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    Dec 23, 2019

    42 Cool And Helpful Products To Help Make You Actually Look Forward To 2020

    Say goodbye to 2019 and never look back.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An under-the-desk elliptical or bike pedaler so you can work on your New Year's resolution and get work done at the same time.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Get the elliptical from Amazon for $349+ (available in three colors) or get the pedaler from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. A mushroom coffee said to help with mental clarity and energy without the jitters, so 2020 can be more wakeful but not shake-full.

    Amazon

    The coffee comes in individual packets that you can mix with hot water (add some ghee or milk for a creamier taste). It tastes like a milder coffee and can provide a less intense energy boost without the jitters. Read more about why one BuzzFeed writer likes this coffee (#3).

    Promising review: "I have no idea if there will legitimately be any real benefits to ingesting these 'super-'mushrooms in my coffee, but what I do know is this: They taste good, and they leave me less jittery than regular coffee. That could be just the result of drinking slightly less coffee in my coffee, but either way, it satisfies my craving for coffee and it tastes good." —Kate O'Neill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.18+ (available in three types).

    3. A desk calendar filled with cute comics by Liz Climo sure to perk you right up each morning, because you deserve something nice before you turn on the news.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    4. An easy-to-use tooth whitening pen your teeth will really take a shine to.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    This thing is so easy and convenient! Just paint your chompers with the pen four times a day and avoid food or drink for 15 minutes after application. Testers have seen visible results after just a month. In fact, BuzzFeed Reviews names this one of the best whiteners you can buy.

    Get it from Sephora for $22.

    5. A cookbook that teaches you how to not use cookbooks. We're going off-road, culinarily speaking.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought the original 18 years ago and have bought three since (binding falls apart — alas). I have a very large collection of cookbooks, but I go back to the original over and over and over. I have now read the updated version (okay, I've read it three times now). It is every bit as good and adds pieces here and there that update to today. I have cooked a couple of recipes already, and they do not disappoint. The idea of knowing you can plan ahead is a good theme and carried out well. I miss her dessert section but the original is still around so I can go there if I need to. I will continue to cook out of both editions. I would point out three things though — the updated book has pictures, a great bread recipe, AND the pages wipe clean!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.49.

    6. A windshield cover so you can spend less time hacking the frost off your car and more time singing to the radio on your way to work.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm finally able to write a review based upon experience with snow and this cover. It was very easy to set up and place on my car. It did its job perfectly and there is no snow or ice on my front windshield." —Darin G.

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

    7. A cutie-pie mini straightener you can bring everywhere for little fixes throughout the day. Your impulse bangs are gonna look so good. No hair regrets in the year 2020!

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $30 or something similar from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A pretty as heck planner so cute, you'll have no choice but to use it and get organized. No! Choice!

    Amanda Adam

    This thing is super popular so it's backordered! It ships on the 20th.

    Get it from Valfré for $28.

    9. A set of itty-bitty mini tools to grace your equally tiny kitchen. Look at these powerful cuties! Think of the edible masterpieces you'll create together. I'm shedding a tear thinking of the bite-sized cupcakes and handheld calzones you can enjoy in the new year.

    Macy's

    The set includes rounded spatula, pointed spatula, spoon, all-purpose spatula, and basting brush.

    Get the five piece set from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection at Macy's for $14.99.

    10. A pair of blue light-blocking glasses to prevent that feeling like your eyeballs are going to roll out of your dang head if you stare at your screen any longer.

    Amazon

    These minimize digital eye strain to avoid any midday crashes or wooziness caused by your glaring screen so you actually stay in the zone. Read one BuzzFeed editor's review on a similar pair of blue light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December" (#1).

    Promising review: "I love these glasses! I work at nighttime in an office with really bright fluorescent lights and two screens; we turn a third of the lights off and I showed everyone on my shift how to dim our screens to help with eye strain, but I found I was still having frequent eyestrain and needing to massage my temples. We aren't allowed to download blue light filters to help, either, and many of my coworkers suffer from frequent migraines. I have been looking for a way to relieve strain on my eyes and these were absolutely the answer. I use these even at home on my own computer while writing, and I don't exactly know how to describe the difference other than just that my eyes feel more 'relaxed'. My eyes haven't been in pain since I got them, and seriously, I forgot to wear them for about 20 minutes the other day, and my eyes were right back to feeling how they had." —Cam

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three frames, in low and high definition, and two colors).

    11. A purple shampoo that will neutralize yellow tones left from pigment residue after bleaching or lightening and leave you with a coveted icy blonde look.

    amazon.com

    Check out more before-and-after pics in "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo".

    Promising review: "I have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.15.

    12. A pair of fan light pull cords so you can finally know which turns on the fan and which turns on the light. What an ~illuminating~ product!

    amazon.com

    Get them from Amazon for $6.59.

    13. A pack of peppermint and tea tree oil wipes to help you stay fresh in between showers. Now you can hit the gym during your lunch break without hitting your coworkers with post-workout smells.

    Goodwipes

    Promising review: "I wish I had a funny review here, but B.O. is no joke! I work out hard, I sweat hard, and sweat stinks! I also run my own incredibly busy business and have two small kids. Every minute of my day counts and showering early in the day is a luxury that I don’t always get to indulge in! But that leaves me smelling 'straight out the locker room' for a large part of my day before I get to shower — no good! Enter these — they're a game changer! I work out, sweat like a boss, wipe down, and voila: no longer offensive! In fact, I actually smell and feel fresh! Big fan!" —Anna Palestis Frenkel

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A set of inexpensive microfiber sheets that feel just as silky soft as much more expensive brands. So you and your wallet can get a good night's sleep.

    Amazon

    I slept on these sheets while at an Airbnb and was convinced they were fancy percale sheets. I had to check the label because they felt so luxurious and cuddly. I was totally shocked that you could just get 'em on Amazon.

    Get a set from Amazon for $26.84+ (available in six sizes and 14 colors).

    15. Or honestly, screw it: A set of expensive but ~Totally Worth It~ sheets that are 1. as soft as angels, probably and 2. sporting some snaps so the duvet and top sheet are always connected. You can be snuggly and then get up and make your bed in two freaking seconds. **~~WOWWO~~**

    Primary Goods

    I hate top sheets because they always get bunched up at the bottom of the bed in my sleep. With a set of these babies, the top sheet is always in place. This set comes with a duvet cover, fitted sheet, top sheet, and two pillow shams.

    Get a five-piece set from Primary Goods for $149+ (available in four sizes and nine colors).

    16. A magnetic, dry eraser calendar so you and the fam can be on the same page and no one can claim ignorance when they miss game night. This year you're going to crush your relatives in Monopoly and everyone needs to be present for it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This magnetic planner is wonderful! It is the perfect size for the refrigerator. It comes with three dry-erase magnetic markers (gray, blue, and pink, with erasers on each) as well as a separate magnetic eraser. Great way to keep two working parents up to date as well as a meal planner." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90 (available as a monthly or weekly format).

    17. A pack of divider sticky notes great for jotting down notes and ideas about each chapter. A+ semester here you come.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these! I'm a college student who takes notes a lot, and these are perfect for using on rented textbooks (which you can't write in). The tabs are nice and there's just enough space on each paper to put down important information. Nice thick paper; it's sticky from one edge to about halfway to the other edge so it stays on pretty well." —maria17

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69 (for one; also available in bundles of two, three, six, nine, and twelve).

    18. A pair of high-waisted leggings that are 1. soft 2. opaque and 3. the perfect thing to wear to both the gym and the couch.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I never take the time to write reviews — and I purchase half of everything we buy on Amazon. However, as a former LLR obsessed mom of 2 toddlers, I felt called to make time to review these leggings. If you are reading this and wondering how these compare to LLR leggings, I am here to tell you I am confident LLR is ripping loyal customers off by charging $25-30+. These leggings are just as soft. They fit the same, if not better. They do NOT PILL if you wash cold and hang dry. I truly feel like I’m wearing “butter leggings” or “like I’m naked” or whatever other claims LLR makes. The price is obviously better and more fair in my opinion."—Jen Wolfe

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in "one size" and "plus size" and 22 colors).

    19. A Birchbox x BuzzFeed collab box filled with all our favorite beauty goodies to start your beauty routine off on the right foot.

    Birchbox

    The box has a value of $200 but costs less than half of that! It comes with items like Smashbox's Photo Finish foundation primer, Kevyn Aucoin's The Precision liquid eyeliner, Amika's Soulfood nourishing mask, and more. Click through to see all the awesome products that come in each (beautifully designed, I might add) box.

    Get it from Birchbox for $62.

    20. A subscription service that mails you beautiful and minty-flavored vitamins. The packaging is wonderful and you'll probably feel wonderful knowing you're taking care of your body.

    21. A pack of Bubba's Ungranola for a breakfast that leaves you feeling full and happy, without feeling bloated or sleepy.

    Amazon

    These are Keto-approved! There's no oats, refined sugar, grains, or gluten. Just nuts, chocolate, coconut flakes, and other goodness to keep you going. My favorite is the bourbon vanilla, which I eat in a mug with some milk. It tastes great and leaves me just as full as when I have half a bagel for breakfast. Besides eating with milk, you can also use it as a topping or eat it right out of the bag.

    Get three bags from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A pet-brushing glove so you can secretly groom your (overly) furry friend while petting them. There will be no tumbleweeds of fur in your future.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 (available in both left-handed and right-handed versions).

    23. A pair of fluffy microfiber towels that completely obliterate any trace of makeup so you can wash up and get to bed faster than ever.

    Amazon

    Seriously, just get it wet and go to town. These get rid of all my waterproof eye makeup in three seconds flat. Any facial microfiber towel will do it, but this brand is extra fluffy and luxurious.

    Promising review: "Buying makeup wipes is both expensive (in the long run) and just a general pain. These towelettes are definitely reusable and washable. If you toss them into the washer and dryer, they look good as new. No matter how they look, however, they work perfectly fine and definitely get all of my makeup out. I've also used it before as a washing towel when I take a bath. Basically it cleans extremely well and is gentle on your skin. Also, I like this product because I have sensitive skin and can't handle a lot of the makeup wipes that are on the shelves. These cloths are super gentle." —Winifred Pooh

    Get a two-pack and six hair ties from Amazon for $11.97 (available in three colors).

    24. A cat-tastic magnet so you and your roommate will actually know if those dishes are clean or dirty. Such a small gadget with huge effects.

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    25. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that clean out gross and grimy water bottles so you can finally use them again. Reclaim your old Nalgene with the least amount of work possible.

    amazon.com

    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 36 from Amazon for $22.

    26. A hair treatment ready to spin your hay-like follicles into gold so you can give a healthy, dramatic hair flip on your way out of 2018.

    Amazon, Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I've used this twice so far and I just ordered two more tubes. It's amazing. My hair hasn't been this soft since I was a child. The most amazing part is that while it adds luster and softness, my hair isn't greasy at all. I have straight hair that has become damaged/frizzy from coloring and highlighting. I LOVE this conditioner." —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    27. A pack of freshness bags that extend the life of your produce, so you can actually have a shot at finishing all those veggies you optimistically bought.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was somewhat skeptical as to whether or not these would work, but much to my delight, they work very well! The real test were the organic strawberries I bought. They've been in the bag in the refrigerator for eight days now and are still edible. Usually when I buy strawberries, they get mushy and moldy within a day or two. The other veggies I've used these bags for are also doing better than they normally do without the bag. More often than I'd like to admit, we buy a bunch of fruits and veggies and they go bad before we eat them. Thankfully, these bags are extending their edibility, so I'm not having to feed them to the chickens and donkeys. I'm very pleased with my purchase and definitely recommend them." —Dallas Shopper

    Get a pack of 30 gallon-size bags from Amazon for $8.99.

    28. A handheld Dirt Devil vacuum with a lightweight design and powerful motor so you can finally take on all the crumbs hiding under your couch cushions.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Holy smokes. Do yourself a favor and get this. This little guy gets the job done. I used it to clean out my car that transports two active, filthy children who apparently cannot manage to get french fries in their mouths, and one long haired Nordic dog whose only response to anything is 'shed immediately'. It did better than any vac at a car wash. The crevice tool got all the crumbs out of the gear shift spot. I don't even know how those crumbs get there, because that's not, like, prime food real estate. Whatever. Get this and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how nice your car looks for all of 40 seconds before the kids/dogs pile back in." —Keeks

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    29. Or a robot vacuum cleaner that will just do all the work for you. This is 2020 and it's time we all live like the Jetsons.

    Amazon

    The S4 is a good vacuum for smaller homes with hardwood or low-pile carpet floors. It connects to your phone so you can map out where you'd like it to clean. If you need something for higher carpets or want a mopping feature, check out the S5 model.

    Promising review: "LOVE this vacuum!! I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure if all of the reviews were being honest about how good it was. However, after watching some YouTube reviews and hearing from a friend who bought S5 five months prior (she really likes it), I decided to give it a try. I love everything about the vacuum but the top two are noise level (so amazing how it doesn't get on my nerves like so many other brands — sometimes I can't even hear it when it's in another room!) and reliability. I can actually run a full cycle without having it caught in something. I can now run it with assurance and the little helper is docked in its place after an entire-house cleaning upon returning from work (it's been a little less than 2 months and has yet to fail). Such a relief after an exhausting day at work." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $394.99.

    30. A pair of super popular shoe inserts so you can stand up for what you deserve — feet that don't hurt after a long day of standing and taking people's shit.

    amazon.com

    These have over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon so you know they work.

    Promising review: "I am a "seasoned" nurse. I am approaching 30 years of working 12 hour(and longer) shifts on concrete. I am here to tell you, protect yourself, if you work on concrete. The human body isn't made to do it hour after hour. I have chronic plantar fasciitis. I've had the prescription orthotics, approaching $500, I've had the drug store cushions and I have had those ridiculous ones where you stand on the machine at the store and it chooses a style for you. These are easily as good as my $500 pair. I put these in all my shoes(they have some for heels too!). I did upsize my shoes by a half size rather than trim these. My husband and a son are now getting PF so I bought them each a pair as well. You can take out the original insoles and put these in your shoes. They make even cheap unsupportive shoes better. Yes, you need rigid support not more cushion if you have PF. I didn't have to break mine in and neither did my husband, but podiatrists usually suggest you wear the expensive pairs for ~4 hours the first day and work up from there." —TamilynS

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97+ (available in sizes 3–16).

    31. A teabag organizer that can fit up to 100 bags so you don't have to worry about a cardboard box avalanche every time you open your cabinet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is just what we needed! I love tea and have boxes all piled up and sometimes when folks come over I don't know what I have to offer. Now that's all changed! I threw away about five boxes, so well over 100 tea bags fit in the containers. I love that the containers pop out so you can rearrange your options." —frugalgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    32. A one-line-a-day journal that'll help you finally start recording your life in the easiest and quickest way possible.

    Amazon

    Each day has a different one-line prompt. After answering a year's worth of prompts, you go back to the beginning and answer the questions again. By the end, you'll have five years worth of answers to compare, so you can see how much you've grown and changed. Read more about this cool journal on "This One Line A Day Journal Is My Most Prized Possession".

    Promising review: "I love this journal, it gives me so much pleasure to remember small details and tiny events that I would otherwise forget over time. Every day it happily jogs my memory and I feel like overall, I remember many more events from my past. Now I have a yearly reminder that something good happened." —rkennedy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.27. Also available in classic, celestial, and floral.

    33. A mini Cuisinart food processor from BuzzFeed's Tasty in a lovely color just begging to be part of your prep work.

    HSN

    The BPA-free food bowl has a four-cup capacity that's great for one or two people. It has a reversible stainless steel blade, with sharp and blunt edges for chopping and grinding. You'll also get a spatula with this tiny food processor to help scoop all the good stuff out.

    Get it from BuzzFeed Tasty by Cuisinart on HSN for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    34. And a BuzzFeed Tasty Aerogarden so you can grow herbs in your own home and always have basil on hand.

    Walmart

    The Aerogarden makes it easy to grow herbs because it does all the hard work for you. It provides the proper lighting and alerts you when you need to water it. There are four seed kits to choose from:

    Ranch: dill, parsley, and chives

    Southwestern: cilantro, chives, and oregano

    Caprese salad: cherry tomato and two Genovese basil

    Cocktail/mocktail: mint, Thai basil, and lavender

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection exclusively on Walmart for $49.99 (originally $99.99).

    35. A shower caddy with bendy arms that can be shaped to fit your needs.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in three colors) or Urban Outfitters for $24 (available in two colors).

    36. Boy Brow — a foolproof way to get instantly tamed eyebrows with just a few swipes. Spend less time getting ready and more time making this year your best yet.

    Birchbox

    Seriously, just brush your brows up and then out; it's that easy. I used to use Boy Brow all the time and loved how natural my eyebrows would look, even if I used a color that was much darker than my natural hair color. It's way easier to use than a traditional eyebrow pencil. Read another, more in-depth review of this eyebrow magic (#5).

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in three shades and clear).

    37. A pack of reusable straws so you can stop worrying about turtles getting plastic straws up their noses. There are simply just too many other things to worry about.

    Amazon

    These straws are made of 100% non-toxic, BPA-free materials, so sip away with no worries! They come with a cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "I use these straws almost daily for smoothies, water, and juice. The colors in this set are great, and I've found strange joy in matching the straw to the color of my drink! I've also found that I drink water much more quickly using a straw than when drinking directly from the cup, so these are great for keeping me hydrated at home. Haven't tried putting them through the dishwasher, but they're super easy to clean in the sink with the included brush. These straws are sturdy and thick-walled, and I don't see them breaking anytime soon." —jackie

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three styles).

    38. A monstera to bring life into your stuffy home. 2020 is the year you keep a plant alive. I believe in you!

    amazon.com

    Above is an image of the plant just five months after it arrived. They grow up so fast. :')

    Promising review: "I received a small but very healthy plant that I loving named 'Philly cheesesteak.' Phil is doing wonderfully in my home and growing larger by the day. The leaves recently started to expand in width and splits are emerging on a few leaves. I've had this plant a little over five months now! Great plant!" —NaliniR

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    39. A expandable, cabinet-lining, two-tier shelf that will make every bottle you own visible and easily accessible.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was easy to assemble and I couldn’t believe all the options I had for different configurations... the basket was an added bonus ♥️

    " —SafetySharon

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    40. A colored pencil organizer so you can be properly equipped to stress-color your feelings out, no matter what fresh hell 2020 brings.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my wife to hold her gel pens for her coloring books. This little case holds them neatly without taking up space and falling all over the place. I was surprised that such a small case could hold so many pens. The wife liked it so much I ended up buying her two more, one in pink and one in black, to hold her colored pencils and a second set of pens." —Gene S.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    41. BuzzFeed's Goodful cookbook that'll help you make balanced and nourishing meals. Sad, unsatisfying meals are something to leave in 2019.

    Amazon

    This helpful cookbook from the Goodful team comes with 125 recipes for meals that are simple and balanced. It also has 50 photos, illustrations, tips, useful charts, and guides for bringing wellness into your day-to-day. My favorite is the chart that shows you what produce is in season.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.32.

    42. And finally, a subscription to Winc, a company that will mail wine straight to your door. Because folks, we're all gonna need it.

    Winc

    All the bottles are delicious and have the prettiest labels I've ever seen. Plus if you get four bottles, shipping is free. You can skip a month or cancel anytime. Read BuzzFeed's review of Winc.

    Get it from Winc for $13+/bottle.

    Ringing in 2020 like:

    Fox

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