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1. A blind spot mirror, because you'll suddenly become the MASTER of parallel parking — aka that thing we only correctly did once during our driver's test. Your friends are in the back, they won't know your secrets.

Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back ago and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel in the city." —Mariam AbassGet a two-pack from Amazon for $6.97 (available in three shapes).
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Promising review: "I bought these for mine and my mom's car a while back ago and these little things are great. Since I got my license I've hated merging or switching lanes; I never felt good or safe doing it. Since having these its been a blessing, I feel less like a scared new driver. I'm currently encouraging my sister and friends to invest in these too! These are also great for backing up, because you can see exactly how close you are to hitting the car behind, and it's helpful when I parallel in the city." —Mariam Abass

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.97 (available in three shapes).

2. A Maybelline metallic highlighter that'll make it seem like you live full-time in golden hour thanks to its incredibly pigmented formula. All it takes is a swipe for this to pop — but to the rest of the world you are a perfect Instagram filter IRL.

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Promising review: "Now I know what all the hype was about in the beauty community. This is a MUST and is a much cheaper alternative to the more expensive highlighters." —Joliefemme

Get it from Amazon for $7.12 (available in four shades).

3. An Echo Dot so you can literally have someone else tell you the news, play music, send messages, make calls, read audiobooks, WHATEVER, and still give you all the credit. You're basically the Wizard of Oz.

Promising review: "I was so happy with my first one that I got a second one! Just to be able to turn lights on and off is amazing with the automation, but now I can leave a message, call, set appointment timers, to-do list, get help with spelling, and so much more. This thing amazes me to this day." —Murl HarmonGet it from Amazon for $29.99.
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Promising review: "I was so happy with my first one that I got a second one! Just to be able to turn lights on and off is amazing with the automation, but now I can leave a message, call, set appointment timers, to-do list, get help with spelling, and so much more. This thing amazes me to this day." —Murl Harmon

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

4. A bamboo sushi roller for presenting surprisingly fancy dinners to your guests. In fact, this makes preparing sushi so easy, you can do it right in front of 'em as PROOF.

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This kit comes with two full size rolling mats, a rice spoon, and a rice spreader!

Promising review: "I've never made sushi and decided to give it a try. These tools worked great! I was not really sure if I needed to get this set with the extra tools and almost got just the mat. But the included tool that is used for spreading the rice is VERY helpful! Much easier than trying to use your hands on the sticky rice. Definitely recommend!" —MPope

Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

5. An LED ring light, because the art of selfies is a tough thing to conquer, but this makes it all happen in a snap. Luckily you don't have to share those 100+ likes with it.

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It even comes with three different lighting levels for make-up, selfies, and dark scenery!

Promising review: "I love this light! My friends and I are always taking selfies. I hate how they are always grainy. I put the selfie light on and the pictures come out great." —jmbillet

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

6. A set of press-on nail art that'll lead people to ask "where did you get those done?" And then you can bask in their awe when you tell them you did them yourself. Humblebragger? Who me?!

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It comes with six boxes of different stick-on gems!

Promising review: "These are great. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the holders are great and the little pieces included are fun, sparkly and easy to use. I will definitely try them again." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.29 (available in three styles).

7. A bullet journal so even if you complete your tasks, you'll still get major credit for how well you drew them out. Your Instagram followers won't ask for a follow-up after your fancy motivation post, I PROMISE.

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Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about this notebook. After searching for notebooks for my bullet journaling projects for months, yes months, I finally found the perfect item. The paper is thick and able to withstand all kinds of inks; the dotted print is super helpful and the size is perfect for bags. I will continue to purchasing from this seller. Thank you!" —Marlene SM

Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

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8. A bun maker for letting people believe you keep your hair in tip top shape every darn day. Did we really wake up five minutes before work? None of your business.

Get it from Free People for $8 (available in three colors) or a similar two-pack from Amazon for $4.99.
Free People

Get it from Free People for $8 (available in three colors) or a similar two-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

9. A set of resistance bands, because these will make you look athletic AF no matter how long you use them. Two minutes? More than enough time in my opinion.

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These bbs come in six different levels of tension to cheaply strengthen your arms, back, legs, and back when you integrate them into your home workout routine.

Promising review: "These are the best resistance bands that I've ever purchased. I've had them for awhile and they have held up to daily use by multiple people (my family). I love the fact that they don't feel like they have lost any elasticity. I use them three times a day and they have really helped. You gradually work your way up to different levels. This is a great buy if you need an exercise routine you can do from home. You can work every muscle in your body with these bands alone." —Cassie

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

10. An Instant Pot that'll cook you top-notch, Ina Garten-level meals after you simply dump all the ingredients in before leaving for work. Honestly, I think our parents have been using this trick for years.

The Kitchn, Pinch Of Yum

Check out some six-ingredient recipes (like the above spaghetti squash and mac n' cheese) for some ~inspiration~!

Promising review: "After a childhood experience that involved a pressure cooker spewing black beans all over the ceiling, I had no interest in ever trying a pressure cooker again. Until I started hearing about the Instant Pot. I've had it three weeks, and have used the pressure cooker function to make dishes as varied as black bean soup, butternut squash soup, dulce de leche, and cheesecake. My favorite aspect of it is that you set it and walk away. No more having to monitor the temperature. No more having to time the pressure phase. I also like the fact that the sauté function allows you to brown the onions or meat in the same pot, before adding the other ingredients and cooking at pressure. I'm big on avoiding recipes that create a lot of dirty dishes." —A. Jennerjahn

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

11. A Rubik's cube keychain so your superior problem-solving skills are always on display. Feel free to leave this already "solved." I'll keep that between the two of us.

Promising review: "I love this mini cube. It’s just like the large one, but fits in your pocket. It works great and passes the time while you wait." —Maria M. KratzGet it from Amazon for $6.20.
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Promising review: "I love this mini cube. It’s just like the large one, but fits in your pocket. It works great and passes the time while you wait." —Maria M. Kratz

Get it from Amazon for $6.20.

12. A pack of pimple patches for wowing the hell out of your roommates when you show them a magic trick: making your zit disappear overnight. I now pronounce you a licensed dermatologist.

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Seriously, these hydrocolloid helpers summon bacteria and debris from deep under those zits so by the time you remove it, le zit is le gone. Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for proof!

Promising review: "This is absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple in the morning, go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything), and by the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL! When I take the patch off, it looks like the pimple was photoshopped right off my face. ZAP! Leaving the patch on all day also keeps me from picking, which prevents nasty scars and making the zit worse." —Lindsay & Eddie

Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

13. A set of faux succulents, because these'll look so real no one will ever question whether or not you're capable of watering plants. Which is....debatable. But unknown.

Promising review: "These are almost unbelievably realistic (and I live in the desert)!! You could actually mix these in with live plants and they would look real. I took a chance buying these, but would definitely buy them again from this seller." —jewel tonesGet a five-pack from Amazon for $16.99.
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Promising review: "These are almost unbelievably realistic (and I live in the desert)!! You could actually mix these in with live plants and they would look real. I took a chance buying these, but would definitely buy them again from this seller." —jewel tones

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $16.99.

14. A winged eyeliner stamp that'll create the most perfect, *kisses fingers* cat eyes you could ever hope to draw yourself. But we all know how that usually goes...better to have people wondering how you ~wing it~ so damn well.

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This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. Check out how a BuzzFeed editor uses a v similar one to create the ~perfect~ cat eye!

Promising review: "I love this stamp eyeliner. I have never been able to get my wings the way I wanted and now it's very easy to do. The tip on the eyeliner side is just the right size and you can adjust the thickness of the liner based on the pressure you use. Plus, my eyeliner stays on all day without smudging. I have had this more than two months and it still has plenty of product." —danielle

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

15. An all-purpose cleaner so your guests are truly awe-struck at how spotless you keep your home. This won't allow a scratch in sight — even if you totally make a ridiculous amount of messes and rough everything up. Everything will be undone before the doorbell rings.

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Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" —Dan Borden

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.28.

16. A ravioli maker for possibly giving Giada a run for her money. Not that we want a contest. At all. Please don't ask us to prove our cooking abilities.

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Promising review: "I've wanted to make ravioli for a while now, but was always intimidated by the process. I know another kitchen gadget would just add more clutter to my kitchen, but I decided to go for it anyways. This thing works just as advertised. It makes perfect little pockets, and so long as you use the correct amount of filling, it stays where it's supposed to be and doesn't squish out." —Mike C

Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

17. An adult coloring book, because not only will these masterpieces totally be guided, but they can be hung up on the wall for all to admire. Just call us Picasso — if he had needed to paint within lines.

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Promising review: "I have been looking for an adult coloring book. The photos in this book are intricate and beautiful. I can spend hours filling in all the details and making beautiful photos. I also love that there isn't a picture on the page on the back of each page to color, so if I use markers and they bleed, I'm not wasting another photo doing so. I also love that its half the price of most of the other books Ive looked at. I wish I had known about adult coloring books years ago! It's great therapy!" —Michaela Urban

Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

18. A dermaplaning tool that'll quickly touch up eyebrows and peach fuzz with just the flick of the wrist. Your eyebrows are now twin sisters and people's hairs are raised.

Promising review: "I’ve tried many different eyebrow/facial razors before. This is hands-down the best brand I have ever used. I love how it comes with an extra piece to go over the razor when trimming/cleaning up your eyebrows! I highly recommend!" —Billy B.Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.64.
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Promising review: "I’ve tried many different eyebrow/facial razors before. This is hands-down the best brand I have ever used. I love how it comes with an extra piece to go over the razor when trimming/cleaning up your eyebrows! I highly recommend!" —Billy B.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.64.

19. A Smashbox triple tone lipstick so you can achieve a seemingly advanced ombre lip with just one product and ZERO tutorials. Bless.

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Plus its creamy formula is easy to apply and dries into a demi-matte finish that'll last allllll day.

Get it from Birchbox for $24 (available in three shades).

20. An attachable wine aerator for upgrading your cheap wine right out of the bottle thanks to its ability to infuse oxygen and release its ~aromas~. Be sure to explain it just like this while convincing the room you're a sommelier.

I mean, I would consider myself to be a wine expert. Just...in a different way. Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash BashGet a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.
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I mean, I would consider myself to be a wine expert. Just...in a different way.

Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

21. A packing organizer, because who but a travel expert would know to transfer items from their suitcase RIGHT to the closet?! Change our name to Atlas, because we run the world.

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Promising review: "This is so much better than living out of a suitcase! You just lift it out and hang it up! This also makes packing a lot easier — I hung this up in my spare room to pack, and I ticked things off my 'to pack' list along the way." —Starz

Get it from Amazon for $33.66 (available in two styles).

22. A beginner's calligraphy workbook that'll *almost* motivate you to write thank you notes. Do it if only to impress Grandma.

This book is filled with tips, tricks, and practice space to help you learn calligraphy in the easiest way possible! Promising review: "I have always wanted to learn lettering, and just by practicing a little every day I feel like I've made so much progress. This book is great! It has cute little pep talks at the bottom of some pages, and the author really explains the process in a way that's easy to understand." —Jess MGet it from Amazon for $6.99.
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This book is filled with tips, tricks, and practice space to help you learn calligraphy in the easiest way possible!

Promising review: "I have always wanted to learn lettering, and just by practicing a little every day I feel like I've made so much progress. This book is great! It has cute little pep talks at the bottom of some pages, and the author really explains the process in a way that's easy to understand." —Jess M

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

23. An ergonomic jar opener so you can always save the day when someone can't open the #*!$@ pickle jar. Crisis averted, and a hero is born.

It also works on water bottles! This is great for anyone with weak hands (hi) or with arthritis. Its teeth are made from super hard metal to get a good grip on the lids.Promising review: "I bought this for my 93-year-old dad who has arthritis. I tried it before giving it to him and we both love it. It opens everything from large jars to Snapple!" —BecksterGet it from Amazon for $9.97.
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It also works on water bottles! This is great for anyone with weak hands (hi) or with arthritis. Its teeth are made from super hard metal to get a good grip on the lids.

Promising review: "I bought this for my 93-year-old dad who has arthritis. I tried it before giving it to him and we both love it. It opens everything from large jars to Snapple!" —Beckster

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

24. A portable razor for *shaving* time in half when you're getting ready — therefore never being late. Are you just really punctual or sprucing up in the cab?

Free People, Amazon

It's a *handy* three-in-one tool: it has a refillable water spritzer, a pre-shave moisturizing bar, and two individual razor blades!

Promising review: "This on-the-go razor seriously saved me while I was camping with my boyfriend. The rotator is really simple to use and the razor blades are sharp. It's great not having to be by the sink to use it. The soap seems like it can last me at least a few months." —Kata

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors) or Free People for $15 (available in four colors).

25. A handheld spiralizer, because zucchini noodles are freaking impressive and people will be frankly shook that someone is capable of bringing such trendy meals to work *without* a delivery charge.

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Promising review: "After reading all the reviews about other spiralizers I was about to give up and not buy one. The others sounded flimsy, dangerous, or cumbersome. Well, the OXO Good Grips is none of those things! It's very easy to use, feels solid and well-made, and the size makes storage very convenient." —Avid Reader

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

26. A bottle of Verb dry conditioner that won't punish you for not washing your hair for...how many days now? Doesn't matter. You'll get your ~shine~ on the daily— AND pull off sleek updo's courtesy of its styling ability. Will everyone think you're a hair whiz? You know what, let 'em.

It eliminates frizz *bless* and provide much-needed pro-vitamin B5 and moringa seed oil moisturize and smooth dry hair for extra body. Promising review: "I was looking for an oil to use on my hair without having greasy hand afterwards. This is perfect! It does everything an oil will do without the heaviness and greasy feel. I use this to tame my flyaways on my ponytail and at the crown for a nice sleek enough style — not gel sleek but put-together sleek. I will repurchase for sure." —uzi1234Get it from Sephora for $16.
Verb Products

It eliminates frizz *bless* and provide much-needed pro-vitamin B5 and moringa seed oil moisturize and smooth dry hair for extra body.

Promising review: "I was looking for an oil to use on my hair without having greasy hand afterwards. This is perfect! It does everything an oil will do without the heaviness and greasy feel. I use this to tame my flyaways on my ponytail and at the crown for a nice sleek enough style — not gel sleek but put-together sleek. I will repurchase for sure." —uzi1234

Get it from Sephora for $16.

27. A Cuisinart frittata pan set so flipping those dang omelettes doesn't feel like mission impossible anymore. Don't let yourself watch your dreams ~crumble~. You deserve better.

Plus it's non-stick! VERY necessary. AND it can take the heat up to 350° and has ergonomic handles to make things easy peasy. Promising review: "I love these things. They are perfect for making Spanish tortillas. I use these pans often — nothing sticks to them. The tortilla comes right off, no problem. They work great and are easy to close together. I like this product so much that I bought one for my mother and one for my mother-in-law and they both have had only great things to say about it." —Amanda R.Get it from Amazon for $26.95.
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Plus it's non-stick! VERY necessary. AND it can take the heat up to 350° and has ergonomic handles to make things easy peasy.

Promising review: "I love these things. They are perfect for making Spanish tortillas. I use these pans often — nothing sticks to them. The tortilla comes right off, no problem. They work great and are easy to close together. I like this product so much that I bought one for my mother and one for my mother-in-law and they both have had only great things to say about it." —Amanda R.

Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

28. A Remington ceramic curling wand for having only good hair days and creating beach-like waves with little to no effort. Its easy-to-use design makes it possible for just about anyone to confidently *handle* styling their hair.

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It has a 1-1½ barrel, only a 30-second heat-up time, and can go up to 410 degrees! Check out a BuzzFeeder's full breakdown of this absurdly popular hair tool!

Promising review: "I have had this for five years and it still works amazingly. I use it so much that people don't know my hair is naturally straight and I get compliments all the time. Honestly, I can not believe how well this works and how longs its lasted for how cheap it is. I bought this on a whim (because it's only $20!) and it is one my greatest purchases of all time." —madison

Get it from Amazon for $19.73+ (available in two sizes).

29. A handheld PAC-MAN arcade game, because personally I can't think of a more valuable skill than breaking everyone's highest score. Of course we've had years of practice, but that's beside the point.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $25.95.
Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $25.95.

My skills include finishing my own box of pizza...using up all my data....staying in bed for 24 hours....shall I continue?

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