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    Life's Tough, So Here Are 30 Products To Make It A Little More Fun

    Sometimes you need to curate your own good time.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of lightsaber chopsticks for an out-of-this-world mealtime experience any Star Wars fan will love! A set comes with two pairs, so any future food battles can be settled the Jedi way.

    This set includes two lightsaber chopsticks, and batteries are included!

    Promising review: "These are the coolest chopsticks I have ever seen. The instructions for use and cleaning were clear and concise and the light that they give off is amazing!" —Jennifer P. Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97

    2. A flexible adjustable mister to bring childhood sprinkler vibes to your very adult life. This portable hose emits a fine mist that'll help keep you cool whether you've got a full gardening itinerary planned or just want to lay out in the sun without overheating immediately. 

    reviewer photo of a green mister outside by someone sunbathing
    reviewer photo of a blue mister attachment wrapped around a pole

    The mister will cool the surrounding area by 20 degrees, and it comes with an interchangeable flower-shaped misting head for a fun, whimsy detail.

    Promising review: "Works exactly how I want it to. Provides a fine, cool mist on the patio, allowing us to enjoy the backyard until sunset without breaking a sweat. Easy to set up. It was out of the box and cooling us off within minutes." —Debra L. Kusek

    Get it from Amazon for $30.53.

    3. An easy-to-install hummingbird feeder if you love nature but work keeps you cooped up inside all day. Fortunately, this turns any perfectly average window into a full-on bird observatory. Nature docs are great, but the real thing is infinitely more fun. 

    a hummingbird eating at a feeder stuck on a window with suction cups
    a reviewer photo of a hummingbird feeding from a feeder stuck to the window

    Sweet Feeders is a family-owned small biz based in Fort Worth, Texas that provides nature-enthusiasts with handmade, minimalist feeders that make bird watching better than ever. 

    Promising review: "This hummingbird feeder is made with large powerful suction cups so I have no concerns that the feeder will fall. The nectar is close to the feeding holes so the birds have no trouble feeding. I also like that it's very easy to see that the birds have been feeding, even when you don't catch them in the act because the nectar levels are clearly visible. It's very easy to empty, clean and refill. I tried two other feeders from other manufacturers, and found problems with both, but this one is a keeper!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two materials).

    4. A set of eye-popping fine point pens because why settle for just black and blue pens when you could have all the colors of the rainbow at your disposal?

    These are designed not to bleed through thin pages, so all your planners and journals can get the flair pen treatment. 

    Promising review: "I love how this pen feels to hold and it writes beautifully! I am very picky about how the ink looks from the pens I use and I don't remember having one that writes so smoothly and beautifully! I will buy these whenever I need more. I actually just purchased another package of all black!" —Marcia

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99

    5. A game of Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza that's super simple to learn, great for all ages, and anything but boring. Play this fast-paced party game once and the whole family will be begging to bring it out at future game nights.  

    the card deck box sitting on a pile of the playing cards
    Amazon

    The rules are simple. Deal the deck out to all players (works with 3–8 players). Everyone keeps their mini deck face down and goes around the table flipping a card face up and saying one of the five key words (taco, cat, goat, cheese, and pizza — in that order). Once the card played matches the word said, it's a race to slap that center card. Whoever taps in last has to take the center stack and the round starts over. Whoever gets rid of all their cards first wins! 

    Promising review: "This card game is perfect as a filler or starter game because it's fun for everyone and very light (simple) to play. It's a game of reflexes essentially, and kids seem as good or better than the adults at it! I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a fun, quick card game for parties or family game nights." —Rob 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.84

    6. scalp massager with large silicone-tipped bristles so you can recreate that salon-quality head massage without the awkward small talk. It's also a game-changer for anyone battling dry, flaky scalp buildup. 

    BuzzFeed editor holding pink scalp massager with silicone bristles
    editor showing other side where there's a gripper for fingers
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I saw this little thing all over TikTok and everyone swore by it. To be honest, they’re right and I now swear by it. It’s perfectly soft and sturdy to massage the scalp. Works shampoo into roots, helps with dry skin and such. I absolutely love it and I use it every time I wash my hair. I most definitely would recommend to anyone. Don’t hesitate." —Z

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in two colors).

    7. An interactive dancing cat toy for helping your feline friend work up a sweat in the most entertaining-for-you way possible. This simple toy is naturally springy so a flick of the wrist is all you need to get your cat jumping around like you've never seen them before. 

    a reviewer photo of a cat on its hind legs reaching for the toy
    a reviewer photo of the same cat jumping in the air as it reaches for the toy

    Promising review: "This toy is a favorite of my cats! It is great quality that withstands her claws and teeth attacking it every time we play. It’s a low effort toy for owners and a blast for the cats! And the price cannot be beat." —Taylor Hurst

    Get it from Amazon for $1.67.

    8. A book of 642 tiny things to draw to get your creative juices flowing and earn that officially unofficial doodling degree.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my very artistic 13-year-old daughter. She's forever asking, 'What should I draw?' I crossed my fingers when I ordered this, as we've tried many other books to inspire her that didn't. When I gave it to her, I was expecting a lukewarm response. However, as she thumbed through the book, she started giggling and smiling and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I even got a spontaneous hug. She ran to the door when her dad got home to show him the book. And I think that the 642 options may just keep her inspired for a few weeks! ;) Any book that can charm a 13-year-old is a keeper in my book!" —Fascinated viewer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. An electric gummy maker if your inner child is begging to turn your kitchen into a candy factory. Experiment with all the colors and flavors your little heart desires, and even add in CBD oils to create your own calming candies.

    gummies next to the device
    Amazon

    The device comes with four molds (including one for giant bears) that make fish, worms, and smaller bears.

    Promising review: "This was a lot of fun and easy to do. My 5-year-old had a blast with it. Some complain about the pot heating up too slowly and used the stove instead. I don't know, I thought it heated up just fine and it makes it a lot more fun to use the included pot and give everyone a chance to stir. The molds are fantastic. I also recommend like others have said to use either two or three packets of the unflavored gelatin. We used three packets and they came out great." —Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    10. An outdoor projection set including a 100-inch screen and a mini projector because movie nights feel a lot more fun out under the stars. This projector is compatible with an array of streaming devices like your laptop, Fire TV Stick, and Roku so you can start binge-watching shows in your backyard.

    a reviewer photo of the small white projector
    a reviewer photo of the included projection screen set up in a backyard

    The home projector includes multiple ports (HDMI, USB, VGA, AV, TF, and Audio output) for widespread device compatibility. It also has built-in speakers, but can easily be hooked up to other external speakers or a soundbar.

    Promising review: "We got this for my boyfriend's birthday so we could watch movies on our patio and it did not disappoint. The sound is a little quiet but there are cords already included to connect a soundbar or speaker to increase the output. I was really surprised by how easy it was to set it up and got the perfect picture on my first try. I really like how we could just plug our Amazon Fire Stick into it and get going. The screen was super easy to put up and down and even included command-like strips for the perfect picture. We are really excited to continue using this!!" —Amy Donar

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    11. An all-in-one pancake batter dispenser with a blender ball inside that makes it easy to mix, pour, and store batter all in one easy-to-clean receptacle. More pancakes *and* fewer dishes? Dreams really do come true.

    Promising review: "I was a little hesitant to buy this as an addition to my camping supplies. I thought who really needs a pancake batter mixer? How hard is it to mix up some batter in a bowl and ladle it? After using this, I was extremely happy I spent the money and purchased it. It makes mixing the batter super easy and the control it offers when pouring the batter is exceptional. Get one!" —Monkey's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99

    12. A set of Globbles so you can stop picking your nails and start joining the legions of TikTokers already loving this stress-relieving fidget toy. These colorful balls are not just fun to squeeze and stretch, but they also stick to pretty much any flat surface without leaving any messy residue. 

    Reviewer holding six squishy balls in different rainbow colors in their hand
    reviewer throwing them all the wall where they stick

    Promising review: "Bought a six-pack for my neurodivergent family. We are all either ADHD or autistic. I struggle with compulsive hair pulling and bought these to help keep my hands busy. They are the perfect size, more satisfying than a stress ball, clean easily, fun to hurl at the wall or ceiling, and so far have lasted very well. I did test the durability of one and did break one when I pulled it as hard as I could — the inside looks something like shaving cream and didn’t smell or anything. But if you have a kid who is an aggressive chewer, perhaps keep an eye on them." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $10.99

    13. A handheld milk frother for when you want a cafe-quality drink without cafe prices. Easily whip up frothy, foamy drinks at home or mix shakes without the fuss of breaking out the bulky blender.

    a reviewer photo of the mil frother on the included stand sitting on a kitchen countertopn
    a reviewer photo of a white mug with a foamy top layer

    The frother is powered by two AA batteries (not included) and works on all milk types — including non-dairy varieties.

    Promising review: "This makes a huge difference in my morning coffee. I used this to mix milk with some cinnamon and now it's like I have a cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks. It's amazing how fluffy the milk gets in just like 30 seconds." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 43 colors).

    14. An ~aesthetic~ conversation-starting card deck to help you get to know your partner, friends, or family a little better by cutting through the boring small talk and skipping straight to the deep, real talk.

    a card that says,
    Amazon

    Actually Curious is a Black-owned small biz selling a tight assortment of conversation game decks to encourage meaningful dialogue and spread empathy.

    Promising review: "This is an absolutely amazing game to play with family and friends! We have been playing it every night during quarantine at dinner and it’s brought our whole family closer and we’ve learned so much about each other! We’re buying 10 decks to give out as gifts!!" —Carrie H

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (also available in Happy Hour, Human Rights, and Culture editions)

    15. A mini Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy if your workstation could use a lively companion who's always down for an impromptu dance party.

    a reviewer image of the inflatable wacky arm guy
    a gif of the wacky arm guy dancing

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $11.66

    16. A pack of Skin1004's Zombie masks because you'll not only enjoy the skin tightening, fine line-reducing benefits this mask promises, but you'll also get 15 entertaining minutes looking like an extra in The Walking Dead. It'll just make that post-facial reveal all the sweeter!

    The kit includes eight Zombie Pack sets (powder and activator), plus one applicator brush!

    Promising review: "When you put it on, the smell hits you hard. As it is on your face the smell is not too bad and the mask tingles as it dries. Wash it off and reveal clean, smooth skin. Plus fun to take pictures looking like a cracked mess." —raine

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $24.

    17. A one-handed bug-catching tool that makes evicting creeper crawlers from your home feel like a game. It's also equipped with a magnifying glass if you and the kids want to get a good look at the enemy. 

    a gif of the bag catching tool being placed over a centipede and a tray sliding out under the centipede to trap it
    a reviewer photo of the bug catching tool

    Promising review: "Simple and works well for catching bugs. It’s the classic 'glass and slide a piece of paper under it' method turned into a device where you no longer have to go hunting for a piece of paper or worry about holding it tightly over the glass. Used it to catch and release various small critters in the house out into the yard rather than smashing them. The magnifying glass part works well and it’s interesting to observe the bugs before releasing them." —Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A waterproof shower phone holder with a touch-capable screen so you can have total control of your shower time song selection or scroll through TikToks while waiting out your hair mask. 

    a reviewer hand touching the outside of the shower phone holder with a phon inside
    a reviewer rotating the shower phone holder

    Promising review: "I have ADHD and dread showers due to how boring they are, plus some sensory issues (cold and wet is not my ideal state). But now I add some entertaining videos to a playlist and boom, I'm not so miserable in the shower! The case is definitely water proof, and the sound comes through great." —Lauren 

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

    19. A custom book embosser for creating a fun ritual out of introducing new books to your collection. Choose from one of the shop's many stamp designs or create your own! 

    an embossing tool and a piece of paper with a stamp reading
    Monica Gift Finds / Etsy

    Monica Gift Finds is a Guangdong, China-based Etsy shop creating custom embossing tools to personalized your book collection. 

    Promising review: "This is the second embosser I’ve bought from this shop. The first was for my kids. For this one, I upgraded to rose gold with the wooden storage box and sent it as a gift to my mother. She loves it and my kids have also enjoyed using theirs to mark their books. Good quality and much better than stickers for labeling books." —celinao1 

    Get it from Monica Gift Finds on Etsy for $44.96+ (available in a variety of styles).

    20. An adorable foaming hand soap to make hand washing more fun than you ever thought possible with a refillable foam flower-dispensing pump and a nondrying formula with a fresh, citrusy scent.

    A BuzzFeed editor's hand with a soap sud in the shape of a flower on their palm
    Editor using the dispenser to put the soap on their hand
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Emma Lord enjoys this fun, floral soap whenever she washes her hands:

    "I've been using this soap for two weeks now, and not only is it super hydrating for my hands, the yuzu scent is just calming and lovely, and I'm obsessed with how light and frothy the foaming suds are from the soap. The best part is that the bottle is totally reusable; you buy the dispenser once, and then you can get refills of the foaming soap from then on out."

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    21. Some adhesive abstract floral nail wraps if you're bored of your at-home polish selection but don't want to shell out the big bucks for a salon manicure. If applied correctly, they should last for around a week (or more!) and all you have to do is peel, stick, file, and finish with a topcoat.

    a model wearing the nail wraps
    Pretty Fab Nails / Etsy

    Pretty Fab Nails is a Florida-based Etsy shop creating bright and bold nail wraps to upgrade your at-home manicure game. 

    Promising review: "Very cute. Just as pictured. Fast shipping...Great sticking power as long as you follow instructions. I used Essie's top coat on mine. So far, they've been on for six days and no lifting in sight. My hands are pretty busy so six days is amazing." —Joy

    Get a 16-pack from Pretty Fab Nails on Etsy for $6.99

    22. A pair of affordable wireless Bluetooth earbuds because everything is more fun when you have the company of your favorite band or podcast hosts and ZERO cords tying you down. These come with a handy travel/charging case and connect to your devices in one easy step. 

    Promising review: "These are the first pair of wireless buds I have purchased, previously using only the single over ear-type pieces. I expected to have difficulty pairing, but these paired the first time super easy. The volume and sound is significantly better than my old style. Nice little charging and travel case, and a variety of sizes of silicone buds to fit your size/preference. Update — after using these a few weeks I am still very pleased with this earbuds. Good value for the price!" —J. L. Hoover

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in five colors). 

    23. A too-cute octopus exfoliating stick that's a novel and shockingly effective way to draw out excess sebum, whiteheads, and blackheads from your pores. And after you're done ogling at all the gunk that's been evicted from your face, just give it a rinse and reuse later. 

    A black small octopus shaped remover in a reviewer's hand
    the cap off to show the salt on the top of the remover

    Promising review: "After just two days of use, this adorable little octopus has done wonders for me, smells great too. Here's how I used it: I wore down the stick just a little to where the texture from the salt is visible, scrubbed around on my face so there was plenty of product, then I used my fingers to gently massage all the gunk away. Rinse, pat dry, and enjoy the softness. Highly recommended for people with sensitive skin like myself." —LuckLocust

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50

    24. A set of window sun catcher stickers so you can bask in sunny rainbows even if you're stuck inside. And who can't help but smile at a rainbow?!

    different sized circle stickers mounted on a window
    a gif of a sheet of the circle stickers being put in the sun and rainbows streaming through
    The Prism Emporium / Etsy

    The Prism Emporium is an Arcata, California-based Etsy shop that sells a wide array of unique prism window clings and hanging sun catchers to match nearly any taste.

    Promising review: "I got these for a little extra serotonin in the morning and they're so stinking cute!" —A. Ezra

    Get a set of nine from The Prism Emporium on Etsy for $15.89 (available in two styles).

    25. A touch-enabled rechargeable bedside lamp for a no-fuss way to create your own colorful mood lighting. Who says ambiance recquires a special occassion?

    reviewer image of cylindrical small lamp glowing white resting on a bed
    Reviewer tapping the light to change its colors

    Promising review: "I was so happy with the first one I bought that I purchased another shortly afterward. In addition to several levels of brightness for regular light, you can select one of several colors for mood/night lighting. You change your lighting selection with a simple finger tap on the top of the lamp. To turn on/off, just press lightly for a couple of seconds. The light is USB powered (most newer nightstands/tables have a USB port), and the battery lasts a long time. You get a lot of light for your money — I strongly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).