35 Things You Don't Need But Will Probably Buy Anyway

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Things that aren't totally a necessity, but are still super fun.

1. A pair of LED stained glass bulbs to bathe your home in a kaleidoscope of colors.

a bulb with swoopy colors inside of a lampshade

Promising review: "I love these bulbs. They make any room all warm and cozy. Also a fantastic night-light for the little ones. :) Get you some!" —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

2. A bottle of Bachan's beloved BBQ sauce that's truly a top-tier condiment. You'll want to soak everything in your fridge in this magical elixir. 

bottle of bbq sauce

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Bachan's is a Japanese-owned small business founded by Justin Gill. The sauce is inspired by his grandmother, Judy Yokoyama's recipe. Resisting advice to cut costs and water down this beloved sauce, Gill prioritized maintaining its integrity and only using clean ingredients. Their sauce is cold-filled, vegan, small-batch, non-GMO, BPA-free, and preservative-free.

I've tried this sauce and immediately made everyone I know try it as well. It's the kind of sauce that makes you go "oh...wow, oh WOW" when you taste it.

Get it from Bachan's for $10.99 or Amazon for $7.19 (there are also gluten-free, hot and spicy, and yuzu options!).

3. A fancy switch plate cover because HELLO everything in your home can and should be fancy as all heck. 

a before photo of a buzzfeeder's plain white switch plate and then an after of an ornate brass switch plate

Chelsea Stuart / BuzzFeed

Promising review: "These are absolutely beautiful! If I ever move, I'm taking them with me. You may think they're a little pricey, but they're REALLY heavy and far nicer than the stuff you find at the local hardware store. I bought the switch plate, outlet plates, and even a blank plate to cover an old electrical box left behind by DIRECTV." —Karebow

Get it from Amazon for $14.73+ (available in seven finishes). 

4. A wall-mounted cat scratcher for design-lovers who want their cat to have a proper place to scratch. And by proper, I mean ✨aesthetic✨. 

Cat stretching while scratching long oval-shaped natural fiber and wood scratcher


Promising review: "This is no ordinary cat scratcher! It's sleek, well made, and takes up minimal space (which makes a big difference in our smaller home)! Our cat has been a complete terror lately, moving on from shredding our couch to literally tearing the paint off our walls. This seemed like the perfect fix, as it attaches to the wall. I rubbed some cat nip on it and set it down flat to get our cat used to it and then hung it on the wall a few hours later. So far so good, he seemed to take to it really quickly! This company just released this product, and I feel like my purchase really mattered. This has quality, style, and excellent customer service! I would 100% buy this product again and anything else they make!" —ANicholeG

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

5. A magazine rack that looks like a drawing that popped off the page. It'll be a sleek way to display magazines, letters, and — OK — clutter. 

Black wire v-shaped rack with magazines sitting in it


Promising review: "I just got this magazine holder today, and I can't tell you enough about the quality of this product. It's beautiful, just like the picture, and it's efficient...I put it alongside my TV stand and no longer have to clutter up the stand ;)" —N.M.P118

Get it from Amazon for $18.65.

6. A variety pack of hard candies spiced with traditional Mexican flavors that will delight the senses. Spicy, sweet, and tangy all come together to create flavor magic.

four bags with various fruits on it

Tamalitoz is a Latinx- and Queer-owned business based in Texas. This ribbon-style candy is filled with a mild chili lime seasoning, making for a tangy, sweet treat. It was started in a tiny candy store in Mexico City by husband-and-husband team, Jack and Dec.

Promising review: "I once tried these after seeing them in a check out line, and now I am completely in love. They are the perfect mixture of sweet, spicy, and salty! Since I go through them pretty fast, this is a great way to get all the flavors for a good price at once. They do tend to get stuck together in transit, especially traveling in Florida, but I’ve never had trouble separating them by gently patting the bag. If these candies pique your interest, just go ahead and buy them!" —Katie

Get five bags from Amazon for $28.50.

9. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer so you can make your own Smucker's Uncrustables copycats at home. FINALLY we can all be reunited with the sadly discontinued grilled cheese variety. 

The sandwich cutter and sealer

Reviewer's photo showing homemade uncrustables

Promising review: "These have been a GAME CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer so in the morning during the school year we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

Get it from Amazon for $15.96

10. A mini fisherman who sits on the edge of your pot and holds onto a single piece of spaghetti that you can take a bite of when you wanna see if the pasta is ready.

gif of spaghetti pot with fisherman figure on the side of the post holding one piece of spaghetti that is then eaten


Get it from Amazon for $16.95

12. A Marshmallow Whip Maker loved by TikTokers thanks to its ability to turn your hum-drum cleanser into light frothy foam. Foam = easier to apply and less friction bothering your skin.

Model pumping the device to make the foam

liquid cleanser next to the whip maker with foamy cleanser inside

To use this, all you have to do is put a pearl-sized drop of your favorite cleanser at the bottom, fill with water up to the dotted line, and pump it until it creates foam.

Promising review: "This thing is the bomb. Does exactly what it advertises — makes a thick whipped cream/foam out of washes, making it economical as well as fun. It can 'soften' harsh washes to make the concoction gentler on skin. It's also great for mixing washes if you have two or more you'd like to combine for different effects. And of course, a little goes a long, long way with this puppy. For the price, it's a steal — if you're into this kind of thing. Definitely give it a try if you're not sure. It's a really cool device." —KnockKnockMe

Get it from Amazon for $8.

13. A clown phone case with a 3D red nose that doubles as a phone grip — practical and silly!

clown phone case with round red nose

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14. Honey gummies bursting with flavor and antioxidants. Good luck not eating the whole bag in one sitting!

gummy cubes

Rbel Bee Sweets

Latine-, woman-owned small business. Founder Joline RIvera created these honey gummies after discovering she was insulin-resistant.

I'm a huuuuge fan of these! They have a strong honey and fruity flavor, and the consistency is perfect. If you love sweet, chewy treats, you should definitely check them out. 

Get six packs from Rbel Bee Sweets for $29.94.

16. A humidifier that looks like a little dog ready to blast off into space in their reindeer rocket ship. Why isn't this a movie yet?

hand holds the small humidifier, which is oval shaped with small antlers on top and a window with a dog inside

the humidifier as seen in the dark with a light up blue window and dog inside

It can last up to 10 hours and has seven LED colors.

Promising review: "I can honestly say I was shocked to find this little gem, especially for the price. I have used it daily since it arrived at my doorstep. I’ve been taking it back and forth from home to work, but I will Instead buy a second one, and most likely a couple more as gifts, as Christmas is around the corner." —Helen Quigley

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

17. Magical Flames — a cool invention that turns your boring old fire into a rainbow fire. Camping has never felt so rave-like.

fire in many different colors


Promising review: Mystical Fire Colorant is amazing. For a really fun experience, get some of these for your next camping trip. As if a campfire needs improvement... but this stuff is really neat. I'd say the adults love it even more than the kids. We only used one packet and the colors were so good — seems like they lasted at least 20 minutes. There was even color left in the ashes the next day. We will never go camping again without several packs of Mystical Fire on hand." —TeNe

Get it from Amazon for $16.20+ (available in five styles). 

19. A pair of hooking bear pins that help shrink the waistline of jeans that are a little too big. Plus, they just look really cute holding paws! I want what they have. :')

metal bear pins that hook together to clip jeans together


If you need help with pants that are too small, consider these.

Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

20. A pair of fishnet socks with bow-backs that are a-bow-t to make every outfit way more edgy and chic.

fishnet socks with bows


Get a pack of five pairs from Amazon for $15.99.

21. A moon phase trellis so your plant has an attractive ladder to climb as it grows. 

pothos in pot with metal trellis

Promising review: "These work perfectly for small plants. They are sturdier and more attractive than the plastic ones." —crazy great granny

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and also a leaf shape).

22. A kitchen s'mores maker that'll bring the best part of camping indoors, thus eliminating the need for camping at all. Indoor people, rejoice!

A reviewer's s'mores maker in use with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers in the tray

It even comes with two roasting forks!

Promising review: "We have been really enjoy this little s'mores maker — it's not big, doesn't take up a lot of space, but does exactly what it's meant to do. We can't build fires or anything like that around where I live so this was our next best option. It's worked out great for us, only thing is it only has two of the little roaster sticks, so if you have multiple people roasting you would need something else to use to stick your marshmallow on." —Debb

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

23. A purrfectly adorable spoon almost as fun as those color-changing ones that came in cereal boxes.

spoons with cats on the handles


Promising review: "Absolutely loved this! Although it was a little bit too short for most of my mugs, I wasn't even bothered by it, as it was just the cutest thing ever. The only irritating thing though, it's so small that I lost it immediately! Definitely planning to buy another (or a couple more) soon!" —Miya Peason

Get it from Amazon for $3.59.

24. A cleansing jelly ball that smells like watermelon and cloudberry, because liquid cleanser is sooo last year. 

pink sudsy ball

hand holds ball


Dallas & James Skincare Co. is a mom-owned small business that sells skincare products.

Promising review: "I am on my third purchase of the Watermelon Dream line. I am someone who has struggled with skincare lines for years. I have severely sensitive skin that in my 30s still also likes to act up like a teenager. I had used it over the summer and at the time felt like I hadn't noticed a difference. So when I ran out, switched to something else I had lying around and boy did my skin feel BLAH. After like a week I went online and bought the whole line again plus the mask. My skin is soooo much happier and now I am all in. The smell is light, not overpowering but still there and very good." —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $28.

25. A paw-shaped chair cushion, because who doesn't want to be lovingly cradled in a kitten's paw?

paw shaped pillows


Promising review: "I freaking LOVE this paw cushion! This paw cushion absolutely saves my butt. It's not super thick or as filled as you might hope. But I read reviews and was prepared for that. A little extra padding would be great but even without it this cushion is soft and comfy! It's still worth every dime. It's perfect if you have one of those hanging indoor/outdoor rope chairs, too! This cushion is soft and cute and comfortable. Buy yourself this thing. You deserve it." —mandarabbit

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

26. A bubble wrap calendar that gives you one bubble to pop each day. Good luck not popping a whole year's worth in one go! 

calendar with bubbles over each date


Promising review: "We've had this bubble wrap calendar several times over the years. Each bubble is large and makes a pretty satisfying POP that can be heard for feet (or even yards!) away! We hung the calendar in the hallway by our bedroom and the bathroom so it's easy to see multiple times during the day." —Giant Sis

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

27. A six-pack of ramune soda so you can try a bunch of flavors at once. Sadly the best flavor, lychee, isn't in the lineup but pineapple also sounds really enticing! 

six bottles of japanese soda


If you've never had one before, ramune soda comes in a glass bottle with a marble lodged in the top. You push the marble down to open it, then drink with the marble caught in the neck of the bottle. 

Promising review: "These drinks were the best. They came safely packaged and were ready to be opened. Each flavor was a whole new different sensation for my taste buds. They were all very good." —Gerardo

Get them from Amazon for $26.44.

28. A mystical wireless phone charger for anyone who prefers fantasy over the sci-fi reality we live in.

flat circular charger that lights up with runes when phone is on it


Magic = unexplained science! This spell circle works with iPhones 11 and up, and Samsung Galaxys S8 and up.

Promising review "Product works great, looks cool, gives my nightstand a bit of magical flair without being so ostentatious that it keeps me up at night unlike some other magic circle chargers. AFAIK the runes mean nothing, the only word I can make out along the outer circle is futharc, which is the name of the Norse rune alphabet and is comprised of the first six letters of said alphabet. Most likely the rest of the letters are merely the rest of the alphabet in sequence, the literal rune equivalent of 'ABCDEFG' and so on. Overall, a good find. I am satisfied." —Kevin

Get it from Amazon for $44.98+ (available in four colors).

29. An ironic Dracula garlic crusher ready to mince several cloves with a simple twist of his head. I'd wager this is easier to clean than a traditional garlic press AND it's cute.

One garlic crusher that's shaped like a tiny vampire and another of the same crusher with the lid, which is shaped like a vamprie head, removed to reveal crushed garlic inside


This little blood-sucker is 100% food-safe, BPA-free, and dishwasher safe!

Promising review: "I was getting very tired of the garlic presses that turn garlic into a mush and require incredible force to mash the clove into unrecognizable oblivion. This is far easier and turns the garlic into pieces rather than mush." —C. Pearlman

Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

30. A plug-in mushroom light that offers a warm, color-changing glow so your home feels like a magical forest. Time to invite over the nice badger couple next door and drink dandelion tea!

Reviewer holding white plug with pastel mushrooms and leaves blooming out of it

The mushrooms lit up in the dark

Promising review: "I LOVE this night-light. It's in my bathroom and is a lovely addition. It turns off the second the lights go on which is nice that I don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it on. Super cute and the little itty-bitty lighting element does a good job lighting, just enough so I don't have to turn the main lights on in the middle of the night." —1Thand

Get it from Amazon for $5.97

31. A giant pack of stackable resin rings so you always have at least five different rings for every outfit.

colorful resin rings

resin rings on reviewer's hand

Promising review: "I got these for a gift for someone, and they are just adorable! The colors are bright, and the quality is good. They came packaged in a pretty pink box too. I would recommend, and would buy again for a gift." —Sarahf

Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three different sets).

32. A portable toddler cup with a handle and reach-through lid that makes snack time easy and mess-free.

two of the snack cups next to cheerios


Eizzy Baby is a Black-owned business that sells pretty and helpful matte baby supplies like bibs, suction plates, teethers, and more.

Get two from Walmart for $20 or one from Eizzy Baby for $12 (available in seven colors).

34. A pair of lightweight chunky hoop earrings offering a classic look that goes with seriously everything. 

Reviewer in rose gold small hoop earrings

Closeup of earrings on a table

Promising review: "OMG I’m obsessed with these earrings. They’re so pretty and lightweight. I never usually order earrings off Amazon but decided to get some since I saw them on TikTok. They’re great quality and I usually can’t wear fake jewelry since it makes my ears itch like crazy. This one didn’t do that at all. Another problem I have is earrings being super uncomfortable to sleep in but this one doesn’t do that either. I’m going to literally get every single size they have since I love it so much. Highlyyy recommend." —Ziyana Iyer

Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in four sizes and three colors). 

35. A Capri Blue Volcano candle that's commonly burned in Anthropologie stores. Now your home can smell just as nice.

hands hold candle tin

Promising review: "Best-smelling candle in the entire world. Expensive but worth it. It smells up entire bottom floor of our house, which is 1500 sq. ft." —Elizabeth

Get it from Amazon for $22.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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