What to Spend Your Tax Refund On

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Congratulations, you’ve made it to Tax Day. If you’re like most Americans (who haven’t filed an extension), your tax refund should also be coming through shortly. While we’d advise you to put your windfall into a savings account, if you’re feeling like giving yourself just a little treat, there are just a few Strategist highlights you might want to consider. It’s a handy list whether you’re squirreling away all but $20 (Baby Foot was made for sandal season) or $250 (a pocket projector perhaps?).

Under $25

The world’s best facial-hair remover.

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Shiseido Facial Razor $9, Amazon

The best foot peel and exfoliator is actually called Baby Foot. [Editor’s note: We just bought some and it really, really works.].

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Baby Foot $25, Amazon

One of our favorite cheap but expensive-looking dining decor items.

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Crow Canyon Enamelware Serving Bowl From $16, Amazon

The Japanese water bottle that inexplicably kept a vodka-soda ice-cold at the beach.

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Zojirushi SM-KHE36AG Stainless Steel Mug $23, Amazon
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This accessory makes even cheapo office chairs feel ergonomic.

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Easy Posture Lumbar Back Support $19, Amazon

One of our absolute favorite pillows for side sleepers — and the cheapest too.

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Wamsutta Extra-Firm From $15, Bed Bath & Beyond

One of our writers has worn this tinted lip balm for three years running.

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Revlon ColorBurst Stain $6, Amazon

You can’t go wrong with these design-y coasters as a hostess gift.

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Areaware Table Tiles $23, Amazon

It’s a lump of coal that can actually replace your pricey Brita filter.

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Kishu Charcoal Activated Filter $17, Amazon
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The Raquel Welch of whitening toothpastes.

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Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste From $11, Amazon

From $25-$50

A nice-looking and -smelling Joya candle for the bedroom.

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Joya Home Prism Candle $28, Amazon

The wall ladder that turns empty space into another closet.

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Yamazaki Home Tower Leaning Ladder $50, Amazon

The hair conditioner that quenches very damaged strands.

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Kenra Platinum Revive Treatment $29, Amazon

All the good looks and function of a Danish secretary desk — for the tub.

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Teak Water-Resistant Bath Caddy $40, Bed Bath & Beyond

The Japanese pour-over that makes a way-better brew than the office Flavia machine.

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Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Brewer $39, Amazon

The almond-scented lotion that our beauty director can’t get enough of.

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Dr. Hauschka Almond Soothing Body Cream $36, Dermstore
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We went and found the best travel pillow for neck support.

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Trtl pillow From $30, Amazon

The adult lunchbox that all your co-workers will eye with envy.

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Takenaka Double Bento Box $24, Nordstrom

These are the invisible boy-shorts underwear that all the celebrities wear.

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Commando Cotton Boy Shorts $34, Amazon
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The culty Japanese notebook that our Strategist editor fell for.

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Hobonichi Techo Notebook $49, Amazon

From $50-$100

These velvet hangers from HSN star Joy Mangano let you double your closet space.

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Huggable Hangers $60, Target

The weird Norwegian(ish) kneeling chair that saves your back and posture.

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Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair $69, Amazon

There’s one retro-inspired swimsuit that can make any woman feel like Marilyn Monroe.

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Esther Williams ’50s Pin-Up Swimsuit $60, Amazon
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This aromatic stress treatment is like Klonopin in scent form.

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Tata Harper All-Natural Aromatic Stress Treatment $80, Amazon

A basic gray T-shirt that becomes almost inexplicably flattering once you put it on.

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Current/Elliott Jersey T-shirt $78, Barneys New York

Have you heard? Animal-footed side tables are a thing now. This one’s our favorite.

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Birdy Side Table $79, Urban Outfitters

From $100-$250

According to Anishka Clarke, co-owner of Ishka Designs, these bamboo sheets are baby-butt soft.

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BedVoyage Bamboo Sheets From $126, Amazon

Sara Conklin, the owner of Glasserie, thinks this coffee maker makes coffee as great as a Chemex.

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Bonavita BV1800SS $127, Amazon

This down comforter has almost all flawless five-star reviews on Amazon.

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Egyptian Bedding 600-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Siberian Goose Down Comforter $140, Amazon
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Pricey, surely, but this is the Tesla of electric toothbrushes.

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Philips Sonicare Toothbrush $166, Amazon

This may just be the most handsome dopp kit you’ll ever use.

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Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Kenyatta Dopp Kit $195, Need Supply

The easiest way to keep an eye on your cat or dog all day is with this little pet camera.

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PetCube Play $160, Amazon
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This lighted magnifying vanity mirror acts like natural sunlight so you’ll actually end up wearing less makeup.

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SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror $200, Amazon

Over $250

We’ve already told you that Land of Nod makes great adult furniture — this inexpensive rug is just one of those finds.

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Land of Nod High Frequency Rug $300, Spring

Some movies demand to be seen in widescreen — do them right with a pocket projector that’ll go with you anywhere.

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RIF6 Cube Pico Projector $250, Amazon
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New York fashion director-at-large Amy Larocca found a version of Levi’s 501 that’s vintage-inspired and actually flattering.

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Re/Done High Waist Jeans $280, Nordstrom

Our senior editor’s very favorite suitcase for durable wheels and super packability.

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Antler Tiber Case $279, Amazon

The idiotproof rice cooker that even has an “umami” setting.

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Zojirushi Induction Pressure Stainless Steel Rice Cooker $365, Amazon
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The absolutely worth-it blow dryer that Linda Wells considers a sexy, supersonic object of desire.

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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in Fuchsia $399, Neiman Marcus

This German-made, brightly colored vacuum cleaner will actually make you want to clean.

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Miele Complete C2 $400, Amazon
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A pair of highly suspicious work pants that are flattering on nearly everyone.

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Avenue Montaigne Wide-Leg Crop Pants $270, Neiman Marcus

Who says it’s impossible to find a good-looking and comfortable sofa for under $500?

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Latitude Run Zack Midcentury Fabric Loveseat $336, Wayfair

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What to Spend Your Tax Refund On