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10 Goods That Make New Year’s Resolutions Feel Less Terrible

While there will always be something sublime about the December 31 moment when clocks all around the world strike midnight, the hype around New Year's Resolutions is dying out. It's getting harder and harder to breathe in the magic with all that new-year-new-me noise stuffing up January's fresh air. Instead of crumbling up the set of expectations we annually hold ourselves to and tossing them aside, we found some alluring merchandise that will help us conquer our 2021 ambitions.

We're talking about clever shopping solutions that actually encourage us, not force us, to live our "best lives" — whatever that may look like! There's everything from healthy meal-delivery services that don't sacrifice flavor to elegant candle-making kits for mastering new trendy hobbies, bamboo hampers that turn cleaning into an extra-chic affair, and wildly engaging virtual fitness classes. Click ahead to invest in a more magical new year with goods that will make the most of your time.


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Daily Harvest Monthly Subscription

Resolution: Mindful Eating
For those of us who are tired of googling, "healthy shopping lists" and showing up to the grocery store completely unmotivated to throw a bag of kale in our carts, it might be time to invest in a food subscription service. Daily Harvest lets you build a daily, weekly, or monthly subscription box full of organic smoothies, hearty soups, zesty flatbreads, and even ice cream scoops that fuel your body. Snag a subscription of your own for 2021 and say goodbye to any formidable grocery aisles.

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Marie Kondo Shoji Bamboo Bin

Resolution: Get Organized
Marie Kondo and The Container Store collaborating on a line of home goods definitely, "sparks joy." If you're deadset on keeping your living space tidy (or just tidier) in 2021 then we highly suggest taking a peek at this minimalistic organization oasis. In her collection, you'll find desk essentials, ceramic canisters, Kawaii pouches, and more vessels to stash away all of your clutter in fashion.

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Obé Fitness Subscription

Resolution: Start A Fitness Journey
We are almost a year into the pandemic, and many of us have mentally shut down along with the gyms, yoga classes, CrossFit garages, and other reliable stress relievers. In 2021, it's time to fix that. This virtual workout adventure is just peppy enough to make you forget that you're doing squat jumps in your studio apartment (I've tried it myself). With both live classes and replays, you can grind out a full weekly workout regimen in the comfort of your own home. If getting in shape is your 2021 destination, then Obé Fitness can take you there.

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Etsy Candle Making Kit

Resolution: Get A Hobby
Sometimes the answer to relaxation, self-care, and peace of mind is getting a hobby. Whether you are a total pro at your new pastime or fall in the needs improvement category is not important, it's whether or not you enjoy doing it. Unconventional pretty candles were all the rage in 2020 so why not try to make one on your own? This kit provides you with everything you need –– candle glass, essential oils, soy wax, etc. –– to make six stellar aromatic candles in any two scents of your choice.

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Olive & June The Mani System

Resolution: DIY More
Whether you were a nail salon devotee before 2020 or are a total nail polish novice, learning how to master a manicure is a great skill to hone in 2021. This Olive & June starter kit is the perfect way to practice the art of stay-at-home nails and can transform you into an acrylics connoisseur. In fact, tune in to Olive & June's free seven-day salon-perfect nails boot camp starting January 24 on Instagram if you really want to get serious.

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Amazon Budget Planner

Resolution: Save Money
As a member of R29's shopping team, I technically do not have the right to preach about how to save money, however, I will say that investing in a budget journal can't hurt. This Clever Fox planner is bound to keep you and your checks in check with its pages of budget outlines, strategy notes, and expense tracker charts. Just this once, dishing out a few dollars will definitely save you the big bucks.

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Crate Joy Authentic Books Subscription

Resolution: READ!
In a TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter-based world, it can be hard to remember the joy of reading a book you just can't seem to put down. Well, instead of constantly reminding yourself, Authentic Books will bring the ultimate 5-sense bookworm experience right to your doorstep. Each box includes a hardcover new release, a themed scented candle, a themed cocktail or tea, a custom book music playlist, and some themed self-care and beauty products.

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Amazon Meditation Pillow

Resolution: Make Time To Meditate
Meditation can be the key to peace of mind if you stick with it. However, it can be hard to focus on your center when you feel a slight ache in your lower back from being perched on the floor for too long. Who knew that a cushy floor pad was your ticket to total zen mornings?

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Soko Glam Quick Starter Skincare Set

Resolution: Take Care Of Your Skin
The atmosphere that swirls around perfecting a skincare regimen is daunting — choose the wrong products and you could break out or don't buy any products and you feel like you're hanging your skin out to dry. Skip the stress and pick up Soko Glam's quick and easy starter kit instead. One-click at checkout and you're off to the races with a cleansing balm, soothing cleanser, toner, ampoule, and a moisturizer.

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GlobeIn Round Tiffin

Resolution: Refresh Your Space
When revamping your living space, sometimes the most essentials elements are the non-essentials, like this festive tin. Although you don't really need it, the pink hue and floral accents can light up a room and inspire you to bring more joy into your life. Is it a stretch? Maybe. But is it worth a try? Definitely.

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