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A red wine stain remover that proves there’s no use in crying over spilled Merlot (that’s a phrase, right?). Just spritz, wipe, and pour yourself a new glass.


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It’s non-toxic and bleach-free — working at the ~molecular~ level to break up stains for easy removal. I love science, don’t you?

Promising review: “It did pass my first test! I did not expect to use this product a couple of days after I received it. Had a spill of red over one of my favorite shirts. I did try to remove the most dramatic area with water and soap right away; then I let this product sink in for half hour before washing and voilà it was all gone!” —Gerson Melgar

Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in various sizes).



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It’s non-toxic and bleach-free — working at the ~molecular~ level to break up stains for easy removal. I love science, don’t you?

Promising review: “It did pass my first test! I did not expect to use this product a couple of days after I received it. Had a spill of red over one of my favorite shirts. I did try to remove the most dramatic area with water and soap right away; then I let this product sink in for half hour before washing and voilà it was all gone!” —Gerson Melgar

Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in various sizes).

2.

A compact cutlery organizing tray so you can keep your knives and forks organized while still having space in the drawer for other things.

Cutlery in a drawer


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Promising review: “I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons, etc. in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!” —mialro

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

3.

A handheld pot strainer because getting a whole other dish just to drain water ain’t it. Bonus: it’s easy to handle, wash, and store.

A person using the tool to drain water


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Promising review: “How did I ever get along without this item? I use it so often and it saves me from having to get a colander or strainer dirty every time I need to drain water from a pot. I’ve bought it at least twice for gifts, probably more.”Deborah

Get it from Amazon for $13.83.

4.

A glass water bottle so you don’t have to go back and forth from the sink every hour just to stay hydrated. Unlike a lot of water bottles, this one comes with a rubber grip so you won’t drop it.

A reviewer drinking from the water bottle


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Promising review: “This glass bottle is pretty cool. I’ve been trying to get away from the plastic bottles due to all the chemicals that pops up in the news every day. I wasn’t sure if I was sold on the glass bottle because I was worried about it dropping and breaking. The bottle is not as heavy as I thought it would be and there was no weird taste coming from the bottle in my water. I like that it comes with the rubber grip for extra protection when you have sweaty hands after a workout. The cleaning brush was a nice bonus because cleaning bottles can be a pain.” —LaTasha

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 11 colors).

5.

A renter-friendly gallery wall set that arrives at your door perfectly ready to mount — no printing necessary. Upload your favorite photos through the Mixtiles app, place your order, and pop the frames on the wall.

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No sweat, Mixtiles are meant to be moved. I tried a set of Mixtiles because I’ve been threatening to do a gallery wall for months. We all know coordinating picture frames and prints can be costly and time consuming, so it was out of budget. Then, I found out about Mixtiles. All I had to do was download the app and upload great quality pictures that fit a square. The photos arrived super quickly and the images look phenomenal. I can’t wait to put them on my gallery wall (once I buy a laser level).

Get a set of eight from Mixtiles for $75 (originally $88; also available in sets of 12 or 16).

6.

A pack of Blistex that’s the truth for several reasons. First off, it’s so buttery and applies smoothly. Plus, it has menthol which increases blood flow and makes my lips look sooo plump. Third: You’re not going to beat the price.


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I take this from room to room with me because it’s that good. My lips used to be super dry and crackly but now they’re giving Chaka Khan’s Jive Talkin’ album cover. The price point is so accessible, I’ll probably use this for the rest of my life. I like that it has a little kick of menthol because I feel like it’s actually healing my lips. A tiny bit goes a long way, see how much is on my finger?

Promising review: “Blistex has always held a special place in my heart. It works so well for dry, cracked lips, or even if you like something a bit thicker on your lips, like me! I always have to have a few spares on me at all times!” —Melia Milhorat

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.16.



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I take this from room to room with me because it’s that good. My lips used to be super dry and crackly but now they’re giving Chaka Khan’s Jive Talkin’ album cover. The price point is so accessible, I’ll probably use this for the rest of my life. I like that it has a little kick of menthol because I feel like it’s actually healing my lips. A tiny bit goes a long way, see how much is on my finger?

Promising review: “Blistex has always held a special place in my heart. It works so well for dry, cracked lips, or even if you like something a bit thicker on your lips, like me! I always have to have a few spares on me at all times!” —Melia Milhorat

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.16.

7.

An Echo Dot so helpful, it can control your other smart devices like TV, lights, AC, and more. I’m considering buying one just for the useful home security features.

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Promising review: “Excellent and life changing. As a mom of four and as a full-time home renovator, I found that this product changed my life. I always have paint, grout, cement, or wood stain on my hands and struggled to change my music while working without stopping everything to wash and dry my hands. I am an EXTREMELY impatient person and rush to do everything. Stopping to change music was extremely frustrating and time-consuming. I no longer have to stop to text. Stop to write a grocery list!! Stop to change the music! (Alexa actually sends my grocery list to me so I can access it while at the store!) Holy cow! My two teenagers and toddlers also use Alexa constantly for entertainment. My 3-year-old knows how to access Alexa’s capabilities and often commands her to play her favorite Elmo tunes and so on! 100% worth the buy!” —SuperFam

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available with add ons).

8.

A bug bite suction tool to help you skip the whole itchy, swelling ordeal that comes after being accosted by a bug. It’s 100% worth the hype, and it was invented by a mom.


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Promising review: “Lifesaver! I got this just in time for a family camping trip, as my child and I are both highly allergic to mosquitoes and the bites swell up very badly. We both used this on our bites and I am shocked at the results! The bites did not swell up like they normally do, and the itching was reduced to a minimum. I am absolutely sold and would recommend this product to anyone with bug bite issues!” —dzmom

Promising review: “Seriously! Buy this. Buy multiple, keep one in the car, in the camper, in the bathroom, everywhere! This sucker (pun intended) WORKS! Like his mama, my son has sensitive skin and is extremely reactive to bug bites. He was stung by multiple wasps on the playground and I had this in my car, luckily. We got all the stingers out, no pain, no tears, and the best part, NO WELTS! Normally his skin would swell up and these horrible purple welts would be at each and every spot where he was bitten/stung, so painful for him. But, after using this right away, we had to really look hard for the spots were he got stung the next morning. I’ve since used it on fire ant bites on our feet (iykyk) and it worked like a charm. No itch or weird whitehead from the bite, a lifesaver for sure! DO NOT hesitate to buy this, it’s worth it and then some!” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).



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Promising review: “Lifesaver! I got this just in time for a family camping trip, as my child and I are both highly allergic to mosquitoes and the bites swell up very badly. We both used this on our bites and I am shocked at the results! The bites did not swell up like they normally do, and the itching was reduced to a minimum. I am absolutely sold and would recommend this product to anyone with bug bite issues!” —dzmom

Promising review: “Seriously! Buy this. Buy multiple, keep one in the car, in the camper, in the bathroom, everywhere! This sucker (pun intended) WORKS! Like his mama, my son has sensitive skin and is extremely reactive to bug bites. He was stung by multiple wasps on the playground and I had this in my car, luckily. We got all the stingers out, no pain, no tears, and the best part, NO WELTS! Normally his skin would swell up and these horrible purple welts would be at each and every spot where he was bitten/stung, so painful for him. But, after using this right away, we had to really look hard for the spots were he got stung the next morning. I’ve since used it on fire ant bites on our feet (iykyk) and it worked like a charm. No itch or weird whitehead from the bite, a lifesaver for sure! DO NOT hesitate to buy this, it’s worth it and then some!” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

9.

A tube of Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 because nothing compares to healthy skin. I love wearing this sunscreen because it also works as a primer, goes on totally clear, and protects my skin from blue light. All of that means less hyperpigmentation and more even skin.


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Promising review: “I’ve only been using unseen for a few days, but so far I’m really loving it. It’s truly a game-changer, especially for women with darker skin tones. It goes on so smooth and velvety and leaves no white cast! Hopefully, it doesn’t make my acne-prone skin break out *crosses fingers* or else it’s back to the drawing board.” —Joy V.

Get it from Supergoop, Sephora, or Amazon for $20+ (available in two sizes).



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Promising review: “I’ve only been using unseen for a few days, but so far I’m really loving it. It’s truly a game-changer, especially for women with darker skin tones. It goes on so smooth and velvety and leaves no white cast! Hopefully, it doesn’t make my acne-prone skin break out *crosses fingers* or else it’s back to the drawing board.” —Joy V.

Get it from Supergoop, Sephora, or Amazon for $20+ (available in two sizes).

10.

A gorgeous Vitruvi diffuser that’ll fill your life with delightful scents for up to 18 hours (!!!) which is great since aromatherapy can have so many mental health benefits. It’s totally natural and very safe to use.

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I really like this diffuser because it fills my space quickly. Plus, it’s very easy to use and doesn’t require much water. I keep this in my living room and the shape totally fits my decor style. Also super helpful? It has several settings so you can have aromatherapy for up to 18 hours.

Promising review: “This is my second Vitruvi diffuser and I loved the stone diffuser so I decided to give this one a try. This one is just as great! It is small yet very powerful. I use this in my living area and it’s perfect. It adds a nice aesthetic touch as a decor piece with a light option and the timer function is great. If you’re looking for a powerful yet not so bulky diffuser, this is the one.” —yuri akaike

Get it from Amazon for $159 (available in four colors).

11.

A smart self-cleaning litter box since nobody actually likes scooping poop, but everyone hates a smelly litter box sooo much more. Beyond separating the poop for easy disposal, it’s also fully Wi-Fi-enabled to connect with your smartphone. The app it uses can monitor your cat’s health and litter box when you’re not home.

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Promising review: “At first, Phoenix was kinda iffy. She had to sniff around, dig around, and just investigate it from all angles. She eventually urinated in it for the first time sometime during the first night of having it. She was originally nervous and curious and as she is a guard cat (literally, no joke), she would be on high alert and run to investigate every time the thing would self-clean. It seemed to take her about a day or so to feel comfortable defecating in it. During this time and currently, she has not used the restroom elsewhere in the house, only in the litterbox. All I did was place the litterbox in the spot her normal litterbox used to be and showed it to her. I did not need to ease her into the new litter. As for the concern for the smell, I have not noticed any smell off of the litterbox at all. I do not smell urine or poop. When the litterbox cleans itself, it puts the scooped items into a special compartment so we don’t have to see or smell them. It seems to do an excellent job at cleaning all of Phoenix’s excrement. All in all, I am very pleased with this purchase so far.” —Alexis Caldwell

Get it from Amazon for $249.95+ (available in two styles).

12.

A dishwasher-safe pink and gold dinnerware set to infuse every meal with personality, dishes don’t have to be white. Your food is a reflection of you, your cutlery and dinnerware should be too.

The bowls and cutlery next to rose quartz and a recipe book and palo santo


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Wash these soon after use to keep them in great condition. The brand recommends using anti-abrasive, noncitrus detergent, and rinse-aids to prevent water droplets from lingering on the flatware. If you go with gold or black flatware, dry those immediately.

My kitchen looks very plain, so I’m trying to make it reflect *me*. Although I haven’t had the energy to put contact paper on the cabinets, I was able to add some personality with my Year & Day set. It’s an investment, but you’re really gonna love them. The plates are super large and everything I cook looks downright delicious in their bowls. Stainless steel cutlery is absolutely necessary, but I like switching it up sometimes with Year & Day’s gold flatware. They make gorgeous serving-ware too. Anything from this brand makes would be a dope housewarming or holiday present.

Year and Day is a small, woman-owned business that makes thoughtful flatware and ceramics to elevate the more mundane moments of your life. 

Get the ceramics set from Year & Day for $52 (available in four colors) and the flatware set for $280 (available in four finishes).

13.

Some elegant spice and pantry labels with timeless, easy-to-read typography so going through your pantry isn’t as stressful.

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Promising review: “These labels are beyond my expectation! I’m totally in love with the way they look. My pantry looks so organized and modern. I’m in love and will definitely purchase from this shop again!!” —Sandra Yzaguirre

Real And Vibrant is a woman-owned small business. When cook and author Sapana Chandra was looking for a way to organizer her spice drawer, she just decided to create her own durable, beautiful, and modern labels. She’s been selling them on Etsy since 2020. This bundle has labels for both spices and pantry items — you can see what is included in each set in the description for the item. And if there are labels not included that you’re interested in you can always custom order the spices or pantry labels you need.

Get the set from Real + Vibrant on Etsy for $30+ (available in 20-, 40-, or 80-packs for both spice and pantry sets, plus in four sizes for spices, and three sizes for pantry).

14.

A conveniently portable massage gun that’ll go 60% deeper than a typical vibration device to activate receptors, increase targeted blood flow, and untie the knots living in your muscles. Stress management is so important, and this gun makes decompressing easier than ever.

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I’ve had the Theragun Mini for months and it’s become central to my wellness routine. My body responds really positively to the heat. Needless to say, I use this with the Supersoft attachment when I’m sore, depressed, anxious, and when I’m happy. It never fails to make being in my body a more enjoyable experience. Plus, you can get maximum results after about two minutes of usage.

Promising review: “I am pleasantly surprised (one might say shocked) by how well this little device does its job. I’ve been doing a lot of hiking in the past few months, and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that my muscle recovery time isn’t what it used to be. The Theragun Mini has been amazing for post-hike wind-down, and I don’t feel the icky next day soreness nearly as much anymore. I haven’t tried percussive massagers but can say that the intensity and benefits are easily comparable to a regular in-person massage session. It’s easy to hold/handle. Battery time is more than acceptable —it takes about an hour to fully charge, which gives about two hours of runtime. It’s very quiet for how powerful it is. it’s high-pitched and kind of sounds like an electric toothbrush. It’s also really portable and comes with a soft protective case that I’ve also been storing it in. This is definitely a good introductory device into the world of percussive massagers. It has changed my well-being for the better.” —Olga

Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in two colors).

15.

A copy of Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs by Bruce W. Talamon — it does the heavy lifting when it comes to improving your living room experience. Overflowing with brilliant photos of the most iconic musicians we’ve seen in the past century, it makes for a great conversation starter.

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Promising review: “For the past four years, I love to constantly explore the culture of Afro-Americans during the 20th century. Either listening to music or searching for documentaries on their lives and the impact their culture had on the global scene. This photo album now is a centerpiece in my collection, and surely a means of cultural self-education, amongst my Rick James LPs. Thank you Taschen for providing such amazing work by working with great artists, photographers etc.” —Dafnomilis

Get it from Amazon for $67.90 or from Taschen for $70+ (available in a larger version).

16.

A set of shoe deodorizers because there’s nothing more embarrassing than taking your shoes off and hearing someone ask, “What’s that smell?” 💀

A shelf of shoes with the rectangular deodorizer fabric bags inside


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They don’t mask odors; they also absorb moisture to prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from forming. You can reuse the bags for up to two years — just pop ’em in the sun for an hour every so often to freshen up.

Promising review: “I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! So I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!” —Erin

Get one pair from Amazon for $9.95 (available in packs of two and three).

Learn more about them in our charcoal shoe deodorizers review.

17.

A smart thermostat because we’ve all forgotten to turn off the AC/heater before leaving home. Adjust your settings remotely and via voice command to reduce your electricity bill.

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Promising review: “I did a lot of research on a smart thermostat before purchasing. First and foremost was the ability to monitor and set the temperature remotely, and to properly control my heat pump. An added bonus is this thermostat is compatible with Ecovent systems for my future upgrade to zone control. After studying most of the other units available, I came to the conclusion that while Sensi does not boast as many features, the features it has are extremely useful to me. That was the kicker. The fact that this unit costs hundreds less than the more feature-laden units out there is also a key factor.

I am not fooled by features that won’t be used, or used so seldom as to be superfluous. After all, what do you expect a thermostat to do? Regulate temperature – Check; Ability to schedule heating/cooling – Check, Be able to control from a smartphone – Check. Sensi does it all. As for learning behavior and the other features rife on other units. Those features require expensive sensors, tuning and frustrating and repeated calibration. For what? So it knows how warm to keep the house? Can’t you figure it out? It is my opinion you are better off saving the money, setting a comfortable schedule and forgetting it. If you can install a light switch or light electrical, you can install this. The web application and syncing the thermostat to the app was easy. Again, if you can’t figure that out, why are you getting a smart thermostat in the first place? Very basic, very intuitive. Not a lot of functions, but they all work. This is a well-designed, well-engineered product. You may want more features, but you don’t need them, in fact most people never use those features anyway. Best bang for the buck on the market.” —Daniel J. Cascioppo

Get it from Amazon for $99.

18.

A lawn repair formula of mulch, seeds, and soil amendments to help reverse pet-induced damage. Reviewers are raving about their results!

A reviewer's patchy lawn before using the product / A reviewer's lush lawn after using the product


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Promising review: “I have lacrosse players and dogs and this stuff is amazing. My yard looked like an abandoned lot before this and it literally ‘grew anywhere’ just like it said. The bag I planted last year actually came back strong this year so I put more down and it is working like a dream!” —chchmom

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

19.

An interesting grid planter that looks so much cooler than a solid nursery planter. I like placing these in darker corners of my home to instantly lift the mood.

A snake plant in the grid planter


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I love my Common House Studio planters. They’re large enough to hold my floor plants and I think they’re totally worth the splurge. Why? It’s hard to find plant pots of this size that are actually nice to look at. I like the quirky vibe they add to my space, plus the owner is super kind.

Common House Studio is a small, woman-owned business that makes chic planters by hand. Each and every planter is unique, as each one is painted by hand, without the use of stencils. 

Get it from Common House Studio for $94+ (available in four sizes).

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An iPhone 13 Pro because yes, it’s actually worth the upgrade. Beyond getting more storage, a two-plus-hour battery life extension, and Cinematic mode, it’s also made with the most durable smartphone glass out right now.


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I remember when the first iPhone dropped so I feel very old holding the 13 Pro in my hands. As usual, Apple delivered a high-end, luxe product that you can easily customize to meet your needs. As a multimedia journalist, I need a device with a strong camera for shoots. I sneeze and my memory is gone because I love music. I also have ADHD so usually run multiple apps at once. Needless to say, I love having and a fast processor that won’t trip as I’m quickly moving through applications. This camera almost feels too good to be in a smartphone. It’s kind of insane that I can shoot in Dolby Vision HDR, 4K, and Cinematic Mode — with three lense options. My phone is also my Apple TV remote, GPS, I remember when you had to go to the AT&T store to get your data and contacts transferred. To say I was thrilled by having my data and settings transferred in 15 minutes would be an understatement. having to go to the AT&T store to The recent iOS 15 update also

Get it from Amazon for $999+ or from Apple for $999+ (available in four colors and four storage options, as well as with monthly payments plans).



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I remember when the first iPhone dropped so I feel very old holding the 13 Pro in my hands. As usual, Apple delivered a high-end, luxe product that you can easily customize to meet your needs. As a multimedia journalist, I need a device with a strong camera for shoots. I sneeze and my memory is gone because I love music. I also have ADHD so usually run multiple apps at once. Needless to say, I love having and a fast processor that won’t trip as I’m quickly moving through applications. This camera almost feels too good to be in a smartphone. It’s kind of insane that I can shoot in Dolby Vision HDR, 4K, and Cinematic Mode — with three lense options. My phone is also my Apple TV remote, GPS, I remember when you had to go to the AT&T store to get your data and contacts transferred. To say I was thrilled by having my data and settings transferred in 15 minutes would be an understatement. having to go to the AT&T store to The recent iOS 15 update also

Get it from Amazon for $999+ or from Apple for $999+ (available in four colors and four storage options, as well as with monthly payments plans).

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A windshield cover that’ll sheild your car from the cold snowy days that lie ahead. With this, you may be able to retire from your part-time job as a window scraper.


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The shield cover is made with straps that hang down and attach to your car’s wheels for a secure and tight fit. This keeps snow/wind/and frost from building up under the cover!

Promising review: “This is the best thing I could have ever bought! I bought one for myself, my mom, and my sister. New England just got slammed with a nor’easter, and let me tell you…this thing works! It only took about five minutes to put on my car, and like five seconds to get it off this morning. No snow or ice anywhere on the wiper well or windshield. I highly recommend this!” —Shelley

Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in two sizes).



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The shield cover is made with straps that hang down and attach to your car’s wheels for a secure and tight fit. This keeps snow/wind/and frost from building up under the cover!

Promising review: “This is the best thing I could have ever bought! I bought one for myself, my mom, and my sister. New England just got slammed with a nor’easter, and let me tell you…this thing works! It only took about five minutes to put on my car, and like five seconds to get it off this morning. No snow or ice anywhere on the wiper well or windshield. I highly recommend this!” —Shelley

Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in two sizes).

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A spice jar drawer liner so your spice cabinets look more like a Warhol painting than a whirlwind of seasonings. Slide these drawer strips into place and boom, no more MIA spices.


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Promising review: “I’m very happy with these organizers! I stuck them in a drawer, added jars of spices, and voilà! It took two minutes to bring order to my messy spice collection. I now can instantly find what I need when I need it without the frustrating hunt.” —Susana

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).



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Promising review: “I’m very happy with these organizers! I stuck them in a drawer, added jars of spices, and voilà! It took two minutes to bring order to my messy spice collection. I now can instantly find what I need when I need it without the frustrating hunt.” —Susana

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

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A set of space-saving bags for cutting your closet in half —literally. Without all that extra air, you just might be able to see your closet again.


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Promising review: “I’ve just downsized from a large home in the suburbs to condo living in downtown. Purging and getting rid of so much stuff that I’ve accumulated throughout the years was life-changing! I had quite a bit of really nice bedding that I wanted to keep, but had very little storage space. I decided to order these jumbo bags for King down duvets, thick blankets and king sized pillows. I was amazed at how much these held, how easy they were to pack/vacuum and how much I could fit in such a small space!” —Raquel Moss

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four sizes and in packs of five and six).



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Promising review: “I’ve just downsized from a large home in the suburbs to condo living in downtown. Purging and getting rid of so much stuff that I’ve accumulated throughout the years was life-changing! I had quite a bit of really nice bedding that I wanted to keep, but had very little storage space. I decided to order these jumbo bags for King down duvets, thick blankets and king sized pillows. I was amazed at how much these held, how easy they were to pack/vacuum and how much I could fit in such a small space!” —Raquel Moss

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four sizes and in packs of five and six).

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Maple Holistics Biotin Hair Shampoo that’ll rehab your hair if you’ve been doing a less-than-stellar job with care lately. Biotin, a naturally occurring vitamin, will help me a world of difference in your hair.


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Promising review: “I bought this shampoo recently when I was on the hunt for hair repair products after my hair got damaged during a blowout at a Dominican salon. (I’ll never do that again). I used this shampoo for the first time yesterday, and my hair and my scalp feels amazing. There are very small sections of my hair that are heat damaged permanently. I’ll just have to cut those strands off but, this shampoo saved the rest of my hair. I will post some pics later. I hope with continued usage that my regular curl pattern will fully return to normal. I’ll keep you guys updated. Update: My hair hardly sheds since using this shampoo!! This is the best shampoo I have ever owned!” —Simone Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $9.85.



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Promising review: “I bought this shampoo recently when I was on the hunt for hair repair products after my hair got damaged during a blowout at a Dominican salon. (I’ll never do that again). I used this shampoo for the first time yesterday, and my hair and my scalp feels amazing. There are very small sections of my hair that are heat damaged permanently. I’ll just have to cut those strands off but, this shampoo saved the rest of my hair. I will post some pics later. I hope with continued usage that my regular curl pattern will fully return to normal. I’ll keep you guys updated. Update: My hair hardly sheds since using this shampoo!! This is the best shampoo I have ever owned!” —Simone Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

25.

A dozen Bottle Bright tablets because your bottles weren’t always that dull, amber shade. Use this to restore them to their original glory in less than 24 hours!


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Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.



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Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

26.

A grooming glove — you were gonna pet them anyway, might as well brush them while you’re at it.

A collage of review images showing how much hair the glove removes


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Promising review: “Fantastic dog grooming aid! Our older rescue dog isn’t too keen on the routine dog brushing stuff but her thick coat really needs the grooming — this dog grooming glove is the exactly right answer. Put the glove on, pet the dog, and all that loose hair comes away leaving her coat feeling so much smoother and softer without causing her to be nervous or upset over a brushing. Highly recommend, and yes I’m going to be ordering as gifts for a couple of other dog owners I know!” —DSP

Get each glove from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in a left-handed style).

27.

A roll of vinyl tile stickers that are so much more fun than whatever contract grade material your landlord used. If you can’t put holes in the wall, make your floors the visual centerpiece of the room.

the white and blue Moroccan style tiles


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These are available to cover up old tiled floors in units or as complete floor panels.

Quadrostyle is a woman-founded small business from Aussie designer Gabrielle Morabia. With operations based in Bali and an HQ in the south of France, Quadrostyle embraces all corners of the globe and takes inspiration from the traditional tiles found in the Mediterranean, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

Promising review: “These have transformed my rented house! They are so easy to apply — literally just peel and stick, and you can adjust them if need be as you’re sticking them on. They look so lovely and brighten up the kitchen, making it feel modern and fresh. Will definitely be thinking of how else to use them in other parts of the house!” —Victoria Philpott

Get it from Quadrostyle on Etsy for $9.04+ (available in multiple sizes).

28.

A window-insulation kit to minimize drafts and keep your temperature under control — and your bills too (!!!).

A model applying the clear sheeting to windows, and a reviewer showing the 9-degree increase in temperature now that the insulation is installed to keep the heat in


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Promising review: “Very easy to use once you get the hang or it. I live in an apartment building with very drafty windows and electric heat; this insulation saves me a lot of money on my winter heating costs, and I’ve gotten really good at making it nearly invisible over the years.” —Julie

Get a three-window kit from Amazon for $11.69 (also available in five- and ten-window, as well as patio door and large window kits).

29.

A pack of Avarelle pimple patches so slurping the gunk out of your pores becomes utterly painless. These spot treatments work overnight so you can wake up pimple-free. If you have a habit of picking blemishes, these could help you change that.

A reviewer's hand showing the patches: a large square one, and two round ones, both with absorbed pus from pimples


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A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

Promising review: “I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a Whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin.” —Caitlyn

Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $6.99. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.49.

30.

A pack of houseplant sticky traps that’ll come in handy if you have fungus gnats or other unwanted pests chomping away at your plants.

A reviewer holding the yellow sticky sheet filled with stuck-on gnats


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Promising review: “After bringing a new houseplant into my home, I started noticing gnats. At first I didn’t think much about it, but then they got annoying! Thanks to BuzzFeed’s advertisement of this product, I quickly made the connection between the new plant and the arrival of the gnats. This thing has trapped about 100 so far and greatly reduced the number bothering me! (I had no idea one average sized plant could spawn so many gnats!). I replanted it this weekend in new soil and am hoping that helps, but these traps have helped significantly! The plant was from my dad’s funeral, so I hate to get rid of it…hoping the new soil will get things under control enough for the traps to take care of the rest.” —Missy

Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $6.93.

31.

A fabric shaver to make your very used sweater look like you just brought it home from the store.

a before and after of a sweater


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Promising review: “This thing is excellent. I just ‘repaired’ two cashmere sweaters and one modal-blend jersey top to like-new condition. The waste compartment fills up quickly and will start clogging the blades if not emptied frequently. I will share one trick I found for emptying the area around the blades. Remove the waste compartment, and hold the unit vertically over a garbage can while turning the defuzzer on. Blades will spin, and the rest of the pills will fall out. Enjoy.” —Fine Print Reader

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors and a rechargeable version).

32.

A bestselling Dr. Brown’s formula mixing pitcher you can use to reclaim some mommy time by better planning out your week. It even has a rotating blade to break up clumps and reduce bubbles.


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Promising review: “I am so glad this exists! I heard about it in a twin Facebook group and decided to check it out. What a lifesaver, seriously. With newborn twins who eat twice as much it was exhausting prepping single bottles all day and for night feedings. Now we can make formula for eight 5-ounce bottles quickly for night feedings and in the morning I make a small batch for supplementing with breast milk as needed throughout the day. If you have multiples or several children who are still drinking formula, this is a must buy!” —Ladyhawk

Promising review:This pitcher has been a lifesaver for us. Not only is it convenient, it works really well and we don’t get lumps in the formula. The only formula our little one will eat and not spit up terribly is also very foamy if it gets shaken. The pitcher prevents that from happening, as it doesn’t introduce much air into the formula, which has helped immensely with our baby’s spit up and gas issues. Our baby is clearly happier and suffers less tummy pain because of this product. I’d buy it again and again if I needed to, but I probably won’t ever have to because it’s also well-made and easy to take apart and clean.” —Iliketurtles

Get it from Amazon for $9.39.



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Promising review: “I am so glad this exists! I heard about it in a twin Facebook group and decided to check it out. What a lifesaver, seriously. With newborn twins who eat twice as much it was exhausting prepping single bottles all day and for night feedings. Now we can make formula for eight 5-ounce bottles quickly for night feedings and in the morning I make a small batch for supplementing with breast milk as needed throughout the day. If you have multiples or several children who are still drinking formula, this is a must buy!” —Ladyhawk

Promising review:This pitcher has been a lifesaver for us. Not only is it convenient, it works really well and we don’t get lumps in the formula. The only formula our little one will eat and not spit up terribly is also very foamy if it gets shaken. The pitcher prevents that from happening, as it doesn’t introduce much air into the formula, which has helped immensely with our baby’s spit up and gas issues. Our baby is clearly happier and suffers less tummy pain because of this product. I’d buy it again and again if I needed to, but I probably won’t ever have to because it’s also well-made and easy to take apart and clean.” —Iliketurtles

Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

33.

A seat gap filler so you no longer have to fish your keys, phone, and other small valuables out of the Grand Canyon between your seat and the middle console.

on the left, the seat gap filler's box, on the right the long black foam and fabric filler between the car seat and center console


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The seat gap filler is flexible and fits into most cars.

Promising review: “I have to admit, my expectations weren’t very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize, it would be one of my favorite gadgets ever! I don’t know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car, and it’s soft! It’s just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn’t another product that compares to this. That’s why I gave it 5 stars!” —Tessa Forbes

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

34.

A set of multipurpose silicone mats to reduce your chances of burning the surfaces in your house if you forget to turn off your flat iron. It’s also perfect for handling hot dishes, gripping jars, and a million other things.

Hot tools resting on the silicone mat


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Promising review: “I use these all the time! I leave one in the microwave to pick up hot bowls, and the small one gets used as a multi-tool: trivet, handle grabber, jar opener, and lid. They clean up really well, but can get stained in the microwave (popcorn oil, for instance).” —Aryoch

Get it from Amazon for $27.95 for a two-pack (available in six colors).

35.

An Angry Mama cleaner that’ll disinfect your microwave and soften caked-on food in just seven minutes — without toxic chemicals.


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Promising review: “This was a perfect gift for my busy and overworked daughter. While she’s at work her family seems to create disasters in their microwave oven! This gift has led her boys to finally clean their messes in the microwave. Now their mama is much happier. It’s easy to use and inspires family members to clean up after themselves more often. Now her microwave doesn’t look like a failed science project! This is sturdy, plus make cleanup fun..” —Happy Nana

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors).



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Promising review: “This was a perfect gift for my busy and overworked daughter. While she’s at work her family seems to create disasters in their microwave oven! This gift has led her boys to finally clean their messes in the microwave. Now their mama is much happier. It’s easy to use and inspires family members to clean up after themselves more often. Now her microwave doesn’t look like a failed science project! This is sturdy, plus make cleanup fun..” —Happy Nana

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors).

36.

A bottle of hard water booster powder because getting your fingers all pruney while trying to wash off the stains is futile. This booster will get your dishes cleaner than the day you brought them home — for real.

reviewer photo of stained mug next to a clean mug after using powder


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Promising review: “We have a well and a water softener, but the dishes were still not coming out clean, and the hard water is the problem. This product is just great, dishes coming out shiny and clean. It really does help a lot with hard water in the dishwasher. I am on my third container and will keep using it. I was almost ready to buy a new dishwasher but the problem is the water softener and this product is helping me get better use out of the dishwasher. Really a fine product. It WORKS!” —Zipporah

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

37.

A genius dual dog leash so you don’t get your wires crossed literally while walking your four-legged friends. It comes in a range of sizes, in case your dogs aren’t exactly twins.

A person walking two dogs


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Promising review: “This leash exceeded my expectations! I chose this one based on the reviews and I am so happy. We have a big dog and a little dog. I wanted to walk them together but was concerned the big one would hurt her if he saw a bunny he wanted to lunge towards. Well he tried a couple of times, but the bungee leash is phenomenal. And the handle is so comfy with the underlying material that it doesn’t hurt my hand.” —C. Zahorchak

Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in five colors).

38.

A pack of vomit bags in the event you get sea sick, car sick, or have a hard night out. The twist-and-seal mechanism also helps conceal the smell and minimize spillage.

Person vomiting into bag while on a plane


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Promising review: “I ordered these again at a stoplight after I handed my child the last of my initial stash. They are a lifesaver to have in the car. They have saved many a car seat and hours of cleaning. And they’ve saved us from that dreaded smell. Oh, ​that smell. Get them, stash them everywhere, and save yourself from that smell!” —EFSull

Get a pack of 45 from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two sizes).

39.

A set of elevated cat bowls because you work for your cat and your job is to make their life easier. Help reduce neck strain and whisker fatigue while adding some flair to your decor.

A reviewer's cat near the bowl


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Promising review: “I love this bowl unit. The tilt angle is adjustable so depending what angle you insert, it could be flat, slightly angle to extremely angled. Its level for my cat. It also looks fancy. I highly recommend this product.” —Berta Fernandes Barbosa

Get it from Amazon for $19.54.

40.

Some velvet slipcovers to upgrade your couch in minutes rather than wait months for a brand new couch. It even comes with straps so they won’t slide around every time you get up.

Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.


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Promising review: “I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and love seat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE.” —Brian/Liz

Get it from Amazon for $42.49+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

41.

A 5-in-1 wine aerator that’ll instantly take your wine from “eww, who brought this 🤢” to “where’d you get this from 😯?”


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Promising review: “These are amazing! I bought one in New York at a winery not thinking it would change my life but it did! This is the perfect topper so you can put your wine back in the fridge on its side and not have to worry about it spilling. It was a great aerator, too. You don’t need all the tools when you have this little guy. I bought three in total. One for my mom, too!” —Jenna

Get it from Amazon for $10.70.



Amazon

Promising review: “These are amazing! I bought one in New York at a winery not thinking it would change my life but it did! This is the perfect topper so you can put your wine back in the fridge on its side and not have to worry about it spilling. It was a great aerator, too. You don’t need all the tools when you have this little guy. I bought three in total. One for my mom, too!” —Jenna

Get it from Amazon for $10.70.

42.

A set of Gorilla Grip Adhesive Grippers to take care of the more resistant corners of your rug or chair mat that won’t stay down.

A image of grippers on an area rug being placed down on hardwood floors


Amazon

Promising review: “So I am going to point out things I was wondering about before I bought these for myself. Do I think these will be great for removing, cleaning under, putting back? Probably not. Not surprising to me since it’s basically just a very strong tape. I put mine on tile and have no intention of moving them. I’ll clean around them. Secondly, the adhesion is crazy. I don’t expect to need to replace these any time soon. Six months to a year maybe? But what you need to know is that they will NOT work for all floorings. If you’re adding a rug to carpet, these strips will likely remove carpet fibers and possibly leave a sticky residue you’ll never get up. If you have laminate or vinyl, it could very well pull up the design of your floor. If you’re adding to a wood that isn’t very well lacquered, you could end up damaging the floor trying to get the adhesive off. So, I might limit the use of these to tile or concrete. This also means you might want to be careful what rugs you attach them to. If they’re cheap, the strips may very well rip off the backing. All in all, I’m extremely impressed with them. For what I needed them for, they’re perfect. I will buy again once these inevitably get pulled up and dirty by my filthy children.” —Stephanie

Get eight pieces from Amazon for $11.79 (available in four quantities).

43.

An eight-blade Mueller Austria Pro-Series Slicer so you can get your food prep done in the blink of an eye. Anyone who constantly minces the usual suspects (onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc.) will appreciate how much cooking time this gadget ~slices~ off.

A customer review photo of their chopped up veggies with a note that it took less than five minutes to do


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Promising review: “I have a high sensitivity to raw onions, yet I use them in almost every meal. Not only do my eyes burn and water to the point of blindness, but I sneeze excessively. I’ve tried all the tricks, even wearing motorcycle goggles. Nothing helps. This minimizes my onion cutting time by 90%. It takes me less than a minute to dice one rather than 10. It works for all my fruits and veggies too, but has saved me from the dreaded onion. I absolutely LOVE this product.” —Candace

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

44.

An easy-to-use nose wax kit because why get it professionally done when this does a spectacular job for less than $20? Exactly.


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The kit includes 100 grams of nose wax beads, 30 wax applicators, 10 mustache protectors, a measuring cup, and 15 paper cups.

Promising review: “I highly recommend this product. The instructions were super easy to follow and it worked perfectly! I was a little nervous to pull the sticks out once the two minutes were up, however it didn’t even hurt. I expected it to hurt momentarily and my eyes to water, but neither was true! If you wanna get rid of them pesky nose hairs…snag this product!!!” —Julie J.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.



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The kit includes 100 grams of nose wax beads, 30 wax applicators, 10 mustache protectors, a measuring cup, and 15 paper cups.

Promising review: “I highly recommend this product. The instructions were super easy to follow and it worked perfectly! I was a little nervous to pull the sticks out once the two minutes were up, however it didn’t even hurt. I expected it to hurt momentarily and my eyes to water, but neither was true! If you wanna get rid of them pesky nose hairs…snag this product!!!” —Julie J.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

45.

A pain-relieving knee stabilizer band so helpful, you can use it while hiking, running, and other high-impact sports for added support.


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Promising review: “Oh my God! I have had bad knees for decades and I have tried so many braces but they’re hot, they migrate down, and I have to constantly pull them up so I just don’t wear them. But my knees are so bad it’s hard to walk sometimes and so I wanted to try something different and this looked really simple, and if it didn’t work I wasn’t out much money. So I tried it and it’s amazing! Instant relief. I even took it off to see if maybe my knees weren’t feeling the pain and the pain came back after a moment so I know it was working. The weather really messes with them. Living in the midwest means spring and fall transitions are awful and the extreme cold and storms wreak havoc on my knees. I shouldn’t be this excited about a product but I literally carry this in my purse.” —Meghan Dray

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.88 (available in four colors).



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Promising review: “Oh my God! I have had bad knees for decades and I have tried so many braces but they’re hot, they migrate down, and I have to constantly pull them up so I just don’t wear them. But my knees are so bad it’s hard to walk sometimes and so I wanted to try something different and this looked really simple, and if it didn’t work I wasn’t out much money. So I tried it and it’s amazing! Instant relief. I even took it off to see if maybe my knees weren’t feeling the pain and the pain came back after a moment so I know it was working. The weather really messes with them. Living in the midwest means spring and fall transitions are awful and the extreme cold and storms wreak havoc on my knees. I shouldn’t be this excited about a product but I literally carry this in my purse.” —Meghan Dray

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.88 (available in four colors).

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