sunday circular

12 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From Bras to Bumblebee Ice Packs

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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including the “G.O.A.T” of men’s sweatshirts, a cheeky card for couples in quarantine, and an actually sexy bra that doesn’t skimp on support.

A cheeky card for couples in quarantine

Since you can’t just pop into the drugstore this year to find a thoughtful card to match your well-curated gift, we found all the best tasteful, punny, and slightly suggestive Valentine’s Day cards that you can buy on Amazon — and most with two-day shipping — fit for kids, friends, partners, and more. We think the card above, for instance, would be particularly apt for the couples who may have gotten a little too comfortable while in quarantine. “If your relationship survived the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, and then nine more months of self-isolation,” we write, “this card’s for you.”

… and a clean-smelling candle to go with it

Even if your own skin-care routine is just washing your face in the shower, you can find a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift for the skincare or makeup obsessive in your life — with help from our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton, who curated a list of Valentine’s Day–appropriate beauty gifts. One surefire gift is this Overose candle that has notes of “‘rain’ and ‘roses,’ which make for a beautiful, fresh, floral scent that’s perfect for any season or time of day,” Rio writes. “This candle really fills a room, which is why I find myself buying it as a gift for friends and family again and again. Plus, the packaging is adorable and very Valentine’s Day appropriate.”

The best budget-friendly USB microphone for streaming

“If you’re starting to feel as though everyone is streaming during the pandemic, that’s because they are,” writer Jordan Bowman pointed out last week. If you are one of the millions of people who spent 1.6 billion hours on Twitch in 2020 and want to start streaming yourself, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or even Ninja, the Blue Yeti USB microphone is a good place to start your streaming setup. This not-too-expensive option came recommended by two streamers, one of whom — BrickinNick, who has a family-friendly crafting channel that focuses on creative LEGO builds — told us that it’s so good, “Only now, after nearly five years of streaming, am I looking into a high-end microphone.” This Blue Yeti has gain control, a mute button, headphone output, and a convenient headphone volume knob if you need to adjust things on the fly.

An actually sexy (and supportive) bra for big busts

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“For much of my life, $100 was an average amount of money for me to spend on a bra. I’m a size HH, like my initials, and I learned very quickly growing up that if I wanted to find the right fit for my bust — one that allowed me to stand taller and my clothes to drape better — I was going to have to pay for it,” writes Strategist contributor Hannah Howard. That is — until she found this Panache Clara Bra while on a trip to the U.K. The bra is made of “stretchy lace that molded to my breasts and had inner side-support slings that noticeably perked me up,” she writes, and despite the feminine details, “appears perfectly smooth” under clothing. “It would go on to become my favorite bra of all time,” Howard says.

The ice pack Este Haim uses to manage her dia-bee-ties

Musician Este Haim was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000, and she told us about the all of “things that have helped me stay on track for the past few years and make life easier as a touring musician and a diabetic of 20 years.” That includes this vibrating ice pack, which Haim called a “lifesaver” when taking shots every day: “I’ve heard it’s great for kids, too. It’s painful taking multiple shots a day, especially