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    30 Products That'll Start A Conversation

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    1. An essential oils diffuser locket necklace to change the question, "What is that smell?" from the beginning of a nightmare to the beginning of a Perfume Parlay.

    If you want a ~subtle~ scent, apply fewer drops of your essential oils to the pad concealed inside the locket. That way, you can control who gets a whiff of your oils and save it for the most-promising of potential friends.

    Promising review: "I've had this for a couple weeks now and love it! Random people will come tell me they love my necklace and don't even know it's more than just for good looks." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three finishes).

    2. A four-pack of Miyazaki-themed socks to begin a debate on whether or not No-Face is an avatar of hedonism with just a flash of your ankle.

    The set includes My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Kiki's Delivery Service-themed socks.

    Promising review: "These socks exceeded my expectations! They fit great, they wash well, and the character designs aren't too stretched when the socks are on. Definitely recommend." —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.85 (for women's sizes 6-9).

    3. A screaming goat figurine with a tree-stump button that makes this little Billy bleat, so the question, "What is that and why do you have it?" can start a fine friendship.

    This goat figurine comes with a 32-page illustrated booklet all about goats, so you'll be well-informed during the goat-themed discussions it prompts.

    Promising review: "The goat has a beautiful figure and a flawless jawline. And the scream, oh the screaaaammm." —Ceciliab123

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.95, Target for $9.95, and Walmart for $8.37.

    4. A coffee-table book that offers a harrowing perspective of Earth, so you and your house-guests can consider what we, as a species, have done to this planet and whether it was worth it.

    The 200+ high-quality satellite images in this book were inspired by the "Overview Effect," which is a sensation astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole.

    Promising review: "This is a gorgeous, information-packed book, full of high-resolution satellite images that would make astounding wall art, and not just your average coffee-table book. It's an incredible and unique view of the world. Despite my decades of work in the environmental sciences, this book provided new insights, showing man's ecological, architectural, and terra-forming impacts (for better and worse) in ways I'd never seen before. It drove home for me what amazing things humans are capable of, how resilient and resourceful we are, and how destructive we can be, in ways even the best environmental writing can't always communicate. The balance between text and photos is perfect: enough to clearly explain each photo, but not so much as to get in the way of the images. The text does not impose a particular point of view on the reader, but you will certainly incite your opinions as you fly through it." —kudzu9

    Get it from Amazon for $22.98.

    5. Or a coffee-table book of submerged furballs to lighten up the mood after a round of Big Talks, because everyone can share a chuckle over some waterlogged dogs.

    This books contains more than 80 far-from-morbid portraits!

    Promising review: "This book has some very funny and beautiful photographs, and it's one of those gifts that's good for the intended recipient in addition to entertaining for any guests they may have." —nomdeplume

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    6. A pair of officially-licensed Harry Potter earrings to signal to fellow Potterheads, "Yes, I too want to talk about the horrible names Harry gave his children."

    Even though every test I've ever taken has marked me a Slytherin, I still tell people I'm a Ravenclaw, which (I can't deny) feels like a deceitful Slytherin thing to do.

    Promising review: "Beautiful earrings that I have gotten a ton of compliments on!" —crimsonbear08

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 12 icons from the Harry Potter fandom)

    7. A party game that ruins your social-media career while bonding you with the people playing you're playing with, because few friendships are stronger than the ones you start with shared embarrassment.

    One day, you and I will look back on this and laugh (even more than we're laughing now).

    Players dare each other to post or text embarrassing and/or social-media-career-ending things (i.e. Post on Facebook, "Grandpa really fills out those khakis"), and the player who completes the most dares, and probably has to do the most damage control, is the winner!

    Promising review: "This game completely broke me out of my shell. I would've never imagined sending and saying things to people and social platforms the way this game made me. It has actually rekindled friendships for me, with people I haven't spoken to in years. Social Sabotage is becoming a necessity, every time I hang out with my friends. The game makes awkwardness funny." — mb0821

    Get it from Walmart for $9.97.

    8. A tasseled crossbody bag for anyone willing to discuss the finer things in life. "Excuse me, where did you get that bag? And, are you *perhaps* a young and beautiful heiress on holiday?",

    Promising review: "I bought this bag, at the last minute, to get me through a trip to Europe. I didn't have too high of expectations for it, as the price is so low, but was completely shocked. I LOVE IT! I've continued to use it after the trip, and I get so many compliments on it!" –Kristina

    Get it from Amazon for $12.40+ (available in 27 colors).

    Learn more about this crossbody bag!

    9. A kit with new date-night ideas, if you and your hubby's routine of, "I don't care where we go. Where do you want to eat?" is leaving you starved for conversation.

    The kit contains 25 date-ideas on 25 wooden sticks you can pull at random, so you can focus more on sharing the moment with your significant other and creating fun to reminisce on for years to come.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $18.

    10. An online beginner's Spanish course that teaches you useful phrases and words to *drastically* increase the number of potential conversation-partners you can find offline.

    Promising review: "This is probably the best online language course I've ever done. It feels very rewarding to be able to construct useful sentences on my own, from lesson one! I will definitely continue to learn Spanish with Level 2. Muchas gracias!!!" —Nguyen Ngoc Linh

    Get it from Udemy for $9.99.

    11. Or a Spanish phrasebook when the conversation you really need to have at this moment involves the location of el baño.

    Promising review: "I bought this book for my trip to Costa Rica, since my Spanish was limited to a few basic phrases like 'como estas' and 'hola.' I found this book extremely useful. It's well organized and I was able to quickly form short sentences that let me communicate with shuttle drivers, hotel staff, and the local ticos in Costa Rica. I got so hooked to speaking Spanish that I was reading this book whenever I got a chance, to get better at my Spanish skills." —Shanky Chandra

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in tons of languages).

    12. A dinner-party game with 135 thought-provoking questions to take all the pressure off anyone who isn't comfortable starting conversations in a group-setting.

    You already completed the miraculous task of inviting everyone over, so take a break and let this box do the heavy conversational lifting.

    Promising review: "If you are looking for new ways to spark your friendship, new ways to connect on a personal level, to have some fun, or to get out of conversational ruts with the people you hang out with, I highly recommend these questions." —SmileCo

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    13. A retro pleated skirt that comes in a variety of prints worth exclaiming over, for when being subtle about your interest in dinosaurs and/or avocados isn't racking up the chatting-up.,

    Wow, you like avocados? I also like avocados, and we're friends now.

    Promising review: "I get compliments on this skirt every time I wear it." —carolina_crafter

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 13 prints).

    14. A phone case with a sliding slot for card and cash storage so practical people will have to ask you where you got it.

    Just imagine it, you sliding this case open, handing over a card you printed your contact info on, and saying, "We should keep in touch."

    Promising review: "The number of people who ask me where I got this (because it's absolutely genius) is unlimited! Literally everywhere I go, someone asks. And, they're right to ask, because it IS genius. Should this one ever break, I'm buying another one immediately, but I've had mine for a year and it's nowhere NEAR breaking." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available for iPhone 7 and 8 and in six colors).

    15. Or a pineapple-shaped case so delightful you may as well keep it off your phone and just post pictures of it as your selfies.

    Yes, you have adorable taste and everyone should be your friend.

    Promising review: "My daughter loves this and I bought her another when she wore out the first one (after a year). Everyone is always asking her about it!" —Ed

    Get it from Amazon for $12.19+ (available for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and in 12 other shapes).

    16. A lunch tote that everyone will want to ask you about, but also gives them warning to ~perhaps~ wait until after you've had a bite to eat.

    Promising review: "It fits all the various lunches I've ever dreamed of — curry chicken salad lettuce wraps, pesto pasta salad, containers of fresh fruit, cookies, potato chips, yogurts — with plenty of room to spare. Constructed from 95% post-consumer material (aka recycled woven polypropylene), it's v durable and has shown no signs of wear, whether I've crammed it full of food, shoved it into an overstuffed backpack, or torn into it when the hanger struck. And it just makes me HAPPY, from the color to the weird little wolf guy who is SO clearly ready to eat. I feel seen by him. And I'm not alone; I've even been stopped in the middle of a subway station because someone loved this bag so much and wanted to get a closer look." —one BuzzFeeder's review of this tote bag, from #5 in the post.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in nine other themes).

    17. An origami unicorn pin to attract the attention of origami, unicorn, and Blade Runner fans.

    "Is Deckard a replicant? Let's discuss this over coffee..."

    Promising review: "I have gotten so many compliments on this pin. And, as a Blade Runner fan, it's perfect!" —Amf

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    18. A four-pound tub of Jelly Bellys you can use to fill a bowl near your desk and wait for a Jim Halpert to save you from your brutish fiancé.

    Promising review: "Buy a candy or gum ball dispenser (the quirkier the better), put it in your office, and fill it up with Jelly Bellys. Before you know it, coworkers will be dropping by to chat. The more jelly beans they eat, the nearer you will be to their hearts, which means you'll soon be buying jelly beans in bulk. That is where this Kirkland jug of jelly beans comes in handy. These are the same Jelly Belly beans you would get at the local candy shop, but for a fraction of the price. All your favorite flavors are included, and this mix would be perfect if they would just take out the buttered popcorn beans (those nasty abominations trick me every time). —Matthew

    Get it from Amazon for $21.62.

    19. An windproof umbrella big enough to share and turn you into someone's Knight In Drying Armor after a romantic shuffle through a monsoon.

    It only takes one simple question, "Do you want to walk with me?" to turn your life into an anime.

    Promising review: "I live in central Florida and we get our fair share of daily thunderstorms. The double canopy and rugged but lightweight construction of this umbrella has already proven itself to me in high-wind rainstorms and, while holding the umbrella, I can actually feel the wind flow up and out the top of the canopy. It's large enough for two people, and compact enough to fit in your car or carry in to work everyday." —Fantasm76

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in seven colors).

    20. A steel tentacle ring guaranteed to squeeze a few words from the fellow damned before the Kraken pulls you under.

    The ring can be bent to adjust to smaller fingers, and a Lovecraftian statement-piece like this is bound to wrap people up in your fish (or mollusk) tales.

    Promising review: "ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! And, no one else has one like it, which is great." —Zoe

    Get it from Amazon for $4.93.

    21. A guide on effective communication and networking with real-life examples of what you should say and when you should say it.

    Promising review: "As far as content goes, the book actually does deliver. It has some very detailed advice regarding speaking with people, from starting a conversation to continuing it, transitions, topics of conversation, etc. I think this book is great, especially for people who experience anxiety when in social situations (as I do). That said, the book does not do the work for you, but it does effectively prepare you to have more successful social situations. I even gave a copy of this book to my intern, a recent college grad who has been open about her anxiety at professional mixers, and she found it very helpful. Some of the advice can easily be implemented the same day as reading, which I found to give me a big confidence boost." —David Arnold

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. A 20-count of all-natural lozenges you can offer anyone with the sniffles during cold/flu season.

    These cough drops make use of silver's immune-system-boosting effects in a form that's easier to keep in direct contact with your mouth and throat than a pure silver solution. You might only get an exchange of gratitude when you hand one over, but your kindness and thoughtfulness will make them more open to conversation (whenever their sinuses reopen).

    Promising review: "These saved me from a sore-throat epidemic in my office." –C.Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (for a 20-count, available in six flavors). You can also buy flavors in a 40-count and 100-count, if a cold is making its way through your entire office.

    23. A pair of non-slip sandals that inform everyone you're not just another fish in the sea, as you flop out of the dormitory showers.

    "I'm a sophomore majoring in Marine Biology, and one interesting thing about me is: I'm a paci~FISH~t."

    Promising review: "Go ahead, do yourself a favor and buy a pair of these bad boys. Women will swoon, men will envy you. These things will take your stride to the next level. Once you put them on, there's no looking back.." —Matthew Eiswerth

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in women's sizes 4.5-10.5).

    24. An activated-charcoal whitening powder to make your smile shiny and approachable.

    If you want to make a good impression on people, remember the acronym S.O.F.T.E.N.: Smile, Open body language, Forward lean, Touch (ideally, nothing more than a handshake), Eye contact, and Nod (to show you're actively listening, which you should be). A smile is the first part of a good impression, so take it seriously and whiten your teeth.

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of this charcoal whitening powder!

    Promising review: "At first, I thought this powder was a scam, but I noticed a difference after two weeks. My teeth have become much whiter and even my dentist complimented my teeth." —Brian T.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A lock-and-key diary so you can sort out your truest thoughts, because knowing yourself is the first step toward understanding another person.

    And, if writing to understand yourself doesn't work out, people will definitely come up to you and ask, "What are you writing in that weird horse book?"

    Promising review: "The horse cover looks way better in person." —Vaneese M. Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A raw, vegan cookbook to help you bake a ton of decadent goodies people won't be able to stop talking about.

    "Wow, this is vegan? Wow, you were a baking guru this whole time and we never talked about it?"

    Promising review: "Don't be put off by the title; even if you're not raw or vegan, these desserts will be the best you've ever tasted. I had to make a dessert to bring to work for our office of 60 people, and they were shocked when I told them what was in the dessert (because of how good it tasted). It was gone in an hour, with weekly requests for more." —DMA

    Get it from Amazon for $12.35.

    27. A Fenty Beauty 12-hour liquid lipstick you might end up becoming an unofficial spokesperson for, because so many people are going to ask what shade it is.

    Promising review: "As a red lipstick enthusiast, I was really excited to try this. The shade of red is amazing, and I'm sure it would indeed look great on most skin tones. This lip color is not transfer-proof like other liquid lipsticks, but the staying power is incredible! I eat ramen and greasy foods a lot, and my lips still look great after eating." —ShirleyMunoz

    Get it from Sephora for $24.

    28. A party dress with pockets because, no matter where you say it, just uttering the sentence, "It has pockets," while wearing a dress will summon a person to ask where you got it from.,

    Promising review: "It fits like a dream and is so comfortable, PLUS it has pockets! I’ve gotten many compliments on it and everyone asks where I got it." —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S-3X, and in 22 colors).

    29. A travel pillow to impress your Flight Neighbor, though it might cost you the possibility of a friendship started by falling asleep and drooling on a stranger's shoulder.

    Promising review: "I just used it on a four-hour flight and slept like a baby without bothering anyone next to me, even though I was in the middle seat (of course)." —MOrozco

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97+ (available in child and adult sizes, and in seven colors).

    Learn more about this travel pillow in our post about it!

    30. A dad-ass t-shirt (you can buy with a matching hammer, while supplies last) to give to your dad in exchange for his Father of the Year acceptance speech.

    I'm pretty sure the way dads befriend each other is by carrying those hammers until they see another dad doing the same. Then, they lock eyes, run toward each other, and start bashing their hammers together until a dad submits; losing dad has to buy the winner a cold one.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in six colors and in dad sizes S-XXXL. The hammer combo is currently only available in a small charcoal for $34.99, which is a tragedy).

    Look at you, making an effort.

    Mr. Robot

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