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    37 Things You Should Probably Already Own, But Don't

    I don't own a lot of things that I should — take, for instance, a proper measuring cup set.

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    1. A calligraphy guide book for anyone looking to improve their penmanship *or* eventually create their own Etsy shop. These easy-to-follow instructions will turn your doodles and scribbles into a work of legible art.


    Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills." —KHenderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. A Cerave exfoliating cleanser gentle enough for even the most sensitive acne-prone complexions. Salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin d pick up dead skin cells (the kind that cause gunk build-up) to prevent acne outbreaks but is still non-comedogenic, so your complexion won't feel overly tight *or* break out even further.

    Promising review: "Best cleanser I have ever used!!! And believe me, I've tried everything... My skin feels really clean. I noticed a difference in my skin immediately! I like that it is foaming/sudsy and a little goes a long way. Never over dries. Since I've become diligent about washing every night and morning, I have zero blemishes. Great cleanser for sensitive, sometimes dry, acne-prone skin. I also suffer from KP (keratosis pilaris) on the back of my arms and this cleanser has cleared it up almost completely. I will never buy anything else! This is my go-to, holy grail cleanser." —Mrs852

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    3. A third-generation Echo Dot that can do everything from play music and make calls to read the news and set alarms — all at the sound of their voice! Having the ability to send texts and shuffle playlists (all hands-free!) is about to completely change their life for the better.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying this). The sound quality is really good, especially considering its small size and relatively budget-friendly price. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Don’t even 'add to cart,' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (originally $49.99).

    4. A cruelty-free Milani eyeshadow palette reviewers hail as their favorite drugstore find. This palette is available in four styles that range from matte to shimmery, all of which are super pigmented, blendable, and feel a *lot* more expensive than they actually are.,

    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with makeup, but since trying some Milani palettes? I’m through paying high prices. This palette is gorgeous; highly pigmented, easy to blend, and STAYS (with a good lid primer). I even swam with this eyeshadow on. The colors are gorgeous and ethereal and you can create many beautiful looks." —Tippie Jacks

    Get it from Amazon for $9.68+ (available in four colors).

    5. A TheraBreath oral rinse that will have you looking up at the heavens, the word "thanks" on your lips. Why? Because this stuff will finally (according to over 4,000 reviewers) get rid of morning breath, Cady Heron, as well as keep your breath fresh for a much longer period of time. That's why. / Via @therabreath

    This rinse works to neutralize bad odors and bacteria in your mouth, and won't burn your mouth in the process. I've always hated super strong, minty mouthwashes because they legitimately hurt — but with this product, you don't have to worry about that!

    Promising review: "Ridiculous claims. And for whatever works. Yes, it does everything it says it will do. Pour a small portion in a measured cup provided with your purchase, swish in your mouth a bit, gargle as well, and in the morning you can kiss your honey with a clean mouth. NO ODOR, NO SMELLY MORNING BREATH. THIS STUFF WORKS!"—John E. Litton

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.57.

    6. A locket necklace so you can diffuse essential oils wherever you go. This locket contains felt pads, so all you'll have to do is add a teeny drop of lavender to help feel more calm, cool, and collected on particularly stressful days.


    This necklace comes with three felt pads you can take out (or keep in) for however long you want. Pro tip: Use each pad to hold a different essential oil.

    Promising review: "Love this locket! I wrap it around twice so that it turns into a short necklace (and so that I can smell the essential oils even more). The felt holds the aroma for days if you use a good oil, the locket hasn't opened up on me yet, and chain is plenty strong. A great bang for your buck!" —smallfryvet

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors).

    7. A reusable coffee filter to replace all those paper filters that are a) expensive, b) consistently run out when one needs them most, and c) are unnecessarily wasteful. Give yourself the gift of both saving money *and* saving planet earth one less piece of trash at a time.

    Promising review: "Living as green a lifestyle as reasonably possible is important to our family. I really like these filters as they cut down on waste and don't alter the taste of our coffee at all, that I can tell. I'll admit I'm still a coffee rookie, but my partner is pretty picky, and he's happy to use these filters. They do leave a very minute bit of sediment in the bottom of the mug, but not enough to notice when you're drinking it. These filters clean easily in the dishwasher as well, which is nice. We usually rinse them out and re-use them several times before the occasional wash cycle. After many months of use, one developed a very small tear along a crease that occurred in it, but it still works really well as the tear is pretty high up. It's nothing I wouldn't expect with as much use as we get out of them, and definitely still cheaper (and more environmentally conscious!) than paper filters." —Jevausie

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. A shampoo and conditioner set to nip brassiness in the bud. The violent pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable? Someone pinch me.

    Promising review: "I only wash my hair once a week now (bless up, thanks dry shampoo), so when I do wash, I use this stuff. I just recently went ice-blonde, and this stuff does AMAZINGLY to keep my hair color nice and cool. I let it sit while I do shower things, like shave, exfoliate, dance party, etc. Then I rinse and repeat with the conditioner (more dancing and singing). By the time I'm done, I have had plenty of time, and the purple toner has done it's thang. I get compliments on my hair constantly, and I attribute it to this stuff, keeping it gorg." —Eemn83

    Get it from Amazon for $20.80.

    9. A 52-week guide that encourages a more positive and appreciative attitude (AKA = I need this). This self-exploration journal is packed with inspirational quotes and prompts that will have you jotting down what you're grateful for on a daily basis, making this the perfect dose of self-reflection to go along with your morning coffee., Amazon

    Promising review: "Just started using this journal after being in a bit of a funk at the start of this year. I researched many different journals but this was the only one that i felt was simple, that didn't make too many 'demands' on my time, that was straightforward, in short, exactly what I was looking for. It's a simple concept and I've only being doing it for a week but I find myself looking for things to be thankful for, find myself adding lines below the three provided and writing in the margins...all because I want to." —silkeymilkey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    10. A cruelty-free EcoTools detangler brush invented by a haircare Tesla: a unique bristle design has it gliding through wet or dry knots with ease while speeding up the drying process by a whopping 20%.

    Promising review: "This brush is my favorite brush in the entire world. It feels like you're massaging your scalp when you use it and it is very quick to eliminate frizz and any knots in the hair." —Mike Bronstein

    Get it from Amazon for $6.86.

    11. An adjustable elastic band that will soon become an exercise essential. No more carrying your iPhone whilst taking a jog: Just put your Spotify on shuffle and rest assured that your precious device will remain both safe and out of your way.,

    Promising review: "My first time wearing this was for my first half marathon and it worked GREAT. I have an iPhone 7 and the case has openings for all different jacks on the side and center of the phone. The screen protector allows you to use the touchscreen and the band was great and held tight. I absolutely love it and can't wait to use it for trail runs as the weather gets better!" —Annie Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98 (available in 10 colors and three sizes).

    12. Soapstone stones to keep your whiskey on the rocks ice cold without any water dilution, which traditionally happens when one dumps ice cubes into their glass.


    All you'll have to do is store these stones in the freezer, put 'em in your glass while sipping on a fantastic alcohol beverage, and that's it! This will keep your drink cold without any condensation or melting ice.

    Promising review: "I bought these as a gift for my roommate & we all love them! Since we don’t have an ice machine or ice trays, these stones are perfect! We use then for so many different things. Aside from drinks, we’ve used them as short-term ice packs to keep food cold and inside a cloth as an ice pack for injuries. I would recommend these stones to anyone!" —Edith

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $9.95.

    13. A silicone popcorn maker capable of making 15 cups of popcorn in under four minutes. Just add in some kernels, ~pop~ it in the microwave, and BAM! Your movie marathon feast is now ready to be devoured.,

    This popcorn maker is especially fantastic because it acts as a popcorn bowl itself. PLUS! It's collapsible! Which makes this easy to store if you have approximately zero space in your kitchen.

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! I am throwing out my old popcorn maker because there is no need for it anymore. I cannot believe how easy it was to make perfect popcorn and use the same bowl to eat it out of. I've already told all of my friends to buy this!" —Cindy Suy

    Get it from Amazon for $15.75 (available in 10 colors).

    14. A faux leather bucket bag you'll be able to cart from work to drinks and everything in between. Is the below a fancy designer brand? No! But the quality and style are so top-notch that you'll simply assume it is.


    Promising review: "I’ve had this purse for a couple months now and it has held up really well! I’ve gotten tons of compliments, and I really enjoy all the pockets and storage. You can’t go wrong for the price, and it really hasn’t shown any wear or tear whatsoever." —Whitney V.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in ten colors).

    15. A 2020 History Channel boxed calendar for the person who has *only* true crime shows queued on their Netflix account. Each new day will reveal a brief summary of unsolved mysteries, weird occurrences, and inexplicable events.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. A mini skillet that looks like part of a larger, more expensive cookware set featured on many a bridal shower registry. This is large enough to make their favorite meal but small enough to easily store away, is perfect for cooking for a party of one, and won't take up their entire sink when they don't feel like washing it right away.


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this tiny skillet. I am a graduate student, and pretty much live and cook by/for myself. This is the perfect size for baking, and it's also a great cast-iron skillet to learn the feel of cast-iron." —MCP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in eight sizes).

    17. A TubShroom drain protector invented by a wizard to catch all the hair in your shower — the kind that would otherwise lead to clogs. Just think of this magic weapon as your new bathroom bodyguard and an easy way to avoid emergency phone calls with your plumber.

    Promising review: "I used to have to throw out expensive hair traps that sit over top of the drain after only a few weeks because you could never really get them fully clean. But not this thing! The genius is that the hair and scum get wrapped around the tubular part that sits down inside the drain. Why spend time and elbow grease really cleaning something like this just to avoid having something ugly down in your shower? This takes care of it; the top stays clean and it's all you ever see. No offensive soap-scum." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    18. A one-shoulder cocktail dress perfect for that "I BARELY EVEN KNOW THIS COUSIN" wedding you have coming up next month. Those are truly the worst, aren't they?

    Promising review: "Love this dress! I bought it last minute to wear for a wedding and it fit perfectly. Very soft, stretchy, and comfortable." —Jessica F.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors).

    19. A touch-activated table lamp with three brightness settings (soft, moderate, and bright), six light colors, and a 360° control base. Looking for the perfect reading lamp? Then look no further. Hit "add to cart" immediately.


    Promising review: "My boyfriend and I were having a tough time agreeing on nightstand lamps. I prefer brighter ones that illuminate the room whereas he prefers warmer tones that give off just enough light and don't bother his eyes. These have been the perfect compromise! The dimmable white light offers the brightness I prefer while he uses the more yellow tones. They are pretty basic style-wise and take up very little space." —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (originally $44.99).

    20. A leak-proof champagne stopper that will keep your favorite beverage as fizzy as the day it was popped. This built-in pressure pump preserves bubbles and therefore preserves the champagne, meaning it won't go to waste if you don't finish the entire bottle on the day it's opened. Now without further ado, can I get a mimosa please?


    This stopper is even equipped with a date tracker so you always know how long the bottle has been sitting in the fridge!

    Promising review: "I purchased this stopper after seeing one being used at a local wine tasting event. I enjoy sparkling wines, but either have to drink the whole bottle myself before it gets flat (ugh) or throw it out (terribly wasteful). This product was the answer to my problem! It is very easy to use and keeps my sparkling beverage fresh and bubbly! Definitely a must!" —MKC

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    21. A portable borosilicate glass mug equipped with a removable stainless steel tea strainer and a leak-proof to-go lid. Plus, it's in the shape of a darn cat! I dare you to find me anything better to sip your tea from., Amazon

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this tea cup! Well made, strains tea perfectly, and is adorable. I'm going to try and get another one in black." —Di45

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    22. A FaceTory detox mask that draws icky impurities to the surface thanks to a blend of charcoal powder and volcanic ash extract before promptly allowing you to say ~sayonara~ to enlarged pores, a greasy t-zone, and pesky breakouts.


    Promising review: "Really great quality and the perfect before bedtime sheet mask. The quality of ingredients is really evident with noticeable results and the sheet mask itself comes with extra serum in the pouch." —Mrs. Munster

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $8.25.

    23. A Bodum pour over coffee maker here to turn you into a complete caffeine snob. This heat-resistant borosilicate glass carafe is designed with a permanent filter that makes a smooth serving of Joe, is dishwasher-safe, and can make up to eight cups at a time.


    Promising review: "Promising review: "Super easy to use, makes a mean cup of joe, and is nowhere near the price of a Chemex. I use mine on a daily basis and would absolutely recommend this product to any of my coffee loving friends." —Brad Lemons

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85 (available in three sizes and five styles).

    24. An ultra soft terry jumpsuit you can easily dress up with a pair of pumps for dinner and then *breathes sigh of relief* you can cab it home, take off said pumps before collapsing onto bed, and go straight to sleep. This versatile piece is that cozy.,

    Promising review: "So soft and so comfortable! I love this jumpsuit. It seriously feels like you’re wearing your pajamas, which is amazing." —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $22.63+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in four colors).

    25. Kikkerland bag clips because true heartbreak is going to chomp on a chip just to realize that *begins to sob* it's gone stale. These cute critters will help your favorite snacks maintain freshness and just look really freakin' adorable.


    Promising review: "Terrifying symbols of relentless conquest. Strikes fear in the hearts of lesser warriors. Ruthless, battle hardened, bloodthirsty. Also furry. Keep the chips from going stale. Run for your life! (A+, highly recommended)." —kitana

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $3.99.

    26. A KitchenAid measuring cup set you'll want to purchase if you're ready to prove yourself as an adult. Wave goodbye to the days of using a regular spoon to half-heartedly "measure" the ingredients necessary for baking (we've all done it).


    Promising review: "I wasn’t too sure what to expect for the price but I was pleasantly surprised when I received these measuring cups. They are made from a heavy duty plastic and the measurements don't seem like they will fade away over time." —Johnathon P.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in six colors).

    27. A headphone stand ideal for the office! Keep your (very important) headphones in sight at all times — instead of overhearing annoying coworker conversations, remember to slip on your Beats instead.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two colors).

    28. A cruelty-free nügg sleep mask here to save parched complexions and have 'em crying hallelujah. Quality ingredients like watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and glacier water-infused aloe juice deliver brightening effects and work OT to provide a much-needed dose of hydration.


    Promising review: "Love this mask! I've tried the watermelon mask from Glow Recipe and I think this one works so much better. Doesn't smell too sweet (just try not to rub in the mask too much because then it will sort of flake/peel off)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    29. A six-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker capable of transforming meal prep into something that is not difficult. This handy thing can make everything from golden lentil soup and mac and cheese to chocolate lava cake and French toast.


    This Instant Pot is basically seven kitchen tools in one! It can be used as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, cake maker, and warmer! It can also sauté, because #fancy.

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot." —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (originally $99.95).

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    30. A mini essential oil diffuser to turn your bedroom into an aromatherapy oasis. Just add in a few drops of lavender, plug this puppy in, and get ready to relax.,

    Promising review: "I got this little guy because my office has no windows and it's a miserable dark hole. I was getting genuine nosebleeds from the overly-dry stale air. This diffuser has truly helped me feel less like I'm dying throughout the day. The air feels fresher and healthier, and I combine it with eucalyptus oil to odors and helps me feel refreshed. The perfect size for a small office." —Lucy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in four colors).

    31. A wine bottle vacuum pumper that removers air from your very cheap ~vino~ to preserve freshness for up to a week. / Via @vacuvin

    Just insert this wine vacuum into the bottle, pump until you hear a click noise, and that's it! Just add in a bottle stopper (this set comes with two!) to prevent air from getting in the bottle again.

    Promising review: "Wow! I have had this for about 5 months now and it works great! I drink red wine quite a bit and almost always leave a glass or two in the bottle. Prior to buying this, that glass or two is basically vinegar within one to two days (depending on the type of wine). If you have a half bottle or more remaining, this pump will keep that half bottle tasting like it was just opened." —Red

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    32. A Thomas Kinkade 2020 wall calendar packed with beautiful illustrations to both infuse your life with the magic of Disney *and* make it easier to keep track of the date.


    Promising review: "These are my absolute favorite calendars. When I look at it, it brings me back to my childhood. The pictures are so beautiful and magical. I buy one every year." —Lwag

    Get it from Amazon for $10.75.

    33. A comfy bath pillow because a relaxing soak is all but impossible while resting your head on porcelain. The solution? Obviously a two-paneled, padded foam pillow with ultra-strong suction cups that will actually stick to your tub!


    Promising review: "My husband bought this for me because I LOVE taking baths; it's a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day... but I've recently had some health problems which has caused me to lose a lot of weight, and taking baths has become excruciating. Due to the lack of extra cushion back there now, lying back on the porcelain tub was extremely painful on my spine/bones. I had resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be taking baths anymore. But, GOOD NEWS, this pillow is a dream come true. I wish I had always had this pillow. It's soooo comfortable! I could almost nap in the tub (but don't)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    34. A lightning cable bracelet for the person who's phone is always on the verge of dying. This versatile accessory ensures you'll have a charging device on hand at all times, preventing panic whenever the low battery message pops up on your iPhone.


    Promising review: "If you are looking for products that help minimize travel bulk, while also not looking like a tourist, this product is for you. This bracelet looks lovely. The braided leather is tasteful and does not appear to be anything more than a nice fashion accessory. The charging component works perfectly and is very easy to use, albeit it is a very short cord." —Melissa G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    35. An official BuzzFeed Goodful cookbook packed with over 125 simple, mouthwatering recipes broken down into easy steps that turn cooking into a breeze. It even includes helpful charts to help you determine which ingredients are in season, tips on food storage, and more!


    Get it from Amazon for $19.32.

    36. Pull-on Levi Strauss jeans that look like your typical hunk of denim but are actually even more comfortable than your favorite leggings. And no button digging into your belly button? Halle- and I cannot stress this enough -lujah.

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but these are easily the best jeans I have ever owned in my life and I had to share!!! They fit perfectly in every way to the point where I can't believe these aren't custom made for me. They are incredibly comfortable without sacrificing the look of real jeans and the tummy panel is FANTASTIC. On top of all of that, these are more comfortable than my leggings. I'm in love with these pants and will be purchasing the rest of the colors to replace every other pair of jeans I own." —Anonymous

    Get them from Amazon for $22.97+ (available in sizes 2-20 and in short, regular, and tall lengths and five colors).

    37. Champagne flutes perfect for anyone who loves an at-home brunch (AKA everyone). The double-walled design guarantees a consistently chilled, condensation-less mimosa while the sturdy borosilicate glass won't feel as if it can be crushed by a firm grip.

    Promising review: "These are lovely and fun champagne glasses. They really do insulate and keep champagne cold. They also seem very durable and come out sparkling from the dishwasher." —Laura

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.95.

    Me @ how effective that purple shampoo looks:


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