I love putting together these random as ever round ups of my favorite things I bought each year! From heating pads to rings to salt shakers… a few favorites that made my life easier, cozier or, well, just prettier (ha!) during a turbulent 2021!
Truth be told, those one-of-a-kind doors for the new house are truly my favorite thing I bought in 2021 so had to include that pic up there but the rest are a bit more practical…
Heating Pad: Are you sick of hearing me talk about this heating pad? It is truly the best thing Jeff has ever bought me. Look at me peacefully passed out mid-manicure with it (it has an auto-shut off safety feature FYI!), ha! I use it every day. I love that I can use it on my stomach or wrap it around my neck/back. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
Bippy Toilet Paper: This is just one of those things that made life easier, and it was a step in the right direction, sustainably speaking. First, it’s a subscription service so you never have to think about it, it just shows up. And it’s made out of bamboo which creates more oxygen, uses more carbon and doesn’t have to be replanted. It’s also 100% biodegradable.
Disclaimer: I know a bidet is an even more eco-friendly option but I just can’t get on board. I tried and I just can’t.
Emerald Ring: I bought this ring for myself as a reward for getting through two surgeries in the last year+ and a reminder of how resilient I am. And I just love it. I love it SO MUCH. It’s beautiful, it felt empowering, and it wasn’t too outrageous cost-wise either.
Elfa System: I know Elfa Systems are expensive and there are other options but after having a few, I truly LOVE the the Elfa system. We added one to Arlo’s closet and one to our hall closet and I love that you only have to drill one thing into your wall and everything hangs on that. I love that I can change things around and swap things out. That it’s simple and efficient and completely customizable. 10/10 recommend.
A few friends and I all co-signed that if it’s a possibility within your budget it is 100% worth the extra money.
Tissue Box Covers: This is just one of those little things that made me SO happy as my grandma self, tissue box covers! I always hate the eyesore that are tissue boxes and these covers are simple, well made and come in a bunch of muted colors.
Remedium Candle in Sweet Tobacco: Jeff bought this candle this year and we loved it so much, he got it on subscription so we get a new one each month. We love the smell and I love that it has a wood wick, it makes you feel like you have a fireplace on without having to pay the $10k it would cost to get your fireplace to work… or is that just us? Haha!
Mask Chain: How did I go a whole year without a mask chain? It’s so much easier when you need to take your mask on/off. Just hangs there around your neck! I know, DUH. But for some reason, this didn’t dawn on me until 2021.
Ornament Storage Boxes & Ornament/Figuring Storage Boxes: Not to be dramatic, but these are life changing. We’ve always had the plastic storage tubs with ornament dividers but the issue was, you couldn’t get to the ornaments at the bottom without taking them ALL out individually.
These however, have removable trays! And they have a smaller footprint so we were able to store the same amount of ornaments in way less space. I got this one which has trays with deeper sections (Tip: I fold the cardboard divider on a few so that I can open up a longer space for taller/bigger ornaments) and this one which has a combination or shallow and deep ornament storage, plus additional storage on the sides where I used for our garlands and tree topper.
I also bought this one to store some bottle brush trees in!
Salt & Pepper Grinders: I’ve made it a point to slowly start collecting beautiful versions of practical things. They’ll last longer and in the case of the salt and pepper grinders, they allow me to buy in bulk and refill instead of constantly tossing the cheap plastic ones from the store! I love the set we got!
Any favorite buys of yours in 2021? Would love to hear them!