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    42 Purchases That Are Not Only Practical, But Fun, Too

    Because useful doesn't always mean boring.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A six-piece Zwilling knife set with everything you need to prep that viral TikTok recipe you've been eyeing. Plus, it comes with a colorful, trendy block that'll keep ya organized.

    Zwilling

    What's included: A paring knife, chef's knife, bread knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel, and knife block.

    Promising review: "I have been using Zwilling knives for a long time. The knife I'm currently using is over 10 years old, but it's still strong. However, after discovering this trendy knife set, I had no choice but to buy it. The product arrived very quickly and the quality did not fail to meet my expectations. After much thought out of the three colors, I purchased a blue set. The first impression I encountered was the weight and quality of the block. I was a bit disappointed with the color of the plastic handles (darker than I thought), but I think the cutting power and trendiness of the product are enough to satisfy me. I think that the lighter weight compared to my existing knives will put less strain on my wrist, too." β€”Daejin

    Get it from Zwilling for $179.99 (originally $281.50; available in three colors).

    2. A pair of vintage-y blue light-blocking glasses that'll protect your peepers during eight-hour work days. Ofc they'll also have your coworkers tripping over themselves to comment on how freaking cute they are.

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    Promising review: "I love these! I tried three different brands before deciding on this one. They definitely block blue light, and they are high quality (which was not the case with other brands). Got them in black also, as well as another style. I can tell my eyes strain less when I wear them and I fall asleep better at night." β€”Dark Star

    Get them from Amazon for 19.99+ (available in five colors).

    3. A set of macaron-shaped storage containers where you can store your leftovers from dinner. Jury is out on whether or not you'll actually eat them, but one thing's for certain: you'll ooh and aah over them every time you open the fridge.

    four macaron-shaped containers in orange, yellow, green, and pink
    Amazon

    If you have a tendency to leave your leftovers in the fridge for too long and then just chuck the container in the trash instead of washing it, these may persuade you to stay on top of things!

    Get a set of four from Crystalia on Amazon for $22.45.

    4. A pair of Bohten glasses because you've been sitting on that new prescription for a few weeks now and your eyes could *really* use the update. Plus, I bet no one else you know has frames that look anything like this.

    a model wearing square plastic frames and a model wearing black metal frames with wooden nose pieces
    Bohten

    Bohten Eyewear was founded by Nana Boateng Osei and Nana Kwadwo Osei. The brand is known for their African-inspired modern eyewear. Bohten supports environmental sustainability, eye care, and youth employment and runs two tree-planting operations in Ghana and Kenya to fight back against deforestation.

    Promising review: "The Aristotle frames have been amazing so far. I went with the blue light filter prescription frames, for both form and function, they're the best glasses I've ever had. I work in an office most of the day with lots of screen time and my eyes feel a bit better at the end of the day than usual. I've switched from wearing contacts most of the time to the Aristotles. I have received lots of compliments on them as well and I happily recommend Bohten to curious folks. Honestly, the customer service has always been extremely helpful and flexible with my needs (such as needing a shipping address change because I was moving). Not to mention the business is sustainable and owned by good people. Highly recommend!" β€”Ian R.

    Get them both from Bohten Eyewear for $150+ (yellow ones here and black ones here; both available in prescription, non-prescription, or frame only. They also have an at-home try on program).

    5. A pair of comfy-as-can-be Crocs which β€” in the world of BuzzFeed writers and editors β€” are extremely en vogue! Whether you need shower shoes for your dorm, clogs for gardening, or something you can slip into sport mode when you run errands, these bad boys are the answer.

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    Promising review: "I will admit, I once was a hater. I lived a hateful, negative life where I truly despised this footwear. But recently I've made many drastic life changes and these shoes have helped me see the light. They have helped me to see the beauty of the world and give me the confidence to face whatever obstacles life may throw my way. These shoes, these marvelous shoes, help me to live my life to the fullest not only in style but with such comfort no amount of words can begin to describe. I will now continue to live my life with an open mind to such fashion statements. No more will I live with my head hung low but now I wear my Crocs with pride. Crocs have also been the glue that has bonded me and one of my best friends. Crocs truly change your life and bring people together. I will forever be indebted to this spectacular shoe." β€”Heidi Bumanlang

    Get them from Amazon for $32.35+ (available in men's sizes 2–17, women's sizes 4–19, and in 44 colors).

    6. A compact diaper clutch for on-the-go parents who don't want to carry an entire backpack. If your baby has graduated past needing a second set of clothes on hand at all times, it's a great pared-down option!

    a model carrying a baby and a black diaper wristlet
    Amazon

    The wristlet even has a pouch where you can slip in your own wipes!

    Promising review: "Now that my little one is a toddler I’m finding that an actual diaper bag is just too much to go out. We only need a sippy cup, snack, and diapers. This has made it to where we can go out without a diaper bag. I fit a change of clothes in the side zipper, four diapers, a travel tube of Desitin, a mini brush, and a refillable wipes pack. It's also perfect when I just need a wipe for sticky hands. I wish I had bought this months ago!" β€”Tiff

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 10 colors and patterns).

    7. A customizable Green Chef subscription that makes it simple and fun for you and your boo to eat balanced meals. Whether you prefer keto- and paleo-friendly dishes or vegan and vegetarian meals, you have plenty of options.

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    Each box comes with easy-to-follow recipes and all ingredients are color-coded so you know exactly what you're looking for. Every week, you have nine meals to choose from (based on your meal plan be it Balanced Living, Keto + Paleo, or Plant-Powered). On the menu this week is Japanese vegetable fritters with ginger-sriracha aioli, broccoli, edamame, and rice as well as Italian caprese burgers with a side kale caesar salad.

    Get it from Green Chef for $11.99+/per serving.

    8. A chic set of fidget spinner rings you can play with whenever you feel a bit anxious. That way, you don't bite your nails, crack your knuckles, or chew on the end of all your pens.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm IN LOVE with my rings! I always tend to mess with my jewelry, and end up with sore fingers. This not only helps, but they look really pretty, too!" β€”Maggie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 7–11 and two finishes).

    9. A cooling pet cot so Scruffy can comfortably join you outdoors once BBQ season is in full swing. The elevated bed allows for extra airflow and it just gives you an extra excuse to snap more shots of them being unbearably cute.

    a medium-sized dog on top of the blue and black cot
    PetSmart

    Promising review: "The order was shipped quickly and was exactly what I expected. I have a terrier and a husky and they absolutely love it!! The cot is lightweight and can easily be moved. Also, we love that the bed is raised and cools as my husky sometimes gets hot and would sleep on the cold floor instead of her old dog bed, but not anymore. Wish we had purchased sooner. I highly recommend it!" β€”AllieSasha

    Get it from PetSmart for $24.99+ (originally $49.99+; available in sizes M–L).

    10. A picky eaters plate that'll turn mealtime into a straight-up game so little ones don't even realize they're eating broccoli or whatever else they think is "gross" this week.

    the pirate-themed dinner plate which looks like a board game
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Who has a picky eater? My son is very limited with his diet. He is autistic and has sensory processing disorder. I took the plunge and got the pirate-themed one. I surprised him tonight with it and HE ATE EVERYTHING on the plate! My surprise for him was a piece of chocolate. I taped down the lid to the prize so he couldn't peek. Since it was his first time, I didn't want to push it too much so I alternated food he really enjoys, with foods he doesn't, mainly due to their texture. He loved it! Even when he struggled with the cheese, he pushed through to get to the next 'level' as he calls it. I plan on using this plate every once in a while so it holds its value and I told him the harder the challenge, the better the surprise!" β€”A.E

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in six styles).

    11. An affordable curl-defining cream with a coconut-infused formula that 1. Hydrates your hair 2. Keeps your coif humidity-proof and 3. Won't leave your curls crunchy.

    a model squeezing some of the white creamy hair product into their hand
    Mane Club

    The cream is super easy to use, too! Just work it through damp curls (from root to tip), and then follow that with whatever next step you'd normally do be it air dry, scrunch, or diffuse.

    Promising review: "I love Honey, That's How I Roll! It holds my curly locks in place and helps them shine. My hair feels soft to the touch when dry and no one would ever know a product was in it, yet it provides super hold. I can't do without it! Plus, there are times that I wake up and still look great. I love this product!" β€”Michelle S.

    Get it from Mane Club for $8.

    12. An easy-to-use SodaStream so you can stop buying five cases of LaCroix every week and make your own sparkling water instead!

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    What's included: A sparkling water maker, a 60-liter Co2 cylinder, and a one-liter BPA-free reusable carbonating bottle.

    Promising review: "We LOVE our SodaStream. I always thought it was only for making soda/pop, but then I realized we can make sparkling water. It ends up saving us money by not having to buy La Croix. We have started experimenting with infusing it with natural fruit flavors because I like the flavored water. My boyfriend is perfectly content with plain bubbly water. Buy two CO2 cartridges so then you have a backup if one runs out and you don't have to run out to get it filled right away." β€”Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $68.99+ (available in four colors).

    Check out BuzzFeed editor Abby Kass's full SodaStream review.

    13. A stylish faux-croc MacBook case that'll prevent dents, scratches, and other booboos because despite the fact that you spent a pretty penny on your laptop, you sometimes don't treat it as such.

    the green faux-croc case on a MacBook
    Chic Geeks

    Chic Geeks is a woman-owned small tech accessories business from Candice Adams.

    Promising review: "So glad I invested in a Chic Geeks case!! My MacBook has so much style!!! I will be ordering a few more!! If you’re on the fence, get off! It’s worth it!!" β€”Tosha Lowe

    Get it from Chic Geeks for $95+ (available in 12 sizes to fit MacBooks 11–16).

    14. An S-shaped chew toy for puppers who *love* a good ol' game of tug o' war. Unlike rope options, your pet won't be able to shred it to pieces, either, so you won't have to do any clean up after a particularly rambunctious playtime.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My dogs LOVE to play tug, but one of my girls has not-so-great teeth, so ropes basically end up pulling her little front teeth out and make her bleed. This toy, however, doesn't do that. She can tug and tug and tug and no issues! They get it all stretched out in a line, and then it just bounces right back! When things start to get nuts, I can walk up and just pull this out of all three of their mouths. Whatever it's made out of makes it easier because they don't get their teeth actually embedded in the toy, like they would a rope." β€”Alicia L. Silva

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    15. A low-impact Brrrn board so you can slideeee your way to a sweat without worrying about your neighbors filing a noise complaint.

    Brrrn

    The 5-foot-long board comes with a pair of slide mittens and booties as well as access to hundreds of on-demand workouts in categories like yoga, core, and cardio sculpt.

    Promising review: "My husband and I are triathletes who are obsessed with finding new ways to cross train. He purchased a very popular connected bike, while I invested in the Brrrn board. And after eight weeks, let’s just say that my progress is far exceeding his (sorry hubs!). Please don’t waste your hard-earned money on anything else besides Brrrn At-Home!" β€”Sharon B.

    Get it from Brrrn for $229.

    16. A fridge deodorizer because last week's samosas were super yummy but you don't want to smell them months after the fact. Best of all, "Chill Bill" can withstand falls, spills, and freezing temperatures so you don't have to babysit him.

    the penguin-shaped deodorizer on the top shelf of a fridge
    Amazon

    Just fill him with baking soda and you're good to go!

    Promising review: "Love the Chill Bill penguin. So much more attractive than a box of baking soda in the fridge. It uses only a small amount of baking soda, and is doing his job quite well." β€”Yvonne M.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    17. A sunny bath mat with a positive message and β€”more importantly β€” a nonslip back that'll prevent post-shower accidents.

    the sun-shaped bath mat with the text "rise & shine"
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "It’s so nice to step out of the shower in the morning onto this lovely uplifting mat! My roommates and I love the bright pop of color, and it seems to be of good quality, as well." β€”nmaetz

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (originally $39).

    18. A made-to-order Disney-inspired tumbler so you can sip your homemade iced chai latte from a cup that speaks to your personal aesthetic.

    a model holding a disney-inspired tumbler with minnie mouse and the magic castle
    For The Love Of Pixie Dust

    Get it from For The Love Of Pixie Dust for $21 (you can add personalization requests at checkout).

    19. A rhino knife sharpener with the power to take your dullest kitchen knife and return it to its former glory. Forget buying a whole new set, this adorable tool can sharpen and polish all of your blades without issue.

    a model sharpening a knife with the rhino-shaped tool
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little guy packs a powerful punch. I got this for my fiancΓ© for Christmas so that he could sharpen his custom designed knife set and this worked perfectly. It was small enough not to ruin or touch the custom design but the blades were the perfect size to make his knives turn into a brand-new set with some super sharp edges." β€”Isa Gutierrez

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (also available in black).

    20. A pair of Conscious Step socks that'll replace the holey ones you've been holding onto for way too long and support mental health initiatives all the while.

    Conscious Step

    Each of Conscious Steps' sustainable, fair trade socks support a partner organization. While proceeds from the above go to NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), other designs support groups like the Best Friends Animal Society, the Trevor Project, Water.org, and the UN Trust to End Violence Against Women.

    Promising review: "These are the best socks, they are well-made, super cute and most importantly give back! You also have great organizations that you support. NAMI is an incredible, mental health advocate and so happy to support them." β€”Lucia F.

    Get them from Conscious Step for $14.95 (available in sizes S–M).

    21. A set of NeoGen wine-infused exfoliating pads that'll gently exfoliate your skin with three antioxidant-rich layers. Reviewers say the "holy grail" product smells like a grape Jolly Rancher and noticeably smoothes and brightens complexions.

    the 30-pack of pads
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "These pads are a must-have! I have oily skin and get hormonal acne (occasional whites heads and cystic pimples). These pads calmed my breakouts immediately. They also smooth, plump, and moisturize." β€”Britt

    Get a jar of 30 from Amazon for $27+ (available in four scents/formulas).

    22. A sleek, wireless charging block that looks as unassuming as as a coaster, but can actually quick-charge your Qi-enabled devices.

    a wooden charger attached to a computer via a USB cable
    KerfCase

    This is a mouthful, but KerfCase's sustainable wood charger is compatible with the following devices: iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, XR, 8 and 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S10/S10+, Google Pixel 5, 4, 4XL, 3, and 3 XL and all Qi-enabled devices.

    It can also work through cases up to three millimeters thick. Anything chunkier than that, though, you're better off removing for the best charging time.

    PS: KerfCase is a small smartphone accessory business run out of Wilmerding, PA.

    Get it from KerfCase for $39+ (available in 15 finishes and with or without a braided power cable).

    23. A egg white separator for the baker who hasn't quite mastered the shell-to-shell method. This cute gadget will do all the work for you β€” just place it over any small cup.

    a reviewer using the white daisy-shaped tool to separate egg yolks from whites
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a terrific little tool and it works perfectly. I place it over a short drinking glass and crack an egg right into it. The white of the egg tends to hand down in one long 'stalactite', but with a couple of shakes it plops neatly into the glass." β€”D. Rachlin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    24. A Dash air fryer with the ability to churn out crispy fries, chicken fingers, and other appetizers without any added oil. Heck, you can even make baked goods with this baby!

    a teal air fryer making tater tots
    Amazon

    The three-quart appliance has a dial that controls cook time and temperature as well as an auto-shut off function to prevent overcooking.

    Promising review: "Love it! I had it on my counter for a year and didn’t realize what I had was gold. My son wanted to know why it was just sitting there. I was apprehensive about using it (does it really taste like fried chicken?). Well, I’m hear to tell you it does! It’s crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. All you do is follow the instructions and you will have fried chicken that will melt in your mouth. It does more than that... You can bake bread, jerky, etc. Try it β€” you will be pleased!" β€”Baby Freaky Gees

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in four colors).

    25. A geometric, color-changing bag for those who prefer backpacks to purses. The holographic pack easily holds a 13-inch laptop and your other essentials so it's an A+ pick for commuters.

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    It changes colors based on lighting!

    Promising review: "Omg, I love this bag. It's sturdy, super spacious, and water-resistant. I'm a pedestrian and bike commuter, so I need a decently sized bag to hold my lunch and book and life, basically. This holds everything I need neatly, without being huge and in the way. I got caught in the rain immediately my first day with it, and everything inside stayed dry and the bag itself was unharmed. Not to mention it's AMAZING to look at! I've gotten so many, 'OMG THAT BAG!' comments, it's incredible. I get excited about it again every time though. This is for sure my favorite bag." β€”Molly Louise

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in two styles).

    26. A watering can juicer you can use to squeeze lemons and limes and then pour them over whatever you're cooking. When serving others, you can even say "tell me when" like you're a parm-wielding waiter at Olive Garden.

    the green juicer/watering can
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It's easy to use and lemonade is quickly made. It looks so good I leave it on the counter." β€”Stephaniep

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    27. A motivational water bottle that might just make it easier to drink your daily dose of H2O. Coffee is great and all, but your organs *do* want water.

    a model holding a black water bottle with inspirational text
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Finally I am assured that I am getting my full 64 ounces of water per day. I fill it up in the morning and carry this bottle around and can drink the water I need throughout the day at even periods rather than spurts, and don't forget. It keeps me on track and feels great." β€”Slyguy

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four colors).

    28. A mini waffle maker so you can push pause on your day and treat yourself to a warm snack that's way more exciting than an Eggo.

    a reviewer's small red waffle maker next to a pile of waffles
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you like waffles, but don't want to eat gigantic ones and/or don't have a ton of counters pace to spare for a full size waffle maker, this little thing is well worth the price. Another benefit of this smaller size is that you can use the waffles from this little machine to make sandwiches, for those who like breakfast on-the-go, not to mention a sweet and savory treat in the morning. We have actually been surprised by how much we use this item considering other waffle makers we've purchased all end up collecting dust in the back of a cupboard. This really is a waffle maker that you'll use more than once; in fact, diehard waffle fans will probably use it every day." β€”Memory Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 19 colors/designs).

    29. An Our Place Always Pan poised to quickly become the Swiss Army knife of your kitchen. The gorge pan can replace up to eight pieces of cookware as it braises, sears, steams, strains, sautes, fries, boils, serves, and stores.

    Our Place

    I finally caved and bought myself one and I'm so happy I did. I make a lot of stir fries and they just. don't. stick! In fact, I just made a honey garlic chicken dish and I may or may not have left the pot on the stove for a few hours and the caramelized honey came out with just the swipe of a sponge. It's also deceivingly lightweight, so it's easy to move to and from the stove/sink as well as transfer food to your plate.

    What's included: A nesting beechwood spatula with integrated spoon rest and custom stainless steel steamer basket.

    Promising review: "This pan is EVERYTHING! I went from making pasta in the basket to steaming broccoli in it and then finishing my meal in there. Then I forgot about cleaning it because I’m lazy and the nonstick cleaned up so easily. The sponge they include is incredible, I do all my dishes with it now. Also it looks really cute sitting on my stove all day." β€”Darby S.

    Get it from Our Place for $145.

    30. A flower dish brush sure to look cuter on your countertop than a tired sponge. It even comes with a base that fittingly looks like a vase!

    a model using the pink and green flower dish scrubber
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product has great functionality and it's very cute! I love the color in my kitchen. Great quality, as well." β€”Caylee Rogers

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

    31. A pressed floral bookmark you can use to keep your place in your park read. Have you managed to get past page five in the last three weekends you came out to sunbathe? Perhaps not, but that's nobody's business but yours!

    Kaylie Reads / Etsy

    Kaylie Reads is a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based shop.

    Promising review: "I love these so so much! Everything I asked for and more! Even added an extra one which was so sweet. Will definitely be purchasing again😊❀️" β€”mekenzie snelling

    Get it from Kaylie Reads on Etsy for $9 (the bookmarks are made to order so you can specify your preferred colors/themes at checkout).

    32. A Sriracha hot sauce keychain so you can keep your #1 condiment close at hand because you'll be damned if you have to pay 75 cents for an extra sauce when it's SO obvious that your meal *should* have come with two to start.

    a hand holding the keychain which is the size of a small hand sanitizer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered these babies and got them so quickly. I personally love spicy and I always had an issue with getting the right amount with the individual Sriracha packets. I would go through three or more and still not get enough out. These solved my problem! I just hook them on my purse and bam πŸ’₯ couldn't have asked for a better idea. So in love with these. My friends are thanking me :) if you're thinking about buying these do it! You won't regret it. I have two and gave my roommate one. Best idea ever!!" β€”Jeanette

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    33. A canvas cup holder made to cuddle your iced coffee on your walk back from Starbucks. If you drink iced bevvies year-round (sorry, but it's the only way to go), it'll keep your fingers from freezing.

    Dreamy Daisy / Etsy

    Dreamy Daisy is a small accessory shop based out of Washington, D.C. Check them out for handmade canvas backpacks, spa headbands, scrunchies, and more.

    Promising review: "The product is super cute and fits cups perfectly!!! I bought this for my coworkers and now I need to order one for myself." β€”Wendy

    Get it from Dreamy Daisy on Etsy for $14.99+ (available in four colors and sold individually or in sets of two, three, or four).

    34. A set of cutesy "in season" cord savers so your brand new lightning cable doesn't suffer the same fate as your last two: death by razor-sharp cat teefs.

    a cellphone with a pizza, apple, and lemon cord charm
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these little cuties! They work great on my Mac charger (I have the old Mac) and a non-Apple-brand iPhone charger! The designs are really cute and not janky at all. I do wish there were more in a pack!" β€”Katie

    Get the pack of six from Amazon for $9.88+ (available in eight themed packs).

    35. A jumbo clothespin hook that will guarantee your towel never falls to the floor again! Be gone, tiny, unreliable hooks β€” these guys have it from here.

    three jumbo clothespins hanging on a wall holding towels
    Barwood Shop / Etsy

    The handmade wooden clothespins come from Barwood Shop, a custom home decor shop in Adirondack, New York.

    Promising review: "OMG! So much fun. Unique and functional! Easy to order, arrived as advertised and on time. Made everyone who has seen it smile! I call that a win :-)" β€”Doris Morgan

    Get it from Barwood Shop on Etsy for $28.97 (available in seven finishes).

    36. A pair of scented shoe deodorizers because if you've ever owned a pair of Chucks, you know the ungodly scents they'll inevitably harbor.

    The banana-shaped deodorizers half inserted into a pair of tennis shoes
    Amazon

    These shoe deodorizers last upwards of six months and they dispense a perfume of lavender, lemon, patchouli, and tea tree all the while. The coolest part, though, is they gradually turn brown β€” just like real bananas!

    Promising review: "I keep my climbing shoes in my car and the stench was literally ruining my life. No matter how much I sprayed Febreze or scrubbed my shoes nothing helped. This product is a lifesaver!" β€”KYM22

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    37. A Darth Vader device holder where you can prop up your phone or PS4 controller so you never lose them in the couch again.

    The Darth Vader-shaped device stand holding a game controller
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my brother who loves Star Wars and all things gaming. It’s sturdy and holds almost anything while looking like a collectors item." β€”bbbbailey

    Get it from Urban Outfitters or Amazon for $24.95.

    38. A set of glass straws so you can stop ~borrowing~ a handful every time you drop by Dunkin'/Starbucks/Tim Hortons.

    straws in green, blue, clear, yellow, and amber
    Poketo

    Poketo is an LA-based, Asian-American-owned lifestyle shop from husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung.

    What's included: Four straws, one drawstring bag, one case, and a brush cleaner.

    Get it from Poketo for $24.

    39. A Glossier customizable Balm Dotcom trio guaranteed to lock in moisture with castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin. Best of all, a little goes a loooooong way.

    Tubes of coconut, mango, and rose salve
    Glossier

    The universal salve is great for chapped lips but it also works wonders on wind-whipped knuckles and cheeks. Since the balm comes in nine different scents and tints, you can even choose different ones for your purse, office, and car.

    Promising review: "Ooh I finally jumped on board the Balm Dotcom train! I went for the trio and chose Mango (my fave fruit), Berry (wanted to try the purple tint), and Wild Fig (because of all the rave reviews). Here's my review: I love how you have to squeeze pretty hard to get product out β€” this means no mess I'm using less product which makes it last longer. The formula is great β€” thick but easy to apply, feels nourishing, and lasts a while on my lips. The scents are also wonderful to me! Tint wise, they are all quite sheer which I don't mind! Overall β€” I LOVE these! Fun, upbeat scents to lift the spirits, good coverage and nourishment for the lips, and enough sheer color to pep up your face! Love!! Will def re-order when I need more / replenishment!!" β€”Pia R.

    Get it from Glossier for $30 (originally $36; available in nine scents/tints).

    40. A sloth to-do pad so you can keep track of errands, appointments, and those tiny little tasks you can't convince yourself do unless it's written down on a piece of paper and you get to highlight it after. (Man, do I love highlighting.)

    A BuzzFeed editor's pad with to-dos written down
    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Plus, it's broken down by priority so you can manage your time better! I (Emma) have this myself, and I love these little guys. They really do motivate me once I'm actually able to list things out! I'm easily overwhelmed, but since making these new friends, I feel so much more organized and on top of things.

    Promising review: "I can no longer live without this planner. It keeps it all sorted for me so that I can focus on one area at a time and get things done faster." β€”Terri Boyd

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    41. A Daily Harvest subscription to make eating easy with fruit- and veggie-based smoothies, harvest bowls, flatbreads, soups, chia bowls, lattes, and even ice cream!! Basically, if you have five minutes and the ability to work a microwave and blender, you're in business, baby.

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    When you sign up, you'll choose if you want your meals delivered weekly or monthly and nine, 12, or 24 at once. You'll always have more than 80 options to choose from and you can swap your selections, skip a week, or cancel your subscription at any time β€” there are no hoops to jump through.

    Get it from Daily Harvest for $5.99+/per item.

    42. And a silicone scalp massager so you can treat your noggin to a salon-worthy massage right at home. The tool can also help get rid of dandruff so you can spend less time worrying about it accumulating all over your dark sweater.

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    Promising review: "LOVE this item!! I have 4b curly natural hair, and it was a huge help with getting my shampoo/cowash all the way to my scalp. As long as you use it sensibly (don't swirl it in circles until your hair knots up), it is just wonderful. Instant improvement on the amount of dandruff present after my first use. I completely recommend." β€”Smitty

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in four colors).

    Practical and fun? Sounds like you won't even have to justify any of these purchases...

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    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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