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    34 Products To Make You Smile In The New Year

    In case you're worried about 2021 being another total dumpster fire, these products will add a bit of joy to get your new year started.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A cute little vacuum to help you clean up tiny messes (that unfortunately doesn't include 2020, although we'd love to vacuum that mess up).

    Small vacuum
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This vacuum is a great gift for yourself and others! Bought this as a gag gift/white elephant and it was a hit! It isn’t the most functional, it’s a great electronic lint roller, vacuum for small spaces, and dust collector. However, it’s cute and simply unique! PS- THE VACUUM COMES WITH A CORD!!" —Tsls

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15.95.

    2. A plant person enamel pin since there's no better way to showcase your affinity for herbology than with a trendy pin. #ProudPlantParentHere

    herb nerd and plant person enamel pins

    ECOVIBE is a Black-owned business based in Portland, Oregon.

    Get the pin from ECOVIBE for $12.

    3. A small air plant and planter shaped like some of your favorite characters that'll be the perfect addition to your windowsill. I own Chewbacca and I'm so obsessed with it.

    Ewok air plant and planter
    RedwoodStoneworks / Etsy

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with these planters. They are made so well, don't look tacky or cheap at all. I have the Ewok, Groot and Chewbacca and they are all perfect. I have to stop myself from buying all of them. So cute!!" —Paige

    Get it from RedwoodStoneworks on Etsy for $23 and peruse the rest of their one-of-a-kind air planters here.

    4. A package of bath noodles if you've always dreamt of bathing in your favorite food — ramen. These feature essential oils and natural exfoliants to smooth skin *but please, do not try to munch on them...*


    Is it bad that I'm getting hungry looking at bathing products? Rub these into your skin during bath or shower time for some noodly exfoliation.

    Get them from Firebox for $16 (available in two scents).

    5. An incredibly competitive game of One Night Ultimate Werewolf you can enjoy with roommates and family who love a good board game. This is just like the game mafia and it gets pretty heated *so beware.* I've had many laughs with my friends due to this game.

    One Night Ultimate Werewolf Game

    This game is my friend group's FAVE game of all time. (Ty to my friend Michael for introducing this to me, you're the real MVP.) I've never laughed so hard with friends while playing this game where your common goal as a group is to find out who the werewolves are amongst the bunch of players. Lots of lying, deceit, and sneaky convincing come out to play in this game and it's hysterical.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.08.

    6. A kitten ear headband for keeping your hair out of your face while you apply your nightly skincare routine. You won't have to worry about your hair getting stuck in your clay mask anymore (and c'mon — it's sooooo cute).

    Customer wears kitten headband

    Promising review: "First of all fast shipping it got here just in time. It is so cute, I love my new headband and it's just perfect to take my makeup off and wash my face." —ednaellis

    Get it from Amazon for $4.88.

    7. A Fro Friends notebook for writing down all of your manifestations for the new year. My first one "start cooking more and stop ordering DoorDash."

    Fro Friends notebook

    UNWRP is a Black-owned business based in New York City. Find an array of bold and bright designs available on sustainable gift wrap, greeting cards, home decor, and more!

    Get it from Unwrp for $18.

    8. A Star Wars -inspired keychain of everyone's fave jedi and droid — Rey and BB-8. Pop this on your keys for an ~outta this galaxy~ reminder of your fave fictional place...Tattooine.

    Rey and BB-8 keychain
    jedicatlady / Etsy

    This cute double-sided keychain will be a great way to differentiate your keys from your roommates'. I'm not going to lie, this sunset-scape inspired by the last scene of The Rise Of Skywalker just truly hits me in the feels.

    Get it from Jedicatlady on Etsy for $10.14.

    9. A Poopsie Pooey Puitton slime kit because nothing says fun like some designer gooeyness. I hate to say it, but this purse is cute... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


    This majestic unicorn poop slime kit features 12 unicorn food packets (slime powder), six unicorn magic packets, four unicorn sparkle packets, two unicorn crunch packets, four mystery scents, one spoon, one exclusive bottle, one exclusive poop character keychain, and the cutest carrying case for all your ooey gooey slime!

    Get it from Toynk for $68.99.

    10. A sloth ring holder since everyone needs a safe place that'll keep them from losing their prized jewelry items. I just can't handle the cuteness.

    Sloth ring holder

    Promising review: "It’s a cute little gift and handy for keeping rings and jewelry organized. The legs hold the rings but her belly is cupped for earrings and such. It is also easy to clean." —Raul C. Hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. A taco toaster tool that'll fit perfectly into your toaster for making your own shells for taco Tuesday. Who's bringing the guac?

    Taco toaster set
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Easy to use, toasts the shell perfectly for tacos and adds some fun for 'taco night.'" —Believe In Angels

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    12. A roll-up chess and checkers set in case you want to practice your gaming skills so you can prep for your potential match against Beth Harmon from The Queen's Gambit.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising reviews: "Perfect size for playing at home or taking to the beach. Great price and love that pieces function for chess and checkers!" —lala248

    "Really well made. Love the design. Every time I pull this out, everyone wants to play." —Josem21

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $35.

    13. A set of aesthetically pleasing planner stickers so you can start 2021 on the right foot and be an organized icon.

    Set of planner stickers
    MBKCrafting / Etsy

    Promising review: "I have a Plum Paper planner weekly 8.5x11 with the hourly setup and these are the best kits I have found so far. They are an excellent value and everything fits really well. I'm glad I took a chance on these. I will look here first for kits in the future." —Tracy Barrett

    Get the full kit from MBKCrafting on Etsy for $14.

    14. A La Croix cross stitch kit if you want to pick up a new hobby this year. And what better way to start than by designing a cross-stitch of your fave bubbly bevvy?

    La Croix cross stitch kit
    TheStrandedStitch / Etsy

    Kit includes basic cross stitching instructions, counted cross stitch pattern, DMC embroidery floss and color chart, 14 count white aida cloth, 5-inch embroidery hoop, and a needle. (This cross-stitch has the ultimate potential because you can drink a La Croix while you cross stitch a La Croix — bubbly inception.)

    Promising review: "A flawless pattern and kit! Everyone loved my final product and I'm so proud of it! Adding it to my collection of La Croix-themed artwork!" —Carrie Lindeman

    Get it from TheStrandedStitch on Etsy for $19.

    15. A heart-eye emoji waffle maker because breakfast is the most important meal of the day and therefore, an emoji waffle is the perfect way to start it.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "It’s a nice, interchangeable pancake and waffle maker. Easy change of smiley face plates, heats up quickly, and your pancake and/or waffle is finished within a minute! You can take off the interchangeable plates and wash easily!" —jessykuh_p

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $40.

    16. A heatable plushie friend in case you need something to ease your cramps or tummy aches. Whoever said plushies aren't for adults was seriously disturbed...

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Not only is it cute, but it is perfect size for my stomach. For cramps, this works wonders. It’s super soft and cuddly as well, so trying to get comfortable is not a problem. Best purchase." —DeltaO3

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (available in five styles).

    17. A royal statue in case you've been binge-watching The Crown all quarantine and want to commemorate the occasion. I will be placing this on my dresser in honor of her royal highness — Claire Foy.

    The royals statues
    Karen Jai Home

    Karen Jai Home is a Black woman-owned business based in Dallas, Texas.

    Get the statue from Karen Jai Home for $48 (available in king or queen option).

    18. A Jac Vanek sweater that is so accurate and will show off your self-deprecating humor. If this isn't me — I don't know what is.

    Consequences sweatshirt
    Jac Vanek

    Honestly, I may or may not be adding this to cart as we speak for me and all my friends because this is the ~most relevant.~

    Get it from Jac Vanek for $55 (available in sizes S–5XL).

    19. An Alder New York Hydro Facial Mist if you get joy from aesthetically pleasing skincare products that look pretty on your vanity and also work wonders for your skin.

    Alder New York facial mist
    Alder New York

    Alder New York is a woman and queer-owned independent skincare brand with effective products for all skin types, ages, genders, and ethnicities. (I absolutely love this brand and am also obsessed with their cleansing facial brush.)

    Promising review: "I'm always hesitant about using a new product because of my sensitive skin. No problem here. I love this refreshing and fragrant spray mist. I saw an improvement in my dry skin within two days. Can't wait to try additional products." —Ilene L.

    Get it from Alder New York for $28.

    20. A Baby Yoda night-light if your room is in some desperate need of ~galactic glow~ in the wee hours of the night. When in doubt, Baby Yoda will always be there to *light* the way.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    "I am admittedly obsessed with 'The Child' and can't get enough of him — that includes letting him reign over my bathroom at night in the form of the night-light." —Heather Braga / BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. A pair of handmade clay earrings inspired by the Muses from Hercules that are a subtle and sophisticated ode to a Disney classic.,

    Magiclay Made is a BIPOC, woman-owned small business specializing in clay jewelry that you'll most certainly want to add to your jewelry collection. Owner Joanna is so on trend with everything she creates and I cannot get enough of the amazing and stunning creations she dreams up.

    I love these earrings, they're indirectly an ode to Disney that you can purchase and ~love~ even if you're not a Disney fan. These go with literally every outfit and I love finding fun and innovative small businesses to support and currently own three pairs of earrings from their fab shop.

    Get them from Magiclay Made for $22.

    22. A Hello Kitty water dispenser for fulfilling your H2O intake goals but in the most kawaii way possible.

    Hello Kitty Water Dispenser

    The dispenser can hold up to eight glasses of water!

    Promising review: "I have this in my bedroom because I drink a lot of water and I hate having to walk to the kitchen and bring three bottles of water at a time when I can just bring a cup and dispense water whenever needed. I do have to refill about once every morning, but I don't mind taking a minute out of my day filling it instead of having to walk multiple times a day throughout the house and taking up more time. Definitely a wonderful gift for any Hello Kitty fans as well." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    23. A set of Rock Grace Mocktails that are supercharged with crystal energy if you're a crystal buff yourself. This is a great option if you're trying to cut back on the alcohol in 2021 but still want to enjoy a mocktail every one in a while.

    Rock Grace new moon release and rock grace ruby drink set
    Rock Grace

    Promising review: "Rock Grace is absolutely amazing. As a 23-year-old who is living the sober life, I find it is nearly impossible to find a nonalcoholic beverage that is delicious and beneficial. Also, the beautiful packaging is an added bonus! It’s the perfect addition to any social gathering or a Friday night treat. The best part is you can treat yourself in a fancy wineglass, feel fabulous, and wake up without that dreaded hangover! I am obsessed!!!" —Madison R.

    Get the set from Rock Grace for $39.

    24. A Touchland hand sanitizer that's so sleek you'll actually get joy out of spritzing it on your hands for a hydrating clean. My entire family swears by these and we are major fans.

    Touchland hand sanitizer

    When I mean my entire family is obsessed with this sanitizer, I mean obsessed. Since the start of the pandemic we've been doing our absolute best to make sure we are sanitizing as much as possible but with that comes the price of dry hands. This sanitizer has done such an amazing job of not stripping our hands of much needed hydration and also the packaging makes this so enjoyable to use.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in four scents).

    25. A CONQUERing that displays an affirming message when spun. This sleek ring will take the place of your fidget spinner so whenever you need a quick thing to focus on (such as when you get a hint of anxiety) take the ring off and give it a spin.


    CONQUERing is a woman-owned business whose mission is "to create something that wouldn't just be a pretty piece of jewelry to wear, but something uplifting — an outer reflection of your inner spirit." Read more about Tammy Nelson and CONQUERing here.

    Promising review: "I love this spinner so much! It is a great reminder for me to 'be happy' every day. I wear this spinner whenever I am feeling down or when i feel like I need the reminder. I highly recommend!" —Paige Kraft

    Get the Be Happy Spinner from CONQUERing for $5 and select a base to place it on here.

    26. An Audrey Hepburn enamel pin if your go-to classic movies include Breakfast At Tiffany's and Roman Holiday. She'd look absolutely fab on a denim jacket or displayed on a backpack.

    Audrey Hepburn enamel pin
    sweetandlovely / Etsy

    SweetandLovely is a woman-owned business by artist Kate Gabrielle located in Princeton, New Jersey. Kate has an amazing array of quirky and fun enamel pins, patches, cards, and more.

    Promising review: "Love this pin! This is my favorite Audrey pic. Super fast shipping and beautifully packed." —Tina M.

    Get it from sweetandlovely on Etsy for $13.

    27. A custom rainbow patch you can get embroidered with your name, pet's name, or favorite word of the year. If it were up to me, I'd go with "Joe Jonas," but I may be biased ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

    Daily Disco rainbow patch
    Daily Disco

    I own a few items from Daily Disco including their patches and they have such a fun homemade feel to them. I have one currently on display on the back of my denim jacket which I recently made into my dream patch jacket in 2020. Get this patch, you won't regret it. They're so cute and the quality is top-notch!

    Get it from Daily Disco for $18 (embroidery available in three colors).

    28. A pair of cow socks to wear with all of your winter boots that are truly "legen-dairy."

    brown cow socks

    Otherwild is a Queer-owned business that prides itself on supporting and selling products by artists and designers who have shared visions and values for promoting inclusivity and originality. They note on their website, "Otherwild is, and will continue to be, an extension of this mission of care — through community building, queer culture, awareness, consciousness-sharing and stewardship."

    Get a set from Otherwild for $15.

    29. A set of LED photo clip string lights to add a touch of character to your bedroom walls with mementos that get you in your ~feels~.


    Be sure to snag some batteries!

    Promising review: "So cute and durable. I gifted them to my little niece. She loves them. It makes her room light up and the photo clips are just perfect to hold on to memories." —Saima

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    30. A miniature ghost in a bottle you can keep displayed on your desk so it's spooky all year round. Don't worry this little guy will keep you company during all your dreaded Zoom work calls.

    Miniature ghost in a bottle
    StoltzKraft / Etsy

    Promising review: "My little ghost friend is beyond adorable. I smile whenever I look at him. As an added bonus he fits in so nicely with my other ghosts around the house. Thank you so much! I'm so glad I got him. :)" —Chelsea

    Get it from StoltzKraft on Etsy for $8.

    31. A Seek Magic Tee that describes exactly what I'll be doing all of 2021 with an emphasis on sleep.

    Seek Magic Tee

    Seeker & Slade is a woman co-owned small business that specializes in pop culture and magical apparel and accessories. These two girl bosses have high quality products you'll probably want to gift to any magic seekers on your shopping list.

    Get it from Seeker & Slade for $29 (available in sizes S–3XL).

    32. A Peter Pan Funko Pop! in honor of the Disneyland 65th anniversary and a classic Fantasyland ride that may or may not be my most beloved attraction. Keep him on display in your home for some much needed magic.

    Peter Pan Funko Pop!

    Promising review: "Didn't realize it was the large size Funko! This is my most favorite ride at Disneyland of all time and what a great reminder since right now we can't be there in person. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.74.

    33. A Beetlejuice Broadway coffin ring made from the pre-Broadway stage so you can keep some of the theatre magic living on forever in your jewelry collection.

    Beetlejuice Broadway coffin ring
    Scenery Bags

    Scenery Bags is a woman-owned business that takes backdrops and sets from some of the most beloved Broadway shows and repurposes them into accessories. Each bag is one-of-a-kind and features an interior tag with the name of the show the bag was repurposed from as well as the number bag owned out of the collection. They also have an array of accessories like bracelets and rings made from additional sets and props from some iconic shows. *Calling all Broadway babies — these are for you!*

    Get it from Scenery Bags for $45.

    34. And a set of fuzzy slippers that are like walking on clouds and are also super on trend. Start 2021 on the right foot...pun intended.

    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed Staff

    Slippers have been something that has brought me much joy in 2020 and I'm carrying that joy into 2021. If you need a way to pamper yourself that is the utmost cozy — slippers are the answer. These are super soft, have a super durable bottom for anti-slippage, and they fit super well. I majorly recommend.

    Get them from Eloquii for $39.95 (available in two sizes).

    2021 is about to be real cute....


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