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    31 Useful Products To Help You Get Through 2021

    A standing desk, hydrating skincare goods, a cookbook, and more things to help ya get through the new year.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A P.Volve equipment starter kit that includes a three-month digital membership so you can bring the gym straight to your living room. Oh, what's that? It's you getting a good burn in without having to leave your house!


    Kit includes a p.ball,, 1.5 lb. ankle weights, heavy ankle band, gliders, and the three-month membership. The digital membership gets you access to tons of cardio, sculpting and recovery videos.

    Promising review: "Great set of equipment for a fully body workout. These pieces helped me focus on my arms, abs, thighs, and booty! Bonus, all of the equipment is small and easy to store since I don't have much space in my current apartment." —Reviewer

    Get it from P.Volve for $159.99.

    2. Cook Once, Eat All Week — a cookbook featuring 26 gluten free recipes that, you guessed it, will get you through an entire week with only cooking once. Busy weeks stand no chance with this in your cookbook arsenal.

    Reviewer image of the cookbook with a bunch of ingredients

    Promising review: "I really like this cookbook and I am no cook, but this book makes me feel like I am! Step-by-step instructions that don’t overwhelm. It’s so practical for me as a mom of three boys! My husband was able to help with the meal prep on the weekend and then during the busy week, boom, I have fresh DELICIOUS dinner cooking IN THE OVEN in about 5 mins. I’ve had time to clean up kitchen, set table and enjoy my family without slaving away everyday in the kitchen for dinner! I’m going to start doubling the recipes so we can all have lunch the next day too. My boys have loved all the recipes! Fed and Fit delivers AGAIN! Life hack cook book for sure!" —Candace

    Get it from Amazon for $19.36.

    3. A curling wand with five different-sized, interchangeable barrels guaranteed to give you blowout-status waves, curls, and volume at a fraction of the price...and in your own home. Now this is what beauty on a budget looks like.

    The different sized barrels and the curls they create,

    It has over 2,600 positive reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: " AMAZING curling wand! I’m a hairdresser and I’ve tried it on many different types of hair and it works perfect. The different attachment sizes makes this such a good deal for the price. Works better than others I’ve tried that have been 3x the price! Also leaves hair smooth and prevents frizz." —Genesis

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    4. A cleaning putty that will use its oh-so sticky powers to get in every nook and cranny of your ride to remove dust, dirt, and every McDonald's french fry crumb.

    Model using the putty to clean out an air vent

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product, but it worked really well! Especially on the little crevices around the emergency break and gear shifter. I’d recommend this cleaning gel to everyone." —Panda H.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A waffle iron with a built-in overflow channel to catch any oozing batter and make for a mess-free breakfast. What's better than that AND waffles?!,

    "I love waffles but there’s so much more you can use a waffle iron for. I’ve made paninis, quesadillas, grilled cheese, cake, brownies, fritters. The best is cinnamon rolls. You can cook them in half the time and the indentations from the iron keep the icing from falling onto the plate. I use mine multiple times a week." —aestainback

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    6. A collapsible trunk crate with different compartments that'll work double time to keep everything neat and organized, and then prevent it all from rolling around the trunk.

    Reviewer image of the blue organizer in trunk holding various groceries

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I use one section to hold a bottle of windshield washer fluid, another to hold all my reusable grocery bags, and the biggest one to hold anything from a bag of groceries, or smaller packages — the things that typically would slide around all over back there while driving. The quality is great, super sturdy! I know it's going to hold up for a long while! I'm glad I paid a bit extra in this category of items for the quality." —Daivd A

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98 (available in two sizes and four colors).

    7. A set of silicone lids that'll stretch to fit and mold over any container that lost its companion lid. Or soda can. Or watermelon. Who ever said you couldn't fit a circle in a square clearly never used these.,

    Promising review: "I bought these to replace the lids on my Pyrex because they were all cracked. I have multiple sized Pyrex including rectangular ones. These lids are thin and stretchy which work perfectly around pretty much any dish. Even though they are all circular they stretch to fit the rectangular ones great!" —Matza

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. Home Chef — a meal subscription service that'll send ya everything you need for some stress-feel dinners. Don't stress about going to the store, wasting food, or wondering what the heck to make, because this budget-friendly service does all the work for you.

    A Home Chef meal with chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms

    You can truly customize your box based off food preferences and any foods you want to avoid.

    Meals start at $6.99 at Home Chef.

    9. Arch support compression bands for some sweet relief from pain caused by plantar fasciitis, flat arches, and other feet issues. Give your footsies the TLC they deserve so they can get *you* through the year.


    Promising review: "The first day I wore these was amazing I felt an immediate difference! Before I got my bands I would be in constant paint from plantar fasciitis and poor arches! I feel the lift and support in these bands more than my special arch supports from my podiatrist. Hopefully I won't need anymore cortisone shots as long as I have these on my feet." —mlenz

    Get a pair from Amazon for $18.95.

    10. And! Adhesive foot pads designed to cushion the ball of your feet and give you some extra support., Amazon

    Promising review: "I suffer from chronic foot pain. Unbearable! My aunt is a big fan of these specific foot pads, she had tried a couple others she found on Amazon, but said the others dont stick too well when her feet get sweaty. She mentioned that these stick all day. Tried them myself, I am a HUGE fan. Not only do they stick to my often moist feet without problems, they relieve so much pain! Will buy several more." —Roy Rosell

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $16.34.

    11. An "Always Pan" — aka a pan that, spoiler alert, does it all so *you* don't have to do it all for dinner. It's made to replace eight pieces of cookware so you can saute, fry, boil, sear, literally do it all, with just one pan.

    Our Place "Always Pan" showing all of the different components, like the nesting basket, stay-cool handle, spatula, and lid
    Our Place

    Comes with a beechwood spatula, custom stainless-steel steamer basket, modular lid, and of course, the pan.

    "I love my Our Place pan. It's a beautiful sage color that isn't an eyesore on my stovetop. I also really love the steamer basket, which is great for frozen dumplings, and the nesting spatula. No more sauce and grease dripping from the spoon all over the counter!" —Melanie Aman, BuzzFeed Shopping editor

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in five colors; ships in mid Februray).

    12. An aromatherapy balm stick formulated with bees wax, a variety of warming scents, and essential oils to help you relax, focus, and drift off into a sweet slumber.


    Promising review: "I typically do not write reviews but, I love this stuff. The first night I fell asleep faster and stayed asleep. My daughter also tried it and had the same experience. And, I LOVE the smell. I'd wear it during the day if it didn't make me sleepy." —Antonio

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six scents).

    13. An exercise bike that conveniently folds up in half so you can use it to squeeze in your weekly workout and then move for easy storage. The eight-tension system allows you to control the difficulty — and what I am basically saying here is, a solid living room workout is just a click away!

    Reviewer image of the bike set up on the mat in the living room

    The LED screen displays distance, calories burned, time, speed, pulse and scan.

    "I bought this bike just as the pandemic was starting this spring, and it was a *great* choice. I put it together in nooooo time flat, with the help of a handy YouTube video (as suggested by one of the reviewers). And the fold-up size is great, but the bike is sturdy and has great features for the price! I love the cushioned seat, which is muuuuuch comfier than most exercise bike seats I've sat on." —Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed Shopping editor

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99.

    14. A lip stain for tinting your pout pretty in pink whenever you need a dose of color. Build up coverage for a bold lip, or give it a swipe for subtle color. This is what we call a purse staple, my friends.

    Multiple bottles of Peripera's Ink Velvet lip stains in different red and pink shades

    Promising review: "I love them so much. It’s vibrant and buildable. It gives off an ombré effect when applied well, and honestly I use it as a cheek blush stain too sometimes." —Kimberly Mendiola

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59 (available in three shades).

    15. A collapsible menstrual cup that comes with a protective case you can toss in your bag so when Mother Nature arrives, you're ready.,

    The Intimina Lily Cup provides up to 12 hours protection, covers a light to medium flow, is made of medical grade silicone, and comes in two sizes.

    Get it from Intimina for $29.95.

    16. A Tile you attach to the belongings you, uh, lose far too often than you'd like to admit. Where the heck did I leave my keys? I swear I left my purse right there... Yeah, no more of that when you have Tile!

    Tile attached to the zipper of a bag

    It's simple! Just attach the Tile to your most misplaced items and download their app. The second you can't find something, open the app, and tap to find. It has a 400-ft Bluetooth range, a loud ring, and a replaceable battery.

    Promising review: "I leave my belongings everywhere. I have a tile for my keys and all of my purses. I have saved endless hours of frustrated searches. I will never be without Tile in my life." —Robyn

    Get the Tile Pro from Tile for $34.99.

    17. Clever adjustable plastic bag holders that, you guessed it, props bags up to make meal prepping and cooking beyond simple. Use these to get your week's worth of meals packaged, or to even hold up things like flour bags to make scooping hassle free.,

    Promising review: "Many of the flours and similar products I use come in plastic bags (see photo showing Bob’s Red Mill rice flour and Schar bread crumbs). The bags are frequently unstable if you try to stand them up. These cleverly designed stands make it much easier to scoop out whatever is needed without spilling. I was surprised and pleased by how sturdy and adjustable they are." —Skyhawk

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.35.

    18. A 3-in-1 edge styler (in a variety of very pretty colors if I may say so myself) featuring a comb for separating and smoothing, boar bristles for shaping, and a pointed tip for finishing details.

    the different color brushes laid out
    Shop Latinx

    Get it from Shop Latinx for $15 (available in six colors).

    19. 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.

    20. A lift-top desk featuring electrical outlets and USB charging ports, because 2021 is the year you create the most epic at-home work setup. Not only is this option stylish, it lifts up so you have the choice to stand or sit.

    wooden desk with the lift-top up to create a standing desk
    Ashley Homestore

    Promising review: "This desk is an office in its own right with the ability to stand up or sit down as well as the USB ports. Very simple assembly. Well made." —Amy C

    Get it from Ashley Homestore for $467.49.

    21. A deodorant cream that combines arrowroot, baking soda, and clay for a natural deodorant you and your pits will love. The adorable jar it comes in is just another great perk.

    Meow Meow Tweet jars of the deodorant cream
    Meow Meow Tweet

    This charming small biz creates vegan deodorant, skincare, and zero waste haircare products you can feel good about.

    Promising review: I have never in my life found a natural deodorant that actually works. This stuff is the best. Also, plastic free packaging? What could better? Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am going to buy this forever. Thanks for making a great product!" —Rae

    Get it from Meow Meow Tweet for $14 (available in lavender and tea tree scents and three sizes).

    22. A versatile clip to keep your bag off of the dang floor. Seriously, you can use this thing on grocery carts, stall doors, tables, chairs, and in soooo many other public places.

    reviewer image of the clip hanging on a thin narrow edge in public restroom, holding a purse

    Promising review: "I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girl friends love it and have gotten them for themselves." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

    23. A green-tea setting spray that'll lock in your makeup *AND* leave your skin looking extra radiant and shine-free. Now you don't have to worry about fading and constant touchups!,

    Promising review: "I have oily skin so I really need help haha, but I also have super sensitive skin. I wanted something that was gentle and contained good ingredients, and I think I found it. I will definitely be ordering again. With this product my makeup easily lasts 12 hours and I feel like it helps it to look smoother as well." —Melanie P.

    Many reviewers mention it works well when sprayed before and after makeup application.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    24. A wrinkle release spray for the mornings when you just don't have the time to break out the ironing board and iron, and give your shirts a nice press. Who has the time for that?!

    Reviewer before/after image showing a super wrinkled shirt, and a much less wrinkled shirt in the after pic after only 10 seconds

    Promising review: "HOLY SMOKES. I wasn't expecting this product to work so well. Literally 10 seconds after spraying and gently stretching as the directions suggested, this was the difference! I let it hang for another 15 minutes with a subtle improvement, but the first few seconds after were mind-blowing." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $14.38.

    25. A subscription to NordVPN so you can surf the web and protect your data with security and confidence. Go ahead — enter your credit card info while on that public WiFi network.

    illustration of woman holding phone in a bubble

    The application works on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and has apps for iOS, Android, and Android TV. It also has encrypted proxy extensions for Chrome and Firefox. Secure up to six devices!

    Get it from NordVPN for $3.71+/month.

    26. A 3-in-1 avocado tool for splitting, pitting, and slicing with total ease. Avocado! On! Everything!

    "The avocado tool from OXO. I was always so afraid I was going to slip and slice my hand trying to get the pit out, but this tools makes it so easy! The top part is a knife to cut the avocado and the bottom helps to scoop out the avocado into nice slices. Even my mom who is totally against kitchen gadgets with only one purpose loves this tool!" —kg73

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A spring-loaded coin organizer to take care of the change that's always flyin' around your car. Paying for drive-thru meals just became incredibly efficient! Now...if I could only figure something out for my purse.

    Reviewer image of coin organizer in cup holder holding different change

    It can easily slip into your cup holder or console!

    Promising review: "I cannot say how much to this day I absolutely love this product. As far as products I would never give up in my life, this is 100% one of them. I couldn't live without this anymore and have recommended it to so many people. It eliminates loose change in your car, helps you start to save your change a little better, helps with drive thru's or places you could use exact change to save a buck (or $20), and has helped me in so many more situations. Over two years, four different cars, and more then a thousand dollars thru it it still functions exactly like day #1. The springs still work great despite how much change has been through it, being carried and dropped, moving between houses and dorms, and just general abuse like any object in your car. It's a great gift or something to help someone with a messy car. Absolutely recommend!" —NickDeMartin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    28. A miracle-working oil that'll condition your nails and soften your cuticles thanks to its jojoba- and vitamin E-rich formula. Brittle, cracked nails have no place on your hands!

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. I tried everything. I bought this in February and this size bottle lasted a bit more than a month with religiously applying it 2-3 times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-oz refill bottle because I never wanted to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    29. "Let That Mango" body butter for a dose of hydration your skin is probably begging for since the cold weather set in. And with a name like this, you'll also get a dose of advice. ;)

    jar that says "let that mango"

    Ornami is a Black woman-owned business that offers 100% natural and toxin-free products.

    Promising review: "At first I thought it was going to be greasy, but after rubbing it in it is so smooth and moisturizing, and doesn't leave a greasy sheen at all. I have very sensitive skin, and this has been not at all irritating while still having a really nice fruity smell. Love it!" —Magdalene P.

    Get it from Ornami for $26.

    30. Scotch Brite stainless steel scrubbers that are ready to restore your pots and pans to the level they were when you bought them new.

    Promising review: "With Barkeepers Friend, these can work miracles. Brought some really badly tarnished and burned on stainless steel pots back to life did take some elbow grease but that's to be expected amazing." —Jonboy12

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $2.48.

    31. A pair of blue light eyeglasses because you've been staring at your WFH computer with strained eyes for the entire year and it stops now! Reduce the strain in 2021.

    wire frame glasses in different colors

    You can add blue light blocking lenses to any frames at GlassesShop! Select blue block lenses as your lens type after filling out your prescription (or skip this step if you prefer non-prescription lenses!).

    Get a pair from GlassesShop starting at $6.95.

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