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    Updated on 29 Apr 2020. Posted on 8 Apr 2020

    These 16 Things Will Make Self-Isolation Easier If You're Doing It Solo

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    1. This weighted blanket, because no, you don't need someone else for a good night's rest.

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    Promising review: "I'm usually a person who loves to sleep early and often, but I can never actually get to sleep quick enough. This blanket however, has made it so much easier to fall asleep and stay that way for the entire night.

    It's not that it's super heavy! The blanket feels similar to when you were little and your parents would put a blanket over you and tuck it in all around you — aka the best feeling ever."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Read Hameda's whole review on the weighted blanket here.

    Buy a double-sized blanket for $85.95 from Amazon Australia.

    2. An Amazon Fire TV Stick, which will make jumping from streaming service to streaming service a breeze — because I know for a certainty that you have more than one.

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    The Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to an obscene number of apps — no longer need you kick yourself for not upgrading to a smart tv. We're talking Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV — not to mention Amazon Music, Spotify and a whole bunch of other couch potato couch-transforming apps.

    Buy for $69 from Amazon Australia (and a second for only $50 more!.

    3. This Kindle Paperwhite, because now that you have a bunch of time on your hands in isolation, you might as well get to your to-read list.

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    If that GIF isn't a resounding recommendation, I don't know what is. But aside from being completely waterproof, this is the thinnest, lightest Kindle yet and it reads like paper in the sun. A single charge lasts weeks (weeks!) and gives you access to millions of titles.

    Not convinced? One of our colleagues from the States wrote a whole post on it here.

    Buy for $199 from Amazon Australia.

    4. These silicone food bags and stretch lids, which will ensure no amount of food will ever go to waste.

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    Food rarely comes in single servings (and if they do, they cost a bomb), so make sure you're doing your part to minimise food wastage with these silicone food bags and stretch lids. Airtight and leakproof, these food-grade, non-toxic storage methods come in varying sizes to service every kind of food and container. Plus, they are suitable for dishwashers, microwaves, freezers and fridges!

    Buy four silicone bags and six stretch lids for $32.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. This We-Vibe Wand, because nothing relieves stress like a good old fashioned orgasm. And you can quote me on that.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    It's quite something to look at, isn't it? A one-touch switch on the ergonomic handle acts like a dimmer switch, upping or turning down the intensity depending on your mood. Favourite feature? Advanced technology means that once pressed against you, the Wand immediately vibrates, then stops as it's drawn away. It is fitted with Bluetooth connectivity which means that your partner can control it with an app — and two playful attachments means anyone can have a go.

    Buy for $269 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because you can't depend on someone else to direct you to the next supermarket when your local inevitably runs out of toilet paper.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This phone holder comes with a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone or your phone case, for instant 360° GPS viewing ability.

    Promising review: "I have been through so many phone cradles. Time after time, phones will just fall after driving over a speed bump and not provide the security they promise. This magnetic device is brilliant — I never have to worry about my phone falling and can view the screen in both landscape and portrait mode with a single rotation. The base of the holder extends and tilts in any direction, making it perfect to use in either the driver or passenger front seat."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for $16.99 from Amazon Australia.

    7. This French press, because there's only one of you, so you don't really need a big ass machine taking up all your counter space.

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    This beauty of a device will extract aromatic oils and subtle flavours — unlike machines that soak it all up in their paper filters. With nothing but coarsely ground coffee, hot water and four minutes, you can up your caffeine intake once you feel the effects of the afternoon slump.

    Buy for $58 from Amazon Australia.

    8. Or alternatively, this cold brew coffee bottle, should a hot drink first thing in the morning not be your thing.

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    Delicious cold brew coffee is easy to make with this minimalist coffee bottle. Cold water immersion brewing produces coffee with noticeably less acidity and bitterness, so it's no wonder that plenty of people are making the move over from regular coffee. Some buy this bottle for two — but let's be honest, rookies.

    Buy for $53.16 from Amazon Australia.

    9. A Nintendo Switch Lite — the lighter, more affordable alternative to the multi-player original.

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    So, basically, the Lite is much lighter, making long periods of gaming all the more comfortable. As it doesn't have the chunkier detachable controls of the original, players have been known to stow it away in their pockets. Finally, you can play Animal Crossing and find out what all the fuss is about!

    Read our full-length review of the Nintendo Switch Lite here.

    Buy for $299 from EB Games.

    10. This rechargeable, hand held deep tissue massager, because your tired muscles deserve some love and attention, and you shouldn't have to depend on someone else to give it to them.

    Amazon

    My idea of luxury are massages. Like, keep your fancy chocolates, your champagne, first class plane tickets (actually, I wouldn't mind those) — just soothe me of my many aches and pains. This is the number one bestselling electric massager on Amazon — it features a powerful motor that can produce up to 3600 pulses per minute, so you can trust it to loosen the tightest of knots. It comes with five different head attachments, so it is effective wherever you choose to use it.

    Buy for $45.99 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This Tile Mate device, because if you're like me, you can't trust your memory to remember where you last put down your keys.

    Amazon, Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "All you have to do is hook your phone up to this baby via Bluetooth and you're golden. Whenever you lose whatever you've attached it to — like your keys — it'll play a loud sound so you'll find them straight away. You can also use the tile itself to find your phone by pressing the button twice, which is perfect for me because I'm always losing mine!"

    Hameda Nafiz

    Buy it for $24.95 from Amazon Australia.

    12. This bathtub tray, which will keep everything you need to stay entertained close at hand during a long soak.

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    A no-brainer purchase, really. Your tub has been neglected of late and all this time in calls for a good soak. This bamboo tub caddy tray extends to the far reaches of most baths with its extendable arms and stays in place thanks to ergonomic grooves. A wine glass slide opening (genius), smartphone platform, tablet stand and room for more (snacks, I'm talking about snacks).

    Buy for $55.99 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This pet hair roller, which also comes with a complimentary grooming glove.

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    I don't want to feed into the stereotype of a single person, at home, alone with their cats — but also, why not? We should all be so lucky! Minimise the fur being shed around the place with this roller and grooming glove — which also works as a massage for your pet when in use.

    Buy for $12 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This mini-cast iron skillet, which is the number one bestselling frying pan on Amazon.

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    Cast iron skillets are the preferred pans of many professional chefs, due to the even distribution of heat across the entire surface and unparalleled heat retention. This one features lips on either side for easy pouring and at 3.5" in diameter, is perfect for cooking a dessert or breakfast for one.

    If you're looking for inspiration on what you can make with your cast iron skillet, here are 21 recipes you can start with.

    Buy for $16 from Amazon Australia.

    15. These Echo devices, now on sale — because living alone doesn't mean you have to be disconnected from your loved ones.

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    You can do all the things with an Echo. Put an Echo Dot where you might not need video capabilities — in your bedroom or bathroom, to stay informed about ongoings in the world whilst you brush your teeth or get dressed. Place an Echo Show 8 at your desk, for video calls with work or extended family members — and Echos in the living and dining rooms, for when you most need that powerful 360 sound.

    RRP $99 / Buy the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) now for $79 (available in four colours).

    RRP $229 / Buy the Echo Show 8 now for $199 (available in two colours).

    RRP $149 / Buy the Echo (3rd Gen) now for $119 (available in four colours).

    16. And finally, this pastel pink Yoga Mat, because the idea of doing crunches on bare tiles makes my spine curl up in fear.

    Cotton On

    Unlike the millions of people isolating with partners, annoying housemates or mischievous children, you actually have the possibility of getting through a streamed yoga session in peace. Protect your limbs from carpet burn with this minimalist, sturdy yoga mat (now on sale!).

    RRP $29.99 / Buy the Yoga Mat in blush now for $20.99 from Cotton On.

    You, relishing in your independence.

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