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    38 Random Products Our Readers Loved In 2019

    A wacky waving inflatable tube guy, an activity book for anxious people, a mini birdhouse kit, and 35 other products our readers loved in 2019.

    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 mood-brightening card deck with reminders, to-dos, and questions to help you reflect, meditate, and conquer the day.


    Promising review: "I wasn't exactly sure how I would use this deck before I bought it, but the concept (and colorful design) was compelling enough for me to decide to go for it — and I'm so happy that I did! I'll usually flip through and see what reminder or question seems to speak to my current mood, and do a quick little bit of mental reflection/reframing as needed. The cards themselves have a nice weight to them, and the matte finish keeps them from slipping all over place." —Rachel H.

    Get it from for $14.

    2. The Big Activity Book For Anxious People, because sometimes a good laugh is enough to distract you from your anxieties. This activity book mixes fun and humor with educational tips for coping with your anxiety so you feel a little less alone about your worries.


    Promising review: "This book: fantastic. I've bought so many workbooks and coloring books that were supposed to ease, distract from, or somehow manage my PTSD anxiety with no result. I thought how different could this one be? But I liked the reviews, so I gave it a try. I laughed until tears were rolling down while reading this. I was gasping for air so hard I could barely read it to my husband who was cracking up from the book as well as just watching me laugh. It's great and at the same time, it's reassuring because pretty much everything I'm afraid of is mentioned, and even a few things I'm not (elbows; I had no idea that was an official phobia, but if I ever make it onto Jeopardy, well, now I know.)" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40.

    3. A pack of bendy, portable, and, most important, reusable silicone straws if your New Year's resolution is to make less waste in 2020.


    The whole set includes 10 straws, four squeegees for cleaning (they're dishwasher-safe too!), and four mini carrying cases.

    Promising review: "I had read a lot of reviews before purchasing, so I already kind of knew what I’d be getting. These straws are great to bring on-the-go or use at home. I always keep one clipped to my purse, and it has certainly fulfilled its purpose as a replacement for paper straws. It is a slight annoyance to clean them by hand when you use a lot of them at once though. I don’t think the dishwasher is that great at cleaning the inside of the straws if you use them for drinks that may leave residue on the straw." —Annie

    Get a pack from Food52 for $25.

    4. A box of British chocolates to take your tastebuds on a trip across the pond.

    You'll get a full-size bar of Cadbury's Flake (layers of thinly folded milk chocolate), Picnic (a wafer with caramel, peanuts, and raisins), Crunchie (honeycomb covered in chocolate), Starbar (milk chocolate with caramel and raisins), Dairy Milk Caramel (milk chocolate with a caramel center), Double Decker (milk chocolate with crunchy cereal and nougat), Dairy Milk (a classic milk chocolate bar), Wispa (milk chocolate with bubbles), Twirl (milk chocolate fingers), and Curly Wurly (swirls of caramel coated in milk chocolate).

    Promising review: "I bought these for myself when I was feeling sad because the world is terrible, and it was 100% a great choice. The delicious treats arrived quickly and the box included almost all the best things. I was super excited that a Curly Wurly was included, because it is my number one UK candy. 10/10, would order again to temporarily improve all global news-based sadness." —nic_is_nicole

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $16.99.

    5. A lush velvet zodiac journal that's destined to be yours — it's practically written in the stars.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I bought this online as a gift for a friend, and when I received it, I was amazed at how beautiful it is!! With how low the price is, I wasn’t expecting this gorgeous quality. The red velvet is super soft and luxurious and the edges of the pages are even gilded!! The paper is also super high quality!" —1975sophia

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14 (available in nine styles).

    6. A pair of lobster earrings that'll almost certainly be your ear mates for life.

    Bauble Bar

    Get them from Bauble Bar for $38.

    7. Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush so you can give your teeth a professional cleaning after you've enjoyed your holiday sweets.


    It has five modes so you can cater your ~brushing experience~ to your needs as well as a built-timer that buzzes in 30-second increments so you know when it's time to switch sides. You even get a carrying case *and* a charging glass so you can use it on the go.

    Promising review: "The first time I used this, my teeth felt like they had a professional cleaning. I've been using the 'gums' setting since I haven't been flossing as much. The small profile of the top makes it easy to reach the back teeth. There's also a timer that vibrates (not sure on how long the timer is) to remind you to switch where you're brushing. I always zone out when I'm brushing my teeth and next thing I know I've been brushing the same side the entire time. Little things like that make it a better experience. The case it comes with is pretty nice for traveling. It's easy to place on the charging stand and is sturdy. There's a nice little indicator light that comes on to let you know it's charging." —Keeney

    Get it from Amazon for $140 (originally $199.99).

    8. A book of only the New York Times' Monday crosswords (the easiest day of the week) for when you want to challenge your brain...but not too much. It is a Monday after all.


    Promising review: "I love this thing! The print is nice and large and the spiral binding is super nice. The paper is still newspaper-y, which makes it feel like a newspaper crossword without having to lug around a newspaper. I use erasable pens and they erase great. The boxes are plenty big enough for the letters and the crosswords are all appropriately Monday difficulty. Great thing to have! Can’t wait to finish it and move on to Tuesday!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    9. A snarky keychain if nothing would make you happier than to be a hermit to recover from the deluge of holiday visitors.

    CandidlyKHandmade / Etsy

    Promising review: "This is perfect!! And plays into a family joke making it extra appropriate to give as a gift. Beautifully made, not too heavy, not too light." —Veronica Lynch

    Get it from CandidlyKHandmade on Etsy for $14.95.

    10. A mini Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy to bring joy to your life. Look at this lil' guy just flapping his arms and body, 100% content with his life. *This* is what I aspire to be. *This* is what we should all aspire to be.

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    11. A pair of long distance friendship lamps — one for you and one for a loved one — that'll light up when you tap it so they know they're on your mind.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I received a pair of friendship lamps from a dear friend and at first didn't know what I was supposed to do with them. Then my friend said I should send one to my daughter and the light literally went on. My daughter and I both love communicating that we are thinking of the other by touching the lamp, and especially love it when we are both changing the colors at the same time. It is the next best thing to holding her hand." —Mama

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $85+.

    12. A personalized photo puzzle, because who wouldn't love 75 pieces of your face?

    Personalization Mall

    Promising review: "I bought this custom puzzle as a Valentine's Gift for my fiancé. He loved it and we put it together as a sweet activity. I was prepared for the photo to be distorted because of the cutout, but it turned out perfect! Highly recommend!" —Elizabeth V.

    Get it from Personalization Mall for $12.79.

    13. A pair of Vibes concert earplugs that'll dull the sound around you without compromising clarity. They're great for concerts so you can hear the band without shredding your eardrums as well for people with sensory sensitivities.,

    THANK GOD I had these at a friend's karaoke party. I was still able to hear everyone's conversations (as well as their terrible singing) and I didn't feel like I was participating in something that would eventually make me go deaf.

    Promising review: "These are a lifesaver for me! I have sensory processing issues and get easily overwhelmed/overloaded in noisy environments. Whenever I get into a situation where there is too much noise, I am able to quickly put them in my ears because I always have them within reach. I also make sure I use them proactively before I walk into a store. It's so much more tolerable shopping now because I can tune out all the overwhelming noise. The nice thing is you can still hear if someone is talking to you (i.e. across the table in a noisy restaurant), but it knocks all the deafeningly loud background noise down tremendously. I feel like these ear plugs have given me a bit of freedom back again. Thank you!!!!" —K.A.

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98.

    14. Two Minute Mornings, a daily journal so you can learn to express gratitude, develop a positive mindset, and engage in mindfulness even when you're pressed for time.


    Promising review: "This was purchased for me as a Christmas gift from a coworker. I only recently started using it, as I've been dealing with some troubles in my life. I don't know what it is, but even if I repeat some of the same stuff... getting this done in the mornings (or sometimes at night if I don't make the time in the mornings) has made such a tremendous difference in my attitude toward myself and to others. So much so, that several people have taken notice. I have since purchased a couple copies for friends who are also dealing with troubles in their lives. I highly recommend it. Even if you aren't dealing with any issues in life, it's such a help for clearing your head before starting your day." —Sumo

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26.

    15. Or 642 Tiny Things to Draw, a simpler guided art journal that'll keep your hands occupied from now until next next year.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my very artistic 13-year-old daughter. She's forever asking, 'What should I draw?' I crossed my fingers when I ordered this, as we've tried many other books to inspire her that didn't. When I gave it to her, I was expecting a lukewarm response. However, as she thumbed through the book, she started giggling and smiling and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I even got a spontaneous hug. She ran to the door when her dad got home to show him the book. And I think that the 642 options may just keep her inspired for a few weeks! ;) Any book that can charm a 13-year-old girl is a keeper in my book!" —Fascinated viewer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.77.

    16. A rare chili sampler for anyone with an adventurous palate. It includes everything from the Carolina Reaper (aka the hottest pepper) to colorful and fruity chilis from Mexico and India.

    MarvlingBrosLtd / Etsy

    Promising review: "This shop was fantastic and the item itself is adorable! I'm very excited for my husband to open it for Christmas. I know many people who would love this kind of special and unique gift so I'll be keeping this shop in mind for other future gifts." —zerostumbleine33

    Get it from MarvlingBrosLtd on Etsy for $13.59+.

    17. A giant beach towel to accompany you on your next tropical vacation, because no, you cannot use your bath towel.


    Promising review: "I bought this for my trip to Hawaii and it was such a necessity. It was really large and long so great for laying in the sand with. It’s a high quality towel!" —Jessie U.

    Get it from for $24.99+ (originally $38; also available in six styles).

    18. And speaking of vacations, a LifeStraw that'll filter bacteria and parasites from a body of water so your outdoor trip isn't ruined if you accidentally run out of water.


    Promising review: "This thing is no joke! I took it backpacking on Maine's Bigelow range. When I ran out of the water I brought, I was A-OK with this. Just bring a wide mouth bottle to fill with water you find. On top of one of the lower peaks, I drank from the most disgusting looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap. I'm from Maine, and I've tasted plenty of water right from mountain springs, so take my word. One caution: it can be a little challenging to start. You have to prove it by soaking. If it still doesn't work, blow into it a bit." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. A tube of Shape Tape Concealer from Tarte for covering up any holiday-induced dark circles and breakouts. It's made with nourishing shea butter, mango seed butter, and licorice root so it'll look like you were gifted good sleep and perfect skin.


    Promising review: "This is by far the best concealer I've ever purchased. It stays on all day, is buildable, and gives great coverage. It also comes in so many shades. I highly recommend this product." —Edna M

    Get it from Tarte for $27.

    20. A cheesy yet heartwarming candle to let your long distance bestie know you're thinking of them.

    AtoZCandles / Etsy

    Promising review: "Smells so good!! I bought this for a friend who lives far away and she smiled so big when she received this. Thank you!" —Zohreh King

    Get it from AtoZCandles on Etsy for $10.80+ (available in four sizes and 13 scents options).

    21. A genius date night bucket list so your Friday night conversations with your partner don't go like this: "What do you want to do tonight?" "IDK, I have no strong preferences. What do *you* want to do?"

    Uncommon Goods

    Close your eyes, stick your hand in the jar, and pack for a romantic stargazing session or put on your thinking caps at a stimulating lecture.

    Promising review: "Whenever we have a free weekend and we can't think of anything to do, we pull out the little tin and grab a suggestion for inspiration. It's helped us think of other things to do together as well." —Katie

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $18.

    22. An adorable vintage camper bird house kit if you have some time on your hands and a birb family to find a home for.

    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    Promising review: "This bird feeder is a true work of art, beautifully crafted and designed with delicacy. I purchased one for my sister’s family, and they adore it. My 4-year-old niece is an avid bird watcher and both she and her 2-year-old brother loved helping out with the assembly." —caracara7

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $21+ (available in 10 styles).

    23. A deck of Game of Thrones–inspired cards for a game night that (I hope) will have a better ending than the series.

    TimeVoid / Etsy

    Promising review: "This was a gift and was very well done. The cards fit tightly into the pack (which is nicely decorated.) The cards themselves are very nice quality. My boyfriend (who loves to shuffle) tells me they fit really nice on his hands. Overall, good for novelty collectors and for card lovers!" —Jen. M.

    Get them from TimeVoid on Etsy for $25.

    24. A cooktop cleaner so you can wipe away messes with ease instead of having to mix vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice every dang time there's a stain. This kit comes with a bottle of cleaner, a sponge, and a scraper — everything you need.

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. My rental apartment has a white glass cooktop and it gets nasty even if you use very clean pots and pans on it. Before I found this stuff, I thought that for sure I would lose a big chunk of my security deposit, but I have yet to encounter a stain that this stuff cannot remove. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries alternating between the paste and the razor scraper, but even the most stubborn burned-on, carbonized food bits always come off." —Max

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    25. A natural shoe deodorizer spray, because, I'm sorry, your shoes stink. It's made with essential oils and smells like lemon and eucalyptus so you'll probably want to spray it around the rest of your house.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I used it for stinky shoes that I use all the time for commuting and it knocked out the odor overnight. Leaves a pleasant essential oil smell on the shoes while they're drying. I didn't notice it while I was wearing the shoes and it's not overly strong. SO much better than a chemical nasty scent or aerosol sprays!" —Jessica Haworth

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    26. The Office sticker pack for decorating your laptop, Hydro Flask, phone case, you name it.


    Promising review: "I love these stickers. They are thick and durable! They are really clear, not one fuzzy pic at all! I didn’t know how they were going to be delivered but I’m glad they are individual stickers instead of all on one page. I can’t wait to share these with all my office loving friends!" —Sqrlmonk

    Get it from Amazon for $9.79.

    27. A roll-on migraine stick if you need help soothing your mind-numbing headache. It's made with a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, lavender, and coconut oil.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    My colleague tested and loved this. Read her full review on the Migrastil Migraine Stick here to learn more.

    Promising review: "I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5" —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    28. A red wine stain remover spray so the shirt you've stained isn't destined for the trash can. It lifts spots and splatters — even ones that are old!

    Promising review: "Totally impressed! The unassuming generic packaging and label left me a bit skeptical but this stuff is almost as exciting as the wine I spilled! This cabernet stain sat on my ivory faux fur blanket for over a month before I tried this product. Completely gone in one try! Get this. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed." —PersianTess

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    29. A heated back and neck messager, because now that you're an adult, approximately all 206 bones ache.,

    Promising review: "Don't wait to get this like I did. It's fairly priced and great to have. I'm a nurse so I work 12-hour shifts plus an hour and a half commute each way on the train. I get back pain. I use this when I get home or randomly while watching TV. It gives you that perfect little massage you need. It gives off heat too. I love it and highly recommend it." —tracy

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    30. A pack of velvet hangers for transforming your closet from a garbage dump to a b-e-a-utiful, organized display of all the clothes you really didn't need to buy but did.

    Promising review: "A picture speaks a thousand words! Absolutely thrilled to have new hangars that actually keep clothing in place and not sliding around! The hangars are sturdy, so they don't bend. They are also slim, so they don't take as much room in your closet! Awesome hangars! I came back today to purchase thirty more for the other half of my closet." —Olivia

    Get a pack of 100 for $38.99 (available in three colors).

    31. A literary cocktail book that'll help you find a drink inspired by your favorite novel. Friends don't let friends order Fireball shots anymore, OK?


    Promising review: "Clever cocktails that are equally as delicious. I've mixed about half of them since buying this and have yet to be disappointed. The materials are good quality, and the cover design is aesthetically pleasing. I leave it visible when company comes because it has been such an effective conversation starter." —Emily Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $9.01.

    32. A handheld steamer so you can de-wrinkle your outfit for tomorrow *tonight* instead of waking up early to iron it. Trust me, that extra 15 minutes of sleep is gonna feel so worth it.

    Promising review: "We love this and no longer use an iron in our household. We bring this when we travel and also use it for general use on fabric at home. Love it! Leaves my clothing wrinkle-free and compact." —Johnny & Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    33. A pair of copper-infused arch supports that'll support your feet without hindering your range of motion. Reviewers swear by them for combatting pain from fallen arches, flat feet, bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis.


    Promising review: "I put these on after they came in the mail and wore them for about one hour. Then, as I was resting on the couch, I fell into the kind of deep sleep that one only dreams of. This was the most epic, most restorative nap I can remember. The kind of nap Joey Tribiani and Ross Geller had in Friends they tried so hard to recreate. I am kinda afraid to take them off now. I wear them with my flip-flops, under my socks in tennis shoes, and to bed. My feet feel great. As for whether or not they contributed to my most perfect nap, I don't know for sure, but I'm rolling with it." —Texas Sandra Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    34. And a foot roller to massage away the pain of a 12-hour shift — no partner needed!

    Promising review: "Wonderful piece of equipment. It's perfect for people who work jobs that require them to stand on their feet all day. I would absolutely recommend. It's easily the most effective $20 you'll spend on foot pain." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85.

    35. A set of packing cubes if you're incapable of fitting all your stuff in a carryon. These cubes will help you pack efficiently so you can fit more stuff in less space.

    Promising review: "I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes! Items I fit in the cubes and bag: two jackets, one jean vest, four pants/capris, two pairs of shorts, one romper, four dresses, one maxi skirt, seven tank tops, four shirts, three camisoles, three pajama sets, 15 undies, six pairs of socks, and four pairs of shoes Why are you still reading?? Go buy these cubes!" —Tiffany

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $22.99 (available in nine colors).

    36. A fabric defuzzer for cleaning up all the lint, pilling, and fuzz that's magically accumulated on your favorite sweater the night before you want to wear it.

    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    37. A Trtl travel pillow that'll cushion your neck and keep it upright — which is the best position to prevent neck pain. Plus, your neighbors will silently thank you because it means you're not flopping your head from side to side and onto their shoulders.,

    Promising review: "Do you have a few hours? Because I need to tell you about this neck pillow thing my wife just got me. Imagine your neck is swimming in a bowl full of noodles, unable to grasp any support through the turbulence on your flight from LAX to, say, PIT. Then, imagine, just as your neck is about to drown in the limp pasta, a hand reaches down from the heavens and baby Jesus himself wraps your supple, tired neck, barely keeping its cricoid above the surface of the linguini soak, in a velvety, form-fitting embrace. Sure, other necks in the pot are just fine...floating casually next to you, but your neck, your poor poor neck, is writing goodbye letters to its loved ones — clavicles, humeri, and the like — as it can't imagine keeping up this pace for much longer. But then, the sweet Jesus baby appears and wraps it up in what might as well be the brazier of the mighty Athena...and all troubles are forgotten. This is how I felt when I first strapped on Trtl Neck Pillow. My weary neck works all night, sleeps all day — and knowing that Trtl has its back on red eye flights makes all the difference. My neck has said 'sayonara' to floundering with fettuccini and 'hello' to raging with the rigatoni. Thanks, Trtl." —Traveled

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    38. A set of anti-chafing thigh bands because hell hath no fury like a pair of angry, sweaty, chafing thighs., Amazon

    Promising review: "Ladies, we can finally toss the deodorant...these things work! I was hella skeptical because my thighs are resistant to any sort of chub rub defense. I wore them while walking at least five hours at a music festival and they stayed put without me ever needing to adjust them! I couldn't believe it! My delicate inner thigh skin was preserved; not a chub-rub in sight and they're so feminine and romantic-looking that I didn't even care if someone caught a peek at that beautiful lace. Way sexier than my usual biker shorts. Love that I can wear dresses all day now without worrying about my thighs overheating." —OceanHips

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six sizes and 14 styles).

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