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12 Smart Products Worth Investing In

investment pieces that are worth it
Dec 4, 2020

Here at theSkimm, we’re all about helping you make smart financial decisions. Your money is hard-earned and anything you buy should be totally worth the investment. Which is why carefully choosing big ticket items is important.

We know the things below aren’t cheap. But that’s the point. They’re pieces that will a) last you a long time, and b) pack a serious quality punch. Like grade A items that won’t fall apart, won’t break, and won’t have you thinking ‘why did I spend my money on that.’

Here’s to spending your money, smarter.

A KitchenAid 5 quart stand mixer for every recipe you can think of…

It can work with 10 attachments, so you can conquer pasta, veggie noodles, ice cream, and more. And no, a stand mixer is not just for a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It comes with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield. But it can really make a wide range of foods. The 5 quart bowl is big enough to mix seven pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. So it’ll become a culinary staple that any cook will find useful in the kitchen. ($399.99, KitchenAid)

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A cookware set that’ll last through years of wear and tear…

Saucepans, stock pots, skillets, and saute pans. They’ve got stay-cool handles that won’t feel slippery. And built-in strainers. You can choose between stainless steel or ceramic styles. Depending on what you prefer to cook with. Psst...that centuries-old pan with burnt food baked on isn’t cutting it anymore. It’s time to upgrade. ($69+, Food52)

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A SodaStream so you can make sparkling water quickly and without waste…

Yep, no more single-use plastic bottles. Thanks to the carbonating cylinder, you’ll be able to get bubbles with the touch of a button. You can even add in different flavors like lemon, watermelon, or cola. So you can stay hydrated and your recycling bin can catch a break. ($89.99+, SodaStream)

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A leather tote that’ll go anywhere you do…

It’s got a padded laptop sleeve and a back panel that’ll secure onto suitcases. It also has an inner water bottle holder, a zip pocket for essentials, and an easy-access outside pocket for quick grabs. It’s durable, stylish, and a wee bit understated. Aka, the perfect grown-up accessory. ($195, Haerfest)

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A FitBit activity tracker to help you reach your goals…

It’ll track steps, calories burned, miles, and active minutes. The GPS tracker can chart your outdoor runs, and it’s swimproof for laps in the pool. It can also keep track of your sleep so you can finally get on top of your schedule. With a single charge it’ll last a week. A new year is coming up, which is a great time to hit restart on your health goals. Ready, set, go. ($149.95, Best Buy)

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A set of towels that won’t fall apart after a few washes…

They feature hooks for easy hanging and only get softer when you wash. Because no one likes the feel of sandpaper on them after showering. One part of the bath towel is quick-drying for the body. While the other part is v plush for the face. To complete the set, check out the hand towels, too. ($44, Havly)

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A Sonos speaker to make your daily jam sessions even better…

Weather-resistant and battery-powered, this smart speaker can play indoors or outdoors. It’s got Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built in, so you can voice control it while connected to WiFi. If you’re offline, you can play music via Bluetooth. It features Trueplay, which means it consistently adapts the sound to your surroundings and to what type of music you’re playing. Talk about smart. ($399, Sonos)

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A Luna Mini 3 to deep clean your pores at the end of the day…

Via sonic pulsations and a textured surface, it’ll gently work away dirt and grime. It’ll also help you shed dead, dry skin that would otherwise just sit on the surface. It’s easy to pack and can provide a much better clean than your fingertips. Add it to your nighttime routine. ($159, Sephora)

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A bra that won’t pitch, itch, or make you feel saggy…

Full support, full coverage. You may actually keep it on past getting home. Maybe. But with memory foam cups available in half sizes, you’ll get a bra that actually fits. And to find your perfect size, you can take the quiz. If it doesn’t feel great, you can return within 60 days for free. Win. ($65, ThirdLove)

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A down parka to get you through winter…

Warm, waterproof, and windproof. So you can stay cozy even in freezing weather. Like -40 degrees, freezing. It’s got cuff closures to block out chills and an adjustable drawstring at the waist. It also has both interior and exterior pockets for all valuables. So next time you step outside, you won’t immediately say ‘it’s freaking freezing.’ ($209.40, Eddie Bauer)

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A charging catchall to sit on your nightstand…

It’ll juice up your device while you sleep. And give a nice little home to personal items like rings and eyeglasses. And since the charging is wireless, you won’t have a mess of ugly, bent wires sitting on your floor. It’s sleek, made from premium Italian leather, and oh-so handy. ($175, Courant)

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A set of linen sheets that’ll make bedtime sweeter…

Cool and soft to the touch, these linen sheets sourced from Italy and Belgium are real luxury. They come pre-washed, so they’re ready to immediately use. And they’re easy to maintain — no need for ironing or dry cleaning. It’ll be like sleeping on a really, really comfortable cloud. ($269/set, Linoto)

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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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