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

Rainbow string lights, a happy cactus rug, fancy caramels, and 27 other fun things that you don't necessarily *need* but definitely want.

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4. A collection of squishy little animals you won't be able to stop poking.

Promising review: "These are SO CUTE! They're super soft and squishy. They have a decent scent. They don't leave residue or anything on you when you're playing with them. They are fun to play with and they help release stress and anxiety." —Yesenia Cuevas

Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $8.89.


9. Velvet-lined stockings to keep you warm, because it's never too cold to wear a cute dress, dammit.

Promising review: "I moved to Seattle where the winters are cold, damp, and often windy, and I lived in a drafty old house when I ordered these leggings last winter. I have some other fleece-lined leggings and thought these would be similar, only in a great dark red. But no — the reviewer who said 'it's like wearing kittens on your legs' is spot-on. Kittens, small teddy bears, whatever you want to call it — these leggings aren't lined with fleece, and not just merely fuzzy, but seriously it's low-pile, stretchy faux fur." —Nouvelle Héloïse

Get them from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 11 styles).

10. An invaluable guide to fortifying and protecting your home from the looming threat of a lawn gnome uprising.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Chuck Sambuchino. Published by Ten Speed Press

Promising review: "Let me tell you now, there is no better survival guide for pointed hat predators available. The author gives us step-by-step instructions on dealing with these vicious pipsqueaks, and his advice will leave you well informed and clutching your sides. I especially love the section on home defense and am in the process of constructing my own moat. This delightful little tome has a number of laugh-out-loud funny moments and is a quick read. The pictures really bring the guide together. You should pickup a copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack today, mostly because your life may depend on it." —Stephanie Lorée

Get it from Amazon for $8.43, Barnes & Noble for $13.78, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.


12. A wondrous chest filled with the greatest treasure of all: the Harry Potter series.

Promising review: "I have been so excited waiting for this, and I was not disappointed. It's exactly as it looks: pretty big and beautiful. 😍 I can't wait to start reading. I'm so glad these books come in this chest. I can keep it forever and force my future kids to read them. Thank you. Worth the money." —Shauna

Get it from Amazon for $141.65.

14. A Sailor Moon–themed notebook just waiting to be filled with Tuxedo Mask doodles.

Promising review: "They are really cute notebooks that fit in one hand. No lines, all plain blank pages, but three starting pages have designs on them. Bought three, one for a niece and two for me since she's also a Sailor Moon fan. She told me she loved it and uses it to draw. Arrived way sooner than expected for me, which was great." —BellaRoza

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


16. A bear-y cute surge protector and power strip with four outlets and two USB ports.

It comes with a 5.9-foot cord.

Promising review: "I love it. It's soo cute. I'm a student and I plug in my computer, Kindle, and phone all at once. A must-buy!!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $21.78 (available in two colors).

17. A book about lagom: the Swedish art of living a balanced and happy life.

Promising review: "A wonderful look at the Swedish lifestyle known as lagom. A minimalist, mindful way of living. Full of lovely traditions like coffee breaks known as fika. Family time is cherished, and quality over quantity with little waste when shopping. This was a lovely introduction to lagom." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.59, Barnes & Noble for $12.86, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.


20. A clever bookmark that will shed some light on where you left off in your book.

Promising review: "Small, and it really does hold your page. I got the red one with the translucent plastic light shine. It's cute." —Left Coast

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).


24. A pair of Good Vibes ear jackets exuding positivity. You basically can't have a bad day while wearing these.

25. A tube of assorted caramels for people looking to widen their candy horizons.

The fancy flavors include: dark roasted mocha, ginger fusion, rosemary truffle sea salt, highland scotch, black lava sea salt, tapped maple, Cape Cod sea salt, classic vanilla, and deep chocolate. I've tried these and I have to say the black lava sea salt flavor was the best thing I've ever tasted.

Get it from the Grommet for $14.95 or Amazon for $18.95.

26. Matte soy candles that look as good as they smell.

The black candle smells like smokey lavender, the winky face smells like citrus and berries, and the heart smells like night-blooming tuberose.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14 (available in three scents).


28. An illustrated book featuring the lives of 100 revolutionary women who broke down boundaries for future generations of women.

Promising review: "THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. BUY IT. Okay, so yes, this book is GREAT. It is definitely for an older child/preteen but I have fun censoring and reading this book to my 3-year-old gal before bedtime. She thinks the pictures are sooo cool and honestly, so do I! The imagery and badassness in this book is fantastic." —mkp

Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $17.81, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

30. A beautifully etched rocks glass featuring the map of your home city or topographic lines of your favorite island or mountain.,

Get the city glass from UncommonGoods for $14 (available in 24 locations) or the topography glass from theUncommonGreen on Etsy for $14 (available in 47 locations). If you can't find the map you truly desire, get a custom one here.