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    1. An ingenious hot air brush that's basically a blowdryer and round brush in one, so you won't feel like you need about three more limbs to get a profesh-looking blowout at home.,

    It's got two heat settings and a cool setting, not to mention over 4,700 positive Amazon reviews!!!

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this brush.

    Promising review: "Let's face it. It's near impossible to get a salon blowout look at home. Your arms get tired, and trying to manage a brush and blowdryer is a feat in and of itself. This brush is not just good, it's great! I love this brush! I actually like the way my hair turns out with this styler better than what I get at the salon — seriously. I love my hairdresser and she does a great job, but I have actually gotten more compliments on my hair when I do it myself with this tool. I'll probably get two more to give to my daughters as well, that's how much I love it. This is great and you can't beat the price!!" —debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A genius bracelet fastener, because who was the terrible person who decided that putting on a fab bauble should be a two-person operation??? IN YOUR FACE, whoever you are!


    Promising review: "This was the perfect solution to putting on my bracelets. Somehow my husband always puts them on twisted and I got so tired of trying to have him do the clasp over and over. This arrived the other day and I used it to put on my favorite bracelet and got it on (not twisted) with very little effort. I would recommend to anyone who has no help (or very little) putting on their jewelry." —Camelot

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49 (available in two colors).

    3. Waterproof screen repair tape so you can patch up holes in seconds, no expensive repairs or replacements required.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product that's very easy to use and saved me a ton of money as an alternative to replacing the screens. I have a sun room with very large screens (approximately 5' x 5'), which would've taken a lot of time and material to replace. Yes, you can see where I repaired the holes, but that's not a huge deal. I really like the fact that you can cut this tape to any size to fit almost all needs." —Jerrykyll

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

    4. A countertop herb garden that's got LED grow lights that turn themselves on and off automatically and indicators that remind you when it's time to feed or water your sprouts, so even folks who can barely grow a succulent can handle it.


    And doesn't food just taste better when you're able to say, "I grew these herbs in my garden?" I think you'll find that to be true thyme after thyme.

    It comes with Miracle-Gro plant food, plus seeds to grow mint, thyme, curly parsley, dill, Genovese basil, and Thai basil!

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review here.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (originally $189.99, available in two colors).

    5. A fast-drying grout-coating pen to get your tile looking brand spankin' new for, like, a zillionth the cost of a pro job.*


    *Okay, a little more than that, but you know what I mean.

    Promising review: "I bought this to clean up the pitted and cracked shower grout in my apartment. If I owned the place, I'd properly have had it re-grouted and sealed. But for the price, this did the trick and made the shower look sharp and clean. The paint dispenses easily and is pretty simple to apply evenly (and if you screw up, just use a sponge to wipe off where you colored outside the lines). It made it through its first cleaning test, when I sprayed with Kaboom tile cleaner. For my situation, it worked." —Beez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available two sizes and in three colors).

    6. Tasty by Wilton's Buttercream Icing 101 kit, which'll teach you how to concoct homemade buttercream frosting and use it to make cakes and cupcakes that look and taste store-bought — without the whole, you know, actually having to go buy them from a store part.

    Wilton, Michael Kilian/BuzzFeed

    It comes with six icing bags and three different-shaped icing tips, three colors of food coloring, rainbow sprinkles, and buttercream icing mix. Learn more about the new Tasty by Wilton kits here.

    Get it from Wilton for $14.99 or order it for in-store pickup at your local Walmart for $12.98.

    7. An acupressure foot massage roller over 3,000 reviewers love. It's so good that when bae refuses to rub your stinky feet (how dare), you won't even be mad.

    It's lightweight so you can move it around from your desk to the couch to anywhere you're chilling. It also comes with information on the reflexology points in your foot to help you relax to the max.

    Promising review: "I’ve been having so many issues with my feet the last few years. My feet hurt so bad. I’ve had tendinitis and now have plantar fasciitis. I get foot cramps all the time. After just one day with this under my desk at work, I feel a huge difference. My feet no longer feel tight and painful. They feel tingly, in a good way. I look forward to being able to go for a walk and not have to rest along the way. I love that it’s small, looks nice, and doesn’t slide around. I highly recommended this for anyone, with foot issues or not, if you sit a lot. It's a nice way to keep the blood flowing when stuck at a desk." —Vanessa Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    8. A zipper repair kit that'll make fixing the fastenings on bags and jackets without the help of a pro a breeze, even if you're not at all handy.


    The kit includes 11 replacement zippers in common sizes and designs, four bottom stopper replacements and six top stopper replacements, plus illustrated instructions and access to a customer service line that'll help you figure out exactly the replacement part you need.

    Promising review: "Incredibly easy! Big money saver! Amazing! Within ten minutes of opening the package I had repaired the zippers on two ski jackets. A tailor wanted $14 each to replace the zippers and I would have had to provide the zippers. It came with enough parts to fix several more. Wish I had known about this handy product a long time ago." —gbdoc

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available for clothing or outdoor gear).

    9. 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know, a tome full of insights on how to do everything from understand your plumbing system to cut heating costs to roll paint properly to protect your belongings. TL;DR, you'll no longer feel like you need to call someone to fix every little (or even medium-sized or big) problem.


    And because, realistically, there will be some things for your home you can't do yourself, the book even has sections on how to hire the best professionals for the job.

    Promising review: "I've only lived in apartments my whole life and my first home is a three-story colonial. I've never been really handy or knowledgeable about homes, so the idea of home maintenance in this large house was daunting, to say the least. I didn't even know how little I knew. I was pleasantly surprised by how many topics the book covers with handy tips, beginner-friendly instructions, and useful pictures and diagrams. My fiancé and I love it and will definitely be using this as a housewarming gift!" —KMena

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+.

    10. A fun sushi-making tool that couldn't be easier — you just load it with rice and the filling of your choice, close it up, and shoot out a roll that's ready to be wrapped and cut into maki. In other words, not unlike REO Speedwagon, it'll be here when you are ready to roll with the changes.



    It also comes with a mat to wrap your creation in nori!

    Promising review: "I honestly wasn't expecting it to work as well as it did. It makes making sushi something you don't even think about, rather than a whole day event you have to plan for. I make it for work every day now, and it's easy enough that if I have the rice made the day before, I can even make it last-minute that morning. You just put the ingredients in and the device does the rest, and it comes out in a perfect, easy-to-work-with roll, just like the commercials promise. Kind of like an icing gun, but for sushi. Probably will buy again since they make a wonderful gift for lazy sushi lovers. If you buy take-out regularly, this thing pays for itself in no time." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    11. A miraculous diamond cleaning stick precise enough to clean every last corner of your most prized gems and get them to shine as bright as Rihanna said they would — without paying a jeweler to do it.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this amazing stick.

    Promising review: "This thing works like magic! I have a rose gold morganite stone set into my engagement band that hasn’t been cleaned in over two years. I took it to a professional jeweler who recommended a $50 deep cleaning treatment. Luckily, I ended up finding this lifesaver on Amazon instead. It worked like a charm, and with a little elbow grease my ring looks brand new! Buy this and save yourself some cash money." —LittleBrittles

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    12. A peel-off barrier nail polish so you can erase all your mani missteps and end up with a salon-quality polish job.

    Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. Then, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and pretend it never happened! I won't tell.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It would've saved me so much money on manicures. I'm horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I've always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It's a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it's great." —Brittany N.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. Or if you want to get even fancier with your mani, some van Gogh-inspired stickers that give new meaning to the phrase "nail art." Everyone will be asking where you got them done and you can tell them, "It's a hot new salon called My Couch."


    You just pick a sticker that's close to the size of each nail, stick it on, and file off the excess to make it a perfect fit! Then seal it with top coat.

    Promising review: "I had these in a drawer for months. What was I thinking? They are gorgeous!!! They're so easy to put on and it takes no time at all, plus it's cheaper than a manicure. Just beautiful. It feels and looks like an expensive salon manicure." —Vivi

    Get two sheets of 14 from Amazon for $4.99.

    14. A just-add-alcohol travel Old Fashioned cocktail kit so you can craft a perfect drink at home, on a plane or train, in a hotel room, or anywhere where you've got access to booze but not a bartender.


    It includes enough ingredients to make six Old Fashioneds (other than the alcohol): aromatic bitters, orange bitters, grapefruit bitters, six sugar cubes, three cocktail picks, a muddler spoon, and a linen cocktail napkin.

    Promising review: "Everyone on the plane was jealous. I used this on a three-hour flight yesterday and had the closest thing you can get to a perfect Old Fashioned on an airplane. The flight attendant was confused at first when I asked for an extra glass, but after I explained, she was fascinated and actually watched me make the drink! She said it looked like a chemistry experiment. I highly recommend, even if it's just to start conversation on a flight." —Briana Sircy Wright

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    15. A deep-cleansing clay mask to yank every last bit of gunk out of your pores for the best (and most affordable) at-home facial EVER.

    You only have to leave it on for five to ten minutes! And psst — lots of people like to mix this with apple cider vinegar.

    Promising review: "I've heard so much praise about this clay that I was very skeptical, but this stuff is great! You can actually feel a throbbing pull about halfway through the time it's on. When I rinsed it off, my 60+ face felt like baby skin. I have really oily skin, which is great for keeping wrinkles at bay but hard on the pores. This is like a charcoal detox AND a facial. I get as good a result from using this once a week as I did with the very costly micro-abrasion cream I'd been using. I was surprised that this clay didn't leave my skin dry. Yes, you do have to mix it up yourself (like a DIY project), but it's worth the time. I'm amazed that a product this affordable is so good." —Shari's Peculiar Fascination

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    16. An absolutely adorable no-sew build-you-own stuffed animal kit, because it's simply not fair that some of us don't live near a Build-A-Bear.


    This option is also way more affordable and, bonus, no one will be around give you weird looks if you're doing it as an adult! ADULTS LIKE TO SNUGGLE TOO, OKAY???

    The kits come with a self-sealing animal, stuffing, a heart insert, and a birth certificate you can fill out! The cat one also includes a super cute storage backpack.

    Promising review: "What an adorable little husky! I got this for my boyfriend who wants a pet husky but can't have one in his apartment complex. He got a kick out of building the toy dog and writing its birth certificate. This husky is so soft and is small enough to keep on the couch without it being nuisance. Though it's geared for young kids, anyone can have fun with it!" —Marissa

    Get the husky and the snow leopard for $11.97, both from Amazon. Find more animals (and, most importantly, outfits and accessories to put them in) here.

    17. A handy zipper pull tool sure to make you say, "Where have you been all my life?!?" and make you pull all of those back-zip dresses out of the depths of your closet., Amazon

    Because Dakota Johnson has never been more relatable than in that scene in How To Be Single where she falls all over the place while trying (and failing) to zip her dress. Big mood.

    Promising review: "I bought a new jumpsuit from Amazon and after a struggle to reach to zip it up, I couldn’t have been more pleased. It fit perfectly, was flattering, and needed no alterations. Then all of a sudden it hit me. 1) I would have to struggle again to pull up and down that zipper when I had to go to the bathroom, and 2) it probably wouldn’t be in the privacy of my home. So, after an embarrassing plea for help at the dentist office, I decided to look up zipper pulls and came across this. I ordered it immediately. The next time I wore my outfit, I was ready. Even though my zipper had a tiny hide-away pull, it worked perfectly. I took it with me that day in the convenient included pouch, and no longer had to dread going into the bathroom." —carolw

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

    18. A bridal mini emergency kit that'll solve so many wedding-day problems, it'll basically make bridesmaids obsolete.


    But if you ARE a bridesmaid and want to be promoted to Best Bridesmaid Ever, this makes a fantastic gift!

    It includes clear nail polish, nail polish remover, hairspray, a tampon, a nail file, earring backs, a mini sewing kit, pain reliever, a safety pin, clear hair elastics, double-sided tape, a deodorant wipe, stain remover, breath freshener, dental floss, a tissue, adhesive bandages, bobby pins, blotting tissues, antacid, and even extra wedding bands in case someone MAJORLY screws up.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    19. A windshield repair kit so you can fix dings all by yourself. Spend a ton of money on a repair every time a pebble hits my windshield on the highway? You're cracking me up.

    The kit comes with chip-filling resin, an applicator, and everything you need to mount and apply it, plus instructions.

    Promising review: "I had a 'professional' come and fix a chip on my windshield and was not impressed with the repair. Based on his results, I decided to try this product on a chip on a different windshield (Can you believe two freeway rock chips in a week? Ugh!) and do it myself. Each kit comes with everything that you need for a single repair. This worked better than the pro job. If you follow the easy-to-use instructions, you should get very good results." —LaserBill

    Get it from Amazon for $9.02.

    20. A fast-drying, super strong metal glue perfect for anyone who makes their own jewelry or who has ever needed to reset a loose stone or broken link or clasp.


    Promising review: "I use this glue for antique jewelry repair. I've tried numerous other brands and nothing seems to compare. It works well for gluing rhinestones and crystals to metal fittings. I'll definitely keep it in my inventory." —J. Kreider

    Get a pack of three tubes from Amazon for $2.97.

    21. A mozzarella and ricotta making kit that comes complete with everything you need (besides milk) to make the Italian delights in just half an hour — it gives new meaning to the phrase "easy cheese."


    It comes with enough supplies (citric acid, butter muslin, a thermometer, vegetable rennet tablets, cheese salt, and a recipe booklet) to make about 30 pounds of cheese!

    Promising review: "I bought this because I've always wanted to make cheese. I decided to try it while my grown son and his girlfriend were visiting, and we made cheese together. We had so much fun and I am still making my own cheese. The instructions are clear and the kit has pretty much everything you need." —Renee Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    22. A set of heel protectors to conceal and stabilize worn-out heel caps in seconds. Because do you have time to go to the cobbler every time you wear a fave pair down to the nail? Heel no.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I never thought of searching for a product like this for the twelve pairs of heels that I have sitting around waiting for shoe repair before! These are awesome and will save me a bundle of time and money, since I won't have to haul my shoes to the inconvenient shoe repair shop. I'm so impressed. They fit really well. I used the measurement guide on the product page before ordering. They're also great in those emergencies when you lose your heel tip right before an important date or job interview!" —MarisaReads

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors and four heel thicknesses).

    23. A cool hot sauce making kit that'll literally and figuratively add some spice to your culinary endeavors.


    It includes three bottles, customizable labels, a funnel, sanitizer, gloves, a recipe book, two kinds of vinegar, brown sugar, peppers, and an assortment of spices.

    Promising review: "This was a very simple kit, but the sauce we made was very, very tasty and easy and fun to make. We look forward to making more in the near future." —Shelley Kishpaugh

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95.

    24. An 11-function stainless steel multi-tool you can keep in your wallet and whip out like a super spy in any emergency — and yes, that includes when your friends forgot a bottle opener.


    Promising review: "I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool which, again, I'll rarely use anyway. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! There's a screwdriver, four position wrench, butterfly wrench, direction ancillary wrench, and a two-position wrench for my common tool needs. On top of that, there's a can opener, knife edge, ruler, bottle opener (very handy to have!), and a saw blade for any other random emergency, which I find very useful. The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn't want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won't break with average use. " —Johann Christine Alcaraz

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    25. A subscription to Sun Basket, a meal delivery service featuring organic produce and clean ingredients that'll eviscerate any and all excuses you have not to cook yourself a healthy dinner.

    Alison Roman/ BuzzFeed, Sun Basket

    Each delivery includes three recipes of your choice (you get to pick between up to 18 weekly recipes offered on your chosen plan) and all the (pre-measured!) ingredients you need to make them. As if that didn't sound easy enough, the recipes are fast and simple (most take about 30 minutes, but there's even a special "Quick & Easy" plan you can opt for if you're super pressed for time), and you can skip or cancel your deliveries whenever you need to!

    One BuzzFeeder tried a bunch of different meal subscription services and chose Sun Basket as her fave!

    Get two to four recipes per week, for two or four people, on one of 10 classic plans (including "Chef's Choice," "Lean & Clean," and vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian, and diabetes-friendly options) for $11.99+/serving, or two to four recipes for a family of four per week on the family plan for $10.99/serving.

    When you successfully complete everything on your to-do list all by yourself:


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