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    34 Useful Things To Add To Your Life In 2021, Because After 2020, You Deserve It

    Treat-yourself products that'll *actually* serve a purpose.

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    1. A concrete trinket dish because this is the year that you *always* know where to find your keys, wallet, jewelry, what-have-you.

    Vivaljo / Via Etsy

    Vivaljo is a small, woman-owned business specializing in handcrafted concrete creations.

    Promising review: "Smooth and flawless. The aqua color is rich and energizing. I stuck on some little felt feet and put it on my bedside table for earrings and such. I'll be getting more of these as gifts!" —saepstei

    Get it from Vivaljo on Etsy for $9 (available in 15 colors).

    2. Or these geometric stacking trays you can use for bigger trinkets and even breakfasts in bed.

    geometric stacking trinkets dishes with watch, bracelet, makeup and jewelry in them

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! I was looking for a tray from a famous designer and I got a better product and value for less than half the price. At the beginning I thought I was not going to like it that much because it is plastic but now that I have it I like it even more since the material is easier to clean, perfect to organize my desk, the colors are beautiful and the shape and sizes are so playful. Two thumbs up!" —Nataly Tovar

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A handheld electric milk frother that'll make your morning coffee (whether it be hot or iced) a little extra special.

    a mason jar with iced coffee and thick foam

    Promising review: "Love this little thing! I have every thing you can think of at home for making coffee and espresso... Well I love the Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew with foam. I set out to make my own. Well I can now make cold foam thanks to this little tool. Love it!" —Gav's mama

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. And, a YES PLZ coffee subscription to ensure you ALWAYS have fresh beans on hand. ☕

    bag of YES PLZ coffee beans next to a cup of coffee
    YES PLZ / Via Instagram

    Here's how it works: the mastermind coffee connoisseurs over at YES PLZ source beans from all over the world and roast them up to create a new, exciting blend every week, which they in turn send out to their list of eager subscribers. All you have to do is select the amount and frequency you'd like your beans delivered, and before you know it, freshly roasted, premium beans will magically appear in your mailbox. Genius.

    Get started with YES PLZ for $17+.

    5. A sleek essential oil diffuser because experimenting with aromatherapy is high on your '21 bucket list.

    reviewer photo showing black diffuser on a table next to a succulent

    Promising review: "Super cute and much more well made than expected. It says the top part is ceramic, and it certainly feels that way. Bottom feet are bamboo, so the minimal plastic design is really nice. Be careful not to tip it, as instructed, it can be easy to spill water out. Besides that, it's quiet and I really like that they're aren't any tacky colored light features." —GabbyW

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in three colors).

    6. A set of Stabilo pens that'll have the pages of your new bullet journal looking nothing less than Pinterest-perfect.,

    If you haven't gotten yourself one yet, this classic Moleskine gridded notebook is a cult fav among the most serious of bullet journalers ($14.19 on Amazon).

    Promising review: "These pens just changed my life. Why have I not heard about these before now? They are THE MOST amazing pens. My usual love is PaperMate Flair. These are even better! So many awesome colors. Super fine, strong tip. No bleeding through paper. Some ghosting with the darker colors, especially if you are really making some thick lines. Can letter, draw, or color with these bad boys. Super smooth. Awesomely saturated colors that don't bleed! These have quickly become my new favorite pen!" —Lindsey Jane

    Get them from Amazon for $23.09.

    7. An exfoliating body bar equipped with jojoba meal and crushed olive seed to give your skin an invigorating, dead-skin-removing cleanse.

    Baxter of California

    I personally use this exfoliating bar once or twice a week and it smells SO good. It leaves my skin super soft and rinses off *without* leaving an annoying residue like most bar soaps. I especially love using it after a sweaty workout because it makes me feel extra clean and fresh.

    Promising review: "I first tried this soap when it was sent to me from one of the "monthly box" subscriptions. I fell in love with it after my first use. The smell, the texture, the gentle exfoliation, the lather. Just fantastic. I recommend it to everyone." —RAR8558

    Get it from Baxter of California for $6+ (available in two sizes).

    8. Cactus dryer buddies that, aside from keeping you company while you do your laundry, will help your clothes dry faster by fluffing them up. Less electricity = money saved. 🌵💸

    reviewer photo showing two tiny cactus dryer balls resting on top of a dryer

    Promising review: "I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but these things work. It used to take three cycles to dry my comforter and bed sheets...I finally bought these puppies and as usual, I dried the comforter and bed sheets once, and forgot to check on them. That night, my husband asked where our sheets were since they weren't on the bed at bed time. Then he groaned, and asked if I remembered to really dry them. So I checked the dryer and lo and behold, they were dry! I have actually remembered to check the dryer once after drying the bed sheets and they were dry as soon as the first cycle was over. So, it's a miracle. These things work. TL,DR: I'm bad at laundry; these make me good." —Gabby

    Get them from Amazon for $9.50.

    9. A sous vide precision cooker because, as much as you love your Instant Pot, you're ready to move on to a different level of foolproof cooking.

    reviewer photo showing sous vide attached to a pot with two steaks cooking in it

    Promising review: "One of the best purchases I've made for the kitchen. Makes cooking a perfect steak so easy. I definitely recommend this sous vide. Bluetooth connection has worked perfectly (works best if you have a FoodSaver to vacuum seal the food)." —Jaime Prosper

    Get it from Amazon for $129 (or get a bundle that includes the sous vide AND a vacuum sealer for $208.99).

    10. Some snazzy Echo Frames so your personal assistant, Alexa, will always be readily available to make calls, set reminders, update your to-do lists, read you the news, play podcasts, and control your smart home. Wow.

    reviewer photo of Echo frames resting on a desk next to their included case

    FYI: You'll need a compatible Android or iOS smartphone and the Alexa app for connectivity. You can also have prescription lenses put in these, but you'll need to work with your preferred eyewear professional directly once you receive the frames.

    Promising review: "These glasses are VERY lightweight and comfortable and while I'm sure having prescription lenses added will increase the weight, I cannot get over how comfortable these are. I typically struggle to find the right shape and style of glasses, but these are flattering and just enough of a statement piece without overwhelming my features. From a functionality standpoint, the microphones work perfectly and Alexa is responsive and easy to utilize. Sound quality is about what I would expect from open ear technology - perhaps lacking a deeper resonance, but the clarity and balance is still pleasing. I find the ability to auto adjust the volume based on environment to be invaluable! Great features, stylish look, a total win in my book! Loved the packaging, too!" —Liz C

    Get them from Amazon for $249.99 (available in three colors).

    11. A Boie face scrubber you can use to gently exfoliate and cleanse your face (ICYMI: that washcloth you use several times a week is a hotbed for nasty bacteria).

    Urban Outfitters

    All you've gotta do is add a few drops of your favorite facial cleanser, lather it under some water, and then gently cleanse your face in circular motions. Better yet, Boie's products are antimicrobial AND sustainably made.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! I was buying the face exfoliating sponges for the longest time and thought I would give this a try instead — I LOVE IT! I use it everyday at least once a day and it has really improved my skin. I swear my pores have shrunk and I have been breaking out less. Buy it!!!" —mags p

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.

    12. A gooseneck electric kettle that can boil water in as little as three minutes, which means you'll no longer have to stand over your stove, half asleep, anxiously waiting until your old-school tea pot starts whistling.

    reviewer photo of gooseneck kettle on their kitchen countertop

    It'll also add some ~aesthetic~ to your kitchen countertops.

    Promising review: "I've gone through three different brands trying to find a solidly built, safe electric kettle and finally settled on this one. It's got a nice design and good functionality. The temperature control is off ~ +/- 5 degrees which is pretty reasonable for the price point. It heats rapidly and consistently, actually shuts off when it's supposed to, pours easily, and (so far) doesn't rust. Can't really ask for more." —L.A. Kane

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    13. A reusable tote perfect for grocery getting, weekend travels, bringing your lunch to work — I'm sure you've got a good use for it.


    Promising review: "I've been trying to minimize usage of unnecessary plastic bags when running quick errands. I've bought re-usable grocery bags, but they are too large for a quick pop into the drug store. Cue this bag — it's cute, it's small, but it holds more than you'd think and is so sturdy! I keep it in my purse all the time and I use it constantly. It's the perfect size for a small needs situation and I've used it at the grocery store, the drug store, little boutique purchases, everything. Love it!" —dcjaime

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    14. And a set of wooden coat hooks that'll finally give you a place to hang all those reusable totes you've been collecting over the years (that door handle in your kitchen just isn't gonna cut it anymore).

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these. Was recommended these by a friend and so happy with my purchase. Perfect for hanging wall decor like macrame or even for towels." —Sarah RM Smith

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.88+ (available in five colors).

    15. A set of glass meal-prep containers guaranteed to have you serving up some delish, Insta-worthy creations week after week.

    reviewer photo showing five prepped meals in the glass containers

    Promising review: "These meal prep containers are awesome! I can take my food straight from the oven and put it in container without worrying about melting. There is a vent on the lid and the containers don't leak if they are sealed. These are also oven-safe and you can section of your food since there is a divider in it (with two sections). Perfect for meal prep and meal portions." —Sara

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $28.99.

    16. A vertical shoe rack so you can finally get your entryway under control and stop tripping over stray sandals the second you walk in the door.

    reviewer photo showing shoe rack in their entryway

    Promising review: "This is great! Fits vertically in my small entryway, just what I was looking for. If you want a modern stylish clean-looking shoe rack with a small footprint, this is the perfect selection! It’s lightweight, so of course it’s not the sturdiest piece of furniture, but for storing five pair of shoes, it’s great! It fits mens size 10 shoes perfectly." —Aaron Staley

    Get it from Amazon for $39.86+ (available in two colors and widths).

    17. A set of marbled-glass coasters that are incredibly beautiful AND functional. That expensive coffee table you bought on Cyber Monday will thank you later.

    four handmade marbled coasters styled with drinking glasses and an orange
    MadeByRheal / Via Etsy

    MadeByRheal is Black queer-owned business based in Oakland, California.

    Promising review: "I’ve already gotten one set of coasters from Rheal as a gift, and now I’m back for some of my own! Love love love, and came boxed up so I could wrap them up super easy (yes I wrapped a gift for myself). Thanks Rheal!!" —Jamie Jenkins

    Get them from MadeByRheal on Etsy for $60.

    18. A water carafe to keep at your bedside that'll be a lifesaver when you wake up completely parched. Instead of being frustrated, you'll just sit up gently and enjoy a refreshing glass of H20 from the comfort of your bed. Ahhhhh.

    water carafe on bedside table with two candles

    Promising review: "Wow, this thing is beautiful. I have now purchased three of them: one for home, one for work, and one for a Christmas gift to family. It's an exquisitely beautiful piece of glass that is also functional. I'm so happy I bought this and I use it constantly." —Dev Singer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    19. A set of waffle towels made with a textured, honeycomb weave to transform your bathroom into a fancy at-home spa.

    waffle towels draped over the side of a bathtub

    Promising review: "Where has this towel been all my life. I just got my bathroom remodeled after 10 years and I look forward more to using my new waffle towel than the shower! Super soft and dries well vs spreading the water around." —Cheryln R.

    Get a set from Parachute for $128 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    20. A Glossier moon mask that'll be a welcomed addition to your new nighttime bath routine.


    Promising review: "This mask has one job and she does it! You can actually feel your face getting hydrated. It really does feel like your skin is having a glass of water." —gabrielanthony91

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    21. A handy charging pad so you can stop wasting minutes on end trying to find that *exact* angle for your charging cord to work.

    This is compatible with both Apple and Android phones.

    Promising review: "One of the most aesthetically pleasing wireless chargers I've ever seen and used. I've tried different ones and they either take too long to charge and gets hot or are bulky. This one is perfect for leaving at home, work and taking with you to travel." —Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in eight colors).

    22. An A7 memobottle that's essentially a flask for H20. It's about the size of your palm, which makes it easy to take along on walks or quick car rides.


    It'll even fit in your back pocket, purse, and backpack.

    Promising review: "I have been searching for a nice, small water bottle that would fit in my bag and not be too heavy, and this is it! It's just enough to tide me over until I get to the next water fountain or faucet. The shape is great for fitting into even smaller handbags." —Olive

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    23. A reusable bamboo cutlery set that'll give ya all the utensils you could ever need (fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, straw, cleaning brush, toothbrush, AND carrying pouch) to eat mindfully on the go and avoid unnecessary plastic consumption.

    bamboo cutlery set laid out on a wooden plate

    Promising review: "First of all, if you are buying a bamboo cutlery set, you probably are interested in reducing wasteful plastic in the environment. I was pleased to see that this product came with minimal, recyclable packaging! Secondly, unlike previous bamboo cutlery sets I’ve purchased, this comes with a knife that actually has teeth. It’s bamboo, but with notches that allow you to use it as more than just a butter knife. I love that there is not only a bamboo ‘straw’, but it comes with a brush to clean the straw effectively. Finally, bonus: a toothbrush! Very thoughtful. My classmates all took pictures of my kit because they want to order it too." —Morgan Dawning

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. An alarm clock designed to gently wake you in the morning with a calming light that mimics the sunrise. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP, is so last year. 🌅⏰

    reviewer photo showing sunrise alarm clock "lit up"

    Promising review: "This is our first sunrise clock. Getting up in the mornings in Seattle in the winter is rough, as it's so dark outside and you just want to roll over and go back to sleep. This has helped a lot, we still use our regular alarm (we don't wake up from the light alone), but by then the (artificial) sun is up and it is much easier to wake up completely and hit the shower." —Brian of Kenya

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98.

    25. A mini Theragun massager that'll give you some sweet relief when cramps, knots, or tension come knocking. Better yet, it's super quiet and will easily fit in your purse or backpack.

    reviewer holding Theragun mini in black

    Promising review: "This is100% worth the investment. I actually have had all three versions of the Theragun at some point and this one is probably the best. The small size makes it so easy to use and hit hard spots. It is very powerful for how small it is. The mini is perfect for on the go use, personal use and I would highly recommend it. The small design def makes it easier to hit harder spots. LOVE IT." —Eric

    Get it from Amazon for $199 (available in two colors) or Theragun for $199.

    26. A jade roller and gua sha set designed to help your face absorb skincare products. It's effectively like giving yourself a little at-home facial treatment!

    A reviewer holding the green double-sided roller and gua sha

    Promising review: "So far I'm really enjoying this product! Both the roller and guasha tool seem to be made out of real Jade and are high quality. I got these because my face tends to get really puffy, especially during allergy season. They come in neat a package with clear instructions. I watched several additional YouTube videos about how to use them. I used the Guasha tool once a day and go through the full routine, and the Jade roller throughout the day, while I'm working or watching TV in the evening. I've had them for a pretty short time but I feel like I'm already noticing a difference. If nothing else it's a very soothing and relaxing habit. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend or give the set as a gift in the future!" —Grace KB

    Get it from Amazon for $12.94 (also available in a rose quartz roller).

    27. A Castile liquid hand soap that *lasts longer* and leaves your hands *softer* than a detergent-based soap ever could.

    hand soap next to a kitchen sink
    Rora Apothic / Etsy

    Rora Apothic is a small, queer-owned business specializing in small-batch soap and skincare.

    Promising review: "You can smell the natural scent of lavender before you open the package. It’s so nice. Love this." —Rae Stoughton

    Get it from Rora Apothic on Etsy for $8+ (available in 4oz or 8oz)

    28. A stress relief candle made with 100% soy wax and infused with lavender oil, chamomile, and bay leaf. Who's up for a little R&R?

    Moon Goddess Shop / Etsy

    Moon Goddess Shop is a small, queer-owned business specializing in all kinds of magikal candle creations.

    Promising review: "This is my third candle and I’m still in love! The candle invigorates my mind, body, and soul! I will buy more!! Great packaging!" —Nicole

    Get one from Moon Goddess Shop on Etsy for $23.50

    29. A David Rose-inspired tumbler that's not only a handy vessel for all your bevvies (whatever those might be), but is sure to get some good laughs from friends and family as they nervously ponder whether or not they should be talking to you at the moment.

    Julia's Simply Stuck

    Julia's Simply Stuck is a small, woman-owned business specializing in custom tumblers, can coolers, and phone grips.

    Get it from Julia's Simply Stuck for $25.

    30. A skin softening cream specifically formulated to protect, soften, and moisturize dry skin. It's made with entirely plant-based ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, cranberry seed oil, and argan oil, and might just be the solution to your dry skin you've been looking for.

    model holding a jar of Demoseà skin-softening cream

    Demoseà is a Black woman-owned business specializing in simple skincare solutions for often overlooked skin types and tones.

    Promising review: "I am on my third jar and I have another one waiting. I have been using this moisturizer since November 2019 and It's the best one I've ever used. I have always struggled on and off with dry skin and with this moisturizer my skin never dries out halfway through the day and it also doesn't feel oily. The best part is that I never need big dollop. It's perfect." —Symone E.

    Get it from Demoseà for $20.

    31. A mug warmer so you can stop using the microwave to reheat your cooled beverages, which probably just results in you burning yourself on the mug while your coffee or tea has barely risen a degree.

    reviewer photo showing a mug of tea on the mug warmer

    Promising review: "It's going on a little over a year since I got this coffee warmer and I felt I needed to let everyone know that this is the best coffee warmer I've gotten. I work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is on the entire time, five to six days a week. It keeps my tea at just the right temperature — not scalding or room temperature like other warmers I've purchased. The 60-inch cord is long enough to go across my large desk. The hot plate is 3.25 inches in diameter, making it the right size for even my large-bottomed coffee mug. The entire warmer is 5.2" by 8.6", so it's not cumbersome having it sit on my desk. This was a great purchase. I'm glad I got it." —Christin Fern

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    32. An adorable micro tote that's *just* big enough to fit all the essentials and is sure to become your new fav accessory.

    Angela Roi

    Every Angela Roi bag is constructed by hand with only non-animal materials. 

    Promising review: "I have nothing bad to say about the Cher. I have the original size which is perfect for work but not really convenient to carry around casually. But THIS BAG!!! Wow. the most perfect bag ever. This color is STUNNING. Probably my favorite color! I also might want to get it in black lol! This bag is roomy enough to fit my iPhone XS Max, a card holder, coin pouch, keys, sunglasses and hand sanitizer. Which is pretty much all I need these days. Anybody hesitating on getting this bag....don’t walk, run!" —Vanessa

    Get it from Angela Roi for $195 (available in six colors).

    33. A self-watering pot and reservoir because no plants are dying on YOUR watch this year! 🌱

    reviewer photo showing a sprouting plant in a self-watering reservoir pot

    All you need to do is fill the reservoir and place the black planter inside — your plant baby will do the rest, taking in only as much water as it needs, when it needs it. The planters also help ward off pesky insects. 🦟

    Promising review: "I ordered six of these pots originally for my African violet babies and they worked out very well! They're plain which is what I want, clean-looking, and easy to use. Other reviews said they are cheap. They are not. I would rather pay $16-ish for six pots than spend over $80 for pots at my local high-priced garden center (in colors I don't even like). These are also perfect for giving as gifts. I have so many babies now that all of my friends are getting one for the holidays! They also give you a free pair of gardening gloves with your order which is cool!" —Karen Bailey

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.55+ (available in two sizes).

    34. And a Wild One dog harness that'll prevent your pup from haphazardly pulling you down the sidewalk, as well as give them a much-needed fashion upgrade for the new year.

    Wild One

    Promising review: "Love that this harness is padded in the right areas for my dog. The quality is nice and sturdy. The harness is easy to put on and also take off. Love that there is three different D-rings to attach the leash. Very well made!" –Rachel B.

    Get it from Wild One for $48 (available in three sizes and eight colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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