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    43 Everyday Things That'll Make Your Day Feel Special

    Sometimes a homemade BEC, sushi dog toy, or bright bike shorts can be the perfect lil' pick-me-up.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Cheerful crew socks that'll bring a smile to your face every time you wear them.


    Promising review: "I recently went on an Amazon sock binge where I purchased $100+ of socks. These are by far the best ones. They are soft, fit perfectly, and hold their shape after many washes. They were also the most well priced out of all the others I've purchased. I've worn these the most." —Technology needs consultant

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven sets).

    2. A cruelty-free vitamin C serum to help brighten and soften your skin. *Plus* reviewers say it dramatically fades hyperpigmentation. Talk about brightening your day!,

    Promising review: "I never thought that I would find a serum that didn't just irritate my skin. I've spent WAY more money on fancy serums just to have them purge my skin and leave me red and angry-skinned. This stuff is amazing. It isn't sticky or heavy. I used it every day, and it's still lasting me forever. I'm in love. I'd give it 10 stars if I could." —Makayla Fryman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A snazzy faux-croc bag can serve as the most delectable compliment bait while also holding your leaving-the-house essentials. I should know. I own it and get compliments every time I carry it!

    purple baguette shaped bag with faux croc effect and a chain
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I snagged this beaut from the JW Pei site on Black Friday last year and have carried it as my purse a few dozen times since. I recently packed it for a trip to Croatia and found that I felt totally OK in a club *not* getting pick-pocketed. The baguette shape lets the zip top sit right underneath your armpit for safe keeping. But the vegan leather and color combo looks SO luxe, like it cost me in the hundreds. Because of this bag, I adore this brand and can't recommend it enough!

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in eight colors) and the chain strap separately from JW Pei for $29.90.

    4. A windproof umbrella with a sunny outlook — even if that's the complete opposite of how you woke up feeling to the pitter-patter of rain.

    umbrella with flower design on inside

    Promising review: "So big and pretty and really built well. I love how it catches the rain when collapsing. I bought two. One for me and one for mom." —leigh nelson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88 (available in seven styles).

    5. A foodie dog toy for your furry family member to get in on sushi night too in the most adorable way. Ready your phone for pics.

    small dog holding a stuffed dog toy that looks like a piece of sushi

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in variety of styles).

    6. And a Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks set to help make the night feel even more special., Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I purchased these for a friend's birthday present (he is a sushi waiter) and these are flippin' AMAZING. I ordered two sets by mistake, but I am totally keeping the second pair for another gift (or for myself!). These are sure to be great conversation pieces and attention-getters. Way to go!" —T. Redwood

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $12.97.

    7. A breakfast sandwich maker to help you whip up your own BEC without running out to the bodega. Breakfast sandwiches make everything better, IMO., Amazon

    Promising review: "FAM. I need you to lissssssten. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. You'd think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works. EXCEPT you're wrong. It's amazing. It's quick. Look. Lissssten. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later your tummy is all like 'oh yesssss.' Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You're welcome." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five colors).

    8. A teeth-whitening pen as a much easier alternative to fooling with white strips. I use a similar one and can vouch that it's *so* user friendly!

    Reviewer before and after showing the pen noticeably whitened their yellow teeth

    You can use each pen ~20 times and should expect your teeth to lighten four to eight shades.

    Promising review: "I have only used the two original pens that I purchased and can already see an improvement. I am older than 60 and drink coffee daily and red wine weekly." —vicki houska

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $21.99.

    9. A six-pack of scarf scrunchies for a one-and-done task of putting up your hair and adding a glam touch even if you have to do some REAL math to figure out the last time you washed it., Amazon

    Promising review: "I wear ponytails a lot as I transition to a natural gray with my curly hair. Using 'unique' hair accessories helps with making a plain, boring, and simple haircare routine way more interesting, and the material is a welcomed safety to help reduce breakage when wearing ponytail scrunchies. I plan on ordering other colors in the near future. You can't go wrong with this purchase!" —Tru

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. Or a 45-pack(!!!) of velvet scrunchies. They're on trend right now AND won't dent hair as much as other hair ties.


    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. Polarized sunnies that, as you can see from the reviewer pics, look great on everyone! But they're cheap enough that you can wear them with abandon while you're living your glam life.,

    Promising review: "Nice sunglasses for the price. They do such a great job of shielding my eyes from brightness that it’s hard to read the speedometer, see my backup camera, and see the radio in my car. I had lots of compliments at the state fair this weekend from guys and girls. I’d recommend them. I really like them as an accessory on the top of my head because I like the color and the way they reflect." —Ednolb

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    12. A super-impactful highlighter (at a GREAT price) to help you get some banging shine for your buck.

    Black reviewer with visible gold highlighter on cheekbones

    Promising review: "This highlight is everything!! OMG! Love that you don't even need a lot of product to get your face popping!" —Olajumoke Ayoola

    Get it from Amazon for $5.75 (available in four colors).

    13. A pair of bike shorts (with color!) for giving the black bike shorts you've had on heavy rotation the past year a bit of a deserved break.,

    Promising review: "These are just about perfect. Top-quality fabric and construction. Sizing is on target. The very wide waistband is ultra comfy and reinforced with a bit of stretch (maybe elastic) inside at the very top. And what a great price! I love that it's mostly cotton, too. I also have the bright blue (different fabric), and it's great too. Both have washed well and are perfect for the gym." —PF Moore

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and a variety of colors).

    14. A pair of compression sleeves for your feet you can don underneath your socks. Folks with plantar fasciitis, heel pain, flat feet, and other painful issues swear by them. Time to make those old dogs feel like puppies again.

    person wearing the foot sleeves with flip-flops

    Promising review: "I don't have plantar fasciitis, but I do have occasional foot pain. Sometimes it's so bad I can barely walk. I never know when it's going to hit, as it seems quite random. So I bought a pair of these SB Sox compression foot sleeves. My feet are thanking me! They feel so good, so comfortable! I've worn this pair for two days now, with regular socks over them. I hate to put them in the laundry, because that means I will be without them for a whole day. My only regret is that I only bought one pair, but I intend to fix that tonight!

    "Update: since my last review, I bought two more pairs, since one is never gonna be enough. I brought one of my pairs to my mom, who is 95 and in assisted living and has a lot of mobility issues. I put them on her feet and, lo and behold, she LOVES them! So last night I ordered three more pairs for the both of us!" —KatPiper

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95 (available in sizes S–XL and nine colors).

    15. A scalp care brush that'll work wonders by massaging your scalp (with or without a clarifying shampoo) so you can start with a *true* clean slate and put those haircare products to full use. This'll feel on par with a shampoo massage at the salon!, Amazon

    Believe me, you've never *really* washed your hair unless you've used a shampoo brush. The difference is astonishing. I own this beaut, and it really helps clear my scalp of dirt, oil, and five days' worth of dry shampoo when I do my ~weekly~ wash.

    Promising review: "Where has this hair tool been all my life?!?! Amazing! I was interested in buying the hair scalp massager to help remove dry shampoo buildup when I shampoo, but did not think it would work that well because I have thick hair. I was pleasantly surprised that it was able to get my shampoo to suds like never before. I really feel like my scalp is very clean now! Also, the massage nubs felt nice on my scalp. My hair is highlighted, thick, and wavy. I think this hair tool would help people with arthritis wash their hair while keeping the hand in a more natural position. I am planning to buy one for my mom too, as she has desensitized fingertips from medication." —Favorite Girl

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

    16. Shower steamers with eucalyptus and menthol for a relaxing start to the day...especially if you don't have time for a bath and bath bombs.

    the disc-shaped shower steamers and the gift box

    Some reviewers say that these are great for helping deal with seasonal allergies.

    Promising review: "I used it in my shower after waking up not feeling well and afterward, I felt so much better! The scent isn't that strong and it does just as it says. I felt so relaxed, my nose wasn't stuffy anymore, and It was amazing. I recommend this for anyone who has sinus problems and a stuffy nose, even congestion." —Beautifulone

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A nostalgic phone case with a surprisingly sturdy silicone construction in case you want the best of both worlds. I own this (as you can see) and ADORE it.

    writer holding up a phone case that looks like an OG Nokia phone
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Just call me Butterfingers because I drop my phone about a dozen times a day. But it's NBD with this phone case because its silicone construction is just one giant built-in bumper. I always get questions about this when I take it out and sadly, no, the "buttons" on it don't do anything. I always wanted one of these Nokia cell phones in high school like all the cool kids; now I finally have one (with lots more bells and whistles). Plus, it's easy to wipe down with an alcohol wipe because, well, germs!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Psst, in case you're curious that's a Valfre "Moon Kissed" print on my wall. 

    18. An interactive cat toy to help occupy your furry overlord while you sit back and get a kick out of it. That jump height! Has your cat ever considered trying out for the basketball team?

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    19. A travel coffee mug that'll stick out from the rest. I have a feeling that caffeine will play an important part in your future.

    travel coffee mug with tarot card inspired design
    Sage Pizza / Society6

    Sage Pizza is a Phoenix-based graphic designer with tarot-inspired designs. 

    Has double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drinks hot or cold for hours, vacuum sealed lid to minimize spills, hand-wash only.

    Get it from Sage Pizza On Society6 for $23.20.

    20. Or a glitzy Disney-inspired reusable cup in case you run on iced coffee and spend a lot of spare time mapping out which rides to hit at the optimal times on your next park visit. (Tell me all your Haunted Mansion opinions, plz.)

    hand holding a reusable Starbucks style cup with a straw that has a sparkly Cinderella castle painted on it
    For The Love of Pixie Dust

    For The Love of Pixie Dust is a woman-owned small business based in New Jersey that sells a *ton* of Disney-inspired cups. My colleague Heather Braga has one of the cups and adores it.

    Get it from For The Love of Pixie Dust for $21.

    21. A cute hydrating sheet mask to help sneak in a zap of soothing self-care while creating a funny little photo op. It's the little things!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these masks so far. My mom bought them for my birthday and the first one I put on was the lamb.

    "A) It smells fantastic and my skin felt smooth. I wish I could buy a six-pack of just the lamb.

    "B) I took the opportunity to walk into my mom's room just as she was going to bed and said, 'Good evening, Clarice.'

    "I thoroughly enjoy these masks now for multiple reasons. A big bonus is they don't feel like they will fall apart as you take them out of their packs, which I have experienced in cheaper beauty masks." —Amanda McInnis

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A cute makeup brush holder with three varying levels so you can actually see all the tools you have at your disposal.

    geometric makeup brush holder with three attached tiers

    Promising review: "This is perfect for either makeup brushes, or what I use it for is one cup for eyeliners, one for lip liners, and one for miscellaneous like eye primer, mascara, brow pencil. I may even purchase a second one." —Maquillaje by Mollie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    23. A Q-flex acupressure tool from Shark Tank to hit all those achey, tight stops that you can't with your human hands. After all, no matter how many times you try to convince your puppy to walk across your back, it's just cute instead of providing some relief.


    Promising review: "Was hoping this would take my job of massaging my wife's back when she gets these little gravel-like knots in her muscles. It did! Saw it on Shark Tank. She loves it! The padded handle is great." —rrr

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    24. Grippy hair ties with silicone nubs for keeping your ponytail right where you want it in the sweatiest of spin classes (trust me).

    open palm with hair tie on it
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I have super-thick hair. And a lot of it! I swear by these things when I'm working out or just know that I want my heavy pony to stay high right where I intend it to. Check out our full review of Goody Hair SlideProof Hair Tie Elastics here (#3).

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $2.98.

    25. A tortilla blanket to make you feel cozy on the outside like a burrito makes you feel cozy on the inside.,

    Promising review: "What a great blanket. I bought it as a gift for my adult nephew, and he loved it. It’s big (I ordered the 71" one), it’s very soft and lightweight, and it actually looks like a real tortilla, even has 'burn marks' (I ordered style G). For gifting, I rolled it up like a burrito and wrapped it in aluminum foil — like a real burrito. Even the dog got excited, licking his lips, thinking it was a burrito." —Natalie A.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in eight styles and four sizes).

    26. A set of measurement decals you can glance at rather than googling "how many teaspoons in a tablespoon" for the millionth time like a total baking newb. (BTW, the answer is three.)

    inside of a kitchen cabinet with the decals and measuring cups hanging.

    Note that this kit includes just the decals and measurement labels, not the horizontal holders or hooks for the measuring cups and spoons. 

    Promising review: "Bought these for my mom. I applied them inside her baking cupboard and it makes doing conversions for recipes a breeze. So convenient." —Kelly C.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

    27. A Baby Yoda dishwasher magnet to keep the fam on the same page as to if that plate was licked clean or washed clean...very important! No more having to run a second cycle because of someone putting in a dirty plate!

    dirty side of the magnet with Baby Yoda eating a frog, clean side of Baby Yoda drinking soup

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    28. A Shiatsu-style heated massager with rotating nodules you can move as you see fit. Try it on your lower back, under a calf, most anywhere that could use a little treat as you pick your way through an email chain your manager just added you to.,

    Reviewers use this for their backs, shoulders, legs — all kinds of spots to relieve some tension!

    Promising review: "I use it for massaging my legs. After doing yoga, my muscles hurt. I like the adequate pressure and warming function at winter. It's small and convenient to bring, so I use it in my bedroom or living room when watching Hulu. Lying down on my comfortable couch and having a massage feels like heaven. Lazy but happy." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    29. And a heated Shiatsu-style foot massager you can park with you on the couch so you barely have to change your routine to get some real footwork into your schedule.

    pic of reviewer using it while wearing socks

    Promising review: "The massager works as described. It is easy to use with easy-to-follow instructions and clean buttons. The heated parts provide a very comfortable warmth during the massage. The warranty instructions are also easy to follow. I chose the email method and Snailax replied promptly to help me activate the warranty. I have been at home for months since COVID-19 and sitting all day at my desk has made my feet ache from poor circulation. I use this massager for 15 minutes as recommended, once a day, and my feet have been feeling better. Highly recommend." —P

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    30. Light-up flowers you can nestle among the *real* flowers in your flowerbeds around seating areas for a whimsical touch and a practical advantage of better lighting your path

    the light up flowers

    Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

    Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $21.99.

    31. A snazzy water bottle decked out with a siren to remind you to stay as hydrated as a mermaid.

    pink water bottle with top removable lid and mermaid design on it

    This Los Angeles–based company was founded by Mexican-born artist Ilse Valfré. You'll love each item more than the last. I've bought sooo many things from this brand and NOTHING disappoints. 

    Get it from Valfre for $38.

    32. And Bottle Bright cleaning tablets to revive the look (and taste!) of the stainless-steel thermos you use every dang day but aren't so great at washing like you should. Same with the above water bottle!

    reviewer pic of a "before" dirty coffee stained thermos with an after of a clean thermos

    Promising review: "Finished using it five minutes ago and it’s the best! My husband uses a Stanley thermos daily to take coffee to work. He tries to remember to rinse it out every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I got the package today, filled the thermos with water, dropped a tablet in, and let it sit. I promptly forgot about it for a few hours. Initially, I was disappointed when I dumped the water, as it was barely tinged brown. Then I put fresh water in, covered the top, shook it, and OMG. The crap that came out was disgusting, yet fascinating. I looked in the thermos and saw almost nothing but sparkly silver! There was a little crud left in the top third of the thermos, but it’s a really tall one, so I wasn’t surprised. Got the bottle brush, swished twice, and bam! All clean! No fumes, no smell, no nothing, just clean. I used to struggle cleaning it with baking soda, vinegar, the brush, soap, and elbow grease. Screw that. I will forever use only these tablets! Here’s to better-tasting (and way less gross) coffee!" —BranchingOut

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    33. A motion-activated toilet light so you won't have to fully disrupt your sleep by turning the overhead light on during a 2 a.m. bathroom trip.

    toilet with bowl lit up pink

    It fits on any toilet bowl and has 16 colors, five brightness levels, and a 170-degree radius.

    Promising review: "At first I thought that the idea of an illuminated toilet bowl was funny. However, given the choice of an illuminated toilet bowl, turning on the light, or missing, an illuminated toilet bowl is a great idea. This unit is much better than the first I used because there are no suction cups (which never stay attached) and it uses AA batteries instead of AAA, and it has a five-level dimmer for middle-of-the-night eye comfort." —William D.

    Get two from Amazon for $19.99.

    34. Some sticky traps can ensnare the whiteflies, fungus gnats, blackflies, thrips, fruit flies, midges, and other flying insects that've been wreaking havoc on your potted houseplants. Cheers to actually keeping those houseplants thriving!,

    Promising review: "I just received these yesterday and put them up. Overnight they are already collecting the fungus gnats that have been driving us crazy! If this keeps up we should be rid of these little 'nose pests' soon! I was careful while putting them on the sticks but still managed to get some of the sticky residue on my fingers. All I did was wash it off with Dawn and it came right off. With having pets in the house, I'm glad to know these are a safe product." —Lois L. Meyer

    Get them from Amazon for $6.50.

    35. A trio of plant-watering globes that'll look cute while looking after your plant bbs.

    cat head shaped water globe stuck in a plant

    Promising review: "So glad I got these. I’m a chronic overwaterer and my plants were struggling. Now I don’t have to worry and I don’t even have to water. This is great for indoor plants that don’t actually need much water. And they’re super cute. I get lots of compliments on them!" —MB

    Get them from Amazon for $20.97.

    36. A kitchen shears set so you can zoom through cutting up herbs or raw chicken while you meal prep. If you've never given this product category a go, you should be kind to yourself and, well, try it.


    Promising review: "An avid cook and I cannot believe I’ve never used these. Great size and comes with accessory that makes cleaning a breeze, and I do dread cleanup. Cuts prep time way down. I’ll be gifting these to my friends who also spend a lot of time in the kitchen." —kimberli calma

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful on Amazon for $14.99.

    37. A "morning person" face and body scrub as a lil' extra motivation in the shower. Hey, every bit counts.

    container of body scrub
    Mojo Spa / Amazon Handmade

    Mojo Spa is an Illinois-based shop that was founded in 2003 by Amanda who used her culinary background and desire to help her own acne-prone skin to create more than 200 natural beauty products over the years. 

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I have combination skin, that’s sensitive to a lot of different products. I was a little hesitant that it might not smell good or my face won’t like it but that’s not the case at all! It smells amazing and I used it all week and I’ve noticed a total 180 in my face! It feels wonderful and nourishes the skin while being baby smooth. I will definitely be ordering more of their products." —Emma

    Get it from Mojo Spa on Amazon Handmade for $18.99.

    38. Super-fast-drying nail polish that's so good (and so cheap) you should probably snag it in several colors.

    person holding bottles of the nail polish
    @sally_hansen / Via

    This stuff is consistently good. I've been using it for years! It really does dry quick and flat so you can move on with the rest of your life. Like, "paint your nails while you wait on the subway platform" fast. Yep, I've done that!

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in 18 colors).

    Not ready to give up your holy grail polish? Get a fast-drying topcoat instead.

    39. A flashy plunger (who knew that was a thing?) in case you don't mind a dose of color in the most practical ways possible.

    Coming Soon

    Coming Soon is a furniture design and gift shop founded by Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria in 2013 at the intersection of New York’s Lower East Side and Chinatown. You'd be hard pressed to NOT find something you love.

    Get it from Coming Soon for $34 (available in four colors).

    40. A blob mirror that'll help make putting on your makeup feel a little more special.

    oddly shaped tabletop mirror

    Promising review: "Very cute and so simple-looking and simple to set up! Great minimalist addition to a room, and very clear mirror. Just can be a little wobbly but it's not a big deal." —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    41. Essence Cosmetics Princess False Lash Effect Mascara for a super dramatic before and after. Prepare to get grilled about where you got your eyelash extensions., @essencemakeup / Via

    Promising review: "Don’t let the price fool you. I reach for this over and over. Great for when you wear falsies, too! I have sensitive eyes and I don’t have any problems with this mascara, no flaking, running, or burning. I will buy again and again." —Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (also available in waterproof and sculpted volume versions).

    42. A hair repair serum with hydrating argan oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E to help you tame flyaways and get on with the rest of your life.

    reviewer's pic before of hair with flyaways, then smooth hair after applying the serum

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple of weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads-up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    43. And a ramen hoodie (in chicken or beef flavor!) that'll turn into your WFH uniform. After all, your college sweats need a rest. Snag these matching pants, too.,

    Reviewers rec going up one size.

    Promising review: "I bought the chicken and beef ramen hoodies for me and my best friend. We are both incredibly pleased with this product." —Allysia Warner

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in unisex sizes S–XXL and chicken, beef, and nine non-ramen designs).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.