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40 Things That’ll Make You Feel More Like An Adult In 2018

2018 is truly going to be your year. I promise.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A magnetic meal-planning pad to stick on the fridge so you'll stop ordering so much take-out.

Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly 'what do you want to eat,' 'what do we have,' blah blah, etc. Now, I can lay out the week's meals and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

2. An eco-friendly toothbrush system with a reusable handle and disposable snap-on heads. Instead of throwing out a toothbrush every three to four months, you can just change the heads!

Promising review: "I have been using this toothbrush system for about two years now. I love that I can change out the heads after I have had a cold or a virus. This year I am giving several for gifts for small children who bring germs home from school. I am a recycler and find this system to be very green!" —Elizabeth

Get it from The Grommet for $18 (includes two toothbrush handles and 12 replaceable brush heads).

3. A highly-rated free app that'll track your spending and help you stick to a budget.

Available for iOS and Android.

4. A 15-minute timer to remind you to take a little bit of time for yourself each day, whether to write in a journal, meditate, or self-reflect.

Get it from Anthropologie for $30.

5. A shower clock and timer so you're not always late because the water temperature was juuuust right.

Promising review: "I have this in my shower because I was getting late for work because I was taking very long showers. The different time settings have helped to develop discipline. It is water resistant; I love it. It saved my hurried mornings." —Murang'a's Finest

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

6. A personalized monthly vitamin subscription that caters to your body's needs. You'll be taking care of your health, and it won't feel like a chore!

Check out a full review of this service here!

Subscriptions start at $5 per month. Get 50% off your first month when you enter promo code BUZZFEED at checkout!

7. A white noise sound machine to help you tune out any disturbances (like your loud, nocturnal neighbors) and get better sleep.

Promising review: "This machine is a life saver. I've never slept better. Having kids, I hate taking anything to help me sleep as I know I may be needed at any time. This machine has two settings, so if you have less noise to drown out or just can't sleep in silence, you may want to use the quieter setting. Otherwise, the louder setting has been so helpful to drown out a house full of people when I'm sleeping during the day. I work night shift and have kids and a dog that lives to bark at everything. I've never been able to sleep more than a couple hours without waking up before I got this. Best solution I've tried." —Cassandra B.

Get it from Amazon for $41.97.

8. A cast iron pan and a sheet pan for making quick and simple one-pan dinners.,

Get them from Amazon: the cast-iron skillet for $33.99 and the sheet pan for $10.95.

Check out easy one-pan recipes here and here.

9. A to-do list that doubles as a mouse pad. (Pssst. In the "Never, Ever Do" section, you should put "send out an email without checking if the whole office is CC'ed.")

Promising review: "I love this mousepad. Having my to-do list in front of me all the time motivates me to get things done." —Kathryn426

Get it from Amazon for $13.67.

10. A set of pretty, blank cards to always keep on hand for special occasions. You never know when you might need to write a thank you, get well soon, or birthday card.

Get a 10-pack from Paper Source for $12.95.

11. A set of exercise playing cards for a cheap and easy way to get a good work out at home.

There are 50 exercises in total! Each card shows an exercise in three difficulty levels to accommodate different abilities (beginner, intermediate, advanced).

Promising review: "I'd highly recommend this and all FitDeck products! We generally work out for an hour at a time — start with a one- to two-mile run, then do a handful of FitDeck cards, then about 10 minutes of stretching. The hour goes by really fast. By shuffling the cards and drawing them in random order, you get something different for each workout, which keeps it from getting boring. Since I have to look at a card every minute or so, it also keeps me mentally engaged, so I don't zone out. We usually didn't work out when we traveled, but now we take the bodyweight FitDeck with us so we make it a point to at least squeeze in a light workout. We love it!" —S. Berg

Get them from Amazon for $14.39 (available in five styles). Another option here.

12. A tub and tile scrubber that'll get rid of soap scum and mildew with minimum elbow grease. Nothing says "I have my life together" than a clean bathroom.

Promising review: "Fantastic tub and shower scrubber with telescopic pole for hard to reach areas. Head pivots so you can maneuver around tub and shower fixtures. I plan to buy another one for the downstairs bathroom." —Charlie

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

13. A set of matching stemless wine glasses to impress your guests with. They don't cost a fortune and look way better than red plastic cups.

Promising review: "Very sturdy and visually attractive wine glasses! They were packaged very well with no broken ones. They look just like the online photo of them. The quality is pretty good!" —Malorie

Get a set of four from Wayfair for $26.99.

14. An emergency weather radio with a smartphone charger and LED flashlight, because part of being an adult is being prepared.

There are three power options: rechargeable lithium battery, solar panel, and hand crank.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 or The Grommet for $49.95.

15. A set of matching cotton sheets that'll make your room look ten times more put together and grown-up.

If you get white sheets, you can just bleach them when they get dirty.

Get a seven-piece set from Brooklinen for $198.

16. A little glass rabbit who will help you develop good habits. For example, if you want to go running more, just put it next to your sneakers for a gentle reminder.

This little guy comes with another smaller pewter rabbit, so you'll have two!

Promising review: "Both of these little rabbits are adorable and serve as a daily, friendly, and soft reminder to stay on task. The bigger one also functions well as a paperweight. Though I bought them for myself, I think they would make a great gift and would definitely recommend to a friend." —Christi

Get two rabbits from Uncommongoods for $25.

17. A double hamper so you can sort out regular laundry and dry cleaning as the week goes by. Plus, it has a lid so everything looks neat.

Promising review: "This thing looks fabulous, and with the removable mesh bins inside, taking dry cleaning to the dry cleaners has never been easier! And with the sleek look and top, you don't see your laundry when you walk in your closet anymore!" —A.SchROC

Get it from Amazon for $39.96 (available in four colors).

18. A cookbook that'll show you how to prepare meals for the entire week starting with base dishes made over the weekend.

The chapters are divided based on the seasons, so you're cooking with seasonal ingredients!

Promising review: "Love it already, the food is delicious and meal prep during the week is done in seconds. Already made some for guests, and they were shocked at the three-course meal I put out with only a few minutes notice!" —Kaitlyn Martins

Get it from Amazon for $28.

Check out other simple and healthy cookbooks here, here, here, and here.

19. A mini emergency kit to carry in your bag at all times, just in case something happens (and usually something does).

This tiny kit includes deodorant towelette, stain remover, nail polish remover, dental floss, clear nail polish, lip balm, breath freshener, hair spray, mending kit with safety pin, double-sided tape strips, clear elastics, emery board, bobby pins, and hairspray.

Get it from Anthropologie for $21 or a similar one from J.Crew for $18.

20. A time-marked mug for keeping track of how much water you drink throughout the day. If you finish two mugs of water (refill at 2 p.m.), you would have met your goal of eight glasses per day!

This mug is insulated, so it'll keep your water cold!

Promising review: "I bought this because it has a large opening so I can clean it much easier than more popular bottles. It's very convenient that I can just throw it in the dishwasher. I love it for work. I don't have to leave my desk multiple times throughout the day to refill my cup. It has held up really well considering I use it almost every day, and people ALWAYS ask where to buy it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

21. A versatile coffee machine (with a built-in milk frother) that'll make everything from an iced coffee to a latte. You'll save so much money, and you'll be able to buy really good beans.

Promising review: "Best purchase I’ve made in a long time! It’s amazing. I previously had a Keurig, and I liked it, but this takes my coffee to a new level. I save so much money not getting my morning iced coffee and lattes from Starbucks, and it tastes way better at home anyway! I’d recommend this to anyone who loves coffee. The frother is awesome, and it makes the perfect cup of any size coffee." —Autumn D

Get it from Amazon for $95.50.

22. An online course on photography for bloggers, so you can finally start that website you've been planning.

There are many other classes to choose from, such as chalk illustration, cookie decorating, and calligraphy!

Get it from for $39. Other online courses start at $29.

23. Or, a subscription to Craftsy Unlimited, which offers hours of video tutorials on crafts such as baking or urban sketching, so you can cultivate a few hobbies other than napping.

Get a monthly subscription for $14.99.

24. A whiteboard/bulletin board combo for your home office. It'll come in handy for jotting down ideas and things to remember and for keeping track of receipts.

This combo board comes with two markers, two magnets, an eraser, and assorted tacks.

Promising review: "This is a great whiteboard/corkboard combo! It is not too big but large enough to take care of business. Comes in so handy to make notes and reminders and looks great on my wall. Highly recommend this product!" —Fred W Westenfeld

Get it from Amazon for $29.89.

25. A set of lunch containers (freezer packs included) that all snap together. You'll be more inclined to pack a lunch when you get this much variety.


Promising review: "I love these lunch containers. They are the perfect sizes for meal prepping and the way they snap together with the ice packs is fantastic. I have kept them in the Rubbermaid Lunch Box from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. for lunch with no refrigeration at work, and they kept my food cold the whole time. Highly recommended for anyone who meal preps." —M. Etheridge

Get them from Amazon for $10.79.

26. A set of organic cotton tea towels to show you which wines pair well different foods.

Promising review: "This is perfect for every wine pairing situation, and you always know where it is — unlike books and charts! Also, the towel is made of old-fashioned cotton, which is soft and absorbent, too." —Wino-phile

Get them from Uncommongoods for $28.

27. A wall-mount entryway organizer so you can keep track of the keys and important pieces of mail (which includes bills and the Williams Sonoma catalog).

Promising review: "I looked so long for something cute and functional to keep my mail and keys, and this is the best thing I could have ever found (and at a great price)! I have received so many compliments on this piece. It has brightened up my living room and decluttered my kitchen counter! It can easily fit newspapers as well as letters and plenty of junk mail! It is extremely sturdy and if it is hung up well can hold a good bit of weight. I normally just leave my keys on the hooks, but it could definitely hold a jacket and sweater. Great purchase and so cute!" —clareary

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

28. An app that makes you solve math problems to turn off the alarm, so you can't snooze your way to lateness. (Note: this app might not work for a math whiz.)

Available for iOS. Check out a similar app for Android.

29. A set of succulents, because 1) plants add life to a home 2) you need to learn what it's like to be responsible for another living being.

Promising review: "Plants were lovely, and my daughter was delighted with them! The plants were in good health, arrived safely, and had a beautiful assortment. I was initially concerned about the random selection but have to say I was pleasantly surprised when we opened the box!" —Elaine Davis

Get nine-pack from Amazon for $23.99.

30. A pack of machine-washable (!!) fridge bin liners to help your produce last longer, so maybe they'll actually get a chance to be cooked.

Check out this post on how long to store your groceries.

Promising review: "Bought a new refrigerator so thought I would do it right. Great product; lets the air get under the fruit/veggies and keeps them fresh longer and keeps the drawers cleaner, too." —M. Kopp

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.98.

31. A closet organization kit that'll magically create more space to store clothes and make it super easy to get dressed in the morning.

Promising review: "This thing made my life SO much better. We moved into a house with a tiny closet, and my room was a wreck because of it. I purchased this, and we put it up, and POOF my room is back to normal! This was super easy to put up on the wall, the instructions were very easy to follow, and each piece fit like it should have. All my clothing is now organized, and my room is no longer the hot mess that it once was. Lots of hanging space and lots of shelves. This was the best thing I have bought all year long." —Sandy Beach

Get it from Amazon for $89.

32. An ultra-hydrating face mask, because winter is here and part of being an adult means not ignoring dry, flaky skin.

Promising review: "Okay, wow! Not only did this hydrate my very dry skin and save me from cold Canadian winters, but I also used this on my very dry elbows. Cleared up my rough, flaky elbows LIKE A DREAM! 12/10" —thelaurenlee

Get it from Glossier for $22.

33. A back massager to use after spending 12 hours in front of a computer. It'll loosen up knots in all the places your hands can't reach.

You'd prefer weekly massages at a spa, but that's not financially feasible ATM.

Promising review: "I can't say enough about this crazy thing! I get migraines induced by muscle tension from upper back and neck. I was able to avert a migraine due to this amazing device. This has never happened before. I was also able to use it once when I was too stressed out to get to sleep. After using this device, I was able to get to sleep in fifteen to twenty minutes. That has never happened before either. There is a slight learning curve to use it, but that is something like three to four times and then I had the hang of it." —Ara Lucia Ashburne

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

34. A portable steamer so you can look less disheveled on a daily basis. It's way easier to use than an actual iron.,

Promising review: "I needed something to get the wrinkles out of a few different dresses and hate to iron. I ordered this thinking it would be something I'd just use at home, but it's so compact that I'll definitely be traveling with it as well. It heats up fast and is easier than ironing. Very much worth the $20 I paid for it!" —Jessica L.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

35. A set of mesh laundry bags to save your delicates from getting torn up in the wash. Think of the money you'll save on underwear!

Promising review: "The bags have helped me keep pieces of my laundry separated and safe in the wash. I use these for my underwear, tights, and for larger shirts with lace. They are very permeable by water and soap but nothing else within the laundry. There is even an elastic strip that goes over the zipper, so the zipper doesn't catch on anything or become unzipped. 5/5 would buy again!" —Alyssa Montgomery

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.67.

36. A best-selling book for anyone who's thinking of changing careers or starting a new one. It's even useful for people who just want to brush up their resumes!

Promising review: "There is a reason this book has been a best-seller for a long time! The advice in this book is invaluable, whether you're just starting out in your job quest or you've been hunting for a while and you've hit a wall. It forces you to really examine yourself, your working style, your dreams and goals, and pushes you out of your comfort zone (in a good way) if you really take the time to heed the advice and do the exercises. I recommend this book to anyone I know." —Coffeegirl

Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

37. A set of TableTopics cards so you can host a proper dinner party without worrying about the conversation getting too dry.

Get them from Amazon for $25.

38. An emergency meal kit with a 25-year shelf life to keep in the pantry in case of... well, emergencies. Bonus: everything tastes pretty good.

This kit makes 48 servings of food! Recipes include chili mac and mac and cheese.

Promising review: "Awesome! Hope I never need it, but I’m thinking if worse comes to worst — the meals would be delicious!" —chele85

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

39. A super effective natural stain remover for anyone who's tired of wearing/throwing away stained clothes. With this on hand, no one will ever know how clumsy you are.,

Check out a full review of this stain remover here!

Promising review: "I love that Puracy is natural and can remove such a wide range of stains. I move a lot, so it's great to have one thing that can take care of multiple needs. I was looking for a stain remover to get rid of three blood stains on my new white bedsheets about two weeks ago. I soaked the stains in Puracy for a day and a half, and it handled the stains beautifully. I couldn't believe my eyes. It looked like Puracy broke down the stain because it would turn green and shrink before your eyes! I had a toothbrush that I used to help scrub, but it was overall really easy, worked better than I could've expected, and kinda fun, too." —Michelle

Get it from Amazon for $12.27.

40. A book on how to get your shit together and achieve your goddamn goals, whether that's going to the gym more, saving money, or just being less anxious.

Promising review: "Another hit from the author of last year's best self-help parody. Whether you want a light read full of hilarious insights or actually need a kick in the ass to get your life together, this book has what you're looking for. This is the type of book that you buy someone as a gag gift and then read and keep for yourself because it was more honest and insightful than you ever expected. Highly recommend to the well-put-together and deviant alike." —Tom K

Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

2018 is going to be legen... wait for it... DARY!


Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.