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    29 Things I Would Be Quite Surprised To Learn You Don't Own Already

    Absolutely scandalous if you *don't* have a Squatty Potty.

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    1. An Amazon Fire Stick, because if you're still paying for cable in 2021...maybe don't! The Fire Stick makes *any* TV a smart TV and gives you easy access to all one million of your subscription services.

    the fire stick's remote with the caption "alexa, play mandelorian on Disney plus"

    Promising review: "I cut the cord years ago and mostly stream in my laptop. My apartment came with a 55” TV, and it was annoying having to attach my laptop to it via HDMI when I wanted a larger viewing screen. I didn’t know what to expect from this device, but I’m impressed! Worked immediately. Very easy to set up. Love that you can activate apps using a code versus typing in your username and password. It has every app I need. Even with my relatively slow internet, I get greater quality. Very happy with it!" —K. Whiting

    Get it from Amazon or $39.99.

    2. A vitamin C serum that's the perfect catch-all product for anyone trying to lessen dark circles, sun spots, redness, and breakouts. A wonderful pick for anyone just starting out on their skincare ~journey~.

    on the left a reviewer with some breakouts and dark spots, on the right the same reviewer with clearer skin

    Promising review: "I was originally spending a lot more for a Kiehl's pore tightening and face brightening serum. When I heard from a friend about this serum, I was doubtful it would be effective, but I WAS BLOWN AWAY by the results even within two weeks! I have been using this vitamin C serum and I have seen unbelievable results! I really cant believe it! My pores are a lot tighter and my major dark sun spot has faded. I will be reordering it and I have recommended it to many friends." —Annalyssa Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Check out "This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life" for more info!

    3. A Squatty Potty, because *THIS JUST IN* it really does help you poop better! Not to get too much into your business, but if even 1% of you wants to try one, just get it. I did and never looked back!


    Promising review: "Unbelievable how effective the Squatty Potty is. I bought it as a joke, but it really works. Amazing how the natural position works. Others in our family have bought Squatty Potties and agree. We are fans." —Lucy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99, or for a more ~aesthetic~ throne, splurge on the clear one for $74.

    If you want more squatty potty content before making the best purchase of your life, check out "I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same."

    4. Blue light-blocking glasses that can help reduce the eye strain you feel after being on the computer for eight hours during the work day. Ending the day without that fatigue and fogginess? Miraculous.,

    Promising review: "These are exactly what I was looking for as I was getting horrible headaches from the computer screen. I wanted something that had a trendy look but also versatile as well. These glasses are lightweight and very sturdy. I have received so many compliments from my colleagues about these glasses as well. I will be buying a second pair to keep one at the office and one in my home office. I’m also on the hunt for a male version because my husband is jealous of my glasses." —Amy Carey

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in five colors).

    5. A pair of Girlfriend Collective compressive high-waisted leggings, because you deserve to have a pair of leggings you really, truly love for both working out *and* hanging out.

    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Melanie has these and loves them! In her words: "Right off the bat, I was impressed by how buttery soft these leggings were. They're super stretchy (definitely squat-proof!) and supportive without being constricting. And at $68, they're a total steal given how high-quality they are. I usually wear them for low-impact workouts, like Pilates and yoga (and lounging on the couch), but they didn't let me down during high-impact HIIT cardio classes either. The material is really breathable so even though I'm sweating a lot during my workouts, the leggings don't get swampy. They're machine-washable and still look brand-new (no pilling here!). In fact, I liked them so much that I ended up getting a second pair to give the other ones a break."

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $68 (available in sizes XXS–6X, three inseam lengths, and eight colors).

    Head to "Not To Be Dramatic But I Think These Girlfriend Collective Workout Leggings Are Quite Possibly The Best To Ever Exist" to read Melanie's full review!

    6. A soft headband for holding your hair back while you wash your face and apply your skincare products. Life's better with dry bangs and a moisturized face.

    Promising review: "Really cute and soft. Fits me perfectly and I have an average adult head, lol. I really didn't need three, but it's a good deal." —Alana Marie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $7.89.

    7. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend cleaning solution so you can tackle any "impossible" home cleaning task. Scrub rust, surface scratches, burnt grease, and even Sharpie marks away on all of your surfaces with this one helpful cleaner.

    on the left a reviewer's scuffed and stained sink, on the right the same sink white again

    Promising review: "Sink was near unclean-able. Ajax, bleach etc would not take out the stains you see on the photo taken. We considered replacing the sink but wanted to Google how to repair sinks and stumbled on a YouTube review for this product. The change is unbelievable. The left is AFTER an hour scrubbing with Ajax. The right is 30 minutes with Bar Keeper's." —Eze

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    For more about this, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    8. A Tub Shroom to save you time and money by preventing drain clogs before they even begin. You can't really stop yourself from shedding, but you can make cleaning up a heck of a lot easier!

    Promising review: "I shed so much hair and it has always been an issue when it comes to showering! I used to try to catch the hairs before it went to the drain in which I would later have to clean once clogged, and now I encourage and move them towards the drain and my TubShroom! It truly is amazing and the silicone material allows it to not rust like the old metal tub sink screens. It makes cleaning so much easier, and I am amazed every time. It even caught my dog's hair and he has short, thin hairs!!! Highly highly recommend this for every home." —S.K.M.

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

    Check out "This Mushroom-Shaped Hair Catcher Is So Gross, But Really Satisfying" for more *hair-raising* pics and glowing reviews!

    9. A classic Swiffer kit that'll be super effective and, like a hand-written letter or broken-in denim jacket, timeless. I use my Swiffer for floor messes of all kinds — I honestly don't know how to clean a floor without it.

    swiffer with a dry cloth full of dust

    This starter kit comes with the mop, seven dry cloths, and three wet cloths.

    Promising review: "This is my ride or die everyday essential. Our house gets super dusty and this always saves the day. So easy and my son loves to help clean the floors. A win for me." —Targetmomaddict

    Get it from Target for $11.99.

    10. A Hydro Flask for staying hydrated always and forever. This vacuum-sealed wonder keeps cold drinks cold for hours and hours — I should know, I used to bring this bottle around with me on day-long adventures in the city so I always had come cool H2O on-hand.

    writer's tall narrow yellow hydro flask

    Promising review: "This is a great water bottle. I tested it by filling it with chilled water and taking it to the beach. It was a very hot day, the sun was beating down, and the sand was hot. I had the bottle out the whole time on the sand for several hours and the water remained very cold. I've also kept it in a hot car running errands on a 90+ degree day and again, the water stays refreshingly cold. I bought a second Hydro Flask for my desk at work, and the colors are so pretty. I bought one in mint and another in raspberry. It would also make a great gift. Highly recommend!" —AB

    Get it from Amazon for $28.79+ (available in three sizes and 14 colors).

    11. Or a Nalgene bottle if that's more ~on brand~ for you. If you're looking for a lighter weight bottle that's ready to hit the ole' dusty trail at a moment's notice, the Nalgene might be more your speed.,

    Promising review: "I've used Nalgenes over 15 years and the only time I buy new is when I lose one. I get curious and try other bottles, but always come back to Nalgenes. They never leak and are very durable. I do like to use a stainless vacuum sealed cup when I leave the bottle in the car to run so my water isn't hot when I finish. I do like a bottle with a straw sometimes. But stainless bottles are heavy and straws usually get gross because they are hard to wash well. So I return to my Nalgene time and again. They are my first choice bottle and so handy for people who drink a lot of water. I really love Nalgene bottles!" —Jade P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59+ (available in six sizes and 36 colors).

    To read about my intense love of these bottles, head to "Here's Why I Won't Stop Telling People How Much I Love My Nalgenes."

    12. A Beauty Blender so you can bounce bounce bounce your way to flawless foundation coverage. Time to finally snag the one beauty tool you need for base makeup application.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed,

    To use, simply wet the sponge, squeeze out any excess water, and bounce your foundation right on!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this blender! It is more expensive than the off-brands but you are getting a quality product that you can wash and re-use often. You do need to use it damp which is very easy, you just hold it under running water while squeezing the excess water out for about 20 seconds and you will have the most amazing blending tool. I use it to put on my BB cream and my highlighter and to blend in my concealer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in 11 colors).

    13. A basic metal shoe horn so you can slip your tootsies into any pair of kicks with ease. You can make fun of me all you want for loving shoe horns, and it'll roll right off my back — they're actually wildly useful and can also help people with limited mobility!

    reviewer's silver shoe horn

    Promising review: "After knee replacement I have very limited range of motion with my knee and easy tasks like putting on socks and shoes has become a struggle. This shoe horn has made putting on shoes a little easier again.

    I would definitely recommend this product!" —Rosey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97 (available in four colors).

    14. Glossier's Boy Brow to thicken and fluff your brows to perfection with just a swipe. If you've ever seen someone's brows and thought "I wonder how they get them so naturally flawless," there's a 99% chance the answer is Boy Brow.


    Promising review: "I didn't know I could love my brows this much. With two swipes, Boy Brow makes magic. It puffs them up and fills them out in the best way. The brown shade matched perfectly. This will be my forever product, and my top Glossier recommendation." —madeline

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades as well as clear).

    Check our our review of this and several other Glossier products in "Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love."

    15. A bottle of dandruff shampoo, because if you think you'll NEVER get dandruff so you don't need to have some special shampoo on's time to come back to earth!

    on the left a reviewer's scalp with dandruff flakes, on the right the same scalp with no dandruff

    Promising review: "Unbelievable! I've suffered from dandruff for years and had pretty much given up. I can't remember how I came across this product but literally, it has solved the problem. Like, I have no idea what is going on but (knock on wood) I haven't had any flakes since starting to use it every few days. Zero." —Dr. Hidalgo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    16. A slim external battery so you're never up a creek without a charge — one of the worst feelings of the modern world that you experience often, admit it.

    small black cylindrical charger with charging cord and mesh carrying bag

    Promising reviews: "I bought this during the height of the Pokemon Go release craze, and it worked great for keeping my phone alive so I could try and find something other than Pidgeys. I don't play anymore but it still works as a good life extender while on long flights between my two work offices." —Kim Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    17. A necessary Clorox toilet cleaning kit. Gone are the days of keeping an upsetting, bent-up toilet brush in your bathroom. This one's sleek design and replaceable heads makes even the grossest task feel a little more doable.

    on the left a reviewer's toilet with intense dark brown stains, on the right the same toilet looking mostly white again

    The kit comes with one wand, a caddy, and six disposable scrubber refills.

    Promising review: "Do you ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How is a dirty used-up brush still sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom, but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine your porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used up toilet brush mocking your clean, sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty-cleaning-brush-thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand: the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep clean and to toss away the brush after you're done. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just how we like to clean." —Juliana

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    18. A hanging shower rack to de-clutter the sides of your tub. You never realize just how convenient having one of these is until you get one and wonder how you ever lived without it.

    reviewer's white over-shower head rack holding their toiletries

    Promising review: "Super sleek design. So surprised how durable it is. I put all of my heavy conditioners and shampoos in the caddy, and they didn’t fall out." —Itslexdoe_

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98+ (available in seven finishes).

    19. A pack of Mighty Patches, because you can fight breakouts as easily as popping on a sticker on overnight. As you slumber, it'll suck up that gunk and leave your pimples much less irritating.


    Promising review: "If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can't afford all the fancy step by step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked at minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the pus to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel off and then wipe away any remaining pus. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!" —Megan Meehan

    Get them from Amazon for $11.86.

    20. A new accordion file folder to inspire you to finally start keeping track of your important documents. It'll give you major peace of mind to simply put important letters, papers, and bills right in and know just where they are.

    pastel accordion folders in blue, pink, yellow, and green

    Promising review: "I am on the road all the time for work, and these have made my life so much easier! I have almost every color of these and use one for my personal (bills to pay, checks to cash, to-do lists, forms to sign, etc.), another for anything that pertains to a specific day, and one for each of my clients. I could easily see these being great for high school or college classes. These go from the floor of my car, to my bottomless purse, to the kitchen counter — they go everywhere and they have held up great! I absolutely love these!" —Jenna Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 10 colors).

    Check out our full write-up of these pastel lifesavers for more info!

    21. Some high-rise Levi's jeans if you're looking for a pair of All The Time Jeans that are comfy even when just hanging out at home.

    BuzzFeed editor wearing the medium wash raw hem version
    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Melanie owns and loves these jeans. In her own words: "These jeans! Where do I start? Well, first of all, they are surprisingly comfortable. They've been my go-to pair since pre-COVID times. I have a bad habit of eating to the point of being uncomfortably full (I just like food, OK?) and these pants never cut into my hips or stomach when I looked about three months pregnant with a baked mac 'n' cheese baby. Now that eating in restaurants isn't really a thing, I've still gravitated toward these jeans on days when I just want to feel...normal... I can sit at my desk while wearing them (sometimes I even sit cross legged) and I totally forget I'm wearing denim. And unrelated to their comfort, I love them because 1. they cup my butt nicely and don't make it look like a pancake and 2. they're the perfect length for my annoyingly short legs."

    Get them from Levi's for $98 (available in sizes 23–32 and six washes).

    22. A makeup brush shampoo so cleaning your brushes is a task you can actually accomplish. It's not as scary as it sounds, I promise — especially with this shampoo on your team!

    on top a reviewer's makeup brushed stained with foundation labeled "before", on bottom the same brushes looking cleaner labeled "after"

    Promising review: "I've been skeptical about items that seem like glorified soap but got it as a gift. This cleaned my brushes like nothing else, with just a drop, a few seconds of spreading it around, and literally about 10 seconds of swishing in warm water. It was unbelievable. It took out weeks of caked on 24-hour concealer and foundation and left my brush soft and fluffy like it was brand new. I will always use this, and my brushes will always be clean!" —Chloe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    23. A 10-foot phone charging cable that will simply make your life better. Not being chained to the outlet while your digital brain gets that sweet sweet juice is an incredible feeling, and one I think you deserve.

    the silver-fabric covered cable

    Promising review: "So far so good. I have bought braided lightning cables in the past that ended up fraying near the phone plug in. This one hasn’t so far and I have been using for four months. I think the longer length helps to prevent this. It also charges my iPhone extremely quickly when on my USB outlet cover. With regular plugs I would say average speed. Still, a much stronger quality than I have had with off brands. Amazon basics is overall a pretty good quality brand." —Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49 (available in five colors and four lengths, but like...get the 10-foot one).

    24. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets so you can rescue all the tumblers you've let sit for wayyy too long. Don't toss them! Just give 'em the old Bottle Bright treatment and they're be back in service in no time.

    on the left a reviewer's stained tumbler labeled "before" in the middle the soapy tumbler labeled "during" on the right the tumbler clean again labeled "after"

    Promising review: "These are AMAZING! Got them for the bottles my husband puts iced tea in every day hoping for a miracle and I got one. The bottles got a brown film on the inside over time that no amount of scrubbing could remove. Put one of the tablets in and let it soak overnight and the bottles were good as new the next morning — it was unbelievable. Can't recommend these highly enough." —RedHeadJenn

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    25. A bottle of Poo-Pourri toilet spray to help keep your BMs on the DL. Your housemates will be very happy you decided to invest in this little bottle of magic, at last.

    model's hand holding spray bottle of poo-pourri

    Promising review: "I have these sprays in every bathroom in my home. I also travel with them because you know how it is in a hotel with the bathroom right there by where you're sleeping. I also keep one at work, although I had to start hiding it in the bathroom because apparently other people love it as much as I do and decided to take it home with them. I highly recommend. So much more effective than the 'courtesy flush.' By the time you do that one, the problem is already 'out there.' With Poo-Pourri, it never has a chance. I haven't met a scent I didn't like so far. What a great idea!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in six sizes and six scents).

    26. A lightweight handheld vacuum for swiftly taking care of any little mess that comes up. This one goes out to every time I've spilled rice on the ground, stared at it wordlessly for 10 minutes, and then just...walked away.

    small red vacuum sucking up spilled dirt

    Promising review: "This is such a wonderful vacuum! The fact that it is handheld makes it very easy to store and easy to use, and the crevice tool is makes it easy to clean nooks and crannies that gather dust. The attachable nozzle has been great for vacuuming our rug, and the filter is very easy to clean (though it does fill up quickly)." —Sting

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    27. A Baggu to help you reduce the amount of plastic bags you use. This guy folds into a little pouch so you can stick it in your car/purse/anywhere and *actually* remember to bring it along.


    Need some inspo to cut down on your plastic bag use this year? Check out "15 Facts That Will Make You Never Use Plastic Bags Again!"

    Promising review: "This is my second Baggu purchase. I have previously purchased one other standard nylon Baggu as well as the baby Baggu, which I frequently use to carry my lunch or for small shopping errands. I love that the Baggu of any size is so lightweight and can be folded up neatly into a pouch to drop into a purse, trunk, wherever. I keep one in my handbag, office desk drawer and car, and have found it much easier to avoid unnecessary usage of plastic shopping bags. It also takes up a lot less space than my other reusable bags, which makes storing them convenient and easy. Finally, the best part is that the Baggu is washable, which means no worrying about getting it dirty over time. Overall, this has been a great product that I would recommend to anyone looking to reduce plastic bag usage with a much more reliable and convenient carry option." —MFarrington

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19 (available in 24 colors).

    28. A fabric defuzzer so you can effectively rescue any pilled clothing, accessories, or upholstery as soon as The Big Fuzz starts to happen.

    Promising review: "Far and away *the* best fabric shaver I’ve ever purchased! With adjustable height settings, large shaver head, and 'fuzz' collection bin, this powerful gadget makes everything look brand new again!" —M. Vines

    Get it from Amazon for $12.84 (available in five colors).

    Head to "This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life" for more incredible before-and-after pics!

    29. A Porter Bowl that OK, yes, I admit is a bit niche, but should 1000% be in everyone's cabinet. It makes packing or carrying leftovers feel borderline chic, which is a small, welcome miracle.

    green bowl with lid full of salad

    I use my Porter Bowl basically every time I bring my lunch to work. The lid vacuum seals tightly, and I've never had a problem with leaks. It's both microwavable and dishwasher-safe which is obviously a huge win in my book. And it just feels nice to eat lunch out of a real piece of dishware, rather than flimsy plastic. I have the ceramic version and haven't had any problems with scratching. It's rubber coated, so it's easy to travel with and doesn't slide around.

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in 10 colors in plastic and ceramic versions).

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