32 Things You Should Probably Already Own, But Don’t

Gene Selby

Table of Contents 1. A durable water bottle that I own and have dubbed my personal “emotional support tumbler.” Not sure what to say in that Zoom meeting? Take a sip. Hydration and hiding your awkwardness will have never gone hand-in-hand so fluidly. 2. Ownest Eyebrow Soap Kit – it […]

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Including silicone lids if the idea of “matching plastic lids with their appropriate container gives you anxiety” and yes, I did just quote myself.

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A durable water bottle that I own and have dubbed my personal “emotional support tumbler.” Not sure what to say in that Zoom meeting? Take a sip. Hydration and hiding your awkwardness will have never gone hand-in-hand so fluidly.


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This bb comes with a silicone sleeve, two straws, and bamboo lid. 

Promising review: “This is the perfect cup. Not only is it super cute, simple, and aesthetically pleasing, but I love drinking water out of glass because it always tastes better. I love that the silicone sleeve protects it and makes the cup more durable. It also came with a spare straw so I can wash one while I use the other!” —Amazon customer 

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 48 colors).  

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Ownest Eyebrow Soap Kit – it adds texture and thickness to unruly facial caterpillars, providing a ~feathery~ look that ensures each individual eyebrow hair stays in place all. day. long.


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Promising review: “I have the kind of eyebrows that look very full with brushing, but can quickly look like one has ‘collapsed’ once my hair or something else touches it. I’ve used nearly every product from Anastasia BH, but never had luck keeping my brows in place. Well, let me tell you, this stuff is no joke. I had to scrub my eyebrows clean tonight to get them to move. If you need some help holding your fluff, this will be your new favorite product. Also, I was able to ditch the eyebrow pencil since this this stuff holds every hair in the place you brush it.” —Bailey M. Deacon

Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99.


3.

A reusable microfiber Swiffer mop pad reviewers *swear* picks up even more gunk than the disposable versions do. The best part? Throw ’em in the wash after a deep clean — they’ll come out brand new and ready to tackle your abode all over again. Money saved in the long run, baby.


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Promising review: “I bought these for the same reasons most do — to be more environmentally friendly. I like the size of my Swiffer Sweeper, but always felt like I wasn’t getting my floors fully clean. We recently got a new apartment, and I always like to deep clean before we do any major moving. I used them dry and wet. I’ve always been disappointed with how the disposable pads from Swiffer (barely) picked up dog fur and crumbs, but as you can see in the picture it picked up so much! This was already after using a traditional broom. Then using them wet with diluted Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning concentrate — wow! The water was BLACK by the time I was all done with our downstairs area. They were so easy to Velcro on and off, wet or dry. Once I was all done, getting them off and doing a quick rinse wasn’t hard at all. I love that I am supporting a small family business with all the convenience of Amazon. I will definitely buy again (if i ever have to). I am so excited to use these for years to come and have a cleaner house than I ever have before!!” —Kathryn Willer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99.


4.

A set of silicone stretch lids because the idea of matching plastic lids with their appropriate container genuinely keeps me up at night. Save yourself the stress and use these to cover bowls, mason jars, etcetera.


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Promising review: “These things are super useful to have in the kitchen and have allowed us to cut way back on the amount of plastics we use. Probably one of the slickest uses my wife came up with is using the smaller one to cover the cut side of an onion. Also useful for covering open cans and leftover bowls. I thought they would be a nightmare to clean but just rest it topside down on your palm and run a soapy dishbrush around it, rinse, and you’re good to go.” —Gman

Get a set of 14 in various sizes from Amazon for $15.99.


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A farmhouse-inspired set of refillable dispensers made from durable amber plastic that transform drugstore brands into designer items. “Why yes, I do scrub my scalp with [insert $40+ shampoo],” you’ll whisper silently to yourself with every lather.


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Sweet Water Decor is a woman-owned brand that designs hand-lettered items and stunning Made-in-USA home decor.

Promising review: “I LOVE these bottles!! They make my shower look organized and a bit luxurious!”—Customer

Get a set of three from sweetwaterdecor on Etsy for $42.


6.

Twist hoop earrings with an air of “I actually tried this morning” due to their dainty, versatile design. Reach for these every morning with confidence knowing they’ll enhance any quick ensemble.


Yellow the Label

Yellow the Label is a small fashion biz founded in 2020 with a focus on fun, trendy pieces that still remain versatile and effortless.

Get it from Yellow the Label for $33.

7.

A set of ~car wash wipes~ if dragging your you-know-what to the actual car wash feels like….too much work. The amount of receipts you’ll have to throw out to avoid embarrassment! The water bottles! What about all the stuff you have in your trunk! Let’s not talk about it anymore, just buy some damn wipes.


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They’re extra large and pre-moistened to remove dirt, dust, road grime, and more.

Promising review: “This was a lifesaver! I was driving behind a cement truck when it decided to pepper my car with tiny splatters of cement to the hood and roof of my car. I was able to pull over and take out my Wash Wipes and get to work. I cleaned up all the cement from my black car before it dried to the paint, and it only took one wipe (both sides) to clean the hood free of all cement.” —Wicket571

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.64.


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A six-port outlet that swivels because the only outlet in your entire bedroom is covered by a heavy dresser. Say so long, farewell to wiggling furniture out in order to make room for bulky plugs: this lets you charge six devices at the same darn time.


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This even has two USB ports. Bless.

Promising review: “Brilliant! Very handy wall plug that not only adds extra outlets, but they can be turned sideways to use, so will fit snugly behind furniture! It appears to be a surge protector too! I will buy more of these!” —L.C.

Get it from Amazon for $18.93.

9.

A waterfall hanger solution for folks who consider their cramped closet a personality trait. This takes advantage of allll the vertical space left unused in your closet, thus affording you the opportunity to…well…pack in more dresses.


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Just look at all that new usable space!

Promising review: “Not sure why I didn’t expect them to work as well as it sounds… but they absolutely work as well as they sound! Makes MUCH more room in my closet. I used for purses, jackets, tank tops, dresses and has been holding very well. When I need something, just push the others aside and raise up the one I need. Very pleased with my purchase!” —Dennis A. Evans

Get a four-pack on Amazon for $8.99+ (available in five quantities).


10.

Weather-resistant suede boots with pumpkin spice coursing through their veins. Fall festivities, say hello to the only shoe I’ll be wearing whilst picking pumpkins and eating my weight in apple cider donuts. (I realize it’s still “summer” but I mean it’s almost over, amirite?)


Nisolo

Promising review: “Apparently my feet think they are special. They are highly sensitive to boot environments and rapidly develop blisters and other issues. They like to be free, but I like boots and have a nice stock of them in my closet. A friend bought a pair of Nisolo’s and I was intrigued. I was afraid they would be a no-go for my feet but I had to try them despite the price. After a trial run around the house for the first day, my feet and I agreed. Nisolo’s are the best thing ever! I bought my pair a half size bigger to account for my thicker Stance socks that has been lifesaving for my feet in other shoes. I cannot express how comfortable my feet are in these shoes. I wear them a lot. Walking the dog, walking in downtown Portland, all the places. I now plan my outfits around these boots and am eyeing other shoes. The suede holds up well in weather (and PNW gets weather). These are pretty much the perfect boot. I look forward to many years of wearing them.” —Valerie H.

Get them from Nisolo for $250 (available in sizes 5–10 and six colors).

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A nontoxic cookware duo considered a ~modern Dutch oven~ thanks to a 7-quart Pot (a wok and stockpot hybrid) that can deep fry *and* fit up to two pounds of pasta, plus a smooth skillet that can hold six salmon fillets. Bid adieu to needing 85 pans for one family dinner.


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BuzzFeed writer Danielle Healy is passionate about these pans (yes, seriously):

“These responsibly-sourced and crafted pan/pot hybrids arrived looking even more beautiful than I’d imagined. I cooked dinner with them immediately and then proceeded to get rid of the mismatched collection of various skillets and unused pots my boyfriend, roommate, and I had brought into this apartment and accumulated since living here. It was a life-changing moment. Not only are my cabinets gloriously uncluttered and organized (this set nests together like a dream), but these just work better and feel like they’re going to last a lot longer than the non-stick iterations we had collected before. One, if not both pieces, get near-daily use and no one in the apartment has any complaints! They heat evenly, clean easily (especially considering it doesn’t have that nonstick coating), and really are designed to cover the vast majority of your cookware bases. Plus, Proclamation Goods Co. is a 1% for the Planet member, meaning they contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Need I say more?”

Get a set of two pans from Proclamation Goods for $379.


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A tiny milk frother that makes it easy to whip up your very own, typically very expensive drink at home — and quickly. This stainless-steel whisk truly has so many darn uses: Let your mouth water at the thought of cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, matcha, milk shakes, and more.


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Promising review: “All of my friends and family had this so naturally I had to get one and I am obsessed. Makes every homemade coffee taste like you went out and bought one. Very affordable and worth every penny. I love that is comes with a cute holder for it.” —Kayla Dillinger

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five styles).


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A multi-color LED floor lamp for the poor souls (hello to me, myself, and I) who have limited square footage in their apartment. This takes up minimal space, has a weighted base that ensures it stays put, and the lighting is customizable: Choose from ambient to bright via ! 16 million ! different hues.


Uncommon Goods

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $125

14.

A chenille tufted pillow ideal for Harry Potter movie nights in which you’ve invited the whole gang over but, sadly, don’t have the room to accommodate all of them. Magic = being able to turn your floor into comfortable seating when there’s not enough couch space.


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Promising review: “Cozy vibes. I purchased two of these. I think they’re wonderful. Soft. Comfortable. Perfect floor pillows.” —Courtney R.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in seven colors).


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A set of bed bands that work like suspenders to keep your fitted sheet in place…no matter how much tossing and turning you get up to during the night. I sincerely hope that Bella Swan owned these.


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Promising review: “Recently, thanks to COVID-19, I visited my parents and ended up staying with them to shelter in place. The guest bedroom is small with two beds. Mine is up against a wall. The sheets I bought pop off all the time. Drives me insane in normal circumstances, but when the bed is against a wall, it’s so much worse. So far, these have been exactly what I needed.” —Dee Fields

Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.99.


16.

A bottle of OUIA leave-in conditioner because detangling should truly be as easy as one, two, spritz. This contains a generous helping of tamarind seed extract, panthenol, vitamin E, and hydrolized proteins to tackle haircare concerns like frizz, flyaways, and heat damage.


Sephora

Hello! This stuff single-handedly saved my hair. I spent about three weeks in Croatia (my family lives there) and I went to the beach every day. The salt usually wreaks havoc on my hair, leaving it dull and dry. But this stuff! This STUFF! I showered and shampooed like I normally would, applied this to damp hair before brushing it out, and the results were consistently wonderful. Tons of hydration with no weigh-down, lots of added shine, flyaways were gone, and the scent is lovely. 

Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in two sizes). 

17.

A The Office door sign so it can feel as if Dwight Schrute is breathing over your shoulder as you send numerous emails and fill in those Excel sheets.


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Promising review: “I love The Office and love having a piece of it in my home office. Great little sign. Good quality and adhesion is strong. Highly recommend!!” —Bethie D.

Get it from Amazon for $7.49.


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A lightweight bralette available in 12 neutral hues (you can find your perfect fit via the “find your shade” tool) that offers bot support *and* comfort — because yes, the two can co-exist.


Nude Barre

Get it from Nude Barre for $25 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 12 colors). 

19.

Arch support insoles because the kicks you got on clearance are pleasing to the eye…but torturous to the feet. These hunks of sustainable cork provide shock absorption, relieve pain, and ensure you can walk 500 miles via a maximum stability heel cup.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love my Fultons. I have been wearing insoles and custom orthotics for many years. The Fulton insole is comfortable, provides the perfect amount of support, and is at the right price point. I am a total convert!” —Mina

Get them from Fulton for $48 (available in sizes 5–14).


20.

A spruce steamer that goes hand-in-hand with the beloved Our Place pan: this vacuum seals steam and delivers on its promise of crisp, beautifully cooked stuff every single time. Never again will you have to chomp into a mushy piece of broccoli.


Our Place

Psst, this comes with a set of bamboo cooking chopsticks and 15 paper liners.

Get it from Our Place for $30.

And in case it’s not obvious, we’re obsessed with the pan — check out this Our Place Always Pan review if you don’t believe me.

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Extra absorbent dual-sided wipes because the place doling out “clean” laundry should…probably be clean itself. These are capable of removing a ton of built-up detergent scum and various gunk, aka you’ll be able to keep your expensive washing machine in tip-top shape by regularly giving rubber seals, detergent pockets, and drums a monthly swipe.


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Promising review: “I could not believe the gunk I found within the rubber seal of my otherwise clean front-load washer. After using the wipe I used a heavy rag to completely wipe all the gunk out. I will be using these regularly now, probably monthly. Plus, they leave a nice fresh fragrance.” —Pellizzer

Get a set of 24 wipes from Amazon for $4.98.


22.

A lush double-sided shaggy faux-fur duvet set I am adding to my cart in the name of back to school shopping. Am I going back to school? No. But we are entering fall, ergo I plan on treating myself to cozy accessories to enhance allll my impending Halloween movie marathons.


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One side is faux-fur and the other side is plush velvet; the twin set comes with one pom-pom fringed pillow sham, and other size sets include two.

Promising review: “If my house caught on fire, this is the first thing I’d grab. But seriously, this is one of my favorite things in my whole house. I feel like it tied my entire room together. I get so many compliments on it and it seriously so cozy and well made. My only complaint would be how hard thing thing makes it to get out of bed in the mornings. It’s incredibly soft and isn’t the type of ‘fur’ that will mat and get gross-looking over time. I rely heavily on reviews when I buy things so I’m here to tell you — if you’re on the fence about buying this … do it!! Also, the pillowcases are amazing also. Super soft and the pom-pom fringe is adorable.” —SK

Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in sizes Twin–King and three colors).

23.

A seamless set featuring a ribbed knit material best described as divine. Reviewers swear that the high-waisted leggings are squat-proof but “don’t feel suffocating,” which I’m pretty sure is allllll the proof we need that sorcery exists.


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Promising review: “This outfit fits so well but doesn’t feel suffocating. The pants at first looked too small but once I put them on they stretched out easily and the material is thick enough for it not to be see-through or show panty lines. The top is cozy to wear, supportive, and va-va voom if you wear it as a top on its own. It covers the back well too. I plan on ordering more colors.” —Jenny

Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in seven colors).


24.

A leaf-shaped trinket dish for various knick-knacks: coins, earrings, important receipts, keys. Here’s hoping you’ll be able to leave the house on time due to actually knowing where you left your car keys last night.


Amazon

Promising review: “Very cute! I bought it for a friend for her birthday and she loved it. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and nice to the touch, but definitely will break if you drop it, so keep it in a safe area. It’s the perfect size to display your special jewelry. It’s very nicely made, and is perfect for someone who loves that natural aesthetic.” —Lisa

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

25.

A zip-top shoulder bag because the masses rave about the importance of an LBD, but you know what’s more important than a dress? An oversized black work tote — and this one is perfection thanks to grained leather, ample pockets, and a spacious design.


Radley London

Get it from Radley London for $195 (originally $228, available in four colors). 

26.

A vintage-inspired ottoman that can be used as storage, seating, *and* an adorable coffee table. But functionality aside… it’s the Pinterest-worthy aesthetics for me.


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Another bonus? If you flip the lid over, it has a wooden base, so you can *also* use this as a teensy snack table. I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it’s pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I’ll use it as a tray. It’s also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than ten minutes, and probably didn’t even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I’m tempted to buy another!).

Promising review: “I was using a small foldable step stool in my bedroom to reach the top shelves of my wardrobe. But you know, those things aren’t pretty. It wasn’t be bringing me joy, just begrudging utility. This ottoman brings me joy. It’s pretty, it’s lightweight so I can move it easily to use it as a step stool, and the storage capacity is perfect for things like my nightly moisturizers, my kindle and journals, and other little miscellaneous things.” —Monica N.

Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in nine colors).


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A breakfast sandwich maker one reviewer described as the “single best appliance they own.” This must-have kitchen gadget fixes breakfast (and lunch and dinner) sandwiches in five minutes or less, creating the BEC of their dreams.


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Promising review: “Single best appliance I own. My boyfriend sent me this sort of as a joke; we both thought it was both ridiculous and brilliant to have a McMuffin maker in your house. And then I tried cooking with it for the first time. Holy crap, it’s AMAZING. I ended up using frozen waffles for the bread; you have to trim them just a tad, but they are the perfect amount of crispy. I love experimenting with this, and have built some truly amazing sandwiches. Waffles, eggs, avocado, Swiss, and ham. Waffles, egg, corn salsa, jack cheese. If you can fit it into the rounds, you can make a sandwich with it. The panel under the egg slides out easily and cleanly when the egg is cooked (I find four minutes is perfect for cooked eggs with runny yolks), and the whole middle section can simply be tossed in the dishwasher.” —Elizabeth Joy Weaver

Get it from Amazon for $23.47+ (available in five colors).


28.

A Filtrete air purifier that removes dander, mold, dust, and pollen which means *takes deep breath* they’ll be breathing in sans the air gunk that worsens their seasonal allergies.


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Promising review: “I got this due to seasonal allergies and asthma. This has been a lifesaver and works great! I love that I can turn off the light at night since I use it in my bedroom and the noise level is fine as it becomes white noise in the background.” —MFrink

Get it from Amazon for $91.31.

29.

A S’well water bottle that is, quite frankly, much prettier than it has any right to be. This baby is triple-layered with a vacuum-insulated design to keep beverages ice cold for 48 hours and piping hot for up to 24.


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Get it from S’well for $25 (available in three sizes and multiple colors).

30.

A Luv Scrub mesh body exfoliator that stretches up to 50 inches, aka back scrubs will no longer require contortionist-worthy flexibility. Skin smoother than any baby’s rear end is yours for the taking with this pink shower must-have.


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Luv Scrub is a Black woman-owned business founded by Caroline Owusu-Ansah, who is introducing people to West African methods of mesh exfoliation one customer at a time. This product is so popular it’s often sold out, so go go go!

“I’m so obsessed with this exfoliator that I’m just choosing to forget all the years I lived without it. First of all, it suds up my body wash like nobody’s business — I probably have to use about a quarter as much of it now to get really sudsy good coverage. It’s flexible and extendable, which makes it ridiculously easy to reach places all over my body, in particular my shoulders and back. You can bunch it up to your preferred thickness if you want more of a light exfoliation or a deeper one in different places of your body. As someone who has had bumpy and rough skin on my arms, I noticed a MASSIVE difference in the smoothness of my skin from the very first use. I also just love the pop! of pink in my shower, it makes me happy to look at it.” —Emma Lord

Get it from Luv Scrub for $18 and shop all of their colors here.


31.

A pack of laundry soap sheets for your next trip because have you packed 13 maxi dresses? Yes. But have you packed an ample amount of basics (white tees, underwear, etcetera)? Absolutely not. Simply grab a sheet, turn on the faucet, and hand-wash away.


Amazon

Promising review: “This came SO in handy during my vacation to Europe! I was making lots of different stops to places with different types of weather. With these laundry soap sheets I was able to wash my clothes in the sink — letting me pack just the right amount of clothes for all the different places I went.” —Katie Fujarski

Get it from Amazon for $7.19 (available in four other styles, including hand soap and shampoo).

32.

A velvet arm sofa that checks off the box of “regal style” and “functional because I don’t have a spare bedroom”. That’s right, folks! This converts into a sleeper so that your guests can snooze comfortably.


Wayfair

Get it from Wayfair for $449 (available in 10 colors). 

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

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