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    1. An easy, cozy dress for those days when you wish you could just wear your pajamas to work, but you unfortunately have to put on actual clothes.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This effortless little number has quite the fan base — it's got over 4,000 positive reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, I'm in love! This dress feels like a soft T-shirt. It's very stretchy, so comfortable, and the length is perfect! I feel beautiful in this. You can totally dress it up with boots, a scarf, or a necklace. I will definitely be ordering more colors." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 21 colors).

    2. A cool corner shelf that'll control your clutter and make anything you put on it instantly look Pinterest-worthy.

    Home Depot

    Get it from The Home Depot for $69.25+ (available in three colors).

    3. An all-purpose cleaner you can rely on to clean up every mess you could ever possibly make. Buh-bye, cabinet full of single-purpose cleaning products you never want to use.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    You can even use it on clothing stains or to get ink off your hands.

    Promising review: "This is BY FAR the best cleaner I've ever used. There is no review I can give this that will do the product justice. It works great on carpet, furniture, tile, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, walls, I could go on. This is the last cleaner you will ever need to buy!" —GL!+cH

    Get a 32 oz. bottle for $7.99, or a 64 oz. refill jug for $10.18, both from Amazon.

    4. Miraculous pimple patches for a face so clear, everyone will assume you're a skincare pro.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Yes, the white spots in the pic on the right are, in fact, bits of gunk pulled from the reviewer's pores!!!

    Promising review: "Okay, what is this sorcery?? I can't believe I never knew these existed. I seriously felt like a teenager again last weekend. Literally days after talking about how great my skin has been, this giant, painful, bulging zit was starting to form right in the middle of my chin. A week before my cousin's wedding, naturally. It was like it wouldn't stop growing, and spot treatment solution was doing absolutely nothing. It hurt so bad, and I couldn't help trying to pop it, but it refused. Then I heard about these. I placed one on my chin the second they arrived in the mail. After a few hours, I saw the white forming and I was curious and peeled it off. Then I put a fresh one on before bed, and come the next morning...HOLY COW, the entire dot of the patch was now a giant white blob. This zit was no joke. It's amazing how much fluid/pus had to get sucked out. Like I said, this is some magic. The zit completely went away within a day." —Heather R. Weather

    Get a box of 36 from Amazon for $5.60.

    5. Nonstick fluted cake pans to make even the cakes you just made from a mix look all ~fancy~.

    Walmart

    *Immediately thinks of the scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding where Ian's mom brings a bundt cake to the party*

    These pans are dishwasher safe!

    Get a set of two from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.

    6. A rotating, adjustable cosmetic organizer so you look a little less like a makeup hoarder.

    amazon.com

    It's got over 1,500 positive reviews! Plus, the height of each tray is adjustable, so it can fit several different sized products.

    Promising review: "I'm very happy with my purchase. It did just what I wanted it to do. I have a huge collection of makeup, but it was all so cramped under my vanity and I had a hard time finding exactly what I wanted. I do believe those days have finally passed. This organizer is currently holding about 70-80 products of all sizes. It was easy to put together. I like that I can rearrange all my products to suit my taste. The lip around the shelf is high enough so that the products are easily stored without everything falling out when I rotate it. It feels sturdy and it rotates very smoothly." —M. Johnston

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors and three shapes).

    7. Adorable fine-tip pens that write so nicely, you won't have to worry as much about making your ~unique~ handwriting legible.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These pens write really well, are superfine, and are pretty adorable. I didn't think I would like them so much and was worried they would smear really badly (I'm left-handed), but they don't. The caps stay on nice and tight, and they're easy to stick on the end of the pen while you're using it and they don't fall off. Now I just have to make sure people don't steal them from my desk..." —Laurabear

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $5.69.

    8. And some pretty stationery, because your grandma does not want to receive a thank you note written on a legal pad.

    FourWetFeet/Etsy

    Get a set of ten cards with envelopes from FourWetFeet on Etsy for $17 (available in four colors).

    9. A teeth whitening charcoal powder that'll make everyone think you've never touched coffee or candy in your damn life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Over 15,000 (!!!!) Amazon reviewers are in love with this stuff, which you just brush on like you would toothpaste. It'll leave you with teeth so shiny, Chip Skylark himself would envy them.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write up on this powder plus more products with amazing before-and-after photos.

    Promising review: "I've only used it four or five times so far, and the results are excellent! I had stains on my teeth from tea and red wine, but they're all gone! This costs less than whitening strips, is easy to use, and has no unpleasant taste. It's an awesome product." —katydid26

    Get it from Amazon for $19.89+ (available in two flavors).

    10. An adorable mini vacuum to quickly banish crumbs so the remnants of your desk lunch don't keep bugging your coworkers.

    Amazon

    Get the required AA batteries here.

    Promising review: "I keep it on my office desk to help clean off crumbs and dust. It's no louder than a hairdryer and has decent suction. It sucks up crumbs and dust without any problem. I've also used it on my craft table to suck up glitter and other small paper scraps, and again it worked seamlessly. It's a great little gadget to have on hand in several situations. I might just get another." —D. Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    11. A traceless hair tie so you can toss your hair into a messy bun in a pinch without ruining your 'do for the rest of the day.

    Anamaria Glavan / BuzzFeed, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Never end up with the dreaded post-ponytail crease ever again. These babies are also great to sleep in so you don't wake up with a total bird's nest for a head. I personally use these as my everyday hair ties and I love how gentle they are on my hair! Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review of them here (#1).

    Promising review: "It sounds like hyperbole to say that these hair ties changed my life, but it's true. I sleep with my hair in a messy topknot using these elastics every night. In the morning, I just take my hair down, run a brush through it, and that's it. My hair is done, and more voluminous than ever before. I do have pretty low-maintenance hair in general (long, naturally straight) but I never thought it could be THIS EASY." —Rachel P.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in eight colors).

    12. An upgraded T-shirt that's anything but basic, so you can still just throw on jeans and a tee but suddenly look all ~fashion~.

    Amazon, Forever 21

    Get the embroidered tee from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven colors) and the draped tee from Forever 21 for $25 (available in sizes S-L).

    13. A set of bamboo cutting boards so polished, they can double as serving trays sure to impress your guests.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the perfect assortment of boards for daily use in the kitchen and secondary use as serving platters. The largest board has a bread/vegetable flat side and a meat side with a liquid channel in it. The two medium boards have convenient handles that I I can put my hand through if needed, and the small one is a great snack tray." —Wardog

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $27.99.

    14. A glam statement necklace you can throw on to make even the most basic outfit suddenly look stylish.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "No less than STUNNING! I love this necklace. It came packaged very nicely and the color is spectacular. You won't be disappointed." —Audrey D

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in four colors).

    15. A set of exercise cards so you can customize a guided workout that won't make you want to curl up in a ball and cry. No one has to know your personal trainer is made of paper.

    amazon.com

    Each card includes an exercise with illustrated instructions, a suggested number of reps, and is broken down into three difficulty levels, so even beginners can have a great workout with them.

    Promising review: "These are a great way to making working out easy, especially when you aren't feeling motivated. I love that they're color-coded by body section so you can grab a card or two from each category and make sure that you're getting a good all-around workout. These make for new and fun workouts every day." —SoccerMom

    Get a pack of 56 cards from Amazon for $15.49+ (available in four workouts, from stretches to core).

    16. A subscription box guaranteed to make you seem like the most thoughtful gift giver ever, full of stuff your friend will love (from coffee and books to adorably quirky goodies).

    Cratejoy

    For example, Coffee and a Classic will send them a classic book, a hot drink, a bookmark, and two more cute items themed around the book (you can choose between three genres and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate). You can also opt for a slightly pricier version that'll also come with a mug and a snack.

    Meanwhile, each Quirky Crate will deliver the wannabe Zooey Deschanel in your life seven to 10 funky treats like stationery and accessories (plus every box includes socks, an enamel pin, and something by a featured artist).

    Get Coffee and a Classic for $28.49+/month or Quirky Crate for $33+/month, both from Cratejoy. Find more great subscription boxes here.

    17. A pretty file folder to keep your mess of papers straight and end the days of turning in dog-eared essays, because good presentation goes a long way.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It can expand to hold up to 150-200 sheets of paper! Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these awesome folders.

    Promising review: "I'm a college student with a lot of papers to carry. I was looking for something cute and easy to carry that fits manila folders and keeps smaller folders from getting crinkly. This DID IT. I can't express how much I love this — I got a second one that's coming very soon! I can throw loose leaf papers, folders, or even books or small notebooks in this, and nothing gets crinkled or bent. I get a lot of compliments on it as well!" —Alexa Viz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors, or find it in floral prints here).

    18. A one-and-done dryer brush for a blowout no one will believe isn't professional.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This brush may be full of hot air, but the 4,000 reviewers who swear by it aren't.

    You never need to deal with trying to balance a hair dryer and a round brush ever again! Let your hair air dry most of the way, then use this genius tool (which has two heat settings and a cool setting) to give your strands a just-stepped-out-of-the-salon vibe. Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this amazing brush.

    Promising review: "I'm no professional hair stylist, nor do I have a lot of time to do my hair, but this blow dryer brush makes getting ready so much easier. I just section my hair into small pieces, use this tool from my roots to the tips, then curl it in at the tips. This adds a lot of volume to my hair and a nice wave to the ends. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, easy blowout!" —C

    Get it from Amazon for $33.49+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A collapsible storage ottoman perfect for stashing all your clutter when your family visits. "Yes, mom, of course I spent this weekend cleaning!"

    amazon.com

    It's the grown-up version of shoving everything under your bed!

    Promising review: "This bench has served more uses than I ever could have imagined. Originally, I bought this just for the added storage. Not only does it fit all my bulky sweaters, but it's a great way to have additional seating in my room and I can use it as a table or footrest! When the package arrived, I couldn't believe how compact the bench was. The assembly takes all of three seconds, and it's completely self-explanatory. You unpack, unfold, and cover. It's so simple." —Miranda

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

    20. Cute exercise leggings, because it doesn't really matter what workout you're doing as long as you look cute doing it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    These have over 1,000 positive reviews! They also have a hidden pocket and are made from a sweat-wicking material.

    Promising review: "I love love LOVE these pants! 90 Degree pants are my favorite workout pants, and I live in them since I’m also a personal trainer. They're comfortable, durable, affordable, and they've got great stretch for thick legs!" —Elly Patrick

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 40 prints).

    21. A sleek, whimsical watch so people will think you care about punctuality, when really all you care about is the cute little kitty hidden on the face.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have very small and narrow wrists, so wearing watches or bracelets was always a hassle for me because almost none of them would ever fit right. They'd always be too big for me, which was why the majority of the time I never bothered to wear them until I decided to take a chance on this Casio watch. The watch is very cute with its little cat design on the dial and leather band with plenty of holes to fit small wrists like mine. It has markings for each minute, keeps accurate time, and is water resistant (however, I wouldn't try submerging it). It's very fashionable, inexpensive, simple, and feminine. And best of all, I've finally found a perfect watch that fits!" —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85.

    22. Iron-on mending patches for making your favorite clothes look like new without ever having to sew a single stitch.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "A package of these paid for itself after one use. I used it to repair the cuff of my corduroy pants, which had gotten caught in a bike chain. There rip was going to be impossible to sew by hand, so I used a patch on the inside and outside of the cuff to hold it together. After a year of so of washes and dry cycles I noticed the patches coming up on the edges. I just peeled the original patch off after heating it up with and iron an replaced it with another one." —Ed Raton

    Get a pack of 10 two-inch-by-three-inch patches from Amazon for $3.72.

    23. A super cool spider plant, a species that's known for being very hard to kill. And because it comes already grown and potted, this multi-limbed friend requires basically zero effort.

    Bloomscape

    Bloomscape ships all their plants already in pots and with a drainage saucer, and they have experts you can chat with online whenever you have plant care questions. Let's be real, sometimes it takes a village.

    Get it from Bloomscape for $35 (available in five planter colors).

    24. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation to take a natural makeup look to a whole new level. It's designed to perfectly match every skin tone, so people may think you just woke up like this.

    @fentybeauty / Via instagram.com, Ignacia Fulcher / BuzzFeed

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review here (#5).

    Promising review: "This is the only creaseless, perfect coverage, transfer-resistant, longwear, perfectly-matches-your-skin-but-looks-even-better foundation I've ever found. I had it on from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and literally forgot I was wearing it. I was just wearing the foundation, no other products. I almost didn't wash it off before bed; it's that lightweight! Thank you Fenty!" —NaanaEsi

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in 50 shades).

    25. A self-cleaning litter box that'll actually keep your kitty's space even more tidy than a box you'd have to put a lot of effort into cleaning would.

    amazon.com

    This brilliant box has motion sensors that detect when your furry friend is present, and automatically scoops up their business into an enclosed trap 20 minutes after they leave. All you have to do is change the tray every few weeks.

    Promising review: "I love this. My two cats are very picky about their litter box, but they both took to it quickly. The best part is that doesn't smell, and I don't have to touch nasty cat litter ever again! This scoops the poop into the compartment and I never have to see it. One litter cartridge lasts about 20 days, and I just change it when it starts looking ugly. It takes about two minutes to change the litter. I recommend this to anyone who hates litter, but loves their kitties and wants them to be happy and healthy." —Chey

    Get it from Amazon for $139.95 (available in two colors). Get refill litter trays here.

    26. Bento box lunch containers sure to make even the saddest of leftovers look like a masterfully crafted meal.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    They've got over 1,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these! They're great quality. I'm able to refrigerate, freeze, or microwave them without any problems. The compartments each easily fit about a cup. These containers are perfect for helping you stay on track with eating healthy or just to simplify your life. It's so nice to not have to cook dinner every evening. I just cook a lot over the weekend, meal prep for the week, then pop the containers into the freezer. The night before I put them in the fridge to defrost, then I'll just microwave them when I'm ready to eat." —Stephanie O

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $16.99.

    27. Chic-as-heck block heels that are just as comfy as flats but are a major step up (literally).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These deserve ten stars. They fit perfectly and are classy-looking heels!! I wore them to a wedding and had them on for well over eight hours, and not once did they hurt my feet. I felt like holding up my long dress so everyone could see my shoes. These heels are just perfect, and the ankle straps make my legs look even sexier. They're very comfortable shoes and I'll be ordering additional pairs. I would say order these — you simply can’t go wrong and your feet will thank you for it." —Minerva Bryant

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 5-11 and in 13 colors and prints).

    28. A handy battery-powered fabric defuzzer so you'll basically never have to retire your old fave clothes and bedding, and they'll still look like new!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Over 5,500 people swear by this thing! It's got three depth settings so you can get a just-right shave, and the lint-collecting compartment detaches so it's super easy to empty. Get the required AA batteries here, and check out one BuzzFeeder's rave review of this defuzzer.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this little baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m de-pilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. I’m obsessed. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything de-pilled. Everyone needs to own this." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in seven colors).

    29. A sexy padded lace bralette for when you want to look cute enough for ~company~ without wasting time forcing yourself into something 20 times less comfortable.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I had breast surgery and was having a lot of pain and discomfort wearing regular bras. My girlfriend recommended trying a bralette. It was so comfortable it felt like I wasn't wearing a bra. It gives me great support and shape under my clothing. And it's pretty! I was a 38/40DD before my surgery and am now slightly smaller; I bought the XXL and it fit perfectly. I've since ordered several more in different colors and I'm about to do so again." —Angel

    Get it from Walmart for $10+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 10 colors).

    We agree, Dan Rad.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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