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All year long, Yahoo's shopping editors busily scan the web to bring you the very best deals on awesome products. Day in, day out, they hunt, compare and assess. But editors are people too. And they definitely have their favorites — those items they nab for themselves, recommend to friends and buy on repeat as gifts.
As 2021 wraps up, we talked amongst ourselves and pulled together a list of the goods that made life better this year, from a delicious treatment for chapped lips to a magic wand that eases muscle aches. Keep in mind that our editors see everything out there. So when they say something is special, we know it's truly exceptional.
Here are the 12 products Yahoo editors loved most in 2021.
A $15 wallet that'll organize your entire life
"I can’t tell you how much this Travelambro wallet has simplified my life. With 18 (yes, 18) credit card pockets and two zippable pouches, it holds all the cards I need to tote around for a family of five — credit cards, health insurance cards, gift cards, vaccination cards, they all fit! The material is durable and seemingly indestructible — the bottom of my purse is a scary place, and this wallet has stayed pristine for a year and counting. It also comes in great colors and textures that make it look way pricier than it is. I bought five of them this year as holiday gifts for friends and family — no one will ever guess they are just $16!" —Laura Kenney, editor in chief, commerce
A fitting car seat for man's best friend
"I have a 4-year-old dog who gets very anxious in the car, which became a big problem when I began driving more this past year. I needed to find a quick solution that would make both of us happy. Luckily, I found it in the PetSafe Happy Ride Car Cuddler. It's a soft and cozy dog bed that stays in place with a secure strap that wraps around the headrest. It's easy to take it on and off, so I can remove it whenever my wingman stays home." —Westry Green, managing editor
A clear solution for cluttered cabinets
"The Vtopmart Cereal Storage Containers have been a big hit in my house. We tend to get a bunch of different cereals and eat them sporadically. These help organize all that loose food and keeps it fresh for months." —Korin Miller, commerce editor
A dedicated car vac
"ThisWorx Car Vacuum: The gift so nice, I bought it twice! Seriously. I bought it at the end of summer ahead of a beach trip and I even packed it for our Christmas vacation to visit family in the Caribbean. Plugs right into your car's power outlet, has a very long cable and I can speak from experience that it works great on sand and Animal Cracker crumbs. Can't recommend it enough!" —Alex Tint, director, affiliate commerce operations
A gadget that helps find your keys, phone and sanity
"The new Tile Pro is the ultimate makes-life-easier product, because it solves the most common problem of our time: 'Where the HECK did I put my phone down?!'" —Rick Broida, tech editor
A magic wand for sore muscles
"Eeny, meeny, miny, mo. Catch a tiger by the toe — er, the tail. The Tiger Tail is a handheld foam roller for relieving muscle aches and releasing fascia. Word is, pro athletes swear by it. I love this thing and have gifted it to everyone I know. I've been sitting way too much the last few months and can feel the fronts of my hips and thighs get tighter and tighter. I roll with this thing a couple of times a day and immediately notice the difference. So much easier than lying on the floor to utilize a big foam roller. Also great on calves, upper arms, neck and the muscles above the knee. I even use this thing on my head." —Anne Mandler, editor
An overnight fix for chapped lips
"I discovered this Laneige lip mask about two years ago and have been using it religiously every night before bed. It's a miracle worker on dry, chapped lips — mine used to get so dry they'd bleed, especially in the winter — and the creamy formula soothes and hydrates them, plus imparts a subtle sheen that's still there when I wake up. Don't be fooled by its size; a pot lasts me a solid six to eight months, and I apply liberally. The original Berry flavor is my favorite, though I kept Gingersnap on rotation all month." —Izabella Zaydenberg, senior commerce editor
A heartwarming stuffie for your pup
"We adopted a puppy! The puppy missed her birth mama and sibs at night (and we missed sleeping) so we got another puppy: the SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Heartbeat Stuffed Toy. This cutie (available in five colors) has a heartbeat and comes with disposable warmers. A month later, our pup Suki still sleeps right on top of her cuddle buddy all night long. So adorable and it works!" —Libby Sentz, commerce editor
A tote-ally awesome LEGO/Target collab
"My friends love game night. But it's always such a pain to carry my games around because they're too big and messy to fit in a standard tote bag. That's why I was excited to get this beautiful Target x LEGO collaboration tote. It's got a huge inside pocket that can fit games (and a bottle of wine or two), along with plenty of smaller pockets both inside and out for all sorts of items: card games, bottle openers, keys and even a few snacks. I'm looking forward to when the weather gets warmer so I can take this to the pool, park and more!" —Kris Naudus, central commerce editor
A cute pair of weights
"I really got into walking this year as a way to decompress after a long day of work and of course for physical health purposes. I love Bala Bangles because not only are they cute, but they add minimal weight and come in an array of colors. I'm not only motivated to walk, but I look forward to my daily exercises because I am able to wear them!" —Vinciane Ngomsi, sports commerce writer
An uplifting olfactory experience
"Working from home can, occasionally, lead to bouts of cabin fever. When I need to buckle down and stay put, I turn on the Tagital aromatherapy diffuser to revive my senses. Smells are transportive. When I use the clove oil, for example, it reminds me of my mom's house. When I use a blend of eucalyptus and lemon, it takes me to the New Jersey spa I used to go to with my girlfriends. That one little change in my daily routine has helped to perk me up and motivate me to keep on keepin' on." —Stephanie Sisco, commerce editor
A $26 self-care haven
"I get giddy over new storage containers. And this chic little number from Umbra has really changed my organizational life — at least in the bedroom. Sculptural and strikingly white, it's like a piece of art that just happens to hold nightstand essentials like my lip balm, sleep mask, hand lotion and face cream. It's not only a catchall but a self-care station! I just might put one in every room of the house." —Nicole Sforza, executive editor
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