Editors' Picks: The Best Things We Bought in 2020

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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 was one of the most exciting celebrity beauty launches of 2020. Selena Gomez's makeup line is good, and 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. 

Nolita Diamonds
Nolita Diamonds 14k Gold Box Chain Necklace.jpg
Etsy
Nolita Diamonds
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

Nordstrom
Nordstrom Bliss Oversize Throw Blanket
Nordstrom
Nordstrom
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

Princess Polly
Princess Polly Kegan Romper
Princess Polly
Princess Polly
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. 

Nécessaire
Nécessaire The Body Serum
Nordstrom
Nécessaire
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. 

Flesh Beauty
Flesh Beauty Sheer Flesh Hydrating SPF Serum
Flesh Beauty
Flesh Beauty
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. 

Free People
Free People sweater set
Free People
Free People
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. 

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

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

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

Cubii
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
Amazon
Eberjey
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.

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!
$45 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $60)

Olaplex
Holiday Hair Fix Kit
Sephora
Olaplex
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

Etsy
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
This kitchen appliance can air-fry, bake and roast so many different foods. And that sale price is *chef's kiss.*
REGULARLY $229.99

Reformation
Reformation York Coat
Reformation
Reformation
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.

Bravedge
This chic watering can and spray bottle set makes a great gift for plant-loving friends and family.
REGULARLY $19.99

NURSAL
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.

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

Hotpop
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

Modway
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.

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

The Doormatory
The Doormatory Hi Doormat
The Doormatory/Etsy
The Doormatory
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.

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

Good Pet Stuff
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Litter Box
Amazon
Good Pet Stuff
Sorry not sorry: This litter box camouflaged as decor is absolutely genius. Your guests will never suspect a thing.
REGULARLY $52.58

Grande Cosmetics
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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