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This Thing’s Incredible

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    The Homely But Effective Machine That Puts Me to Sleep Every NightIt produces lulling white noise with a design that hasn’t changed since 1962.
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    The Lotion Bar I’ve Gifted to Myself, My Mom, and My 88-Year-Old Grandmother“It’s similar to what I would imagine smearing a nice hunk of butter all over my body might feel like.”
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    This Take-Apart Toy Turns My Toddler Into a Would-Be Car MechanicIt’s just as fun putting it together as taking it apart.
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    These Skin-Penetrating Patches Tame My Hormonal Acne in Days (Not Weeks)If I wear one overnight, my under-the-skin cysts will typically disappear within a few days instead of a week or two.
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    This Indestructible Dog Bed Has Outlasted All Other Dog Beds I’ve OwnedIt has survived muddy paws, lake days, and even another pup’s accident.
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    These Gluten-Free Pizza Bites Are Magically DeliciousLike Totino’s, but better.
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    This Is the Only Blender the Owner of Sahadi’s Will Use to Make HummusAnd here’s the recipe you’ll need to make it, too.
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    The Bike Basket That Earned Me Respect From Highland Park’s Cyclist HordesFor something that seems intricate, it’s rather strong. I have put such heavy things as my 15-pound pup inside and the basket has held firm.
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    These French Rain Boots Are Cheaper (and Better-Looking) Than My Hunter WelliesI have trotted all over rainy Paris, in the muddy countryside, and along Norman seashores in mine.
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    I Ditched My AirPods for These Better-Fitting (and Longer-Lasting) $45 EarbudsAfter a year of using them, I am happy to report that they’ve outperformed my AirPods in almost every situation.
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    All My Co-workers Envy My Japanese Lunch BoxIt makes me want to bring my lunch every day.
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    I’m Dreading Winter Less Because of This (Raccoon-Themed) Board GameIt cherry-picks the best of my other favorite board games, Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan, but is more engaging and fun to look at.
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    This $40 Doodad Backs Up My Phone’s Photos Whenever I Charge ItThe device can also back up an iTunes Library and your contacts.
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    This Cleanser Annihilated My Maskne (and My Boyfriend’s) in Just a WeekIt still feels awkward to leave the house with the lower half of my face showing, but now I know anyone I catch staring isn’t looking at my zits.
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    These Breezy Boxers Keep Me Cool in 90-Degree Heat (In and Out of the House)A neighbor complimented me on them while on a walk. “They’re actually boxers,” I told her. She didn’t believe me until I showed her the waistband.
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    This Stretcher Makes Too-Tight Shoes Feel Broken In OvernightFinally, enough room to wiggle my toes.
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    No Brush Could Tame My Scraggly Mane Until NowIt rakes right through my wet, rat’s nest hair.
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    This (Powerful) Foldable Fan Stops My Face Sweat in Its TracksIn warm weather, it is an essential on par with my house keys and debit card.
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    I Can Sweat Buckets and This (Backpacker-Tested) Sunscreen Won’t RunIt comes from Sawyer, a brand beloved for its topical insect-repelling lotions that the Strategist has said let “skin breathe more easily.”
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    This Washable Fabric Paint Helps Me Turn Old Clothes Into New TreasuresIt’s technically acrylic paint but it goes on fabric like ink on paper.
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    This Gel Seat Cushion Lets Me Work From a Dining Chair for HoursIt’s like a thousand interlaced fingers massaging me — firm with just a bit of squish.
  22. painless shopping
    The 25 Best Plants to Buy From Amazon’s (Continuously Growing) SelectionEverything from bird-of-paradise to fiddle-leaf figs to calatheas and ZZs.
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    Writer Sarah Hoover Uses This Fanny Pack As a (Minimalist) Diaper Bag“It has just enough room for the baby things I needed on daily excursions in my son’s first year.”
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    These Plant-Based Patches Take the Edge Off Just As Well As Wine (or Pot)They have come to offer me the sense of ritual and relief you’d get from harder stuff, without any of that stuff’s negative side effects.
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    No Snack Satisfies Me Quite Like This Slurpable (Slightly Chewy) JellyThe screw-top pouches it comes in make me feel a bit like I’m eating high-end baby food.
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    I Have a New Favorite Pair of Earbuds, and for Once They’re Not AirPodsThe Sony XM4s are the Dikembe Mutombo of noise-canceling earbuds, blocking out sounds so efficiently I had a hard time hearing my own breathing.
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    I Have 24 Pairs of Loafers, and These Are the Only Ones I’ve Worn This YearInstead of having to answer the age-old question of style or substance, I feel like I hit the jackpot and got both.
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    Everyone in the Art-Dealing Zwirner Family Uses This Swiss ShampooMy father, David, passed the habit on to us kids. Recently, he got a new carton and told us he thought it would last him the rest of his life.
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    I’ve Been Zipping All Around Ithaca on This (Relatively) Cheap Folding E-bikeIt folds down to the size of a suitcase and costs well under $1,000.
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    This Spray-on Dish Soap Deep Cleans Like No Other I’ve TriedFrom bowls caked with oatmeal, to eggplant-parm-crusted pans, to pots sticky with mushroom risotto, each is as easy (and fast) to clean as the next.
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    This At-Home Surfboard Keeps Me Wave-Ready All Year Round“When I went surfing this spring, I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t as rusty as I expected to be after months out of the water.”
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    I Put Nutella on Everything—Until I Moved to Italy and Tasted Pistachio CreamMy favorite brand beats others I’ve eaten because it tastes of actual pistachios: It has roughly 20 percent more of the nuts in its spreads.
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    This Neck Fan Kept Me Cool in a 112-Degree Desert HeatwaveAnd it’s less than 20 bucks.
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    This $30(ish) Nap-esque Dress Is Fast Becoming My Summer UniformI’ve worn it to the park, a kids’ music class, dinner, and a happy hour with friends — where one ordered it on the spot after I told her the price.
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    This Billowy Wool Is the Only Thing That’s Ever Stopped My BlistersYou don’t need bandages, gel patches, moleskin, or even special socks. Just a little bit of New Zealand wool.
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    The Perfume Sasha Spielberg Wears for ‘Instant Validation’“Every person who has purchased the fragrance (sometimes minutes after smelling it on me) has fallen in love with it, too.”
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    This Bug Spray Smells So Good My Husband (Occasionally) Wears It As CologneIt’s citronella with lemongrass, vanilla, and a little bit of clove. And it works.
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    I Can Finally Camp Comfortably Thanks to This Sleeping Bag for Side SleepersNo more cold spots or zippers digging into my hips.
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    This $10 Doodad Instantly Makes Bug Bites (and Bee Stings) Less IrritatingI was skeptical, but after using it on three mosquito bites and a bee sting, I promise it’s true.
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    The Paddle Game a Squash Pro Plays Alone, With Kids, on Beaches, and in StreetsThat I, a former professional squash player, can compete with my kid is what makes it so delightful.
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    I Use This Inflatable Pillow at Camps, in Cars, on Planes, and Even on the CouchDeflated, it fits into my pocket and takes up about as much space as a deck of cards.
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    These Stylish $25 Wood Poster Rails Save Me Hundreds on Framed ArtThey’re basically framing for dummies.
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    These Marni-esque Sandals (From Sorel, of All Places) Are My New Everyday HeelsAt dinner the other night, the very stylish wife of a fancy doctor praised them. “Sorel,” I said. “Sorel?” she said.
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    These Expandable Tongs Let Me Steam Dim Sum the Way My Grandparents Used ToThey prevent burnt fingers and help keep a family tradition going.
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    The Instant De-Puffing Eye Cream I Use to Look Less TiredThe effects are immediate and subtle enough that my friends just think I got a really good night’s sleep.
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    The Never-Sag Underwear Katie Sturino Owns in (Almost) Every ColorYou know when your underwear starts to dip and you have to pull it up in the front? It’s a horrible feeling that I never have in this pair.
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    The Pink Salt That Makes Other Pink Salts Taste Like Table SaltMy mom’s nutritionist converted her, she (finally) converted me, and now it’s my turn to convert you.
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    I Make Sushi at Home With This (Fisherman-Recommended) Fillet KnifeIt’s the perfect size and shape for precisely sliced nigiri.
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    The Secret Ingredient to My Cocktails (and Breakfast) Is This Dehydrator“The taste of whatever spirit is poured, be it a $10 bourbon or $100 Scotch, is made better by just one dehydrated orange slice.”
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    This Tiny Polaroid Camera Rekindled My Love for Instant PhotographyThe Polaroid Go taps into that nostalgia pleasure center of the brain. You never truly know what to expect, which is part of the magic.
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