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    1. A Jeopardy! 2020 calendar to start the day with a fun challenge before tackling your inbox. Each day features a new question and ~winnings~, so you can keep track of your score — Alex would be proud.

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    Promising review: "I am a total Jeopardy! fan so this calendar is a must for me. This is the second year I have kept it on my desktop. The calendar includes 365 days of answers/questions and includes a dedicated space for keeping track of your 'winnings' (no cheating!). Not only is it a great personal daily mental challenge, but it also makes for a great conversation piece. Office visitors love to challenge themselves with the clues." —Kate Grosmaire

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's review for why she looks forward to this every morning in "Just 11 Things To Try In December".

    2. A Ring Fit Adventure game that'll help you shake up your workout routine if it's starting to feel mundane. Exploring a new fantasy world + defeating enemies (through exercise!) > pretending to want to plank.


    This is compatible with Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Ring-Con Grips. A BuzzFeed editor loves using this as way to shake up her workout routine!

    She says: "I've also been using this game as a way to supplement my trips to the gym. This may seem like a childish adventure from Nintendo, but JEEZ within moments I'm sweating my butt off. To play, you'll place a JoyCon into both the ring con and a leg strap so your movements are monitored. To move through each level you have to physically run in place and each time you "battle" an enemy you have to do 15 reps of an exercise of your choosing. For example, each time I complete a squat the enemy receives a "kick." It's so fun I don't realize I'm working out until the game reminds me to take a break and have some water. It even monitors your heart rate for you. It's more intense than you'd expect!"

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    3. A Revlon hot air brush for streamlining your hair routine ~in half~, while still delivering sleek, frizz-free 'dos. Its flexible tangle-free bristles smooth and style your hair as you brush, while negative ions condition and reduce static as you dry. Say a final farewell to tired wrists and annoying morning routines.

    Promising review: "I have NEVER been able to give myself a nice blowout until I got this! I would dry, then straighten, then use a curling iron. On my first try with this tool, I was able to get gorgeous, soft hair in about 20 minutes. Amazing!" —Rachel S.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in four colors).

    4. A rotating timer so you can break up your work day if you have trouble focusing for long periods of time (especially if you find the tasks at hand booooring). You can use this as part of the Pomodoro Technique — work for 25+ minutes, followed by a five minute break.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "No joke, this timer is COOL! I never thought I’d be saying that about a timer, but it’s the truth. I bought the timer to help me focus at work. I tend to lose track of time and lose a lot of it. With this timer, all I do is flip it over to whatever time I want countdown, and then it begins to countdown. When time is up it will beep to let me know and then even count up to show me how far past I went. It’s very stylish and cool looking, and all my coworkers asked me about it. You can set the beeping to different volume levels, which is perfect for the fact that I use it at work. I highly recommend this timer for anyone who needs needs help focusing and who loses track of time." —Julia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for how she uses this to increase productivity and help the day go by faster in "Just 10 Things To Try In November".

    5. A mini waffle maker, because this'll help making breakfast become not only faster but also something to look forward to. And! Like your mom always says, a full belly in the morning makes you feel energized the rest of the day, aka work won't feel so slow.

    Alexandra Napoli / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "If you like waffles, but don't want to eat gigantic ones and/or don't have a ton of counters pace to spare for a full size waffle maker, this little thing is well worth the price. Another benefit of this smaller size is that you can use the waffles from this little machine to make sandwiches, for those who like breakfast on-the-go, not to mention a sweet and savory treat in the morning. We have actually been surprised by how much we use this item considering other waffle makers we've purchased all end up collecting dust in the back of a cupboard. This really is a waffle maker that you'll use more than once; in fact, diehard waffle fans will probably use it every day." —Memory Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    To learn more about how this helped a BuzzFeeder make herself breakfast more often, check out "Just 10 Things You'll Want To Try In July".

    6. A very entertaining activity book to deal with stressors head-on so they don't seem to last forever (and ever). Adulting won't feel so tedious after you color a soothing grandma, or create your own underground bunker.


    Promising review: "This book is exactly what it says it is: a big activity book for anxious people! It’s got some great activities inside that totally keep me busy, keep my anxiety in check, and truly is a great time suck to keep my mind focused on the activities and an escape from whatever is consuming me those days. Cannot recommend this book enough!!!" —Alex R. Pepin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.82.

    7. An adjustable standing desk that'll get you on your feet and clear your head after sitting for way too long. It's easy to zone out when on your bum all day — this'll shake things up (and maybe even motivate some *creativity*). I come.

    Promising review: "I sit at my desk six out of the eight hours I am at work. I hate sitting and don't like the health risks that come with sitting and not moving for such a long period of time. I'd been looking for a standing desk that was sturdy, had high reviews, and wasn't expensive. I came across this and purchased immediately. I love it. It's very easy to assemble, light to carry and easy to use. Now I can stand while working and be able to fidget a little more while still being productive. It doesn't take up my whole desk and fits a screen and laptop with a little room to spare. I highly recommend if you are looking for a standing desk." —Tori

    Get it from Amazon for $74.97.

    8. A clothes folding board for making sure you can get laundry duty OVER WITH so much faster than usual. Your tops will be stored away and you'll be back to your show in no time.

    A step-by-step image on how to use the perforated folder

    It can be adjusted to accommodate thicker pieces like sweaters.

    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. It makes my life easier." —S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A migraine roll-on stick so you can naturally relieve migraines and tension headaches the minute they start to disrupt your workday, thanks to peppermint, spearmint, and lavender therapeutic grade oils. Now going through those emails won't feel like it's taking 100 years., Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have chronic tension headaches (I am a very anxious person) and this has completely saved my brain. I was worried about using it on my temples and forehead because I have incredibly sensitive skin, but it hasn't made me break out or anything. It's a good level of dilution to not risk skin burns, and the addition of lavender helps calm my anxiety. I use this almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day if I'm really stressed. I've found that extending it down to my traps and behind my ears makes it work even better. 6/5 would always recommend." —E. R. Sutherland

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    To learn more about this, check out "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life".

    10. A pair of leaf scoops, because these'll make sure you can conquer your entire lawn before it's even time for your back to start aching.


    Promising review: "Love these! They're lightweight and easy to use. I have a lot of tree debris and weeds on my 1/3 acre lot. These make short work of picking up the raked up piles. And they're easy on the back." —J. Reynolds

    Get them from Amazon for $36.95.

    11. A wrinkle-release spray to finally accept you are just never going to iron — it's too long a process. Good thing you can just spritz this and be on your way to work looking nice and neat, without anyone being the wiser.

    Promising review: "This year I have been attending medical school interviews all over the country. I have ONE suit that I do not have the money to continuously dry clean between interviews. I bought these to keep with me when traveling so my suit remains pressed and fresh. I typically spray it and do not hot iron it (as it's time consuming and I have other things to worry about on interview day, like answer prep and transportation). Really does what it says, is great at keeping clothes crisp and nice-smelling, especially if you have a garment that wrinkles easily and you don't feel like ironing before each wear." —Taylor

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.94.

    12. A sloth to-do pad that'll add some cheer to your day-to-day (but still manage to accomplish all your tasks). These sloths won't judge how long it takes to get some things finished, but they're not leaving until you check everything off.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Plus it's broken down by priority so you can manage your time better! I have this myself, and I love these little guys. They really do motivate me once I'm actually able to list things out! I'm easily overwhelmed, but since making these new friends, I feel so much more organized and on top of things.

    Promising review: "I can no longer live without this planner. It keeps it all sorted for me so that I can focus on one area at a time and get things done faster." —Terri Boyd

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    To learn more about how my lil' sloth helpers make sure I get my work done, check out my full review in "Just 10 Things You'll Want To Try In July".

    13. A snow broom for making scraping snow and ice off your windshield faster and more efficiently than your usual process — which is cursing your luck first thing in the morning. NO LONGER.

    Its ~telescoping~ handle (with foam grips) adjusts from 33 in to 52 in so you can easily fit it in your car *and* has two flashlights on the front for dark winter mornings.

    Promising review: "Especially great for any vehicles with a high roofline. Very easy to remove light or heavy snow quickly and safely on vehicle surfaces. Have always used the old brush type snow removers...this is faster and with telescoping pole reaches across roof line of SUVs and minivans easily. The scraper is useful for light buildup on windows, but a hand scraper will provide much more leverage. Only drawback is is does consume space in vehicle unless you unscrew the pole. No excuse for leaving that snow on the roof when driving with this tool!" —Frank

    Get it from Amazon for $17.20, or one without the headlights for $11.75.

    14. A garlic twist crusher so you can make your meals extra flavorful *without* having to chop by hand (which takes much longer) and risk smelly fingers all darn week.


    Promising review: "I purchased this as a gift for my friend who is a fantastic cook. She uses fresh ingredients almost exclusively — but pressing fresh garlic is a task usually delegated. No longer, Gracula is there for her. She uses him nearly every time she needs garlic (which is basically daily) and months later still makes a point of saying how much she enjoys the gift. I'm pretty sure she likes it better than other gifts I've gotten her, which were more expensive." —L

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    15. An address and password log book, because you and I know the computer forgot your password, but that won't help now. And we can't prove we're not a robot. What was our mother's maiden name again?! That's is so stressful; let this do all the remembering.


    I JUST WANT TO WATCH MY SHOWS. This has a whopping 144 pages, including tabbed alphabetical pages!

    Promising review: "I finally have all of my usernames, passwords, account numbers, service providers, etc. all in one place. No more sticky notes and little pieces of ripped paper or resetting my passwords all the time to only forget and reset them again. I searched for a couple weeks until I decided on this particular book. It seemed to offer the best layout and amount of information I could log and hasn't disappointed me yet. I love it! You can even store internet service info for easy reference." —Elizabeth R.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    See what won best pocket notebooks and planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    16. An Instant Pot to streamline cooking, aka what's probably stopping you from breaking up with daily takeout. You just need to muster the energy to toss everything into the pot, set the timer, and leave. It'll do all the hard work and maybe even inspire you to try exciting new recipes.


    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).

    Learn more about the Instant Pot in "I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With".

    17. A Finish booster powder that'll let you toss hard-to-clean dishes right in the dishwasher and restore dishes with hard water stains or just glasses you've been *getting around* to. One session with this, and they're back to brand spanking new. No painful scrubbing sessions needed.

    Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    18. A screaming goat figurine for a way to release your anguish whenever you can't bring yourself to read one. more. email. I mean there's only so much one can endure.


    Promising review: "This little piece of screaming plastic has created an excellent outlet for resolving frustrations in our home. Every time a conflict or struggle arises we push the little goat, get a gratifying screech, chuckle and move on throughout our day. No regrets on purchasing this. When you get one get four or five because you're going to want to share with family and friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    To learn more about this, er, memorable gift, check out "If You Need A Quick And Easy Gift, This Screaming Goat Is The Answer".

    19. A makeup-erasing towel so washing your face before bed won't feel like an impossible chore anymore — mainly because you won't really have to. All you do is add some water and it takes off even a full face of heavy makeup, dirt, and oil in minutes. You can do this from your bed for all I care!

    Lynzy Billing / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "These makeup remover towels are amazing! I wasn't sure because all you do is wet the towel and wipe your makeup off. These are plush like, soft, and gentle on your face. They just feel so magical, because they remove all of your makeup with just water. These are perfect for me after working a 12-hour shift, instead of accidentally falling asleep in my makeup because I'm so tired. This takes so little time and does a great job." —Meggy

    Get a makeup-removing towel from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    To learn more, check out "We Tried The Makeup Eraser That Claims To Remove All Your Makeup With Just Water". And! See why this won best mid-priced makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    20. An egg separator, because this'll make egg white omelettes actually feel achievable (who besides a Michelin chef can simply separate egg yolks by hand?!). No more wasting three eggs before you finally get it right.


    And now you don't need to spend an hour trying to get the yolk out of the bowl yourself.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best kitchen gadget I've ever owned. It actually makes me want to be in the kitchen (which is not my favorite place). It works exactly as described, is easy to clean, and is cute to boot. Just don't be tempted to stick this fish to yourself. I've had to explain to all my coworkers how I ended up with fish hickeys." —Siber

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two styles).

    21. A set of Miracle-Gro spikes to become a proud plant parent without the risk of accidentally...failing your new bbs. These'll feed your houseplants for up to ~two months~ with micronutrients so having thriving greenery doesn't involve trial-and-error.

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

    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $6.95.

    22. A pair of microfiber duster slippers that'll help you accept that sometimes the only cleaning we want to get done is when walking to the kitchen. Now you can count that pan of brownies as a ~reward~ for cleaning...😉.


    Promising review: "This must be the greatest idea since the discovery of fire! Two days in, and my hardwood is shining! And all with just walking around! Of course the quality is pedestrian (pardon), of course it doesn’t look like it was made by Versace, but that’s not the point, is it?" —Nigel

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three sizes and 14 styles).

    23. A fruit-infuser water bottle for realizing staying hydrated (eight glasses a day, people!) is only feasible when it tastes like cherries. Does this make us children? Who cares.

    Promising review: "Love it, been using it every day. Since the infuser is full length, you can add a lot of fruit, cucumbers, and herb combos, I keep refilling the water all day and still get the flavors. Update: Six months later and I'm still in love with this bottle. I got it as part of my New Year's resolution to stop adding so many plastic bottles to our planet and to stop drinking flavored waters with chemicals. It's the first New Year's resolution I've ever kept, and do not foresee an end. I'd be lost without this bottle now, and it's also one of my favorite gifts or gift add-on to give." —Sannies

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in 11 colors).

    24. A sock organizer so you don't have to spend what feels like an eternity pairing your socks — you have better things to do!


    Promising review: "I bought this package of two sock docks for my parents who are 97 and 94. They still live at home and do all their own housekeeping. They hate sorting socks. So, I gave them one of these and they are so happy they never have to sort socks again. Every night they put their socks in the sock dock. On laundry day they go into the washer and dryer and come out dry and SORTED! This was one of the most useful and best gifts I've given them and it is such a simple thing. I'm glad I could make their lives easier. Wish I lived closer to them." —Gr8Lakes Girl

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16 (available in five colors).

    25. A paw-cleaning device, because this'll clean Mr. Floof's dirty paws in an easier way than wrestling with him until he runs away...leaving tracks everywhere. He means well 🙁.

    It has gentle silicone bristles to help remove dirt and mud from your dog's paws — which is all collected in this handy little device.

    Promising review: "I love it! I highly recommend this to everyone. I have a golden and lab/shepherd mix, both dogs love water and the mud. I would go through multiple towels a week cleaning their feet, this changes that completely. At first my dogs were nervous about this, but after a few uses they don’t mind at all. It cleans in between my Golden's feet so well, I can’t believe it." —Valerie U.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).

    26. An exercise ball to improve your posture and strengthen your core all while sitting down at the office. Reviewers say this helps to increase their productivity since it makes sitting at a desk a little less mundane!


    Promising review: "This ball is my office chair. It really has helped with my posture and my activity level while I'm forced to be at my desk." —AlexEnds

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and eight colors).

    27. A budget workbook that'll help you manage your personal finances in a way that doesn't feel totally confusing and stressful. This'll help you set your financial goals for the year, track monthly and annual spending, plan budgets, and identify spending habits. Now you won't feel like you have to avoid the process entirely.


    It has ~12~ sturdy pockets to store bills/bank statements and help track spending habits. And! There's an extra section for holiday expenses to budget for special events.

    Promising review: "I bought this to help me budget, because I am a college student, and so far it has been very useful. I have a bank app on my phone so I don't really need it for balancing so much as breaking up my budget into sections allowing me to visually see where I need budget between tuition, monthly bills and etc. I highly recommend this for anyone who is bad at separating out their money." —SarahK

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two colors).

    28. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes for conquering scary messes wherever they happened: even on your carpet. It turns out you *don't* need 17 different cleaning products and an hour to clean stains.


    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $11.94.

    29. A pet hair–removal glove so you don't have to constantly *try* to remove fur off every single surface in your home. Now you can protect your home from furry takeovers with just a few swipes of your hand. This + a normal belly rub = an effortlessly clean space.

    You'll get a pair: one for the right hand and one for the left hand.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for an alternative way to manage my pup's shedding and all I can say I wish I got these sooner. These gloves showed to be more beneficial all-around compared to the typical brushing. For one, the pup likes it (as opposed to the brush he tried to avoid at every session), so I’m not wasting time any more trying to get him to come here and stay here, etc. Now it’s wagging tails instead at the sight of these gloves. The process is much quicker now, as the gloves gather not only more easily, but I’d say at least twice if not triple the amount of hair at a time. Apparently these gloves work on his mood too, as he always ends up starting a playfight nibbling at the gloves." —BOA

    Get them from Amazon for $12.86.

    To learn more, check out "Pet Owners Everywhere Swear This $14 Grooming Brush Is The Best Thing Ever".

    30. A pack of interdental cleaners to crack the code for everyone who hates flossing — so the entire world. Their wire tips bend for easy access, while the brush heads remove food and plaque without the need for tricky maneuvering., Amazon

    Basically, their handles and brush tips give you more control than traditional floss — particularly helpful if you have braces. They're also mint-flavored to leave your mouth feeling ~extra fresh~!

    Promising review: "I’m going to start off by noting that I hate flossing and have probably flossed a handful of times in my life probably after eating popcorn, because I was more annoyed than conscientious. I got these because they were cheap and looked cute and thought maybe they’d inspire me to initiate a dental routine. I like them! They get into the gap between my teeth closest to the gum, and the bristles are gentle and the wire is soft. I did use one brush for all my teeth and will make the pack last a long time." —Greta M.

    Get a pack of 32 from Amazon for $3.85.

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