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    26 Amazing Products That’ll Basically Grow With You

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    1. A Lodge cast-iron skillet, which will see you from your novice cook days to your reign as a master chef.

    Cast-iron skillets become seasoned after years of use, making dishes you cook with them even more amazing. Read our guide on ways to care for your skillet here. And be sure to clean your skillet with a cast-iron cleaner that won't remove the seasoning from your skillet.

    Promising Review: “I bought this cast-iron skillet some years ago and could not be happier. It comes pre-seasoned. But that seasoning doesn't last long. I had to un-rust the skillet and re-season it a few times. But it was totally worth the effort. Now it cleans like a dream, with little more than a soapy rag, and cooks so well. This pan has become a staple in my house and will cook anything. I can't even remember what I used before. I know I sound like a raving fool, but this really has worked out well for me.” —Just Some Lady

    You can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79+ (available in 10 sizes) or Jet for $8.83+ (available in 7 sizes).

    2. A quality makeup brush set that'll give you some loyal companions on your endless journey of fierceness.

    The set includes 32 makeup brushes, a travel pouch, and 12-month warranty. Just be sure to regularly clean your brushes to extend their life.

    Promising Review: “These brushes are super soft. I just love them. I’ve only used a few of them so far. But they work great for blending eye shadow and pick up product nicely. I highly recommend these to anyone. I do have some expensive brushes, as well. And if I'm being honest, these are just as good!” —Sabrina Williams

    Get the 32-piece set from Amazon for $17.99.

    But if you prefer to drop a few more dollars on more expensive brushes, you should consider snagging a similar Sephora Collection set at Sephora for $70.

    3. A Kindle Paperwhite e-reader or iPad to house your growing library of e-books, movies, music, and Candy Crush high scores.

    Promising Review: “I love this Kindle upgrade. This is my third Kindle. The backlight feature has an amazing amount of gradients. It’s definitely easy on the eyes AND I can read in the dark!” —Rikki Goodwin

    Get the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader from Amazon for $119.99 and iPad from Best Buy for $329+ (available in three colors and two data storage sizes).

    4. A classic KitchenAid five-quart stand mixer your family may end up passing down for generations.

    The stainless-steel stand mixer includes a coated flat beater, coated dough hook, six-wire whip, and a one-piece pouring shield. The flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher-safe. The five-quart bowl has enough capacity to mix a single batch of dough for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread.

    Promising Review: “These are impossible to kill. I'm currently using one my grandmother got as a wedding gift in the '60s. It's the best kitchen appliance ever." —Bob S.

    Get it from Amazon for $279.99 or Jet for $254.99+ (available in six colors).

    5. A sturdy Michael Kors leather tote you’ll make your go-to bag for stylish seasons to come.

    Promising Review: “I received this bag as a gift and absolutely love it! I don't use the side pockets. But the pockets on the interior make it very easy to keep belongings nice and organized. It's also just really nice to look at!” —Ella

    Get it from Amazon for $147.91+ (available in 32 colors) or Jet for $164.96+.

    6. A rotating Hedwig jewelry cage or Mirror of Erised accessories cabinet, which are as practical as they are beautiful. And they'll be able to hold so many damn accessories.

    These jewelry cases will bring some serious class to any Harry Potter fan’s home. Plus, they have a large amount of space for all the cool pieces you'll pick up over time.

    Get them from PBteen: Hedwig jewelry case for $99 and Mirror of Erised for $399

    These jewelry cases will bring some serious class to any Harry Potter fan’s home. Plus, they have a large amount of space for all the cool pieces you'll pick up over time.

    Get them from PBteen: Hedwig jewelry case for $99 and Mirror of Erised for $399

    7. A leather bound–10 year journal to track all your goals, milestones, and epic memories over a decade of your life.

    The journal includes dated and lined pages with room to record feelings, books, meals, local weather, world events, and whatever else you want to document each day.

    Promising Review: “I love this and, so far, I'm keeping up. My dad would keep a daily journal. He’d write just a couple sentences in it each day, nothing big. But after he passed, it was so special to go back and read his short bits. The entries were so sweet. I wanted to continue that tradition, and this journal helps me do that perfectly!” —Rebecca L Wilkinson

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in black, burgundy, and green).

    8. A sweet baby blanket your favorite little one will love snuggling with — even when they've grown into your favorite adult. #NoJudgement

    The blanket is made from organic muslin cotton and fabricated from four breakable layers.

    Promising Review: “This is a high-quality blanket. I purchased this for my daughter for naptime at daycare. She loves the design and how snugly the blanket is. It feels nice and thick, but is breathable and so easy to launder!” —Susan B

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six colors).

    9. A massive Coca-Cola bottle bank so you can store loose change while decorating your home in an unforgettable way.

    It’ll be exciting to watch the change in your bank increase over the years. And if you have young children, you can even use the change they round up to start their very own savings accounts.

    Promising Review: “I wanted to start saving and thought a fun way to start would be to get a funny piggy bank. I also wanted to get a large piggy bank in particular. I have large financial goals and wanted a reminder that I need to save a lot and for a long period of time. This piggy bank does a great job, seeing that I wanted to save only in dollar bills. It's perfect. And the opening is the perfect size for a folded up bill. My husband thinks it's funny and loves we can see through it for motivation to fill it up.” —Olivia L

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 or Sears for $33.99.

    10. An affordable and timeless Timex Easy Reader watch sure to last you years of fashionably late arrivals.

    Timex watches are lauded for their quality construction and great performance. The watch features a date window and is water-resistant up to 99 feet. It also includes a one-year warranty.

    Promising Review: “I’ve had five watches almost identical to this one. They all still run. I get a new one every few years. The lighting is good enough to see your way through a dark room in the dead of night without waking anyone up. And it keeps accurate time.” —NovaSystems

    Get it from Amazon for $31.07+ (available in 7 styles) or Jet for $22.96+ (available in 27 styles).

    You can also check out all of Timex’s Easy Reader styles here.

    11. A quick-heating Chi flatiron, which uses infrared heating to reduce frizz and static electricity, keeping your hair the most luxurious in the room.

    Not only does the Chi flatiron's heating technology penetrate the hair from the inside out, using negative ions to add moisture and shine. It also straightens, curls, flips, and waves your hair, giving you four styling options in one sleek tool.

    Promising Review: "I've had mine since 2011 and it's still going strong, even though I use it all the time. Definitely a worthy investment." —Jennifer Leigh, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $99.98 or Jet for $85.59.

    12. A convertible toddler bed can easily transition your kids from crib life into their terrible twos and kindergarten years.

    The bed is designed to sit low to the floor and includes side safety rails. And once you’re ready to buy a new bed for your little one, you can easily convert the bed into two child-sized chairs and a table.

    Promising Review: “We have been very pleased with this bed. My husband put it together with no problems in 30 minutes or less. It’s strong and can hold the weight of an adult and toddler.” —Ashley E. Alva

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in three colors) or Jet for $99.99 (available in four colors).

    13. A Nintendo 64 gaming system that'll be the life-long bestie we all deserve. Because anything that lets you play Mario Kart is loyal AF.

    Promising Review: "For me, the Nintendo 64 game console has taken me back to my college days, where I spent hours checking out mentally after a hard day of studying. My system came intact with one controller. It connected easily to my modern HDTV and looks great. I use it at least three times per week, and it is still going strong. If you want to experience some of that throwback nostalgia, take the plunge and buy it! You deserve it." —Optimus Crymes

    Get a pre-owned Nintendo 64 from Amazon for $66 or GameStop for $59.99.

    14. A pair of Adidas Adilette slides will gaurantee you a comfy strut through your home or around the block at all times.

    And your slides don't have to be reserved only for the pool or beach. So feel free to rock the footwear faves with sporty chic looks for a stylish spin to your outfit.

    Promising Review: “I bought my husband yet another pair of these sandals because he wore out his last pair. I would say the last pair probably lasted a good seven years! He has been wearing these exact sandals for longer than I have known him, which is more than 16 years. And he has LOVED them for so long. He never has any complaints about the sandals. And because we live in Arizona, with tons of dust and sand, the fact that you can just hose these off is wonderful. These are great-quality sandals!” —AZ Pumpkin Mommy

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 9 colors, sizes 3-15).

    15. A Texas Instruments TI-30X calculator to help you find the answers to any math struggles you encounter.

    Promising Review: I have had this calculator for almost four years and this thing is still kicking like the first day!” —Ex

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in nine colors) or Jet for $32.06.

    16. A three-in-one booster car seat you can adjust to fit your kid from a toddler to youth, ensuring your little one will be safe and sound on every road trip.

    You can use the car seat as a harness high-back booster, booster, or backless booster. And the harness system adjusts the height of your harness and headrest in one motion, so you can make sure your child is properly secured.

    Promising Review: “I’ve owned about a half-dozen different car seats between all my kids. And this is the one we've liked so much that we bought two! Heck, when the youngest gets a bit older, we're definitely going to order two more!” —Amazonian Family

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in three colors) or Jet for $140.41 (available in four styles).

    17. A leak-proof Alex tumbler and cup set built to survive endless refills of your favorite hot and cold beverages. #PourItUp

    The cup and tumbler are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe when placed on the top rack. And there is a removable bottle opener built into the bottom of the tumbler.

    Promising Review: "I'm loving our Alex cups! I drink my water in it every day and love how it's weighted at the bottom for less tipping danger! Thanks for the invention!" —True Pilates Physiotherpay

    Get them from Huckberry for $39.98.

    18. A tiered garden box packed with precious succulents you can name and take care of like adorable plant babies.

    The succulent box does not include actual succulent plants. But you can shop a variety of succulent plant packs on Amazon here.

    Promising Review: "This is the best succulent collection I have ever seen. Each plant is a different variety, with some being ones you rarely find. This is a terrific bargain!" —Cathy

    Get them from Amazon: planter box for $13.59 (available in six-grid and three-grid styles) and 12-pack of succulents for $29.99.

    19. A Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife that can truly do it all.

    The knife features 12 functions, including a large blade, small blade, Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener with large screwdriver, and can opener with small screwdriver.

    Promising Review: "This is my favorite knife. I have several models of the Swiss Army Knife, but this Super Tinker is the one that I find is the best combination of useful tools and reasonable size. I've used one for maybe 25 years now. I bought two more for spares when I caught them on sale. But the first one has not been lost, broken, or worn out, which is a real testimony.” —Loring C

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 11 colors) or Jet for $21.99+ (available in 2 colors).

    20. A Harry Potter box set — because you'll never tire of following the tale of the world’s favorite boy wizard.

    The set includes all seven books of the Harry Potter series.

    Promising Review: “This is my absolute favorite book series ever! I've read it many times, but always borrowed from a friend or the library, and figured it was time I actually owned them myself. They are definitely worth reading, if you never have. And it does not matter how old you are! They're not just for kids or young adults. People much older, like myself, love them too!” —Shoshanna

    Get the seven-book set from Amazon for $52.99 (available on Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, and Audio CD) or Jet for $52.16 (available in paperback).

    21. A tough JanSport SuperBreak backpack designed to hold up to the stress of years of carrying books, laptops, and the homework you forgot to complete.

    Promising Review: “I purchased this backpack for my son, who was 9 years old at the time. For some reason, he had managed to wear out every bookbag he's ever owned in a matter of months. I thought why not try this one. It’s cute and in a lower price range. He has now owned this backpack for nearly two years without wearing it out. I definitely recommend this backpack!” —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (available in over 40 colors) or $32.99+ (available in 7 colors).

    You can also read our full guide of the best backpacks you can buy on Amazon here.

    22. A gorgeous tea set for a touch of elegance you’ll always want to show off.

    The set includes a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, four cups, and four saucers. Plus, no matter where your life takes you, your tea set will always be a gorgeous addition to your home's decor.

    Promising Review: “I purchased this for my 6-year-old granddaughter, as she loves mine and begs to play with it with each visit. This set is delicate enough to be charming and pretty. Yet, it’s sturdy enough for a 6-year-old to use for real tea and cookies. It’s a very nice buy.” —Texas Librarian

    Get the 11-piece set from Amazon for $81.01+ (available in four colors).

    23. A precious Build-A-Bear too adorable to ever part with, no matter how old you are.

    You can design the bear of your dreams, personalizing the cutie's clothing, accessories, and even adding a Build-A-Sound voice box with a personalized message.

    Get a bear from Build-A-Bear for $12+.

    24. A darling Hatch bowtie dress you can slay in as your baby bump grows and after your bundle of joy arrives.

    Hatch's comfortable collection of dresses, jumpers, and other stylish clothing options is designed to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy.

    Get the dress from Hatch for $268 (available in sizes 0-2).

    And check out Hatch’s full collection of chic dresses here.

    25. A personalized passport holder to tote around the world and back.

    The holder is double-stitched for added durability and can be customized with your initials or full name.

    Promising Review: “I love my passport cover. The quality is great. I was afraid my name wouldn't fit in the name bar. But it came fully inside the lines! I also like that your passport page isn't covered by the flaps, like some passport covers!” —Skyler Vallo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 30 colors).

    26. And a MacBook Pro, which is a must-have for creatives like graphic designers, photographers, and videographers who need a high-quality laptop to carry them through years of creative projects.

    A MacBook Pro is a major investment. However, with its lightweight design, fast performance, impressive display, and powerful processor, it remains a competitive notebook option that is well worth its price tag.

    Promising Review: “The mid-2017 MacBook Pro model is a great upgrade from my 2011 model. I had a seamless transfer from my old MacBook to the new one. And I’m enjoying the lightweight build and compact size. The old one was the same screen size, just much heavier and bulkier.” —Driftwood

    Get it from Best Buy for $1299.99+ (available in two colors, two screen sizes, and three hard drive sizes).

    They'll be there when you need them.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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