Editors' Picks: The Best Things We Bought in 2020

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Listen, we got really good at online shopping this year.

So...we got really good at online shopping in 2020.

Amid all the tough stuff that this year brought, we're thankful that many retailers we love were able to keep doing business as usual -- online. Because we found ourselves constantly scrolling on our phones and computers, wanting and needing all the things. And we have a feeling we're not alone.

Whether we were getting supplies for newfound hobbies like baking, setting up our cozy home office, testing out fun beauty treatments or shopping for the holidays, we ended up adding so much stuff to cart over the past 12 months. (All those targeted Instagram ads didn't help, either.)

In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer, we're sharing the very best things we bought this year. From celeb-approved leggings to sleek countertop appliances to WFH essentials, everything you see below has a stamp of approval from the ET Style team.

Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick

Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick
Sephora

Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick

Rare Beauty was one of the most exciting celebrity beauty launches of 2020. Selena Gomez's makeup line is goodand if you're going to purchase one product from the range we recommend the Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick. The air-whipped, weightless formula feels comfortable and soft on the lips, and the color payoff is excellent. (We're especially obsessed with the shade Inspire -- a bright red perfect for the holidays.) Other must-try products include the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight and Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer. 

14k Gold Box Chain Necklace

14k Gold Box Chain Necklace
Etsy

14k Gold Box Chain Necklace

Looking for gorgeous solid gold and diamond jewelry that won't break the bank? Whether you're treating yourself or gifting a loved one, Nolita Diamonds has a ton of chic, minimalist designs with a touch of glamour and sparkle without the high markup. We love the 14k Gold Box Chain Necklace for the dainty, ultra-thin design that looks beautiful worn alone or layered with additional necklaces. You won't want to take it off. 

Regularly starting $115.21

Starting $97.93 at Etsy

Bliss Oversize Throw Blanket

Bliss Oversize Throw Blanket
Nordstrom

Bliss Oversize Throw Blanket

The Nordstrom Bliss Throw is a bestseller thanks to its buttery soft, plush feel. We've been cuddling up in the oversize version nonstop. It makes for great home decor with the knotted fringe detail, too. 

Regularly $49

$35.90 at Nordstrom

Kegan Romper

Kegan Romper
Princess Polly

Kegan Romper

When you're feeling next-level lazy but want to look a tad put-together, just throw on this comfy romper from Princess Polly. The relaxed fit is perfect for wearing while working from home or just chilling on the couch. 

The Body Serum

The Body Serum
Nordstrom

The Body Serum

Is your body drier than ever right now? (Thanks, winter.) Take your post-shower body moisturizing routine up a notch by applying Nécessaire's The Body Serum allover before slathering on your go-to body lotion to add an extra boost of hydration with their replenishing hyaluronic acid formula. 

Sheer Flesh Hydrating SPF Serum

Sheer Flesh Hydrating SPF Serum
Flesh Beauty

Sheer Flesh Hydrating SPF Serum

Even if you're indoors the whole day, it's important to apply sun protection on the face every single day. The Sheer Flesh Hydrating SPF Serum from Flesh makes it easy since the formula is a combination of a hydrating serum and a daily sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 35). It's truly lightweight and it doesn't feel like a chore to put on every morning. 

Hailee Sweater Set

Hailee Sweater Set
Free People

Hailee Sweater Set

Not only do we have this cozy set (in more than one color), we've also low-key influenced our friends to buy it as well. It's just that good. 

Arizona Soft Slide Sandal

Arizona Soft Slide Sandal
Nordstrom

Arizona Soft Slide Sandal

The only shoes that were appropriate for 2020 were comfortable ones, and in our opinion, there's nothing more comfy than classic Birkenstocks.  

Velvet Knotted Headband

Velvet Knotted Headband
Lele Sadoughi

Velvet Knotted Headband

Our favorite headband to date -- it's thick and comfortable, and it comes in very cute holiday colors!

8 Cup Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker

8 Cup Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker
World Market

8 Cup Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker

With the Chemex, you can make barista-quality hot and iced coffee, right at home. The vessel also looks pretty sitting on your counter.

Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine

Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine
Amazon

Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine

This handy machine is an easy way to feel a little more active while you're working from home. It's super quiet and slides right under your desk.

Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set

Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set
Amazon

Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set

In a year full of of cozy clothes, this super-soft pajama set is a standout. Choose from tons of colors, all with chic contrast piping.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush
Amazon

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush

We are not exaggerating when we say this hair tool is life-changing. In just a few minutes, you can give yourself a professional blowout at home -- no frizzy mess, lots of volume!

$60 $40

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Holiday Hair Fix Kit

Holiday Hair Fix Kit
Sephora

Holiday Hair Fix Kit

Believe the hype! Olaplex products can completely revive your hair, especially when you use the full lineup consistently. This holiday kit includes the No. 3 Hair Perfector, No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner and No. 6 Bond Smoother.

An $85 Value

$60 at Sephora

Gold Layering Necklace Set

Gold Layering Necklace Set
Vedern/Etsy

Gold Layering Necklace Set

Pulling off the layered jewelry look couldn't be easier thanks to Etsy shop Vedern. Choose between one three-layer necklace or three separate necklaces for an effortless on-trend look.

Ninja Foodi AG301 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Countertop Grill

Ninja Foodi AG301 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Countertop Grill
Amazon

Ninja Foodi AG301 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Countertop Grill

This kitchen appliance can air-fry, bake and roast so many different foods. And that sale price is *chef's kiss.*

$240 $180

Buy Now

York Coat

York Coat
Reformation

York Coat

Available in five colorways (including black and white check, pictured above), this coat has everything you want in your statement outerwear: structure, a slim fit and slightly padded shoulders.

Watering Can and Mister Spray Bottle

Watering Can and Mister Spray Bottle
Amazon

Watering Can and Mister Spray Bottle

This chic watering can and spray bottle set makes a great gift for plant-loving friends and family.

Regularly $19.99

$16.99 at Amazon

Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion

Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion
Amazon

Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion

If you don't have the most ergonomic WFH seating situation, your back will absolutely let you know. This seat cushion is perfect for a little massage when you're feeling stiff or sore.

Cabria Lug Water Resistant Lace-Up Boot

Cabria Lug Water Resistant Lace-Up Boot
Nordstrom

Cabria Lug Water Resistant Lace-Up Boot

These Vince combat boots have a feminine touch, making them equally sturdy and stylish. Shop them in black or tan suede.

The Original Hotpop Microwave Popcorn Popper

The Original Hotpop Microwave Popcorn Popper
Amazon

The Original Hotpop Microwave Popcorn Popper

This simple silicone bowl makes great microwave popcorn in minutes -- just add kernels and seasoning. It's especially handy for times when you're craving popcorn but don't want to eat a whole bag.

Regularly $19.90

$14.99 at Amazon

Ingenuity Channel Tufted Performance Velvet Sofa

Ingenuity Channel Tufted Performance Velvet Sofa
Amazon

Ingenuity Channel Tufted Performance Velvet Sofa

Buying furniture online can be nerve-racking: What if it doesn't look like the picture? Rest assured, this tufted midcentury modern sofa is just as gorgeous in person (plus easy to assemble in minutes!). It's also available in navy and gray.

Faux Leather Leggings

Faux Leather Leggings
Spanx

Faux Leather Leggings

Everybody has these faux leather leggings from Spanx, and for good reason! They're versatile, flattering and super comfortable.

Hi Doormat

Hi Doormat
The Doormatory/Etsy

Hi Doormat

Hi. This simple doormat is another great Etsy find for the home. Browse The Doormatory's shop for tons of other ways to greet your visitors.

Cinema Light Box

Cinema Light Box
Amazon

Cinema Light Box

The perfect gift for your emoji-obsessed niece to display in her room. It lights up with either a USB cord or AA batteries.

Hidden Litter Litter Box

Hidden Litter Litter Box
Amazon

Hidden Litter Litter Box

Sorry not sorry: This litter box camouflaged as decor is absolutely genius. Your guests will never suspect a thing.

Regularly $52.58

$36.48 at Amazon

GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum Mini

GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum Mini
Sephora

GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum Mini

If you've been eyeing this lash serum and are still on the fence, scoop up the mini version -- if you love it, you can get the full-size next time.

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