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1.

A sunrise-simulating alarm clock that’ll inspire you to *hop* right outta bed because of, yes, its adorable bunny years but also the incredibly helpful illumination cycle.


Urban Outfitters

Promising review: «i love this alarm clock!! I bought it because it’s bunny-shaped but it surprisingly helps me wake up in the morning lol. Super cute, has a bunch of colors, and makes a good night-light as well. It’s a little tricky to use at first but the directions help a lot.» —avocadoabby

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $38.95.

2.

A winged eyeliner stamp in case you’ve spent what feels like an eternity working on your flick to no avail. Same.


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Promising review: «I am not one to write reviews often, but this product has exceeded my expectations! I normally use liquid liners such as Kat Von D Tattoo, but this has drastically reduced the time it takes for me to create a winged look! I personally prefer a longer wing, but this stamp provides a template to work with and reduces the amount of time to create ‘sister’ wings — they’re pretty much twins now! The eyeliner pen itself it’s a bit broad for me, but the pigment is great!» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in two sizes).

3.

A blending sponge to help get streak-free foundation coverage. Nothing like a video call to make you realize your foundation brush is making you look streaky.


BH Cosmetics

Get it from BH Cosmetics for $2.50.

4.

A cross-stitch kit for the times that just so happens to be an easy entry point for the v rewarding hobby I adore. You can do it!!!


Grandma Be Wildin / Etsy

Includes instructions, color pattern, thread, fabric, hoop, and needle.

Promising review: «I am so happy I bought this! It lit a fire (haha) in me and I have bought more kits! I plan to hang this on our Christmas tree. The instructions we great. I still messed it up but I finished it and love it!! Just BUY IT!!» —Krista M.

Get it from Grandma Be Wildin on Etsy for $24.77.

5.

Or an embroidery kit with a pattern printed on the fabric so you can easily follow along with confidence for an heirloom-worthy result.


Hawthorn Handmade / Etsy

Includes the printed fabric, hoop, thread, needle, guide, and gift box.

Promising review: «Such a cute kit with easy to follow instructions, the color guide and guide book are so helpful. The floss is high quality and I find it doesn’t tangle easily.» —Brittany

Get it from Hawthorn Handmade on Etsy for $25.48.

6.

A spring pan set to help you whip up your very own cheesecake or make an amaaazing cake for a special occasion.


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Kit includes three pans (4 inches, 7 inches, 9 inches) and 50 parchment liners.

Promising review: «Loved everything about this pan, the price was amazing. Made my first turtle cheesecake and it came out perfect with this pan.» —Patricia

Get them from Amazon for $30.99.

7.

A powerful jetted bathtub cleaner that’ll coax out all the hidden gunk in those pipes you can’t reach with your mere human hands. Your group chat is going to LOVE all your nightmarish pics!


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You run your bath, add the cleaner, watch the gunk emerge, drain your bath, and then clean off the gunk!

Promising review: «It’s disgusting to see what comes out of your jets when you use this product. I can’t believe we bathed in this! I‘ve run bleach and dish detergent through my jets before, and that combination never cleaned with this efficiency. I highly recommended this product.» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

8.

A beginner-level knitting kit so you can knit your own freaking top. Look. At. You. (I would suggest a scarf but this is much more ~versatile~.)


We Are Knitters

Each kit includes everything you need to start (excluding you, of course!) like yarn, knitting needles, a pattern, and knitter’s sewing needle. I’m currently working my way through this heart pillow kit and have done a gorgeous petit point wall art kit.

Get it from We Are Knitters for $63 (available in 29 colors and women’s sizes S-XL).

9.

An ~official~ Auntie Anne’s pretzel making kit for anyone who’s walked by that delish destination in a mall or airport and thought «Dang, I wish I could make those.»


Auntie Anne’s

You can make 10 original or cinnamon sugar pretzels thanks to the included ingredients and directions. Just add butter!

Get it from Auntie Anne’s for $20.

10.

A power washer to do the hard work in reviving outdoor hard surfaces like sidewalks, gates, patio furniture and more! Yep, THAT’s the color of your patio.


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Note that you need to be careful on wood when using a pressure washer because it can be too intense and actually damaging!

Promising review: «I love this washer. It competes with my 2,200-PSI gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn’t have the noisy gas engine or the heavy weight. Easy to move around lightweight and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I’m cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk.» —Tim S.

Get it from Amazon for $149.98.

11.

A makeup-erasing cloth that’ll take off ALL of your makeup with JUST water. Truly. I wear lots of makeup and waterproof eye makeup, and swear by these.


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I’ve used one for YEARS. I have super sensitive skin with rosacea that’ll flare up pretty easily (that I also wear a lot of foundation, color-correcting product to hide), so if you’re worried about it rubbing or tugging you’re in the clear. It launders really well and is big enough to use for a few days before you have to launder it.

Get it from Amazon for $20.

12.

A bidet attachment to help your household cut down on your toilet paper (and wet wipe!) consumption. Gotta love a new gadget, especially one that’ll efficiently do the job no one else will.


Tushy

Promising review: «10/10 stars! Easy to install, looks cute in my bathroom, and my butt has never been cleaner. I laughed until I cried the first time I tried it because of the surprising sensation. Now I’m recommending a Tushy to everyone I know!!» —Whitney B.

Get it from Tushy for $89 (available in nine color combos).

13.

A palm-reading guide that’ll also fit in the palm of your hand (or bag) so you can practice on the go on all your friends.


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Promising review: «I bought this, the tea leaf book and a palmistry hand and I have to say it lived up to my expectations. Very informative, and looks great with my collection! I had previously owned the tarot kit and I knew I had to have this to go with it. A wonderful addition to my collection, and great for my tiny dorm room. The book jacket was in great condition but be careful combining orders as the jacket on my other order came slightly bent. Overall, I am very happy with this!!!» —Meagan

Get it from Amazon for $5.83.

14.

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick which could quite possibly be your new go-to because of its velvety texture, handy applicator, and stay-put formula. It’ll even stay on through lunch with a delicious greasy sandwich (a feat you thought was impossible!). I’ve tested this MANY times.


Sephora

This is my fave long-lasting lipstick formula and I yearn for it in every dang color now.

Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in six metallic shades and 24 matte shades).

15.

An extendable scrubber to reach the places that make your back hurt (and therefore stay waaay dirtier) in your bathroom — lest your kids make up a story about how that dirty spot on the shower surround is a portal to a monster world.


Amazon

Tbh, that sounds like a Goosebumps book.

Promising review: «I have been using this for a few weeks now and it has been a lifesaver. I have a 12-month-old at home so we give baths on a daily basis. Our tub gets gross very quickly because of this and I have to clean it fairly often to keep mold and water stains away. I am also very pregnant so it kills my back to have to bend over to scrub the floor and sides of the tub. The pole is extendable and the head swivels so it can be used from a variety of angles and still be effective. I was worried that the scrubber wouldn’t be tough enough to get rid of the stains on the tub floor, but it is good quality and works well when used with the right cleaning products (we use Bon Ami polishing powder — also a great product, chemical free, and can be used for so many things around the house). I use this while sitting on the ledge of the tub and can apply enough pressure to clean it well and never have to get on my hands and knees. Great product. Only wish it came with a refill or two!» —Jennie

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

16.

A scratchy lil’ tool for FINALLY getting all the pet hair off your fabric surfaces both inside your house and car. You’ll wonder how you lived without up until now.


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Promising review: «This this is like magic. Our van was nasty and covered with hair from a German and Australian Shepherd. Looked brand new after. Don’t think about just buy it. It will blow your mind.» —Dan

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

17.

A universal mani tool that’ll fit on top of a variety of nail polish lids to help you *steadily* brush on that at-home color thanks to the larger surface area for holding. Even with your non-dominant hand!


Target

This tool will fit on top of any nail polish bottle (not just the brand’s)!

Get it from Target for $15.99.

18.

And a panda nail dryer with UV light and a smart hand sensor to help dry, set your at-home mani in a mere minute.

19.

A drill brush cleaning kit you can attach to your drill/driver for an infomercial-like cleaning sesh on that nasty ole oven you’ve long given up on cleaning adequately. No more avoiding eye contact with stuck-on grime as you pop in dinner!


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Includes three brushes that’ll attached to a standard handheld drill.

Promising review: «I’m in love with this. I manage many apartment properties and finding people to do the cleaning has been tricky business, so I end up having to get in and clean these horrendous filth pods tenants lived in and left me to deal with when they move out. The ovens and stove tops are usually the worst, and I absolutely hate cleaning. I came across this drill attachment set, and let me tell you, it helped me tremendously! I still had to get in with a putty knife on some of them but it really cut down my elbow-grease time. If it wasn’t for this drill attachment, I think my arms would have just fallen off trying to clean it as good as I did! My only con would be that it doesn’t have any extension of any sort, so I really had my drill all up in that oven, but well worth it.» —alicia haats

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six color combos).

20.

An AeroGarden hydroponic garden in case you either don’t have the space for an outdoor veggie garden or have just failed miserably at on before. This compact system and the easy-to-use pods take the guesswork outta the process. Plus you can keep a better eye on it.


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Promising review: «I travel a lot for work and the Aerogarden, despite its price, has actually saved me a lot of money. I love fresh herbs and lettuce but I tend to throw so much away. With this I pick what I need which I love. The leaves are lush and huge compared to store bought bagged/boxed mixes which are great for sandwiches and burgers. I have three of these, two with herbs and this one with various lettuces. The company is great too, I had a seed pod that didnt sprout and they sent me a new one.» —Vanessa MS

Get it from Amazon for $149.95.

21.

Indoor plant food spikes to turn that plant bb’s frown upside down… and yours too! Here you were ready to give up on houseplants entirely. There’s hope yet!


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Promising review: «I’ve been using this fertilizer for 10 days. And now I can see the plant’s difference! It’s resurrecting, isn’t it? I’m very happy!

-third week now. Getting better and better!!!

-added a current picture after two months using this.» —MARY H.

Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $2.24.

22.

Wood polish and conditioner that’ll revive all sorts of wood surfaces and furniture you’ve just resigned to overlook thanks to their sorry state. Reviewers have used them to zhuzh up front doors, kitchen cabinets, wood floors, wood furniture, and just about any other wood surface.


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Enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain on finished *and* unfinished wood. For use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors and trim, etc.

Promising review: «Very impressed so far. Just tried this stuff on one of our kitchen cabinets and it really did a nice job. The cabinets are 15-year-old cherry-stained hard work cabinets (oak, maybe?) and are scratched deeply in certain parts from the previous owner’s dogs. Twenty minutes after applying this product and wiping it off, I can’t complain at all about the results. It looks great in the picture, and even better in real life where you are not focusing on staring at imperfections. In addition to helping tremendously with the blemishes, it also leaves a nice glossy shine on the cabinets, making them look clean and fresh (not over the top glossy and fake). For the minimal price, I can’t complain at all. Finally, I used about a 1/3 of an ounce to do the 36-inch double-base cabinets and the 36-inch wide drawer, so I believe the 16-oz. bottle will last quite a while.» —Patrick Gallagher

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

23.

A calligraphy guide in case you wonder «but how do they do it?» anytime a fancy invite comes in the mail. Well, you’re about to find out!


Printable Wisdom / Etsy

Includes a calligraphy guidebook (instructional pages, two sample alphabets, practices pages, personal calligraphy exemplar page, guided projects with examples, freestyle project pages) and calligraphy brush pen.

Get it from Printable Wisdom on Etsy for $33.

24.

A pasta maker because every time you go to your fave Italian joint the housemade noods are so good that your eyes roll back in your head. Y’know, that doesn’t have to be limited to your table in the back corner!


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Promising review: «I bought this to make some fettucine. So easy to use it’s not funny. I didn’t use the pasta recipe in the book but used my own. Easy to assemble…put handle in first section to thin it out followed instructions and got to level 5 thickness (perfect). Then moved handle to the other section where I put through fettuccine bit. Would definitely recommend this to anyone. This is the second time I have ever made pasta (first time I prepared and rolled myself and the rolling took forever. This machine saved masses of time when I didn’t have to roll. Fast delivery and packaged well. We also googled many pasta-makers and this one had top ratings.» —Jo from New Zealand

Get it from Amazon for $47.19+ (12 pasta type attachments available).

25.

A rapid egg cooker so you can finally achieve making hard-boiled eggs because stove top has just been a no-go.


Amazon

Promising review: «If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family — anything is possible with the free time you’ll find at your disposal as you drop six eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model-building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. ‘What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?’ Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova’s side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation! Did not love the poaching tray.» —J. Mercer Crenshaw

Get it from Amazon for $18.40+ (available in five colors). Also check out the double-decker version.

26.

Boot-repair glue that’ll help put your fave shoes back in working, er, walking order right when you thought there was no hope left! (Don’t do the math on how many boots you’ve thrown anyway, it’ll just be disheartening.)


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Promising review: «I was very skeptical about using a shoe glue-type product after a shoe repair store owner told me that he wouldn’t/couldn’t reattach the sole on my Timberland work boots. He said that no adhesive would hold but maybe try superglue. I bought a bottle of Boot Fix Glue and followed the directions on the package to reattach the soles that had come apart at the toe. I’ve worn the boots several times now spending hours crawling around historical cemeteries doing restoration work. The repair is holding up fine. I am pleasantly surprised that this product actually lives up to its promises.» —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

27.

Pimple patches to attack blemishes that pop up in the least convenient time (so any time) by sucking out the gunk without irritating your skin around the blemish like drying treatments. A flatter bump in a day without picking or drying spot treatments? It *is* possible!


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Promising review: «OMG, where has this been my whole life? Why did nobody talk about hydrocolloid patches when I was a teen? These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilà! All that’s left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes. (All those years of suffering from acne! I’m in my thirties now with hormonal acne, BTW.) These are magic!» —Julie W.

Get a four-pack of 24 patches each from Amazon for $13.20.

Check out our full review of these Cosrx Acne Pimple Patches!

28.

A soothing color-correcting treatment that’ll easily blend in for a rosacea-canceling effect for those of us who swear by foundation coverage to tamper down the red. And it has SPF 30!


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I have rosacea and use this every single day. To demonstrate just how well it works, I put it on half of my face in the pic. Seriously, the color-cancelling prowess is impressive. Also it took me nearly a year to go through the full-size jar. So if the price has you feeling iffy, you can try out a travel version. Seriously, I’m forever indebted to this stuff.

Promising review: «I have rosacea on both my cheeks and a bit on chin and also have a couple of acne spots on my chin as well and I’ve tried so many foundations to cover up my cheeks and no matter how full coverage my cheeks will still show through. So I decided to try this and I love it!!!! I use this after primer and moisturizer and then use a foundation (because I fake tan and my face is paler than my body) and my skin looks amazing!!! I’m so impressed! I love makeup but I could never really use a lot of face products because I was embarrassed. Definitely recommend if you have rosacea and want to wear full coverage foundation or even as a BB cream.» —elyse1518

Get it from Sephora for $18+ (available in two sizes).

29.

An eyelash-separating comb to prevent any clumped look (whether they’re still wet with mascara or decked out with extensions). No more fiddling with that mascara brush for 10 minutes.


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Promising review: «A must-have in my makeup case! I have used plastic lash combs, metal ones, and flat ones, all of which just didn’t get the job done. I always went back to a safety pin, WHICH I DO NOT ADVISE! This comb is metal and arched, which is much easier to use, and the teeth glide through lashes easily. NOTE: If your mascara is dry and clumped, ANY COMB COULD POTENTIALLY PULL OUT LASHES. JUST NO. DO NOT DO IT. I put on mascara, and while it’s still wet, I glide the comb through the base and go up. It’s that simple. I was concerned about cleaning it with alcohol, but I asked customer service and was told it was safe.» —ASConner

Get it from Amazon for $5.37.

30.

A bubble tea-making kit for anyone who’s looked at a cup of boba and said, «ehhh, I could never make this at home.» Sorry, but that was a lie!


Uncommon Goods

Includes two flavors of tea (classic black and rooibos chai) tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws.

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

31.

A John Frieda Hot Air Brush to handle the blowout for you. No more figuring out how the heck to maneuver a blow-dryer *and* round brush.


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It has two heat settings (and a cool setting to help set your ‘do), plus its ionic power helps reduce frizz and adds some serious shine. And! Its ceramic coating cuts down on heat damage.

Promising review: «This hot-air brush has made the biggest difference in my usually flat, frizzy hair! I now have more body and shine than I have had in years! I highly recommend this product. It is lightweight and easy to use. My hair holds a style longer and it is so much easier than trying to blow-dry my hair while also using a round brush trying to style it. I wish I would’ve discovered this hot-air brush years ago! Love it!» —L

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in 1 and 1.5-inch versions).

Read our full review of the John Freida Hot Brush for more deets!

32.

A line-a-day journal that’ll help you actually stick to journaling in the wake of all those partially filled, gorgeous journals of yore. Handling this small time commitment will make journaling feel like a ritual instead of a chore.


Amazon

Promising review: «I really enjoy this journal. It’s not only cute, but it is durable. I like the idea of only writing small things a day (I’m really bad at keeping up with journaling!) and enjoy the bookmark it has to keep track of where you are.

The only downside is, the lines to write stuff on are very small. It’s manageable but could be a nuisance.» —jandk

Get it from Amazon for $13.31.

33.

An instant-read meat thermometer to help you FINALLY cook the perfect steak. Or maybe just not give your family food poisioning!


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Promising review: «Couldn’t be easier to use really. I tested it with ice water and boiling water and it seems to be pretty accurate. I’ve already cooked some steaks using it and they came out perfect. Plan to use it a lot with my smoker and expect good results there too. I love that it has the magnets so I can stick on the fridge, the grill or the smoker and it’s always handy. And you really can’t beat the price at under $10!» —FCC

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

34.

A sticker maker so you can transform your art or really most any other thing your heart desires into a sticker!


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Promising review: «This is amazing! I have ALWAYS wanted to make my digital drawings into stickers, but I didn’t want to order them from a website because you have to order a minimum of 100 or 250+. Now I can make one sticker or 100 stickers! The adhesive is very strong, which is perfect for what I want. It also works really well with laminated things too. I included some images of the stickers I made. I even have one on our car window (I placed it face down and stuck it on the inside of the window so it doesn’t get wet.) The only problem with putting the image face down is sometimes some of the printed ink comes off, but laminating the image before adding the adhesive to the color side would fix that issue!» —Hope K

Get it from Amazon for $26.14.

35.

A cookbook built for you because you may suck now but that’s not a permanent thing! This approachable teaching guide can help transform those skills thanks to recipes with approachable ingredient lists and directions.


Amazon

Promising review: «An excellent read. A good focus on doing new things with vegetables, when you might not like vegetables. Ask yourself, ‘What did vegetables ever do to you'» and realize you have the opportunity to be a better person and give vegetables a chance. Except kale. Kale knows what it did and that’s why we have to physically and mentally clean up kale before we work with it. Why did you have to make this awkward, kale? Maybe kale could learn something from cauliflower whose out there trying new exciting things and living life to the fullest (with some great examples in this book.). Seriously, get with the program kale, I don’t need to be judged by you.» —Max

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

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