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    29 Things That Only Seem Like Impulse Buys, But Are Actually Super Handy

    You'll probably find yourself reaching for these over and over again.

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    1. This chic lil' box that'll transform your plain and boring tissues into stylish decor. Whether you prefer classic or lotion-infused, this sturdy cover will keep them from becoming an eyesore in your home.

    A printed tissue box cover with some tissues sticking out
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    Get it from Simons for $7.50.

    2. A cute nut milk maker that'll make it easier to go dairy free. Whether you're partial to almond, hazelnut, or coconut, this gizmo comes with a recipe book that'll help you concoct your own delicious creations right at home.

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    In addition to a glass carafe and recipe book, it also comes with a reusable mesh filter and a silicone lid.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $35.32.

    3. A plus-sized compressive sports bra that'll unhook easily when you're done working up a sweat. The criss-crossed straps and strategic cutouts will keep you comfy and supported, no matter what kind of exercise you're into.

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    It also has moulded cups that'll keep your ta-tas from smashing together during workouts.

    Get it from adidas for $90 (available in sizes 1X–4X).

    4. An adjustable headband that'll keep your hair out of your face while you're doing your skincare routine. There's even a nifty slit at the back for your ponytail, so you won't need to stress if you've lost your elastic.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.82.

    5. This lightweight hair serum that'll give you glossy, healthy hair from root to tip. It's packed with avocado, rosemary leaf, and safflower oils that are equally loving to all hair types, so you could share it with your siblings or roommates (not that you'd want to).

    Someone holding up a bottle of the product against a bright sunny sky
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    Make sure you use it before you shampoo to reap its benefits.

    Get it from Kiehl's Canada for $28.

    6. A roll of reusable all-purpose cloths that'll help you kick single-use paper towels to the curb. They're soft, durable, and won't disintegrate the next time you're elbow-deep in spring cleaning.

    A roll of the reusable cloths on a wooden countertop next to healthy plants
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    Plus, they're super easy to care for: Hand wash and air dry!

    Get a roll from Simons for $16.

    7. This water-repelling spray that'll protect your kicks from the ravages of inclement weather. It's safe for all fabrics (yes, even suede!) and helps keep oil and dirt from staining your footwear, too.

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    Reviewers love that it's completely unscented and say it works great as a protective spray for purses and jackets.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.89.

    8. A durable tote bag that'll basically do everything. It's strong enough to hold up to 22 pounds of stuff, can double as a funky planter, and is naturally insulating, so you can grab fresh herbs at the market without worrying they'll freeze on the way home.

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    You could even use it to stash your favourite magazines or as a convenient pouch for your gardening tools.

    Get it from Simons for $125 (available in three colours).

    9. An elegant storage box that'll help you hide your odds and ends and make them easy to find, too. Each drawer rotates 360 degrees, so nothing will ever be out of reach again.

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    Get it from Simons for $60.

    10. This adorable heating pad that'll make cramps and aches a prob-llama of the past. It's filled with buckwheat and lavender, so you'll never have to stress about it leaking goo or scalding water.

    A person hugging a llama shaped heating pad
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    You can also pop it in the freezer, if you're more into cold therapy.

    Get it from Indigo for $36 (available in four styles).

    11. A small squeegee that'll keep your shower free of water spots. Plus, it's cute enough to hang in your bathroom (instead of cramming it under the sink).

    A squeegee hung on a tile wall with a handle shaped like a tiny person
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    Get it from Simons for $10.

    12. An armrest coaster that'll keep your drinks and snacks within reach during your next movie marathon. Reviewers say it's remarkably stable and even fits on overstuffed armchairs, too.

    The coaster draped over the edge of a sofa with a teacup and saucer on top
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    It also has a non-slip top to keep your glass of vino from sliding off.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $45.19 (available in three colours).

    13. A recipe box that'll save them from getting lost in your kitchen. To make things even easier, the box includes dividers that'll help you find what you're looking for in a flash.

    A little box labelled recipes next to a whisk and some spilled flour
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    The box includes 40 blank recipe cards for jotting down your own recipes. Plus, it has a non-slip base, so it won't go skidding around your countertop while you're whipping up a meal.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $40 (available in three styles).

    14. This all-natural bleach alternative that won't leave your linens smelling like chemicals. It's safe for all fabrics, is completely allergen free, and will tackle stinky stains like a total pro.

    A flatlay of the bleach alternative next to some blindingly clean sneakers
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    The formula's super concentrated, so you'll only need a splash to see some major results.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.73.

    15. An angled basket that'll help you make the most of any under-used shower space. It'll adhere easily to non-porous materials (like glass, metal, or tile) and has drainage holes in the bottom, so your products don't get gunky.

    A close up of the triangular shelf suction-cupped into a shower stall
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    It's also a great solution for anyone who keeps bonking their noggin on their shower caddy.

    Get it from Simons for $20.

    16. A soilless grow kit that'll help you create your very own herbal oasis. This self-watering lil' planter takes all the guesswork out of plant parenthood — no green thumb necessary!

    A pair of planters growing lavender and basil
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    It uses a hydroponic system called wicking to bring water and nutrients right to the root of the plant.

    Get it from Indigo for $24.37 (originally $32.50). Available in three options.

    17. A set of glass food containers that'll keep those leftovers fresh for a little longer. They won't absorb sauces or flavours, so you won't have to spend hours scrubbing away the taste of bolognese.

    A person carrying a stack of circular glass food containers with leftovers inside
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    The flat lids make stacking easy-peasy, both in cupboards and the fridge.

    Get a set of four from Indigo for $56.25 (originally $75). Available in two shapes.

    18. A saucy colouring book that'll keep your hands occupied, while giving you a laugh in the process. It has 50 profanity-filled pages that'll help you colour away your stress (with plenty of blank pages for doodling).

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    Make sure you grab some markers while you're at it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.96.

    19. A pair of rolling wine glasses that'll aerate your vino for you. They also make great vessels for fragrant cocktails, like smoked Old Fashioneds!

    One of the wine glasses sitting on an angle on a tabletop
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    They're made of lead-free crystal.

    Get a pair from Indigo for $29.62 (originally $39.50).

    20. A faux-fur bomber that'll keep you cozy during frigid winter days. It has a plush hood to keep whistling winds out, and it could double as an early spring jacket once temperatures (finally) start to rise.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $135 (available in sizes XXS–3XL and in four colours).

    21. This snooze-inducing kit that'll help you find your bliss. It comes with mineral-rich bath salts to help you unwind, plus a soothing hibiscus herbal tea that'll calm your mind and help you fall asleep faster.

    A flatlay of the bath salts and sleepy tea on a counter
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    It contains enough ingredients for about three soaks and sips.

    Get it from Indigo for $25.

    22. A cast iron frying pan that'll help you sear, fry, and bake with ease. It even has a built-in spout, so you won't sprain your wrist the next time you wanna drain some delicious sauce.

    A flatlay of the cast iron pan showing off the spout and helper handle
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    There's also a little helper handle, if hoisting cast iron is

    Get it from Indigo for $71.25 (originally $95).

    23. This silicone soap dish that'll drain your bars and stop them from glopping up your shower and vanity. It's narrower than its counterparts, which means it'll tuck into even the smallest bathrooms.

    Someone putting sudsy soap onto the silicone soap dish
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    Plus, you can toss it into the dishwasher to keep it fresh and clean.

    Get it from Indigo for $22.50 (available in two colours).

    24. A trio of fancy cheese knives that'll make you wanna grab an extra chunk of fromage. Whether you're slicing and spreading or slicing and crumbling, this kit's the way to go.

    A flatlay of the three cheese knives next to a cheese platter
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    The blades are made of stainless steel, so they won't get rusty on you.

    Get the three-piece set from Linen Chest for $14.95.

    25. A set of shower tablets that'll help you *chillax* to the max while you get ready for the day. Each one lasts for up to three showers, so you can indulge in some aromatherapy all week long.

    A stack of the shower tablets on a turkish towel
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    The set comes with a dish to keep it from gunking up the sides of your shower stall.

    Get a set of three from Indigo for $30 (available in four scent packs).

    26. A trio of wall-mounted containers that'll help you organize your stuff or just give your plant babies a cool new home. They're incredibly easy to hang (even from the ceiling!), and can be paired with other sets to create a DIY living wall.

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    Get it from Linen Chest for $24.95.

    27. This stackable carafe set that neatly conceals two highball glasses, perfect for savouring your fave spirit. This space-saving container could also be kept on your bedside table, if you constantly wake up feeling parched.

    A glass carafe stacked on top of two highball glasses, next to a coupe glass and a cocktail mixer
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    It's made of non-leaded crystal, so I'd recommend washing it by hand.

    Get it from Indigo for $44.62 (originally $59.50).

    28. This magnetic storage basket that'll give you a place to stash your kitchen stuff, without taking up every inch of your counterspace. It even comes with a little divider, so you can keep things separate and organized.

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    Get it from Indigo for $59.50.

    29. And lastly, a collapsible strainer that'll double as a steaming basket. Thanks to its soft basket, it won't scratch up non-stick cookware while you're making dinner.

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    It's nearly flat in its collapsed form, so it'll be super easy to tuck away.

    Get it from Indigo for $33.37 (originally $44.50).

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