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    28 Things To Help You Feel Less Cooped Up Right Now

    The endlessness of winter has nothing on this internet-beloved light therapy lamp.

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    1. A compact light therapy lamp that thousands of reviewers swear by — it mimics the morning sun and give a lil' boost of energy and happiness to anyone spending a lot of time indoors. Bonus: this UV-free bb has three different brightness settings to bring the perfect amount of light to your life.

    A model working on a computer next to the small rectangular light propped on a table
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    It also comes with a timer, so they can set it to stay on anywhere between 10 and 60 minutes before it shuts off automatically. They recommend users start with 10 minutes (and avoid staring directly at it) to see how it impacts mood and energy before trying it for longer periods of time. Many reviewers swear by this for helping improve their mood, energy levels, and sleep by getting more "sunlight" in darker months when they might not actively be getting as much.

    Promising review: "THE best therapy light I had every tried!!!! I was told to buy one months ago to help with my seasonal depression and at first I thought it was ridiculous. I definitely am eating my words because it has worked wonders and I absolutely love it!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (get this price by clipping the "$2 off" coupon on the product page).

    2. A rainbow prism suncatcher you can easily hang indoors or out to refract sunlight and make a bunch of teensy little rainbows all over the place, like you're living in your own little magical realm.

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    Promising review: "This might be the best thing I’ve ever purchased. My room looks magical on sunny afternoons. If you love yourself buy these crystals. Not only are the rainbows pretty but the crystals are too." —Tiffany Tyree

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.88.

    3. An eco-friendly air purifier with a user-friendly design *and* a reusable filter for dust, pollen, smoke, odor, and pet dander. Not only can it help reduce seasonal and pet-related allergies and trap harmful particles in smoke and dust, but you also have the option of adding a drop of essential oil to it to make your whole home smell like a ~lavender field~.

    Black air purifer with several speed and light settings
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    Promising review: "I have no idea how to quantify how well this works, but I haven't needed my inhaler since we got it. Our neighbors (older apartment building) are heavy smokers and my wife and I were both bothered by it. It feels better now. We've been leaving this running whenever we're home. The touch sensor works well to turn it on and off. It does make some noise, but it's just kind of a low ambient fan sound that's easy to ignore. As an unexpected bonus it's really really good at filtering pet smells. I have two stinky male rats in the middle of rat puberty, their bedding gets changed every other day, and when they were due for a cleaning you used to be able to smell it across the room. You can't anymore unless you're right next to the cage. I honestly didn't have high hopes for this but it's worth it for that alone." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    4. A set of 50,000 (!!) highly popular, 100% biodegradable water beads that are basically microscopic when they arrive, but expand into small, bouncy jelly-like balls when exposed to water, making them perfect for DIY ~at-home spa treatments~.

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    Promising review: "Quarantine made me do it but I’m not sorry. Don’t bother buying the expensive name brand Orbeez — these are essentially the same and work great. My kids LOVE these! A million uses and great for all ages of kids (except for babies). We have filled up a huge bin and used cups to scoop and play. We have put them in the water table outside. We have used a funnel to fill up balloons and make homemade squishy stress balls. We have made foot spas. We have talked about filling a baby wading pool and lounging, but I’m not willing to buy enough. 😂TIPS — a small amount of these goes a LONG way. About half the beads in this container will fill up half of a Rubbermaid garage storage tub. Just pour them into your container with a large amount of water and wait, wait, wait. Did I mention WAIT — It will take ONE TO TWO DAYS for them to fully expand, so plan ahead!!! We’ve gotten hours of fun and I’ve also heard they’re good for gardens, so you can dispose of them there when you’re done (though you might want to do your own research on that one!)" —Deeber

    Get a set of 50,000 from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. A night-light projector to make your entire ceiling look like the night sky or calming ocean waves, instantly making any boring room in your house feel like the inside of a space odyssey movie.

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    It even comes with a built-in Bluetooth music speaker so you can sync your favorite songs or audio with it, plus a remote with 10 color and dimming options so you can control it from wherever you are in the room.

    Promising review: "Bought this for a galactic-themed party recently, and I'm amazed by the quality! The LED lights are crisp and clear, and very colorful on empty canvases. This can also be used for kids' rooms, gaming rooms, or for a night under the 'stars' when it's rainy out. The instructions are clear on which buttons are which on the remote control, so you can change the colors of the simulated nebulas, set timers, etc. easily." —Shin-Chiao Fang

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    6. An audio sound bar that'll easily convert a living room into your very own home theater — this Alexa-enabled bar is easy to sync to your television or music for the kind of surround sound experience that will feel like you're at a midnight premiere instead of snuggled at home.

    The flat black sound bar under a mounted television screen
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    This is designed to make bass more powerful, dialogue more crisp, and even customize voice levels in the audio to make it hyperrealistic.

    Here's what Heather Braga, a fellow BuzzFeed editor, had to say about it: "I attached this sound bar to the TV in my living room just in time for March Madness and honestly it felt like we were in the arena watching the games IRL. It's pretty easy to set up and the subwoofer it comes really makes a difference. Can't wait to test it out while watching Game of Thrones! It also features built-in Alexa voice services, making your life easier than every before."

    Get it from Amazon for $299.

    7. An Amazon Echo Show 5 with easy guided set up that's enabled with a camera screen for calls, so you can keep the whole fam connected for some socially distanced cross-country chats whenever you get the indoor blues.

    A person on the screen of an Amazon Echo Show 5 on a video call with their family from the other end
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    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 love this device!!!! I had been eyeing the Echo Spot for a while for its price point and ability to video call and then this Echo Show 5 compact was released: I liked the square screen a lot more than the round one on the spot. The larger Echo Show that I also wanted was just not in my price range — I had to be able to afford to purchase multiple devices for me and my kids so we all have a way to see each other and talk regularly with grandchildren since everyone lives in other states. I actually love the smaller size- it fits better in compact areas like my bedside and on my computer desk. I don’t regret this purchase at all! I love how easily I can connect with family. Everyone loves them! Bonus I can control my smart home devices from this all hands free: lights, appliances, gadgets, and Alexa devices. Best purchase this year!" —Cindylu

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    8. A tiny milk frother to sub out your beloved Starbucks lattes, so everything you drink will still taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista even when you're stuck indoors.

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    It's also teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water, and works on cold *and* hot beverages.

    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 $19.95 (available in 10 colors).

    9. A quarantine-themed Schitt's Creek coloring book download for anyone whose stay-at-home winter vibe is ~a little bit Alexis~.

    Five Schitt's Creek-themed prints with text
    Signet Sealed/Etsy

    Signet Sealed is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in city-themed water colors and downloadable coloring pages.

    Promising review: "Super fun, easy to print. Very satisfied with purchase." —Paige Wynne

    Get it from Signet Sealed on Etsy for $3.

    10. *Plus* set of eye-popping fine-point pens designed specifically not to bleed through pages, so you can color to your heart's content.

    Fine point pens in 18 different colors
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    Promising review: "This is a perfect companion for my new planner 2020. It’s ideal for me to organize my planner with multi color entries on my planner. 18 color pens are crafted with a style. They are very sturdy and easy to hold on hand. The fine tips give stylish writing. I love to send them as gifts for my kids." —David

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $9.98.

    11. A smart LED lightbulb set you can sync with home devices like Alexa and Google Assistant (or just Bluetooth!) to finally get the light in your home at your *precise* aesthetic. If you're gonna be spending so much time in your room, you deserve to get as finicky about the vibe as possible.

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    Promising review: "I was hoping that when I bought this smart bulb that the colors would be bright and they are and I love it. It works seamlessly with my Google Home Mini and I can also tell it what color I'd like it. I am a big fan of Smart bulbs since getting my first C by GE as a Christmas gift. I currently now have ten C by GE bulbs in my home and this is the first color one." —Kis'

    Get a two-pack of lightbulbs and a smart plug from Amazon for $60.98.

    12. Or a set of LED light strips for your home that you can customize the color, brightness, and size of, and control through an app on your phone. You can even customize it to pulse to the beat of whatever music you're playing. Basically your house just became the most exclusive quarantine club in the neighborhood.

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    You can also control the settings with Alexa or Google Home, and even set them on a timer, if you wanted to wake yourself up to some ambient colorful light in your room. It comes with adhesive strips and hooks, a Wi-Fi controller, and an adapter, so you can easily install and sync it in your home with everything included.

    Promising review: "With this pandemic I had been looking for ways to liven up the mood and I have to say these lights did the job!! They are so much fun!! They go with the music! If you are looking for ways to bring some fun to your life without leaving home or just to add a touch of brightness to your home, these lights will do the job!" —Haze

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two lengths).

    13. A height-adjustable mini trampoline perfect for getting all of the "AFJKGALDJFGLA!!" out of your brain when it's too cold to attempt to do it outside.

    Person is jumping on a fitness trampoline
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    Here's a YouTube playlist of mini trampoline workouts to get you started!

    Promising review: "My family enjoys the trampoline indoors. I like the bar I can control my balance. Perfect for kids and adults." —Hi

    Get it from Target for $114.99 (originally $159.99).

    14. A portable personalized-sized heater ideal for anyone who wants to shake off the stuffiness of the indoors by sitting out on the porch or the deck for a bit.

    A small black heater with a handle on top
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    Promising review: "Great little outdoor heater! With weather cooling and the pandemic continuing, we wanted to continue our distanced outdoor visits with friends and family. These heaters made those visits possible on our covered porch. We bought two! I think they’ve saved our social life for quite a while! longer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. Or an easy-to-maneuver propane porch heater so the fam can get some fresh air and have outdoor dinners in winter without freezing your bums off.

    A metal standing heat lamp on a reviewer's porch
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    The fuel source is a standard 20-pound propane tank, which is not included.

    Promising review: "This propane patio heater is just what we needed to warm our screened porch. We have high ceilings and this heater is a good height for our space. It is not hard to move around, as needed. The umbrella shade directs the heat downward and keeps your upper torso toasty. Your feet may not get any heat. But we have found this heater meets our needs for sitting outside and grilling during the winter months in this temperate climate." —J Comer

    Get it from Amazon for $241.

    16. A sunrise simulation clock to trick your human brain into thinking you're already dappled in the light of a bright, sunshiny day when you wake up, even if you're up before the sunrise or nowhere near a window.

    A sunrise alarm clock in three stages of lighting up from dim to brighter to brightest over the course of a half hour
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    You can sync this alarm clock with an app on your phone (or with an Alexa or Google Home), and it will gradually brighten the room with red-tinted light designed to fight grogginess in the minutes leading up to your wakeup. By the time your alarm goes off, your eyes will have already adjusted to the "daylight," so you won't be as tempted to hit snooze. It also has customizable sounds to wake you up, like "Hawaiian waves."

    Promising review: "Best wakeup light I've tried! It is pretty easy to set up and you can connect it to your Alexa app and control it from your phone! It has a LOT of different alarm sounds to choose from (and even had radio options) and the light from this thing is bright enough to light up your entire room! So much more powerful than previous 'wake up lights' I’ve purchased. I also like the different choices of sounds (I personally like the wind chimes one because it’s not too startling) and you can even dim (or turn off) the clock settings to your liking. This product gradually increases in light and sound intensity as it approaches the alarm set time, which allows for a more gradual morning wake up. I especially like being able to 'snooze' it or turn off the alarm from my phone without having to get up physically. All around, a great product at an even better price!" —alw214

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    17. An air fryer that can use the power of rapid air technology to recreate preeeeetty much any fast food your heart desires, so you can enjoy the majesty of a Taco Bell Crunch Wrap from your very own home.

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    If you're looking for inspo, BuzzFeed assembled a list of copycat air fryer recipes, including copycat McDonald's fries, copycat KFC biscuits, and copycat Taco Bell crunch wraps.

    Promising review: "I have been thinking of getting an air fryer for a while now. The price point and the comments regarding customer service finally pushed me to purchase this fryer. Best cooking gadget I have ever purchased! I have had it for four days and have used it every day! I have made fries, fish, shrimp, potatoes, and bacon in this marvel! The flavor is amazing and I have not used any oil yet. I did purchase an accessory kit but have not used it yet — still making things as it came. I am great at burning things in the pan and in the oven. I really like how you can open the basket to check the food as it is cooking without losing the time or the temperature. I have not burned one thing! It is extremely easy to clean! It is large, but I WILL make room for it on my counter!" —CK

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. A set of fairy lights you can use to add some whimsy to a space you might be getting a little tired of by now.

    A long string of fairy lights draped over a window curtain
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    It comes with eight different light modes, including a *twinkle* mode, with a controller attached to the lights so you can easily switch between them.

    Promising review: "OK, so it's quarantine time. Life is a bit grim. You want a little bit more light in your sphere, so you see these, and you think, maybe. Well, I'm here to turn your 'maybe' into a 'yes.' Not only do these lights add a bit more illumination to a bedroom that's quite dark, but they're just so magical and fairy-like. They infuse a little bit of joy into my world that I really appreciate. I have beams going across my ceiling, so I ended up stringing them across the whole room. I also appreciate that the remote (which is another warning part of the actual strand of lights) has various settings depending on your mood. I usually opt for the stable one, but these offer several modes. ENJOY!" —Tess

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

    19. A game of Throw Throw Burritos, a combination card and dodgeball game that will help both kids and adults burn out some pent up energy — and maybe crave those microwaveable burritos in the freezer like whoa.

    The game box, which shows two plush burritos inside
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    The objective of the game is to collect matching sets of cards faster than everyone else, which earns you points — but if you happen to be armed with one of the foam burritos and aim it at someone before they can dodge, you can knock their points out (and distract them from finding other matches). The game includes a few other niche rules to keep everyone on their toes, and is good for ages 7 and up and for two to six players.

    Promising review: "So... I can’t even begin to describe this game 😂. I’m 32, my husband 38, and our children are 14 and 11. We ALL love this! We had to stock up on games for the quarantine and this has been our favorite. Make sure to take your glasses off before playing if you wear them 😂 You’ll have bruises. You’ll break things. You’ll yell. It will be the most fun you’ve had in a long time. If you drink and aren’t playing with children, I imagine it would be even more fun! This isn’t hard to play and there aren’t many rules and I love how it doesn’t really matter if you cheat because no one cares as long as you get to throw a burrito. If you have dogs, watch your burritos because they look like fun dog toys and will disappear with a quickness. Just buy this, you’ll have the most innocent fun you’ve had in years!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A wireless, Bluetooth-enabled karaoke mic you can sync with speakers, players, or singing apps on your phone and live out your Ariana Grande fan fiction in your living room.

    Reviewer image of a rose gold mic showing the volume and echo controls
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    Promising review: "This microphone is so much fun! Quarantine doesn’t have to be bland and it is definitely a game-changer with this gem! The sound is amazing, I love how sturdy it is, does not feel cheaply made at all. I spent the better half of my afternoon singing my husband’s ear off and making unnecessary announcements LOL!! Buy one and you won’t want to put it down either, that’s for sure! It also came with a very sturdy carrying case! I give 5 stars!" —Mrs. T.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.70 (available in 11 colors).

    21. A portable ping-pong set that will magically turn any boring old table into a hours of Olympic-level face-offs between family members (whoever wins gets to pick the victory movie, obviously).

    Kids playing ping pong with an attached net at a dining room table
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    Each set comes with two paddles, two balls, and a net that can attach to the sides of most tables.

    Promising review: "Best buy during quarantine. This has provided so much fun and stress relief for our family during this time. Seems study and well-made." —Myss76

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    22. A microgreens growing kit for anyone who needs a little bit of outdoor vibes right now. It comes in two forms — one that grows grass that cats LOVE, and another for garnishing on human food. 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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    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).

    23. A set of Table Topics cards perfect for sitting around the dinner table or spending a rainy afternoon on a catchup Zoom with friends. Each card comes with a thought-provoking question for everyone to take turns answering, and with a bunch of different themed sets, you'll def find one ideal for your gathering.

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    There are 22 full sets available, ranging from general topics to themed ones like Dinner Party, Date Night, Family Gathering, Teens, and Travel.

    Promising review: "My partner and I are currently long-distance and rely on daily Skype calls to keep in touch. It occurred to me that we could be spending this time getting to know each other better rather than just talking about our respective days at work, what we had for lunch, what we're each watching on Netflix etc. I wasn't sure if he would be into the idea but he likes this activity as much if not more than I do. It's amazing the things you realize you don't know about somebody and would never in a million years think to ask, but can be so revealing. Last round we drew 'Would you rather be the best player on a losing team, or the worst player on a winning team?' and the things he brought up as he was reasoning through his answer just reminded me how much I admire about his character. It might sound crazy that we are getting this much out of this simple game but communication is all we have available to connect with each other and this is really working for us. I'll definitely order more cards when we get through these and I plan to keep them on our dinner table when we are one day living in the same location — always more to learn!" —LMdC

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in 22 themed sets).

    24. A subscription to Book of the Month, an internet-beloved service that will deliver a specially curated book to your door so you can go on all kinds of fictional adventures (in your *preferred* genre) without ever leaving the bathtub or the wineglass you've got propped by it.

    An assortment of five books in different genres
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    Here's how it works: Each month, the service specially curates four books in different genres that they know readers will love. You get to pick which one you want sent to you based on those selections. Fall in love with more than one synopsis? You can do an add-on book for that month! Plus, it you don't like any the books in the selection pool, you can pause for a month and grab a book the next one instead. Books on books on BOOKS, y'all.

    Get a three-month subscription from Book of the Month for $49.

    25. And speaking of tubs — an underwater disco light for the tub so you can party indoors by turning bath time into a veritable rave.

    Firebox

    Promising review: "This has really gotten the party started in the bathroom, the cat is even more jealous." —Firebox Customer

    Get it from Firebox for $14.99.

    26. An extremely nostalgia-inducing s'mores maker so you can live your best summer camp life all year long.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for myself as a treat — my whole family uses it regularly and my friends all use it when we have parties. We have s'mores on the weekly anymore because it's so convenient and yummy! I can't recommend this s'mores maker enough, it's super easy to use and clean — my one complaint is that now I'm out of graham crackers and have to go get more! Haha! Would buy again and highly recommended!" —Fadden1

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    27. 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 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 $92.72 (clip the "$55 off" coupon on the product page for this price).

    28. A home organization printable to guide you from room to room in your house, giving you an efficient way to *actually* take care of all your clutter and make everyone in the fam feel less cooped up.

    PDFs of checklists for rooms like kitchen, bedroom, and laundry
    Fun On The Homestead

    Fun On The Homestead is a Michigan-based Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in printables for decluttering, health, pets, and organization.

    Promising review: "I really enjoy the organization behind these items! I ordered ink so I can print and laminate these! Thank you!" —Monique Powell

    Get it from Fun On The Homestead on Etsy for $1.99.

    You getting ready to light up your bathtub disco light with a bunch of water beads like:

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