15 Products That’ll Help You Live Your Smartest Life in 2021

Published on: Jan 8, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
products that'll help you press restart in 2021Lara Antal

Since we said “thank u, next” to 2020, we’re focusing our energy on 2021. Whatever your personal goals may be, we can all agree that a new year calls for a routine refresh. From your time spent in the kitchen, to your time spent working on your career. 

To help you out, we did some research. And found things that’ll set you up for success, smarter. Progress isn’t linear, but we’re here to provide you with the right tools to achieve what you want this year.

budgeting journal for personal finances, sticker pack, and markers
A budgeting bundle that’ll help you crush your financial goals…

It comes with an expenses book, checklist journal, sticker pack, and markers. So you can track your income, savings, rent, and bills. Plus any miscellaneous expenses that can otherwise run up...and catch you by surprise. Cha-ching, cha-ching. ($39, Erin Condren)

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food storage containers for leftovers, fruit, ingredients, and loose food
A pack of food storage containers to help you curb your Seamless obsession…

A little less takeout, a little more home cooking. You don’t need to be the next Ina, but if meal prepping is on your to-do list, these containers will become your new BFF. You’ll get 16 containers of varying sizes, reusable chalkboard labels, and a chalkboard marker. Chef’s kiss. ($33.97, Amazon)

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water bottle with time markers to help you track the amount of water you drink in a day
A water bottle with time markers to keep you hydrated all day long…

Anyone who gets to 2 pm without drinking a sip of water...this one’s for you. The bottle is 32 ounces total, with time markers starting at 8 am. So you can stay on track from when you get up, to when you go to bed. Sip, sip hooray. ($16.99, Ghinny Store on Etsy)

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guided journal for better mental health and positive thinking
A guided journal that can help you leave 2020 in the past…

And some other things that may be holding you back. It’s packed with funny, sometimes profane prompts that’ll help you get outside your head. Because harping on grudges or moments of regret can only weigh you down. It’s 2021 and we don’t have time for that. ($8.99+, Amazon)

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compost bin with top and charcoal filters
A compost bin that’ll introduce you to a world of sustainability…

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? A compost bin is a great way to turn your food scraps into hearty fertilizer for soil. Otherwise those scraps just sit in landfills and can release high levels of methane into the air. This bin is made of biodegradable bamboo and comes with charcoal filters to help with any smells. Banana peels, we have a job for you. ($40, Goldune)

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reusable cotton produce bags for groceries and grains
A set of reusable produce bags to decrease your use of plastic…

We’ve all done it before: grab the little plastic produce bags at grocery stores and load them with fruits and veggies to carry home. But once your produce is washed and put away, those bags just end up in the trash. *Hangs head in shame.* These cotton bags have drawstrings so they can hold grains, too. Out with the old, in with the new. ($15.99/set of 7, Amazon)

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clean shampoo and conditioner packed with antioxidants and essential oils to hydrate hair
A clean shampoo and conditioner to bring dry hair back to life…

For all types and textures of hair, this shampoo and conditioner combo works to nourish and hydrate strands. Packed with antioxidants and essential oils, the combo is great at treating frizz. It’s also 97% naturally derived, so no silicones, sulfates, artificial dyes, or parabens. Hello, good hair days. ($48, Briogeo)

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inserts for your drawers to help organize clothes and undergarments
A set of drawer organizers to keep socks and underwear in order…

No more rummaging through items to find that one pair. With these inserts, you’ll be able to keep items neatly folded. And separate. So next time, you’ll be able to open your drawers with pride. ($14.87+, Amazon)

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personalized vitamin shipments to your front door
A personalized vitamin subscription delivered directly to your door…

Start out by taking a comprehensive quiz that’ll help you build a monthly pack. You’ll provide info about your wellness goals and nutritional habits, and Nurish will do the rest. You’ll get a customized vitamin and supplement routine that’ll fit your lifestyle. With each shipment, you’ll also receive expert-backed nutritional advice and info about what you’re taking. So the control is in your hands. (Prices vary with shipments, Nurish)

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granola bites made with ethically sourced ingredients
A pack of granola bites that’ll make snack time way better…

Mindless munching can be very unsatisfying. These granola bites are made from organic oats that are slow roasted and toasted to perfection. They’re then infused with dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. All ingredients are ethically sourced, too. Eat good, feel good. ($21/pack of 3, Brooklyn Granola)

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cordless spin scrubber for bathroom and kitchen cleaning
A cordless spin scrubber that’ll fight tough stains for you…

Whether it be in the bathroom or kitchen. It can tackle grime in the shower, or stained countertops and floors. It comes with four different shaped brush heads and has an extendable handle. Ready, set, shine. ($50.98, Amazon)

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morning affirmation cards with positive mantras
A pack of morning mantras to help you start each day…

Wake up, remind yourself of the positives in life, tackle the day, repeat. These affirmation cards will make your morning routine a bit brighter. Intention setting, meet 2021. ($10, Knock Knock)

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fitbit activity tracker to keep count of steps, calories burned, miles walked, hours slept and more
A FitBit activity tracker to keep you aware of active minutes and daily steps…

It’s easy to be sedentary (especially while working from home). Wearing a FitBit can help you stay on top of your movement. It’ll provide hourly reminders to get up and roam the cabin that is your apartment. And it can track water intake, calories burned, sleep patterns, and heart rate. Up and at ‘em. ($79.95, FitBit)

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career-focused subscription box with monthly shipments to decorate your home office and provide career advice
A monthly subscription box all about your career and office…

Each shipment comes packed with office decor, productivity tools, and career advice. So you can focus on growing your experience and enhancing your skills. 2021 = the year to act like (or become) a boss. ($47.99/month, Work, Space, Spark on Cratejoy)

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sage smudge stick
A white sage smudge stick to banish negative energy from your space…

Because heavy energy clogging your home is not the way to start a new year. Smudging can help purify a room, inviting positive energy in to stay. We like the sound of that. ($4.50, Urban Serenité on Radical Girl Gang)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. 

PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.

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