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    10 Things To Try In December

    Because we tried them for you in November.

    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.

    This post features a mix of items that we purchased with our own money and those that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. (But! We’re under no obligation to write a review of those things, let alone a positive review.)

    1. A jar of CeraVe's Skin Renewing night cream, a budget-friendly option that delivers on hydration and softness and protects your skin's natural barrier. There's a reason people can't shut up about CeraVe on TikTok!

    The jar of product with text that it provides moisture without being greasy on combo skin and that it got me through an allergic reaction
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    "I've been using this CeraVe night cream for almost the whole year, and I have loved it the whole time. I have sensitive, combination skin that's also acne-prone (especially when I get stressed or don't get enough sleep so....thanks 2020). I loved it right away, noticing the plumping, soft, hydrating effect it gave my skin after the first use — without any greasiness or overpowering fragrances.

    But I never realized QUITE how wonderful this cream was until something went wrong with my skin. I try different beauty products as part of this job, which is both a lot of fun and sometimes doesn't end so well. I am very good at identifying ingredients that won't work for me but.....a few weeks ago I tried a different ceramide cream (the brand rhymes with Shmunday Shmiley). I used it all of two nights, and on the morning after, I woke up with leathery skin covered in tons of tiny dots that itched and stung — and by the end of the day my whole face was completely swollen. Friends, it was an allergic reaction — I'm fairly certain it was to the lanolin in the cream, which is a pretty rare skin allergen but....I'm allergic to a LOT a LOT of things and have some eczema issues as well. So naturally I immediately ordered a fresh jar of the CeraVe cream (I had run out right before trying the new cream), screamed a little, and sat on my hands so I wouldn't itch my face as my skin healed. It took a whole week for the reaction to die down, but I know it would have taken longer for the leathery bumps to go away without my darling CeraVe.

    TL;DR: CeraVe night cream really is fabulous, whether you have dry winter skin, combo skin, or your skin just needs some hardcore TLC after something goes awry. And for under $15 a jar, you're getting quite a lot of skincare bang for your buck." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    P.S. No hate on the brand that rhymes with Shmunday Shmiley either — I gave the cream to my mom (who isn't allergy-prone like I am) and she's had no problems!

    2. A pet hair-removing roller with a patented brush design (and *no* adhesive strips) to rid your lovely black sofa of all your furry friend's shedding in a quick roll — so you can get back to cuddling together.

    BuzzFeed / Natalie Brown

    "For various pandemic-related reasons, my boyfriend and I have been living with his parents for most of this year — which also means I've also been living with their two wonderful dogs! Maddie is especially cuddly and LOVES scratches and pets. The downside? She leaves what seem like PILES of hair all over the couch (and my clothes) in her wake. Thankfully, my boyfriend's parents are on top of everything good from Amazon, and keep a Chom Chom Roller easily accessible from the living room. I've been putting it in posts for years because reviewers love it, so needless to say I was thrilled to get to try it out! And y'all, it lives up to the hype.

    It easily picks up TONS of pet hair from furniture with some simple back-and-forth swipes. Then it's simple to pop open the back compartment and swoop that unbelievably big pile of collected hair right into the trash or compost. We did all conclude that we still needed classic lint rollers for our clothes, but hey, you're still using *significantly* fewer sticky sheets if you have only your PJ pants to clean, instead of your pants and the entire couch. If you have pets that like to sprinkle their shed-glitter wherever they go — and especially on the furniture — I 100% recommend giving the Chom Chom a try!!" —Natalie Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    3. A subscription to Book of the Month, because you deserve to be treated to a new pick every month, selected from an array of shouldn't-be-missed new releases. Another idea that makes for a perfect (and perfect last-minute!!) gift.

    Bek's Book of the Month tote and copy of Ninth House
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    "When I first heard about Book of the Month Club, I was skeptical. I can figure out what to read on my own, tyvm! But it's more than just 'let this company send you a random book.' You get to pick one of five books each month (or skip a month if nothing calls to you) and then you get a nice hardcover book in the mail. My favorite so far has been Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: a fantasy thriller that imagines what it would be like if Yale's secret societies actually dabbled in black magic. I devoured it in almost one sitting. If you love ghosts, a reluctant Scooby gang, and a scathing critique of Ivy League classism, I highly recommend this engrossing read." —Bek O'Connell

    Get it from Book of the Month starting at $49.99 for a three-month subscription, or get a gift subscription here.

    4. A pack of Nuggs (aka plant-based "chicken" nuggets) if you've been thinking of reducing your meat consumption or already vegan or vegetarian and just really miss nuggets — I don't blame you. These taste just like the real deal.

    A plate of the nuggets
    BuzzFeed / Heather Braga

    "I'm not a vegetarian by any means (I enjoy a cheeseburger from time to time) but I'm also not a huge meat eater and am happy to switch things up in my diet when I can. When I was offered a sample box of these nuggetsI couldn't say no — and I'm glad I didn't. Nuggs (the best brand name ever, dare I say?) are delicious. They are entirely plant-based but somehow magically taste exactly like real chicken nuggets. The texture and flavor is spot on. They refer to themselves as the "Tesla of chicken" which makes me giggle but is also pretty accurate. A standard box comes with 50 nuggets, which lasts quite a while, but if you're looking to stock up you can also order a box of 100. They advertise a box of 10,000, but honestly I'm not 100% sure that's real??? If it *is* I kinda want to invest and throw a big Nugg party." —Heather Braga

    Get a box of 50 original or spicy nuggets from Nuggs for $34.99.

    5. Tower 28's SOS facial spray which, with only *three ingredients*, can soothe redness and irritation and nourish skin. Pretty impressive, huh?

    AnaMaria with dewy skin holding the bottle with text "We love hydration! We love dew!"
    BuzzFeed / AnaMaria Glavan

    "After running errands or walking my dog, the sweat around my jaw and chin just rests there until I inevitably break out three hours later. I can wash my face, but who has the time (I say as someone who has *checks cal* quite a lot of time). Tl;dr, I started giving my face a spritz of this Tower 28 mist after removing my mask and HONESTLY, the breakouts have drastically improved. And I'm not the only one!!! A ton of Sephora reviewers swear that they saw the same results.

    I also *love* that this gives me hydration and soothes redness throughout the day! My skin teeters on being very dry during the winter, and walks with my dog mean constant wind at my face taking out what little moisture I have... it's the worst. This seriously helps maintain hydration and gives a dewy, "I drink a ton of water" look that makes me feel more put-together on days where I have not changed out of my pajamas. Also! And I do not mean to sound pretentious! But I think a lot of people use facial mists... improperly. I actually spritz this on my face before (NOT AFTER, PEOPLE) moisturizing because damp skin absorbs product better — it's definitely helped improve the efficiency of products I already love and use." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it from Tower28 or Sephora for $28.

    6. A Salvador-scented candle with a wood wick that burns evenly and a fresh scent with notes of acai palm and sea salt. It's that cozy candle time of year, so you might as well stock up!

    the writer holding a candle in a matte black glass vessel
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    "This is 100% the best candle I've purchased this year. It has a wide, wooden wick, which burns beautifully, and the scent is awakening and refreshing. Bright Black is a Black-owned family business making candles that honor the Diaspora, and I can't wait to eventually get to try them all. A perfect gift for yourself and everyone on your holiday gifting list." —Rachel Dunkel

    Get it from Bright Black for $28 and shop all of their candles here.

    7. A mini Marshall speaker that packs a wallop of sound in a small package, perfect for anyone who lives in a smaller space but loves jamming out. It makes a great gift too!

    The black rectangular speaker that's shorter than a candle on a bookshelf with gold lettering that says Marshall
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    "I *love* this little speaker — it lives right on my bookshelves (without taking up basically *any* room) and fills my apartment with high quality sound. The lil' portable size is perfect so I can grab it and take it into the kitchen for baking jams™ or into my bathroom for my latest in-shower karaoke session (sorry neighbors). It's adorable, but the sound is crisp, powerful, and well-rounded. Pairing it with my phone was incredibly easy, and it reconnects almost instantly as soon as I turn it on, so it's super user-friendly. I also barely *ever* have to charge it, which is important to me. And yes, that *is* a Jane Austen action figure next to it." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99.

    8. A blanket scarf to add some cozy warmth to your late fall and winter outfits *and* a fun pattern for a more fashion forward bundled-up look.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    "I have one of these scarves and love wrapping it around myself on cold days for an extra layer of warmth *and* an added touch of style. They usually contain a whole bunch of colors in it so a single scarf coordinates nicely with an array of my outfits." —Heather Braga

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in 18 styles).

    9. A massive (nearly 10 pounds!), portable power station for charging multiple gadgets and appliances during your next power outage (or you know, take it camping or something fun).

    The battery charging multiple devices
    BuzzFeed / John Mihaly

    "At the beginning of this tumultuous year, while on vacation with my family, I experienced my first earthquake (a 6.4 on the old Richter scale). Luckily, our flight home was the next day but for the next 24+ hours, we had no power, which meant no air-conditioning in unseasonable 90-degree weather with a 10-month-old baby who is partial to chillier temperatures.

    When we got home I started researching generators (because, you know, paranoia) but we live in a city apartment so that idea was out, and I couldn't find anything that really would help in a lengthy power outage. But later in the year, Anker introduced their Portable Power Station PowerHouse II 400 and they were kind enough to let me test it too!

    The PowerHouse II can charge up to eight gadgets at once. It can also charge an iPhone 11 up to 23 times or a laptop up to five times. Best of all, there's an AC outlet, which means appliances like mini-fridges, power tools, and WiFi routers can be plugged right in (for varying times). Oh, it also has a handy emergency light. Do you want to spend $400 on a big old battery with a handle? Probably, not. But should you? Probably, yes if you deal with power outages or just want some peace of mind. I haven't had to deal with a blackout yet (the year's not over so there's still a chance) but the PowerHouse came through when both iPads were out of juice and my now-toddler was on the verge of a meltdown because he couldn't watch Little Baby Bum. Crisis averted." —John Mihaly

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99.

    10. A customizable desk "that uses dash panels to help you make the workstation of your dreams – whether you're a crisp and clean minimalist or (like myself) a massive maximalist."

    Nine O, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    "This desk has upgraded my work from home life so drastically I can hardly remember life without it (pretty sure I've blacked out those work-from-bed days). I got the filing shelf to hold all my favorite spooky books, the dry erase panel for taking quick notes, and a headphone hook. It doesn't take up floor space (a need in my tiny apartment) and it even has a charging dock available with extra outlets for USB cords and standard plugs, so you don't have to hunt around your house for extra outlet space. The adjustable shelves are simple to set up and super satisfying. Plus it's pretty...dang pretty." —Mal Mower

    Get it from Dash Modern for $575+ (available in three kits with a selection of customized add-ons).

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