Though the past year -- and the beginning of this year -- has been wild and unpredictable (don't worry 2021, we still have high hopes for you), TikTok has been the MVP in bringing us all a healthy dose of joy. And with all of the hours of entertainment and attempted choreographed dances, we’ve picked up more than a few helpful life hacks and unexpected product reviews.
When the ET Style team see an item trending, we trust the algorithm and add it to our cart. Let us tell you: TikTok does not disappoint. From affordable fashion finds, like the best Lululemon dupes from Amazon and surprisingly perfect jeans from Walmart to the best drugstore mascaras, heated eyelash curlers and kitchen tools you didn’t know you needed, TikTok became the ultimate destination for anything you’re shopping for (and even the things you're not). So much so that once an item goes viral on the Gen-Z approved social media app, there's no question it's bound to sell out. Case in point: the affordable Gap jeans with a flawless fit that TikTok users can't stop raving about. Plus, you'll find unexpected items -- like a heated mattress pad or an easy-to-use outlet extender -- that you never knew you needed (until now, that is).
Ahead, shop all of the items that TikTok made us buy that were 100% worth it.
If you weren't already ready to try the TikTok-famous booty leggings, let Lizzo convince you.
From sewing an elastic through the waistband for a tighter, cinched fit to adding distressed details on the legs, TikTokers are showing ways to transform the piece into cool, baggy mom jeans that are so on trend right now.
Whether you're looking for a pair of jeans to get for the teen in your life or you simply want a tried-and-true affordable denim style to add to your collection, TikTok users have proven that Gap's High Rise Cheeky Straight Jeans are a sure bet -- especially when they're on sale.
A super soft high-waist yoga pant by Colorfulkoala with seamless waistband and flatlock stitching for tummy control and a smooth fit. Of course, Lululemon leggings are super popular -- this style is garnering comparisons to Align legging and might even be one of the best Align dupes out there. We love the purple pair, but there are ten other colors to choose from.
$23 AT AMAZON
TikTok university never disappoints. We were today years old when we learned how to do the perfect at-home spray tan using two affordable products.
With almost 40,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, you'll certainly find more than one use for this household staple. TikTok users swear by the even, continuous spray of this bottle for a flawless self-tan application.
Stay warm throughout the night with this heated mattress pad -- which we discovered on @adrienedavidson's TikTok. This pad also has two controllable sides, so you can adjust the settings to you and your partner's preferences.
There are so many cool features on this 14-ounce portable blender, which allows you to make and drink smoothies on the go. It charges with a USB cord, is the perfect size to throw in your gym bag and comes with a silicone ice cube tray. See it in action on @toponlinefinds' TikTok page.
We fell in love with Smeg's retro toaster during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and now we need the brand's milk frother after seeing this TikTok from @veggiekins. Apparently, it looks and froths like a dream.
Part kitchen gadget, part science experiment! Make your own pint of homemade ice cream in about 20 minutes with a combination of rock salt, ice, ice cream mix and hand-powered energy -- the ice cream forms by rolling the ball steadily rather than using electricity. The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball a fun way to create DIY desserts, and we discovered it via @rachelhutchens1.
For many people, nugget ice cubes (like the kind Sonic uses) provide an inexplicable sense of joy. Now you can make your own with this countertop ice maker appliance from GE Profile, which produces up to 24 pounds of those glorious cubes per day without requiring a water hookup. This model has been making the rounds on TikTok, and we spotted it in an Amazon haul from @brianneboston.
You might not be a pro in the kitchen, but you'll sure look like one with these super-efficient salt and pepper grinders. We caught a glimpse of these in @cookingwithdarryl's chicken fried rice TikTok.
Derek Hough has been busy both at work -- he's the newest judge on Dancing With the Stars -- and in the kitchen, posting a clever TikTok about this stainless steel chopper as a riff on the Auntie Hammy "Pew Pew Pew" trend.
You could slice your bagels the old-fashioned way with a knife, or you could have fun with it and use this satisfying kitchen gadget. TikTok user @teresalauracaruso demonstrates it in white, but we love this aqua shade, too. Other reasons to purchase? It's dishwasher-safe and also works its magic on muffins, rolls and buns.
$20 AT AMAZON
FUN & TECH
Let's be honest: TikTok is the gift that keeps on giving -- especially when it comes to unexpected (and undoubtedly fun!) products we never knew existed.
We've been seeing TikTok users like @itsmetinx and @carathevettech use teeny microphones for anything and everything. And if the uptick in TikTok-ers using them is any indication, anything in miniature form will be an entertaining addition to your days.
If you've been keeping a close eye on TikTok's home decor trends, you've probably seen a mushroom lamp here or there. User @alienspacebats shared some sleek white ones from IKEA, but we also love this dreamy option from Urban Outfitters.