My TikTok FYP has been full of the best things everyone bought in 2022, and I am excited to join in on this conversation as I think it’s a fun one. As I’ve gotten older, I have gotten more discerning with how I spend my money — I want to make sure I am wasting as little bit of it as possible and ensuring whatever I bring into my life is going to add value. And, when possible, I try to buy the best and keep it for the long term.
That’s why I am excited to share what the best things I bought in 2022 are with you today — and, if you’re curious, I shared my previous best buys here: 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, and, if I had written a similar post in 2015, it’d be about this. I accidentally let this series lag in 2019!
And, if you’re looking for product recommendations throughout the year, be sure to look out for my monthly blog series, The Edit, or follow me over on Instagram as I often share favorites in real-time.
Loeffler Randall Emilia Knot Sandals — these shoes are a splurge but they are hands down the best pair I’ve purchased all year. They are super comfortable since the heel is only about an inch and I’ve worn them to all sorts of occasions: dinner with friends, my cousin’s wedding, a baby shower. I recommend sizing up a half size — I am usually a true 7 and took a 7.5 in these.
Nutribullet — I started working with a nutritionist in March, and one thing she turned me onto was green smoothies for breakfast! Before working with her, I didn’t own a blender, so I purchased this one on her recommendation and it has paid off in spades for me this year. It’s perfect for smoothie making, but I’ve also used it to make salad dressings, aiolis, and even a margarita from time to time. It’s also perfect for apartment living since it has a small footprint.
Pink Pill Organizers — you might think pill organizers are best suited for the geriatric, but if you take any sort of supplements or prescriptions on a daily basis, I can’t recommend them enough. I have one in my bathroom for the prescription I take at night before bed, and one in my kitchen for the supplements I take with either breakfast or lunch. No more wondering, “did I take that pill today?”
MacBook Cord Organizer — since my desk is in my living room, I like to keep it super tidy since I see it all day, even when I am not working. I have two MacBooks — one for work and one for personal use — and so having chargers handy is a must. But I was so annoyed that there was always a cord on my floor or getting caught on chairs. So I bought this cord organizer, which is basically a sticker you put on the MacBook charger, and then you can wrap the cord around it. It’s so handy, and I wish Apple just built this feature into their product!
Nike Cropped Sweatshirt — I purchased this sweatshirt last winter and it is the one I reach for most often. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish, and it washes and wears well. I own it in black and want to grab it in another color.
Cord Organizers — file this under ‘TikTok made me buy it’ — but similarly to my MacBook cord organizer, I was getting annoyed with several cords on my kitchen appliances. These cord organizers are so easy to use — you just pop it on the back of the appliance in question and then you can wrap the cord around it.
Pavoi Ring — I discovered this jewelry brand on Amazon last year, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Their jewelry is inexpensive, but holds up well, and they have such beautiful pieces. I have a pretty big collection of their earrings and rings now, but I just added this one to my collection after seeing my friend Emma wear it and I am so pleased with it.
Makeup Brush Cleaner — my sister turned me onto this makeup brush cleaner earlier this year and it is so good. I was an IT Cosmetics loyalist for years prior, but this stuff literally melts your makeup right off your brushes.
Erase-a-Hole — earlier this year, I moved some art around in my apartment, and Erase-a-Hole made it so easy for me to patch the holes on my own without putting in a maintenance order. It sounds silly, but having this stuff on hand makes me feel so empowered — I can move art around anytime now and not worry about having a ton of holes on display on my walls.
USB Candle Lighter — use up your stick lighters, and then get one of these instead — it’s a rechargeable USB Candle Lighter and it has seriously changed the game for me.
Stainless Steel Champagne Stoppers — I hate opening a bottle of bubbly when I am alone since the leftovers fall flat quickly. But I found these stainless steel champagne stoppers and they change the game — they work so well at keeping the carbonation in your champagne or prosecco.
Polaroid Photo Album — when I went to my friend Erin’s holiday party, she had this sitting on her coffee table and when I tell you I bought it on the Uber ride home, I am not exaggerating. I have had a Polaroid camera for five years and up until I had this album, all my polaroids were just sitting in a memory box. I am so glad I now have a fun and practical way to store them.
I Will Teach You To Rich by Ramit Sethi — I discovered Ramit’s work this year and I am so glad I did! If you’re looking for an approachable, easy-to-understand crash course in personal finances, this is the book for you. While I think, overall, I have a pretty good handle on my personal finances, reading this book has helped affirm the great habits I already have while giving me a lot of new practical tips and ways to think about money. The skills I learned from this book will definitely earn me more than the $10 I spent to purchase it!