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    1. A jewelry clasp / necklace detangler because it lets you wear all your favorite small chains together without a single worry that they'll end up scrambled into an impossible knot by the end of the day.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Here's what Kayla, an editor here at BuzzFeed, had to say about these: "I recently bought a couple of these and had one of those very real, WHY DIDN'T I BUY ONE OF THESE SOONER moments. They do an amazing job at keeping your necklaces from tangling as you wear them, and I love that I can layer multiple of my favorites at once. I am forever sold on these."

    Get it from Theresa Rose on Etsy for $12.49+ (available in gold and silver, and with two, three, or four clasps).

    2. A hair-finishing stick — it's basically like a clear, oversized mascara that you sweep through your strands to effortlessly tame those unruly flyaways *and* prevent them from getting worse through your day, even if it's kinda humid out.

    Promising reviews: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray." —Jill Stilfield

    "I have extremely curly hair that I like to put in a high pony but it looks sloppy in the back because a few shorter curls escape! I don’t like hairspray as it it drying to my curls. This works wonderfully, all day long and even in our hot and humid summers here is southern Texas! It’s very simple to use — it’s a giant mascara wand and I just run it alongside those unruly curls and follow by smoothing with my hand. It is virtually unnoticeable!!! A must-have for every curly gal!" —Kcuret

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    3. A pair of washable shoe insoles to slide into your favorite flats or sneakers because that's where most of the stinkiness ends up... and you're tired of throwing out otherwise perfectly cute, comfortable shoes just because they reek. Swap these in, and when they start to smell a little, you can toss 'em in with your regular load, let dry, and keep wearing your treasured kicks.


    Their top layer is a soft cotton terrycloth, which is where their ~absorption powers~ come in.

    Promising review: "10/10 would buy again. They start to develop dips under the balls of my feet after a bit, but I just throw them in the wash, and they fluff right back up. They’ve been washed and dried three times now, and they’re still in excellent condition. Only thing I would recommend is that you select the “Fluff/No Heat” option if you decide to dry these in the dryer. It won’t ruin the insoles if you forget— it’s just a pain to have to get on your hands and knees to dig in the dryer and peel them off the drum!" —Corey

    Get two pairs (one white, one black) from Amazon for $15.99 (available in women's sizes 5–13 or men's sizes 8–13).

    4. A wireless transmitter that lets you use your Bluetooth headphones in all the places that haven't caught on to how nice it is to be ~wire free~, like at the gym. Simply pair your headphones with the little device, plug the device into the audio port, and enjoy!

    Model at the gym with airpods and the device

    Reviewers also like it with their Nintendo Switch!

    Promising review: "Easy to use. Worked beautifully on a recent eight-hour flight from JFK-Frankfurt! Really easy to pair with my Bose noise cancelling ear buds and charges quickly. The sound quality was excellent." —emily p murray

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. Some deodorant remover sponges — with a little bit of light rubbing, they can banish both that buildup of your go-to antiperspirant that's been accumulating on your favorite sweaters *and* those annoying white streaks that suddenly appear on your darker clothes the moment you put them on.

    No water required of course! Simply swipe them around and over the area, and watch the stain slowly evaporate.

    Promising review: " I’m honestly completely amazed. I have — no, I *had* tons of shirts with deodorant stains on the armpits. It was when my favorite black cashmere sweater got some really horrible ones which made it impossible to wear that I looked for a solution. This was that solution. Five or six swipes with one of these and it was gone. I can wear my sweater again!" —Morgan

    Get a pack of two sponges from Amazon for $10.58.

    6. A set of workout dice and cards so you can break a sweat and get a little stronger, no gym, personal trainer, or other equipment required. Simply roll all of the dice for an instant routine that takes zero thought. Don't know how to do the exercise? Scan the QR code with your phone's camera to get full instructional videos.

    Instruction cards with QR codes and six dice, each in a different color

    Or if you're a complete beginner, skip the white die (which shows you the reps to do), roll the others, and only do the number of reps you're comfortable with! Each die has six exercises, and the set comes with one each for cardio, abs, chest, arms, and legs, so you can work out your entire body.

    Promising review: "These dice have been a life saver for me. They are so easy to just roll and do a very quick workout. If you have time, keep rolling if not come back later and roll. The kids love it too and the scanning cards are great! It's just what I needed on my quest to get back into shape!" —C Etch

    Get them from Amazon for $19.97+ (also available: a set with 15 different dice, for even more variety).

    7. A champagne / sparkling wine stopper because it helps preserve all those precious, delicious bubbles for another night — no more pouring flat quarter-bottles down the drain the next morning. Just press it down until it seals, then press the button on the top to pump out any extra air. Your bubbly will keep in the fridge for up to a week or so!

    It even makes another ~pop~ noise when you take it off again — which helps you know it's actually sealed well. I bought this earlier this year and it really does help the bubbles last for a good two or three days!

    Promising review: "I love this stopper. It works better than anything else I've tried at keeping Champagne carbonated. The longest I've used it is five days and when I open the bottle it was still very fizzy; probably about 3/4 compared to when it was first opened. It can be a little tricky to make sure you get the sides snapped on but once you learn the trick it works great. When you take it off be sure to have your hand or a towel across the top as it has a lot of pressure." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    8. An acupressure device because multiple reviewers swear it really does help relieve their headaches. Just clip it between your forefinger and thumb, and the pain may just melt away.

    Reviewer's hand with the U-shaped device clipped on

    Of course with anything like this, YMMV — it's not scientifically proven, but it does work for some people. Thankfully, the company has a 60-day window where they'll issue you a complete refund if it's not for you!

    Promising review: "I get frequent headaches and have utilized the acupressure spot in the past with my own fingers and found relief. But my fingers would soon start hurting from keeping the pressure. This little tool takes care of that problem. It doesn't make my headaches disappear completely but it definitely reduces the pain." —Kai

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    9. A lightweight, easy-to-transport handheld vacuum that's designed specifically with a rubber nozzle to effectively pick up pet hair from all kinds of surfaces in a single pass. It may not let you skip the lint rollers entirely, but it definitely will cut down on how quickly you go through them!

    It has a 16-foot-long cord so you can tackle the entire sofa in one go *and* never have to hear it slowly power down because the battery's dying after just 10 minutes. You also get a second narrow nozzle for picking up kibble or anything that isn't pet hair!

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a traditional vacuum to use in your car or for small spills this isn't the vacuum for you. Now if you are buying it for what it says, pet hair eraser, I can confidently tell you that it works miracles! We have a black lab and a light tan couch, and he isn't allowed on the furniture unless invited. But he does like to sit next to it, which means the side of the couch was covered with hair. Lint rollers didn't work, our Dyson Animal didn't work. This thing was amazing. Five minutes and the couch was looking new. Next I did the dog's bed and bedding, wow, just wow. Hope you enjoy cleaning the pet hair and having new(ish) furniture again!" —Bernardo

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (also available with an extra filter).

    10. A multi-compartment cable and electronics organizing case so you can finally empty out that box of tangled mystery cords, figure out which ones you still need, then sort them in a way that you can always actually find what you're looking for.

    It has a shallower compartment (left) and a deeper compartment (right); the deeper compartment comes with four adjustable dividers so you can customize it to your needs! And the sides are all cushioned for protection. Of course it's great for traveling, too.

    Promising review: "I really love that it is more of a case instead of just flat. It was a little bit flimsy until I put the divider pieces in. It holds a LOT; after putting in what I needed I had room left over. I love the deep section on the bottom which allows for thicker cords or just bigger things you want to keep in one place. I had everything just thrown in a drawer and couldn't take it anymore. Now when I need something I know exactly where it is and it's so much easier to get to, no untangling cords from each other. I love this case, it really is a great organizer." —Teresa W

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A tube of Lanolips strawberry lip balm because out of the dozens of lip balms I've tried through the years (both $ and $$$), it's the only one that's actually healed my chapped lips and kept them that way, even after it wears off.

    A split image where the top portion labeled "before Lanolips" is a close-up of very chapped lips and the bottom portion, labelled "after Lanolips!" is the same lips but healed and smooth
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Yup, those are my lips close-up, no Photoshop (well, except to add the text); the "before" is actually lips on a four-day Lanolips break, but that's how they pretty much always looked before. Sure, some balms (like Aquaphor) would help my lips *some*, but it and others never completely healed them. Anything with petrolatum in it always leaves them somehow more chapped. Nothing I've tried holds a candle to the truly soft lips I get with Lanolips. And no, they're not paying me to say that! I'd read about them on r/SkincareAddiction and r/MakeupAddiction for years, so when I was shopping Anthro's after-holiday sale, I nabbed a tube when I spotted it in the check-out line.

    It is kinda goopy and sticky to apply — a little goes a *very long* way — and usually wears off in a couple of hours thanks to my lip-licking (tho it does stay on all night while I sleep), but I DO NOT CARE. When it does wear off, I'm left with soft, peel-free lips that don't hurt when I smile! I use it three-plus times a day, and still have plenty left in the tube I got in December.

    Get a tube of Lanolips 101 Ointment in the strawberry flavor (the one I have!) from Amazon, Ulta, or Anthropologie for $13.50–$14 (also available in a Coconutter flavor and tinted versions).

    Want more deets? (Or wondering just how my lips got THAT peely?) Read my longer Lanolips review.

    (Psst... lanolin, the key ingredient here, is also the main/only ingredient in lots of nipple creams — and multiple reviewers for an $7.90 nipple cream from Amazon swear it helps their chapped lips. I haven't tried it, but it could help!)

    12. A pack of LED dimming sheets if your computer charger, internet router, and other electronics keep you awake (or even just annoy you) with their overly bright lights while you're watching movies in the dark or trying to fall asleep at night.

    model's fingers peeling off one round black dot from a sheet of many and sticking it on a tv; a before and after of an internet model with bright lights that are dimmed

    These dim 50–80% of the light, so the rest of the day you still know that everything's working the way it's supposed to! Although if you prefer, you can double 'em to block even more light, or go for the ~blackout edition~. They're completely removable and leave no residue behind, too!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cave-like. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game-changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed!! I had no idea how big a difference this little dimmer could make, but I'm more than pleased with the result. I can still see the time display just fine, but now my room is a happy cave! Some commenters argue you could get the same effect using electrical tape but this product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes. I did notice a slight lag in response when I covered my TV LED sensor, so if you're trying to block something that actually senses inputs I would maybe not suggest this. Other than that, excellent product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 stickers in different shapes and sizes on Amazon for $5.69. If you have a big clock face you'd like to dim, also check out a similar product that you cut to size, $8.99 for two six by three inch–sheets.

    13. And some Olly restful sleep gummies, because they pack melatonin, l-thenanine, chamomile, and lemon balm (which, with their combined powers, can help boost your natural sleep hormones and help you feel relaxed and potentially get better sleep) into a tasty piece of candy.


    BTW, some Amazon reviewers report their gummies arriving melted, so if you live somewhere hot, consider finding these at a local store instead.

    Promising review: "I've tried other sleep products like the sleep drinks and other gummies but I keep coming back for these! They've worked the best out of any of the others I've tried! I fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the whole night. I also wake up feeling great! No hangover feeling at all!" —Jaime Arnold

    Get a pack of 60 gummies from Amazon for $16.50+ (also available in a larger size).

    Learn more about the link between melatonin and sleep at the National Sleep Foundation.

    14. A hairbrush-cleaning tool so you can turn back the clock and make even your grodiest brushes look like you just bought 'em after only a few minutes of work.

    It has a narrowly-pointed plastic scraper end perfect for raking up hair from the base then pulling it all the way off the brush. Plus two separate bristles sections that are stiff for effectiveness, but won't damage the pins even on your pricier brushes. The reviewer below mentions Windex, but you could also use shampoo and water!

    Promising review: "I have very long hair that seems to trap thing like dust, stuffing fluff, cat hair, small children, etc. My Wet Brush ($7.49) — for all of you also have one you know how dingy they get just after one use — was a safe haven for all of this. I try to pick out my hair after brushing, but the nest of leave-in conditioner and fluff holds on like magnets. With some Windex, warm water and three minutes of scrubbing, my brush looks brand new. It's easy enough to do once a week. Don't be afraid to get a little aggressive with the scrubbing, it will work out in your favor." —Katie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    15. A set of two lacrosse balls not for playing lacrosse, but for massaging out your knots anytime and (pretty much) anywhere, no need to enlist a massage therapist or reluctant friend or S.O. They'll help you release tension all over your body, especially in the places you ache: your upper and lower back, shoulders, neck, hips, feet, and arms.


    My lower arms often get sore after spending day after day scrolling with a mouse at work, and I use a similar product all the time! And I used to go to classes at my old gym that used balls very similar to these, and I cannot express both how much I miss the classes and how much they helped with the regular aches and pains that come from spending most of my days sitting at a desk. I still have a set of two balls from the class and pull them out every week or so!

    But you don't *need* a class: there are lots of YouTube videos with good instructions so you can follow along! Here's a basic tutorial, a routine specifically for back pain, and one for hip pain. You can also do many of the exercises up against the wall, if they feel too intense on the floor. (Of course, if you're concerned about any of this, feel free to talk to your doctor, first!)

    Promising review: "I have chronic neck and should pain due to computer work and stress. I can't afford massages all the time so these help. They are harder than tennis balls so if you prefer deep tissue massage, then these will benefit you. If you are too sensitive for deep tissue, these might be too hard for you." —Heather

    Get them from Amazon for $10.95.

    16. A pair of mirrored glasses that let you comfortably lay down AND keep reading that book you can't get enough of (or just binge-watch the show on the TV across the room). Hey, there's nothing wrong with indulging your inner lazy person once in a while.

    Model laying in bed wearing the glasses, holding a book on their lap

    Promising review: "I didn't know what I was missing until I used this. My life is now complete. If you enjoy comfort and lazy binge-watching but don't care how ridiculous you look wearing these, you have found nirvana. My glasses fit in these just fine. Takes a minute to get used to, then it becomes your reason to live. Expect people to laugh at you, but forgive them for they know not what they are missing." —Michael Boyd

    Get them on Amazon for $14.88.

    17. Some high-fidelity, nearly-invisible earplugs designed to cut down on the decibels during all your favorite concerts so your hearing stays protected without completely muffling the music's clarity and sound quality.,

    Reviewers say they also help people with autism, PTSD, and sensory overload be more comfortable in loud environments! Supposedly they work because of special sound-cutting filters; when you order a set they come with three size options for comfort. Plus they're reusable and hand-washable.

    Promising review: "I am a hobbyist musician (drummer and guitarist) and am around loud music quite a bit. I also go to a few concerts. I tried these out at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. I was very pleased with the results. They allowed me to hear the music just fine while blocking out a lot of the ear-splitting volume and unwanted overtones within the arena. I've tried similar ear plugs in the past and always felt like they were blocking out too much of the sounds I wanted to hear. Wish I had started using these years ago. If you are a performing musician or a regular concert-goer interested in preserving your hearing, I highly recommend giving these babies a try. I don't think you will find a better value for an as effective product." —Fudge13

    Get them on Amazon for $23.98.

    18. A jar of Coty Airspun setting powder so you can basically quadruple the amount of time you have to go between touch-ups, or maybe even live the dream of putting on makeup *once* and never touching it again until it's time to take it off at night.


    Promising review: "I have extremely oily skin during the summer. The concealer and foundation I use start to get shiny after an hour, even with matte foundation. After a lot of research, stumbled upon this powder. Have been using it for a day or two and can immediately notice the difference. My face looks perfect even after four hours and it certainly brightens and smoothes it out. And its not expensive too. After six or so hours, I might have to touch up a little for the evening. Loving it. I cannot imagine I've been running around with oily face all these years. Wish I had known about it sooner." —Nima

    Get it on Amazon for $5.97 (available in translucent or four shades).

    19. A bitter-tasting, completely clear polish to help you knock out that nail-biting habit you developed in middle school (thanks, puberty anxiety). It could also help your kiddo break their thumb-sucking habit — habits are hard enough to break as an adult, and even more difficult when you're a toddler!

    before: a reviewer's super short torn nails dated 8/2017, and after: their nails, now grown, dated 10/2017

    It's perfectly safe for kids age 3 and up (according to the box), and reviewers say even just a dab on your nail or cuticle is plenty effective to help you remember to keep your hands out of your mouth.

    Promising reviews: "This worked right away with my 3-year-old and I tried everything!!! She hated the bitter taste and it's a reminder whenever she tried to suck her thumb that she shouldn't. Wish I had known about this sooner because she officially doesn't suck her thumb because of this product!!" —Tawney

    "I have bitten my nails for 20+ years and have never been able to stop. Who knew that this tiny bottle could solve all my nail issues!! This stuff tastes AWFUL!! It’s horrible. And the taste doesn’t leave your mouth for at least 5 minutes. The moment you put your finger up to your mouth you will instantly regret it. I wish I had bought it sooner. I only had to wear it for a month before I trained myself to stop putting my fingers in my mouth! I’ve tried so many other ways to stop biting my nails and this has been the only way to get me to stop." —Betsy Kincanon

    Get it on Amazon for $15.50.

    20. A compact drink carrier because it's small enough to always keep in your trunk or glovebox, then expands to hold two, three, or four different coffees, beers, or other bevs. It's probably the closest you'll ever get to having an extra arm or two so you can avoid multiple trips.

    the carrier folded up to pack flat; and expanded to hold four drinks from a middle handle

    Also while yes, you can totally use those cardboard drink trays if you need (and they're totally recyclable), "reduce" and "reuse" both come before "recycle"! Note that the holes have a 2.95-inch diameter, so if you have reusable water bottles or other particular cups you're hoping to use with this, def measure before you buy.

    Promising review: "This was so easy to toss in my car. When I want to grab coffee for a group on a whim I just flip the handle up and spread the holders around. I used to get stuck carrying drinks inside two at a time; now I can easily get five at once, four in the carrier and one in my other hand." —Amy Shoemaker

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    21. A makeup brush-cleaning egg and shampoo combo that washes away every last bit of leftover makeup on your brushes without damaging their delicate bristles.

    a soapy brush and textured silicone egg; before: dirty brushes looking pink and orange and after: the clean brushes now grey and beige

    BTW, the shampoo works really well on makeup sponges (like your Beauty Blender!) too — for proof, peep this Amazon reviewer's before and after.

    Promising review: "I love these little cleaning eggs! I coupled one with a brush shampoo. It cleaned out loads of product even after I thought they were clean. My brushes are now fresh and soft. I was able to really get my brushes clean without having to be overly rough with them. A solid purchase.

    Tip: hang your brushes upside down to dry to keep the bristles soft and fluffy and allow the bases to fully dry out. (I use an IKEA sock hanger)." —Shadia Elhert

    Get them both on Amazon: the shampoo for $6.99 and the pack of two eggs for $4.69.

    22. A bug-bite suction tool because it lets you gently extract at least some of the pesky venom that makes the bite itch, so even if the bite doesn't go away completely, you don't feel such an urge to scratch.

    BuzzFeeder Bek's before: with a mosquito bite and after: the bite's swelling has gone down significantly
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns one of these and notes that while it doesn't completely get rid of your bites, it does put a halt to the itching. It works with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice! Note that some reviewers say the suction can be really strong, so try to use it gently; and the company doesn't recommend using it on your neck or face, because it can cause bruising there. (Read the full directions before using it!)

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get them on Amazon: a pack of two for $19.95 or a pack of three for $24.95.

    23. A posture corrector so you can actually train yourself to sit up straight even if you spend days on end in front of a computer (or just never really learned good posture in the first place). Reviewers say it works both over and under clothes, can help alleviate some back pain, and is also helpful to maintain form when they're working out.

    A reviewer wearing the black corrector, which loops around each shoulder, over a tank top

    Also, it's basically impossible to improve your posture by simply willing it to happen — you're just not going to remember to do it all the time! The directions say to start wearing it for 15 minutes at a time, upping your time to 30 minutes and then an hour as you go along. Theoretically, it helps train your muscle memory.

    Promising review: "I bought this posture corrector because I work at a computer all day, my posture is TERRIBLE while sitting at my desk, and my back, neck, and head are generally KILLING me by about 3 p.m. Even when I make an effort to try to sit correctly and not slump over, I find that eventually I've fallen into slouching without noticing while I'm concentrating at work. I anticipated some discomfort when initially wearing the corrector, based on the product description and some of the reviews. When I put it on, it didn't hurt at all. So I tightened it as much as I could. Still no discomfort. At this point, I figured that it probably wasn't doing anything, but I wore it to work anyway, just to try it out. 3 p.m. rolled around headache, no neck pain, no back pain!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (one size; adjustable for chest sizes 30 in–43 in).

    24. A completely clear umbrella that acts like a forcefield around your head and shoulders so you can cross the parking lot to get into the grocery store and arrive nice and dry, as if you somehow managed to teleport (well, except for maybe your shoes).

    Model holding the dome-shaped umbrella, which comes down to just under their shoulders

    Promising review: "This umbrella has saved me too many times to count. I go to college on a campus that is prone to flooding and storms. This thing protects me from all rain and wind; when paired with my rain boots, nothing can stop me. There was a powdery substance on it when it arrived, but it wiped off fine with a towel. After the year it shows no signs of breaking." —Destiny D

    Get it on Amazon for $25.03+ (also available with birds or rainbow dots).

    You to yourself, when you get one of these products and it actually does solve your small problem:


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