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What to Spend Your Tax Refund On

Some of our most popular items in recent memory.

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

Shiseido Facial Razor

The world’s best facial-hair remover.

Baby Foot

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

Crow Canyon Enamelware Serving Bowl

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

Zojirushi SM-KHE36AG Stainless Steel Mug

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

Easy Posture Lumbar Back Support
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Easy Posture Lumbar Back Support

This accessory makes even cheapo office chairs feel ergonomic.

Wamsutta Extra-Firm

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

Revlon ColorBurst Stain

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

Areaware Table Tiles

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

Kishu Charcoal Activated Filter

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

Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste
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Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste

The Raquel Welch of whitening toothpastes.

From $25-$50

Joya Home Prism Candle

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

Yamazaki Home Tower Leaning Ladder

The wall ladder that turns empty space into another closet.

Kenra Platinum Revive Treatment

The hair conditioner that quenches very damaged strands.

Teak Water-Resistant Bath Caddy

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

Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

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

Dr. Hauschka Almond Soothing Body Cream

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

Trtl pillow
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Trtl pillow

We went and found the best travel pillow for neck support.

Takenaka Double Bento Box

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

Commando Cotton Boy Shorts

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

Hobonichi Techo Notebook
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Hobonichi Techo Notebook

The culty Japanese notebook that our Strategist editor fell for.

From $50-$100

Huggable Hangers

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

Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair

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

Esther Williams ’50s Pin-Up Swimsuit

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

Tata Harper All-Natural Aromatic Stress Treatment
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Tata Harper All-Natural Aromatic Stress Treatment

This aromatic stress treatment is like Klonopin in scent form.

Current/Elliott Jersey T-shirt

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

Birdy Side Table

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

From $100-$250

BedVoyage Bamboo Sheets

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

Bonavita BV1800SS

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

Egyptian Bedding 600-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Siberian Goose Down Comforter

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

Philips Sonicare Toothbrush
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Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

Pricey, surely, but this is the Tesla of electric toothbrushes.

Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Kenyatta Dopp Kit

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

PetCube Play

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

SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror
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SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror

This lighted magnifying vanity mirror acts like natural sunlight so you’ll actually end up wearing less makeup.

Over $250

Land of Nod High Frequency Rug

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

RIF6 Cube Pico Projector

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

Re/Done High Waist Jeans
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Re/Done High Waist Jeans

New York fashion director-at-large Amy Larocca found a version of Levi’s 501 that’s vintage-inspired and actually flattering.

Antler Tiber Case

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

Zojirushi Induction Pressure Stainless Steel Rice Cooker

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

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in Fuchsia
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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in Fuchsia

The absolutely worth-it blow dryer that Linda Wells considers a sexy, supersonic object of desire.

Miele Complete C2

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

Avenue Montaigne Wide-Leg Crop Pants
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Avenue Montaigne Wide-Leg Crop Pants

A pair of highly suspicious work pants that are flattering on nearly everyone.

Latitude Run Zack Midcentury Fabric Loveseat

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

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What to Spend Your Tax Refund On