Here are some of our favorite quarantine "stress buys"

Being isolated at home has people stress-doing a lot of superfluous things. Stress-texting exes? Check (but please, stop.) Stress-baking sourdough bread? Sure. Stress-losing sleep? Absolutely. Stress-working out? Yes, things have gotten that dire. But one of the most common stress-induced activities brought on by the pandemic has been stress-shopping — for both essential and extraneous goods. According to the Mercury Press, online shopping has surged 25 percent across the United States. as residents stay home in compliance with social distancing suggestions from the CDC. Goods included in the uptick include everything from hand sanitizer to workout gear. Although making online purchases during a pandemic can feel irresponsible, E-commerce is also “an essential part of our economy,” as fashion critic Vanessa Friedman wrote for the New York Times. a bit of retail therapy is certainly a quick way to appease boredom — even if it’s only temporary. With that in mind, here are some of our team’s favorite quarantine stress buys, all of which sparked at least a little joy amid these difficult times. Tie-Dye Rainbow Set. “Please Wash Your Hands” Hoodie. Jars and Jars of Horman’s Best Pickles. Classic Tie-Dye graphic crocs. A24-branded tube socks. BirdRock home wood bed tray. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel pads. Black + Decker 12V Max Cordless Lithium Drill. Kiehl’s Face Fuel for Men Set. Loop’s Beauty “Variety Loop” . Everlane Luxe Cotton Jumpsuit. Animal Crossing: New Horizons