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    35 Products Under $50 That’ll Help You Be More Productive This Year

    Here, "productive" can mean anything.

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    There are so many ways to be productive (if "productivity" is of interest to you). From planning to napping, these products will help you make the best of 2021. Whatever that means.

    1. 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.

    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.

    2. 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

    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 $31.40+ (available in five colors).

    3. A compact Alexa-enabled Fire tablet perfect for finally catching up on all the books you've been meaning to read on Kindle.

    product shot of Fire tablet

    Promising review: "My favorite thing about my Fire tablet is that I can download Libby or Overdrive from the app store and then check out books from my library for FREE. There, I can download books in Kindle format, PDF, EPUB and MP3 Audiobooks. Through the library app, they all function seamlessly. You cannot get all those formats on a regular Amazon e-reader without doing several extra steps.

    You can also download apps, games, music, access the internet via wifi, and expand the downloadable memory with a micro SD card. I can't recommend a Fire tablet enough." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    4. A beginner's Gaiam yoga kit because getting your body moving and endorphins flowing might just help you reply to those e-mails that've been piling up.

    reviewer image of the gaiam beginner's yoga kit

    This ~balanced~ kit comes with a yoga mat, a yoga block, a yoga strap, and a beginner's DVD.

    Promising review: "I am not very limber and I have chronic spine issues, so having a block and strap was essential for me to do yoga. Before using this, I always ended up hurting myself or feeling bad about myself because I couldn't complete the stretches and would just give up. This kit made everything go so smoothly; I can adjust the block or the strap to help me stretch without hurting myself (or falling over). And I highly recommend the sitting techniques in the DVD as well as the meditation." —blightheavy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in three colors).

    5. 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 this year and you're able to treat yo self just a little bit more.

    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 21 colors).

    6. A cushioned lap desk with a built-in mouse pad and phone slot to help you comfortably get work done from the bed, couch, or armchair you're using as an office.

    reviewer image of a laptop and mouse on the lapgear lap desk

    Promising review: "This is awesome and exactly what I was looking for. It is super comfortable to use in bed and in the recliner that I typically write from. I am a writer who primarily sits with my laptop directly in my lap, and this is perfect for my needs. It has a slot for my phone, but I could also prop some pens, a small pad, or other various items in there depending on what I needed. The mousepad area is great." —birchwood29

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

    7. A monthly subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club – it'll not only guarantee that you start each day with a much needed buzz, but that you also get to explore the tastes and cultures of new countries every month!

    Atlas coffee on top of a world map
    Atlas Coffee Club

    Promising review: "I bought my brother-in-law a subscription to Atlas, and he loves it! He's always seeking out new beans on his own, so this was the perfect way to give him a variety of beans from different cultures around the world without him having to do anything! And on top of the convenience of the delivery, the coffee is amazing quality! So tasty!" —Becky L

    And be sure to check out our in-depth review of Atlas Coffee Club to learn more!

    Get a monthly subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+.

    8. 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

    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 $30.51+ (available in three sizes).

    9. A 32-oz. water bottle with markers to remind you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Because taking care of your body is the most productive thing you can do!


    Promising review: "I love the finish on the bottle! I hate holding wet water bottles and this does NOT sweat! It is easy to carry, so it’s very easy to get my full water intake on the go! Easy to clean, wide enough for bottle brushes, and the straw stays put. I also love how I just push the little button by the mouthpiece and it just pops open quick for easy drinking (if you’re driving and don’t need to be messing around opening bottles 😉). Highly recommend this water bottle. For the price, it’s amazing! Keeps my water cool for hours, too." —Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in 16 colors).

    10. A subscription to home workout videos from P.volve that allows you to create your own fitness schedule! With hundreds of videos targeting different fitness goals, you'll feel fit and reinvigorated in no time!


    Promising review: "Love this app! P.volve has made it even easier for me to get my workout in — taking 'no excuses' to the next level!" —maddiejanemack

    Get a 14-day trial for free or a monthly subscription for $15.99 at P.volve.

    11. A fast and compact Bluetooth label printer – it'll help you organize your pantry, filing system, mail orders, and more! Just connect to their design and print app to choose between several templates, fonts, and colors for all your labeling needs.

    the Brother® P-touch® CUBE Smartphone Label Maker printing a penne pasta label
    Office Depot

    Promising review: "I love this for labeling everything I want organized, from file folders to food containers and even things I've stored in baskets. And I'm so happy with how it doesn't take up much room on my desk :)" —Eddiglamour

    Get it from Office Depot for $39.99 (originally $59.99)

    12. A cold brew maker that'll help take your attention span from zero to 100!

    reviewer image of the takeya cold brew maker full of coffee

    Promising review: "Great cold brew system! I wish we had bought it sooner! This system is so easy to use. Just add your coffee of choice and water, place it in the fridge, and wait for the next day. That's it!! So easy, great tasting coffee that goes far enough for two of us. It easily fits on a refrigerator shelf or door. We're considering buying a second because of how much coffee my husband drinks!" —Jessica M.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    13. A dry erase calendar so you can stay ~up to date~ on all of your appointments, deadlines, meetings, to-do lists, and more. Plus, the act of writing anything on it will make you feel like you've conquered the day.

    the u brands dry erase calendar mounted on a wall with notes in several dates

    Promising review: "We have been using this board monthly for about three years. I use a variety of color markers, and all of it comes off at the end of the month with a little bit of windex or rubbing alcohol. Each day is big enough for four lines of small text, and the side of the board is perfect for reminders and shopping lists." —Liz

    Get it from Target for $12.99.

    14. 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

    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).

    15. An aromatherapy roll-on migraine stick made with a blend of essential oils to help target those screen-induced headaches and desk-induced neck pains. Rumor has it that it's easier to get work done if you're head doesn't feel like it's being split in two.

    reviewer image of the migrastil migraine stick in a customer's hand

    Promising review: "After reading an article on BuzzFeed that touted this product, I bought one for my boyfriend who suffers from awful, frequent headaches. It WORKS. Not only does he swear by it, he has purchased them for his Mom and several friends. FANTASTIC." —SarahElizabeth

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A set of blackout curtains that are also thermal insulated so you can get a full night's sleep without waking up, because the sun is yelling at your or it's freezing cold. Gotta start your mornings well-rested!

    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 $39.98+ (available in 13 sizes and 16 colors).

    17. A weekly meal planner notebook if you've been working on meal prepping within a budget. With space to plan three meals a day and to write all the ingredients you'll need, you'll be able to stock your fridge with the essentials.

    reviewer image of the life and apples meal planner notebook laid open

    Promising review: "I recently have gotten into meal prepping as I have a long commute to work and not much time for cooking. This journal is perfect! It helps me plan my weekly meals and shopping lists, as well as keep track of expenses and other factors. I also like the reference pages of vitamins, seasonal produce, and snack ideas. This will definitely get a lot of use throughout the year and is high quality. I love it!" —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors).

    18. An under-the-desk foot hammock you can rest your feet on while you figure out which of your 514 unread e-mails to deal with first (I say mark them all as read).

    Promising review: "This is one of the best footrest products that I have seen. It keeps me relaxed and comfortable in a sitting position, especially if I've been sitting for too long in cars, planes or on my couch." —YangTingting

    Get it from Amazon for $16.46.

    19. And a gel memory foam keyboard and wrist rest pad set because replying to e-mails is hard enough without also having to power through consistent wrist pain.

    reviewer image of the gimars keyboard and mouse rest pads

    Promising review: "These have been fantastic for the money. I actually think they are more comfortable when positioned backwards. The pads are smooth to the touch, easy to clean, and 100% reduce pain on my wrists and improve the ergonomics of my work area." —James

    Get it from Amazon for $14.76+ (available in four colors).

    20. An adjustable sunrise alarm clock that'll gently you wake you up with sunlight and your choice of nature sounds. Start the day with ease and comfort so you are grounded when the day speeds up!

    reviewer image of the Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock on a nightstand

    Promising review: "I’ve never been a 'morning person' and alarm clocks have historically been loud and obnoxious options to waking up, so I decided to try this. Now, it hasn’t made me suddenly cheerful in the morning, but it’s definitely a more calming alternative.

    Other than the obvious reasons for trying this kind of clock, this particular one has many awesome settings! It has multiple levels of brightness and different colors. It can also double as a sound machine that can play soothing sounds at night. When using the alarm function, the sunrise comes on 10 minutes before the alarm goes off. You can also plug your phone into it for charging. I love the versatility of this alarm clock. You should get it." —JRRInBoston

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. A squatty potty to help you ~do the doo~ quickly and easily so you can get back to the work that you actually wanna do.

    the squatty potty positioned in front of a toilet

    Promising review: "I love the Squatty Potty and you will too. It works like a charm. You will wonder how you got along without it all these years. Think 'Laundry Chute.' That's the best way I can explain it. You will have more time on your hands now that you own a Squatty Potty. You go into the bathroom and you are out in seconds." —campromise

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. A variety pack of energizing mints packed with flavor, vitamins, and caffeine. Just pop a mint for an immediate energy boost!

    the variety pack of viter energy caffeinated mints

    Promising review: "I work long hours, and I am not a big coffee or soda drinker. These help me stay alert!! Each flavor tastes great and two mints is all it takes. You will feel alert without the jitters or a crash when the caffeine wears off. Two mints have the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. They are perfect for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    23. Or a tin of highly caffeinated herbal tea for a tasty buzz. Get the morning wake up call you need without a nasty case of the jitters.

    Six tins of hi-caf teas in different flavors

    Promising review: "This tea is a great option if you want something a bit stronger than black tea, but more mellow than coffee/espresso! Drinking this tea is like turning the lights up on life! Sipping on this tea gives me the option to titrate the amount of caffeine, as needed. I can make a small cup and down it all at once to wake up, focus, and get warm. OR, I can sip it slowly and put my caffeine on a slow drip throughout the morning. No caffeine jitters or crash. No problem going to sleep at night when I drink this in the afternoon. No caffeine headaches either. I can't wait to try the other flavors!" —Teresa

    Get it from Amazon for $17.03+ (available in two sizes and six flavors).

    24. A bullet journal kit so you can creatively customize your lists, calendars, memos and more!

    the complete dotted journal set spread out on a table

    This kit includes: a bullet dotted journal, 15 color Fineliner pens, five reusable stencils, six sticker sheets, six Washi tape sets, and a black pen.

    Promising review: "This has everything you need to start journaling. Great quality and great price. There’s even a pocket in the back to keep the stickers and stencils. The pages are numbered and there are three index pages at the beginning." —What

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in six colors).

    25. A spiffy coffee maker that makes up to five cups, because that's how many cups it takes to wake you up in the morning.

    the red holstein 5 cup coffee maker

    Promising review: "This is a cool coffee maker that does what it’s supposed to do. It has a cute compact design, neat little spoon, reusable filter, and it works fast. The top can be kind of tricky to get all the way closed, but it’s an awesome coffee maker!" —Takara

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

    26. Bluetooth-enabled noise-cancelling headphones will fill your ears with amazing HD sounds and ensnaring bass so you can drown out the world around you and focus on what really matters.

    reviewer image of the boltune noise cancelling headphones lying in their travel case

    Promising review: "They're comfortable enough to wear all day. I use them to edit corporate video in a noisy cube farm. Buying this set saves you a great deal of money and the performance punches way above its weight class. The battery life seems good. I get a whole eight hour shift out of them plus an hour or two of gaming or movies at home and they never die. Just charge them overnight and they're ready for the next day no problem. I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing again." —James Conlin

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    27. A portable light therapy lamp to simulate sunlight and melt away dreary moods so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.

    reviewer image of the ambother light therapy lamp on a counter

    Promising review: "Great to give you a little light all year round. This is perfect for any room in the house during the winter when you need some natural light. I currently have this one in my office. In the winter, this brightens my day. Good quality. Excellent value. Very happy with this item." —Love my deals

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    28. A wearable acupressure clip that'll squeeze the pressure point between your thumb and index finger until sweet, sweet relief starts to wash over your body. Goodbye headaches, nausea, and back pain! Time to focus on *other* things.

    closeup of the tension relief wearable acupressure clip on a model's hand
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Great tool in between acupuncture sessions. It's easy to use and helps with tension and headaches." —M

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    29. A productivity journal with space to track your habits as well as write down daily schedules, goals, things you're grateful for, and more. You'll be your best self in no time!


    Promising review: "This is more than just a planner: it's really a whole system to help you refocus your life around what you really want. It also comes with a 13 week poster for you to track your progress in your bedroom or office on top of the journal itself.

    The journal has basically been perfect for me. The weekly trackers give you a space to track up to six habits and even set the number of days you actually want to work on those habits. It has brag spaces for the big weekly wins and your happiest moment, as well as reflection space to note what you'd like to do better next week. As a creative, this has really helped me get my life back on track. Highly recommended for folks who have some more intense goals they want to make space for in their lives." —Ashleigh Gauch

    Get it from Amazon for $25.04+ (available in three colors).

    30. An adjustable laptop stand you can use to create a standing desk or a lap desk. Simply raise and tilt for the perfect height and angle for you.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect laptop stand for distance learning/teaching. I love that it is easy to use and the directions show exactly which numbers should be adjusted for the use you prefer. It can be used as a standing desk, couch/chair lap table, bed lap table or a regular table to use while sitting in a chair." —TeacherLife808

    Get it from Target for $39.99.

    31. A set of super sticky and super colorful Post-it notes so you can color-coordinate your notes.

    the Miami Collection Post-it 15 count Super Sticky Notes Pack

    Promising review: "Love all of the colors! The lines on the bigger ones are a huge help." —Scmd

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    32. A gooseneck phone mount that you can attach to your headboard, kitchen counter, dashboard, and desk so you can be in your Zoom meeting while you lounge, cook, drive, or type up notes!

    reviewer image of the gooseneck phone mount attached to a headboard

    Promising review: "It's very strong, and the phone holding clamp is easy to open. It fits my large Galaxy S9 Plus, and the table clamp at the base is adjustable to fit different size tables and surfaces. It's very durable, and the arm is difficult to move, which keeps the whole thing in place very well. Not easy to slip or accidentally move." —xkarafsx

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two colors).

    33. A rainbow weekly pill organizer with removable compartments so you can easily take and replenish all the vitamins that keep you going throughout the day.

    reviewer image of pill case

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this organizer. It’s easy to load up with the flap that opens all the compartments. I love that each day can snap in and out so I can use it like a shot glass for my medication. It holds my vitamins, omega 3s and nighttime prescriptions without any issue. This is the one to get." —Lauren Stark

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    34. A ceramic cup warmer because you've been heating that same cup of coffee in the microwave since this morning, and it just *doesn't* have to be like that.

    the norpro decorative cup warmer warms a mug of tea

    Promising review: "I'm a very slow tea/coffee drinker, so having this mini hot plate is amazing. I can have hot tea until the last sip! Life-changing. I use it every day. I'm using it as I write this review. I drink more tea because I know it won't get cold and sad. My roommates all want one now." —PDT

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    35. Noise-cancelling foam ear plugs so you can work, sleep, and daydream in peace. These foam plugs taper to your ear canals to create a custom fit.

    a jar of 100 flent foam ear plugs

    Promising review: "I've been using these for years! They are the ONLY ones I have found that are easy to use and block out noise. They allow me to sleep comfortably without hearing inside or outside noise. I have chronic insomnia so they are lifesavers to me." —Glamour Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45+ (available in two pack sizes).

    36. And when you're in need of a break or a reward for getting so much done, sign into your HBO Max account to watch some well deserved episodes of Doctor Who.

    Doctor Who promo poster

    You can sign up for an HBO Max subscription through Hulu, app stores, YouTube TV, AT&T, and several internet providers.

    Sign up at HBO Max for $14.99/month.

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