Have a Happier and Healthier New Year
Each January, we make a host of resolutions—many of which quickly lose our interest or are hard to maintain. While only you can be responsible for keeping commitments, great products can reduce barriers, increase enjoyment, and make it simpler to stick to your intentions. We’ve discovered 15 easy-to-use products for a healthier, more balanced new year.
To Cook More: Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer
The Instant Pot is already beloved by many for its multipurpose use and autopilot cooking. So you’ll be blown away by the 11-in-1 functionality of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer. This product is everything it reports to be and more: a pressure cooker with the ability to air fry, roast, bake, broil, and dehydrate food at the push of a button. Perfect for all abilities – and sure to boost your home cooking cred in the new year. Available from Amazon; $179.95.
To Get Better Sleep: Weighted Blanket
If you wrestle with restlessness and anxiety, try a real security blanket. This gentle yet effective weighted blanket is certified by OEKO-TEX® to be free of toxic levels of over 300 substances. So you can rest easy and wake refreshed. Available from Target; $49.
To Stop Buying Coffee: Cold Brew Maker
Your daily dose of cold brew can cost you a pretty penny, as well as rack up an excessive amount of plastic waste. But we aren’t here to tell you to quit the caffeine. Save your pocket change and brew your iced drink at home. The Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker produces four servings of smooth cold (or hot) brew without any coffee grounds and with less acidity than traditional brewing methods. You still get a delicious cuppa joe—and can have it whenever you please. Available from Amazon; $17.99
To Get In Shape: FitBit Versa
Create a positive feedback loop. Use the FitBit Versa to track your heart rate, sleep score, and daily activity – all from your wrist. You can also call, text, schedule meetings, and listen to music, thanks to the Versa 2’s integrated smart technology. Track your progress and stay motivated. Available from Amazon; $129.95.
To Keep the House Clean: Truman’s Kit
We’re all looking for ways to reduce waste and eliminate toxins. With Truman’s you can do both. This streamlined cleaning kit provides four non-toxic sprays that clean your whole home. Subscribe and save both money and the environment, thanks to handy refill cartridges. Available from Truman's; $22.
To Get Off Social Media: Personalized Stationary
There’s nothing like receiving a real, handwritten note. So splurge on this simple, elegant stationary, which will help you stay connected – and unplugged. With 10 monogrammed note cards and envelopes, commit to sending 10 notes of gratitude that will brighten someone’s day. Available on Etsy; $18.
To Drink More Water: Soda Stream
Tickle your taste buds – and trick yourself into drinking more water with SodaStream. This electric carbonizer works in seconds, fizzing your flat water with the push of a button. Add a dash of lemon or lime, and say goodbye to soda for good! Available on Amazon; $119.99.
To Stay Hydrated: Time Stamped Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is the one change we all can make. Stop guessing your intake, thanks to Just Add Watur’s BPA-free water bottle. With hourly time-markers to remind you when to drink (and how much), you’ll find yourself chugging half a gallon a day, no problem. Available from Amazon; $24.99.
To Read More: Target Book Club Subscription
Has the Internet infiltrated your brain? Pause that video and pick up a book instead. With Target’s Book Club subscription, you’ll have no excuses. A book will be delivered to your home each month. Need some inspiration? Just scan the author’s letter and reader’s guide (included), and get reading. Available from Target; $13.90/month.
To Try A New Hobby: Cocktail Growing Kit
Reconnect with the earth, and cultivate some delicious herbs – perfect for Sunday brunches and after-dinner cocktails. Each kit includes six varieties of heirloom seeds, soil, stakes, and instructions for your very own miniatures herb garden. Ideal for apartment living and urban gardeners, this kit is a fun way to practice two new hobbies. Available from Terrain; $16.
To Get Organized: To-Do Pad
There’s something about the act of writing something out that helps retain it in our memory. So get your to-do list out of your head (or smartphone) and onto paper. Stay present and up-to-date with Knock Knock’s classic To Do pads. The four section layout is a fun and organized way to stay productive. Available on Amazon; $8.64.
To Be Less Forgetful: Tile Sticker
Never lose track of your electronics again. With the Tile Sticker, you can find your phone, keys, or anything else this tiny, adhesive disc is attached to. With a 3-year battery life and 150-foot range, this waterproof Bluetooth tracker has endless uses and is a great gift too. Available on Amazon; $29.99 for two.
To Be More Sustainable: Reusable Cotton Rounds
Stop throwing away cotton pads. Instead, substitute Wegreeco’s washable bamboo rounds and cut down on weekly waste. Each package of 16 pads comes with a laundry bag. All you have to do it pop the soiled rounds into the washing machine, and voila! Ready to use again. Available on Amazon; $9.99.
To Be Less Wasteful: Auto-Dosing Laundry Detergent Dispenser
Ultra-concentrated laundry detergent has definite eco-benefits. But how much do you use for each load? Stop guessing and use the precise amount each time, with Grove’s Auto-Dosing Detergent Dispenser. Eliminate dribbles and cut down on 60% of plastic waste with this pretty, reusable container. Available from Grove Collaborative; $16.95.
To Make Your Own Lunch: Bento Lunchbox
It’s much easier to break your lunch-buying habit when you have a great container for your homemade meal. Bright and eco-friendly, Bentgo glass containers are a safe solution for on-the-go lunches. Spills and leaks won’t plague you, thanks to leak-proof, easy snap lids. Unlike plastic containers, Bentgo is made of odor and stain resistant glass. These bento-style lunch boxes provide three built-in compartments for healthy, balanced refueling. Available from Target; $19.99.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!