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    36 Things Under $20 That'll Probably Make A Big, Big Difference In 2021

    The bar may be on the ground for 2021, but these'll still work hard to make life a little easier.

    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. Miracle-Gro plant food spikes, because you bought 15 new plant friends to keep you company this year and now you're realizing you have no idea how to care for so many. They're small and discreet, but can feed your houseplants for up to ~two months~ with micronutrients so having thriving greenery doesn't involve as much effort.

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny but since I tend to kill them anyways I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I've had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I'm very happy with this product and it was a great price." —victoria

    Get a pack of 48 spikes from Amazon for $6.71.

    2. And! A Miracle-Gro leaf shine solution so your indoor collection can go from "well, they're alive" to "that is one HEALTHY plant!" Anything for the plant 'gram, right?

    Promising review: "Holy cow! This made my Fiddle Leaf Fig and my Calatheas (and more) absolutely gorgeous! It's so easy to use. You just spray it all over the tops of the leaves and then gently wipe it off each leaf with a soft cloth. I like to support the underside of the leaf with my other hand while I wipe, following the veins. For $5 this is absolutely going to be a staple in my plant care routine!" —Patty

    Get it from Amazon for $5.18.

    3. Leakproof period panties that'll free you from the peril of tampons so you can work out (hellooooo free range of motion!), stay out all day, and sleep all night without wondering if your backside (or blanket) has a lovely red stain. Tl;dr: you'll be much more comfortable *and* not have to put life on pause just because you're on your period.

    Reviewer's picture of the underwear with five-star caption "buy these now and have the best period of your life"

    And I don't know about you guys, but when I'm Day One Bloated, the last thing I want is to deal with a tampon. Consider these the upgraded version of your comfiest ~period undies~ that won't let you leak through your pants.

    Promising review: "I had Thinx period panties which are very pricey. They sucked. Not enough coverage in the front and they ripped within the first six months of owning them. These were my replacement and after reading reviews, I was nervous yet excited to try these undies. I LOVE them. They fit as expected (size large, 140Ibs) and have FULL COVERAGE for us front bleeders. No odor comes through and I wore these on a heavy-ish day. For the price, they are BOMB and I will definitely be buying more. YAY for affordable period underwear that WORK!" —Ashley Soskin

    Get them from Amazon for $12.90 (available in sizes XS–2XL and three styles).

    4. A Kong binkie customized for a growing puppy's baby teeth and gums so you can help your precious fur child comfortably get through teething *without* chewing on every single thing you own. I can hear your shoes sighing of relief.,

    Promising review: "We adopted a beagle puppy who's seven months old, and already much bigger than your average beagle. He destroys everything, having spent his early life in a kennel. It was like bringing a small jungle animal into the house. He walked across the sofa and then the end tables; he didn't know it would upset us if he ate the bindings off the books on the shelves. And since a large part of his destructive pattern relates to teething, we knew we had to buy some good teething toys and chews if we didn't want to pay even more to replace our own stuff! This binkie is designed like a regular Kong but with the little handle so you can fill it with treats for the dog to fish out of the hole at the end, and then, once it starts to taste like treats, he can chew on it when empty. And although Ox has been through four phone chargers, three books, a number of paper bags, boxes, newspapers, one skirt, a flip flop...well, you get the idea...he has not destroyed this binkie, and he does like it a lot." —SeattleBookMama

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A Rain-X glass treatment for consistently protecting your car windows from rain water blocking your view while driving. Basically it'll repel the rain (and reduce sleet, ice, and snow) so you can still see clearly while braving the roads.

    Reviewer's car to show how one half of their windshield is clear, while the other untreated half is covered in raindrops

    Readers also use this to keep their eyeglasses from fogging!

    Promising review: "I had a cheap, untempered windshield which was awful in the rain. A friend of mine from college recommended Rain-X and I was shocked at the difference. I applied it with a soft rag and sat there wondering if it was even on properly. I trusted the system and then later that night took my car out for a drive; it rained while I was out and the difference was instantly noticeable. Before, when using my wipers, streaks would obscure my view so much that any lights would make driving in the rain hard. Now, the droplets don't smear and smaller ones sometimes just roll off. It's pretty great." —Alison J. Gong

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    6. Glass leakproof storage containers, because it's been an entire year of you working through lunch instead of making a quick meal. These'll help you meal prep just enough to feel prepared for busy WFH days ahead, but not store *so* much food that you get sick of it within three days (🙋‍♀️).

    The three glass containers

    Promising review: "Great containers for a great price! Lids snap on to create a perfect seal. Excellent for storing food in the refrigerator or freezer, cooking in the oven or reheating leftovers in the microwave, and then easy wash up in the dishwasher. In the words of the old Gershwin song, who could ask for anything more? 5 stars!!!" —Rick White

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. Keurig cleaning cups that'll let you regularly deep-clean your machine as easily as you make a single cup of joe. All you have to do is pop it in and wait — so long drinking funky coffee because you're too lazy to figure out your machine.,

    Promising review: "We’ve had our Keurig for a few years, and with the exception of using only filtered water and dispensing hot water every so often, we’ve never cleaned the needle or K-cup area. I used three cleaning cups back to back and WOW our machine was dirty!! I'm so happy I purchased these! I’ll be keeping up on cleaning these more often." —Heather Garcia

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. High-waisted bike shorts in a variety of solid to fun designs so you can *finally* find a version of this trend that doesn't squeeze your thighs. These are actually l-o-v-e-d equally by a range of body types — meaning the days of your shorts riding up are officially behind you.

    Four models wearing the bike shorts in solid colors and animal print

    Promising review: "I own the longer pair of the same shorts and I loved those so much I wanted to try the shorter ones and they're perfect. I have thick thighs so my issue is always shorts rolling up in the center and these don't do that at all! They're super comfy and they're opaque. I got three pairs and I'll be purchasing more. Totally worth the price." —Karla Nunez

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 24 patterns), or get a similar, well-loved pair of bike shorts for $9.31+ (available in sizes 1X–5X and two colors).

    9. Mented semi matte nude lipsticks so you can *kiss* flaky lips goodbye thanks to their super hydrating formula. And! They're specifically designed to complement any complexion, meaning this is the lipstick for anyone who can never find the right nude shade. Consider that a 2020 problem now.

    Three models with different skin tones wearing a dark brown nude shade
    Mented Cosmetics

    Mented is a Black woman-owned business that was founded by two friends who could never find the right nude lipstick. They created Mented Cosmetics so people can finally find makeup that works with their complexion — no more endlessly hunting.

    Get it from Mented Cosmetics for $16.50 (available in nine shades).

    10. A hard water stain-remover, because this'll FINALLY help you overcome your hard water problems, and get those darn faucets or even your shower head back to shiny new — I know having water spots despite scrubbing every week has been a burden on your heart. No longer.

    Reviewer's before-and-after picture of their shower faucet with hard water stains and then totally clean

    It can also work on toilets, tiles, shower doors, really anything that's been affected by hard water!

    Promising review: "I’m impressed. I thought the container was small for the price, but a little bit goes a long way. It takes a lot for me to review, but this is worth it. Five years in the hardest calcium filled water and this is the first cleaner to remove it. I’ve tried scrubbing, only to scratch the surface. Every time I fill the water and ice at the fridge, I’m impressed by the result. I could see this working best, right at first." —Joshua N. Dufek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Just look at how well it works on shower doors, too! Finally the bathroom you work so hard for 🙌.

    Reviewer's before-and-after picture of their shower door covered in hard water stains and then totally clear

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    11. A cold brew coffee maker that'll bring quality iced coffee back into your life — I know you've been trying to put ice cubes in hot coffee. It's not working. And! Once you realize this is just as good as Starbs, you'll save $5 every day whenever we go back to our offices.,

    Promising review: "My worst habit is buying myself an iced coffee every time I leave my house. Unfortunately, that was not an option during quarantine so I bought this to fill the gaping iced coffee void in my life. AND IT WAS THE BEST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE. Instead of spending $15/WEEK on iced coffee, I'm now only spending $7/MONTH and my coffee tastes better/fresher. It's super easy to use, clean, and works with any coffee grounds. If you're an iced coffee or cold brew fanatic like me, this is a must-have!" —Caitlyn

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three colors).

    To learn why a BuzzFeed Shopping editor loves this, check out "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    12. A shoe whitener for making your seriously worn-down sneakers look shockingly clean — the white sneaker trend may be comfy, but it is t e d i o u s. No longer, now that we have this trick up our...sock?

    Reviewer's before and after of one filthy Vans sneaker and one perfectly white sneaker

    This isn't so much of a deep-clean as it is a way to cover old streaks, dirt, and whatever else is making your precious white sneakers a little dingy. It's made with an advanced polymer and whitening agent to make shoes *look* like new, even if those stains are never going to come out.

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this product! It works wonders. I use it on my white Vans and Converses and you can really tell the difference, I won’t be trying to wash my shoes in the laundry anymore!" —Kelsi costa

    Get it from Amazon for $3.46.

    13. An adjustable satin bonnet you can depend on to fit *just* the way you want it to, instead of dealing with your current one slipping and pulling. And! It's extra soft, lined with silk to avoid tangling, and designed to fit over big hair, locs, and braids.

    Model wearing the grey fabric bonnet
    VisViva Beauty / Etsy

    This is an awesome Black woman-owned business (based in LA) that makes fashionable satin-lined caps, scrub caps, satin bonnets, and hair accessories. Everything was designed to not only accommodate all types and sizes of hair, but also look stylish so you can wear it throughout the day.

    Promising review: "Finally a bonnet that fits my big head!! I like braiding my hair and using it overnight to get those soft curls! 10/10 recommend!" —ambar

    Get it from VisViva Beauty on Etsy for $19.99 (available in nine colors).

    14. A jar of Museum Gel, because this'll protect your fragile belongings from getting knocked over by your cat...RIP your last five vases. It's a clear adhesive that was originally designed to keep artwork safe from falling in galleries, but reviewers use it for protecting their things (vases, pots, anything on a shelf) from cats and earthquakes!

    Promising review: "I read somewhere random online that museum gel could help cats from knocking stuff over. So I put this stuff under all my plants, and my cats no longer knock them over and break the pots! It has saved me so many messes. It's kind of like clear silly putty. You don't need a lot because it slowly smooths itself out and will leak over edges. It's super easy to take up and move around. It doesn't harm furniture or windows at all! If you have cats, this is basically a necessity." —djYAAAS

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. A stronghold pomade that'll keep your edges looking perfect all darn day. Its argan oil formula is designed to absorb quickly without leaving oily residue, nourish and hydrate your locks, *and* provide long-lasting hold.

    Reviewer's picture of neat-looking edges with five-star caption "edge gods"

    Promising review: "I’ve been LOOKING for an edge control for the longest time. My hair tends to easily curl up with me being natural and it was aggravating until finding this product. This is not the gel, it’s the edge pomade so it has the sticky feel to it but I love that it doesn’t harden and you can easily manipulate your edges to your liking. I can see why this product had such good reviews on YouTube. I did have to reapply just once at one point. I think if I did apply a scarf and let it lay down for about 15m, I would’ve been able to avoid reapplying but this is honestly the only thing that’s gone through hours and no flakiness. And the smell, lawd, love the fruity apple smell!" —KurlyJess

    Get it from Amazon for $9.46 (available in nine scents).

    16. Multi-purpose sponges reviewers say last an impressively long time and make cleaning tough messes a breeze. They have two sides: one made of soft microfiber, and the other extra-tough scrubbing bristles. Plus! They're machine-washable, so you won't have to replace them for quite some time.

    Promising review: "These are the best sponges I have ever used. I tend to shop economy, and a lot of times the sponges I get basically fall apart or get stained and ugly. These are great: soft on one side and a slight abrasive on the other side. What I like about them is they hold the soap inside so as you scrub the dishes and pots, soap seems to continuously be coming from the sponge. I use much less dish soap using these sponges. They are going to last for a very long time, I am only on the first sponge and it looks like new." —stilljojo

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. An air pressure wine opener that'll make sure you can always conquer stubborn corks — there's just about zero strength required when using this. Just insert the "needle" into the cork, press the plunger down a few times, and voilà, you have your vino ready. "Thank you" —my noodle arms.

    Person opening a bottle of wine by pumping the tool

    Promising review: "I’d pretty much given up on being able to open a wine bottle easily, and I’ve opened many in my life. I read reviews about this one and thought I had nothing to lose, especially at this price. Well, it’s the best and easiest opener I’ve ever used. I laughed out loud in astonishment at how easy it was! Just get it! By the way, it’s small, takes up no space, and looks elegant just standing on the counter." —JJK

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    18. A Glossier milk jelly cleanser that'll both gently refresh your face in the morning, and completely melt away makeup at the end of the day. It's soothing, nourishing, and perfect for sensitive skin — aka yearlong dewy skin awaits.

    The face cleanser

    Promising review: "I have fairly 'normal' skin. It definitely gets dry in the winter. The wash doesn't sud, but you still feel so clean afterwards, even in the hot summer months. There's not the tight pulling feeling of dryness — you will be glowing. My skin is dry in the winter, and this leaves me feeling clean, not dry. Love. Love. Love." —Deann K.

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A compact lap desk reviewers use to work comfortably from the couch, but more importantly to easily eat in their car. If you've been spending the past few months getting takeout all over your seats (or having to eat it cold once home), this will quickly become your favorite passenger.

    Reviewer eating a meal in their car with the lap desk

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these for eating in the car during the COVID19 pandemic. Most of our takeout is far enough away from home that it would be cold before we just took it home. Plus we're not fancy, there's no shame in eating in your car in 2020. For our purpose, they are PERFECT. The cushion underneath keeps it flat and stable on your lap. I wouldn't balance a beverage on them but cupholders in the vehicle make that unnecessary." —HRW

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A cell phone grip for making sure you can text, scroll through Instagram, FaceTime, WHATEVER with just one hand — aka you can finally stop dropping your phone every time you try to multitask.

    Person taking a picture with one hand by using the grip

    Promising review: "I can't tell you how many times I have dropped my phone before I got the LoveHandle!!! It was super easy to apply to my phone case. And that adhesive holds SO well. I'm not worried that it'll come loose or pop off my phone. I love that it has an elastic strap. It allows me to use just one finger in the loop or up to four. I've been using this for a couple months now and I can't imagine not having it. It hasn't stopped me from misplacing my phone but, I haven't dropped my phone once since I got it." —TAMMY L NORRBOM

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in 16 colors, listed separately).

    21. A front-closure cotton bra so you can rely on full-coverage support *without* getting stabbed by underwire 50 times a day. People with DD+ breasts, breastfeeders, and those recovering from breast-related surgeries love this for its comfort, convenience, and gentle lift.

    Reviewer wearing the cotton front-close bra

    Its sizing isn't listed by band or cup, so be sure to check their size chart before purchasing!

    Promising review: "Being a 32DDD, I bought the 34. I have trouble trying to find bras in my size, as well as ones that are comfortable and not pricey. My biggest battle is many of these bras have an underwire that makes me uncomfortable all day long. I found this bra, read the reviews, and figured for the price why not try it. LOVE it! No underwire, and pure comfort. The material is double layered, but no padding. My breasts are happy and supported!" —Renee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.70+ (available in sizes 34–48 and seven colors).

    22. An argan oil conditioner, because this'll help your stressed-out tresses recover if you understandably haven't been able to go to a hairdresser in a while. Reviewers say this not only repairs dried, frizzy tresses, but promotes pro-looking shine and bounce.

    Reviewer's before of dry brittle hair and then healthier looking hair

    Promising review: "This is an unbelievable product! I have naturally curly and dry hair. Last year I had some highlights put in my hair and the hair dresser fried my hair. It looked like cotton. I have spent the last several months trying all kinds of products to repair my hair and nothing was bringing the shine back to it. I have been using this product for about a week now, and let me tell you, my hair is feeling and looking amazing. I have been getting all kinds of compliments on it and someone even mentioned how shiny my hair was! Will be buying this for years to come!" —Debra Mann

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. A cushioned knee pad that'll offer a ~pain-free~ solution to awkward home workouts should you decide to make this the year you do a push-up. It'll protect your joints while you do floor exercises so you can focus on the video, instead of aches and pains. Maybe now planking won't scare us so much!

    Person exercising while using the knee pad

    ....maybe. Plus, it rolls up so it's easy to travel with!

    Promising review: "This is just the right thickness to keep my knees from bruising in yoga and pilates classes, but still soft enough to roll up and fit in my gym bag. It arrived pretty quickly and in perfect condition. I highly recommend!" —CJ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.68+ (available in six colors).

    24. A squeegee broom for not only making it easy to sweep up spills and crumbs, but collecting your buried hair with maximum efficiency. Anyone with long know what I mean when I say your rug could use it. Probably at *least* once a month.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague, Emma Lord, loves this genius tool! Here's a bit of what she has to say about it: "An embarrassing confession: my hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it. In fact, to make matters worse, weird particles get stuck in the hair on the floor, which is stuck to the carpet, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will."

    Get it from Amazon for $15.10.

    25. A bottle of Radha Beauty rosehip oil so you can make this the year you tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers use this before bed and wake up to ✨glowing✨, healing skin! Nothing will get in your way of clear skin again...not on this bb's watch.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of broken-out cheek and then clear cheek with caption that says "just wow"

    Promising review: "This stuff is life-changing! I have incredibly oily skin that is acne-prone. Although it seems counterintuitive to put oil on my oily skin, it does wonders for keeping my skin clear and refreshed and gives it a healthy glow! I apply two to three drops each night after washing my face and sometimes use it as my moisturizer during the daytime as well." —RC

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems."

    26. A cotton yarn hanging basket, because this'll take all that clutter living on...every single surface of your small apartment...and give them a proper home. Oh look, you can see your bathroom sink again! Doesn't the room seem so much bigger now?

    The knit hanging basket
    Strick Schick Shop / Etsy

    This is from an adorable German Etsy shop that makes the cutest crocheted products — we're talking organizers, rugs, baskets, jewelry bowls, even pen holders! I think my home is about to be filled with yarn.

    Promising review: "Very nice! Looks great in my bathroom!" —Lori Peden

    Get it from Strick Schick Shop on Etsy for $17.23+ (available in three sizes and 21 colors).

    27. Marble car coasters that'll protect your car from sticky messes *and* add a little cute decor to your ride (who knew?). Anyone who drives almost every day knows how useful these can be.

    Reviewer's picture of the marble car coasters in their car

    Promising review: "I didn't think much of the product when it was delivered. It looks great but I thought it can't work. Wow, I was wrong. I have no more drips in the car cup holders. This little coaster absorbs all the moisture and dries quickly. I will have to order for the second car." —Gold55

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.99.

    28. Silicone reusable straws for ditching wasteful plastic straws in favor of something a lot more chic, anyway. Reviewers say they're long enough for smoothie and Starbucks cups, but the best part? You can toss 'em in the dishwasher.


    You'll also get two cleaning straws and a carrying pouch.

    Promising review: "I feel too guilty to constantly use plastic straws so I bought these. They are great and long enough to clear the top of my smoothie cup nicely. Easy to rinse out, too. I'm happy with this purchase and the very reasonable price." —Pearlh

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $6.99.

    29. An African black soap face wash so you can reap all the benefits of the popular soap bar formula, but streamline it to an easy-to-use pump. Not only will this be faster to use if you just want it for your face, but its shea butter will *also* leave your skin smoother. Clearer, softer skin with less effort? Yes. Please.

    The face wash
    Bomb'd Aesthetics

    In case you don't know, Bomb'd Aesthetics is a fantastic Black woman-owned brand that makes handcrafted, all-natural beauty products. Everything is vegan, cruelty-free, and made with sensitive skin in mind.

    Promising review: "It is very hard to find something that 'works' on my skin. I have eczema as well as oily areas on my face. This wash is gentle enough for eczema while also keeping me free of breakouts." —Denesha

    Get it from Bomb'd Aesthetics for $19.99.

    30. A unique food bowl designed to slow your pet down when eating, so you can teach them how to pace themselves while scarfing down kibble. It can help them digest better *and* prevent food waste.

    Reviewer's cat eating from the maze-like food bowl

    Promising review: "My Mini Schnauzer has always gobbled her food but since going blind she seems to panic that she won't be able to find it all. She was inhaling the kibbles, choking and throwing up regularly. I wasn't sure the bowl would work for her because of her blindness, but it has worked out great. She hasn't choked or thrown up in the month we've had it." —kiwi-in-dc

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    31. Stainless steel-cleaning wipes, because these'll officially ban pesky streaks from your kitchen. They'll not only make it easy to polish any stainless steel surfaces, but *protect* them from future fingerprints, grease, and whatever else threatens the state of your fridge.

    Promising review: "OMG!!! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this product! I was starting to hate my stainless appliances because they looked so streaked and nasty! My niece gave me some to try and I can’t believe how good my appliances look now! They are beautiful and shining with my minimal effort!!" —Claudia Davis

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16.98.

    32. No-show socks that'll finally end your battle with blisters. Reviewers PROMISE these actually a) stay on your feet and b) won't make an unwelcome appearance midday. Plus, they wick away sweat so you and your outfit can stay high and dry.

    Reviewer wearing sneakers to show how the sock stays hidden

    Promising review: "Dang these are great socks. I wear them with Keds, Vans, and anything else where I don't want my socks peaking out of my shoes. The secret sauce is the tiny rubber band at the back of the heel. Without it, the socks would continually fall down, ending up in an uncomfortable bunch around my toes. But with the rubber bit they stay put all day!" —CK

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and seven color combinations).

    33. A Cetaphil Pro clay mask for joining the thousands of people who *swear* by this for helping with hormonal acne — including those with sensitive skin! It's gentler than most bentonite clay masks, absorbs excess oil, and keeps tough breakouts at bay, making this a super simple yet effective 2021 acne care routine.

    Elena Garcia / BuzzFeed

    Elena Garcia, my colleague on the BuzzFeed Shopping team, swears by this! Here's a bit of what she has to say: "I've never, not once in my entire adult life, not had acne. I don't know a life without at least one little pimple friend. Through my many years, I've tried to treat, adapt, name it, in hopes of dealing with what manifests on my skin. But in the last few years, I've noticed my acne become something much more stubborn and much harder to treat — that was, until I found this mask. The difference in my skin — my sensitive, acne-prone skin — since using this mask is astonishing. My bigger, more painful pimples dried up almost instantly and my pores shrunk down so much! I went from having what looked like a strawberry for a nose to just a regular, smooth nose!"

    Get it from Amazon for $11.38.

    To read her full review, check out "I'm Obsessed With Cetaphil's Purifying Clay Mask And, Honestly, I Just Want To Talk To Someone About It."

    34. A jalapeño corer so you can prepare your favorite dishes without getting seeds all over your fingers (don't. touch. your. eyes.) *and* speed up the process altogether.

    Reviewer's picture of multiple cored jalapeño peppers with the corer

    Promising review: "This is a great tool! The first time I tried to core jalapeños, I tried a variety of knives and any other sharp pointy tools I could find in the kitchen. It took me forever, made a huge mess, and no matter how careful I was, I still tore the tops off the jalapeños. I was determined to find a better way to core a silly jalapeño. I read reviews on Amazon for several different jalapeño corers, and I am SO glad I chose this one! It works great!! In just a short time, I had 14 perfectly cored jalapeños, with 14 intact cores (above). I highly recommend this tool!" —daetexas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.54.

    35. An ice cube tray because this'll make nugget-shaped iced cubes, aka the best kind, available right at home. If you're always wishing you could save the kind from your fave fast food spots, this is for you.

    Promising review: "I gotta say this is as close to fast food ice as you can get from a home ice cube tray. It's the perfect shaped ice. It is easily chewed. I've tried the big ice balls made for whiskey glasses and they seem to melt so fast. This simple ice is much better for everyday drinks." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.78.

    36. Face mask brushes that'll upgrade your beauty routine with tools that feel like h-e-a-v-e-n on your skin and prevent you from wasting product. Why are these better than your fingers, you ask? Fingers = acne-causing bacteria. Silicone = germ-free, no breakouts.

    Reviewer holding the silicone brush to apply her face mask

    Plus, their silicone bristles are easier to clean than traditional brushes and distribute product more evenly!

    Promising review: "I love these silicone brushes; they helped me keep bacteria definitely to a minimum on my face, which is the goal when you don't want acne. It also makes the products that I use last way longer, because I can get everything out of the jar and I can spread the products on my face so much more evenly." —Marisol Porrata-oviedo

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $4.50.

    Me getting ready to ring in the new year with my last two brain cells:


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