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    26 Things Almost Everyone You Know Might Ask To Borrow

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    1. A tube of anti-blister balm that'll turn you into everyone's hero on your next hiking trip. No blisters mean y'all can hike all day long.


    Promising review: "All, I am proud to post that I had just completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in torrential rain and hurricane winds. It’s like when you walk from your car to your house door and you are soaked from head to toe — one of the absolute worst conditions for a marathon. A friend recommended Body and Foot glide, so I coated my entire foot, between the toes and all. I had NO BLISTERS after 26.2 miles in the pouring rain. My sneakers got soaked at the start, but I cannot rave more about this product. It's an incredible value to save you a lot of pain. I highly recommended this for bad weather, breaking in new shoes, etc." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. The Revlon Infrared Hairdryer — your sister might sneak into your room to steal because it gives a shiny, frizz-free, salon-esque finish without the salon-esque prices.


    The set includes the hairdryer, three sectioning clips, a concentrator, and a diffuser attachment.

    Promising review: "This dryer is my first venture into the ionic/infrared realm. Like most, I would notice my hair was much smoother after a salon blowout vs. a blowout at home. Yes, pricey dryers can make a difference, but changing to ionic infrared dryers will let you achieve smoother results at home. Believe it or not, this dryer lives up to the smoother hair claims. The force of air isn't the powerful blast of scorching heat I'm used to, but it still dries hair quicker than regular dryers. My hair is smoother and overall the dryer is less harsh on hair. It's a basic model with only two heat levels and high or medium blast options. Basic but for the price, it's perfect. If smooth, less damaged hair is your goal, l this is a perfect intro into the ionic realm without risking your budget if you decide it's not for you." —J.H.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    3. A leather waist bag that's compact enough for taking to your favorite music festivals, and stylish enough for your cousin to borrow for dates.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect little fanny pack! The black leather crocodile pattern is such a look! It's the perfect size and is very sturdy and durable and does not look cheap at all. I can fit my portable charger, my phone, money or a little wallet, and some lipstick all at once! you can also take the strap off and wear it as a black snakeskin belt which is a bonus. 10/10 recommend for any of you fashionistas out there!" —lydiagthompson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.50 (available in nine colors/designs).

    4. These polarized sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection — your mom will want to take them for a spin since they reduce glare and protect your eyes from the sun. Plus, the oversized look might make her feel like an ~influencer~.,

    Promising review: "I am SUPER picky about my sunglasses and have been wearing a favorite pair until they were about to fall apart since I couldn't find anything I liked. I ordered these on a whim and let me tell you, they're wonderful! They are nice and wide so they do not squeeze your head. They're very comfortable and the frames are nice and big!! The polarizing is legit and makes these so wonderful to wear outside!" —Lindsey

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in eight lens colors and in eight frame colors).

    5. A fancy-sounding cookbook because everyone in your family will be tempted to flip through it to learn more about incorporating wine into meals.


    Promising review: "Most food and wine pairing cookbooks are either too academic, too long-winded, or too stuffy. This book flips that on its head and provides a super digestible, short format way to learn about unique and lesser-known varietals in contexts that make sense to the every day cook/wine drinker. The narratives are approachable and fun, and the recipes are inventive while not being overly complex. I've loved learning about new wines (with recommended producers AND shops in our area) and experiencing how and why they pair with certain foods the way they do. If you enjoy food, enjoy wine, and want to learn a little more — this is the book for you!" —Seattle2018

    Get it from Amazon for $18.38 (also available for the Kindle).

    6. Or, a copy of You by Caroline Kepnes because if your friends watched the twists and turns in the Netflix series, they'll definitely be begging you to borrow the book afterward.


    I watched the Netflix series before I picked up the book and was in awe, so I thought the book would without a doubt be thrilling as well. I'm blown away by Caroline Kepnes' writing. The show was great, but the book hits you differently when you read Joe's thoughts and really get inside his mind. I loved it so much that I got the sequel, Hidden Bodies, and now I keep recommending the series to everyone!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.20+ (also available as a Kindle version, audiobook, audio CD, hardcover, and mass market paperback).

    7. Mike's hot honey, which goes great with potato chips. BTW, you might have to pry it out of your roommate's hands because otherwise there won't be any left for you!


    Reviewers enjoy using the hot honey on pork chops, pizza, French toast, fried chicken, Brussels sprouts, and more.

    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (available in packs of one, two, three, six, and 12).

    8. Or, bottles of Sir Kensington's special sauce you'll definitely want to hide from your roommate so you can enjoy it on dining hall burgers in peace.


    It's both soy and gluten–free.

    Promising review: "I really like the taste of Sir Kensington's Special Sauce Mayonnaise. It is a nice change from regular mayo. Sir Kensington's has a lot more flavor. I taste a slight hint of salt, vinegar, and some other flavors. I made a chicken salad sandwich using this mayo and it tasted great." —MJ

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.96 (available in 10- and 12-oz. jars).

    9. Some cute cactus and llama-shaped cookie cutters that'll have your neighbors obsessed with at first sight. They might keep coming back to borrow them for their own impressive desserts.


    Promising review: "It is my first time making sugar cookies, and the llama cutter turned out great. You just need to follow the outline, fill in using royal icing, put some sprinkles on, and.... DONE!" —debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A fleece throw your siblings will practically fight over when it's extra cold outside and re-watching Home Alone sounds like a cozy idea.


    Promising review: "It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights. It also has two different kinds of textured sides, one side is sleeker and the opposite side is fluffier. Has become one of my favorite blankets, and I would definitely order it again!!" —Emmy Liang

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 18 colors).

    11. A waterproof 4K action camera that'll give you such great snorkeling shots that your parents will beg you to borrow it when they go on vacation.


    The set includes the camera, a wireless remote, a waterproof camera case, two rechargeable batteries, and a charger.

    Promising review: "I got this camera so I can take some artistic underwater shots. This camera is waterproof so I chose this one for some action shots. I've used it a few times, and the picture quality results are excellent! This is the first time I am using an HD camera with 16mp, and after seeing the results, there is no need for my older camera any longer! There is also a wireless remote to catch action shots you can't reach, but it is not waterproof, so don't use this part of the device underwater! The camera is small enough to put in a purse or bag, it will not be big and bulky like older cameras. I love this camera, and will be taking it everywhere with me now!" —G Achord

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    12. This rolling screen cleaner because eventually, every iPad, phone screen, and laptop screen in the house will be marked with fingerprints and everyone and their mother will want to use it.


    Promising review: "This little device removes the oil from your screen. Often, when you are "cleaning" your screen by wiping it with a cloth, you are simply pushing around the oil into a thin enough layer to see through without noticing it as much. This device actually lifts the oil and removes it. My screen feels like new which is great because I am picky about my devices. Also, this is much better than cleaning the screen with some kind of wipe since repeated cleaning with most wipes will damage the screen over time. Unbeknownst to me, my wife was cleaning her screen daily and now her screen collects oils far too quickly because she wore off the protective layer. With this product, you don't need to worry about that. Clean it as often as you want/need and you can continue to enjoy that pristine screen without fear of wearing the oleophobic layer off prematurely. I would highly recommend this to others." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    13. Some suction cup kitty cat phone holders — your friends will just straight up say "I'm keeping one of these" because they're just so dang cute.


    Promising review: "I love these. I got em for my girlfriend to put on her phone, but we ended up bringing the cats that look like ours to bars. They stick on glasses as an identifier. Everyone LOVES them. We Instagram their outings constantly and people waaaaant to be like us. The spares are stuck on my fridge, or art prints in my house, but if I know anyone who has a cat likes one of the spares, I give it to them." —MLP

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $8.89.

    14. A jewelry cleaning stick that reviewers say restores your rings condition to as good as new so your dad can have his class ring looking spiffy and shiny again.

    Promising review: "This little pen brush is incredible! I have been wearing the ring since getting engaged in October, and even though I had it cleaned at the jeweler's in April, it just didn't seem as bright as it was when it was new and I thought it would just always be a little cloudy. But after cleaning it once with the Dazzle Stik, I was blown away by the difference — it looks as bright and sparkly as when I first got it! The key was cleaning behind the setting, shoving the brush through the hole behind the stone. It took me less than a minute to clean and I can do it whenever I want! And it's honestly better than when the jeweler cleaned it. I'm so thrilled!" —KFray

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    15. Bottle cleaning tablets because they'll become your best-kept secret for never having to replace your Hydro Flask, and everyone you know will be asking you to put these in their stocking this Christmas.,

    Promising review: "I got these because they were recommended on a Buzzfeed list, and I have no regrets. They cleaned my heavily stained coffee mugs VERY well with no scrubbing! I love that they're just a natural compound, so you don't have to worry about weird chemicals." —Rebekah Bridges

    Get it from Amazon for $4.80+ (available in packs of 12 and 36 tablets).

    16. These super warm mittens that your siblings will swipe from your drawer when they have to shovel the snow in the driveway.


    Promising review: "These mittens are much warmer than I thought they would be — a GREAT surprise. They are VERY soft and comfortable. I waited until I washed them before leaving a review. They wash like a dream — VERY easy and they came out as good as when I first received them. They are more than worth the purchase price. They are sturdily crafted and will last a long time. I just ordered a couple more pairs." —Hal

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 29 colors and mitten-hat combos).

    17. A durable 15-inch cast-iron skillet — your aunt will sneakily try to slip it in her purse so she can go home and cook for years to come without having to buy a replacement anytime soon.

    Promising review: "Throw your money at Amazon and never look back. I cook a great steak. I love cooking steak. Enter this cast iron skillet (shout out to my momma for the recommendation). Holy crap this thing rocks. I cook everything in this baby. You ever reheat pizza on a cast iron skillet? You ever get cold in the winter so you just heat up the skillet and let it sit in bed with you? Well, I have, and I have the burn marks to prove it. I love this skillet, what a phenomenal purchase." —Kyle Vincent

    Get it from Amazon for $49.90 (available in nine sizes).

    18. This foldable, waterproof travel duffel bag because reviewers say it's actually durable enough to hold a surprising amount of items. Your partner will want to use it on all their business trips, so you might want to get on Amazon and order a replacement bag for yourself.


    Promising review: "Seriously, this was the best for a carry-on bag. Make sure to air it out for a couple of days as it smells. This is only a few ounces and it really holds a ton of stuff — an extra set of clothes in case the airline loses my luggage, medicine, iPad, and half of my wife's stuff. It slips on the handle of my suitcase and does not slide around. It folds into a tiny packet. It will not let you down." —Robert B. Glickman

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

    19. And an easy-to-store knit travel blanket your brother will want to bring along the next time he wants a little extra comfort on the plane.


    The faux-cashmere blanket is machine washable and dryable, and it's one of ~Oprah's~ Favorite Things this year.

    Promising review: "I won’t be able to try this out as a travel blanket for another two weeks however I’ve been using it as a throw as I lounge around at home. I love the softness and warmth. It is nice and thin and easy to wrap up in. It fits in my carry on travel tote with no problem. Also as soon as I got it, I put it through the test of being able to roll it and put it back into its soft sleeve and that was not a problem at all!! I’m fine with the price and plan to order several for gifts. Bottom line: It’s fabulous and I give it TWO THUMBS UP!" —Pam A

    Get it from Amazon for $88 (available in six colors).

    20. A pair of microwaveable fuzzy slippers so you (and your sister, and your mom, and your dad) can keep your feet nice and toasty.

    Promising review: "I just received my slippers and I have already used them twice. I have circulation issues when I lay in bed and my feet are always cold, but these heated them right up and my feet feel so warm and cozy. They are very soft and plush and I love the scent of them too —very fresh and soothing. I usually have problems with scented products but this one has been fine. There are nights when I know that these slippers are the only thing that was responsible for getting me to sleep and staying that way." —Sher Jacobson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    21. This metallic maxi skirt that'll make your sister promise to do all your chores for a month just so she can borrow it for a Friendsgiving dinner.,

    Some reviewers recommend sizing up.

    Promising review: "The pictures do not do this skirt justice. I received over 20 compliments at our company Christmas party. It is both a light silver and dark silver at the same time and it picks up and mimics whatever color you put with it. It’s the perfect complement to any top!!" —Terri M

    Get it from Amazon for $12.69+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 14 colors).

    22. A set of nine pretty acrylic earrings — your friends might borrow a pair for a night out and then "forget" they still had them on the next morning.


    Promising review: "These are amazing!! I love that the colors in each pair have a lot of depth and dimension. Also, they’re very light so they won’t pull on your earlobe. I love to change up my earrings a lot so this set was great that it came with so many pairs. I even gave a couple to my sister." —E M

    Get the set of nine from Amazon for $13.95.

    23. This professional-looking double-breasted blazer your roommate might snag for their next job interview — just make sure they give it right back.


    Reviewers recommend sizing up.

    Promising review: "This blazer looks more expensive than it is. It's soft and comfortable but has structure. I wish they sold other colors." —Thomas Randolph

    Get it from Amazon for $88 (available in sizes XS–L and in black and navy).

    24. A fabric shaver because your parents are gonna steal this from you anyway to de-pill last year's holiday sweaters for family photos.

    Promising review: "So I got the defuzzer after washing some sweaters and socks together and it actually works! It did take time with how much there was, but it got the job done. I had to empty out the thing a good few times. The piles like to stick in the area where the fan is, so you'll need something small to get the stuff out. I found out leaving the container open and turning it on over the garbage will get some of the fuzz piles out. Not always but it should help." —Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in eight colors and as a battery-operated or rechargeable device).

    25. Wood polish to make your siblings jealous because of how incredibly well it'll restore your hand-me-down dressers.

    Promising review: "I used this on my grandma's antique dresser to get rid of some water marks, and was absolutely shocked and thrilled at the same time! Worth every penny!" —Pantera1014

    Get it from Amazon for $6.03+ (available in packs of one, four, and six).

    26. And a cocktail shaker set that your cousins will be lining up to borrow for ladies- night-ins.


    The three-piece set includes a 24-oz. shaker, a bar spoon, a jigger tool, and a cocktail guide book.

    Promising review: "I have had it for a while now and put it to good use and I am totally satisfied. It is made of sturdy metal of a decent weight and I have had zero problems with leakage or anything. I love the strainer at the top that makes pouring a good martini much easier. The dual-use shot glass comes in handy for unusual drink recipes. You can't go wrong with this set." —James Williams

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $11.99 (available as a one-piece and 12-piece set).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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