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    33 Things To Buy If You've Had A Not-So-Great Day

    As if we need another excuse to treat ourselves to a little somethin' special.

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    1. Nail wraps for an easy-to-apply at-home mani that'll make you smile the same way you used to when you convinced your mom to buy you a new Lisa Frank lunch box for the school year.


    IMO, the alien design was *always* the coolest. These nail strips are super simple to apply! All you have to do is select the one that best fits your nail and gently file away any excess. To remove them, soak your nails in warm water or use nail polish remover.

    Get them from Orly for $11.99 and check out the entire Lisa Frank collection.

    2. A Hercules puzzle modeled after a Blockbuster VHS that'll bring some magic and nostalgia to your day.


    I bought this puzzle the second I laid my eyes on it — seriously. It's shipping to my home as we speak. I'm a diehard Hercules fan and I love that this one comes in a VHS! If Hercules isn't your thing, it's also available in Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast styles.

    Promising review: "Such a throwback with the case it comes in and the pieces are big enough to see, great to pass the time." —VAR8

    Get it from BoxLunch for $11.92 (originally $14.90).

    3. A Casper down duvet insert, because there are few things as wonderful as coming home after a crappy day and wrapping yourself up in a cozy comforter.

    the plush, white duvet insert

    With a duvet insert you can also switch out the design of your duvet itself whenever the mood strikes!

    Promising review: "After every Casper product I buy, I get more and more excited to sleep every night. The duvet is no exception. Initially from the change, I was warm from the duvet but after the second night, the temperature has been perfect. 10/10 would buy again. PS my dog loves it as well too." —Tony Wang

    Get it from Casper for $197.10+ (available in three sizes and two weights).

    4. And a floral duvet cover to bring the freshness of spring into your bedroom — you'll love it even more during the dreary winter months.

    a black comforter with pink florals on it

    The set comes with a microfiber duvet cover and two pillow cases. Don't forget to pick up a duvet insert as well!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this duvet. I was having a hard time finding a geometric boho/mid-century–style duvet that wasn’t $200 and up. I love Amazon for this reason! Quality is great, love that it has a zipper instead of buttons. Have literally bought all our bedding from Amazon! This was a perfect addition to our guest room." —Steven W. Finckbeiner

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes twin, full/queen, and king and nine styles).

    5. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with an anti-glare screen so any bookworm can happily virtually flip through the pages of a novel while basking in the sun.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    It's the thinnest and lightest Kindle Amazon has released to date! And — as is made abundantly clear by the photo above — it's 100% waterproof. I'm typically a hardcover girl through and through, but I recently gave the Kindle a whirl. It's very convenient to be able to slip it into any bag without it taking up much real estate and the transition between pages is very smooth.

    Promising review: "I love the fact that I can read on this Kindle in both daylight and dim light conditions. It is so light and compact, which makes it easy to hold, easy to travel with, and the battery lasts forever. I love it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

    And check out our full breakdown of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

    6. A Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite you can count on to help you kick back and relax after a long day — it's about time you started diving into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

    nintendo switch lite in yellow, gray, blue, and pink

    When I tell you my Nintendo Switch Lite and my husband's Nintendo Switch have been true game changers in keeping us both entertained over the last year or so I wholeheartedly mean it. From spending hours upon hours building a 5-star island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and adventuring in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to breaking a sweat playing Fit Boxing 2 and exploring the beautiful world in Ori and the Will of the Wisps, there really isn't anything you can't do on a Nintendo Switch device. Most recently I've been playing the very silly (but surprisingly fun) Miitopia and the extremely soothing new version of Pokémon Snap. The fun to be had on this gadget is endless.

    Promising review: "The Switch is Nintendo's best device since the N64. I use my Switch every day. I commute by train so this has been perfect for me. There has never been a handheld this good. The transition to and from docked mode is seamless. The battery life is also pretty decent. Overall, it is a great device. Nintendo's back!" —Arjun S. Kahlon

    Get it from Amazon: Nintendo Switch for $399.99+ (available in six styles), Nintendo Switch Lite for $199.99 (available in four styles and storage options).

    Learn about the difference between the two products with my breakdown here.

    7. A Wreck This Journal that'll encourage you to get more in touch with your artistic side, great if you've always been intimidated by trying to fill out the blank pages of boring old regular journals.

    Promising review: "I’m 17 and I loved this. In the intro it says the page instructions are all up to interpretation, so if it says 'spill your drink' or something you can take that literally or choose to paint on it with something such as tea or coffee that’ll look like brown watercolor. I love that it’s full of bizarre prompts but that you have wiggle room if you don’t want to do anything too crazy. I would recommend this if you’re just looking for something fun or if you’re going through some challenges this is really helpful to distract/express/push yourself!" —Marlee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum that'll bring new meaning to "beauty rest" once you add it to your skincare routine.

    a white bottle of the product surrounded by clear crystals

    I've been using this serum for a while now (in addition to the other products in the Glass Skin Discovery Kit). It's not super oily, feels really lightweight, and smells fantastic. It's infused with peach extract to help fill your skin with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to keep it looking fresher than ever.

    Promising review: "I use the glass serum twice a day EVERY DAY. It brings a radiance and glow I've never found in other products; it hydrates well without becoming oily later in the day." –Nancy

    Get it from Ulta for $39+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A rechargeable lighter that'll let you light every candle in your house to create the *perfect* ambience without concern you'll run out of lighter fluid.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again.

    Promising review: "This is seriously the coolest device of my winter holiday. It makes lighting candles a breeze. Yes, there is a weird crackling noise, but that's a super-minor annoyance. It's a super-intuitive device. Plug the lighter in with the USB (included), charge for a bit, then pop it open and light ALL THE THINGS; well, candles. I don't know how well it lights cigarettes or whatever. However, for my personal intended use, it's awesome!" —Jee W

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. And a candle in honor of autumn for anyone who appreciates nothing more than the seasonal scent of pumpkin spice lingering through their home.

    a candle with an orange label on it that says "basic witch, pretty sure my blood type is pumpkin spice"
    Evil Queen

    When I tell you I am wholeheartedly committed to this candle brand I mean it. I was first introduced to them when I discovered their "OMG You're Engaged" candle in a boutique near my NYC apartment a few years ago. I've been gifting them to everyone I know (and myself) since. This small business is female-owned by an absolute badass who also writes poetry. My all-time favorites are the seasonal options — and this year's fall collection surely hasn't disappointed. Evil Queen recently went under a re-brand and the new labels are simply a 10/10. They still feature the sassy one-liners I've grown to appreciate but have a much cleaner look any candle fan will enjoy.

    Get it from Evil Queen for $22 and check out the entire fall collection.

    11. A Minnie Mouse plush featuring a removable 3-pound pouch to help calm your nerves and soothe your anxieties so you can drift off to dreamland sooner rather than later.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, shopDisney

    I recently received one of these and love it so much it hurts. As someone with anxiety, I've learned how magical it can be to find a weighted item that is both cute and functional — this Minnie Mouse plush checks those boxes. It's soft, snuggly, and the weight inside of it helps create an appropriate amount of pressure when laying down with it. Highly recommend for my fellow anxious Disney Adults.

    Get it from shopDisney for $39.99.

    12. A milk frother to pack a powerful, spinning punch despite looking rather delicate. It'll help transform your at-home coffee into one worthy of an actual spot on your 'gram (seriously, a fleeting IG story simply won't do it justice!).,

    I invested in one of these this year and I'm so glad I did — I use it to make lattes at home and have saved a lot of dollars without having to run out to Starbucks every morning (just...once a week or so instead hehe).

    Promising review: "OMG, this milk frother makes my homemade latte taste like it was made by a barista. It was perfect. So perfect that I bought a second one for my brother who loves coffee to use. I've already recommended it to some coworkers. It has changed my coffee-drinking life. This comes highly recommended." —Michelle Pirestani

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 17 colors).

    13. A bag of powdered cheddar, because if you're like me the moment anything bad happens (big or small) in my day I just want to curl up with a classic "boxed" mac 'n' cheese and de-stress. Perhaps not the healthiest coping mechanism, but it's mine.

    review image of super cheesy mac and cheese next to bag of powdered cheddar and pasta

    Other reviewers like it in their potatoes, bread, and scrambled eggs.

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old son is super picky with his mac 'n' cheese (as in, would only eat Kraft) so when he had to go gluten free it was one of the things he missed the most. We tried all of the prepackaged gluten-free ones and he hated them. We found that he liked Barilla-brand gluten-free elbow pasta so I needed to find a gluten-free cheese to go with with it. This was a hit! I mixed it with a little milk and butter, and he ate two bowls. This is real cheese, all natural ingredients, and they suggest keeping it refrigerated. I'm glad we finally found a replacement for his mac 'n' cheese!" —Naomi A. Dejesus Howard

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two flavors).

    14. A toothpaste cap for anyone who typically wakes up singing "Somebooooody once told me the world was gonna roll me" à la one of the greatest soundtracks of all time... Shrek.

    CasualChicken / Etsy

    CasualChicken is a small business based in Irvine, CA, that sells an array of unique 3D-printed items.

    Promising review: "My order came well packaged and on time. Gifted it to my friend and she thinks it is hilarious." —Grace

    Get it from CasualChicken on Etsy for $6.99.

    15. A Theragun Mini, ideal if you often find yourself slumped over and sitting in weird positions for hours upon hours.

    a model using the black, handheld mini theragun
    Therabody / Via

    I have one of these bad boys and it has honestly been a game changer. When I posted on my Instagram that I had received one, the responses I got were WILD. People are PASSIONATE about this gadget and now I understand why. I've used it on the arches of my feet and have way less pain than ever before. The nozzle at the end contracts at a high speed (think, a tiny punching machine) that surprisingly doesn't hurt but leaves your body buzzing in a good way. In my opinion, it's worth the money and it actually does work.

    Promising review: "I received a Mini as a gift from my daughter last Christmas and LOVE it. It helps my sore muscle, aches and pain a great deal. It’s small, lightweight, and not noisy; I take it everywhere I go. Bought one recently as a gift to my brother for his birthday so we can spread the love and help his aching body." —Po W.

    Get it from Therabody for $199 (available in four colors).

    16. An elegant bottle of rose-scented bubble bath from Kylie Skin that you can break out on those terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days. Soak away the stress and pretend, for a moment, you're actually Kylie; a billionaire with 246 million IG followers.

    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed, Kylie Skin

    I'm shamelessly invested in anything Kylie (or Kim, for that matter) creates, because their products have never failed to disappoint me. My sister gifted me this bottle for my birthday, and I am obsesssssed. BuzzFeed writer (and fellow Kardashian-Jenner product lover) Ali Faccenda also has this delightful product. She said:

    "I am obsessed with taking baths and am a sucker for a good salt soak, bath bomb, or bubble bath. This bubble bath is such an elevated adult version (sorry, Mr. Bubbles), and smells like a lush bouquet of roses (aka my favorite flower). You will not regret this purchase. The bottle has lasted me a long time, and a little goes a long way! Ask me if I’m rationing this bubble bath because it smells THAT good."

    Get it from Kylie Skin for $26.

    17. Or a bag of Dr. Teal's bath salts to sprinkle into a hot bath and help yourself relax from head to toe while also nourishing your skin with vitamin C.

    a blue bag of dr teal's glow and radiance epsom salt
    drteals / Via

    Dr Teal's epsom salt is an important part of my pre-bedtime ritual. I'm a bath aficionado and have tried many (many) products in my tub — nothing compares. It smells heavenly, relieves any aches and pains in my body, and helps me to relax overall.

    Get it from CVS for $7.79.

    18. A set of two blooming tea flowers that'll transform your standard morning cup of tea into a beautiful ritual you'll want to Instagram every day.

    two containers with one filled with pink foil balls and the other with purple foil ball and a clear tea cup with tea and a blooming yellow flower inside
    The Grommet

    To brew the tea, just pour three cups of boiling water over an unwrapped ball, and wait for three to five minutes for the tea to bloom. The scents you can choose from are Brilliant Berry, Coconut Escape, Lush Lavender, Powerful Pomegranate, and Regal Jasmine.

    Promising review: "This is nifty and cute. My wife and granddaughter enjoyed sharing some tea time together." —Ralph

    Get it from the Grommet for $19.95 (available in six flavors).

    19. A set of LED lightsaber chopsticks you'll probably misplace in your utensil drawer but then have the opportunity to exclaim "THESE are the ones I've been looking for!" once you've finally find them., Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    I know for a fact that BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord treats herself to sushi every Friday and takes her "treat yo' self" meal a step further by devouring it with these fun chopsticks.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for a friend's birthday present (he is a sushi waiter) and these are flippin' AMAZING. I ordered two sets by mistake, but I am totally keeping the second pair for another gift (or for myself!). These are sure to be great conversation pieces and attention-getters. Way to go!" —T. Redwood

    Get them from Amazon for $18.97.

    20. A pair of gigantic peanut butter cups because I honestly cannot think of many reasons (other than being allergic to peanuts, duh) why you shouldn't have this in your life RIGHT NOW.

    model holds jumbo peanut butter cup that's as large as their palm
    The Grommet

    Get a pair from the Grommet for $11 (available in six flavors).

    21. Matte hair clips made to work with *all* hair types — yes, even if you've broken your hairbrush while trying to comb through your bedhead, you can rock one of these beauties!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely recommend buying these if you have really thick hair like me. I haven’t been able to find clips that don’t break in my hair or that hold up all my hair. These clips are really tight, and I wear them at work with no problems, and they come in cute colors!" —Bethany

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. A fantastic coloring book with playful illustrations of characters from your favorite spooky movies that you won't be able to resist adding to your cart. I mean, just look at the cover — it's pink and has a sandworm on it!

    WrenAndWilson / Etsy

    Wren & Wilson is a small business based out of Leicester, United Kingdom, that sells stickers, art prints, and other pop culture–inspired items.

    Promising review: "This is so much fun; I’ve had so many relaxing evenings cuddled up with a blanket and hot chocolate doing some spooky coloring after work! ☕️ 🍁" —Tamara Janes

    Get it from Wren & Wilson on Etsy for $10.07.

    23. Fuzzy slippers to stylishly keep your tootsies warm and help you channel Sharpay Evans vibes at all times.

    a reviewer wearing the pink slippers with their feet kicked up

    BuzzFeed writer Allison Faccenda has these babies:

    "I'm so obsessed with these slippers, and they're perfect (and trendy) for wearing around my home. They have a durable bottom as well if you need to pop out of the house to grab the mail."

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 5–13 and 15 colors).

    24. Fa-boo-lous skeleton earrings you definitely don't *need* but absolutely will want for the upcoming spooky season.

    a big hanging earring shaped like a skeleton made of beads

    Get them from BaubleBar for $52 (and check out their entire Halloween collection!).

    25. A subscription to Book of the Month, so when you finally score a moment of free time you can spend it reading something new.

    bookofthemonth / Via, bookofthemonth / Via

    I was gifted a year of Book of the Month for my birthday one year and to date it is one of the best things I've received. There are few things as satisfying as getting truly lost in the pages of a good book — and it'll provide for a great distraction for your mind if you've recently been stressed. Each month you'll be permitted to choose one of four books, all of which are different genres. Then the book you selected will be delivered to your door. Magic! Excuse me, I need to re-up my subscription.

    Get a three month subscription from Book of the Month for $49.99.

    26. A scratch paper art set that'll take you right back to your elementary school days but also provide a fun way to decompress after a stressful day.


    Promising review: "Ahhh I love these so much, takes doodling to a whole new level! It's an anxiety relief like you wouldn't believe. Plus my kids also get a kick out of them. These are so worth it and I'm going to be keeping these stocked up!" —Katie Toomey

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. A ball of "therapy dough" you can knead, roll, and pull to your heart's content while soothing your anxieties and stressors at the same time.

    person's hand with ball of dough
    Quirky Ginger Uniques / Etsy

    This is a best seller from a woman-owned small business run out of Colorado — the reviews speak for themselves!

    Promising review: "Nice smell, loved the texture! Does not get under my nails and relieves stress quite well. The color is beautiful as well and I look forward to using this more often! Thanks :)" —Anna

    Get it from Quirky Ginger Uniques on Etsy for $7.50 (available in eight colors and seven scents).

    28. A monogrammed mug with a beautiful floral design from Rifle Paper Co. you can sip some soothing tea out of to calm your uptight mood.

    Four monogrammed mugs

    I just love Rifle Paper Co. and know that if I was having a rather stressful day, glancing over at this beautiful mug would fill me with joy.

    Promising review: "These cups are exquisite. I bought three and will get more! 1) they look exactly like the photos. Colors are vivid & beautiful; 2) gold lettering is thick & still subtle (you can see it if you want to and you can watch it disintegrate, too. Super well done); 3) ceramic is solid yet not clunky. Excellent quality; 4) I love a good British cuppa, especially if its made out of fine bone china. These are not, yet hold the heat equally well and are almost as tender on the lip. Totally in love :)" —LiselFrench

    Get it from Anthropologie for $14 (available in 26 styles).

    29. And tea bags in a variety of whimsical shapes that'll make your cup of tea *that* much more exciting. Your evening spent at home reading just got a whole lot more fun.

    Tea Heritage

    Tea Heritage is a small business based out of Lyon, France, that sells adorable tea bagss.

    Promising review: "Delicious tea, beautiful tea bags. Such a treat!" —Becky McMahon

    Get them from Tea Heritage on Etsy: Clouds (available in six flavors), the dresses (available in three flavors) from for $9.32.

    30. Smiley face socks to bring an extra touch of happiness to your look. The best part? You can choose whether you want the world to see 'em or not based on if you choose to cuff your jeans.


    Everything50off is a small business that offers an array of cute accessories.

    Get them from Everything50off on Etsy for $13.68 (originally $17.10; available in eight colors).

    31. A dinosaur-shaped chip-and-dip set, because why should Taco Tuesday be treated like a normal ol' meal? Use this fun lil' accessory to take things to the next level.

    reviewer image of t-rex holding taco

    Promising review: "My kid and husband love this!!! My 5-year-old wants tacos a lot more often now, and he doesn’t act like it’s such a chore to eat dinner now. Fun, durable, easy to clean, and works exactly like we wanted. Now we want the other dinosaurs so that everyone can have one at dinner!!" —Cari

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 and you can grab the other array of dino species here

    32. A set of Moon Globes you can leave in your fridge or freezer then break out when your skin is in need of some *chill time*. A must for anyone who is prone to puffy under-eyes., Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    Kiramoon is a woman-owned brand whose founder, Lindsey, went on a mission to make skincare and its packaging reflect the joy it brought her at the end of a long workday. With every Kiramoon purchase, they donate a portion of the proceeds to Bring Change To Mind, an organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.

    BuzzFeed writer Ali Faccenda has tried these babies out and loves them:

    "Okay, not only are these incredibly fun to look at (they're literally a magical, unicorn-majestical, work of art), they feel so amazingggggg after a long day. After much bloating and a puffy forehead and tense jawline, these are such a relief to use. Skincare and self-care should truly always be this fun. These are an upgrade from facial rollers and WAY cooler."

    Get them on Asos or from Kiramoon for $42.

    33. And Mickey-shaped stud earrings that'll look oh-so-cute whether you have multiple piercings or just the one.

    tiny mickey-shaped earring with two other round earring in a row of piercings behind it
    Imaginex Ears

    I recently got these beauties and haven't taken them off since! I love their minimal design, as they coordinate perfectly with the other earrings I already had in my ears. Who doesn't perk up over new jewelry?? Also, they're from Imaginex Ears, a small business that sells an array of Disney-inspired accessories.

    Get them from Imaginex Ears for $25 (available in three finishes).

    My improved mood after buying myself a bunch of stuff to make up for the bad day I had:

    The Walt Disney Company

    Note: Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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    a row of decorative blue presents with different colored bows
    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

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