12 perfect things to treat yourself to now that 2020 is over
Out with the old, in with the brand, spankin' new.
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2020 was a whirlwind of a year, to say the least, and we all deserve a little something special for making it through. Because retail shopping (of the online variety) is one of the things we have to keep ourselves sane during these bizarre and uncertain months, it’s time to take a look at our favorite items to gift yourself (or your loved ones) that are bound to start your year off on the right foot. There's something here for everyone, from the wildly popular Theragun to the culty Lululemon Align leggings.
1. A soothing massage gun
If it feels like you haven’t unclenched your jaw or relaxed your shoulders since the start of quarantine, you’re not alone. Leap into the New Year with improved range of motion, agility and sense of calm with this athlete- and personal trainer-approved percussive massage gun from Theragun. Offering up to 120 minutes of battery life, it provides a spa-quality deep tissue massage experience at the push of a button. Alternate between its four attachments to target each unique area of your body using its ergonomic handle and five speeds displayed on an OLED screen. Reviewers can’t live without this small-yet-mighty device: “This thing is life-changing. It's more powerful than I expected and the different attachment heads hit spots I didn't know I had.”
2. This teeth whitening kit with over 31,000 reviews
The New Year will undoubtedly bring new reasons to smile, and one of them should be your smile itself. Invest in yourself with non-slip and enamel-safe Crest 3D White Professional Effects teeth whitening strips that promise to remove up to 14 years of stains in just 30 minutes a day. For an on-demand beaming smile, use the included express treatment for one hour. Of its 31,000+ reviewers, many say results have lasted upwards of five years with very little—if any—tooth and gum sensitivity.
3. This air fryer for real adults
We've all somehow come to the agreement that no post-2020 kitchen is complete without an air fryer. Our experts tested dozens of air fryers and found the Philips XXL produced the crispiest, crunchiest and most delectable fries and chicken wings, even when it's reached its three-pound capacity. It's dishwasher safe, allows you to bake, grill, roast and more, and is particularly well-suited for large families and folks who like to meal prep for the week ahead.
4. These incredibly cozy Ugg slippers
It's no secret that Uggs are our collective go-to boots for their soft and warm fur. But given that we'll be spending the majority of this winter indoors, it's time to treat your feet to that same royal treatment in slipper form. Coming in 39 colors, The Fluff Yeah slides with over 14,000 reviews are easy to slip on—and they stay on thanks to an elastic strap. (We even dubbed them the TK.) The men's Tasman slipper is equally a hit since they travel well outdoors and feature the same external material as the Ugg classic boot.
- Get the UGG Women's Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper from Amazon for $99.95
- Get the UGG Men's Tasman Slipper from Amazon for $99.95
5. A grown-up bar cart
Gone are the days of spending too much money at a too-loud bar or club, but luckily, there’s an awesome alternative: turning your living room into the perfect hangout with a great bar cart. This transitional bar cart allows you to neatly keep all your favorite beverages and accessories like shakers and shot glasses on display for the ultimate at-home date night. It includes three built-in wine holders and locking caster wheels so your best bottles don’t roll away when you’re going from room to room. Its antique gold finish complements and enhances any type of décor, with reviewers noting how it looks and feels far more expensive than it actually is.
6. This eco-friendly collapsible coffee cup
Sure, thermoses are a great alternative to disposable take-out paper cups, but they take up quite a bit of space in your bag. Opt instead for the top-rated Stojo collapsible silicone travel cup that folds into a tiny two by four-inch circle. The Stojo cup comes in 21 colors and three sizes (eight, 12 and 16 ounces), so you’re bound to find the perfect cup (or two!) for your coffee-chugging lifestyle. Of its nearly 3,000 ratings, numerous five-star reviewers say it doesn’t leak and keeps beverages hot or cold for extended periods of time. Plus, one of our editors owns it and is obsessed.
7. These fan-favorite Lululemon leggings
Non-believers will tell you any old pair of generic brand leggings will do the trick in keeping you pretzel-flexible during your workouts and free of chafe. That’s because they haven’t tried the Align pant, which features a butter-soft Nulu fabric, a high-rise waist to promote light compression, and a hidden waistband pocket to store your belongings. Whether you’re lounging around the house, running errands, or looking to try an at-home yoga workout, the Align legging is an everyday essential that many of our editors can't stop buying.
8. This calming pillow spray
The scent of lavender won’t singlehandedly make you fall asleep mid-sentence, but it just might help you drift off faster—and enjoy a deeper sleep. Made with an award-winning blend of vetivert, wild camomile, and anxiety-busting lavender, a spritz (or six!) of this aromatic spray all over your pillow, comforter, PJs and wrists will be the natural relaxant your body needs. With over 8,600 ratings on Amazon and 7,000 fans on Sephora, folks who’ve used it say they can’t fall asleep without it: “The scent is amazing, by far my favorite sleepy spray ever. I received a sample and fell in love so I purchased the full size. Nothing like this beautiful scent to make you feel super relaxed.”
9. A new expert-approved plush mattress
When’s the last time you replaced your mattress? If you’re having a hard time remembering, you might be long overdue. Experts at the Sleep Foundation recommend swapping them out every six to eight years to alleviate the likes of joint pain and stress. Our experts tested dozens of mattresses and found the Leesa Hybrid to be the best upgrade option for its ability to support every type of sleeper. Its top two layers consist of plush foam, with tiny holes to promote breathability (looking at you, hot sleepers). Reviewers also love that there’s little motion transfer, so your sleeping partner’s fidgeting will never rock you awake. Thanks to its 100-night guarantee, the Hybrid is a no-brainer investment that’s sure to help you feel rested well into the next several years.
10. This comprehensive paint set with 14,000 reviews
Looking to add a pop of color into your life? Aren’t we all! This number-one best-selling paint set includes all you need to turn a blank canvas into a work of art, a ceramic piece of pottery into a giftable display item, or a wooden piece of furniture into an upcycled DIY project you can be proud to show off. Each of their brilliant paints are non-toxic, mixable, blendable, highly pigmented, and akin to professional-grade, according to reviewers. It also comes with three brushes—all you need to choose is your medium, and you’re good to go.
11. These stylish blue light-blocking glasses
The folks on your Zoom meeting might suddenly take you a lot more seriously once you’re rocking a pair of classic bookish frames, but most importantly, you’ll be doing your eyes a serious favor. Invest in a pair of Quay’s top-selling blue light glasses available in seven finishes. They’re designed to act as a barrier between your screen and your eyes, with fans claiming they can help reduce headaches and eye strain (yet to be proven, however, our experts say). Of the 2,100 reviewers, many say the glasses make them feel more put-together while boosting their work productivity. The best part? You can easily integrate your prescription (if you have one) by taking them to your optometrist.
12. A stylish yet durable pair of winter boots
Let’s face it: There’s not a whole lot to do outside besides walk around. And you’re more likely to take advantage of the great outdoors when your feet are protected from the elements. With these heavy-duty yet lightweight Docs, a faux-fur lining keeps your feet warm, while a distressed oil-finished upper and WinterGrip outsole protects them from water, grit and salt. Its lightly padded insole will help ward off blisters and promote ultimate comfort, which reviewers say makes them perfect for all-day wear. Wear them up to your lower calf or roll them down for a customized look. They're currently sold out at some retailers but you can still snag them at Zappos.
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