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39 Things You Don't Need But Will Definitely Buy Anyway

"Yes I do." —you, explaining all of your purchases to yourself.

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1. A 13-month Ban.do planner complete with color-coded month tabs, illustrations, a pocket page, a coloring page, and STICKERS so you can take on all of 2018 and 2019's little problems.

It goes from August 2018 to August 2019.Get it from Ban.do for $20 (available in two sizes and five covers).
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It goes from August 2018 to August 2019.

Get it from Ban.do for $20 (available in two sizes and five covers).

2. A Moody Cards desk display to warn your coworkers before they approach with new baby pictures.

Promising review: "These are a hit! There are so many moods expressed in theses flip cards that multiple people's personalities can be communicated without words. Often enough moods are best expressed visually than verbally. Our office is a wide open space in a loft and often people get into a zone of concentration only to be broken by someone needing to ask a question. Often people put headphones on or tape notes to their work space to not interrupt. These cards can not only convey the 'don't bother me' message but they can also communicate that a person is open to talking. These can also communicate important planning e.g. happy hour, lunch.... These are great!" —Water2wineGet it from Amazon for $9.88.
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Promising review: "These are a hit! There are so many moods expressed in theses flip cards that multiple people's personalities can be communicated without words. Often enough moods are best expressed visually than verbally. Our office is a wide open space in a loft and often people get into a zone of concentration only to be broken by someone needing to ask a question. Often people put headphones on or tape notes to their work space to not interrupt. These cards can not only convey the 'don't bother me' message but they can also communicate that a person is open to talking. These can also communicate important planning e.g. happy hour, lunch.... These are great!" —Water2wine

Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

3. A set of Lip Smacker's Lip Therapy balms for when you feel like your lips need medical attention.

Promising review: "I am super impressed with these. I LOVED Lip Smackers as a kid and was surprised to see these. Apply very smoothly and the flavors are good!" —Katie GraceGet a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99 or one from Walmart for $2.48.
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Promising review: "I am super impressed with these. I LOVED Lip Smackers as a kid and was surprised to see these. Apply very smoothly and the flavors are good!" —Katie Grace

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99 or one from Walmart for $2.48.

4. An anglerfish book light that will have you ~reeling~ over how cute it is.

Warning: Real anglerfish are terrifying. Did you know that some can get up to 3.3 feet long?????????Get it from Thinkgeek for $19.99.
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Warning: Real anglerfish are terrifying. Did you know that some can get up to 3.3 feet long?????????

Get it from Thinkgeek for $19.99.

5. A soy candle inspired by each of the zodiac signs — they even have a crystal inside so you won't feel sad about burning the whole thing.

For example, Scorpio smells like teakwood and has a hunk of rose quartz hidden inside.Get it from ArabellaCrystals on Etsy for $9.95+ (available in 12 signs and two sizes).
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For example, Scorpio smells like teakwood and has a hunk of rose quartz hidden inside.

Get it from ArabellaCrystals on Etsy for $9.95+ (available in 12 signs and two sizes).

6. A color-block sweater to add some color to your otherwise monochrome wardrobe.

Get it from Modcloth for $45 (available in sizes XXS–4XL).
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Get it from Modcloth for $45 (available in sizes XXS–4XL).

7. A proboscis monkey plush — a lad and an absolute unit.

I have the large version of this round pal, and it's so squishy and cuddly! Highly recommend.Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (small) or $29.99 (large).
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I have the large version of this round pal, and it's so squishy and cuddly! Highly recommend.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (small) or $29.99 (large).

8. A graphic tee for anyone who is still bitter they never got to be on Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Promising review: "The shirt looks great. I look great. The only real issue is that now I feel like everyone is challenging me with trivia questions." —Not A Guy From Wood RiverGet it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in sizes S–3XL and six teams).
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Promising review: "The shirt looks great. I look great. The only real issue is that now I feel like everyone is challenging me with trivia questions." —Not A Guy From Wood River

Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in sizes S–3XL and six teams).

9. An ombre umbrella that will make you feel great-iant about the rainy weather.

This is surprisingly hefty for a novelty umbrella and it has a satisfying clunk when you press the button to open it. That said, don't use it on windy days. Get it from Kikkerland for $10 (available in one of two randomly selected shades).
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This is surprisingly hefty for a novelty umbrella and it has a satisfying clunk when you press the button to open it. That said, don't use it on windy days.

Get it from Kikkerland for $10 (available in one of two randomly selected shades).

10. A monstera leaf necklace to instantly make any outfit 1000% more tropical.

Get it from AcrylicCocoFrankie on Etsy for $68.67.
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Get it from AcrylicCocoFrankie on Etsy for $68.67.

11. A set of adorable nautical toothpicks sure to brighten up your bento box lunch or even your homemade cocktail.

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $4.50.
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Get a set of eight from Amazon for $4.50.

12. A peachy bath mat you'll be keen on.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.
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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

13. An invaluable guide to why dogs eat poop, and lots of other gross animal facts to weird your co-workers out with.

I have this book at home and I've learned some great trivia. For example: Some scientists at the University of Tokyo inserted tiny electrodes into the antennae of cockroaches and discovered that they could control them like toy cars. To power these roach RCs, they fitted the bugs with tiny backpacks with batteries. (Yes, the book also has facts that weren't demonstrated on Rick and Morty.)Promising review: "While I wasn't exactly sure what to expect at first, this book was most certainly worth reading. Yes, it is full of a LOT of random trivia, but at the same time, the information is still extremely interesting. I can't remember how many times I interrupted whatever my fiancé was doing to share something I'd just read. This book had a great deal of interesting facts and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I have a feeling I will end up rereading at least parts of it." —S. J. CowanGet it from Amazon for $11.45, Barnes & Noble for $12.02, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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I have this book at home and I've learned some great trivia. For example: Some scientists at the University of Tokyo inserted tiny electrodes into the antennae of cockroaches and discovered that they could control them like toy cars. To power these roach RCs, they fitted the bugs with tiny backpacks with batteries. (Yes, the book also has facts that weren't demonstrated on Rick and Morty.)

Promising review: "While I wasn't exactly sure what to expect at first, this book was most certainly worth reading. Yes, it is full of a LOT of random trivia, but at the same time, the information is still extremely interesting. I can't remember how many times I interrupted whatever my fiancé was doing to share something I'd just read. This book had a great deal of interesting facts and I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I have a feeling I will end up rereading at least parts of it." —S. J. Cowan

Get it from Amazon for $11.45, Barnes & Noble for $12.02, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

14. A relatable enamel pin that's no lemon.

Get it from IAmLunaSol on Etsy for $12.
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Get it from IAmLunaSol on Etsy for $12.

15. A geometric earrings to ~round~ out your outfit.

Promising review: “I absolutely love these. I've gotten so many compliments, and they're so lightweight that I forget I have them on!” —Danielle Casey

Get them from Amazon for $6.90.
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Promising review: “I absolutely love these. I've gotten so many compliments, and they're so lightweight that I forget I have them on!” —Danielle Casey



Get them from Amazon for $6.90.

16. A bubblewrap calendar — yes, it's late in the year to buy a calendar, but that just means you get to pop four and a half month's worth of bubbles in one go.

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.
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Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

17. A champagne blanket for people with bubbly personalities.

Get it from Cotton On for $49.99.
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Get it from Cotton On for $49.99.

18. A nice mug to fill with coffee as you sit down for another Forensic Files marathon.

Get it from Jac Vanek for $14.
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Get it from Jac Vanek for $14.

19. A stainless steel travel mug with all the style of a camping mug but none of the dreaded outdoors.

Promising review: "I love these mugs so much, I've bought two of them. They keep hot drinks very hot for several hours (in fact, it's easy to burn yourself if you're expecting your drink to have cooled down at all). The colors are beautiful (I have the peach and navy ones), and I always get compliments when I use them." —DkxGet it from Amazon for $14.21+ (available in four colors).
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Promising review: "I love these mugs so much, I've bought two of them. They keep hot drinks very hot for several hours (in fact, it's easy to burn yourself if you're expecting your drink to have cooled down at all). The colors are beautiful (I have the peach and navy ones), and I always get compliments when I use them." —Dkx

Get it from Amazon for $14.21+ (available in four colors).

20. A set of flaming(o) candles you'll want to use even if it isn't anyone's birthday.

Get a set of five from Asos for $17.50 or Sunnylife for $13 (also available in tea candle form from Amazon for $14).
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Get a set of five from Asos for $17.50 or Sunnylife for $13 (also available in tea candle form from Amazon for $14).

21. A candle with a scent inspired by books, so you can stop sniffing tomes and freaking people out at the library.

Get it from Homesick Candles or Amazon for $29.95.
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Get it from Homesick Candles or Amazon for $29.95.

22. A pack of rainbow silicone cupcake cups that will save you money in the long run.

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $5.99.
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Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $5.99.

23. A set of cactus PJs for looking on *point* even when it's bed time.

Get it from Asos for $35 (available in sizes 0–14; tall sizes here).
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Get it from Asos for $35 (available in sizes 0–14; tall sizes here).

24. A pair of matching sweatshirts because friends don't let friends make bad decisions...alone.

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Get the bad at good decisions and the good at bad decisions sweaters from Iconic Duo for $42 (available in sizes medium and large).

25. A poke-able corgi mouse pad to ease your wrist pain and make work way more fun.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.
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Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

26. And a pack of socks everyone will love, no butts about it.

Promising review: "These are adorable, thick, and surprisingly high-quality. Nice stretchy material like you'd expect from places like Sock It To Me. Infinitely better than the kind of socks you might get at Target. Had no idea that Amazon had tons of badass, high-quality socks for cheap. 10/10 would buy again." —J LittletonGet a pack of five from Amazon for $11.85 (also available in 13 other styles).
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Promising review: "These are adorable, thick, and surprisingly high-quality. Nice stretchy material like you'd expect from places like Sock It To Me. Infinitely better than the kind of socks you might get at Target. Had no idea that Amazon had tons of badass, high-quality socks for cheap. 10/10 would buy again." —J Littleton

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $11.85 (also available in 13 other styles).

27. A flower floor pillow that doubles as decor and last minute seating for surplus guests.

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

28. A cheeky one-piece to help get rid of some unwanted tanlines.

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Promising review: "I am so happy with this swimsuit. The quality is great, it is as pictured. I decided to go with the recommendation of another review and go a size up and it's accurate." —Ana Santos

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

29. Or a cat swimsuit purrfect for taking a cat nap at the beach.

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Promising review: "Such an adorable swimsuit! Based off of other reviews, I sized up two sizes. The top is quite large but the bottoms fit snug. I will probably order another in a smaller size for a better fitting top." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XL–5XL and two colors).

30. A magnetic phone holder that snaps onto your car's air vent, so your phone (aka your GPS) is always at eye level.

Knock knock, who's there? It's14,029 FIVE-STAR reviews telling you to buy this.Promising review: "One of the best purchases I have ever made. Seriously. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, and using both magnets (included in the shipment) between the case and the phone, it attaches onto the mount very firmly. The mount also attaches firmly into my air vent (2006 Nissan Xterra). No jiggling or slipping. I can touch, swipe, etc on my phone screen without any risk of the phone falling or sliding. Great product!" —SusieGet it from Amazon for $7.49.
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Knock knock, who's there? It's14,029 FIVE-STAR reviews telling you to buy this.

Promising review: "One of the best purchases I have ever made. Seriously. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, and using both magnets (included in the shipment) between the case and the phone, it attaches onto the mount very firmly. The mount also attaches firmly into my air vent (2006 Nissan Xterra). No jiggling or slipping. I can touch, swipe, etc on my phone screen without any risk of the phone falling or sliding. Great product!" —Susie

Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

31. A formal, no-nonsense birthday sign courtesy of the party planning commission's temporary members, Dwight and Jim.

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Pair with half-blown-up silver and brown balloons to complete the look.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

32. A recipe book for people who are reluctantly trying to eat healthier but still need more than a wimpy salad.

Promising review: "This is a wonderful, informative cookbook filled with interesting and VERY innovative salad-ish recipes. This is how I love to cook: combining vegetables and grains for a quick meal! I LOVE learning about new ingredients and how to use them in recipes that are easy to follow and healthy. I appreciate the way Ilene Rosen has organized the book giving me a template to follow (choose your own style!) allowing for substitution of ingredients based on what I have on hand in my kitchen or my family's taste preferences. It is a beautifully styled (great dishes!), photographed, and illustrated book that I will use for years to come. This is my new go-to-book for great tasty recipes!" —Barbara MiralGet it from Amazon for $18.79, Barnes & Noble for $20.67, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
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Promising review: "This is a wonderful, informative cookbook filled with interesting and VERY innovative salad-ish recipes. This is how I love to cook: combining vegetables and grains for a quick meal! I LOVE learning about new ingredients and how to use them in recipes that are easy to follow and healthy. I appreciate the way Ilene Rosen has organized the book giving me a template to follow (choose your own style!) allowing for substitution of ingredients based on what I have on hand in my kitchen or my family's taste preferences. It is a beautifully styled (great dishes!), photographed, and illustrated book that I will use for years to come. This is my new go-to-book for great tasty recipes!" —Barbara Miral

Get it from Amazon for $18.79, Barnes & Noble for $20.67, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

33. A luxe velvet tank that will answer the age-old question "what am I going to wear out tonight?"

I have this tank, and it's very, very soft. Promising Review: “Absolutely incredible value for this super soft cami! The velvet stretch is perfect for a looser fit. Surprisingly very well-made, I’ve seen versions of this camisole at Nordstrom for over $30! Such a good price, I’m stocking up now!” —Julie K.Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 13 colors).
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I have this tank, and it's very, very soft.

Promising Review: “Absolutely incredible value for this super soft cami! The velvet stretch is perfect for a looser fit. Surprisingly very well-made, I’ve seen versions of this camisole at Nordstrom for over $30! Such a good price, I’m stocking up now!” —Julie K.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 13 colors).

34. A houseplant trinket dish to ~leaf~ your tiny belongings in.

Get it from Anthropologie for $12 (available in three styles).
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Get it from Anthropologie for $12 (available in three styles).

35. A pair of rainbow sequin sneakers with a different kind of arch support.

Get them from Nasty Gal for $26 (available in sizes 5–10)
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Get them from Nasty Gal for $26 (available in sizes 5–10)

36. A gold bangle you really have to give a hand to.

Get it from PeggyBeardShop on Etsy for $126.12.
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Get it from PeggyBeardShop on Etsy for $126.12.

37. An ultra-dark mascara for thick, long lashes that last all day.

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Promising review: "I am on my third or fourth tube of this mascara. If layered, I have been asked if I was wearing falsies. It's definitely a pain in the butt to remove, but I use my cleansing oil. Don't need to rub that hard and it breaks down fairly easily. I've included a picture of my eyes: one with the mascara on and the other without." —s y l v i a *

Get it from Amazon for $12.68.

38. A Mrs. Potts tea infuser I honestly can't believe didn't exist sooner.

Get it from Firebox for $9.49.
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Get it from Firebox for $9.49.

39. And a flower-lined kimono perfect for light spring breezes.

Promising review: “I bought this for my daughter, who has a tall, slender build. It fits and hangs just the way she wants it to. And the fabric looks delicate and very pretty.” —TopherGet it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S–XL).
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Promising review: “I bought this for my daughter, who has a tall, slender build. It fits and hangs just the way she wants it to. And the fabric looks delicate and very pretty.” —Topher

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S–XL).

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