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    Updated on Sep 13, 2020. Posted on Sep 6, 2020

    38 Problem-Solving Products People Are Swearing By In Quarantine

    Including a handy face mask chain, a portable sport-brella you can attach to preeeetty much anything, and a dupe for AirPods under $30.

    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 "sport-brella," which is an SPF 50+ maneuverable personal umbrella with a universal clamp that'll latch onto any chair you own. Boom, instant shade no matter where you've parked your human self, whether it's the porch, the beach, or the park.

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    Psst — a lot of reviewers swear by this for easy hands-free shade solutions for strollers and wheelchairs as well!

    Promising review: "I originally bought this about three years ago and my husband used it and liked it so much recently with all the 'COVID driveway happy hours' he bought an additional one for him. It is easy to maneuver and angle to block the sun, but non-intrusive. It is easy to fold and replace in the carrying case. It is worth every penny." —Sarah B.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    2. A colorful beaded face mask chain you can use when you're in the car between errands or eating outside at a picnic and want to keep your mask on your person.

    Firefly Feeling Bright/Etsy

    Firefly Feeling Bright is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in artisanal jewelry.

    Promising review: "Nice quality, good chain length and fun colors! Glad I purchased two (one for my home and one I keep in my car)." —dianecely

    Get it from Firefly Feeling Bright on Etsy for $7 (psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping!✨).

    3. A set of itty bitty dermaplaning razors you can use to take care of those lil' unibrow hairs that keep dodging your tweezers or work whatever face fuzzies you might want to take care of in a gentle way — an especially handy tool when many of us can't head to a salon like we normally would.

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    This tool also helps soften skin by gently exfoliating as you use it!

    Promising review: "I will start by saying that I am someone who is used to getting regular facials that include dermaplaning. I bought this because this service was no longer available to me during COVID (social distancing). I needed something to clear away dead skin and fine hairs. This product did NOT disappoint. The first time I used this blade/product I was absolutely amazed at the results. I washed my face and hands before using this. Once my face was dry, I used this to clear away dried skin areas and fine hair. My face felt amazing. I then proceeded to follow my moisturizing routine. It literally felt like I came from the spa. They came three to a package so this was a great buy for the amount of money spent. I have used one blade roughly three to four times and still don't feel the need to switch to a new blade yet. Excellent purchase." —Valerie Denison

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. A Wi-Fi-connected movie projector that easily converts any wall, both indoor and outdoor, into a personal theater. Once you sync it with a device like your phone or laptop, you can use it for socially-distanced gatherings to project your fave Disney movies, at-home workouts, and even to play video games outside after the sun goes down.

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    Promising review: "This projector has been an amazing addition to our quarantine life at home. Who needs the movies when you have this. The volume is actually really good and the Wi-Fi is helpful. We hook up our Direct TV, Fire Stick, etc, and it all works great with great picture! We’ve been having a blast moving the movies home." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $164.74.

    5. A streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields, to prevent them from fogging up while you're wearing a mask.

    A reviewer image of a person wearing unfogged glasses with their face mask holding up the spray
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    Promising review: "I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to re-apply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future." —Tonya Crippen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

    6. A scent-free, cordless Thermacell mosquito-repelling shield that claims to be six times more effective than 42 (!!) citronella candles at keeping the pesky critters off your back porch and yard. It generates heat to disperse deterrent from a repellent mat, which gives a 15 feet worth of protection for 12 hours — all without a trace of DEET.

    A small green cylinder-shaped Thermacell on a table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Our house is surrounded by trees so we have a ton of mosquitoes. Hated sitting out on my deck for that reason until we got the Thermacell. Just used it tonight for a 6-foot COVID-friendly gathering outdoors and on opposite ends of the table with friends. This thing worked like a charm. I still can't get over it. I'm happy I discovered it and yet kicking myself for not knowing sooner. I've fallen in love with my back deck again. Suck it mosquitoes!" —Isaac Datlof

    Get it from Amazon for 22.75+ (available in two colors).

    7. An anti-fog accessible face mask with a clear window to benefit the deaf and hard-of-hearing and ASL interpreters. This may also be a good solution for teachers of younger kids who rely on social cues like smiling and expression more than older kids who understand what the masks are in place for.

    A model in a blue face mask with a transparent window for their mouth
    Randl By Design/Etsy

    Promising review: "Thank you so much for making these for me! I’m a speech therapist and it’s important for my students to see my mouth! The masks are great and fast delivery. Thank you!!!" —Kelly Dwyer

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 3-5 business days

    Get it from Randl By Design on Etsy for $25.50+ (available in three sizes and 18 styles).

    8. A suuuper popular Bio-Oil made with vitamins A and E, chamomile, and lavender — you may recognize it as a product a lot of people use to help fade scars (both old and new), soothe cracked and dry skin, and help moisturize without affecting your pores, but people are also using it in quarantine to help with dry and painful skin on their hands from hand-washing and sanitizing.

    A model rubbing bio-oil on their hands
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    FWIW re: scars, though, this stuff really works. I had thyroid surgery a few years ago and Bio-Oil took me from looking like I'd stumbled out of the Red Wedding to virtually no detectable scar within a few months. All I did was apply it once in the morning and once at night.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my scars but because of the current Covid-19 crisis I have been washing my hands so much that they are painfully dry. Hand cream hasn't helped enough so I decided to use the Bio-Oil on them and even after the first application they felt SO much better! I'm glad I bought the big bottle!" —L. Strand

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89 (available in three sizes).

    9. A set of two ~zero gravity~ reclining porch chairs to outfit your porch if friends want to chill outside with you. They come complete with a pillow *and* a side table to stash drinks, phones, and books. They also fold quickly and compactly so you can take them wherever, and are made with a heat-resistant mesh so you won't scorch your unsuspecting legs whenever you park your bum in it.

    Two models in black recliners with objects in their drink holders
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We realized pretty quickly that with everyone home because of the 2020 quarantine, we would need more spaces to hang out in. I found this set of chairs and put the order in as a temporary measure until we found a patio set that suits the space better. These are perfect though. I can't really see replacing them anytime soon. They are comfortable, and the little attached tables are really handy! I usually have hot tea, water, a phone, and either a book or my Kindle in my immediate area. This tiny attachment made it so I don't even have to worry about where to put everything. The seat is an excellent place to spend some time watching the birds or reading in the afternoons. I am absolutely thrilled with this purchase." —Brandy Morgan

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $94.99 (available in seven colors).

    10. A Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet with a kid-proof case and pretty much endless opportunities for entertainment — plus an easy (and safe!) place for kids to download their remote schoolwork.

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    It comes equipped with Amazon FreeTime, which lets parents set controls for kids to access 20,000 different apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney — including shows and movies you can download straight from Disney+.

    Promising review: "We bought these for quarantine and they have been super helpful. There are so many options as far as videos, games and books. I’m very impressed with the amount of learning apps and books available. I have a 2- and 4-year-old and both children are benefiting from it. Battery life is good as well AND it charges quickly! There are also games available offline, which is great for car rides. We have the Disney+ app and you can download movies to watch offline as well. I was contemplating getting a newer version before I bought these but I’m glad I didn’t because these are just perfect and so was the price." —amy rose

    *Another* promising review: "I got this for my 5-year-old daughter. I love this product. The preset items are perfect for her. She is able to watch all the shows and clips that she loves. Everything is age appropriate and I don't have to worry about her getting into the internet. There are also audio books. She loves Junie B. Jones and already knew about her books from kindergarten. I would highly recommend this. Now that we are in quarantine, I can also download her school programs and she is not taking up my laptop or phone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in five colors).

    11. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp. Not only will it feel decadent, it'll help tackle dandruff and promote healthier hair growth at the source — which comes especially in handy considering a lot of us are knocked off our usual haircare routines.

    reviewer image of the bristles on the blue massager
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    Promising review: "I'm not washing my hair as often as I should be during quarantine, and after a while my scalp started getting dandruff/flaking skin and was itching. No matter how much I scrubbed the shampoo in with my fingers, my hair still felt oily after showers. I got this and I noticed a BIG difference in my hair after using it. This felt AMAZING while scrubbing my scalp to work the shampoo in (at first I was afraid it wouldn't get to my scalp through my hair or would pull my hair out but neither of those happened) and once my hair dried, I noticed that it wasn't oily at all and my roots were superrr soft. I'm going to recommend this to everyone I know!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    12. A set of three adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths — they're super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing. Each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

    A person washing a bowl with a Swedish dishcloth
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present." —sandra simpson-kraft

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 12 prints).

    13. A cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all you have to do is stick your favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, four cups of cold brew, all without every having to leave the house.

    A pitcher with a coffee filter and a large handle, full of iced coffee in a fridge
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Due to Covid-19, I haven't been able to grab a latte from Starbucks or my favorite local spots. I bought this and a milk frother and made some simple syrup and I am in heaven! This cold brew maker makes a great cup of cold brew coffee and it's keeping me caffeinated." —Lindsey Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $23.58.

    14. A foot file just as effective — if not more so! — than going to a salon. This will remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels so soft you might start petting them.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth
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    Promising review: "Okay, I was skeptical because there are so many to choose from and everyone has an opinion on what works and what doesn't. I have extremely crusty feet and because Covid was going on, I hadn't been able to get to the salons so I bought this and tried it at home. IT WORKED! I am very pleased. My feet are hella soft and I ain't embarrassed wearing flip-flops. This product 100% works so if you are looking for a product like I was and taking forever to make a decision ... then stop and buy this one." —Serlencie Vick Abram Jr

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    15. A hands-free portable neck fan you can charge with a USB, because sometimes you're just not going to be able to avoid walking out in the heat in a face mask, and this is an easy way to stay cool.

    Models using the fan propped up on a desk, around their neck on a hike, and around their neck on a walk
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    It has three speeds to choose from and also lights up, making you more visible at night. Reviewers note that you should definitely put your hair in a ponytail (but that it's easy to unsnag if it gets caught).

    Promising review: "I went to Florida on a work trip to review the new safety guidelines at Disney and Universal Studios. I purchased this exact brand for my family, and other coworkers chose very similar-looking products but not from the same manufacturer. Mine lasted all day at the theme parks, while my coworker's died pretty quickly. This made wearing a mask very bearable in the Florida heat. I bought several other best selling self-cooling items, and this one was by far the only one worth any money. I thought it would be a comical purchase, but it ended up being a lifesaver. I am adding it to my 'must-have' list for hot vacations." —Jay

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

    16. An adorably encouraging daily planner for anyone who's looking for a little more structure in their routine, but not so much that it stresses them out. With this, you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake — with, of course, a whole lil' section for notes and doodles.

    A blank page of the planner
    Amazon

    Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

    Promising review: "Super cute and helpful. Exactly what I needed to help me stay on track with working at home during this quarantine." —Arline

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed not to bleed through pages, so you can color code your planner without wasting a single page.

    Fine point pens in 18 different colors
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    Promising review: "I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I've used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn't want to pay much for markers I'd use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand-lettering, and note-taking, and they're exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!" —Michael Fanizzi

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.

    18. A two-layer white cotton face mask to help prevent that dreaded ~maskne~ we're all spending the summer grimacing at in the mirror.

    A BuzzFeed editor in a white cotton face mask
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    The Dutch Label Shop is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in custom woven labels and face masks.

    I recently bought this five-pack after interviewing a dermatologist for our piece on preventing maskne, and this Etsy ship is not playing with the shipping times — it reached me in three days! The material is on the thin side, so I'd actually double them up or wear them under a mask to be extra cautious about going into a store or an area where I'm not confident I can keep a social distance, BUT having them as a barrier between my face and masks has hugely impacted my maskne. I probably only get one or two bad spots a week now as opposed to the general lawlessness my skin had at the beginning of mask-wearing.

    Promising review: "These masks are great. I have really sensitive skin so the 100% cotton has been an amazing alternative to some other masks I've worn in the past. These ones are lightweight while still be thick enough where I feel protected, easier to talk and breathe through as well. I had to wash and dry the masks to shrink them to fit, so keep that in mind." —Lacey Medina

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear bands

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship within 1 business day

    Get a five-pack from The Dutch Label Shop on Etsy for $9.75 (available in three colors).

    19. Plus a jar of Aztec healing clay masks to calm your acne and skin, which can really come in handy if wearing face masks makes you break out.

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

    Promising review: "As a healthcare worker during COVID-19, the increased mask wear has both myself and my partner breaking out. This has been a welcome addition to our routine. Thanks for having a product that actually works!" —Brytnee

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    20. A soft silicone ear-saver and mask-extender that works overtime on problem-solving — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don't *quite* fit your face.

    A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing
    Amazon

    An easy hack, of course, is to tie the elastic strings, but sometimes that makes it too small! Plus this silicone ear-saver is anti-slip to keep it locked in place, and designed not to get tangled in hair.

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids' masks, especially since sizing for kids' faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you're buying masks online!

    Promising review: "Works great! My mask stays put. I have a small face. Every mask I wear falls down and doesn't cover my nose. I've had people stop me and ask where they could could buy the strap extenders." —T. Panzek

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight different color combos).

    21. A set of affordable wireless Bluetooth earbuds to prevent the wires on your headphones from getting tangled in your mask straps every time you want to pull them off on a walk or a run.

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    These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone.

    Promising review: "The sound is great. Talking on the phone with a mask on is no problem — the person receiving my call could hear me perfectly. They stay in just fine while driving or working. This company has great customer service." —twomoms

    Get it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).

    22. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll finally stop losing sleep over your love-hate relationship with your WFH chair.

    A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it
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    Promising review: "I've purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined at home desk job. Highly recommend." —Bellarosa555

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    23. A tiny milk frother to sub out your beloved Starbucks lattes, if it's still not easy for you to get to a location — suddenly everything you drink will taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista.

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    It's also teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water! We stan a convenient appliance!!

    Promising review: "This is seriously my best quarantine purchase and I have made a lot! No need for Starbucks anymore. My craving has been fulfilled. I make at least one fancy drink every morning. To make the cold foam similar to Starbucks salted honey you use a little milk (I use almond), a sprinkle of salt, and some honey then use the frother. It makes so much from a small amount and the taste is delicious!! This will be your new morning best friend. I am so happy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.76 (available in 10 colors).

    24. An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you no longer have to fall asleep to sound of your roommate Skyping from the living room (or vice versa).

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    Psst — this insulated strip also stops air conditioning from escaping out of the crack under the door, saving energy and money!

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two colors).

    25. A produce-saver storage container designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh way longer, so you can finally stop surrendering to the race against time when your produce goes bad faster than you can finish it.

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    Promising review: "I've been using this container for a number of months and decided it's finally time to write a review. We eat a lot of broccoli and I used to find myself running to the grocery store every few days to get another head of broccoli. With the safer-at-home guidelines in place I've had to reduce my grocery store visits to once every seven to ten days. I am sure glad I have this container because I can put two, sometimes three, heads of broccoli inside and they last the entire time between shopping trips. Previously they wouldn't last that long." —Amazon Customer

    Read BuzzFeed's review of these "miracle" produce containers for more deets.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.33.

    26. A Pet House candle with scents engineered to eliminate those miscellaneous pet odors like litter boxes, dog bed, and all those lil' sprinkles of pee that you've just accepted as "eau de basement" since your pet came into your home.

    A lit transparent glass candle in the Lavender Green Tea scent
    Amazon

    Promising review: I was pleasantly surprised with these candles — the powerful scent enveloped my kitchen and part of my entrance hall, that's how potent this beautiful scent is. I chose to use the vanilla crème brulee — wow wow wow. Absolutely amazing. Not once do you think that this is a pet odor eliminator candle as the scent envelopes my ground floor with a warm fuzzy happy feeling. Which we all need during this worldwide lockdown." —Maria Puzone

    Check out BuzzFeed's review of the Pet House candle for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 16 scents).

    27. A five-pack of lightweight Athleta masks designed for exercise — these have adjustable, comfy ear straps and minimize the amount of fabric that gets stuck in your mouth when you breathe, so you can run outdoors and still have a quality protective layer.

    A model in athletic gear and a face mask
    Athleta

    Athleta is also donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization.

    Promising review: "I own several face masks like most of us. But these are by far the most comfortable and practical masks I own. They expand just enough in front of the mouth to allow breathing without the darn mask getting sucked into the mouth. The loop material and shape make it easy to quickly put mask on and can be adjusted to fit varying sizes of face. The material is lightweight and breathable but also double layered and thick enough and cover both nose and mouth to provide a sense of security, but not too bulky either. I use them for errand running, office and exercise as they are the best for all activities. I'm buying more and I'm getting them as gifts for friends and family. Good job Athleta." —Alexis

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Polyester/spandex with cotton liner

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get a five-pack from Athleta for $30.

    28. A selfie ring light, so you can finally stop feeling self-conscious on game night Zoom calls where all your friends look well-lit enough to live with the Kardashians and for some reason your apartment looks like a medieval dungeon.

    A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up
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    You can either use this with your phone mounted just under the light for FaceTime or TikTok, or if you're calling or filming from a laptop, you can set up the tripod or the light on your desk behind the screen. Boom, fancy lighting.

    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 $36.99.

    29. A time-marked water bottle with a latch lid that protects the spout so you don't have to touch it — especially handy for essential workers and and anyone worried about disinfecting things as they're out and about in the socially distanced world.

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    This bb also comes with a no-leak lid and the ability to infuse your water with fruit to jazz things up, if that's your speed.

    Promising review: "Bought this water bottle for my dad since he’s delivery personnel and has to work during this pandemic. Needed a water bottle that latched and unlatched so he doesn’t have to touch the spout and get it dirty — he loves it and uses it all the time!" —Joselyn Sanchez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

    30. A cordless, rechargeable hair cutter and trimmer designed to be beginner-friendly, so you can give yourself *and* other people decent haircuts if you can't get to a salon. It comes with color-coded combs to guide you to the precise length of hair, along with a mode for cutting hair near the ears, so it's as close to foolproof as a non-experienced hair cutter can get.

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    Each set comes with color-coded blades that correspond to the trimmer, two combs, a scissor, and a carrying case to store it all. Psst — dog owners!! A lot of people are also using this on their furry friends, if they haven't been able to get to the vet or a groomer.

    Promising review: "Bought this for the COVID shutdown, and my wife has used it to give five haircuts total to me and our teenage sons. It comes with directions that help a lot, tons of height selectors, and even scissors and comb: a very complete haircut kit. She's never cut hair before, but we look about like what we did coming out of our $15/cut local barbershop, so..." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    31. A durable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can have some tunes for socially distanced picnics, outdoor workouts, or hanging out on the porch without worrying about frying its wires in the rain.

    A black triangle-shaped Bluetooth speaker
    Amazon

    This also easily connects to smart devices like Alexa and Google Home, if you want to listen to the news or certain playlists outside while your devices stay indoors!

    Promising review: "Amazing for the price! My $100+ speaker's charger port would no longer hold the charger so I was in the market for a new portable speaker. I don't use it much but have been enjoying outdoor workouts doing the quarantine. I wanted a speaker that worked well but wasn't too expensive. I am SO happy with this purchase. The sound quality and connectivity are excellent and the price is great. My more expensive speaker might have been a hair better as there was more speaker surface area, however the difference is minimal. Awesome speaker for a budget." —Halestorm

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

    32. A pet urine stain-removing spray that instantly tackles both old and new stains *plus* the funky smell, so you can enjoy the new quality time you might be getting with your pet without sacrificing your nostrils.

    A person spraying the bottle on a carpet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh.... of course my cat decides to go on a PEE SPREE during the COVID pandemic when we are stuck inside our home for days on end!!!!! My cat peed on my mattress, the carpet, and two couches, and since the state went on lockdown, we couldn't have a carpet/upholstery place come in to clean (and even then, they couldn't guarantee anything against CAT URINE, which they say is the worst possible stain/odor to remove). This was our only hope. Well. This worked. It WORKED, PEOPLE. I sprayed the mattress down, soaked it good, soaked a rag in the stuff and laid it on top to THOROUGHLY saturate it. Then I soaked up as much of the residual and let it air dry. and then I BURIED my face in there, punched the mattress to see if any stink 'poofed' up into my face ... and nope. Only the wonderful bubble-gum type scent of this spray was left. So I'm totally happy." —AmazonReviewerJen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    33. A bottle of Olaplex hair repairing treatment you can use to reduce breakage and strengthen locks. A lot of people are swearing by it after bleaching their hair for new quarantine looks — this helps make it all soft, so your new mermaid hair can shimmer the way it deserves!!

    A reviewer with dry bleached hair and an after shot of the bleached hair soft again
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bleached my hair during quarantine and got it to lift to a level 10 for the white ash blonde. The whole process made my hair felt like straw and super dry. The texture of my hair was really crunchy and hard to comb out, but Olaplex brought it back to life again. Left No. 3 on overnight and it changed my hair back to feeling normal. This stuff is amazing for bleached hair! I should have just went straight to this product in the first place." —Amazon Customer

    *Another* promising review: "I loved everything about this! It was easy to use (no heat) and my hair styled perfectly! Even the next day I got compliments! During the COVID19 quarantine my hair became dull and brittle. This instantly restored the bounce and shine. I’m terrible at blow drying.... but this made me look like a professional stylist!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    34. An Amazon Echo Show 5 enabled with a camera screen for calls, so you can keep the whole fam connected for some socially distanced cross-country chats *and* enable its new personalized Work From Home routines function.

    A person on the screen of an Amazon Echo Show 5 on a video call with their family from the other end
    Amazon

    Using the new Work From Home routines, you can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.

    Similar to other Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Show 5 responds to voice commands and can be synced with Audible, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and other apps and programs like Spotify, iTunes, and NPR.

    Promising review: "I bought these for my mother, brother's family and mine for Christmas. Figured it was a quick way to communicate between Michigan and Indiana where everyone is spread out over. Usage was so-so the first few months, but now it's at least once a day. Thank you for coming up with such a simple product that does so much to keep my family connected face-to-face in these times!" —mike

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    35. A cooling weighted blanket for sweet relief when the heat starts rolling in, with natural glass beads on the inside with weighted pressure that some reviewers say helps with insomnia and anxiety.

    A weighted blanket spread out on a king-sized bed
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Quarantine had me lonely, so I got this and it really helped me sleep. It feels like a hug. My friend, many states away, was stressed and lonely in his quarantine, so I got him one too, and he sleeps like a baby now. Wonderful for self or gift. I don't personally find it too hot in the summer if it's under 74 degrees, but If it's hotter than that, it might be too hot/heavy. Highly recommend." —Penny

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in nine varied sizes and weights).

    36. A pair of blue-light glasses to help defend your eyeballs against the strain of your transition from phone to laptop to television to laptop to phone, aka your eyes' new itinerary.

    A reviewer sitting on a couch with their laptop in their lap, wearing the blue light glasses
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "During quarantine, my girlfriend and I have both spent a lot of time on screens (she on her laptop for work, and me on the TV playing video games). We got them about two weeks ago, and we've both noticed a huge difference in our blue screen tolerance. It has helped our eyes feel less tired, and pretty much anytime we look at any screen now, we are wearing these glasses. This is a great, low-priced two-pack deal. Everything looks a little bit yellow while wearing them, but that is truly my only complaint! Once you've worn them for a while you hardly notice the yellow, until you take them off." —Taylor S.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $22.98.

    37. A set of tiny Command strips perfect for stashing lightweight masks, and subtle enough that you can put it anywhere near the door without it getting in the way.

    A model putting up command strips on a wall
    Amazon

    I recently set up a little Command hook mask corner by my apartment door, and it has been SO HELPFUL — instead of rooting through my masks to find the one that matches best (I'm a vain critter at heart) I can see all the clean ones I have available right in front of me, and don't forget to put it on when I'm in a rush. I also use it to hang my sports masks after I sanitize them and am waiting for them to dry!

    As for how the Command hooks work — these have an adhesive on the back for easy application to the wall, which you can pull down on once you're ready to uninstall it without doing any damage to the wallpaper or paint.

    Promising review: "I set up a row of these per person in our house on the back of a door near where we exit, to hang our face masks. There is a hook for each day. They are staying on the door, but remember, there isn't much weight from a face mask. Right size for face masks — small. Like that they don't stick out. Working well for our purpose." —Amy

    Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

    38. A chic, statement-making visor you can throw on to shade your face or prevent face mask tan lines in the moments when your sunscreen might not be cutting it (and you don't want to smush your hair).

    A model in a black visor with a long bill that shades their face
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wanted something that can cover my face, when most of the time I'm wearing a COVID-19 mask and don't want to get half/tan. But also I don't like too much sun on my face, wearing contacts gets to be too much. My main issue was when I'm riding a bicycle how to cover my face, and not to be blown away by the wind. This visor has it all. It's cute. I feel like I'm in my own little shady world, and doesn't ruin my hair. Velcro adjust on the back and you get flexible rope to fasten it under your chin. Glasses or sunglasses fit easy. I love it!" —Marinchich

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59 (available in four colors).

    All of us at home frothing our own PSLs to avoid the Starbucks line:

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