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    Literally Just 10 Products We Really Love Right Now

    Products that bring so much joy to the BuzzFeed shopping team, we just had to tell you about them. #SorryNotSorry if we gush.

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    1. A perfect (and shockingly affordable) pool flamingo who you should definitely give a fancy name.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Like the rest of the world, my life was forever changed a few summers back when Taylor Swift flaunted her impressive array of pool-float wildlife at her Fourth of July party. I knew I had to have one. I've always been partial to flamingos over swans, perhaps because I'm far more quirky than elegant. Although I pined for a pool flamingo to call my own, I didn't actually acquire one until last summer, when I found this one for TWENTY DOLLARS on Amazon (I've seen some that cost over $100). It was love at first sight. But the real entertainment value came from breaking her out with my friends. One of my besties took one look and dubbed her "Janice," and that was it: Janice became the queen of my Instagram. By the end of the summer, she had an entire backstory (don't ask her about her on-again-off-again relationship with the floaty alligator, it's a sore subject).

    While those are really the important things, she also holds water (lol) in the quality department. To get to the pool we have to cross a very narrow bridge, and Janice was too large to fit in the car when fully inflated. So on several occasions, my friends held her by the face from the passenger seat with her neck out the window and her butt in the air as I slowly drove over the bridge. I was laughing harder than I ever have in my entire life, but it's no joke how impressed I was with how well she withstood our ridiculousness all summer. I can't wait to see her again this year. —Katy Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    2. A game-changing gum made with caffeine that's an instant solution to your midday slump — without all the sketchy ingredients found in energy drinks.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Being a working human means I'm often tired as hell. Even in college, I had such a hard time not feeling sleepy in class. Now I get to work and immediately head for the coffee machine because I need all the help I can get to kick-start my day. After my morning brew, I'm typically awake and productive until around early afternoon. Then lunch happens. Then my post-lunch nap kicks in and I want to pass the eff out under my desk. What can I say, I'm an exhausted human! Life is wonderful but also a lot, and sometimes I need a midday energy boost that doesn’t involve inhaling a gallon of coffee. This is where NeuroGum comes in.

    It’s literally gum with 40mg of caffeine (about half the amount of caffeine in an average cup of coffee), so it’s great to chew throughout the afternoon without having to worry about it keeping you up at night. It also has 60mg of L-thanine, which is the main amino acid in green tea, so you get a natural energy boost without all the sugars that you’d find in energy drinks. THIS MEANS NO JITTERS. NO CRASHING. Just a good’ ol boost of energy. I was skeptical about this gum at first. I thought there was no way gum could wake me from my afternoon lull and increase my attention so I could get more work done. Guys, I was wrong. This stuff works, and works well. I even gave some to my coworkers who said they noticed a difference immediately after chewing it.

    Around 2 p.m., I pop a piece in (I looove the cinnamon flavor) and I have an instant energy boost. It’s magic. There are nine pieces in a pack and I chew about one a day, so an entire box lasts me a month — which isn’t bad considering it literally gives me life every single day. It's gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO, and I think it's a way better option than energy drinks. —Kayla Suazo

    Get it from Neurogum for $3.99 per pack, or six-packs of the mint flavor from Amazon for $19.95 or Walmart for $21, or six-packs of the the cinnamon flavor from Amazon for $21.

    3. An absolute lad of a proboscis monkey plush, who is doing his best.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Gaze upon this wonderful proboscis monkey plush. Admire his perfect curves. Just looking at his smiling, big-nosed face lets me know that I, too, can do my best today. I love my round son and honestly you will too. He has nice silky fur and the perfect amount of squish. Sometimes I just let him sit in my lap while I do work in the office. The product description says he's "literally more monkey than you can handle," but I think it's just the right amount. Please consider getting your own circular friend to snuggle, because life is hard, but this monkey is very, very soft. —Bek O'Connell

    Bek isn't the only one who loves this monkey! BuzzFeed published a whole article on how much Amazon reviewers love the mini version of this special boy.

    Get it for $29.99 or the mini version for $16.92, both from Amazon.

    4. An odor-neutralizing candle that's meant to mask pet funk, but will also work on every other unsavory smell in existence.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed,

    I first discovered Pet House Candles when I lived with Cleopatra, an adorable English bully with lots of 'tude who basically treated our velvet couch (with a slipcover!) like her throne. We resided in a pre-war apartment building (100+ years old) with no central air. So you can imagine that, despite us running the window AC unit during the day for Cleo, it could get funky in there! Anytime I was in the apartment awake, a candle was burning. I have an aversion to "clean linen" and other typical odor-neutralizing scents because they're so closely associated with that task that even if (IF!) they cancel out the odor, I know it's there. In short, I was spending oodles of cash on regular candles not designed for neutralizing odors.

    But from the first time I lit one, this candle WORKED. Within 10 minutes of lighting it, its regular-candle smell covered up any noxious odor. Really! I started evangelizing its fragrant powers and have been all about it ever since. A few months ago Cleo and I parted ways (just as roommates!) and I've been living solo in an apartment where at least one of my neighbors smokes a lot of weed. Like, the smell comes in through my window AC unit. Sigh. So I've been using these candles to neutralize that smell. The candles are *so* powerful that I can keep one lit for about 20 minutes, blow it out, and continue to reap the beautiful benefits for several hours. They're quite slow-burning anyway, but that keeps them in rotation even longer. So I'm sadly not graced with Cleo's slobbery presence every waking hour I'm in my apartment, but I came out of that living arrangement with even more than a lifelong doggy friendship! —Elizabeth Lilly

    Check out her full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.85 (available in eight scents).

    5. A lunch bag that'll warn people not to mess with you and — more importantly — your food.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    If you're not familiar with the brand Blue Q, you need to get acquainted — I've written before about how much I love their socks, and their shopping, cosmetics, and lunch bags are no different. I've had this Hangry lunch bag for quite a while now, and it's almost absurd how much joy it brings me whenever I use it — and not just because it's filled with food.

    Although I work in a good place when it comes to having a wide variety of lunch options, choosing what to get and taking the time to actually get it is taxing both for my patience and my bank account — sometimes I'd keep putting off figuring out what to eat until I was already hungry and grouchy. Not a good combo. Besides, bringing food from home was the *easiest* thing to forget every morning when running out the door, already five minutes late. But with this bag, I haven't forgotten it once! I just hang the bag on my doorknob, and the bright orange screams, "WAIT, GET YOUR LUNCH!" before I can possibly head out the door.

    It fits all the various lunches I've ever dreamed of — curry chicken salad lettuce wraps, pesto pasta salad, containers of fresh fruit, cookies, potato chips, yogurts — with plenty of room to spare. Constructed from 95% post-consumer material (aka recycled woven polypropylene), it's v durable and has shown no signs of wear, whether I've crammed it full of food, shoved it into an overstuffed backpack, or torn into it when the hanger struck. And it just makes me HAPPY, from the color to the weird little wolf guy who is SO clearly ready to eat. I feel seen by him. And I'm not alone; I've even been stopped in the middle of a subway station because someone loved this bag so much and wanted to get a closer look.

    The best part? It also serves as a warning to any office lunch thieves who might be looking for an extra snack: 'The owner of this lunch is hangry. If you take this girl's bites, she might bite back." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in nine other sayings) or Walmart for $10.26.

    6. A Kakashi mug to give anyone whose favorite things are ninjas and coffee just the kick they need in the morning.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    I watch a LOT of anime. One of my fave series is Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, and I try to snatch up as much merch as my bank account allows. One of my absolute FAVORITE Naruto-themed items that I own is this EternalRivalDesigns parody Starbucks mug from Etsy. It features my favorite character of all time: Kakashi Hatake. (If you don't watch Naruto, I will just say he is extremely badass. But please go watch Naruto.)

    Besides the awesome design, the mug itself is just really great quality. It’s pretty heavy, and the glaze is very smooth, with no bubbles or cracks, which tends to be a problem with ceramic mugs. It’s simply a joy to drink out of. I'm a coffee addict, and this mug makes coffee time even more amazing, if that's even possible. I will admit that none of my other mugs get any love anymore because I'm always using this one. BTW, if Naruto isn’t your show, the Etsy shop that makes this mug also has a bunch of other character designs from popular series like Sailor Moon, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, One Punch Man, etc. I’m already itching for another one, TBH. —Yi Yang

    Get it from EternalRivalDesigns on Etsy for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and with white or black inside). Find more characters here.

    7. A dessert-themed pet bed so cute, my little tart can't take it.

    Mal Mower / BuzzFeed

    My favorite kind of shopping is cute-induced impulse shopping. For the most part, the treasures I find are for the real treasures in my life, my cats. The best purchase I've ever made for them is this fruit tart bed. I'm obsessed with it, they're obsessed with it, and Instagram (the higher judgment we should all look to when trying to improve our lives) is obsessed with it.

    The bed itself is pretty small. My cats are Bambinos, so they have short legs, and with the fruit inside I think this would best fit a kitten. That being said, the fruit comes out of the tart and leaves plenty of room for any well-fed, full-grown feline. My cats hate everything I buy for them, but they took to this immediately. From my impressive background studying feline behavior (I watched a lot of Animal Planet as a kid), I think one of the reasons they like this bed so much is that the "crust" is both sturdy enough to stand on its own and soft enough for them to stretch and lean into.

    Switching our focus to the fruity bits, this bed is a particular treat because the berries are the perfect size for my kittos to chomp on and play with. They also seem mesmerized by watching the fruits roll around on the floor. My cat Blair prefers to tuck herself into the bed and use the berries as pillows. Her brother Chuck prefers to attack the entire thing and attempt to devour it in one (literal) sitting, which makes me admire this thing for its quality as well. It's held up far better than anything Chuck has set his hungry eyes on before and I’m thoroughly impressed. It’s dang satisfying to find a product I love as much as my cats do — and that, my pet-parent friends, is what makes this fruit tart bed seriously sweet. —Mal Mower

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. An adorable print that pays homage to a classic '80s new-wave song., Emmy Favilla / BuzzFeed

    My boyfriend bought this 6x8-inch JaredGaines print on Etsy for me as a gift, and I love it because it combines a few of my very favorite things in this world: cats, tattoo flash art, and The Cure. I recently had it framed (in a vintagey-looking frame from home-decor wonderland HomeGoods) and it simply makes me happy every time I look at it. Which, you know, is pretty much the point of art in your home, so good job, boyfriend! The seller's shop is small and niche, featuring lots of flash-art-inspired prints that fans of punk bands like Rancid, the Descendents, NOFX, and the Misfits (among others) are likely to fall in love with. —Emmy Favilla

    Get it from JaredGaines on Etsy for $15.

    9. A travel tumbler that'll quench your thirst for a stylish and practical drink vehicle.

    Colin Gorenstein / BuzzFeed

    The question I get asked most frequently around the BuzzFeed office, other than "Any fun weekend plans?" (the answer is no, lol) is "What is that?" with one finger pointed at my Kinto travel tumbler. It didn’t strike me as much of a showstopper at the time of purchase — and in fact, its unfussy, minimal design is what I found most appealing — but, by virtue of it not being a Yeti, S’Well, or Hydro Flask, this drink vehicle has caught a lot more eyeballs than I would've expected. In the words of my market colleague Jessie Gaynor, "It looks like a status tumbler to me."

    Call it whatever you’d like, but you should know there’s much more to this Kinto than meets the eye: Its double-walled and vacuum-sealed interior keeps your bev very hot (up to 149°F) or cold (to 46.5°F) for six hours! Plus, it has a super-durable powder coating, which I can confirm has kept my tumbler's white exterior looking clean and brand-new for many months. —Colin Gorenstein

    Get it from Food52 for $35 (available in four colors) or Urban Outfitters for $36 (available in three colors).

    10. A sturdy treat-trapping ball that'll keep even the most precocious puppers entertained for hours.

    Francine Hendrickson / BuzzFeed

    To the shock of no one who knows me even a little bit, the only thing I love in this life is my dog Lily. She is the purest, cutest, most angelic one and therefore the products that bring me the most joy in life are products Lily loves. Recently I had to take Lily to the vet (which she did not love at all), and on a whim I bought her an everlasting treat ball in the hopes it would give her something to chew on/distract her once we got home. I’ve tried similar treat prisons, such as Kong, for Lily before, but she quickly got bored of them or got the treat out. To my surprise, Lily frickin' loved this thing. She immediately got to chewing and her tail was wagging away. She never got the treat out, and so this provided over an hour of chew time while I was able to cook and eat dinner without her hanging around waiting for food to fall (the usual). It took Lily three chew sessions to finish this treat, so it's not everlasting, but it’s pretty darn good for a dog who usually pries the treat out of its prison within 10 minutes and eats all of it.

    Since this treat ball has been introduced to Lily’s life, I bought a two-pack of refills and she is on refill number one. She did eventually get bored of this toy, but! I played a hide-and-seek game by hiding it under a blanket and she had to find it — and whoo boi did that renew her interest. Now she plays hide-and-seek with me, or by herself, by burying the treat in the blankets, finding it, and going wild with joy. Lily is in love with this toy and it’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen her do, and sooo we are both obsessed! —Francine Hendrickson

    Get it from Walmart for $7.11+ (available in small, medium, and large), Jet for $14.07+ (available in medium and large), or get the small ball from Amazon for $13.29, the medium ball from Amazon for $13.19, or the large ball from Amazon for $21.99. Get the treat refills from Amazon for $2.99+.

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