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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?).

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

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

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

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This accessory makes even cheapo office chairs feel ergonomic.

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


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

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

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

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The Raquel Welch of whitening toothpastes.

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

The wall ladder that turns empty space into another closet.

The hair conditioner that quenches very damaged strands.

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

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

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

Trtl pillow
Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

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

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

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

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The culty Japanese notebook that our Strategist editor fell for.

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

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

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This aromatic stress treatment is like Klonopin in scent form.

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

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

BedVoyage Bamboo Sheets
From $148

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