If you’ve ever experienced total retail nirvana — a purchase that delivers on absolutely everything you hoped for — you know that shopping is a love language all its own.
Whether you want to show appreciation for your boo, a friend, or your No. 1 ride-or-die (yourself!), the right gift makes all the difference. For a little inspiration, our editors shared the purchases that made them truly fall in love — and that they hope you’ll love too!
See that stamp up there? That’s the new Greatist seal of approval. Only the best of the best finds that get top marks from our vetting team, are beloved by our editors and by readers like you, and deliver on value in every way can earn this seal. Look for it on our product content!
- $ = under $50
- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = $101–$200
- $$$$ = over $200
It’s the little things that can totally transform a day. Turn your morning cup into a dreamy, barista-approved treat without the whole coffee-shop setup.
Much like a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, a Le Creuset Dutch oven is a registry staple for a reason. It’s as much a showstopping centerpiece as it is a functional piece of cookware (It sautés! It roasts! It’s oven- and dishwasher-safe!), and it’s durable enough to become an heirloom.
Even though the price tag for the standard 5 1/2-quart size is enough to make our eyes pop out of our heads, our editors agree it’s worth every penny.
These bracelets are a sweet, do-gooder way to show someone you care. They’re made from sustainably harvested cork tree bark, and a percentage of every purchase supports an environmentally friendly charity.
Each bracelet also comes with a fillable capsule to hold something meaningful — think sand from a trip or ocean water from a first date. Buy them in a set so you can both feel the love.
Turn a romantic evening up a notch with this Bond-worthy mixology set. It comes with a leakproof cocktail shaker, a stylish wood stand, vintage cocktail recipe cards, and all the tools you need to make the best dranks ever.
These pajamas are silky, satiny heaven on skin. Also, they’re ideal for a lazy day watching movies — and they’re a serious upgrade from sweats. Trust us, you’ll want multiple sets.
Whether your idea of self-care involves a soothing Vinyasa flow or an amped-up HIIT workout, this mat can handle it.
The environmentally friendly and sustainably produced rubber is super sticky (ideal for clammy-handed yogis), and the extra length and width give you plenty of room to stretch out.
Cozy up with a beverage, a blanket, and this cult-favorite planner/journal to enjoy some serious productivity benefits. Each planner has room for journaling, goal-setting prompts, and all the good stuff you need to stay on top of your day, week, month, and year.
Bring the gorgeous vibes of Paris (pronounced “paree” for extra flair) home with a Lampe Berger. These crafty air purifiers were invented in the late 1800s to clean the air in hospitals. After a chic redesign, they were outfitted to cleanly burn perfumes.
The result? A vintage piece of decor that removes odors without clogging the air with heavy scents.
If you’re still using disposable lighters, please stop. This rechargeable model uses electricity to light candles, gas stoves, sparklers, or whatever else you’ve got that needs a flame.
Puzzles quickly became one of our favorite lockdown activities this year. Now pet parents can immortalize their furbabies with a custom puzzle featuring their pet’s face.
If you’re always requesting back rubs from your partner (and vice versa), do yourselves a favor and snag this kneading massage pillow.
We really miss the days of hitting up the spa for a scrub. Enter this superaffordable Korean scrubbing mitt, which should be a part of every at-home spa day routine. The mitt works wonders to scrub away all that dry, dead skin — plus, it feels straight amazing.
This piece of equipment is beloved by multiple editors on our team. It comes with all the features of a fantastic stationary bike — weights, smooth magnetic resistance, water bottle holders, and Bluetooth to connect your devices — for half the price of a Peloton. If you can’t go to the gym, this bike will be your new BFF.
Looking to spice things up without scrolling through mediocre porn sites? This female-founded app delivers erotic audio stories you can stream from your phone. The quality of the writing is editor-approved — no creepy plotlines here. It’s a great way to enjoy a solo night in or turn up the heat with a partner.
This silicone-free treatment repairs damage, strengthens locks, and is a wonder on bleached hair.
We’re just starting to unpack the effectiveness of Chinese herbs in the United States, but one editor swears by a Gan Mao Ling supplement as their go-to cold remedy.
Does it really work? We’re not totally sure, but if you reach for vitamins as your first line of defense against a cold, here’s one you might want to try (or give as part of a care package). Just check with your doctor first!
Price: $–$$, depending on your subscription
Everything about this app is a soothing experience, and there really is something for everyone — from guided meditations to mood journals to sleep stories to soundscapes (one editor listens to the Thunderstorm Soundscape every night). If you’re feeling the stress of life, this is your ticket to total, well, calm.
Trust us when we say you’ll live in these. Plus, pockets. It really doesn’t get much better.
Lockdown was a great time for hair product experimentation, and we fell head over heels for these eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars.
Ethique checks all the boxes — sustainable, vegan, and natural ingredients — and the bars really work wonders on hair. The best part? The bars easily last up to twice as long as bottled hair products. Save the planet, your wallet, and your hair with this no-brainer purchase.
One major perk of working from home is wearing only the coziest clothes at your desk — especially sweaters that are basically blankets with sleeves, like this one. Bonus: This supersoft cardigan is made with recycled materials and it has pockets!
This is an investment blanket, but oh, is it worth it. Snuggling up under this gorgeous, fluffy masterpiece melts away any lingering stress. This is our top-choice blanket for book reading and movie watching.
If traditional straighteners make your hair look flat rather than sleek, this item’s for you. The brand claims that its IRED technology heats hair faster, which preserves moisture and reduces damage. TBD if that’s true, but editors who tested this beauty can confirm it works like a charm without leaving hair dry and brittle.
It takes a bit of practice to use, which we’ll admit is a little annoying, but the results are worth the effort (and the sticker price).
2020 was the year of the home gym, and we’re not out of the woods yet. If you love working out from home, these adjustable dumbbells are a must.
Each dumbbell adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds, making this a total space-saver that lets you customize your workouts without requiring a full dumbbell rack.
Duck boots and wet weather are like PB&J: a perfect match. Our editors love these boots because they’re warm, durable, stylish, and — the real kicker — require no tying of laces.
Meet the perfect headphones for all those at-home sweat sessions. These ’buds stay in place through any amount of running or jumping and are so comfortable that you might accidentally step into your post-workout shower while still wearing them (it’s happened to us — good thing they’re also water-resistant!).
For both physical and mental health reasons, many of us are spending more time on our yoga mats these days. If that’s you, too, these cushions are a small addition that can make those Low Lunges and Camel Poses more comfortable. Keep those knees saying “ahhhh” instead of “ouch!”
Pandemic hair, don’t care? OK, maybe you care a little — especially if you have virtual or IRL Valentine’s plans and your hair hasn’t been trimmed in months. This multitasking product is a quick and inexpensive way to give your locks some love.