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

    Cold brew makers, affordable retinol, and galaxy projectors if you're scared of the pitch dark (nice to meet you because same).

    1. Nip + Fab Glycolic Acid Fix Daily Cleansing Pads scream "scram" to scars, acne outbursts, dullness, and fine lines. Use the textured side of these pads to exfoliate, and then FLIP! The opposite side will polish, smooth, and soothe your complexion with a hefty helping of witch hazel.

    2. A galaxy projector if you, like me, are a 26-year-old adult with a perpetual fear of the dark. Consider this an easy way to hide the fact that your cousins made you watch The Exorcist at the ripe age of 5 and you haven't been the same ever since — "It's for the aesthetics," you'll say. 

    All jokes aside, this is a genuinely awesome projector — it comes with a remote control, Bluetooth capability, white noise options, and 10 colorways to choose from. 

    Promising review: "Oh man, I was nervous about the quality of this product, but when it arrived, it exceeded expectations. It has a ton of different color/brightness/rotation settings and while the remote took a little time to figure out, it works great! The Bluetooth hookup is amazing for meditating, but I could see using it for more of a party vibe. This was SO worth every penny. Relaxing, comforting, and aesthetically GORGEOUS." —Samantha Aiello

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.  

    3. The Antiquarian Sticker Book rightfully described by one reviewer as mysterious and ooky. This features 1,000+ Victorian-inspired stickers that will make you feel as if you're flipping through a creepy carnival book — but like, in the best way possible.

    the book

    4. CeraVe Retinol Serum recognizes that acne doesn't stop at breakouts; the scars they leave behind are equally as frustrating. This affordable product is gentle enough for sensitive skin (retinol = some pretty powerful stuff), but remains effective at evening out discoloration. Honestly? All hail.

    reviewer with visible scarring on left and less visible scarring on right

    5. A three-tier woven basket ideal for...pretty much anything. Display colorful fruits that will hopefully be consumed by end of week, hang faux succulents (I'd never be able to take care of any real ones), use it to store the beauty products that won't fit on your bathroom countertop, etc.

    6. Handmade Heroes 100% Natural Vegan Sleeping Lip Mask repairs your pout whilst you snooze, cc: a mango butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil blend that'll have you humming "Miracles Happen" from that iconic princess movie when you no longer wake up painful dryness.

    the lip balms

    7. Steve Madden ankle boots bound to become the apple of your eye, the not-so-hidden ~gem~ of your wardrobe, thanks to funky accent gems. Not required but highly rec’d: throw these on with some fishnets to channel The Craft in the best way possible.

    8. Fleece-lined leggings described by one reviewer as a magical furry leg dream and wow, what a compliment. These babies will keep you warm in freezing temperatures best described as "I can see my breath."

    9. Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve combats extreme dryness for hands, cuticles, and lips. What is the magic sauce, you ask? A harmonious trio of lanolin, vitamin E, and manuka honey that won't leave behind a greasy residue.

    10. A guitar pick tin I am officially dub the perfect stocking stuffer for the music aficionado in your life. There's no better way of telling 'em you ~want to hold their hand~ than by giving them an illustrated Ringo in triangle form.

    reviewer guitar picks

    11. A set of Wad-Free pads because raise your hand if you've pulled out a set of sheets from your dryer to realize that, ah yes, about 10 pairs of damp socks were trapped inside. These promise wrinkle-free, fully dry bedding that doesn't emerge a tangled mess. 

    the wad free pads attached to a bed sheet
    Amazon

    Wad-Free is a small business established in 2020 after the founder Cyndi Bray self-taught computer-aided design to create the pads.

    Promising review: "Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work and well, I can absolutely confirm it does! First, I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices because I was only expecting one. So there was one for the fitted sheet, and the flat sheet. Finally, I tried it out and not only did my sheets NOT wad up, but they also came out of the dryer feeling fresher, more dry, and unwrinkled! I will be buying a set of these for each of my immediate family members and close friends! What a great gift!!!" —katy

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.99.

    12. A lil' reversible octopus plush most likely intended for children but I, for one, am adding it to my adult shopping cart. Consider this a cuddly fidget toy to distract you from the intensity that is the [insert Netflix true crime doc here].  

    Smiling blue octopus plushie
    Angry green octopus plushie turned inside out

    Also, these come in a TON of different colors and emotions (from angry to sad to, uh, murderous??), so you're guaranteed to find one to express yourself.

    Promising review: "I saw this on TikTok like everyone else but I quickly realized, when I got one, how helpful this is to my family. Now they don't have to guess when they shouldn't bother me, they'll just KNOW. It's saving lives and it's adorable. The perfect thing. :)" —MCalms

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in 22 styles).

    13. A short slouchy cardigan practically begging to be added to your wardrobe. This easy breezy layer is made from a cozy knit that is equal portions comfortable and stylish — simply drape it over anything in your wardrobe for a kick of warmth.

    reviewer wearing the slouchy gray cardigan

    14. A Shinery radiance wash that uses a wildly effective (and yet somehow gentle??) formula to de-gunk those digit accessories, stat. This thoroughly cleans diamonds, gold, platinum, and silver to restore their original sparkle.

    15. A duffel bag to replace the one you've been sporting since, oh, that senior trip you took in high school. Ventilated lower storage means your smelly boots won't have the opportunity to make any contact with the new Zara sweater you packed.

    the colorful duffel bag

    16. A Takeya cold brew maker so you can drink your favorite caffeinated beverage whenever you please without the $5+ charge (NYC coffee = so damn expensive). This is cleverly designed with an airtight lid and stainless-steel filter to keep coffee fresh for up to two weeks.

    17. A custom beaded bracelet if you love accessories emblazoned with your name but were never a fan of the gold name tag necklace. "That's not my name" screamed The Ting Tings as they held up their wrist to show off the below.

    the bracelets

    18. A revolutionary lifting tank if you want breast friend support sans underwire. This splurge-worthy basic is cleverly designed with wide straps and bonded support to ensure a smooth, lifted silhouette.

    model wearing the black tank top

    19. A powerful set of fridge magnets because the very little fridge space you have is currently occupied by almond milk (boring) and cold cuts (meh). These babies ensure that you're maximizing space and keeping bevvies organized at the same time. 

    four glass bottles hanging from the top of the fridge
    a gif of someone placing a six pack of bottles into the top of the fridge using the magnets

    Promising review: "Of all the things I have bought that I didn't need, this is one of my favorites. Beer is hard to get out of the cardboard carrier in the top of my fridge. While just taking them out and sitting them on the shelf would have solved this problem as well. This solution is more fun. They float and technically it does make a tiny bit of extra space under the beer for small things like cheese or something." —AbbyValentine

    Get a set of two strips (six magnets) from Amazon for $29.99.

    20. A mini tufted throw pillow best accessorized with a tiny blue person donning a white cap (i.e., a Smurf). I'm not sure what threw mushroom decor into the spotlight this season but I am loving it.

    the mushroom pillow

    21. Extra cozy undies crafted with premium MicroModal fabric, which is actually three times softer than cotton. Brace your cheeks for comfort *plus* refresh your intimates drawer with basic colors and glow-in-the dark prints alike.

    model wearing the pink undies

    22. A fizzy bath bomb that smells divine (we're green tea, honey, lavender, and chamomile) and looks worthy of a photo for the 'gram. Plus, it evolves from a storm cloud into a rainbow and I feel like that's the energy I'm really looking for in 2020. Transformation, my friends.

    23. An amethyst gem ring sure to get you a barrage of compliments and questions, the latter being "wherever did you get such an exquisite piece of jewelry??" This stunning statement is about to become part of your daily uniform.

    the rings

    24. A W&P tray ideal for folks who daydream of owning a fancy stainless steel fridge (ice maker included) but are sadly stuck with a huge white box from 1973. The silicone lid means ice comes out easily, plus the stackable design allows for ice storage.

    the ice maker

    25. A super-duper-cozy loungewear set I am currently adding to my cart right now — and yes, in the process, I am romanticizing every Hallmark and true crime marathon I'll be having this winter. Hot cocoa in hand. The weather app showing freezing temps.

    26. A bidet attachment to replace the call, forever and always. The call in question? A panicked screaming for a sibling to get you another roll of toilet paper because you've realized, all too late, that the cardboard tube is exposed.

    a toilet with the bio bidet attachment on it

    27. Crew socks because the adorable ones covered in illustrated pandas you bought from [insert fast fashion store] are... not breathable. These babies are crafted from upcycled cotton and won't cause a stench fest whenever you remove your shoes.

    the socks

    28. A Friends mug complete with a doorbell coaster that will always be there for you — I know, I hate my puns too — when you need that 7 a.m. cup of caffeine.

    the mug

    29. An OXO duster purposely designed with a loonnnnnngg microfiber cloth and extender, which means the dust bunnies living rent-free under your sofa have just met their maker. One reviewer pulled an actual lip gloss tube (!!!!) from under their oven.

    reviewers red duster next to mound of stuff found under the oven

    30. Ankle boots to keep your hooves toasty and dry this frigid season. That's right, pets! Heavy duty insulation and a fuzzy-lined interior mean snowball fights no longer have to result in freezing cold toes.

    31. Pacifica Ultimate Detox Face Mask provides something we all need in our lives (hahaha just me?) in the form of balance. Clay, charcoal, willow herb, aloe vera, and kale extract tackle blackheads and clogged pores — but perhaps most importantly, these ingredients pull out excess grease for a smooth and even complexion.

    the mask

    32. An all-natural tile and tub cleaner that will have you breathing a sigh of relief — literally. You'll no longer be bombarded with that overwhelming icky chemical scent because *this* has light notes of tea tree and eucalyptus but delivers the same results as [insert overwhelmingly smelly cleaner here]! Give your tub a spritz, come back in 15 minutes, and mold, mildew, and rust will slide right off.