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

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

Including an adorable fruit fly trap, a three-wick candle in the shape of a cereal bowl, and *the* perfect red lipstick.

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1. A three-wick cereal bowl candle paying homage to your favorite midnight snack. This comes in seven scents inspired by the defining brands of your childhood, cc: Lucky Charms and Cocoa Pebbles.

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2. A set of nine flameless LED candles I strongly suggest you sprinkle throughout your abode to make it feel like a haunted Victorian home. Sans any ghosts, of course.


These nine candles are different sizes, made of real wax, and are remote controlled. They have four timers and brightness levels to choose from — including a flickering option! Each candle needs two AA batteries.

Promising review: “These are amazing! The real wax surrounding the bulb makes them look and feel pretty authentic — much classier than the plastic stuff I was seeing at the store. The remote works beautifully, and it’s nice that you can choose flicker or steady light. I think I’ll order another set to use during the winter holidays, too! Again, these are much nicer quality than any other electric candles I’ve seen, and the remote makes managing the lighting super easy.” —Amazon Customer

Get the set of nine from Amazon for $21.99 (also available in a set of 12).

3. Claw clips because it’s about time we bid adieu to the damaging hair ties of updo’s past and embrace the tool that TikTok has been telling me to buy for the last 13 months. These securely hold back your mane without tugging or pulling, meaning breakage and headaches = no longer an issue.

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Promising review: “My hair is thin, but I have a lot of it and it’s so hard to get it off my neck and have a secure hold for the day. These clips are perfect! I can gather all my hair in one clip and it holds all day. No damage and no scalp pain. Love the different colors.” —Liz B.

Get a pack of four clips from Amazon for $13.99 (available in six colors).

4. A customizable embosser to ensure your “friends” don’t “borrow” your beloved books with the intention of never giving them back. This is also a fantastic (and affordable) way to personalize save-the-dates and wedding invitations.


Promising review: “I got this for my boyfriend for his birthday. He’s a huge book nerd and in a PhD program as an aspiring professor. We are having so much fun embossing his growing library. This is something I never knew existed. For the price, it’s really great.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in five styles).

5. A batwing sweater complete with an asymmetrical hem you’ll want to pair with leggings, combat boots, and a trendy fedora for a look that says, “Why yes, this is something you have saved to a Pinterest board.”


Promising review: “I absolutely love this sweater! I wanted to be able to wear it with leggings, so I sized up to an XL and it’s perfect. It’s super soft and so comfortable.” —Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 23 colors).

6. A Terro apple trap because you left a single banana out for too long on your countertop and bam! Infestation. Constant swatting. Tears and aggravation. Thankfully, this gets rids of fruit flies in a jiffy, one trap lasts for up to 45 days, and best of all? It looks like an adorable piece of decor.


Promising review: “Cute little apple design and, more importantly, these work like a charm, ridding your home of nasty fruit flies. We seemed to get infested with fruit flies last fall because my kids will sometimes leave food and just do things that draw bugs — I was afraid we were a lost cause because we had so many fruit flies. I bought a few packs of these and put them around the house and it 100% cured the problem. I highly recommend! They do just pretty much smell like vinegar but it isn’t overpowering and you only notice if you’re really close.” —Jeremy Charles sitkoski

Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.88.

7. Magnetic lashes for folks who don’t have the steady hand required for applying globs of glue to their lash line. It’s an impossible feat made unnecessary thanks to *this* scientific set, which comes with a magnetic eyeliner that the included falsies will stick to.


You’ll get 12 pairs of lashes, four tubes of magnetic eyeliner, trimmers, tweezers, and a carrying case.

Promising review: “This is such a nice kit! I love that it comes with the tiny scissors for sizing the lashes, and the tweezers are not at all flimsy like with some other sets. The magnetic liner doesn’t go on runny and it dries rather quickly. Great selection of lash styles. A good buy!” —kirken86

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

8. A bottle of Drop It, a natural sulfate and tannin remover that you can ~drop~ in your Ikea wine glass to halt hangovers in just 20 seconds. Resume your nightly Monstober DCOM tradition with some red in hand, knowing you won’t wake up to a monster headache.

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Drop It recommends one to two drops for each glass of white wine, two to three for a glass of red, and seven to nine if you’re treating the whole bottle at once. Once it’s in the glass, swirl lightly for 20 seconds, and you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “I became really sensitive to wine in my 30s and through a lot of trial and painful error, I thought I might have to give up on wine altogether. Then I found out about the preservatives being a possible cause and decided to give this product a shot. So glad I did!! I’m still pretty sensitive to reds but this helps tremendously so that I can have a glass with dinner without a headache immediately settling in. Whites cause me no problem whatsoever! I love that it takes so little product to make a difference to a whole bottle. Just a few drops, a few minutes, and we are good to go.” —CastawayIrons

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

9. A scratch-free, odor-resistant Scrub Daddy sponge that adapts depending on water temp: run it under cold water for cleaning crud-ridden pans that once housed last weeks lasagna, *or* under warmer water so it can soften for lighter cleaning tasks.


Promising review: “I used to save these little gems for ‘special projects’ (what projects, I don’t know because I ended up not ever using them!). Then one day I decided ‘what the heck, just use one in the sink for dishes, you can always buy more.’ Lo and behold, I LOVE them! They remove food off of dishes more easily than a sponge and I just throw them in the top rack of the dishwasher and they come out spotless! They never smell and always rinse out nicely in between washings. These little gems even take off hard water build up from my shower doors! (I also use regular cleaners with them to do the trick.). I love these so much I bought a bunch and used them as stocking stuffers last Xmas! Everyone loves them!” —DivaGranny

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

10. A Travel Challenges deck containing 50 prompts to help you streamline your itinerary on your next adventure. This is also the perfect gift for the wanderlusty best friend who sends you potential trip itineraries on a weekly basis (they follow one too many travel bloggers).

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11. An essential-oils blend packed with soothing chamomile, sage, and lavender. Add a few drops to your diffuser (or dab it on your wrists and pillow) to help you quickly drift off to la-la land.


Promising review: “Bought this to help on days when I have bad insomnia due to anxiety, especially during this pandemic. Can’t say I like the scent of the oil alone right off the bat. It’s pretty strong so you only need a few drops in the humidifier. But the first night I used it I had the best sleep of my life! Was knocked out fast and woke up feeling super refreshed!! Definitely recommend this product. It lasts well, too, so it’s worth the price!” —Wendy

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

Psst — if you don’t have a diffuser, you can get a popular, well-reviewed essential-oil diffuser on Amazon for $14.99.

12. An off-shoulder blouse featuring a wrap waist and voluminous sleeves for THE party top of your dreams. Purchase this now with the mindset that you’ll be wearing it to every singly semi-fancy occasion henceforth.

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Promising review: “This blouse is definitely a statement maker. I love how voluminous the sleeves are, it really adds so much drama to any outfit. The material is definitely thicker than expected but it makes it feel more luxe!” —Jessica Moore

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in six colors).

13. A four-wick candle sure to give you a ~hand~ when it comes to upping your unique decor game. While you’ll probably never dare to actually burn this work of art, if you do…please notice the lone middle finger that will remain.

Uncommon Goods

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65

14. A generous 30-tub of I Dew Care sheet masks infused with aloe vera, cucumber, and hyaluronic acid for a heaping dose of moisture. It also combats redness *and* cuts back on the single-use plastic you’d have to toss if you bought each mask individually.

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This even comes with tweezers built right into the lid to lift up each individual mask!

Promising review: “Super cute and functional! I love how they have the tweezers clipped into the lid. For how many masks you’re getting, it’s a stellar deal.” —Christina Davis

Get it from Amazon for $25.26 (originally $29).

15. Magnetic bookmarks that put the boo in books, pun completely intended. Every novel you ever read (whether of the thick AP English variety or a romantic YA) will be made better by using the below — regardless of the season.

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16. A tube of Petal Bouche Matte Lipstick if you’ve been searching endlessly for the perfect red hue — this is it, poppets. This universal shade has a velvet finish that won’t dry out our pout, plus the thin applicator tip makes application easy as a summer breeze.

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Get it from Violette FR for $25.

17. A bottle of Dr Teal’s foaming bath because soothing sore muscles is as easy as one-two-bath. Candles and a glass of vino not required but highly encouraged for the ultimate form of self-care.


Promising review: “This is a very pleasant lavender aroma. It’s just the right potency so as not to be overwhelming as you’re soaking. The Epsom salts are just what I need after a long day. It really helps my low back pain and is very soothing for tired legs as well. This creates lots of wonderful suds and makes quite the luxurious bath. Even my husband uses it. We’ve been using Dr. Teal’s for many years — this is one of our favorites. We find that we both get a better night’s rest as it helps us to relax and unwind from the hectic day. Absolutely recommend!” —Yorkie Mama

Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

18. A Bed Head ceramic waver to give you the tousled beach mane you’ve been saving to your Pinterest board for ages, no sea salt spray necessary. Simply separate your hair into sections, clamp down for a few seconds, and you’ll be good to go — no twirling your strands around a large barrel necessary.

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This heats up to 400° Fahrenheit, has dual voltage, which means you can use it internationally, uses tourmaline ceramic technology for maximum shine and minimum frizz, and even has an auto-shutoff feature.

Promising review: “I am addicted to buying stuff on Amazon but this is by far THE BEST thing I’ve ever bought. I don’t have the patience to curl my hair with a regular curling iron and can’t even manage to make one curl with my flat iron even though my hair stylist has showed me how like 20 times. This was SO easy! This iron gives you beautiful, wavy, sexy, beachy hair. It also gets pretty hot so if your hair is hard to curl, this will probably do the trick. I wish I had found this years ago! It’s witchcraft.” —Bodhi Stewart

Get it from Amazon for $24 (originally $30).

19. A pair of classic Chelsea boots — they epitomize the phrase “wardrobe staple.” These babies go with any outfit, contain a five-layer memory foam insole for maximum comfort, and their grippy outsoles mean no slipping and sliding on pavement. Ever.


Promising review: These boots are beautiful! Really well made, beautiful leather, and so comfortable. I have narrow feet and ended up purchasing half a size smaller than my normal size.” —Anna 

Get them from Nisolo for $200 (available in sizes 5–11 and in six colors). 

20. A memory foam seat cushion with an ergonomic design and gel layer that prevents bad posture and provides ultimate support. If your tush tends to hurt after a mere three seconds of sitting, this will take your morning commute from “traffic is the bane of my existence” to “wow, that last hour breezed by.”

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Promising review: “I have been suffering from sciatica pain for a couple years now. In the last few months it has been so bad I had to stop ever sitting at work and, as a computer programmer, that can be hard at times. If I had to go to a day of meetings, I would be miserable for weeks afterward from the pain. Then I found this cushion. I bought it initially for a road trip thinking maybe it would save me from hurting too bad. I was surprised to find I didn’t hurt at all despite being in the car for over six hours. So I tried it at work and guess what? ZERO PAIN. I still really can’t believe just how good it works. Since getting this my sciatic pain is COMPLETELY GONE. That is no lie. Amazing. Recommend a million times over.” —Anna Peterson

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

21. An assortment of faux pumpkins to ensure that every crevice of your living quarters is seasonally appropriate. Bonus points are given to said faux pumpkins on account of the fact that they will never rot.


Promising review: “Great little pumpkins! Used them to decorate and add detail to my current fall decor. Nicely made as shown in the pics.” —Amabuyer 

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $14.99

22. A hardcover wallet inspired by your favorite classic novels spanning Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, Les Misérables, and more. And aesthetics aside, a vegan-leather interior and natural resin mean the quality is just as top notch as the literature that inspired it.

Novel Bookstore

Get it from Novel Bookstore for $34+.

23. A Hamilton Beach panini press because life is too 👏 damn 👏 short 👏 to be eating bland sandwiches. This instantly turns white bread and ham into a gourmet meal you’d pay $11 for at a grab-and-go cafe (full disclosure: I live in NYC and ’tis expensive, my friends).


Promising review: “You can’t beat this press for the money! Got it less than a week ago and family has already had cuban sandwiches, quesadillas, and lots of grilled cheese sandwiches. Heats up within a couple minutes, then takes about four minutes to grill the sandwich. Just wipe off to clean.” —jim

Get it from Amazon for $32.12.

24. A roll of tropical wallpaper because Pinterest has increased your home decor standards while your budget has remained (unfairly) stagnant. This affordable stick-and-peel has the uncanny ability to transform your ’70s bathroom into a modern oasis.

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Reviewers recommend washing your walls before applying the wallpaper to ensure that the adhesive stays put.

Promising review: “Absolutely love this wall paper! At a glance, it seems textured as if it is fabric. Very easy to stick on and peel off to reposition as necessary. It did not lose its adhesion in the process. Once it was on, it stuck in well. Our walls are kind of textured but they wasn’t a problem, it went on perfectly.” —bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $26.67+ (originally $49.99, available in two colors).

25. A matching set comprised of a midi dress and kimono, which means that those unreasonably warm brunch spots will no longer a problem. Simply take off the outer layer and bid adieu to sweating.


Get it from Boohoo for $20 (originally $50, available in sizes 12–24 and in five colors). 

26. A splurge-worthy Mirror of Erised wall cabinet inspired by the franchise you’re watching at this. very. moment. Pay subtle tribute to your Harry Potter devotion by way of this antiquey hunk of furniture, which functions as both a mirror *and* secret storage for the necklaces you’ve been haphazardly throwing in a box on your nightstand.

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If you haven’t already taken a look, the Harry Potter collection at Pottery Barn Teen is truly chef’s kiss. Bedding, velvet robes, accent lighting, Golden Snitch clocks, Hedwig bean bag chairs…the list is long and too good. 

Get it from Pottery Barn Teen for $469

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27. DHC Velvet Skin Coat ensures all-day stay and hydration via two superstar ingredients: organic olive oil (which provides antioxidant-rich hydration and protection against environmental stressors) and silica, the latter of which bids adieu to the excess oil that loves to claim your T-zone as its home.


Promising review: “I could go on and on about this magic face sauce, but instead I’m just gonna lead with the pictures from my random sweat test experiment and tell you what you’re seeing. I think it did a GREAT job of soaking up the oil on my nose and forehead, much better than any pressed or loose mattifying powders I use. The (picture on the right) is after I danced Lindy Hop, Shag, AND Balboa (all fairly rigorous dance lexicons in the swing dance family) for three hours in a hot crowded bar that had to be at least 90 degrees inside. According to my Fakebit, I did 20,000 steps that night so I REALLY put this stuff to the hardest test I could manufacture! It’s lasted for forever as well, so I definitely think it’s a good deal for the price. It’s small, but you don’t need a lot!” —Queenofthehouse

Get it from Amazon for $20.97.

28. A W&P silicone tray because adulthood means splurging on the finer things in life, aka an ice maker you don’t have to slam on the countertop whenever your iced tea turns lukewarm. Each cube pops out easily — no more ice flinging itself to the ground with every twist and crack.


Promising review: “I’ve had many silicone-based ice trays looking for the perfect cocktail ice cube. Done. This is by FAR the best due to it’s thoughtful cover and EXTREMELY easy to remove cubes. It’s awesome when a company produces a product that really dials in on its function.” —Kevin K.

Get it from Amazon for $11.67+ (available in four colors). 

29. A faux-leather bucket bag worthy of some serious drool. This roomy purse has ample space for all of your necessities — laptop, workout clothes, you name it! — but looks *way* better than the old gym duffel you’ve been using for 84 years.

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Promising review: “I’ve had this purse for a couple months now and it has held up really well! I’ve gotten tons of compliments, and I really enjoy all the pockets and storage. You can’t go wrong for the price, and it really hasn’t shown any wear or tear whatsoever.” —Whitney V.

Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in 10 colors and two sizes).

30. A compression foot sleeve reviewers swear helps with chronic heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Simply slip this on under your socks and voilà! You’ll be able to walk 500 miles (and maybe even 500 more) sans discomfort.


Promising review: “I have had nerve (mostly tingling but also minutes and aching) foot pain for approximately 12 years, and I’m still in my 30s. 🙁 Nothing has helped significantly and consistently, until I tried these socks! I typically wear a 9.5 to a 10 in shoes, depending on brand. I ordered the medium size of these socks, and they are a perfect fit for my foot. I’ve tried a number of things before — physical therapy, cheap insoles, more pricey insoles, really expensive custom-made orthotic insoles. Nothing else has given me as much pain relief as these socks have! My pain has not disappeared completely; however, it was typically a 9 every day before and now it’s a 2!!! Very significant improvement in quality of life for me!” —CobbleCreekWoods

Get a pair from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four sizes and nine colors).

31. A backless bodysuit that is the fashion equivalent of a mullet: simple in the front, extra droolworthy in the back. Let’s get a round of applause for clothing in which the pièce de résistance lies within fun straps that call for a photo op.


Promising review: “Sooo cute! It fits great and I don’t have to wear a bra even tho I have DDs. It’s supportive enough to feel comfortable without a bra and the back is super sexy. It’s very soft fabric as well so it is easy to wear all day with no discomfort.” —Tiffany

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 27 colors).

32. A fidget toy referred to by one reviewer as “bubble wrap that never pops.” This soothing toy is great for kiddos who get easily overwhelmed *and* is equally great for stressed adults.


Promising review: “Our son LOVED these! I like to think of them as ‘bubble wrap that never pops’! We just got them in today and he hasn’t stopped playing with them yet! Great product and your kids will thank you” —Savannah 

Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.99

33. A Java Sok, a cup insulator because the seasons don’t change your caffeine preferences — all iced, all the time. This little gadget means your hands won’t have to brave freezing temps with every sip of that PSL.

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Promising review: “I cannot say enough positive things about the Java Sok. As a regular iced coffee drinker (Starbucks on the daily), this thing is truly awesome! I use it in the car, office, home…everywhere! I will be purchasing the other sizes and will get a few as gifts for my office peeps. Added bonus…seems to keep my drink colder longer. Buy the Java Sok…you will not be disappointed!” —Lyndsey L

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in dozens of prints and three sizes).

34. 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.


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 set sizes 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).

35. A Carhartt beanie in which over 110,000 folks felt compelled to leave a *glowing* review due to how comfy, durable, and versatile this noggin accessory is. It basically goes hand in hand with your denim jacket and combat boots.

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Promising review: “This is the warmest, best hat ever. I’ve never really worn hats, living in California, but have had to go to Minnesota and other cold places recently for work, and it keeps my head SO WARM. It’s soft (I hate even the tiniest bit of scratchy feeling) and the purple sage color is muted and elegant and lovely. I don’t think I will ever buy another kind of hat again!” —Lia

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in one size and 28 styles).

36. A Loftie alarm clock that functions as a smart phone for your nightstand. Truly, this little gizmo does it all: It streams a.m. breathwork exercises and p.m. sleep playlists or white noise, it functions as a night-light with dimmable displays, and — surprise — it’s a better wake-up alternative to the iPhone on which you can hit snooze 10 too many times.


Get it from Verishop for $149 (available in two colors). 

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!


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

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