Buy our basket: all the slightly random and totally useful things we bought this month

The inventory of our recently ordered items and wishlists has yielded an interesting mix of products we want to share – from a saline spray for new piercings to a fresh take on a classic 90s boot.

The inventory of our recently ordered items and wishlists has yielded an interesting mix of products we want to share – from a saline spray for new piercings to a fresh take on a classic 90s boot.

ArtBin Carrying Case

These stylish briefcases stackable bins are perfect for children’s artwork and storing random household documents (like appliance manuals and insurance policies), photos, homework, and art supplies. $20 to Amazon.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone who has things to store.

Why we endorse it: Clear storage bins are always handy.

Where it could use improvements: Not waterproof.

Height/weight/dimensions: 26 x 8.3 x 24.5cm.

Half-coffee coffee

Half-coffee coffee

If that afternoon cup of coffee is a much-needed pick-me-up and a little caffeine for the end of the day, a half coffee coffee could find the right balance. There is a growing list of brands available in grocery stores and on Amazon.

Who is it ideal forA: Anyone sensitive to the effects of caffeine too close to bedtime.

Why we endorse it: Provides some energy without the jitters of too much coffee.

Where it could use improvements: There is always a lack of variety with pods, which can affect prices.

Height/weight/dimensions: The caffeine in mg will be on the package.

Assorted box of greeting cards

card box

As COVID restrictions ease and social gatherings (like birthday parties, baby showers, weddings and general merriment) resume, it’s good to keep a set of greeting cards handy for all occasions. It saves a last minute trip to the store (100x more) and comes in an organized box with tabs. $33 to Amazon.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone who finds themselves looking for a card before an event.

Why we endorse it: This simplifies gift giving.

Where it could use improvements: All cards have a similar pastel pattern.

Height/weight/dimensions: 100 cards (thank you, birthday, thinking of you, blank, happy birthday, happy birthday etc.).

Goop Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

exfoliating goop

In search of the new from Goop Cloudberry Exfoliating Cleansing Jelly led to a moment of disappointment as it sold out at Sephora so we instead opted for the Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator. This weekly treatment, which Gwyneth Paltrow calls a “facial in a jar,” is a deep chemical and physical exfoliation. Apply to a damp face and massage for a few minutes, then leave for a few more minutes for added effect. While waiting for the Cloudberry Jelly to order directly from Goop (available here), we are happy to have found our new must-have exfoliator/mask. $58 to Sephora (for 15mL).

Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants a face mask that exfoliates but doesn’t strip the skin.

Why we endorse it: Transparent ingredient list, double exfoliation with minerals and glycolic acid.

Where it could use improvements: High price. Delicate skin may find it too abrasive.

Height/weight/dimensions: $58/15ml or $165/50ml.

Saline spray for piercings

Saline spray

Whether it is the first ear hole or the fourth, piercings must be cared for to avoid infection. Most piercers will recommend a saline spray for daily use (especially the first two months) to sterilize and soothe the new piercing. The spray is more convenient than using a cotton ball and it is the most practical method (which is good, because touching is prohibited). $11 to Amazon.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone with a new piercing.

Why we endorse it: Safety, comfort.

Where it could use improvements: It is not known if this cartridge can go in a residential recycling bin.

Height/weight/dimensions: 90ml.

Doc Martens White Platform

white marten

Doc Martens boots never go out of style: they’re a staple year after year, and the more worn-in the better. these Doc Martens white platform are all over Instagram and a standout look for spring with jeans and dresses (very 90s). $280 to Little Burgundy.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone who needs a new pair of boots that mixes nostalgia with novelty.

Why we endorse it: Style and availability (these are likely to sell out).

Where it could use improvements: The platform has a higher price than the standard boot.

Height/weight/dimensions: Limited sizes available.

Aveeno Repair Foot Mask

Aveno Mask

If the feet are a little dry and worn, these Aveeno slippers are like a mini spa treatment. Slip them on for 10 minutes (it will feel weird at first because the insides are lined with lotion) and let the shea butter do its job. Then, don’t rinse and rub the excess lotion into the feet and calves instead. Unlike other hardcore foot masks, this one doesn’t knock your heels off. $4 to Amazon.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone with dry feet (so almost everyone).

Why we endorse it: Price, efficiency.

Where it could use improvements: One set of slippers per package.

Height/weight/dimensions: These fit most sized feet.

Rope basket with handles

Rope basket

Thistwo-tone rope basket is ideal for storing everything from pet toys to blankets. Handles make it easy to move between rooms and can be stored flat if needed. It’s sturdy, holds its shape, and blends in with almost any decor. $34.99 at Amazon.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone who needs a modern storage basket.

Why we endorse it: Price (on sale), aesthetic compatibility.

Where it could use improvements: It is shipped flattened and needs to be shaped.

Height/weight/dimensions: 31.6 x 24.2 x 16.8 cm.

Fresh Prep meal delivery

Fresh Prep meal delivery

Whether you enjoy cooking or consider it a necessary chore, Fresh preparation cuts out all the non-fun parts like grocery shopping, meal planning, and figuring out what’s for dinner at the last minute. Dishes are creative and delicious (like dynamite shrimp tacos, lentil sloppy joes, and miso salmon), with multiple options for different food preferences, skill levels, and portion sizes. Order at Fresh preparation.

Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants more meal options with less prep time.

Why we endorse it: Convenience and variety; it’s also a great way to learn new recipes.

Where it could use improvements: Weekly delivery; meals must be prepared within four days of delivery.

Height/weight/dimensions: The price depends on the package.

Laura J. Boyer