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    40 Things That Might Make You Think "Well, There Goes My Money"

    I was today-years-old when I realized how badly I needed a llama dusting mitt.

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    1. 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.

    2. A 12-pack of gel pens you could only dream of owning in middle school: Half of the pack is glitter, half of the pack is neon, *all* of the pack will turn doodling into even more fun.


    Promising review: "Happy with the price that I paid for the product I received. This is a nice gel pen set, with solid colors as well as glitter colors. I tested all 12 pens and my whole pack of pens worked properly and were writing beautifully." —Zhouseholdshopper

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.67.

    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. An oil-free, soap-free La Roche-Posay foaming gel to kick both your acne and your oily t-zone to the curb. For a matte complexion that stays matte throughout the entire day, this morning and night cleanser is destined to become your new holy grail.

    Promising review: "This stuff WORKS. I have very oily acne-prone skin and have tried all sorts of things with minimal success. I have been washing my face twice a day with this stuff for about two weeks now and the difference is incredible! I haven't gotten any new large pimples and everything I had has cleared up. When I first started washing my face with this, I would use it at night and in the morning the sores on my face were way less red and inflamed than when I went to bed. Super impressive." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. 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.

    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).

    6. A cult-favorite Orolay parka to help you thrive through even the most frigid of winters. Designed with a sherpa-lined hoodie, deep pockets, and the perfect midi length to make sure your ~assets~ are covered, you'll often find themselves wondering how you survived the cold without it.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This coat is no joke. The coldest temperature I tested it out was 9° and I did not feel like I was freezing at all! I even tried to wear with just a t-shirt, no sweaters/layers underneath, to see if I felt cold...nothing. No cold! Boomshakalaka! It's also so stylish, roomy, has a thousand pockets (goodbye purse!) and looks different from all the rest out there." —Zhure

    Get it from Amazon for $107.99+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in five colors).

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of this coat.

    7. Tequila Mockingbird, a cocktail book that features over 65 drink recipes and gorgeous illustrations with a literary twist: Get ready to make a "Romeo and Julep", "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margarita", and "The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose".


    Promising review: "This book is hilarious! I gave it as a birthday gift but I kind of want one for myself. Tons of cocktail/drink recipes based on books you know and love...or hate! LOL. Each one has a brief review of the book before listing the ingredients and directions for the drink. Very fun gift for anyone that loves books!" —Beckersly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.31.

    8. A paper model of the Grand Budapest Hotel sure to make the heart of any Wes Anderson fan flutter (#me). This even comes packaged in a Mendl's box you will obviously also treasure forever and ever.


    Get it from KikoIlustrador on Etsy for $20.90.

    9. 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).

    10. 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).

    11. 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.

    12. An ergonomic mirror cube puzzle to give yourself a piece of art that looks like it was sourced from an upscale modern art museum. You'll be using this on your long train commute from now until forever, because the puzzle itself is super challenging (but also super rewarding once completed).


    Promising review: "My son is obsessed with Rubik's, and is able to solve the regular cube very well. This was a great next step challenge to him: the algorithm is not different, but the mirror faces to the sides adds just enough difficulty to the solve, without creating excessive frustration. If your kid learned to solve the regular cube and is looking for another challenge, I'd say this is a great next step." —A. Sun

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A microfiber dusting and polishing mitt with a design so great, it's possible you'll actually feel motivated to pick up the dust currently residing in your home. In fact, it'll no longer feel like a prob-llama.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    14. 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).

    15. A cult-favorite (LOL) Squatty Potty that currently has over 10,000 reviews on Amazon. What is the purpose of it, you ask? It enables your body to mimic a squatting position that turns *ahem* longer bathroom breaks into a much easier affair.


    Promising review: "As weird a product as this may be, it is AMAZING. When I first got it, my husband thought I was crazy. I explained how the height was supposed to help you go to the bathroom more smoothly and without as much frustration. I loved it right away (also, I am short so the height helped). Later I heard him telling his friend he used it and was so surprised at how everything just 'came out'. It's awkward, but highly effective!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49 (originally $24.99).

    16. A geometric tray with four interchangeable and stackable pieces that look like they were sourced from a modern art museum. Plus, these gorgeous pieces of art (ART, I tell ya) are perfect for everything from jewelry storage to breakfast in bed.


    Promising review: "These are the perfect plates. Lightweight and very cool design, and are a fun way to bring my favorite recipes (sliced homemade bread, cheese/crackers/grapes spread) to showers and parties. Love." —Sandia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A silicone AirPods case for anyone who loves the holidays, if by "the holidays" you mean Halloween. These pumpkin and glow-in-the-dark designs will have you feeling like it's spooky season all year round.


    Promising review: "This is super cute and the ghost glows super bright. Absolutely love this case for my AirPods!" —Heather L.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four styles).

    18. A pen-to-paper mousepad that lets you jot down important details, meeting times, doc apportionment reminders, and the list truly goes on. Just remove the sheet when the week is over (the pen won't bleed through the pages) when Monday is back and you have to start anew.


    Promising review: "I rarely write reviews but this product is one I go searching for when the pad starts to run low. It is perfect for those of us who need to keep track of billable time for work. I technically use it as a mouse pad (more of a place for the mouse to live on the desk since the actual pad part is not necessary anymore) and it is therefore right underhand and super handy for keeping both the daily/weekly to do list and time spent. It also has a a spot for notes, quick phone numbers, long term to-do's to carry forward to next week (aka the next page). Then once a week I tear it off, confirm my time report, next week's to-do list, record any phone numbers, etc." —NYKitty

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in four styles).

    19. A buffer block capable of turning your nail beds into a clean canvas free of polish stains. It takes just three easy steps; file, smooth, and shine. The result is heathy, glowing nail beds that look like they were given a fresh coat of clear polish (and probably drink a ton of water on the daily).

    Promising review: "I’m completely blown away by this buffer. It’s every bit as simple as the directions indicate. You just follow the steps: 15 seconds of buffing with each of the three surfaces—first the silver, then the green/branded side, then the white. The combination is nothing short of miraculous. My sad nails went from dull with random stripping, to perfectly smooth, clean and shiny as if coated in clear polish. I’m going to order replacement pads now because this is a STAPLE." —HalJ

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    20. A V-neck shift dress that can be paired with some booties or heels for a more dressed up vibe (or worn with a pair of white kicks, if that is what your heart desires).

    Promising review: "I love this dress! Exactly what I wanted to wear on New Year’s Eve. The fabric is comfortable, looks chic, and is very flattering." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 28 colors).

    21. A buildable L'Oreal waterproof mascara that not only adds volume and length to your lashes, but it also does the unthinkable — and by unthinkable, I mean it won't smudge by mid-afternoon and create the dreaded ~panda eye~ effect. Like, I already have dark circles. I don't need mascara to enhance them.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Holy grail of drugstore mascara! Thickens extremely well, adds some length, stays on my watery and greasy eyes all day with minimal clumping — no raccoon eyes and almost no flakes. It also washes off easily for a waterproof mascara!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of the L'Oréal Paradise Lash Mascara (#2).

    22. A Cadbury box packed with 12 full-sized chocolate bars. The best gifts to yourself are ones that are edible, and what better of an edible gift than this delicious UK treat?


    Promising review: "A great gift for the chocolate lover in your life!" —April

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    23. A vegan, cruelty-free, travel-sized Handmade Heroes tinted dry shampoo specifically formulated for darker hair. This will sweep up all that grease *without* leaving a white cast on your scalp (something that often happens on brunette manes).

    Promising review: "I have been trying to get away from washing my hair every other day for a while. I've tried many dry shampoos and hate the aerosol kind because don't absorb the oil and/or leave a white residue. I have tried powder dry shampoo from a well known salon and it left my hair feeling like I had some waxy buildup. THIS dry shampoo though... WOW. Easy to apply, no white residue, a little goes a long way, and I went three days without shampooing!" —A. Cherry

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    24. 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.

    25. Reusable metal drinking straws for anyone looking to make eco-friendly choices that cut down on plastic waste *and* prevent their teeth from getting those dreadful coffee stains. These are perfect for both hot or iced caffeine, plus are just really darn pretty., Amazon

    This set comes with four straight straws, four bent straws, two cleaning brushes, and a storage pouch. Plus, you can get 'em in a gorgeous iridescent hue.

    Promising review: "These things are great! Perfect tube size, so you don't drink too fast or struggle to drink more. And I buy an iced coffee EVERY DAY, so this is great for eliminating (straw) waste." —Fernando Rivera

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $8.49 (available in four colors).

    26. An oil-free Physicians Formula serum that contains goji and kakadu plum (ingredients that contain your daily skincare dose of antioxidants and vitamin c). This combo will give your complexion a healthy, dewy glow and wears well under makeup.

    Promising review: "This product is awesome! It's milky in consistency and has a slight sheen without being glittery. It dries quickly and isn't sticky, plus it gives me a wonderful glow and a lot of moisture." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    27. Control-top opaque tights because it is no longer summer and wearing skirts sans stocking during chilly weather = a shivering you. Reviewers swear that these stockings are comfortable, truly opaque, and surprisingly durable (AKA no more rips after .5 seconds of wear).

    Promising review: "I have thick thighs and have ALWAYS had trouble finding tights that don't tear when I try to pull them up, or don't cut off my circulation. I wore these today under a dress to avoid thigh chafing and they were incredibly comfortable! I am definitely buying more colors now. They lasted the entire day, didn't tear at all, and I was sitting in gravel for a few minutes! No tears, no overstretching, no difficulty pulling them down or up when I needed to use the restroom, no chafing." —Abigail

    Get them from Amazon for $6.50+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in nine colors).

    28. A slouchy beanie so they can don some Quidditch house pride whilst also keeping their muggle noggin warm.

    Promising review: "I LOVE IT!! This is a relatively large beanie and is totally awesome in my opinion. The knitting is soft and the Slytherin patch is legit. Now all I have to do is represent House Slytherin in front of all these Muggles..." —Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in nine colors and styles).

    29. A Wilton pan so you can make the only dessert you'll want this season: cookie and milk shots. This non-stick, dishwasher-safe tool will have you saying bottoms up in no time.


    It even comes with a recipe card to make sure your cookie shots come out just right.

    Promising review: "These are so amazing! I followed the included recipe and they came out perfectly the first time. Fun to put ice cream in and serve for a special dessert." —Dana S.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    30. A fitted turtleneck available in the only hue you'll want in your closet: black. This ultra versatile piece is plain enough to be worn casually but can easily be dressed up by a pair of heels, good denim, and the statement earrings you purchased on clearance but have yet to wear.


    Promising review: "Great top for a great price! This pullover top is as soft as can be, fits perfectly, and is very comfortable to wear." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in three colors).

    31. A Darth Vader device holder that means one of your most prized possessions will have to join the dark side but hey, at least it'll finally have a permanent place to call home (no more flinging it into the dusty corners of your TV stand).

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24.95.

    32. New York Street Style, a coloring book packed with detailed illustrations of iconic NY fashion...that is, all kinds of fashion. Prepare to doodle within the lines of joggers and updos to heels and the fancy coffee shops that see every trend come in and out of it's doors.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.55.

    33. A marble lap desk designed with a device ledge, phone holder, and mouse pad to turn their bed into a fully-functional home office. It's even equipped with a bottom cushion so it feels super comfortable all day long, even if they plan on being on their computer for a ridiculous amount of hours.


    Promising review: "It’s lightweight, comfortable and definitely very handy. I love the marble look and like that it’s able to hold my phone at the same time." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in three colors).

    34. Danskin bootcut yoga pants that reviewers swear one can wash an approximate 130000 times, and they'll consistently emerge from the laundry room looking just as they did when they were first ripped out of their packaging.


    Promising review: "I love these pants! The fit is sleek but not as form-fitting as leggings, the fabric is heavy and has a bit of a drape, and because the logo is up near the waistband, it is easily covered by a top so I feel OK wearing them for on the daily versus as just workout wear. I also like the wide waistband because I am not constantly having to pull my pants back into place every time I stretch. As for care, I wash them normally with other dark items, but I let them line dry vs using the dryer (as I would with lingerie) to preserve elastic properties." —Red Mre

    Get it from Amazon for $17.70+ (available in sizes XS-3X and in three colors).

    35. An insulated coffee mug with a stainless steel interior that I can already ~picture~ me using every single day. A clever mug disguised as a camera lens = the best gift I'll give to myself all decade.


    This mug also comes with a stirring spoon, metal straw, and cleaning brush!

    Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my photographer and he absolutely loved it! He told me that he uses it everyday." —Annabelle V. Sireci

    Get it from Amazon for $12.32.

    36. A DIY mask kit so you can whip up your own skincare routine in no time: a mixing bowl, gauges, a sponge, a brush, a spray bottle, and a small storage jar are all included! This even comes with an application spatula so you can easily apply that homemade product without getting your hands dirty.

    Promising review: "I love making my own face masks with things I have at home. This comes with everything you need to begin! I also put the small bowl in the dishwasher and it came out just fine. It's a great starter kit." —K.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    37. A playing card set complete with some of the most badass women throughout history, including icons like Wilma Rudolph and Sacagawea. (It should be noted that the cards themselves are also beautifully illustrated by artist Zeb Wahls, so I wouldn't blame you if you opted for framing this deck instead of playing it.)


    Promising review: "Fabulous portraits of fabulous women. This is a great gift for anyone in your life who is behind female empowerment." —Awilda

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    38. Ultra soft knit gloves you won't have to slip off whilst using your cellphone due to touchscreen capability. Hallelujah for accessories that mean not having to sacrifice Instagram scrolling in order to avoid frostbite!

    Promising review: "There’s nothing worse than pulling off your winter gloves just to use your phone when it’s freezing outside. I knew there had to be something out there that would let me keep my gloves on and use my touchscreen. Insert these gloves. I purchased two, one for my young adult and one for myself. Hey, they work! Your hands stay warm and you can use your phone." —Carolina Moncion Design

    Get them from Amazon for $8.95 (available in two colors).

    39. A push pin holder for anyone who loves pomegranate but hates that it's seasonal. Incorporate your favorite fruit into your daily life 365 days of the year all while keeping important notes, doodles, and what have you's organized and on display.


    Promising review: "Sweetest push pin cushion I've ever had! Fully functional, beautiful, convenient, and fun." —mizliz

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    40. Color Street polish strips you simply press on, file, and go — no drying time required. Plus, they're available in a whole host of designs which make it perfect for anyone who *wants* one of those fancy manicures they've seen on Instagram, but can't fork over that kind of cash (#ONEDAY).

    Color Street

    Get them from Color Street for $13 (available in 147 colors and prints).

    Telling myself I "won't be spending more money this week" like:


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