbuds with Taotronics. However I wanted to use them to sleep with and they do not fit comfortably laying on them. They also shorted out in the shower which scared me since they are supposed to be waterproof. Enter TOZO T10. I took a chance since the profile seemed smaller and it paid off! First thing i did was try them in the shower no problem at all! Washed my hair and everything lol. I’m a side sleeper and am able to fall asleep comfortably listening to my audio books. Big thing for people is sound quality — I must say these SURPASSED my expectations! I can’t even listen past half volume, deep bass, clear sounds and no crackles, super impressed! The magnets in the charger are very strong, no issues of them falling out and the case is sturdier and battery life longer than my Taotronics set. I haven’t used those since I got these! Only weird thing I noticed is if you put your hand up close to the non master side the volume fades on that side, it’s quirky but not annoying, lol. I fully endorse these you will love love love them!”ca1234

Get it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).

27.

A s’mores griller so you can have all of the summer camp vibes you and your Parent Trap-loving self deserve without ever leaving the house.

A s'mores grilling rack with six present s'mores in cages next to a plate of cooked s'mores


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The top and bottom of this snap together to fit in an oven, so you can grill up six perfectly crisp, melted s’mores at once. It also works with grills and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

Get it from Bespoke Post for $28.

28.

A pack of mini rainbow scratch art notes that will transport you back to your youth so fast that you will suddenly have a craving for Goldfish crackers and apple juice so aggressive it CANNOT BE IGNORED.


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Promising review: “I love this little scratch art pad. Sometimes I just need a break and a little distraction to let my brain breathe so I pull this out and make all sorts of designs. You do get a little of a mess by scratching the black off but I usually have a big mess cause I end up scratching the whole thing off. Can’t help it. Kid at heart I guess.” —Jane

Get a pack of 125 notes for $8.99.


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Promising review: “I love this little scratch art pad. Sometimes I just need a break and a little distraction to let my brain breathe so I pull this out and make all sorts of designs. You do get a little of a mess by scratching the black off but I usually have a big mess cause I end up scratching the whole thing off. Can’t help it. Kid at heart I guess.” —Jane

Get a pack of 125 notes for $8.99.

29.

A TikTok-famous Peach Cobbler Seasoning you’ve definitely seen before if you’re following performer and vegan foodie influencer Tabitha Brown — she used this on her vegan peach biscuits video last year, and if there were ever a time to recreate it at home, it’s right the heck now.


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Chef Carmen’s Igotchu Seasonings is an Atlanta-based, Black woman-owned business that has specialized in curated seasoning blends for meats, veggies, and desserts for over 20 years. You can check out Tabitha Brown’s ridiculously delicious peach biscuit recipe video for inspo, but this seasoning also goes well with pies, cobblers, and baked fruits.

Get it from Igotchu Seasonings for $9.

(Psst — this seasoning is also salt-free, and Igotchu Seasonings has a bunch of salt-free options on its website.)


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Chef Carmen’s Igotchu Seasonings is an Atlanta-based, Black woman-owned business that has specialized in curated seasoning blends for meats, veggies, and desserts for over 20 years. You can check out Tabitha Brown’s ridiculously delicious peach biscuit recipe video for inspo, but this seasoning also goes well with pies, cobblers, and baked fruits.

Get it from Igotchu Seasonings for $9.

(Psst — this seasoning is also salt-free, and Igotchu Seasonings has a bunch of salt-free options on its website.)

30.

A 16-pack of Korean face masks made with vitamin E and collagen so you can while away your hours watching Netflix and get the post-mask glo up of your Instagram dreams.


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The pack comes in 16 different varieties, so every night your face can take a new adventure — I’m talking lavender, cucumber, green tea, the whole shebang. Now your face can ~taste the rainbow~.

Promising review: “These sheet masks are legit. I use one every night, it has been week one and my skin has never looked better! I haven’t had the confidence to step out without foundation in a while. After using these sheet masks consistently I actually want to go out without foundation. My skin feels smooth, it looks soft, clear, bright, and glows! Not only does it work on me but my mom has been using them with me and there has been obvious improvement in her skin texture. After washing my face at night with a mild face wash I slap one of these babies on for 30 min and remove the sheet. Massage the extra essence into my skin and neck and I wake up with dewy, soft, supple, and glowing skin. I just rinse my face with water, which I used to have to do a mild face wash before and don’t even need any moisturizer. My skin stays moisturized all day. I can’t live without these now. The price is so worth it for the results.” —Amy Sanchez

Get a 16-pack from Amazon fo $9.99.


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The pack comes in 16 different varieties, so every night your face can take a new adventure — I’m talking lavender, cucumber, green tea, the whole shebang. Now your face can ~taste the rainbow~.

Promising review: “These sheet masks are legit. I use one every night, it has been week one and my skin has never looked better! I haven’t had the confidence to step out without foundation in a while. After using these sheet masks consistently I actually want to go out without foundation. My skin feels smooth, it looks soft, clear, bright, and glows! Not only does it work on me but my mom has been using them with me and there has been obvious improvement in her skin texture. After washing my face at night with a mild face wash I slap one of these babies on for 30 min and remove the sheet. Massage the extra essence into my skin and neck and I wake up with dewy, soft, supple, and glowing skin. I just rinse my face with water, which I used to have to do a mild face wash before and don’t even need any moisturizer. My skin stays moisturized all day. I can’t live without these now. The price is so worth it for the results.” —Amy Sanchez

Get a 16-pack from Amazon fo $9.99.

31.

A spooky skull-shaped ice mold so you can break up the monotony of your drinks with some *bone-chilling* ice — or use them for a new hobby! These are also great for making soaps, birthday candles, chocolate, and fondant, covering all your miscellaneous undead needs.


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Promising review: “Got these to make ice cubes for a Halloween party. It’s very easy to use and easy to clean. The cubes come out perfectly. I’m probably going to try to use it to make chocolate skulls next.” —Amazon Customer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.69.


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Promising review: “Got these to make ice cubes for a Halloween party. It’s very easy to use and easy to clean. The cubes come out perfectly. I’m probably going to try to use it to make chocolate skulls next.” —Amazon Customer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.69.

32.

A glare-free Kindle Paperwhite that is, bless its technological heart, fully waterproof, so you can finally read rom-coms in the bathtub without sending all the unsuspecting characters to an early watery grave.


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This will not only hold thousands of books, but will let you read the *chef’s kiss* way you like best — you can customize it with all their favorite fonts and layouts, and organize your virtual shelves to your precise standards. Bonus — its charge lasts weeks (plural!!).

Promising review: “I am an avid reader and adore the new Paperwhite! To me, it’s the perfect reader. No light bleed through, easy to control the amount of backlight, easy to download books and simply just easy to read my books. It did not come with the very latest software uploaded but within 24 hours of being connected to my Wi-Fi, the kindle updated itself. Using overdrive on my phone or tablet, it’s easy to borrow books and return books from my library. The newest update allows you to return right from your Paperwhite and that is a huge improvement. As a Prime member, I get a free book every month plus I follow several emails that alert to free or greatly discounted books. 8 GB of storage is way more than enough for me. I find the weight to be significantly less than a paperback even with a case. I am happy with this purchase!” —Sherry Thurman

Read BuzzFeed’s closer look at the Kindle Paperwhite for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.


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This will not only hold thousands of books, but will let you read the *chef’s kiss* way you like best — you can customize it with all their favorite fonts and layouts, and organize your virtual shelves to your precise standards. Bonus — its charge lasts weeks (plural!!).

Promising review: “I am an avid reader and adore the new Paperwhite! To me, it’s the perfect reader. No light bleed through, easy to control the amount of backlight, easy to download books and simply just easy to read my books. It did not come with the very latest software uploaded but within 24 hours of being connected to my Wi-Fi, the kindle updated itself. Using overdrive on my phone or tablet, it’s easy to borrow books and return books from my library. The newest update allows you to return right from your Paperwhite and that is a huge improvement. As a Prime member, I get a free book every month plus I follow several emails that alert to free or greatly discounted books. 8 GB of storage is way more than enough for me. I find the weight to be significantly less than a paperback even with a case. I am happy with this purchase!” —Sherry Thurman

Read BuzzFeed’s closer look at the Kindle Paperwhite for more deets!

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

33.

A five-year One Line A Day journal to give you a little ritual to look forward to at the end of every day (and really look forward to once the years start to overlap!).


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The book comes with 365 pages, each of which has lines for five days, so they’ll write on the same page each year when the date comes around again. It’s a really cool way to reflect on their ~journey~ — kind of like those “this time last year!” things your phone or Facebook does, except they’re the ones in control of what gets written and saved.

Get it from Amazon for $14.44 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $15.59.


Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

The book comes with 365 pages, each of which has lines for five days, so they’ll write on the same page each year when the date comes around again. It’s a really cool way to reflect on their ~journey~ — kind of like those “this time last year!” things your phone or Facebook does, except they’re the ones in control of what gets written and saved.

Get it from Amazon for $14.44 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $15.59.

34.

A set of Golden Girls-themed shot glasses so you can set up an Instagram poll to make your friends help you decide what flavor of shot each of these icons should be for your next Zoom happy hour.

Clear shot glasses with images of the faces of each of the four Golden Girls on them


Toynk

Get it from Toynk for $23.99 (plus free shipping!).

35.

A foaming bubble bath with Epsom salts to help relieve aching muscles and give you something decadent to look forward to all day.

Reviewer image of foamy bath tub


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Promising review: “Love this product. The Rosemary and Mint is my favorite; it has a nice scent and makes for a lovely, relaxing soak in the tub. Use this a lot when our family has a head cold; the vapors seem to help de-congestion. Purchased several for gifts to family this year.” —psychebelow

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four scents).

36.

A set of adorable hanging cat spoons, because nothing will cure boredom quite like having these precious little beans popping out of your coffee cup.


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Promising review: “I loved these spoons so much that I ordered more for myself and my mother in-law. They attach to the side of your coffee mug easily, stay put, and don’t even get in the way when you are drinking out of it.” —Handy

Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99 (available in five colors).


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Promising review: “I loved these spoons so much that I ordered more for myself and my mother in-law. They attach to the side of your coffee mug easily, stay put, and don’t even get in the way when you are drinking out of it.” —Handy

Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99 (available in five colors).

37.

A quarantine-themed Schitt’s Creek coloring book download for anyone whose social distance vibe is ~a little bit Alexis~.

Five Schitt's Creek-themed prints with text


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Signet Sealed is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in city-themed water colors and downloadable coloring pages.

Promising review: “Super fun, easy to print. Very satisfied with purchase.” —Paige Wynne

Get it from Signet Sealed on Etsy for $3.

38.

A mini waffle maker that will churn out adorably-sized, perfectly cooked-through waffles, but will also do a mean hash brown, panini, biscuit, and even (gasp) PIZZA. If you’ve got time to experiment at home, make that time Waffle O’Clock.

Small pin waffle maker with fully cooked heart shaped waffle in it


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The obvious bonus here is, of course, that you can Instagram the absurdly cute results.

Promising review: “It’s mini mini, perfect if you’re in a dorm/small apartment/just don’t have a lot of storage space. It cooks super duper quick, honestly I think this would actually make enough waffles for a big group faster than my old waffle maker which was your typical heavy clunky Belgian waffle-maker which took forever to heat up. The thing came with a little recipe book in the back of the instruction manual and the basic waffle recipe is perfect!” —Dana

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in nine other non-heart-shaped colors).

39.

A *super* compact eight-in-one spiralizer that also grates cheese, juices fruits, cuts ribbons, and more, so you can go to town with kitchen experiments. Freshly squeezed OJ? Zoodles in the air fryer? Grated Parmesan on your pasta? Done, done, and done. (And you never have to say “when”!!)


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I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I’ve started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it’s very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you’re ever portioning things out for a recipe.

Promising review: “LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I’ve used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it’s sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don’t love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that’s with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I’ve owned. But, overall I’d recommend it :)” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


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I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I’ve started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it’s very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you’re ever portioning things out for a recipe.

Promising review: “LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I’ve used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it’s sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don’t love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that’s with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I’ve owned. But, overall I’d recommend it :)” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

40.

A ’90s-themed Cards Against Humanity pack to give your deck a much-needed refresher, featuring era-specific gems such as “Freeing Willy,” and “Liking big butts and not being able to lie about it.”

Five black cards with '90s themed prompts and blanks


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Promising review: “Back in my day *adjusts old lady glasses* we didn’t have memes with quick turnaround on the internets. We had mildly inappropriate cartoons that went over our heads, fashion fads that you young’ins replicate poorly on ’90s Night,’ and Jim Carrey talking with his butt. This Cards Against Humanity pack makes me feel cool knowing all the references. Sooo glad I saved valuable brain memory space for a Sunny-D commercial slogan from 20+ years ago!” —viciouslikeme

Get a pack of 30 cards from Amazon for $4.99.

41.

A plant-your-own-pizza garden which yes, is technically for children, but aren’t we all children in the eyes of our lord and savior Pizza Rat? Besides, this is a ridiculously easy way to get into growing your own herbs, with an end goal we can all get behind.

A small circular tabletop garden sectioned into four parts to grow different micrgreens


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Promising review: “A big hit with a 5-year-old and his 3-year-old brother who are being introduced to the wonder of gardening by their parents. The genius of this toy(?) is that it is connected to something these kids love (pizza) and helps stoke their enthusiasm for growing things that they can eat. The modest size of the items included are just about right for little kids to get their heads and hands around. Great quote from the 5-year old: “Are there seeds for pepperoni (sausage) in here too?” —Barry Ballow

Get it from Amazon for $22.

42.

A 74-piece cake decorating set for beginners that will take you from zero to Cake Boss in no time flat. This kit isn’t messing around — it comes with 12 (!!) decorating tips, textured scrapers, pastry bags, and even a turn table for your cakes so you can get smooth, even lines on the first try.

Models using the cake decorating tools to frost cakes


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Y’all, it even comes with a tri-color coupler so you can COMBINE FROSTING COLORS and make a cool rainbow effect 🌈. A glorious cake blessing if there ever were one.

Promising review: “My family really likes this cake decorating set! We’ve used similar sets in the past, but they’ve generally cost more or didn’t include all the nozzles. The combs are also nice to have, and with the stand, this decorating set actually includes everything you need to make a homemade cake that looks professionally done.” —Alex

Get it from Amazon for $19.79.

43.

A collapsible microwave popcorn maker that doubles as a serving bowl, so you can have buttery sustenance as you fall into a To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie marathon hole so deep it probably doesn’t have a bottom.


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All you have to do is add generic kernels + whatever oils or butters you feel in your heart, and you’ll be raring to go.

Promising review: “This is a fast, effective and low-cost means to prepare popcorn. I got tired of paying a premium for microwave popcorn packets at the grocery. I didn’t want another appliance on my counter to air pop either. This was the perfect solution. I use inexpensive bulk popping corn, no oil or salt and I don’t have to worry about the metal in the microwave popcorn bags that gets extremely hot and scorches the upside down paper plate I have to put under the microwave bag each time. Plus, weren’t we told not to put anything metal in the microwave anyway? I pull the Salbree out, expand it and add a 1/4 cup of popping corn kernels in the base to the full line. I put it in the microwave for 3+ minutes and listen for the kernels to stop popping. Using the cool handles I lift it out of the microwave, give it a minute to cool and add just enough butter to give it flavor. Then I eat right out of the same bowl I cooked in. When done I dump out the few kernels that didn’t pop. I wash it out with dish soap and hot water, let it dry and then put it away for next time. Economical, safe, less oil and salt and only one bowl to clean. No new appliance and no metal in the microwave. Pure genius. A great value.” —RobG

Psst — if you’re looking for way to add some pizzazz to your snack, check out BuzzFeed’s ideas for flavoring popcorn!

Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 16 other colors).


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All you have to do is add generic kernels + whatever oils or butters you feel in your heart, and you’ll be raring to go.

Promising review: “This is a fast, effective and low-cost means to prepare popcorn. I got tired of paying a premium for microwave popcorn packets at the grocery. I didn’t want another appliance on my counter to air pop either. This was the perfect solution. I use inexpensive bulk popping corn, no oil or salt and I don’t have to worry about the metal in the microwave popcorn bags that gets extremely hot and scorches the upside down paper plate I have to put under the microwave bag each time. Plus, weren’t we told not to put anything metal in the microwave anyway? I pull the Salbree out, expand it and add a 1/4 cup of popping corn kernels in the base to the full line. I put it in the microwave for 3+ minutes and listen for the kernels to stop popping. Using the cool handles I lift it out of the microwave, give it a minute to cool and add just enough butter to give it flavor. Then I eat right out of the same bowl I cooked in. When done I dump out the few kernels that didn’t pop. I wash it out with dish soap and hot water, let it dry and then put it away for next time. Economical, safe, less oil and salt and only one bowl to clean. No new appliance and no metal in the microwave. Pure genius. A great value.” —RobG

Psst — if you’re looking for way to add some pizzazz to your snack, check out BuzzFeed’s ideas for flavoring popcorn!

Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 16 other colors).

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