Worth-It Items We Don’t Regret Spending The BIG Bucks On

Cortne Bonilla
·15 min read

Shopping on the internet is the virtualized version of visiting a mega-mall IRL; there's a shit-ton of everything you don't need and none of that one thing you actually came for. Only instead of stores' sales associates breathing down our necks, we've got everything from targeted ads to clickbaity headlines and sponsored reviews pushing products on us — all of which makes deciding what's truly worth our coin quite complicated. Take your finger off the mouse and step away from the keyboard, because we're here to banish online buyer's remorse with items that are really. Worth. It.

As members of Refinery29's Shopping team, it's our mission to keep tabs on the good goods. And, since the best crowd-pleasing products come straight from the source, we tapped ourselves along with other R29 staffers for the pricier purchases we don't regret. The results? A wide-ranging list of everything from practical big-ticket items like bestselling mattresses and premium puffer jackets to more fanciful finds like fitness trampolines and luxe beauty gems. Join us ahead as we lay bare our most worth-it investment buys from this very weird year — personal anecdotes, rationalizations, and reflections all included.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h2>Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless Vacuum</h2><br>"So the splurge for basically the Rolls-Royce of vacuums was not a spur of the moment decision for me. I have been dreaming about this machine for years. (To be clear, I've never purchased a vacuum before because I thought there was no point unless I could purchase this one.) And as someone with a lot of allergies, this was also an investment in my health. The V11 makes cleaning so easy and enjoyable...I was literally using an old-fashioned broom before. I also love the handheld attachment so I can clean all of the popcorn crumbs out of the nooks and crannies of my couch." – <em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/kateispencer/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kate Spencer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kate Spencer</a>, Creative & Updates Editor</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.dyson.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dyson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dyson</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Dyson</strong> Dyson V11 Outsize cordless vacuum, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dyson.com%2Fvacuum-cleaners%2Fsticks%2Fdyson-v11-stick%2Fdyson-v11-outsize-nickel-red" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dyson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dyson</a>

Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless Vacuum


"So the splurge for basically the Rolls-Royce of vacuums was not a spur of the moment decision for me. I have been dreaming about this machine for years. (To be clear, I've never purchased a vacuum before because I thought there was no point unless I could purchase this one.) And as someone with a lot of allergies, this was also an investment in my health. The V11 makes cleaning so easy and enjoyable...I was literally using an old-fashioned broom before. I also love the handheld attachment so I can clean all of the popcorn crumbs out of the nooks and crannies of my couch." – Kate Spencer, Creative & Updates Editor

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Dyson Dyson V11 Outsize cordless vacuum, $, available at Dyson
<h2>JumpSport Fitness Trampoline</h2><br>"I use this 3-4 times a week to exercise. I previously went to a JumpStart studio in NYC with in-person classes but they have since shifted to a digital platform." – <em>Jimena Vargas Manager, Global Revenue Analytics</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.jumpsport.com/fitness-trampolines/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jumpsport" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jumpsport</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Jumpsport</strong> Jumpsport Fitness Trampoline, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2K0wzi8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jumpsport" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jumpsport</a>

JumpSport Fitness Trampoline


"I use this 3-4 times a week to exercise. I previously went to a JumpStart studio in NYC with in-person classes but they have since shifted to a digital platform." – Jimena Vargas Manager, Global Revenue Analytics

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Jumpsport Jumpsport Fitness Trampoline, $, available at Jumpsport
<h2>Girlfriend Collective Thyme Long Puffer</h2><br>"I was born and raised in sunny SoCal and just moved to the East coast where snowfall is not in the least bit newsworthy. So, I made it a priority to buy a legitimate water-repellent winter puffer and not just some lightweight teddy jacket from Urban (like I totally normally would). I'm so glad I did. I had no idea that technology advanced far enough to create jackets this warm. Even though I had to say RIP to my monthly spending budget in November, I'm still in love with it. (Btw, this thing is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles!)" – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/hocuspolkus/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alexandra Polk" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Alexandra Polk</em></a><em>, Associate Deals Writer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/3mZTbxK" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Girlfriend Collective" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Girlfriend Collective</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Girlfriend Collective</strong> Thyme Long Puffer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3lW5Ujy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Girlfriend Collective" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Girlfriend Collective</a>

Girlfriend Collective Thyme Long Puffer


"I was born and raised in sunny SoCal and just moved to the East coast where snowfall is not in the least bit newsworthy. So, I made it a priority to buy a legitimate water-repellent winter puffer and not just some lightweight teddy jacket from Urban (like I totally normally would). I'm so glad I did. I had no idea that technology advanced far enough to create jackets this warm. Even though I had to say RIP to my monthly spending budget in November, I'm still in love with it. (Btw, this thing is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles!)" – Alexandra Polk, Associate Deals Writer

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Girlfriend Collective Thyme Long Puffer, $, available at Girlfriend Collective
<h2>Lululemon The Reversible Mat</h2><br>"Up until the pandemic, I've never spent more than $30 on a yoga mat since it's not an item I get much use out of — I prefer hitting the gym or running outdoors, but as I gravitated to doing more at-home HIIT workouts, this mat has proven to be well worth it and has become an everyday staple in my life! Compared to the basic mats I've bought in the past, this one is well-cushioned so my knees don't hurt, has great grip, and the pattern on the mat provides extra zen whenever I roll it out." – <em>Michelle Lin, Senior Designer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/2IomIlE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lululemon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lululemon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>lululemon</strong> The Reversible Mat, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3mTt6R3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lululemon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lululemon</a>

Lululemon The Reversible Mat


"Up until the pandemic, I've never spent more than $30 on a yoga mat since it's not an item I get much use out of — I prefer hitting the gym or running outdoors, but as I gravitated to doing more at-home HIIT workouts, this mat has proven to be well worth it and has become an everyday staple in my life! Compared to the basic mats I've bought in the past, this one is well-cushioned so my knees don't hurt, has great grip, and the pattern on the mat provides extra zen whenever I roll it out." – Michelle Lin, Senior Designer

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lululemon The Reversible Mat, $, available at lululemon
<h2>Our Place Always Pan</h2><br>"If you were not one of the lucky few who scored this now-legendary pan on under-$100 super sale during Black Friday, then my condolences. But, even at a full-near-$150 price, this multi-purpose kitchen essential is still a majorly worth-IT buy. Why? Let me count the ways: it's very chic-looking (a pastel dream!) and crafted from non-toxic, partially-recycled materials that are ethically-sourced from female-owned factories (sustainability is IN); it replaces eight traditional pieces of cookware (fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest, oh my!); it's perfect for one-pot meals (I can make omelets, pasta dishes, and even steamed dumplings or veggies in this thing *mic drop*); it's incredibly non-stick and so, by the transitive property, also <em>incredibly</em> easy to clean (I'm talking slide-off-with-just-water-and-no-sponge easy). In short, it's f*cking magic and worth every penny — whether you're buying it for yourself or as a gift (I gave one to my mom for her birthday and she was absolutely jazzed). Take it from me and don't snooze on spending the extra quiche on an Always Pan [insert quip about getting repaid with a lifetime supply of homemade quiche here]."<em> – <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/author/elizabeth-buxton" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Elizabeth Buxton" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Elizabeth Buxton</a>, Market Editor</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/36YkiUx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Our Place" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Our Place</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Our Place</strong> Always Pan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffromourplace.com%2Fproducts%2Falways-essential-cooking-pan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Our Place" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Our Place</a>

Our Place Always Pan


"If you were not one of the lucky few who scored this now-legendary pan on under-$100 super sale during Black Friday, then my condolences. But, even at a full-near-$150 price, this multi-purpose kitchen essential is still a majorly worth-IT buy. Why? Let me count the ways: it's very chic-looking (a pastel dream!) and crafted from non-toxic, partially-recycled materials that are ethically-sourced from female-owned factories (sustainability is IN); it replaces eight traditional pieces of cookware (fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest, oh my!); it's perfect for one-pot meals (I can make omelets, pasta dishes, and even steamed dumplings or veggies in this thing *mic drop*); it's incredibly non-stick and so, by the transitive property, also incredibly easy to clean (I'm talking slide-off-with-just-water-and-no-sponge easy). In short, it's f*cking magic and worth every penny — whether you're buying it for yourself or as a gift (I gave one to my mom for her birthday and she was absolutely jazzed). Take it from me and don't snooze on spending the extra quiche on an Always Pan [insert quip about getting repaid with a lifetime supply of homemade quiche here]."Elizabeth Buxton, Market Editor

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Our Place Always Pan, $, available at Our Place
<h2>Fendi Brown Silk Headband/Turban</h2><br>"I used to get my hair relaxed, colored, deep conditioned, and cut every two months, but after COVID that all changed. Thing is, I still needed to be put-together on Zoom calls, but I have zero time, especially with a family, to even think about my hair. Showering is an accomplishment these days. I feel ready for the day, chic but relaxed when I wear it and it saves me a ton a time. I put on some lip balm and mascara and log on for the day. Also, it's a silk blend so it's soft, cozy, but breathable. I can wear it anywhere, including in bed when I accidentally fall asleep with my laptop." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/simonesoliver/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Simone Oliver" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Simone Oliver</em></a><em>, Global Editor In Chief</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.fendi.com/us/textile-accessories-woman" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fendi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fendi</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Fendi</strong> Fendi Brown Silk Headband/Turban, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fendi.com%2Fus%2Ftextile-accessories-woman%2Fff-band-fxt266a3opf0qe1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fendi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fendi</a>

Fendi Brown Silk Headband/Turban


"I used to get my hair relaxed, colored, deep conditioned, and cut every two months, but after COVID that all changed. Thing is, I still needed to be put-together on Zoom calls, but I have zero time, especially with a family, to even think about my hair. Showering is an accomplishment these days. I feel ready for the day, chic but relaxed when I wear it and it saves me a ton a time. I put on some lip balm and mascara and log on for the day. Also, it's a silk blend so it's soft, cozy, but breathable. I can wear it anywhere, including in bed when I accidentally fall asleep with my laptop." – Simone Oliver, Global Editor In Chief

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Fendi Fendi Brown Silk Headband/Turban, $, available at Fendi
<h2>Skims Cozy Knit Robe</h2><br>"I've never been a robe person — I don't think I've ever even owned one. But as the months get colder and I'm spending my days WFH until next summer, I decided it was time to get a good soft one. I fell into the trap of Kim K's Instagram ads for this cozy robe and ended up pulling the trigger on the light pink dusk color with the matching joggers the day they launched. As soon as I opened up the package, I knew I'd made the right choice. It's SO soft." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/lizzygulino/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lizzy Gulino" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Lizzy Gulino</em></a><em>, Health & Wellness Writer</em><br><br><em>Join the <strong><a href="https://skims.com/products/cozy-knit-robe-dusk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Skims" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Skims</a></strong></em> <strong><em><a href="https://skims.com/products/cozy-knit-robe-dusk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Waitlist" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Waitlist</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Skims</strong> Skims Cozy Knit Robe, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fskims.com%2Fproducts%2Fcozy-knit-robe-dusk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Skims" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Skims</a>

Skims Cozy Knit Robe


"I've never been a robe person — I don't think I've ever even owned one. But as the months get colder and I'm spending my days WFH until next summer, I decided it was time to get a good soft one. I fell into the trap of Kim K's Instagram ads for this cozy robe and ended up pulling the trigger on the light pink dusk color with the matching joggers the day they launched. As soon as I opened up the package, I knew I'd made the right choice. It's SO soft." – Lizzy Gulino, Health & Wellness Writer

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Skims Skims Cozy Knit Robe, $, available at Skims
<h2>Panasonic TH 49.5" TV</h2><br>"It has improved my home life, seeing as I'm inside all day I thought I might as well be comfy whilst I watch Netflix on a 50-inch screen with my new dog!" – <em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lu_bounsall/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lucinda" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lucinda</a>, Strategist</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.staples.com/Digital-Signage/cat_CL168890" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Staples" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Staples</a></strong> </em><br><br><strong>Panasonic</strong> Panasonic Television, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.staples.com%2Fpanasonic-th-49-5-monitor-for-digital-signage-th-50cq1u%2Fproduct_IM16VF954" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Staples" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Staples</a>

Panasonic TH 49.5" TV


"It has improved my home life, seeing as I'm inside all day I thought I might as well be comfy whilst I watch Netflix on a 50-inch screen with my new dog!" – Lucinda, Strategist

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Panasonic Panasonic Television, $, available at Staples
<h2>Molekule Air Mini+ Small Room Air Purifier</h2><br>"This expensive (for me, at least!) air purifier was absolutely worth it! In addition to COVID spiking, this product gets rid of large and small pollutants including pet dander which is so important now that I have a new puppy. " – <em>Samantha Baker, VP Partnership Management </em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3rnKFeC" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Molekule</strong> Molekule Air Mini+ Small Room Air Purifier, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Molekule-Purifier-Technology-Allergens-Pollutants/dp/B086DG1Y3M" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Molekule Air Mini+ Small Room Air Purifier


"This expensive (for me, at least!) air purifier was absolutely worth it! In addition to COVID spiking, this product gets rid of large and small pollutants including pet dander which is so important now that I have a new puppy. " – Samantha Baker, VP Partnership Management

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Molekule Molekule Air Mini+ Small Room Air Purifier, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Heavyweight Pangaia Recycled Cotton Hoodie</h2><br>"Best quality sweatshirt! First off, it has beautiful pockets. Secondly, this sweatshirt has been keeping me so warm and cozy while I WFH. The brand is also constantly coming out with unique colors that I keep eyeing and debating if I should spend even more money on another sweatshirt." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/bymichellecope/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Michelle Cope" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Michelle Cope</em></a><em>, Design Assistant</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://thepangaia.com/collections/women-hoodies" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pangaia" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pangaia</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Pangaia</strong> Heavyweight Recycled Cotton Hoodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fthepangaia.com%2Fcollections%2Fwomen-hoodies%2Fproducts%2Fheavyweight-recycled-cotton-hoodie-sand" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pangaia" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pangaia</a>

Heavyweight Pangaia Recycled Cotton Hoodie


"Best quality sweatshirt! First off, it has beautiful pockets. Secondly, this sweatshirt has been keeping me so warm and cozy while I WFH. The brand is also constantly coming out with unique colors that I keep eyeing and debating if I should spend even more money on another sweatshirt." – Michelle Cope, Design Assistant

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Pangaia Heavyweight Recycled Cotton Hoodie, $, available at Pangaia
<h2>Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm</h2><br>"My skin gets so dry in the winter. Especially my lips! This lip balm is worth every penny – no other chapstick, balm, or oil has come close. I apply it to my lips before bed and in the morning, and I even rub some in-between my hands when they're dry." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/gentle__onion/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mary Frances Knapp" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mary Frances Knapp</a>, Lifestyle & Wellness Writer<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/NUXE-R%C3%AAve-Miel-Ultra-Nourishing-Balm/dp/B004MZMEGC" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Nuxe</strong> Rêve de Miel Lip Balm, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/NUXE-R%C3%AAve-Miel-Ultra-Nourishing-Balm/dp/B004MZMEGC" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm


"My skin gets so dry in the winter. Especially my lips! This lip balm is worth every penny – no other chapstick, balm, or oil has come close. I apply it to my lips before bed and in the morning, and I even rub some in-between my hands when they're dry." – Mary Frances Knapp, Lifestyle & Wellness Writer

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Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Caraway Home Cookware Set</h2><br>"When I got divorced 10 years ago, my ex wanted two things: the pots and the good knife set. It wasn't a bitter split and I don't recall arguing over it — but still, the guy didn't even cook. Anyway, fast forward about a decade and I've been living on an accumulation of random cheap cookware. My current partner didn't have much in the way of quality kitchen goods to bring into the relationship either, so finally, after an unfortunate burnt stir-fry incident, I said enough, it's time to invest in something decent. $400 later and I am the proud owner of the prettiest and high-functioning cookware set I've ever had the pleasure of housing in my tiny kitchen. The eco-friendly, chemical-free ceramic-coated set of fry pan, sauté pan, saucepot, and dutch oven is exactly what I need — no more, no less. Potentially sticky sauces and East Asian vegetable concoctions now shimmy gracefully from pan to plate and the cleanup — a cinch. Stuff just slides off these pots. Plus it's got a magnetic storage system that keeps it all tucked away neatly. The sets come in five chic muted tones but I personally love the sage green. I've just gotten started on what I hope to be a nice long relationship with my Caraway cookware and can't wait to live happily ever after as I master homemade soups and one-pan cobblers." – <em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/marissrosenblum/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marissa Rosenblum" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Marissa Rosenblum</a>, Shopping Director</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/2VMYFjw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Caraway Home" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Caraway Home</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Caraway Home</strong> Cookware Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.carawayhome.com%2Fproducts%2Fcookware-sets%3Fvariant%3D30461189423186" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Caraway Home" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Caraway Home</a>

Caraway Home Cookware Set


"When I got divorced 10 years ago, my ex wanted two things: the pots and the good knife set. It wasn't a bitter split and I don't recall arguing over it — but still, the guy didn't even cook. Anyway, fast forward about a decade and I've been living on an accumulation of random cheap cookware. My current partner didn't have much in the way of quality kitchen goods to bring into the relationship either, so finally, after an unfortunate burnt stir-fry incident, I said enough, it's time to invest in something decent. $400 later and I am the proud owner of the prettiest and high-functioning cookware set I've ever had the pleasure of housing in my tiny kitchen. The eco-friendly, chemical-free ceramic-coated set of fry pan, sauté pan, saucepot, and dutch oven is exactly what I need — no more, no less. Potentially sticky sauces and East Asian vegetable concoctions now shimmy gracefully from pan to plate and the cleanup — a cinch. Stuff just slides off these pots. Plus it's got a magnetic storage system that keeps it all tucked away neatly. The sets come in five chic muted tones but I personally love the sage green. I've just gotten started on what I hope to be a nice long relationship with my Caraway cookware and can't wait to live happily ever after as I master homemade soups and one-pan cobblers." – Marissa Rosenblum, Shopping Director

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Caraway Home Cookware Set, $, available at Caraway Home
<h2>Industry Of All Nations Alpaca Cardigan</h2><br>"It's soft, warm, not too thick, excellent alpaca wool, and goes with basically everything I own. It's got a classic loose fit so you can wear it either over your pants or tucked in. Super cute with a colorful silk tank top, or simply with a long sleeve top. I love classic wardrobe items (i.e. a great fitting pair of blue jeans, a crisp white shirt, etc. ) that are made with high-quality materials because it means you'll be able to wear it for years to come. It's also perfect for these times when you need something that looks cute without being sweatpants. Well spent money IMO." – <em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/elsa_jenna/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Elsa Jenna" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Elsa Jenna</a>, Design Director</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://industryofallnations.com/collections/all" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Industry Of All Nations" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Industry Of All Nations</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Industry of All Nations</strong> Industry Of All Nations Alpaca Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Findustryofallnations.com%2Fcollections%2Fsweaters%2Fproducts%2Falpaca-cardigan-sweater" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Industry Of All Nations" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Industry Of All Nations</a>

Industry Of All Nations Alpaca Cardigan


"It's soft, warm, not too thick, excellent alpaca wool, and goes with basically everything I own. It's got a classic loose fit so you can wear it either over your pants or tucked in. Super cute with a colorful silk tank top, or simply with a long sleeve top. I love classic wardrobe items (i.e. a great fitting pair of blue jeans, a crisp white shirt, etc. ) that are made with high-quality materials because it means you'll be able to wear it for years to come. It's also perfect for these times when you need something that looks cute without being sweatpants. Well spent money IMO." – Elsa Jenna, Design Director

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Industry of All Nations Industry Of All Nations Alpaca Cardigan, $, available at Industry Of All Nations
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"I've always had a sedentary desk job that I'm sure is drastically shortening my lifespan, but without my morning walk to and from the subway as we transitioned to WFH life, my muscles decided to make their presence and lack of mobility KNOWN — specifically in the back, butt, and thigh region. I used to roll around on a tennis ball to hit my piriformis, that little bundle of muscle deep in your glutes that causes so many problems, but suddenly, tennis balls weren't cutting it. A coworker recommended buying a massage gun, and she knows I will hug her in immense gratitude for the suggestion when it's safe to touch again. The different heads work wonders on your back, traps (hunching over the computer like a caveman is basically my version of Rodin's The Thinker), glutes, thighs, you name it." – Lauren Le Vine, Entertainment Director

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<h2>Aesop Reverence Duet</h2><br>"Would I have spent this much money on myself previously? Yes. Would I have spent this much money on hand soap? Definitely not. We're at home more often than not, and the constant washing has made me DRY. This duo of <em>fancy-schmancy</em> Aesop products replenishes my hands, scrubs them properly (with finely milled pumice), and then moisturizing and softens with the balm. The scent is a woodsiness that is otherworldly — and I'm convinced it's money well spent on quality ingredients. Plus it's pleasing to look at on my bathroom shelf and I do care about the aesthetics." – <em><a href="https://instagram.com/cortnebonilla" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cortne Bonilla" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cortne Bonilla</a>, Lifestyle Writer </em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/3grz2OH" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Aesop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Aesop</a></strong> </em><br><br><strong>Aesop</strong> Reverence Duet, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aesop.com%2Fus%2Fp%2Fkits-travel%2Fhand-body%2Freverence-duet%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Aesop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Aesop</a>

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"Would I have spent this much money on myself previously? Yes. Would I have spent this much money on hand soap? Definitely not. We're at home more often than not, and the constant washing has made me DRY. This duo of fancy-schmancy Aesop products replenishes my hands, scrubs them properly (with finely milled pumice), and then moisturizing and softens with the balm. The scent is a woodsiness that is otherworldly — and I'm convinced it's money well spent on quality ingredients. Plus it's pleasing to look at on my bathroom shelf and I do care about the aesthetics." – Cortne Bonilla, Lifestyle Writer

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<h2>Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress</h2><br>"I often have trouble sleeping and also get back pain, so for me, there was no better investment than a high-quality mattress. I did my research and liked the idea of buying from a trusted brand with a good reputation, stellar reviews, and a 10-year warranty plan. After a week of sleeping on it, I know I made the right choice. My back hasn't been hurting and I have been sleeping so well, which translates to me having more energy for work and workouts during the day." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mkittyk/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Melissa Katz" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Melissa Katz</em></a><em>, Director Of SEO Content Strategy</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/2VRl7rO" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Casper" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Casper</a></strong></em> <strong><em>with</em></strong> <em><strong>Use code ZZZ50 at checkout to get up to $100</strong></em><br><br><strong>Casper</strong> Wave Hybrid Mattress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2JUsM5P" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Casper" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Casper</a>

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"I often have trouble sleeping and also get back pain, so for me, there was no better investment than a high-quality mattress. I did my research and liked the idea of buying from a trusted brand with a good reputation, stellar reviews, and a 10-year warranty plan. After a week of sleeping on it, I know I made the right choice. My back hasn't been hurting and I have been sleeping so well, which translates to me having more energy for work and workouts during the day." – Melissa Katz, Director Of SEO Content Strategy

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<h2>Brother Vellies Cloud Socks</h2><br>"While $35 may not seem like a lot, it's more than I typically spend on a single pair of socks. And yet, I would gladly buy a pair of Cloud Socks in every color, for every day of the week, after feeling the, yes, cloud-like material of Brother Vellies' style. As someone who works from home, socks have replaced shoes for me. With a soft feel and a perfectly textured ankle, it's the cozy staple that has become my WFH uniform." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/irinagrechko/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Irina Grechko" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Irina Grechko</em></a><em>, Fashion & Culture Senior Editor</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://brothervellies.com/collections/all" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brother Vellies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brother Vellies</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Brother Vellies</strong> Brother Vellies Cloud Socks, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3gp0nAR" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brother Vellies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brother Vellies</a>

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"While $35 may not seem like a lot, it's more than I typically spend on a single pair of socks. And yet, I would gladly buy a pair of Cloud Socks in every color, for every day of the week, after feeling the, yes, cloud-like material of Brother Vellies' style. As someone who works from home, socks have replaced shoes for me. With a soft feel and a perfectly textured ankle, it's the cozy staple that has become my WFH uniform." – Irina Grechko, Fashion & Culture Senior Editor

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<h2>Grenson Nanette Hiker Boots</h2><br>"During the lockdown, having saved money from previously splurging on daily lunches, I decided it was time to buy the boots I've been lusting after. They are 'sensible' winter boots but can be worn all year round with anything and I figured that made them worth it. Smart enough for a non-existent meeting but casual enough for a daily dog walk. I didn't actually leave the house in them for 3 months but they bought me daily joy and made the end of lockdown even more exciting! I usually feel sick spending this much money but they have already become a staple in my wardrobe as we move into December and I couldn't be happier with my decision!" – <em>Tilly Donohoe, Account Director </em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/37EmYWi" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Grenson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Grenson</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Grenson</strong> Grenson Nanette Hiker Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3mU20cz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Grenson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Grenson</a>

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"During the lockdown, having saved money from previously splurging on daily lunches, I decided it was time to buy the boots I've been lusting after. They are 'sensible' winter boots but can be worn all year round with anything and I figured that made them worth it. Smart enough for a non-existent meeting but casual enough for a daily dog walk. I didn't actually leave the house in them for 3 months but they bought me daily joy and made the end of lockdown even more exciting! I usually feel sick spending this much money but they have already become a staple in my wardrobe as we move into December and I couldn't be happier with my decision!" – Tilly Donohoe, Account Director

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<h2>Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Purifying Heater & Fan </h2> <br>"I live in an old and poorly ventilated apartment, with the added bonus of a cat, lots of dust, and hot-water radiators that can’t be adjusted (which keeps our home at a nice, suffocating temperature of 75 degrees). This Dyson fan/space heater/air purifier has solved a variety of issues for us: cleaning the dusty and dander-y air that we breathe 23 hours a day, and automatically kicking on the 'cool' setting when the temperature reaches a certain intolerable point." – <em>Emily Ruane, Fashion Market Writer</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/2VRNgz0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dyson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dyson</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Dyson</strong> Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Space Heater, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/35FuCPc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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"I live in an old and poorly ventilated apartment, with the added bonus of a cat, lots of dust, and hot-water radiators that can’t be adjusted (which keeps our home at a nice, suffocating temperature of 75 degrees). This Dyson fan/space heater/air purifier has solved a variety of issues for us: cleaning the dusty and dander-y air that we breathe 23 hours a day, and automatically kicking on the 'cool' setting when the temperature reaches a certain intolerable point." – Emily Ruane, Fashion Market Writer

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<h2>Firenze Gucci Ring</h2><br>"First of all, I never usually gift myself something on my birthday. This year has been a doozy so I did the whole treat yo self thing, typed in my card number, and didn't look back. Although one might say the cost doesn't break the bank, in a pandemic, a cute ring isn't a top priority, but I love it. <em>Obsessed</em>. I love wearing it while I work because I can be in full pajamas with a bun and no makeup, but the chicness of this ring makes me feel like a million bucks." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/_saraclucas/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sara Lucas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Sara Lucas</em></a><em>, Senior Client Partner Coordinator</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://shop-lowell.com/collections/rings/products/firenze-gucci-ring" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lo Well" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lo Well</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Lo Well</strong> Firenze Gucci Ring, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop-lowell.com%2Fcollections%2Frings%2Fproducts%2Ffirenze-gucci-ring" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lo Well" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lo Well</a>

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"First of all, I never usually gift myself something on my birthday. This year has been a doozy so I did the whole treat yo self thing, typed in my card number, and didn't look back. Although one might say the cost doesn't break the bank, in a pandemic, a cute ring isn't a top priority, but I love it. Obsessed. I love wearing it while I work because I can be in full pajamas with a bun and no makeup, but the chicness of this ring makes me feel like a million bucks." – Sara Lucas, Senior Client Partner Coordinator

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<h2>Hamilton Hills Gold Baroque Wall Mirror</h2><br>"I normally buy a lot of my decor and furniture from Home Goods/thrift stores/online resale sites, but I've been hunting for a massive (and quality construction) gold mirror that wasn't going to break the bank for a long time. Mirrors always make spaces feel bigger and brighter. It really made my apartment look nicer, and that feels worth it to me especially since I'm spending most of my time here now. It arrived extremely well-packaged and while the mirror is not made out of solid wood, the construction is high-quality. I also liked that I got the look of an $800 mirror without spending that much money." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/beccaohaeri/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rebecca O'Haeri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Rebecca O'Haeri</em></a><em>, Data Analyst</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/39RZtfk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hamilton Hills" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hamilton Hills</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Hamilton Hills</strong> Hamilton Hills Gold Baroque Wall Mirror, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CHWM258" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Hamilton Hills Gold Baroque Wall Mirror


"I normally buy a lot of my decor and furniture from Home Goods/thrift stores/online resale sites, but I've been hunting for a massive (and quality construction) gold mirror that wasn't going to break the bank for a long time. Mirrors always make spaces feel bigger and brighter. It really made my apartment look nicer, and that feels worth it to me especially since I'm spending most of my time here now. It arrived extremely well-packaged and while the mirror is not made out of solid wood, the construction is high-quality. I also liked that I got the look of an $800 mirror without spending that much money." – Rebecca O'Haeri, Data Analyst

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<h2>Apple iPad Air</h2><br>"It took me several weeks to get it, but once I did I struggled to remember how I was living without it. It offered me a bridge between my work laptop and my smartphone. I don't love using my work laptop for personal use, and whenever I did use it off-hours I never really felt unplugged. It was hard for me to resist checking my work email, and that always led to me finishing <em>one last thing</em> until it was way too late at night, and I was completely stressed out. My phone is great, but I don't love watching TV or even reading a book on a small screen. I feel a little ridiculous saying it, but the iPad was the 'just right' in-between option. I can use it for all the same stuff I use my laptop for and all the same stuff I use my iPhone for — and it's a pleasure to read books on, and the Apple Pencil makes it easy (and fun - the Apple Pencil is a whole separate story) to jot down notes or even straight-up journal before bed." – <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mirelzee/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mirel Zaman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Mirel Zaman</em></a><em>, Senior Wellness Editor</em><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/3mUJD7c" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Apple" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Apple</a></strong></em> <br><br><strong>Apple</strong> Apple iPad Air, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3mUJD7c" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Apple" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Apple</a>

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"It took me several weeks to get it, but once I did I struggled to remember how I was living without it. It offered me a bridge between my work laptop and my smartphone. I don't love using my work laptop for personal use, and whenever I did use it off-hours I never really felt unplugged. It was hard for me to resist checking my work email, and that always led to me finishing one last thing until it was way too late at night, and I was completely stressed out. My phone is great, but I don't love watching TV or even reading a book on a small screen. I feel a little ridiculous saying it, but the iPad was the 'just right' in-between option. I can use it for all the same stuff I use my laptop for and all the same stuff I use my iPhone for — and it's a pleasure to read books on, and the Apple Pencil makes it easy (and fun - the Apple Pencil is a whole separate story) to jot down notes or even straight-up journal before bed." – Mirel Zaman, Senior Wellness Editor

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