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    42 Cheap Things For When You Just Need To Take A Breather

    Including a customizable scented therapy dough, mesmerizing solar wind chimes, and a calming essential oil roller you might just wanna use all over your human self.

    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. A calming essential oil roller made with peppermint, sage, and ginger that may help ease stress and anxiety when you roll it on your neck, behind your ears, or on your wrists. (*casually rubs it all over my body*)

    Model applying the roller to the inside of their wrist
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really love the calm essential oil roll on for anxiety and stress relief! The oils in this blend meld together perfectly to create such a calming scent. I love wearing it on my wrists or back of my neck throughout the day. If I start to get stressed or my anxiety acts up I'll smell my wrist and the scent helps calm me down. I also have successfully used this on my temples for headache relief. It literally eases my head pain in minutes." —Katy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. A mesmerizing popping stress toy that's also super lightweight and easy to pop into a bag if you need a helpful fidget to relax you on the go.

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    Promising review: "Pop-its are some of the most popular fidget toys and I believe everybody should have one. There is a soft and loud side. The only issue is that the soft side is a little harder to press but it gets easier once you have a technique. It is so fun and feels nice on your hands. Would definitely recommend!" —Charley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 18 styles).

    3. Or a set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, so you can work out the day's frustration without waking up half the house with random clicking noises.

    Reviewer image of five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors
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    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!" —KaelynnVP

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. An oh-so-squishable weighted anxiety pet infused with a lavender scent, so anytime you need a quick release for the "AFJGALKJG" in your brain, you can reach for this adorable calming buddy.

    Round velvety balls in different colors with black beads for eyes
    Black Sheep Doll Co/Etsy

    Black Sheep Doll Co. is a US-based Etsy shop that specializes in "unique and not so common stuffies."

    Promising review: "I love my little squish! I have generalized anxiety disorder and this little guy is cute and soft enough to distract me and the lavender smell helps calm me down. Love it!!" —garefriend97

    Get it from Black Sheep Doll Co. on Etsy for $8 (available in six colors).

    Psst — check out the shop for more weighted anxiety pet designs, including heart-shaped and confetti-colored ones!

    5. A lightweight scalp massager to give you some pleasant midday tingles and help reduce stress. Reviewers also mention using this handy little claw on their knees, joints, ankles, and elbows for that momentary ~rush~.

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    Promising review: "I’ve seen these scalp massage products before but didn’t think much of them, until I visited a friend overseas and used hers. Omg I love this!! I can get pretty tense throughout the day and find it difficult to relax sometimes. I’m also one of those people who can’t really relax during a massage, until they get to my scalp. Then I melt. This product gets you that instant gratification! It won’t change your life, but it can immediately make you relax and covered in goosebumps. I just move the device around my scalp and push down. The metal arms spread out fairly easily. I use it for short periods of time whenever the mood strikes, so it’s helpful to have the two pack. I Iike to have one in the living room, in the drawer of my coffee table, and one in my nightstand. It’s fun to use for a few minutes while watching tv or before going to sleep, or whenever you are tense and/or want a sudden case of the tingles!" —Victoria Elias

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    6. A reusable cooling and heating eye mask to take your relaxation game from zero to 100 in literally the second it takes to pop this bad boy out of the freezer (or the ten seconds it takes to microwave it). It also has a cozy plush backing to protect your eyes from the immediate chill, and a lot of reviewers swear by it for reducing the pain from pesky headaches and migraines.

    Reviewer in blue eye mask
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    Promising review: "I get headaches and migraines frequently. This has been AMAZING. It hugs your face/head and the gel beads can be moved around to hit the exact spots you need. The fabric on one side is so good for putting it over the eyes. I even use it on the underside of my neck for lower head migraines. Will definitely be getting these for my family. This is the best product I’ve ever bought for myself!" —Conley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    7. A lovely LED butterfly solar wind chime that shifts colors as it moves, so you can let yourself get ~mesmerized~ by its calming glow.

    Six LED butterflies in different bright colors handing in a tiered circle from the base of a hanging wind chime
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love butterflies and this wind chime is perfect for my porch. The movement is calming, and at night the changing colors are fun to watch. It would be a great gift for anyone who loves butterflies." —Deete Anderton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A ridiculously popular "cat dancer" toy so both you and your furry friend can shake off the stress of the day by chasing after it — and, of course, chronicling the absurd shenanigans for Instagram.

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    In fact, if you are looking for an immediate LOL, please head straight to the review images of this little gizmo — pages and pages of kitty cats losing their marbles. It is goodness and absurdity and light.

    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.

    9. A jar of stress relief therapy dough, because Play-Doh isn't *just* for kids — in fact, with the grown-up version, you can customize the color and scent to boot.

    Quirky Ginger Uniques/Etsy

    Quirky Ginger Uniques is a Colorado-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in handcrafted goods like ornaments, jewelry, and more.

    Promising review: "I love the dough. It feels amazing! I bought this to fidget with during my therapy sessions and during my online classes, and it really makes a difference! First of all the Stress Away smells like very soothing peppermint tea with hints of minty freshness. All the scents blend very nicely together. The dough itself is a lot like Play-Doh but more malleable and softer. It makes my hand feel and smell good and helps relieve a lot of anxiety and anger. Only con I can think of is that occasionally it gets stuck under my nails but that is solved easily by clipping them. 9.5/10 I strongly recommend for stress relief, anger relief, for fidgeting, for the smell and texture. The owner was very nice and helpful, the item shipped very swiftly, and she even sent in a car freshie! Very satisfied with my purchase. I strongly recommend!!!" —K. Minton

    Get it from Quirky Ginger Uniques on Etsy for $7.50 (available in eight colors and seven scents).

    10. 52 Lists For Calm, a journal for anyone whose state of "!!!" isn't *quite* being taken care of with their current rewatch of The Office. This pairs well with your familiar faves as an orderly, comforting way to unwind.

    The cover of the book
    Sasquatch Books

    The book is full of prompts like "People I Can Talk To" and "My Comfort Objects," making it both soothing and helpful.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.25 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $15.59.

    11. A snuggly, lightweight microfiber blanket you can burrow in when you need a place to hide from the universe for a few minutes without overheating.

    Model reading in a chair with pink blanket draped over them
    Amazon

    The coziness of this blanket is no joke — it has over 68,000 5-star reviews!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love it. It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights. It also has two different kind of 'textured' sides, one side is more 'sleek' and the opposite side is more 'fluffy.' Has become one of my favorite bIankets, I would definitely order again!!" —E.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 32 colors and four sizes).

    12. A bottle of Dr Teal's soothing Epsom salt to encourage you to really be present during a well-earned soak (plus help relieve aching muscles and tension).

    Reviewer in a bubble bath with a bottle of Dr Teal's on display on the edge of the tub
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    Promising review: "I needed something to help me relax that was not a nap and this did it for me! I used this in an evening bath. Not only did it help me relax, it also helped me fall asleep so good that night. I tend to stay awake in bed (usually on my phone) most nights, but after this bath I fell asleep right away. It didn't bubble a whole lot for me, but it smelled amazing and made my skin the softest it's been in a long time! It's a good sized bottle with a sufficient amount of baths per bottle. Overall, I loved it. I don't take baths too often, but this has inspired me to do this more! 10/10 would buy again." —Priscilla Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

    13. Plus a set of 50,000 (!!) highly popular, 100% biodegradable water beads for the ultimate ~spa vibe~. These are basically microscopic when they arrive, but expand into small, bouncy jelly-like balls when exposed to water.

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    People also use these for fun games with kids, making stress balls, and home decorating — the world is your water bead oyster!!

    Promising review: "Wow! These are AMAZING! I was expecting a giant tub, yet they come in a very small container and EXPAND in water! You need only about a tablespoon full of beads to fill an entire foot bath. THESE ARE DEFINITELY WORTH IT! You get your money's worth as well as a satisfying experience playing with these water beads." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. *And* a wine caddy for the bath tub, because sometimes you need to relax, and sometimes you need to relaaaaaaaaax 🍷.

    A transparent holder suctioned to the side of the tub with a stemmed wine glass in it
    Amazon

    Bonus: it also holds cans, so they can pop in a LaCroix or enjoy a shower PBR, too.

    Promising review: "Loved how easy this was to put in my shower and use for anything from holding beverages to face wash. Gifted it to two friends and my boyfriend who at first mocked it but now LOVES it. I’d consider traveling with it at this point." —MB Schatz

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85 (available in five colors).

    15. A set of super comfy wax ear plugs that mold to the shape of your inner ear like putty, essentially canceling the universe when you need a break from all the noise.

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    TBH, I swear by these so aggressively that I have them on a subscription. They're like ear glue. My apartment is on a busy street and my upstairs neighbor is a noisy human being (does this count as a subtweet??) and once I pop these babies in I can barely hear a thing. Plus, my ears never get sore with these in like they do with headphones or other earplugs.

    Promising review: "Quite simply the best product I've found that reduces my partner's snoring to a level that allows me to wake up in the morning next to her and not in the second bedroom. I'd given up on ideas and was attempting to come to grips with a life of separation when I found these little gems, deciding 'what the heck' and with nothing to lose. They are inexpensive, comfortable and EFFECTIVE. I can tell you with certainty that Macks earplugs work. Thanks Mack!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six pairs from Amazon for $3.96.

    16. A TikTok-famous pick 'n peel stone – a lot of reviewers swear by it to help with anxiety, and to prevent them from picking at skin or nails by offering a soothing alternative.

    A model using a tiny hook to pick blue paint out of a lava rock with tiny holes
    Pick 'N Peel Stones/Etsy

    Pick 'N Peel Stones is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in pickable painted lava rocks.

    Promising review: "I love my stones! I think its a great idea and as someone who struggles with skin picking I have found these really helpful. I will definitely be buying some of the refill paint so that I can keep using them." —Etsy reviewer

    Get it from Pick 'N Peel Stones on Etsy for $9.99.

    17. A beginner's embroidery kit for adults so you can have something soothing to do with your hands, *plus* a beautiful hoop you can display in your room.

    Model stitching simply flower design into a hoop
    Amazon

    Each kit comes with a simple design, a cotton cloth, a bamboo embroidery hoop, a little scissor, colored threads, embroidery needles, and instructions, so you should be raring to go when it arrives!

    Promising review: "I’ve never done anything like this before, but I like to try new things, and I’ve just recently moved and wanted to decorate my house with some handmade decor. This kit is a great value for the price! It came with the hoop, more than enough thread, and two needles! The printed pattern is very clear and easy to follow, and the little sheet of instructions on what stitch to use and how to do it is clear enough (and anything I don’t understand I just watch a tutorial on YouTube). I’m about three hours into the project already and I didn’t want to put it down last night. I was up until 2 a.m. stitching away! It’s fun, simple and it’s going to look very cute next to my collection of cacti!! Thank you for a great quality product, and for allowing me to add another hobby to my ever growing stack!" —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 13 different patterns).

    18. A collapsible microwave popcorn maker that doubles as a serving bowl, so you can have buttery sustenance when you let your brain float away for a little bit to the Netflix abyss.

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    All you have to do is add generic kernels + whatever oils or butters you feel in your heart, and you'll be raring to go.

    Promising review: "This is a fast, effective and low-cost means to prepare popcorn. I got tired of paying a premium for microwave popcorn packets at the grocery. I didn’t want another appliance on my counter to air pop either. This was the perfect solution. I use inexpensive bulk popping corn, no oil or salt and I don’t have to worry about the metal in the microwave popcorn bags that gets extremely hot and scorches the upside down paper plate I have to put under the microwave bag each time. Plus, weren’t we told not to put anything metal in the microwave anyway? I pull the Salbree out, expand it and add 1/4 cup of popping corn kernels in the base to the full line. I put it in the microwave for 3+ minutes and listen for the kernels to stop popping. Using the cool handles I lift it out of the microwave, give it a minute to cool and add just enough butter to give it flavor. Then I eat right out of the same bowl I cooked in. When done I dump out the few kernels that didn’t pop. I wash it out with dish soap and hot water, let it dry and then put it away for next time. Economical, safe, less oil and salt and only one bowl to clean. No new appliance and no metal in the microwave. Pure genius. A great value." —RobG

    Psst — if you're looking for way to add some pizzazz to your snack, check out BuzzFeed's ideas for flavoring popcorn!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 16 other colors).

    19. *Plus* a cult-favorite ~secret~ popcorn salt that anyone in the movie theater industry will tell you is a perfect dupe for that oh-so-savory buttery goodness you love to inhale before the previews begin. Not to be dramatic about popcorn on main, but this stuff is game-changing.

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    Our family recently unearthed this because beloved To All The Boys I've Loved Before author Jenny Han mentioned that it was her secret to delicious popcorn, and it may have just wrecked me for other at-home popcorn for the rest of my life. It genuinely tastes just as salty and buttery and savory as fresh movie theater popcorn. I inhaled it so fast that every single one of my organs lit up in mild alarm.

    Promising review: "I used to use Flavacol during my time working at an amusement park and popping popcorn for hungry guests, so I knew this was what the 'professionals' use. I am happy to report that using this does make your popcorn taste like it was just popped at a movie theater. I like to put a little bit of oil on my kernels, mix in some Flavacol, and then add it to the pot of oil on my stove top when it's hot enough (as opposed to sprinkling it on top of freshly popped corn, which I could see easily accidentally adding too much). It also means that I'm no longer loading up my popcorn with additional toppings like butter or plain salt. Yum!" —Kate R.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.24 (available in two other flavors).

    20. A brain tension salve made with peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and other calming essential oils and herbs as an aromatherapy that may be the trick to helping you settle into some calm after you rub it on your temples, wrists, or neck.

    Brain tension salve in a metal container
    Woodland Herbal/Etsy

    Woodland Herbal is an Ohio-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in skincare, salves, and tea blends.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying I have had a migraine going on two weeks now and have been patiently awaiting the arrival of this balm. Granted my hopes were not real high as I already take daily medication and monthly shots and still struggle. BUT it arrived today! And my shoulders finally relaxed and I could feel myself even breath deeper within minutes! I have already ordered one for my Mom. Highly recommend!!" —Heather E.

    Get it from Woodland Herbal on Etsy for $14.

    21. A set of adorable hanging cat spoons to take some of the edge off the morning grind and keep things paw-sitive.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I loved these spoons so much that I ordered more for myself and my mother in-law. They attach to the side of your coffee mug easily, stay put, and don't even get in the way when you are drinking out of it." —Handy

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99 (available in four colors).

    22. A bunch of Miracle-Gro "food spikes" so you can shrug off your plant responsibilities for a little bit when you need to take a beat in your life. This will not only bring dying plants back from the brink, but will continuously feed them for 30 to 60 days as a bonus.

    Model pressing small green pellet into potted plant
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of the package for quantity), and approximately a month after I used these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This also worked wonders for my plants that don't flower! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became greener and healthier looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $2.78.

    23. A gorgeous pastel paint-by-number with an intricate, deeply satisfying pattern to follow that will keep your hands and mind busy when your thoughts are making them wander.

    A water color of a single pink flower in a vase on a rustic table
    Amazon

    Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

    Promising review: "I loved this painting! I was worried that it wouldn’t look right but it turned out perfect! Way more than enough paint! Some lighter colors you had to go over twice." —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    24. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp, so you can get all of the relaxing decadence of feeling like someone is massaging your head without physically going to a salon. Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this has also helped with psoriasis, dandruff, and scalp tenderness!

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I recently started using one of these and WOWZA, it really helps you get extra mileage out of your shampoo. I have a whole lot of hair on my head so sometimes it's a struggle to feel like I've soaped up my whole scalp thorough, but this was a very effective way to spread out the suds and really get them to the roots. I was worried it might tangle in my hair, but it was totally fine on that front, too. I've noticed that my hair has been a little less greasy at the roots since I started using it a few weeks ago. And I'm echoing a ton of reviewers here when I say it just feels reeeeeally, really nice.

    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels when you're using it! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually goes down to the roots and makes sure that it gets into all the spots it can to clean your hair. I can tell you right now that my hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product. I would definitely recommend this!" —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in three colors).

    25. A bottle of Drop It, a natural wine sulfate and tannin remover that works its magic on your glass in just 20 seconds, so you can rest easy winding down with your nightly glass of Pinot knowing you've spared yourself the infamous Post-Wine Headache or allergic reactions.

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    It's also a lot more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly than wine wands or other competitors — a single bottle of this can be used to treat up to 55 glasses of wine, as opposed to wands that can only do a few glasses each before they get tossed. Drop It recommends 1-2 drops for each glass of white wine, 2-3 for a glass of red, and 7-9 if you're treating the whole bottle at once. Once it's in the glass, swirl lightly for 20 seconds, and you should be raring to go!

    Promising review: "For many years, I have been that friend who always says 'no thanks, I can't drink wine.' Even one small small glass would give me the worst migraine. So I gave up. Several weeks ago, I happened across an ad for Drop It and thought I might as well give it a shot. I took a big risk the day it arrived and had two huge glasses of red wine that I knew would give me a massive migraine the next day. It just so happened I had a midterm that next morning too — so the stakes were high. I woke up feeling fantastic. Since then I have repeated the experiment (to make sure it wasn't a fluke) and found that no matter how much wine I drink, as long as I use the drops, I don't have a migraine the next day. I'm so pleased to have found something that makes wine drinking possible and enjoyable again! I have nothing but great things to say about the product. It's easy to use and very discreet. I visited some friends last week and we spent a few hours at a wine bar. It was easy to add my drops. I took a small taste of the wine before adding the drops and found that it did not alter the taste at all. Thanks for a great product and a great buying experience. I will be back for more." —Mackenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    26. A bottle of Orly's "Here Comes The Sun" nail polish to just put a smile on your face every time you look down at your nails when you're in the thick of emptying your inbox, and remind you to go take a break and go soak in some sunshine IRL.

    Orly

    Plus, the color yellow can evoke happiness and optimism, which will set you up to tackle the next day with a pep in your step!

    Promising review: "Never ever imagined that I would love wearing yellow but this is a neutral yellow that just looks great with any color!! I’m so obsessed at the color combinations you can pair with this!" —Aliscott714

    Get it from Orly for $9.50.

    27. An adorable peekaboo mug to perch on your desk, because it's clear that the happy little critter on the inside wants to remind you to take a coffee break to clear your head instead of powering straight through your workday.

    A small white floral mug with coffee in it revealing a little ceramic dog poking its head out from the bottom
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Everything about this mug (from the handcrafted nature of it to the color) is perfect. My favorite mug that is constantly in use!" —Shurrie

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    28. A 16-pack of Korean face masks that's made with vitamin E and collagen to give your cheeks a lovely post-mask glo up, but more importantly, will encourage you to sit still for a lil' bit so you can chill.

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    The pack comes in 16 different varieties, so every night your face can take a new adventure — I'm talking lavender, cucumber, green tea, the whole shebang. Now your face can ~taste the rainbow~.

    Promising review: "These sheet masks are legit. I use one every night, it has been week one and my skin has never looked better! I haven’t had the confidence to step out without foundation in a while. After using these sheet masks consistently I actually want to go out without foundation. My skin feels smooth, it looks soft, clear, bright, and glows! Not only does it work on me but my mom has been using them with me and there has been obvious improvement in her skin texture. After washing my face at night with a mild face wash I slap one of these babies on for 30 minutes and remove the sheet. Massage the extra essence into my skin and neck and I wake up with dewy, soft, supple, and glowing skin. I just rinse my face with water, which I used to have to do a mild face wash before and don’t even need any moisturizer. My skin stays moisturized all day. I can’t live without these now. The price is so worth it for the results." —Amy Sanchez

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon fo $9.99.

    29. A Drinking Animals Coloring Book full of opportunities to get ~creative~ on the page and let out your inner kid. Bonus: it comes complete with recipes for themed cocktails on each page. Llamarita, anyone?

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    Promising review: "Absolutely love it! Fun and creative. Combines two of my favorite pastimes...coloring and mixing drinks! My girlfriends and I Zoom weekly. We drink, we talk, we color. ❤️❤️❤️. Even sent one as a gift. Just fantastic." —CH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

    30. Plus a tin of cocktail sugar or salt for the rims of your at-home cocktails, so you can appreciate those relaxing Friday night margaritas to their fullest, most delicious extent.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I recently started putting this on my end-of-the-week whiskey drink (quarantine has made me go full Mad Men, who knew!!) and it is SO darn satisfying. I tried the citrus petals version, and it's got a light lemon, faint floral, and vaguely minty taste with its sweetness that just makes the whole experience a delight and a half. The container it comes in is actually quite wide, so what we did was pour lemon juice on the top half to prep the rim, and a bit of sugar in the bottom half to coat it. In other news, I am officially too fancy to exist.

    Promising review: "Since COVID-19 I have become my own bartender. Taco Tuesdays and margaritas! The lime comes through so well with this salt. I use it for Bloody Marys as well. It is thick and chunky so its a learning curve to get the right amount of salt on. Don't press down too hard if you don't like a lot of salt. I do like extra salt but my husband said it was a little much for him, so I have mastered just a light salt for him." —cobrajet427

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in nine flavors).

    31. A beginner-friendly microgreens growing kit so you can enjoy the calm of exercising your green thumb *and* the brightness of some extra plant-age in your space. These also happen to be *perfect* for small spaces with low lighting, so you can have your plants and eat them, too.

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    It comes in two forms — one that grows grass that cats LOVE, and another for garnishing on human food.

    Promising review: "It grew! And I didn't kill it! I suck at keeping plants alive, or even getting them to grow in the first place, but this cat grass grew fast and adds a nice pop of green to my lanai. My cats and dogs love it. The seeds started sprouting within a day of planting and I had 4-inch tall grass within three days of planting. The description did describe it as 'just add water' but the instructions are actually slightly more complicated than that, but still simple enough for even a kiddo to be able to figure it out. I would definitely buy it again." —sillylilly

    Get it from Amazon: the cat grass for $11.99 and the microgreens for $11.99 (available in four varieties).

    32. A sleep-focused essential oils blend made with chamomile, sage, and lavender to help soothe anxiety and reduce stress before bedtime and promote prolonged sleep.

    Reviewer holding a bottle of "Dream" essential oil blend
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought this to help on days when I have bad Insomnia due to anxiety, especially during this pandemic. Can't say I like the scent of the oil alone right off the bat. It's pretty strong so you only need a few drops in the humidifier. But the first night I used it I had the best sleep of my life! Was knocked out fast and woke up feeling super refreshed!! Definitely recommend this product. It lasts well too so it's worth the price!" —Wendy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.93.

    Psst — if you don't have a diffuser, you can get a popular, well-reviewed essential oil diffuser on Amazon for $13.99.

    33. An adorable We Rate Dogs daily calendar so darn cute that it'll make your stressful Zoom call marathons sail on by.

    A daily tear off calendar with a picture of a cute dog on it and a little blurb about it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I gave this to our daughter for her birthday and then LEARNED that there is a website to get one every day! I love this calendar. I looked at every picture. It is a combination of hilarious, lovely, charming pictures of dogs with the best captions under each one. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this effort. It made me smile and laugh out loud. Just what we all really need (well, some of us need this). I just ordered two more to give right now." —B. Stuart

    Get it from Amazon for $13.82.

    34. A bubble-tea themed SLIME that basically combines two of life's greatest joys to create squishy, delicious-smelling, ridiculously relaxing bliss.

    A peach colored jar of bubble tea slime with a peach charm on top
    RazberrySlimeCo/Etsy

    Razberry Slime Co is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in dozens of themed slimes, with a new slime added each week.

    Promising review: "This slime was sooo cute! It’s a light peach color and smells amazing! It comes with a cute peach charm too! I’m super happy! It arrived really fast and I would definitely buy again! Love it!" —Taylor McCarthy

    Get it from Razberry Slime Co on Etsy for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    35. A set of nonstick, reusable toaster oven bags that will let you make grilled cheese, paninis, and toasted sammies right in the toaster, so you don't have to plan or overthink too many things to get the job done.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    (Psst — you can also use these to reheat french fries, pizza, and even mini tacos, and get all that glorious heat without them getting all soggy from the microwave. Leftovers just got lit.)

    Promising review: "I had no idea how well these would work. You can put toast or rolls or anything that will fit in the slot — even if it has jelly or spread or anything on it — in the bag in the toaster and it doesn't hurt the toaster, and the food comes out warm." —mare36

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    36. Or a popular microwave pasta cooker for anyone who just wants to turn their brain off for dinner. Truly all you have to do is put water and dry noodles in it, hit the microwave buttons, and strain it right out of the container. Noodles on noodles, y'all.

    A model straining water out of a transparent rectangular cooker full of pasta
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    This also works on rice and steamed veggies!

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week. If not more. First of all, I like spaghetti — either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. But I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterwards. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time; and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot; no colander; no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy to clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    37. A book of New York Times crossword puzzles to keep your brain relaxed *and* sharp — you can ease into it with the simpler Monday puzzle book, then work your way up to the more challenging Friday puzzle book, until eventually reaching the Bowser level: the Sunday puzzle book.

    The cover of the Monday crossword book
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    Promising review: "I have recently started getting into doing crossword puzzles and this one was a good place to start. Some puzzles are more challenging than others and there are also a good amount of themed puzzles in this book. If you're looking for that 'not too easy, not too hard' puzzle, you can't go wrong with this one!" —Josh & Jessica Kittle

    Get the Monday puzzle book from Amazon for $11.69, the Friday puzzle book from Amazon for $12.99, and the Sunday puzzle book from Amazon for $12.99.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's passionate PSA about the glory of crossword puzzling for more inspo/GIFs about crossword puzzling.

    38. A tiny milk frother that makes rich, creamy froths in seconds, so you can take a beat with a latte at maximum decadence with minimal effort. It also doesn't need to be plugged in, cleans with a quick stream of hot running water, and is teensy for storing.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "A MUST-have. All of my friends and family had this so naturally I had to get one and I am obsessed. Makes every homemade coffee taste like you went out and bought one. Very affordable and worth every penny. I love that is comes with a cute holder for it." —Kayla Dillinger

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five styles).

    39. A Baby Yoda puzzle to take your attention off the TV screen for once, but still get to behold this lawlessly precious green face.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    *Hamilton voice* "Look at my SON ..."

    Promising review: "Not only is this puzzle exciting as a Mando fan but also as a Star Wars fan! I couldn’t wait to get started on it! Once I opened it and started piecing together the 'outer rim' 😂 I was DELIGHTED to find that the puzzle pieces were a great size, not too big and not too small! Once I started on filling it in, I was MORE excited to find that it was challenging without being maddening!! Total spent four hours straight puzzling with a few smoke breaks. All in all, a GREAT puzzle for one person, or a family!!!! Put on some Star Wars or Mando and you have yourself a heck of an evening in!!!! Recommended to all!" —Tiffany Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    40. A pack of mini rainbow scratch art notes that will transport you back to the comfort of childhood so fast you'll be like, "Head empty, only thoughts of Lisa Frank."

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this little scratch art pad. Sometimes I just need a break and a little distraction to let my brain breathe so I pull this out and make all sorts of designs. You do get a little of a mess by scratching the black off but I usually have a big mess cause I end up scratching the whole thing off. Can't help it. Kid at heart I guess." —Jane

    Get a pack of 125 notes from Amazon for $6.40.

    41. A deeply satisfying paint-by-sticker set made up of vintage travel posters you can hang up on your walls when you're finished, essentially letting you travel the world without getting up from ye olde couch.

    Workman Publishing

    Each comes with 12 posters and the stickers to complete them, including iconic travel posters from gondolas in Venice to the pyramids in Cairo.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.01 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $13.75.

    42. An adjustable neck mount for your phone so you can fully zone out while you're streaming content or diving into a well-earned TikTok blackhole.

    Amazon

    You can also use it to steady your phone on a flat surface, or wedge it between couch cushions for more stable FaceTime-ing.

    Promising review: "Best invention for cell phones and tablets. This is one of the best products ever! I use it for my lives, FaceTime, and for watching my iPad. Super light and comfy! My hands feel better after one week if use!" —Dannette M. Cara

    Get it from Amazon for $10.85 (available in four colors).

    All of us vibing with our bathtub wine caddies like:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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