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    36 Practical Things To Make Sure You Start 2021 On The Right Foot

    Getting caught away from home with 1% battery is sooo 2020.

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    1. A portable charger so small it'll likely fit in the same pocket as the very phone on 3% battery. And don't confuse this charger's size for its power because it can take their phone from 0% to 50% in only 30 minutes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my first purchase from this company's line of batteries, and I am extremely thrilled. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9+ plus and finding battery chargers that consistently and reliably charge has been a hassle. But this little battery has been incredible. Plus, it says 10,000 mAh, but I swear it's much more than that. I have charged my phone two and a half times from 10% to full charge and this battery STILL has 38% charge remaining! I have bought many battery chargers in my life, and this is, by far, the best one I've ever used." —WestcoastJack

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    2. A rechargeable lighter that's also windproof because lighting a candle, campfire, or joint on a windy day shouldn't feel like an Olympic event.

    amazon.com

    Want a more traditional lighter? Check out this matte Zippo lighter.

    Promising review: "I just received this, and I have to say that I would highly recommend it to anyone. It has a highly functional design that allows for lighting a candle without trying to position it in silly directions due to the angle. Not to mention the nice-looking finish! It works smoothly, and I tested it out 20 times before writing this." —Frank Mollica

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in five colors).

    3. A 5-pack of glass food storage containers because 2021 is the year you successfully meal prep. Each container has two compartments so you can mix up each meal!

    two glass meal prep containers full of food
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We purchased these to help with meal prep ahead of time so that we can make a weeks worth of meals one day and portion them out over the week. These fit that need to a T. They help keep portion sizes under control because I can really eat if left to my over vices. They reheat well and freeze well too." —Gene Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+.

    4. A bottle of hydrating cream to help calm red, itchy, and dry skin, especially as it gets colder! Formulated with oatmeal and shea butter, this moisturizer is a winter must-have.

    a model's hand reaches into a tub of the ultra repair cream
    Sephora

    Promising review: "A lifesaver! This stuff is gold, especially in the winter time. I get very tight, dry, itchy skin in the winter and this calms my skin down like no other. I keep it in the shower and put it on before I step out after showering. My skin sucks it up." —MrZsBaby

    Get it from Sephora for $16+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A pack of rainbow stainless-steel straws so you're never caught off guard by paper straws that'll just dissolve in your iced coffee.

    Reviewer immage of the vehhe reusable straws and straw cleaners
    amazon.com

    Each set comes with four bent straws, four straight straws, one cleaning brush, and a canvas pouch.

    Promising review: "Got them to eliminate the use of plastic straws for environmental purposes, and they’re great, I love them! They’re beautiful and feel very durable and honestly make my cold beverage taste crisper." —STINAXOXO

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three size combinations).

    6. An insulated water bottle from S'well so you can handle any dehydration emergencies that ~emerge~. Made of stainless steel, this bottle will keep your cold drinks cold and be super easy to clean!

    The S'well water bottle in onyx
    S'well

    Promising review: "Slick, stylish water bottle! And very functional. Love it!" —Elizabeth D.

    Get it from S'well for $25+ (available in three sizes and 78 colors).

    7. A 60-piece tool set with everything from a power drill and bits to a level and tape measure so all the household projects you've been putting off finally get done in 2021.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome. Every household needs a tool kit handy, and this is perfect. The power drill is strong enough to get all your simple household tasks done, and it has all the other little tools that you will need to be handy." —Johnny

    Get it from Amazon for $64+.

    8. A creamy face cleanser that removes makeup and exfoliates pores with its blend of turmeric, sunflower and ginger root oils.

    the Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I was looking for a clean makeup remover and tried this. It took my waterproof eyeliner and mascara right off and left none of that oily film over my eyeballs like other cleansing balms have. And the scent is wonderful! It’s very fresh and fruity and is just a lovely sensory experience. After rinsing, it left my face feeling clean but not dried out or tight. I will definitely be making this my go to makeup remover from now on." —Corrine88

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A natural and eco-friendly cleaning kit from Blueland, so you can keep your home and the planet free of garbage and pollutants.

    The Everyday Clean kit from Blueland
    Blueland

    This sparkling kit includes: three acrylic spray bottles, three cleaning tablets (multi-surface, glass, bathroom), a glass foaming hand soap bottle, a hand soap tablet, a silicone dish soap shaker, a 16-oz powder dish soap, a steel dishwasher tablet tin, and 40 dishwasher tablets.

    Promising review: "I liked the products so much, I bought my daughter a set and she loves it! I can't explain in words how it feels to be able to clean everything without polluting the world with chemicals and the landfills with plastic. The best thing since sliced bread!" —Nada K

    Get it from Blueland for $69.

    10. An anti-fog spray to help prevent your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask. Just spray, rub, and rinse for steady sight!

    A reviewer image of a person wearing unfogged glasses with their face mask holding up the spray
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to reapply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future." —Tonya Crippen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A productivity planner with monthly and weekly planning sections so you can zoom in and check in with your progress in 2021. It also has space to track goals, take brainstorming notes, and take stock of things you're grateful for.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really like the gratitude boxes for each day because it really forces me to reflect even if for just a moment. I thought I’d just end up writing something super quick and just moving on, but that isn’t the case. I really think this planner is going to work. I love the goal-setting and tracking capabilities and the space for thoughts at the bottom. I definitely recommend this planner to really everyone. It's perfect for keeping you focused on what matters most." —Sally

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    12. A hanging closet organizer that'll make the most of your limited closet space! With five sturdy shelves and six side pockets, clutter doesn't stand a chance.

    reviewer image of three simple houseware hanging closet shelves in a customer's closet with folded clothes in each compartment
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great product. It only took a minute to assemble and hang. I am currently using it for jeans, slacks, shorts and sweaters. Despite having several garments in the cubbies, I haven't experienced any sag or compromised structural integrity. The six mesh pockets on the sides are great for small items like gloves, beanies, sunglasses, scarves, etc. Perfect for organizing the closet. I am very pleased with the price and quality." —kmsaky

    Get it from Amazon for $12.87 (available in eight colors).

    13. A complete wash-day bundle from Tracee Ellis Ross' PATTERN collection made uniquely for your curly or coily medium porosity hair. No dehydrated crowns in 2021!

    the medium wash day bundle in a bathtub
    instagram.com

    This bundle includes: hydration shampoo, medium conditioner, leave-in conditioner, a shower brush, and a mist spray bottle.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter who has very thick, curly, dry hair. This product works extremely well! Now, her hair is soft and curls are defined. Her hair looks healthy." —Chaveje

    Get it from Ulta for $90 (also available for low and high porosity hair).

    14. A pack of hydrocolloid acne patches you just place on top of any pimples overnight so you wake up to fewer whiteheads. That zit *won't* ruin picture day!

    A customer's before and after shots side by side; on the left a patch covers a pimple and on the right the same pimple has opened into the patch
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind this tiny miracle, but it has changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit, and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater on my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick." —Adg

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    15. An elegant budget planner that comes with helpful stickers and has space dedicated to receipts, goals, and expenses, so not one single bill catches you off guard next year and you're able to treat yo self just a little more.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I especially love that the monthly layout, goals, income, savings, with planned/actual budget sheets are all in a visually appealing two-page layout. Being able to see my due dates at the same time as my budget helps me to ensure everything is on the calendar.

    I also love the expense tracker pages for accountability and awareness. And I really appreciate the goals, mind mapping, strategy and monthly review setup. There is also an annual payment tracker in the back that is very useful, since I try to optimize savings by selecting annual options and this keeps me on track." —Denise

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 17 colors).

    16. A pair of Dr. Martens so versatile you can stomp through the snow without slipping or dress it up with a floral getup for a pinch of punk.

    Dr. Martens boots
    Dr. Martens

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed. Took a little bit to break them in as they're a heavy, high-quality boot. After a little breaking in, they fit like a glove and my weak ankles are greatly supported." —Amanda Y

    Get it from Dr. Martens for $150 (available in sizes 5-12 and in 12 colors).

    17. A super soft pair of briefs from Parade that'll make you consider upgrading all of your underwear, because being an adult doesn't suddenly mean wearing boring undies! These lightweight panties are made to hug your curves *just* right.

    A Black plus size model wears the parade brief in dreamhouse
    Parade

    Parade is an inclusive underwear brand created by two women who wanted to make expressive underwear for all bodies.

    Promising review: "Classic, comfortable, and can be worn under anything. I absolutely love my briefs and own them in so many fun colors! They don't lose any of their color or stretch in the wash, and they're so soft." —Catherine H.

    Get it from Parade for $9+ (available in women's sizes XS-3XL and in 14 colors).

    18. A small dry erase board that's perfect for vision boarding and creating to-do lists so you stay on track throughout the year!

    the u brands dry erase board mounted on a wall
    Target

    Promising review: "Very cute and simple dry erase board with pen. Helps me keep track of chores and bills." —LadyDraco

    Get it from Target for $5.49.

    19. A fun future author mug to remind you of what you're working towards as you chug and plug away!

    a model holds the front and back of the future best-selling author in both hands
    Mint Chocolate Designs/Etsy

    Are you actually a future lawyer? Check out this Star Wars themed mug instead!

    Mint Chocolate Designs is a small business that customizes fun mugs so you can have a little something special of your own in your kitchen cabinet.

    Get it from Mint Chocolate Designs on Etsy for $13.99.

    20. A cozy cotton weighted blanket so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer — because you won't get anything done if you're not well rested.

    reviewer image of the bedextra weighted blanket on a bed
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I normally can't sleep for long periods of time, and I usually spend most of the night tossing and turning nonstop. This blanket is a game-changer. The weight instantly makes a difference, and I feel like I'm inside a cocoon. The first time I used it, I was out like a light in minutes and slept for about six hours, which is a huge deal since I would normally only get three or four hours." —OZMANCOMETH

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three sizes).

    21. A pair of comfy blue-light-blocking glasses designed to help reduce eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Because, let's be real: we're not gonna stop staring at screens, so we might as well try to make the staring hurt less.

    a model wearing ANRRI Blue Light Blocking Glasses
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you consider yourself proficient in Excel, then you'll benefit from these. I was skeptical at first, but 10-12 hours staring at thousands of tiny little cells was leaving me with tired eyes. These glasses take care of that. Now I can work 14 hours a day." —Ricky Danzanito

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95 (available in four colors).

    22. A three-pack of Tide To Go for those of us who have a tendency to spill coffee, wine, spaghetti sauce, soy sauce...you get the picture.

    A customer props a pack of three tide stain remover pens on a wooden shelf
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These were a lifesaver. I was walking to the bus and decided it was a great decision to drink coffee while walking. Like a scene from an infomercial, I spilled coffee all over my white shirt. Yes, the classic coffee on the white shirt. Luckily I had one of these in my bag (I put one in each of my most-used purses in anticipation of my clumsiness). I went into a store bathroom and quickly scrubbed the Tide To Go on my shirt. All of the coffee blobs went away and once the awkward wet splotches dried up, my shirt was perfectly white again. You've got yourself a big fan, Tide." —NAD

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97 (or get it for $6.62 when you Subscribe & Save).

    23. A memory foam chair cushion that'll turn any chair into a comfy office chair. It'll also help relieve lower back and tushy discomfort. Plus, its heat responsive technology and ergonomic design mean you can say goodbye to bad posture and joint pain.

    reviewer image of the everlasting comfort seat cushion on a wooden chair
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "First of all, I sit for hours at a time for, and I always complain about my back or bottom hurting. Well, once I started sitting on this memory foam cushion, I noticed a difference right away. And I was still comfortable sitting after a few hours. The cushion is large and fits my entire chair seat. I am happy it works and is large enough for all of me!! The cushion also has a zipper on back so the cover can be removed and washed." —AkaPurple

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95+ (available in five colors).

    24. A portable air purifier whose HEPA filter will help rid your home of allergens, dander, odor, and dust, so you can breathe easier. With three speeds and two modes, you can find the perfect setting for your space!

    reviewer image of the kokofit air purifier
    amazon.com

    Promising reviews: "It does not take up a lot of space, and it makes no noise. I put it in the children's' room and watched it work. As a mother, I feel very relieved." —yan

    "I am currently living near a construction zone, and I have a small dog that currently sheds a lot. My allergies were bothering me so badly that I could barely breathe in my own apartment, especially with pollen season. After a week of using this in my bedroom, I can tell you that it's been a huge difference. I've been able to breathe which has made it much easier to sleep." —JRRInBoston

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    25. A toilet bowl ring remover that'll help you scrub away any rust or lime buildup on your porcelain throne.

    On the left a before picture of a customer's toilet with yellow stains. On the right an after picture of the stains gone from the toilet bowl.
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought a house and the toilets were stained BAD. This product was recommended to avoid having to buy a whole new toilet. And it worked INCREDIBLY! My toilet looks brand-new again! Highly suggest trying this product before buying a whole new toilet!!" —JollyLady

    Get it from Amazon for $11.81 (or Subscribe and Save for $11.22/month).

    26. The Complete Cooking for Two — a cookbook that'll serve as a helpful guide in the kitchen as you learn to prepare hearty meals like lasagna to yummy deserts like chocolate chip cookies, you'll be serving up great, warm food all year long.

    The cover of "The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook"
    America's Test Kitchen

    Promising review: "Love this recipe book. It’s prefect for my small household and is easy to multiply when needed for when we have other couples over." —Jeulz

    Get it from Target for $29.11 or Amazon for $17.99+.

    27. A pair of unisex running sneakers whose springy foam will keep you light on your feet and ~on track~ to beat your own records in 2021.

    a pair of nike air zoom pegasus 37 running shoes
    Nike

    Promising review: "These shoes are great for an everyday trainer because they are just super versatile. I definitely recommend these shoes for any runners out there to try out!" —K B

    Get it from Nike for $110.97 (originally $130; available in men's sizes 6-15 and women's sizes 7.5-16.5).

    28. A rose gold detangling brush that'll make you feel like a princess while it gently rids your locks of knots.

    A model brushes their hair with the rose gold detangling brush
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This does wonders for my hair and makes brushing so much easier. I have very fine hair, but tons and tons of it, which makes brushing difficult at times as it tangles so easily. This brush really helps with that and keeps me from having to re-brush my hair every couple hours. It also doesn't pull the natural waves out of my hair, like so many other brushes did. So my hair is wavy and untangled within a couple of minutes. The ergonomic hold took a little getting used to, but it's much more comfortable than the usual oval paddle end of most brushes. It gives you more control, which makes it easier." —L

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two colors).

    29. A sleek pill box for all your vitamins and supplements because 2021 is the year you focus on your health. And with a built-in mirror, you can also focus on perfecting your glossy lip!

    the port and polish pillbox
    Neiman Marcus

    Promising reviews: "One of my favorite things! Wonderful pill box. Very discreet!" —Ginger A

    "I was looking for a cute organizer for my daily vitamins." —N O

    Get it from Neiman Marcus for $20 (available in five colors).

    30. An extra-fluffy down alternative comforter from Buffy that's as hypoallergenic and eco-friendly as it is breathable and lightweight. It's the year for some good sleep.

    the buffy cloud down alternative comforter on a bed
    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting one of these for so long, and it was definitely worth the wait. It’s SO fluffy and warm and soft. Absolutely obsessed with it. If you love good bedding, you need this." —Amber

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $64.99+ (available in twin-Cal. king).

    31. A lightweight Dyson vacuum that won't break your back as you carry it around the house to clean different rooms. Just charge this vac, and take it for a deep-cleaning spin to rid your home of 2020's bad vibes.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It was time to replace our old Dyson cord vacuum. Since it had performed so well over the course of 17 years, I immediately looked to Dyson again. I admit I was a bit skeptical that a smaller stick vacuum could do the job in an almost 2,000-sq-ft house. We are senior citizens who have an active lifestyle, live in the mountains off of dusty roads, have house cats and two Aussie dogs. Since we also have horses and acreage, we are busy and the cleaning sometimes takes a lower priority. I wanted something that was easy to use, quick, and not having to drag a cord around sounded really good! I really, really like this handy and powerful vacuum. I was concerned about the small size of the bin, and how often I might need to dump it. But after using it to vacuum most of the house, I'm no longer concerned. And...it did a great job, our area rugs look great, and it moves so easily to our hardwood floors. One really big plus for us is that it runs off battery charge. We live off the grid and generate our own electricity with solar and wind. On cloudy, windless days, I was basically forbidden to vacuum, unless I started a generator. But now, I can have a charge ready and get it done! Couldn't be happier. Can definitely recommend this product!" —Debra Mickelson

    Get it from Amazon for $668.56+ (available in two styles).

    32. The Power of Now — Oprah Winfrey-approved, this self-help book will guide you on your spiritual journey towards self-discovery, deepening your understanding of being present.

    the cover of "the power of now"
    New World Library

    Promising review: "I have over 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. This is hands down the best self-help book I have ever come across, and can not fathom why the very simple and straightforward concepts Tolle presents were never once mentioned in my grad school training or any of the countless professional development workshops I have attended over the years. If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, this is the book to get. But you need to read it slowly, to take it in bit by bit, and actually pause to practice what he is explaining in each section to benefit from it. You can't just skim it and expect to understand it in a way that will open your life and help you experience the freedom and ease of this very moment. I keep it by my bed and re-read sections all the time" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+, from Target for $10.02, or from Bookshop for $14.72+ (to support local bookstores).

    33. A wall patch kit conveniently packed with everything you need to repair the wall you thought could hold up that 50-lb gold-framed mirror you found on the curb.

    The Homax wall patch and repair kit
    Walmart

    This kit includes vinyl spackling, a galvanized steel and reinforced fiberglass mesh wall patch, a plastic putty knife, and two sanding pads.

    Promising review: "I used this for my wall after several nails caused holes in it. This stuff works fast! I had a bowl of water to smooth over the paste because it dries fast. All the holes are gone, and it doesn't even look like I had patches in them!" —Socki

    Get it from Walmart for $6.42 (originally $7.70).

    34. A subscription to the Billie razor kit that includes an ergonomic razor, a magnetic razor holder, and refills of nickel-free blades so you can be as smooth as 2021 is gonna be.

    a model shaves their armpit with the billie razor
    Billie

    Get it from Billie for $9+.

    35. A supportive and durable yoga set because 2021 is the year you find your center. Complete with an ultra thick yoga mat, two yoga blocks, a yoga strap, and two towels, you'll have everything you need to become more flexible.

    reviewer image of the sivan 6-piece yoga set on a table
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I loved this set! I really wanted to delve a little deeper into my yoga practice and this set was perfect! The mat is a comfortable thickness; it's not so firm that it puts more pressure on fragile ankles, but is firm enough that you feel confident in your practice. The blocks are awesome! I got the deepest, most relaxing stretch for my back with them. The belt is also incredibly helpful, especially if you are working on your flexibility." —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in four colors).

    36. A set of blackout curtains that'll block light, sound, and cold breezes from gaps in windows so you can create the exact environment you need to sleep and work peacefully in the new year.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These do exactly as they say — block the light completely, and help to muffle sound. I live next to a busy highway and as soon as I put these up, it sounded like the highway was far in the distance. I track my sleep every night, and since I've had these curtains I've gone from a 60%-70% quality of sleep to 90%+ every single night. Highly recommend!" —Nichole

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95+ (available in 13 sizes and 16 colors).

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