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    37 Extraordinary Versions Of Ordinary Things If You're Bored With Ordinary Things

    Egg bun makeup sponges, skeleton ice cubes, Harry Potter teas, and a diary you can burn? Life should be exciting.

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    1. A quirky literary bar of soap with lovely scents inspired by your favorite books and characters. It'll vamp up your bathroom and set your soaps apart from your friends' boring suds — plus, these spooky-inspired ones are perf for Halloween!

    TheSoapLibrarian / Etsy

    These handcrafted soaps even have ridges on the sides to mimic actual pages! The Dark Arts soap has a black amber, vanilla, and soft musk scent; the Ghost Stories soap has a garden sage, fresh basil leaves, and lavender scent.

    Promising review: "I gave this to my mentor teacher as an appreciation gift, and she loved it! You could smell the fresh and lovely right away! This shop has never disappointed and is one of my favorites." —reinarodrar1

    Get one from TheSoapLibrarian on Etsy for $6: the Dark Arts one here and the Ghost Stories one here (available in 22 book-inspired scents).

    2. Or a reusable Japanese-inspired porcelain teacup candle that combines your love of candles, scents, tea, and decor! Once the candle burns out, wash it and use as a lovely cup and saucer for tea, a plant pot, or a container for another candle. Regular candles don't hold a candle (heh) to this!

    JoybyMarie / Etsy

    The blue one has a French vanilla and lavender fragrance and the yellow one has a green tea and lemongrass scent.

    Get it from JoybyMarie on Etsy for $17.11 (available in four colors).

    3. A pack of milk sheet masks to hydrate your skin with real milk protein — and that's not the only extraordinary thing about them. They're shaped like milk cartons and each one is a type of milk that targets a concern (strawberry milk, for example, has strawberry extract that helps brighten). Plus, they all smell deliciously like their respective flavors!


    These are the types of milk masks included:

    White milk (hydrates), coffee milk (firms, and is also my fave because it smells like coffee!), chocolate milk (smooths, and is my brother's fave!), banana milk (nourishes), strawberry milk (soothes), coconut milk (moisturizes), green tea milk (soothes).

    Promising review: "These masks are such a lifesaver. They smell amazing, they make my skin feel smooth, and the packaging is so cute too! The serum is really lightweight and doesn’t make me overly oily, which is great since I tend to have problem skin. There is plenty of it left in the package that you can use on the rest of your skin." —Angela McAlister

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A secret journal much better than traditional ones because not only is this filled with private prompts that help you reflect, explore, and question new things about yourself but when you're done, you can keep it, bury it for your grandkids to find, throw it in the trash, or, ya know, burn it.

    the turquoise cover with a matchbox on it t

    Get it from Amazon for $8.39.

    5. A ghoulish bag of loose leaf tea or coffee beans to upgrade your caffeine fix from dull to ~terrifyingly~ amazing. When you're out for blood, well, you can settle with the blood of Kali.

    Coffee Shop of Horrors

    There are more than 12 different types of tea and coffee to choose from. They come in different sizes, including a sample size, and each type has its own macabre artwork! So fun.

    Get them from Coffee Shop of Horrors: the Indian chai bag for $10.99 (available in two sizes) and the mocha java for $9.99 (available in eight grinds).

    6. Or a Harry Potter-inspired tea because what else is better than losing yourself in the magic of Hogwarts with a butterbeer-, dragon's blood-, or wolfsbane-flavored tea? The Muggle world just doesn't cut it.

    the teas
    RosieLeaTeaUK / Etsy

    Editor's Note: BuzzFeed does not support discriminatory or hateful speech in any form. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community and all fans who found a home in the Harry Potter series and will work to provide a safe space for fans. If you, like us, feel impassioned about trans rights, learn more or donate here.

    The Butterbeer tea is caramel and chocolate; the Dragon's Blood is a fruit-and-flower tea; Felix Felicis is black tea with vanilla and licorice; Phoenix Tears has South African rooibos and caramel; and Wolfsbane has Japanese sencha, sea buckthorn, and blue cornflower.

    Get it from RosieLeaTeaUK on Etsy for $5.31+ (available in five flavors and two types).

    7. And a gorgeous book-shaped tea tin based on your favorite novel to store those teas. If you so choose, the tins even include a custom tea blend of their own! They also have fun names like "Anise in Wonderland" and "The Picture of Earl Grey."

    Novel Tea Tins

    Get it from Novel Tea Tins for $25+: (available with or without the tea blend) and check out more tea tins here.

    8. A ~wicked~ cotton skirt in a Halloween-themed newspaper print that you can rock not just in October but all year long! You know why? Because it has pockets (*gasp*).


    Get it from ModCloth for $79 (available in sizes XS–3X).

    9. An adorable cushion compact blush because you've tried cushion foundation, but did you know this existed too? The pretty liquid rouge is rich, pigmented, and blendable!

    The Crème Shop

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely in love! Very, VERY pigmented but is easily washed down. I live in Florida where sweating is a given. I put this blush on at 8 a.m., went about my day and by 5 p.m., it was still there even after wearing my COVID mask on and off throughout the day. Gel-like texture that suits my combination skin type. Packaging is absolutely adorable and is easy to travel with and clean. The puff will concentrate the pigment strongly but the blush is easy to wash out with either brushes or fingers, I’ve tried both. I find fingers warm it to a nice texture personally. I’m going to invest in the other two colors because it’s performed so well." —Id Creech

    Get it from The Crème Shop for $20 (available in three shades).

    10. An unconventional clock to one-up that old analog timekeeper in your home that doesn't even tick right.


    Get them from Redbubble: the rice paper kanji clock for $30.30 and the black galaxy clock for $31.75 (available in three frame colors and four hand colors).

    11. An absolutely delightful strawberry midi dress because cottagecore is totally your vibe right now and those basic white dresses are just not doing it for you!

    Lirika Matoshi

    Pre-order it from Lirika Matoshi for $490 (available in sizes XS—XXL).

    12. A futuristic bamboo floating bedside table that easily attaches to your bed frame and will allow you to keep whatever you need on it. "You must be living in the year 3000!" — your fam who owns traditional bedside tables.

    BedShelfie / Etsy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four sizes and styles) or from BedShelfie on Etsy for $31.49.

    13. A spooky 3D mold tray for skull-shaped ice cubes because regular ol' square ones have absolutely no personality, just like most people you know.


    Promising review: "I bought this for my birthday party. The ice shape stayed well and made my party stunning. The material is very convenient for taking out each ice cube — very soft and very easy to use. I am very satisfied with this skull ice tray and I would tell to my friends to buy. Thank you for making my party successful." —student

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    14. A stunning lithograph poster or throw blanket that weaves the entire text of a novel into the artwork. From afar, you'll see an illustration of a scene from the novel — go closer and you can read the entire book! Your roomie is gonna be so impressed.


    The posters are tear-resistant, water-resistant, and long-lasting. They come ready to frame. The blankets are super soft and the reverse side is cozy fleece.

    Get the Emma poster for $24.99 and the Peter Pan throw blanket for $69 (available in over 200 book titles, 19 genres, three sizes, and six colors).

    15. An amazing lightsaber umbrella with an LED shaft in the color of your choice and a flashlight at the bottom. Remember splashing in puddles as a kid? Well now, you can splash in puddles and make everyone jealous with this awesome umbrella.

    the umbrella

    Promising review: "I tend to use this in winter as it gets dark here early. The lighted umbrella looks cool and also offers some safety as it make me visible at night. These are decently well-built, but not as sturdy as my more expensive 'rough weather' umbrella. But for what they are they are great. And fun." —Marc Hines

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    16. The Hunt a Killer subscription box to make your childhood dreams of being Nancy Drew come true! Solve a different murder mystery with each box, using clues like autopsy reports and witness statements, and get ready for the big reveal in the final episode!

    materials from the box
    Hunt A Killer / Via

    Each box comes with materials and clues to help you figure out each case, like reports, statements, evidence, and an included objective card to assist you. One box takes between 90 minutes to three hours to complete.

    A portion of the proceeds from purchased box goes to the Cold Case Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps law enforcement agencies solve cold cases and bring justice to murder victims so you can feel good about your subscription!

    Get it from Hunt A Killer for $30/per month plus shipping.

    17. A pair of retro-style cassette earrings to take your style up a good one or two ~volumes.~


    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. A banana hand cream so your hands will be soft and moisturized come winter. It smells like freshly baked banana bread and comes in the cutest packaging so you'll smile each time you use it.,

    Promising review: "It's exactly what I was looking for! As soon as I opened the package it was delivered in I could smell the banana scent. The lotion rubs right in without leaving my hands oily. The adorable banana container makes me smile every time I take it out. The banana smell isn’t heavy once you put it on, so you don’t need to worry about an overpowering scent. Even though it’s a small container, it doesn’t come flooding out like with lots of other lotions, leaving you with too much in your hands. This lets you control exactly how much you want to dispense so you aren’t wasting product." —Kristana L

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    19. A scrumptious vegan dairy ice cream that's made with plants and is animal-free and lactose-free because, yes, that exists! The flavors are so yummy and you can finally get your ice cream fix without hurting cows, the climate, or your lactose-intolerant body.

    a row of the ice cream tubs with one open
    Brave Robot

    It's not a gimmick! I had my lactose-intolerant best friend try it too and we both loved it. She didn't have to pop a pill, deal with stomach pains, or go to the bathroom after (all of which usually happen if she eats ice cream without her lactose pill). It doesn't taste different from regular ice cream at all — in fact, you just feel good about the fact that it's natural and made without cows. If you're wondering, our fave flavors were Blueberry Pie (this is big for me as I generally don't like blueberry-flavored things but this one has graham cookies in it!) and Hazelnut Chocolate.

    This ice cream is made with an animal-free whey protein and the packaging is made with a renewable resource. Read more about how the ice cream is made here and check out the flavors here. Fun fact: If you send a picture of yourself asking your grocery to stock Brave Robot, they refund you the shipping costs!

    Get a multipack from Brave Robot for $58 (available in three multi-flavor packs).

    20. A copy of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook because you're tired of cooking ~adult~ lunches and you need to satisfy your craving for cauldron cakes and treacle tarts.

    the cover

    There are 150 recipes in this!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95, from Bookshop for $18.35 (to support local bookstores) or check your local library.

    21. An adorable 3D bookmark of a sloth that'll patiently keep you company while you finish your book.

    the sloth bookmark

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. A smartphone-vase hybrid that holds flowers like an old-fashioned vase but also holds your phone or Kindle or tablet because we're in 2020 now so no need for bland old vases. You can charge your device while it rests on this too! A truly modern win.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I use it at my desk as I write during the day to receive messages on my phone without having to log into anything else. It's great! At the end of my day, I take it to my bedside for overnight to make sure I don't miss any calls. I also put some fake flowers in it to brighten my day and try to feel positive. It's very sturdy and easy to use." —Nance

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $32 (available in two colors).

    23. An innovative sunscreen mist to make using sunscreen quick and easy if you're tired of that extra step of slathering it on after your skincare routine and then again every two hours. Keep this in your bag or on your desk and spritz away whenever you need. The fine mist doesn't mess up makeup and smells like a dream with its natural botanicals!

    model spraying the mist on her face

    This spray has SPF 41 and features only 16 clean ingredients! To use it properly, close your eyes and mouth, pull back hair, hold the bottle about 10 inches from your face, and spray evenly over your face and neck (mist about seven times). Keep your eyes closed for three seconds while the mist settles. You don't need to rub it in! Plus, if you text Habit, they give you daily reminders to use SPF!

    I've been using this every day and I love it! It's so convenient to just spray it on over your makeup or once you're ready instead of adding another layer of lotion to your face. It's non-greasy so it doesn't get you oily; it only gives your skin a pretty, dewy look. Plus, touchups are super easy since all I have to do is spray again and there's no worry of disturbing makeup. It's small enough that you can just throw it in your bag. And when I say it smells like a dream, I'm not kidding! Why didn't this exist before?

    Get it from Habit for $30.

    24. A pair of stylish platform Dr. Martens boots that's a twist on the original, because everyone's seen the original. It's time for you to step it up a notch — literally!

    Dr. Martens

    Get it from Dr. Martens for $180 (available in sizes 5—12 and also in white).

    25. A pack of Shakespearean insult bandages, because regular bandages are so boring. It's time to step up your bandage game level ye high! 🙌

    the bandages

    Promising review: "As a freelance stage manager, I am not kind to my hands. On one day, I can be responsible for office work, set construction, and costume changes. After 24 hours of work, this bandage did not come off. I could wash my hands, bend my knuckle enough to type, and when I finally removed it, it left no residue behind. Shakespeare fans may be disappointed because the bandages do not have 15 different sayings, but for a product that does its job and looks nerdy, they’re amazing." —Cam and Jade

    Get a 15-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A Cardalloon that's part card and part balloon if you want to upgrade your standard card game! Your message goes on the box, they press the magic button, and bam — the balloon of your choice magically inflates! Whether you go for Happy Birthday, a heart-eye emoji or a funny poop emoji because they're so ~crappy,~ it's sure to be a surprise they won't soon forget!


    Get one from Cardalloon for $39.95 (available in nine styles).

    27. A Totoro desk lamp to guard you through the night and make you smile. Its umbrella and belly both light up, and the umbrella is bendable! This one's so much better than that old rickety one on your table.


    It adds a cute kick to your desk or shelf collection, especially for fans of Studio Ghibli and anime. The lamp has a USB charge so you don't need to rely on batteries.

    Promising review: "It's a nice size and the light that emits from his tummy is green. The light for the umbrella is also a nice addition and I find that I enjoy the umbrella light more than the tummy light. He holds his charge for 24+ hours left on. It's nice to be able to charge him and have him portable. No batteries makes him very convenient. The umbrella has a bendable handle so you can adjust it to your liking. I highly recommend for any Totoro fan, young or old!" —Gypsy Soul

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    28. A lovely real wooden notebook that you can get with the pictured design or customize with your own. You can even choose what kind of wood the notebook is made from (walnut, oak, ash tree, birch, and more)! You won't go back to basic marble notebooks ever again!

    UseitAccessories / Etsy

    Get it from UseitAccessories on Etsy: the spiral notebook for $19+ (available in six wood options and three paper dimensions) and the leather-bound notebook for $34 (available in six types and four fonts).

    29. A super cool cloud toilet paper dispenser because yes, even TP dispensers can be something spectacular! Plus, you can use the smaller groove to prop up your phone (I know you take your phone to the bathroom too).

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.99.

    30. A way too cute flash drive for happily storing all your precious memories in a safe place. Who said flash drives can't have some spunk to them?

    the cute flashdrive, shaped like a Japanese wooden doll

    Promising review: "I just love this little Japanese girl flash drive. I bought three of them to put my mom's story of her life from an old audiotape I had done 20+ years ago. They are perfect since my mom was born in Japan 90+ years back when her dad was in the Navy and stationed there. These are such cute little figures and I know my brother and sister will each love to have one with mom's life story." —Loulou

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two sizes and nine characters)

    31. An egg bun makeup sponge to blow all your plain old makeup sponges out of the water!


    This sponge enlarges by 1.5 times when wet (like all good sponges should); it is recommended to apply your makeup with a damp sponge for a seamless finish (squeeze out excess water).

    Promising review: "I personally have never owned a blender before that was any sort of name brand, so I felt this one was very special. The first thing I noticed was that it has an ultra-smooth texture and is barely porous at all. It feels almost felted to the touch, like suede. On the skin, the puff feels very cooling and gentle, which leads me to believe this might be a wonderful option for you if you are a person with sensitive facial skin like myself. Blends concealer into the skin perfectly. I have no critiques; this product is adorable and gets the job done flawlessly!" —Clementine M.

    Get it from Amazon for $7

    32. A parody cookbook with hilariously seductive chicken recipes guaranteed to make you laugh every time you open it — especially with names like "Dripping Thighs" and "Mustard-Spanked Chicken." So much better than your mom's basic cookbook.

    the cover, showing a chicken wrapped in rope, similar to bondage

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95, Bookshop for $18.39 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    33. A pack of suction cup cat phone holders — they'll be very happy to hold your phone at a moment's notice!

    Six cat phone holders holding up a cell phone

    Promising review: "I bought a set of these adorable cats for my friend and a set for myself. The suction cups worked well for attaching the cats to my phone. I also attached a couple of them to the inside of my car window. It seems they're quite sturdy. They're certainly cute and colorful." —Julie C

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    34. A small lighted cherry blossom tree that will look absolutely charming in any room and won't take up too much space. Who needs real flowers that will wilt in two days when you can have tiny LED versions of them?


    This tree is safe for both indoor and outdoor use. They also provide you with extra "cherry blossoms" to tack onto the branches. Plus, the branches are bendable so you can shape them to mimic an actual tree!

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my daughter. She hates to take her Christmas tree down; now she can have a tree all year. She lives in NYC — needless to say, her apartment is small so this tree is perfect." —Terry G

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    35. A set of planet lollipops you'll just be over the moon for. These edible works of art have stunning 2D images, each with its own flavor so you get a taste of the solar system rather than regular old grape or apple. Mercury is caramel, Earth is cotton candy (an interesting flavor choice to me tbh), and more!

    the ten lollipops
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I bought these for my space-loving, almost-30-year-old daughter for Christmas, and she loved them! She loved the detail and how smooth and delicious they were. Quite an uncommon gift and quite a hit!" —Suz

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30 (comes in a set of 10 lollipops)

    36. A mini heart-shaped waffle maker or a Mickey Mouse waffle maker because breakfast should be fun and plain round waffles are so last year.,

    Promising review for the Mickey waffle maker: "Waffles came out great! Tip: Heat oven to 200 degrees and put a cookie sheet in the oven. As you make the waffles, place them one at a time on the cookie sheet to keep them warm until serving." —Erin Morrison

    Get them from Amazon: the heart-shaped waffle maker for $19.99 and the Mickey Mouse one for $39.99.

    37. A magical, almost otherworldly-looking 3D neon lamp that is quite possibly enchanted and might put you under a spell if you stare at it too long.

    the lamp
    LandLamp / Etsy

    The lamp is made of wood and acrylic, both environmentally-friendly materials, and is lit by LEDs. If you live in the US, you will need an adapter, as this item ships from Europe and comes with a European plug.

    Get it from LandLamp on Etsy for $44.

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