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    28 Products That Could Make Life At Home A Little Better

    Home life can be a little better with a few coffee accessories, some cheery decor, games, and of course a ton of plants.

    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. Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes to nourish your plants and give them new life. If you love plants but seem to have trouble helping them thrive, this could be your solution!

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    The review photos on the right are all of the same plant — the top one with 10 days difference and the bottom one with the plant thriving three weeks later! The spikes last for up to 60 days.

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, and three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny. Since I tend to kill them anyway, I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I've had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I'm very happy with this product and it was a great price." —victoria

    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $6.95.

    2. Neuro Gum, a caffeinated gum that'll help give your brain a jumpstart when you hit a work-from-home wall.

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    Promising review: "As a medical student this has been an amazing addition to my daily study regimen. Same amazing boost as the Diet Coke and coffee I used to chug, but without the jitters, crash/headache, or teeth staining. It's become my new go-to for staying awake and alert in the OR or on the wards. Highly recommend for anyone who needs a pick-me-up but doesn't want that 'wired' sensation you get from coffee." —R. Sardesai

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $21 (available in two flavors).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's glowing review of Neuro Gum here.

    3. A string light curtain to add a twinkly touch of whimsy to any room.

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    Promising review: "There are so many different settings for these lights, and I am in love. The length of them is awesome. I have tall ceilings so they cover the whole wall, which is nice. I fell in love with setting three. They're also a warmer color so they're not harshly bright. I put this fun boho woven piece in front of them and it looks really cool." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. A three-piece ceramic planter with excellent drainage to keep your plants happy and healthy as well as serve as your cutest piece of decor. WHY do so many cute planters not have drainage?! And because of its unique design you can mix and match colors if you get multiples.

    three planters with a bowl-like top, narrower tall base, and a saucer at the bottom
    Jungalow

    Jungalow is a Black woman-owned business started by designer Justina Blakeney. Their mission is to sustainably make your space more creative and inspirational. Just do yourself and favor and check out their entire site — everything is perfection!

    Promising review: "I was honestly shocked at the high quality of this planter. It is absolutely gorgeous. The cream-speckled color is rich and beautiful and not at all boring. I love how the style is simple and funky at the same time, and of course love that drainage! I will definitely be getting more of the Kaya planters in the future." —Kristen

    Get it from Jungalow for $68 (available in eight colors).

    5. Ticket to Ride — a board game so fun you may even *choo-choo* choose it over watching yet another movie. I love this game so much my family got me a train whistle, and I can't HELP but recommend it as an addition to the game.

    the game's US map board with train routes and all the included cards and game pieces
    Amazon

    Players compete to finish train routes across the country and build the longest routes, sometimes sneakily snatching rails up from their competitors. Game play lasts anywhere from 30–60 minutes and is fit for two to five players.

    Promising review: "Essential board game for anyone who plays board games. The last generation had Monopoly, and we now have Ticket to Ride. This game is played by my wife and myself on a regular basis, and my 7- and 5-year-old love it as much as we do. Great family game and a great game to introduce to non-gamers. It has tons of replayability and is always competitive fun. If you like games, you must have this in your collection." —Erik

    Get them from Amazon: the game for $41.79 and the train whistle for $8.99.

    6. A luxurious linen bath sheet to make your everyday shower routine a bit more spa-like. Linen is simply the greatest fabric of all (maybe second to denim, but I don't think a denim bath towel would be particularly pleasant or effective).

    two dark grey linen bath sheets hangin on hooks
    Linoto

    Linoto is a Black-owned business specializing in all things linen. From kitchen textiles to sheets to boxer shorts (!!!), their offerings are a linen-lover's dream. All of their products are made in their workshop in Westchester County, New York.

    Promising review: "Sumptuous! This is the most luxurious, wonderfully absorbent bath towel I have ever purchased! Just gorgeous!" —Glenn

    Get it from Linoto for $99 (available in five colors).

    7. A milk frother so you can make your favorite café drinks in the comfort of your own kitchen. You have always suspected that you would make a great barista.

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    Promising review: "This is seriously my best quarantine purchase and I have made a lot! No need for Starbucks anymore. My craving has been fulfilled. I make at least one fancy drink every morning. To make the cold foam similar to Starbucks salted honey you use a little milk (I use almond), a sprinkle of salt, and some honey then use the frother. It makes so much from a small amount and the taste is delicious!! This will be your new morning best friend. I am so happy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in 22 colors).

    8. An essential oil migraine stick, because there's nothing worse than a terrible headache and this roll-on of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils can help get you some relief.

    Katy Herman / Via BuzzFeed, Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Hear more about one BuzzFeed writer's love of the migraine stick in "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life."

    9. A record player so you can spin your favorite albums with that sweet, slightly crackly, vinyl sound.

    reviewer's black and red plaid record player playing "meet the beatles"
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    Need some records to get your collection going? I recommend J Dilla's Donuts, Fiona Apple's Fetch The Bolt Cutters, and Solange's When I Get Home.

    Promising review: "A very sturdy product and built to last. It is very well designed and great for the price. I love how it is easy to travel with. It was a Father's Day gift and my dad loved it." —T. Ficklen

    Get it from Amazon for $51.35+ (available in 33 colors and patterns).

    10. A pair of Glerups felted slippers to keep your tootsies nice and warm all day long. But since they're made of breathable merino wool, I've also been wearing them in the summer! I can't resist a good slipper and these are my fave.

    writer in dark purple shoe-like slippers with tan leather soles
    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    Glerups rule! They're nice and flexible because they're felted, so it doesn't feel too much like you're wearing shoes inside — my feet still feel free! They come in leather- and rubber-soled versions and I opted for the leather. They still feel nice and sturdy and totally durable. I (accidentally) wear them outside all the time and they've held up very well! They're definitely a splurge, but if we're gonna be inside for the foreseeable future, I want my feet to be happy about it.

    Get them from Backcountry for $94.95 (available in sizes 36–47 and nine colors — these are listed in the "men's" section, but check the size chart for US men's and women's size conversions).

    11. A coffee subscription from Rwanda Bean so you never have that sinking feeling of waking up and realizing you're all out of java. Get four bags of coffee in any grind style from whole bean to espresso every month and get brewing!

    box full of four different bags of Rwanda bean coffee
    Rwanda Bean

    50% of Rwanda Bean's profits are put toward farmers, families, and community projects — as if you needed another reason to buy coffee! This is a variety pack, but you can shop their other subscriptions here if you'd prefer four bags of your favorite roast.

    Get it from Rwanda Bean for $49/month (available in eight grind styles).

    12. An eco-friendly cleaning kit that makes it super-duper easy to get all of your essentials in one place. Simultaneously reduce your plastic use and get your home squeaky clean with this glass bottle and tablet set.

    the clean essentials kit
    Blueland

    The kit comes with three reusable cleaning bottles, one reusable foaming hand soap bottle and four tablets — one each for multi-surface, glass and mirror, bathroom, and foaming hand soap solutions. Just fill each bottle with water and drop in the corresponding tablet. It's as simple as that! The cleaner is made with no triclosan, parabens, phosphates, ammonia, or VOCs.

    Promising review: "Love this product. Our cleaning supply cupboard is so simple now. No more bottles falling over each other. All the cleaners work really well. I really like the scent of each product. Can't wait to get my refills." —Jaqueline B

    Get the kit from Blueland for $39 and check out all of their kit options here.

    13. A nice little succulent to bring some literal life into your home. Start thinking about what you're going to name your new plant bb!

    hand holding succulent in a grey vase in front of an open box
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    The Nice Plant is a Black-owned business that strives to deliver "self-care in a box" through house plants and natural products.

    Get it from The Nice Plant for $23.99 (available in three plant types and two pot types).

    14. An Amazon Fire TV Stick so you can easily access all of your streaming services in one place. There has never been a time in history when turning on Chopped the second work is over was more necessary.

    black fire stick shaped like a pack of gum with an HDMI connection and a remote control
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am in love with the Fire TV Stick. Once I received it I plugged it in, and it popped right up already connected to my Amazon account and ready to use. I use my Fire Stick everyday and am tempted to cancel my cable there's so much to watch on it. I'm getting one for each room." —Tekeishab

    Get it from Amazon or $39.99.

    15. A midcentury modern futon for anyone who wants to update their couch to something more their style for a very reasonable price.

    mustard yellow vertically tufted futon couch with matching ottoman
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very impressed with this couch especially for the money! We put it in our Airstream trailer, and it has taken the design to another level. So happy we pulled the trigger on this. I also like the mustard color — unique and funky. It is firm but still comfortable." —William Skiles

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $340+ (available in nine colors and six styles).

    16. A stainless-steel rainfall shower head so you can have a five-star hotel shower experience without the whole leaving your house and sleeping somewhere else thing.

    large silver shiny square shower head
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful shower head, very thin, but feels quite sturdy and heavy. Installation took no more than five minutes. The shower head has a very smooth, highly polished, mirror-like chrome finish. It gives a satisfying showering experience without wasting too much water. Absolutely no leaks whatsoever. Everybody in our family said they liked it. What else is there to say about a shower head?" —Sadda Reddy

    Get it from Amazon for $45.31+ (available in three sizes and four finishes).

    17. An 18-inch charcoal grill to change up your cooking methods a little bit more. We're all cooking so much lately, variety is key.

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    Promising review: "This grill was easy to put together and easy to use. I really like the way it's made so you can carry to any tailgating. I also like that the temperature is easy to control so food cooks evenly. And clean up is a breeze. Highly recommended!" —Jason

    Get it from Amazon for $67.99.

    18. A Stasher Bag collection so you can store leftovers, produce, lunch — anything! — without using plastic bags. They also come in handy for non-food related tasks. I've even used a snack-size one to store my ID on a trip to the beach!

    Amazon

    I have Stasher bags and they TRULY have so many uses! They are obviously great for storing and transporting food, but they can also be used to sous vide, marinate, and microwave. And they're dishwasher-safe! 10/10 from me.

    Promising review: "What's not to love about Stasher bags? They are so versatile, colorful, and easy to care for. Bonus: you are keeping plastic out of landfills! I use these for meal-prep and kids' lunchboxes. Easy to open and, again, so easy to clean. Stop browsing for environmental alternatives, and order these today!" —Drea_reviews

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and 10 colors).

    19. A cozy Chappy Wrap blanket made of a cotton blend that's nice and warm but also super breathable. I have one of these blankets and it's my absolute favorite!

    Chappy Wrap

    The blanket is also machine-washable and can be run through the dryer!

    Get it from Chappy Wrap for $135.

    20. A New York Times crossword puzzle book so you always have the perfect brainteaser to do while you enjoy your morning coffee. My partner and I even used to do these over FaceTime if you're in need of a new way to spend time with your long-distance boo!

    best of the week crossword book Monday edition with 50 puzzles edited by Will Shortz
    Amazon

    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.

    Want more of a challenge? Try the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday versions of this book for increasing difficulty!

    21. A free-form planner to give your days a bit more structure but still play by your own rules. Perfect for to-do lists and goal-setting — yes "bring all the used cups scattered throughout the house back to the kitchen" counts as goal-setting.

    open planner showing goal section and sections for days of the week, as well as a sheet of stickers
    BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Love this planner. I love the free-form. You can skip weeks you know you're out of town or whatever and save those pages for another time. I think my favorite part of this planner is the first two pages. Everything to do with this planner is how YOU make it. It also helped me reflect on things I really do want and goals I really do want to achieve. Words of affirmation was difficult for me to fill out so I looked them up online and wrote the ones that spoke to me most." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    This planner won as the best budget option in The Best Planners by BuzzFeed Reviews!

    22. A compact broom and dustpan so you don't have to lug out the vacuum or full-size broom for mini messes.

    reviewer holding a small dustpan in the palm of their hand with a tiny broom inside.
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    Promising review: "OXO quite by mistake has created the best tent broom I've ever used. I know they had other things in mind when they designed this but it is perfect for car camping ( a little to big for backpackers). The bristles are soft and fine enough to get the sand off your taffeta tent floor without damaging it. The cup style dust pan holds your sweepings so you don't have to re sweep after you accidentally tip them. The whole kit packs together securely so nothing gets lost. Five-star performer." —H Bart

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. A roll of bamboo paper towels that are washable and reusable. That's right, one roll of these sturdy guys can be reused up to 120 times and one roll should last six months!

    model washing a mini watermelon suspended on a bamboo paper towel, demonstrating its durability
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These have been a great addition to our lives during quarantine. We have effectively phased out disposable paper towels for the most part because of these, and have overall saved a good bit of money." —Meghan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    24. A eye mask with Bluetooth headphones so you can fall asleep while listening to calming music or a sleep-inducing podcast. Perfect for anyone who's partner stays up a bit later than them watching TV or using a computer.

    reviewer in eye mask with wide band that covers the ears
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The first thing I noticed was how soft it is. I have tried other sleep masks but they usually end up with some seam feeling scratchy on my nose. I love the size of this and how well it fits with the adjustable velcro straps. It blocks light very well, which is great for me as I cannot stand any light when I sleep. I also use a sound machine app and had no trouble pairing this to my phone and playing my sounds. It has really good quality audio and was still playing when I woke up in the morning after about six hours." —TSpencer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    25. A tube of Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, because winter is on its way, which means dry air, which means chapped lips, which means misery. I used to get chapped lips ALL the time, but since I started using this every night, I don't think I've gotten them once.

    three squeeze tubes of lip balm
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    The balm is phthalate-, paraben-, cruelty-, and gluten-free. It's definitely expensive for a lip balm, but it's truly the best I've ever used and even though I use it daily, each tube lasts me about six months.

    Promising review: "Been using this product for over 22 years and it's still the best on the market. I have very sensitive, dry lips, and this is the only lip balm I can use without breaking out with eczema around my lips." —Mwadi

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    26. A cold brew maker so you can enjoy bean juice in arguably the greatest form without spending $5 at a coffee shop that will absolutely PACK your cup with ice.

    cold brew pitcher with handle and spout next to glass of iced coffee with milk
    Amazon

    To use, pour your preferred coffee into the filter cone, fill the pitcher with water, let it steep in the fridge for 12–24 hours, and enjoy! It makes nine cups of coffee (or tea!) and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I use this every week. Maybe even twice a week. It's honestly such a time- and money-saver. I was buying large bottles of cold brew from the grocery store but this is so easy. I just fill up the center filter with whatever flavor coffee I like, fill the container with water, and I put it in the fridge to let it sit overnight. One full jug will last me anywhere from three to four days. It's amazing." —D likes to read

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $19.99.

    27. Outdoor string lights to turn your outdoor space into an oasis. You're not "eating outside because you can't bear to be in your house for one more second." You're "dining al fresco."

    backyard patio with stringlights
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These LED string lights are easy to install, and make any outdoor area feel special. The wire and fixtures are well-made." —Jo Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    28. Reusable makeup remover pads so you can ditch those cotton rounds and replace them with a more sustainable alternative. They're also sturdier so you can scrub to your heart's content.

    reviewer's set of five each of teal, green, and white rounds with a white mesh bag
    amazon.com

    The pads are machine-washable and come with a washable laundry bag so they don't get lost.

    Promising review: "These are really nice, and are a must if you are eco-conscious! I use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and it requires a cloth to fully remove the balm/makeup from your skin. These pads work wonderfully for the job. They’re much better than using disposable cotton rounds, since they don’t fall apart, and they’re softer than a traditional washcloth. This bamboo fabric is super soft and durable. It feels good on the skin and gently but thoroughly wipes away your makeup and cleansers. I absolutely LOVE that it comes with a garment bag so that you don’t lose them in the washing machine. I choose to wash these in the cold delicate cycle. I totally recommend these! I think they’re a great value!" —Phillip A. Rzewski

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    Me talking about all of the random objects in my home I've become overly emotionally attached to in the last six months:

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