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    41 Things You Probably Should Have Bought Yesterday

    Once time travel is invented, you can expect a thank you letter from yourself.

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    1. A bottle of kimchi mayo sauce to add a little zip to any meal. And by zip? Yeah, I mean absolute heaven for your tastebuds.

    the bottle next to a big plate of homemade sushi

    Put this on pizza, wings, salads, sandwiches, sushi, ANYTHING! Truly everything can be made better with a touch of this sauce.

    Promising review: "This is literally the tastiest sauce known to mankind. When I die, I hope to drown in a pool of this sauce so that my last moments are tasty. But seriously, I love this sauce so much and I highly recommend purchasing it." —Kathy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. sunburn soother crafted with aloe and coconut oil to hydrate skin and turn back time to before you stayed out in the sun a little too long. 

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mentioned this also helped prevent peeling and itching!

    Promising review: "I ordered this two weeks ago after seeing rave reviews. So grateful I did. Yesterday I got the worst burn. It was unbelievable. I applied this four times over 24 hours. When I woke up this morning it was a lot better and has just gotten increasingly better throughout the day. The burn is mostly faded, and the pain is so much better. I hope to never burn this badly again, but I will be stockpiling this lotion all the same." —Carolina G.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    3. Little fish capsules filled with aluminum oxide that'll keep your humidifier cleaner for longer. Anyone who has suffered the agony of trying to clean their humidifier tank knows this a must-buy.


    Promising review: "I hated cleaning the yuck and calcification out of my humidifier. I bought these to try and reduce the number of times per year i have to do this. Great news! They seem to be working. We use a humidifier already because the heat is on and we have a baby. this keeps the water reservoir clean and a bonus, the fish are super cute. It looks like a little fish tank." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

    4. A 21-ounce jug of Greenies treats, because as much as you love your cat, their breath could use some work. 

    Promising review: "My cat came to me with most of her teeth already pulled. I wanted to save the remaining ones so I use a periodontal tooth powder in conjunction with these Greenies. The combo works really well, and she loves the Greenies! These are a winner in our house." —Nenni

    Get it from Amazon for $35.49 (available in four flavors).

    5. A mosquito-repelling camping lantern that'll provide light and protection from buzzing pests. Just think: no sprays, no using your phone as a flashlight, no gross candles — just good vibes. 

    The lantern

    Promising review: "After using this thing up in the mountains and in the backyard jungle I have, this little device makes a big difference in sitting outside at night. I doubted that anything besides a good repellent would work, but I was wrong. I will be buying a couple more to have handy wherever I am. Go ahead and buy one, they work!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.59.

    6. Sand & Sky's Tasmanian Spring Water Wonder lotion — with the heroically hydrating ingredient hyaluronic acid — that's pretty much luxury skincare for your body. It's ultra-lightweight and luxurious, not unlike the expensive moisturizer you treat your face to.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed, Sand & Sky

    If you hate the greasiness of regular body lotion, you should check this out! It's suuuuuper light and absorbs in a flash. I also love that it comes in an easy-to-dispense bottle so I can lather with ease. I normally avoid body lotion because it feels so heavy and sticky, but this stuff goes on like a dream.

    Get it from Sand & Sky for $41.90.

    7. A satin-lined Hairbrella to keep your hair protected from rain, humidity, and anything else that's out to ruin your perfect hairdo.


    Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business established in 2016 that specializes in hats combining fashion and function to protect against all types of weather.

    Promising review: "I never carry an umbrella cause they’re too bulky, so when I saw the Hairbrella I was so excited. It keeps my hair dry and my curls nicely quaffed, rather than me looking like I stuck my fingers I a light socket. I’m telling everyone I know about it, it’s an amazing alternative to those wide-brimmed hats or a briefcase LOL! Truly it’s never going Read more about review stating Love it!!to leave my side from now on! I definitely recommend it." —Gina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 or Hairbrella for $39.99 (available in five colors).

    8. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that clean those hard-to-reach places so you don't have to. That moldy Nalgene you forgot to clean for a year can now be saved from the garbage!

    Just drop in a tablet with warm water and wait 15–30 minutes. Wash out and admire your sparkling container!

    Promising review: "I actually found this product on a BuzzFeed article on things that you can’t believe you don’t already own. I figured I’d give it a shot as we have plenty of gross looking travel coffee mugs. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was blown away. I was amazed and even a tad disgusted at how gross they truly were." —Nanners1010

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    9. A Marshmallow Whip Maker loved by TikTokers thanks to its ability to turn your hum-drum cleanser into light frothy foam. Foam = easier to apply and less friction bothering your skin.


    To use this, all you have to do is put a pearl-sized drop of your favorite cleanser at the bottom, fill with water up to the dotted line, and pump it until it creates foam.

    Promising review: "This thing is the bomb. Does exactly what it advertises — makes a thick whipped cream/foam out of washes, making it economical as well as fun. It can 'soften' harsh washes to make the concoction gentler on skin. It's also great for mixing washes if you have two or more you'd like to combine for different effects. And of course, a little goes a long, long way with this puppy. For the price, it's a steal —if you're into this kind of thing. Definitely give it a try if you're not sure. It's a really cool device." —KnockKnockMe

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    10. A Cat Dancer toy you can waggle in front of your feline whenever you wanna give them a proper workout.,

    In fact, if you are looking for an immediate LOL, please head straight to the review images of this little gizmo — pages and pages of kitty cats losing their marbles. It is goodness and absurdity and light.

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $1.67.

    11. A pack of fancy peanut butter cups that critics (me) are calling the Candy of the Year. Good luck not eating the entire bag in one sitting!

    the bag of peanut butter cups

    I love pretty much everything by SkinnyDipped! Their candy always has the perfect ratio between nut (or nut butter) and chocolate. Truly top tier snacking material. See all the options (everything from chocolate covered almonds to salted caramel bars) here

    Get four bags from Amazon for $21.99 (available in milk or dark chocolate). 

    12. A Supergoop Getaway Kit with everything you need to survive a beach trip, all with playful packaging from Gray Malin (the photographer behind the iconic coffee table book, Beaches).

    all the items from the kit

    Supergoop is the *one* sunscreen I recommend if you're looking for something ultra-lightweight. I can't even believe it's real. It goes on sheer and matte, and disappears onto your skin pretty much immediately. This kit has a whole slew of sun-protecting goodies with SPFs ranging from 30–50: an everyday lotion, body mist, glow oil, resetting mist, lip shield, and of course, their classic Unseen Sunscreen. My favorite is the mist spray because it makes it super easy to re-apply SPF throughout the day.

    Get it from Supergoop for $75.   

    13. Lightweight slides that'll bring some marshmallow-like style to your at-home look. Suh-weet!

    the slides in various pastel and neutral colors

    Promising review: "These are so cute and comfortable!! I am so impressed with the fit. I really needed slippers that wouldn’t get stinky after stepping into them from out of the shower. These are going to be so easy to clean and I’ll be able to wear them for a while!" —Sofia Khan

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes 5.5–13 and seven colors). 

    14. A magnetic hanging utensil set with all the kitchen greatest hits: a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon, and a ladle. They all nest together to form an aesthetically pleasing rainbow that doesn't take up too much counter space. 

    The utensils hanging and nested together in different rainbow colors

    Promising review: "We travel full-time and move every three months so everything has to be compact and packable. These replaced five other kitchen utensils that did not nest in each other. They sit on the counter ready to use. They are sturdy and have been used in nonstick ceramic and cast-iron pans. Very happy with this set." —Justice Talbot

    Get a set from Amazon for $28 (available in three other color varieties).

    15. A survival bandana printed with a ton of helpful survival information in case you get into trouble on a hike. It's good to wear on your head, use as a sling,  collect water, and more. 

    User showing the various uses for the bandana, including as a splint, sling, and as a headwrap

    Promising review: "Oversized compared to your typical bandana, which is awesome! Great weight. My family and I have been building our BOBs (bug out bags). I have been wanting to find something like this for a while. It is nice; it has instructions on it. Very versatile. I bought one to test out to see if it was worth getting more. I am thrilled to say it is. I will be purchasing one for each of us. Super excited. I love how brightly colored this one is as well. It is going to make it nice to hike and camp with." —Shadow Breaker

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (also available in gray).

    16. Decaf coffee from Guatemala with overwhelmingly adorable packaging for anyone who loves the taste of coffee but wants to take it slow. 

    a purple bag of decaf coffee
    Bean & Bean

    Bean & Bean is an Asian-owned based in Queens, NY.

    Get it from Bean & Bean for $21+ (available in nine styles and three sizes).

    17. A cozy sweatshirt dedicated to one of the greatest breakfasts out there — the BEC! 

    a buzzfeed employee in a shirt hat breaks down a bacon egg and cheese

    Get it from Shop BuzzFeed for $38 (available in unisex sizes S–5XL and four colors).

    18. A sunset projection lamp because who said you have to wait for the evening to bask in a nice warm glow? 

    Upright lamp projecting round orange and yellow light onto wall
    Reviewer selfie with the light on their face

    Promising review: "I love my new sunset lamp. No complaints here. It's a great addition to my room." —Ashley Santana

    Get it from Amazon for $26.45.

    19. A power strip with an ultra thin outlet cover so you can enjoy all your ports without dealing with buiky cords getting in the way of keeping your furniture flush to the wall. 

    reviewer before and after photo of plugs on top and the thin outlet on bottom
    reviewer holding the power strip

    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    20. A set of popular wickaway sweatbands to keep your sweat at bay, aka out of your face and eyes. 

    A reviewer in a gray sweatband
    A reviewer photo showing the 10 colors the sweatbands come in

    Promising review: "Amazing quality! These are super soft and keep your head cool when working out! I couldn’t believe how well they work at wicking away moisture and staying cool! They came in a super nice box that will help me to not lose them — like I’m prone to. The colors are cute and the headbands aren’t too tight at all! They have nice stretch to them if you have a larger head. This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made on Amazon! I’m so glad I bought these!" —Gypsigirl213

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $17.99.

    21. A Baby Yoda toothpaste topper that'll spit out toothpaste right on your brush. Who knew alien spit was good for fighting plaque?


    Each order comes with four threaded cap sizes, so it'll fit all major brands and travel size toothpaste tubes.

    SnowBloom3D is a North Carolina-based Etsy shop that specializes in 3D-printed home goods.

    Get it from SnowBloom3D SnowBloom3D on Etsy for $5.99+ (available in painted or unpainted).

    22. A set of drill brushes so effective, you'll be shocked how clean your bathroom used to be.,

    Promising review: "I got this for Christmas. Honestly I didn't think it would work. It sat around for six to seven months before I tried it. Wow! My tiled shower had mold, mildew, iron, rust, hard water stains, dirt and every other nasty stain that can be had in a shower. With a little Comet and very little effort it took it all off. I have tried every cleaner, scrubbie that I could find to clean this shower. Nothing worked. Not even straight bleach. This scrubber worked. I am in shock that it worked. After a good workout I noticed that the some of the brushes were bent. The product is still worth the money even if I have to replace it. Overall this is a great product. I am going to be giving them as Christmas gifts this year." —FreddiesCat

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    23. A tiny milk frother in case you wanna make delicious frothy drinks at home that rival even the fanciest of coffee shops.,

    Promising review: "All of my friends and family had this so naturally I had to get one and I am obsessed. Makes every homemade coffee taste like you went out and bought one. Very affordable and worth every penny. I love that it comes with a cute holder for it." —Kayla Dillinger

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five styles).

    24. Rectangular shades for a retro look that'll make any outfit 100% more Instagrammable. 

    reviewer wears the shades
    another reviewer wears the sunglasses

    Promising review: 'I love the style; this is so trendy right now. Great value for your money. I got the set of two with one black and one tortoiseshell. I love them and they look so chic." —Payton Mcclelland

    Get it Amazon for $11+ (available in 11 colors). 

    25. A lantern and fan hybrid you can hook to the top of your tent, because who said you can't take a ceiling fan on a camping trip?

    Promising review: "I went camping this week, and I just hate when it's sooooo darn hot in the tent, and of course there's no place to put a fan AND a light. This one worked perfectly. It hung by it's built in hook to the top of the tent, the light was just right, and the fan was quiet and effective for a two-person tent. Happy I bought it." —Kevin Gaither

    Get it from Amazon for $20.84.

    26. Tide's Brights + Whites Rescue capable of making colorful clothing more vibrant and white clothing up to three shades lighter. Wow, better wear sunglasses when you pull out your dazzlingly clean laundry!

    before: off-white shirt, after: bright white shirt
    before: reviewer's baby onesie with yellow stain after: onesie looking whiter and with no stain

    Promising review: "I bought this based off of the good reviews and I'm so glad I did! I added the Tide W+B and washed on hot with extra rinse cycle to help remove the strong fragrance. I did this twice. Whites and colors looked new again!! Then I used it on all of my white bed sheets and towels. Amazing difference!" —Sean Ulrich

    Get a pack of 27 from Amazon for $16.99.

    27. A canine ear cleaner so your pup can actually hear you when you tell them what a good dog they are. :3

    dog ear with brown stuff in it
    same dog ear, now free of brown

    Promising review: "I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn't get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!" —Tricia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. A Rumpl indoor/outdoor blanket, which is waterproof and dirt resistant so you can stay cozy, even in the dirtiest conditions.