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If you are anything like us, you may have used your time in lockdown to redecorate, get into gardening or invest in products for self-care.
While some may have splashed out on a new laptop or a standing desk to make their working from home space more comfortable amid the coronavirus pandemic, others may have decided this was the perfect time to give their home a makeover and have splashed out on brand new bed frames, drinks trolleys or outdoor table sets.
Sportswear and fitness equipment, such as yoga mats, weights and new running trainers have also been in high demand during lockdown.
The green fingered among us have splurged on house plants or seeds and compost, to keep busy. While beauty enthusiasts have taken some time out for themselves and sampled new gadgets or moisturisers to enjoy a pamper in the comfort of their own home, as salons closed during the pandemic.
We have compiled a selection of the best purchases shoppers have made during lockdown, and it may provide some inspiration for your next shopping spree.
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Peggy String of Hearts | £18 from Patch Plants
"Lockdown made me realise the importance of my immediate surroundings and how it's integral to shaping my health and happiness. Surrounding myself with plants has transformed my house into a home with great air quality and it has also reinvigorated my love for nature, as I can care and nurture them, which is really relaxing."
John Lewis & Partners Wilton Bed Frame | £199 from John Lewis & Partners
“I’ve been in need of a new bed for a while as the slats in my previous one had broken. At the start of lockdown I was struggling to sleep, so thought a new comfortable bed would be just the ticket. This was super easy to set up - even on my own.”
Clinique Superdefense SPF 40 Fatigue + 1st Signs Of Age Multi-Correcting Gel | £42 from John Lewis & Partners
“During lockdown my skin has been the worst it has ever been. I have tried various cleansers and exfoliants, but to no avail. I even avoided putting products on my face to try and let my skin breathe. But it turns out all it needed was some moisture and this Clinique Superdefense has worked to hydrate my skin, reduce the bumps and give it an added boost of radiance.”
Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit | £34.99 from lookfantastic
“I have missed heading to the salon to get my nails done for bit of self-care. My nails are very brittle and the only solution that prevents this is when I have a gel coat on top to stop them chipping or flaking. This nifty little gel set has everything you could desire, it is compact, leaves your nails looking glossy for salon-like nails that last for a minimum of two weeks.”
The Executioner Pro Fly Killer Mosquito Swatter Racket | £19.99 from Amazon
“Best lockdown purchase is by far The Executioner Pro Fly Swatter - not only does it keep my flat fly free... you also get a decent home workout.”
4 Seater Bamboo Sofa Set | £250 from Argos
“Like many in lockdown I quickly made the most out of my outdoor space, which meant purchasing a new garden furniture set. I bought this trendy four-piece rattan set from Argos and it totally transformed my small balcony. Hands down the best money I spent during lockdown.”
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup | £8.19 from Amazon
“As a bookworm I visit the library at least once a week. With these shut during lockdown, I turned to Amazon to get my fix. The best book I read while isolating was Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, a fascinating non-fiction account of the rise and fall of the fraudulent biotech firm Theranos.”
Forme Cromford 1 2019 Hybrid Bike | £400 from Evans Cycles
“I was keen to visit friends as soon as outdoor socialising was permitted, but wanted to avoid public transport. This bike bought me some freedom during lockdown and has helped me stay in shape.”
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml Tube Starter | £28.50 from lookfantastic
“Having always had a fairly basic skin care regime and not ever being very happy with my skin, I invested in several Liz Earle products at the start of lockdown (Cleanse and Polish, Skin Repair moisturiser and the Deep Cleansing Mask). Using these products properly and regularly, combined with not wearing foundation, has made my skin much better and I feel happy enough to go make-up free most days!”
Bush Classic Retro Portable Case Record Player | £31.99 from Argos
“I used lockdown as an excuse to finally get into vinyl. After a lot of researching to find a reliable and affordable option, I purchased this top-rated Argos player, which cost only £31.99 and has thousands of five-star reviews. It continues to exceed my expectations and makes my mornings that extra bit brighter.”
Collagen Face Cream | £12 from Q+A
“I bought a new moisturiser after having to spend more time than usual staring at my own face on video calls. This brand is UK-based, cruelty-free and affordable – and it makes my skin feel super hydrated.”
Blooma Maipo Charcoal Pizza oven | £163 at B&Q
“We've used the Blooma Maipo Charcoal Pizza Oven endlessly during lockdown (flour permitting). It has been a great sunny weekend activity when my husband and I have been bored out of our minds and fed up of our kitchen.”
Boom & Wild 3 month flower subscription | £60 from Bloom and Wild
“Bloom & Wild’s flower subscription service has given me something to look forward to every fortnight. It managed to give me a sense of normality as I couldn’t do my usual weekend routine and pop to buy a bunch, and each bouquet never fails to cheer me up - especially when working from home.”
NuSkin AGELOC LUMISPA | £185.99 from Amazon
“I had done a lot of research on this because it is quite expensive, but after seeing an influencer using it, I was sold. First couple of days I loved it, my skin feels silky smooth and glowing. I definitely prefer using it to take my make-up off than micellar water.”
Yo-Yo DESK 120 Height Adjustable Standing Desk | £359.95 from Amazon
“This standing desk was recommended to me by one of my employees, he raved about it during the start of quarantine. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when it arrived I was not disappointed. The ability to work standing up has completely changed my productivity. Before this I was finding myself getting restless, achey and distracted. But when you’re starting to feel tired and flat, this prop is the perfect way to change your posture, shake you out of a slump and to give you a boost of energy.”
Bath Oil | £35 from Olverum
“Having the time to actually have a bath in the mornings in lieu of a commute into the city, I decided to invest in this royal-favoured bath oil. It's luxurious, calming and leaves your skin softly scented and silky all day long.”
Z-Man Games Carcassonne New Edition Board Game | £25.31 (Was £32.01) from Amazon
“I bought this (somewhat geeky) board game at the start of lockdown after playing it with friends pre-lockdown. It's ideal for two players - unlike most of our board games. We've played it a LOT during lockdown.”
Dyson AM09 White / Silver Hot and Cool Fan Heater | £399.99 from Argos
“Worth every penny.”
SoBuy FKW56-N, Industrial Vintage Style Serving Trolley | £74.95 from Amazon
“I was getting fed up of having drinks in different areas in my home, especially as the wine rack was jam packed. When Zoom quizzes started flowing in full force, I decided a drinks trolley was a fun household accessory that would keep my home organised and make it easier for me to choose a beverage of choice. It has various compartments and racks for drinks and glasses, and is super easy to build on your own.”
Massage Gun | £84.99 (Was £89.99) from Amazon
“I bought a massage gun because I started to do a lot more running during lockdown, but found it was starting to hurt my legs and stretching wasn’t quite cutting it. It is very easy to use and only needs two batteries to get going, which is great as you can take the lightweight device on the go and change the batteries with ease. I would definitely recommend it for those who want a massage.”