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    May 9, 2020

    38 Little Gifts For Yourself That Will Probably Get A Ton Of Use

    All things cute, cozy, and oh-so-practical.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A lovely-smelling Star Wars hand sanitizer so both the Force *and* the germ-killing ethyl alcohol can be with you.

    Firebox

    Available in Darth Vader (black tea), C3PO (amber and ginseng), Chewbacca (coconut), and Yoda (cedarwood and lime).

    Get it from Firebox for $7.99 (available in four characters).

    Psst — you can also get a Disney villain hand sanitizer in Ursula, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, or the Evil Queen!

    2. An affordable beginner's artisan bread maker complete with all the tools you need to help you join the bread-wagon of everyone who's been lighting up the #StayHome tag on Instagram with absurdly beautiful loaves.

    The Grommet

    Each set comes with a triple-looped Danish dough whisk, a bench scraper with measurements, a loaf basket, and a dual-ended lame with a safety cap. Plus, this bb can make just about any bread you're dreaming of, from sourdough, whole wheat, white, sticky bread, banana bread, rye, raisin, and more.

    Get it from The Grommet for $34.95.

    3. A "because social distancing" wineglass perfect for all the Zoom happy hours you're hosting.

    Red Lines Design/Etsy

    Get it from Red Line Designs on Etsy for $7.99+ (available in 35 colors, including *glitter* options!).

    4. A germ avoidance door opener and button-presser shaped like a LIL' BUNNY, just as cute as it is handy. Plus, this seller offers free shipping 🐰.

    Impulsive Concepts/Etsy

    Promising review: "I love this! First of all, it keeps my hands clean and that means less drying them out with hand sanitizer. Second, it is easy to use on everything from low-profile door handles (my 1-year-old Camry above) to store door handles. I even pick things up with it — grocery bags, etc.! This would be a great gift for people with gel or acrylic nails to keep them from breaking. When you get home, toss it through the dishwasher for super sterilization!" —Susan

    Get it from Impulsive Concepts on Etsy for $5.99.

    (Psst — this seller also has keys in other animal shapes, like a unicorns, dogs, and sharks! 🦄🐶🦈♥️)

    5. A Baby Yoda PopSocket you can grip to make it easier to FaceTime your BFFs no matter which couch/chair/bed you happen to be chilling on.

    Hot Topic

    Keep your friends close and your Baby Yoda obsession closer.

    Get it from Hot Topic for $14.99.

    6. A set of five super breathable Reformation tie-string face masks that come in ~surprise~ prints from their actual line, and ship for free.

    Reformation, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I got a pack of them myself, and they not only shipped super fast, but the fabric keeps your face cool and the tie strings keep the mask firmly in place. You can check out my full review of Reformation's face masks on BuzzFeed for more deets!

    Get a set of five from Reformation for $25 (limit two sets per customer).

    7. An I ❤️Trader Joe's cookbook you can get a lot of use out of, no matter what odds and ends of ingredients you have in your kitchen or your level of cooking experience (microwaving a DiGiorno pizza counts, right?).

    Amazon

    Every ingredient in this book can be sourced from Trader Joe's, but the recipes themselves revolve around cheap and easy staples that most of have on hand already, so a TJ's run isn't required.

    Promising review: "What a great little cookbook. Simple, but delicious recipes with all items bought from Trader Joe's. It's awesome. I tried two of the Mexican recipes and got raves from everyone that had it. I also did a shrimp pasta recipe with three ingredients and it was terrific! My friend was so impressed she had me order her one also." —Beth A. Essington

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    8. A set of adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths that are super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing. Just one of these dish cloths is built to replace 17 PAPER TOWEL ROLLS. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I’ve never been a fan of sponges. They are a breeding ground for bacteria. My friend had one of these attached to some tea towels she received for Christmas and I had to give it a try. These things are fantastic! Clean dishes/wipe countertops, and throw it in the wash when it gets dirty enough to not wash out. They seem to be long-lasting and great for the environment. Winning!" —mrscleany

    Get a set of two from Anthropologie for $8.

    9. A five-year journal full of sweet, funny, and thoughtful prompts you can answer each day and repeat each year, so you can see how you change and grow over time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've now given these journals as gifts to an absolute ton of people, including men, women, and teenagers. Everyone loves it. It keeps things simple and encourages just enough reflection each day. Amazing gift! I've also been writing in mine going on three years now. Seeing where I've been and where I am today is wonderful and even sometimes sobering. Sometimes I see I still have something to work on, or I realize I've moved on from a troubling place. The beauty of this book is profound. I love it." —DDP

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

    10. A Cards Against Anxiety guidebook with a deck of 25 wallet-size cards, each of which has a prompt for a potentially anxiety-reducing behavior you can try when you're feeling overwhelmed.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.45.

    11. A ridiculously popular "cat dancer" toy so both you and your furry friend can break a sweat indoors chasing after it — and, of course, chronicle the absurd shenanigans for Instagram. Do it for the LOLz, y'all. We could all use 'em.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $2.09.

    12. A mess-free cookie scoop with easy release to get you those *chef's kiss* perfectly round cookies you can easily stack for storage (assuming you don't just gobble 'em up straight out of the oven).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: Makes perfect cookies every time. In fact, I have been accused of bringing the best "store bought" cookies that a person has ever tried (because no one can make the same size cookies every time). When cookies are the same size and thickness, all cook evenly! I recently left my scoop with grandchildren because they didn't have one. Little hands can handle the scoop and release action. This is my third reorder because I don't want to be without one!!!" —Avid Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    13. An embroidered "Ew, David" hat to protect you from the sun, for anyone whose mood is perpetually a little bit Alexis ✨.

    R&D Designs/Etsy

    Promising review: "The cutest hat ever! Such great quality and super fast shipping! Thank you!! ♥️" —Katy LaSalva

    Get it from R&D Designs on Etsy for $15 (available in 25 colors).

    14. A set of adorable hanging cat spoons, because truly, is there a more purrrfect breakfast companion than one that will stir your coffee and your heart?

    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 $4.99 (available in four colors).

    15. A bamboo charging station for your bedside table to organize all your devices and let you wake up to a clean, fully-charged slate of them every morning.

    Amazon

    For a setup that will fit neatly under the stand, try this USB Charger from Amazon for $21.99, and these short USB cables from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "This is a great little bamboo stand that hides all of the cables typical from using a multi-USB charger. I was able to hold both of my phones, watch and still had a few extra spots to charge my iPad and other items. The box was sturdier than I expected and had a nice snap to keep it together. I paired this with an Anker 6 port 60w charger and it fit perfectly! Make sure to pick up some extra short USB cables if you have more devices to charge like I did. I’ve had a few co-workers compliment it after the first day saying how cool it was! Great purchase!" —jmkalfut

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    16. A pair of high-waisted performance leggings that reviewers swear by for being breathable, comfortable, *and* passing the ever-important squat test.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love these! I've worn and washed them several times and they've held up without any change in how soft they are. They are also very breathable during workouts. They are very snug without pinching in uncomfortable places and the pocket is a life-changer for keeping my phone close during workouts! It is deep enough that my phone doesn't fall out even during squats, though it may shift a little." —Rhea McCullough

    Get a pair from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in five colors and sizes XS-3XL).

    17. A rechargeable electric razor perfect for painlessly removing peach fuzz, nose hair, and other miscellaneous fine hair that you might not feel comfy charging in on with a full blown razor (I'm looking @ you, unibrow trying to thrive on my face).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I've had one of these for over a year now, and it has saved me soooo much money in lip- and eyebrow-waxing. I have super sensitive skin (every time I get something waxed the area turns into a five-alarm fire), but this little buzzy bb takes care of it without way faster, way cheaper, and with zero drama to boot.

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about these portable facial and body hair removers but I have blonde fuzz on my face that has always bothered me. I have tried waxing and threading that typically leave my skin irritated. I have used this multiple times in my face arms and legs, and I am extremely amazed. No pain, got rid of all the fuzz in minutes. I used moisturizer afterwards and had zero irritation. I have also used the nose hair trimmer piece and got great results. Highly recommended!" —Customer Services

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A gel polish light for drying your nails to utter salon perfection in the comfort of your own bed and cat-themed pajamas. This little gadget is deep enough to dry all five fingers in at once, and speedy enough to get the job done in 60 seconds, so you can be on your merry glam way.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "At first I was like ‘this doesn’t even work’ but WOW was I wrong! After figuring out how to use gel polish I looked like I had just been in the salon!! Literally so happy with this lamp. It has auto shutoff and countdown. Just overall so happy with it and hope it lasts a long time!" —Dennis Ellis

    Get it from Amazon for $28.49.

    19. A sparkling-wine saver that will keep your bubblies bubbling so you can pop your prosecco any day of the week without worrying about wasting the leftovers.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    I purchased one of these at the aggressive behest of a friend, and it's LEGIT. I told myself I was a Red Wine Lady my whole life because it was easier to save for later, but now that I don't live in constant fear of wasting the bubbly stuff, I am an All Wine Lady and have finally achieved my truest form.

    Promising review: "This product was a real surprise for me, I was never able to keep my bubblies as fresh and bubbly after the first opening. Three days later, and my expensive BRUT tastes just as nice. Frankly, this is probably going to become my go-to gift from now on... pair a nice bottle to it and voila! Thumbs up!" —RonBY

    Check out BuzzFeed's review of the wine saver here!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    20. A rechargeable electric lighter so you can light your way through that aggressive collection of Bath & Body Works candles under your bed without worrying about the flame being able to reach the wicks.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Finally an easy way to light candles without a dangerous open flame. This is also child proof because you have to turn on a very small switch at the bottom of the lighter. Then you slide the top switch with your thumb to light the candle. I noticed also that if you push it too far into the candle wick it shuts off. This is a hidden safety feature for fingers. Also, the wand is attractive on the table." —James Marino

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    21. A collapsible microwave popcorn maker that doubles as a serving bowl, so you can make yourself popcorn so warm and salty that your Friday movie nights will feel like you're smack dab in the middle of a theater.

    amazon.com

    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 one-quarter cup of popping corn kernels in the base to the full line. I put it in the microwave for three-plus 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 $19.90 (available in 16 other colors).

    22. A wine caddy for your bath tub perfect for any tub vibe, whether it's "set off a bath bomb and channel my inner mermaid" or "sit here and watch reruns of The Office until the water dissolves around me."

    Amazon

    Bonus: it also holds cans, so you can pop in a LaCroix or enjoy a shower PBR, if you're feeling yourself.

    Promising review: Such a simple idea, how is this just coming into my life now? I didn't think showers could get any better but now I have a brew/wine within reach at all times. Really helps take the edge off after a long day. The thing is way sturdier than you'd expect, I've tugged on it and it's not going anywhere. The slotted design allows you to use stemmed wineglasses too. A truly perfect product. This $13 piece of plastic is working as hard as my therapist and I stan." —Steven

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in five colors).

    23. A super cheerful lil' plate to give you a sunny pick-me-up with your eggs and toast in the morning.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "These plates, though small (like a tea plate), are the perfect pick me up. I bought one for my mom and my sister, and they now call it their happy plates. Plus side: dishwasher-safe!" —Kiki & Rai

    Get it from Anthropologie for $12 (available in two prints).

    Psst — Anthropologie has matching mugs!

    24. A rapid egg cooker so you can cook a week's worth of breakfast eggs in a matter of minutes, whether you want a good old-fashioned hard boil or like 'em a little runnier.

    Amazon

    I, a certified Lazy Individual (TM), own one of these babies and have faithfully used it every week for upward of two years. Perfectly medium-boiled eggs every time. Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume!

    Promising review: "Super easy to use, works as expected, small counter top footprint. I like hard-boiled eggs but am too lazy to make them. Now I am eating them as often as I like. All you gotta do is set it up with the water and eggs, then you can forget about it. No worries about water boiling over on the stove or overcooking the eggs because you took too long a shower or got distracted by a phone call." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.67+ (available in five colors).

    25. A floral "Caffeine & Quarantine" mug all your coworkers will get a kick out of in your departmental virtual chats (if they aren't too busy squealing over someone's cute puppy).

    Hug & Mug/Etsy

    Get it from Hug & Mug on Etsy for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).

    26. A boxy tie-dye tee in poppin' primary colors that will become the happiest summer staple in your whole closet.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $17.99 (available in sizes S-L).

    27. A pair of glowing lightsaber chopsticks so you can bring balance to the Force *and* to your sushi — whether you're repping the dark side or the light.

    Amazon

    Bonus: A lot of people have used these to decorate some out-of-this-galaxy Star Wars-themed cakes, if you want to scroll through the reviews for inspo!

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter's birthday as she and her hubby are huge Star Wars fans. I took them out to make sure they work and was wonderfully surprised at how adorable these are! The lights are bright and they are exactly as pictured. Best of all, my daughter LOVED them. Big hit, great buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97.

    28. A jar of Aztec healing clay masks for acne that essentially suck the gunk out of your pores (and preexisting acne) like a vacuum. It doesn't just help with the acne you already have — it helps to prevent acne in the future, making it less of a quick fix and more of an actual solution.

    amazon.com

    People in the reviews are also singing its praises for reducing the size of their pores! Many of them advise mixing the mask with apple cider vinegar for best results.

    Promising review: "I have been suffering from acne for over a decade now. I wish I had this when I was a teenager. My acne has evolved as I have grown. Now, it is in the form of about bi-monthly cystic acne on my chin that lasts for about a week. This clay mask is magical. The cystic acne that usually lasts one to two weeks is gone either overnight (I use it before I shower at nighttime) after I used this mask or by the following day. Usually, I can tell a small cyst is coming in long before it reaches it ugliest, reddest point. If I can, I try to use the clay mask to get rid of it immediately. But even at the worst point, after using this mask, the cyst is no longer red/inflamed by the next morning; it doesn't hurt and is simply a little bump. From there, the bump is fully gone by the next day. The rest of my pores are tightened and the red/sunken scars from previous years of acnes are nearly imperceivable after using the mask. Beyond the acne, the small lines I have are tightened after I use this mask and don't come back for days. I wish I had the time/patience to use this every day; if I did, my skin would be flawless. On days that I am very ambitious, I use a charcoal mask after using this to pull out the last impurities left in my skin." —bbbb

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. A game of The Office-themed Clue, which will send you hunting through the break room, the conference room, and Michael's office to figure out who killed Toby and how (my money's on "with a ream of paper," personally).

    BoxLunch

    They'll need three to six players for this game, in which y'all have to use clues to figure out which of six iconic Office characters killed Toby, which room in the office they did it, and the weapon they used, all while dealing with curveballs from your meddling boss.

    Promising review: "Best game ever! I loved this game! Anyone that truly loves the office will love this it ... the weapons are hilarious." —Shannon Brown

    Get it from BoxLunch for $48.90.

    30. A selfie ring light equipped with a tripod and cell phone holder so you can get the best lighting possible for all your FaceTimes and Zooms, no filter required.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve been having to work from home. During this time, I’m in front of my computer doing WebEx calls and Teams. Having to present and talk in front of 20-50+ people. This light is AWESOME! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!" —Anna Chouinard

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    31. A Super Nee-Doh so perfectly, irresistibly, satisfyingly squishable that you'll want one for your desk, another for your bedside table, and one to keep on your person at all times.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: I'm so happy I bought it. Being stuck at home has made me anxious, but this guy has been fun to play with. I love it, I actually want more." —victoria503

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    32. 52 Lists For Calm, a journal for anyone who might be feeling a little overwhelmed right now, and wants an orderly, comforting way to unwind.

    Target

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

    Promising review: "I received this as a gift from a family member. It came at a much-needed time. It has already made an impact. I was able to have a hard conversation that I would have previously avoided. It's helped me so much, I'm paying it forward. I bought three copies to gift as well." —Jennifer Vargas

    Get it from Amazon for $10.42 or Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $15.59.

    33. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can keep your ink as fresh as your thoughts.

    amazon.com

    Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they're designed not to bleed through thin pages!

    Promising review: "I have dabbled with bullet journaling and love using my Rocketbook products to take notes during meetings, but for my weekly planners, the pens that are compatible with Rocketbook just weren't cutting it. These pens are smooth and quick-drying (essential for a lefty!) and the colors are vibrant and bright. I love how thin the tips are, it makes fitting all of my notes neatly in planner a possibility! Having 18 colors to choose from gives me simple joy when it comes to planning my day, and they help to organize my thoughts and color code categories. I'm pleasantly surprised by even how well the 'Lake Blue' color pops, I had been thinking it was going to be nice for adding emphasis to outlining boxes etc, but it's bright enough to be easy to read on white paper!! Wonderful product!" —Katie

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $8.99.

    34. A super soft hand-woven Toockies washcloth you can use in the shower to lightly exfoliate and get a deep clean without irritating your skin — plus, it's machine-washable, so this is basically a shower investment piece.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm 65 years old and have trouble with dry skin. These washcloths feel good when washing, not scratchy like most exfoliating cloths. They do a great job of exfoliating my dry flaky skin and my moisturizer seems to get absorbed better. The washcloths are sturdy and will last a long time. They come out of the washer looking brand-new." —mlangolf

    Get as set of two from Amazon for $15.95 (available in two styles).

    35. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away that vague headache you were nursing through the whole week in the comfort of your own jammies.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is my go-to fix when I feel a migraine coming on. I suffer from sinus headaches and migraines usually once or twice a week. This product I put on each temple, under my nose and on my wrists when I feel the pressure starting and it cuts the pain to a minimum. It seems to stop the worst pain before it has a chance to start. Thank you for a great product! I will buy again and again!" —Brenton1985

    Read BuzzFeed's review of the migraine stick for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    36. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp, making showers feel 800 times more decadent than they have any right to be.

    amazon.com

    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 more smoother than after I started using this product. I would definitely recommend this!" —Romie Patel

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

    37. A pair of lightweight moisture-wicking "five-finger" socks for running and hiking that are pretty much a game changer if you're prone to blisters in between your toesies.

    REI

    Promising review: "Most comfortable five-finger socks I've found! These are very soft and comfortable and they wick sweat too. Definitely the softest and most comfy five-finger socks I've found so far!" —Renee

    Get a pair from REI for $13+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    38. A customizable Glossier Balm Dotcom trio full of ultra-hydrating, gorgeously subtle colors you can hand-pick depending on your ~mood~.

    Glossier

    The customizable balms include Cherry, Berry, Mango, Rose, Mint, Coconut, Birthday, and Original (Untinted).

    Promising review: "Buy this! Buy them all! I got the original to begin with and ended up buying the trio set days later because of how amazing it is. Now I have four tubes in different scents and I regret nothing. Even my husband is in love with the original and the mint! The birthday is super subtly shimmery and the rose is a barely there tint (honestly BARELY THERE). A little does go a long way so don't worry about the price tag. You will be using these tubes for a while and loving every second of it." —Devon

    Get a set of three from Glossier for $30 (originally $36; available in eight shades).

    You basking in the glow of all these gifts to yourself you'll actually *use*:

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