The best purchase we have been enjoying has been TSA Pre. I didn’t appreciate how much I would appreciate it. Similarly, I continue to be delighted to take toll-roads with a toll tag for the city nearest us.
Having a battery that can fuel a phone or laptop during travel has been really great. I’ve also been able to occasionally help out fellow travelers. We have bought several Anker products (amazon link) and have been very happy with all of them.
This kit to make a music box (not sponsored) is probably the coolest kid’s present this year. Even after the music box has been created, it provides hours of fun choosing different songs.
DH wants to give a shoutout to this guy who organizes boxes of electronic components (I guess the actual organization is done in China, according to the box, also, not sponsored). DH is in love with a box of resistors. It brilliantly stores resistors on labeled sheets of paper in little plastic bags in a little box. If DH hadn’t stumbled on it online, he would have done what all of his former labs have done and bought a fishing tackle box or cabinet and sorted them that way. This is much more compact and it’s much faster to find things.
This backpack from Tom Bihn (not sponsored) has made traveling much easier. I’ve stopped taking my own bag and use DH’s backpack instead.
Last year I suggested that DH buy me some bras, figuring he’d get something to his taste (Sorry! The TMI was only in my brain though :/.). Instead he went to a department store and got boring but very supportive bras in my size that cost quite a bit more than the kind I used to pick up for myself at Target. Things I would think of as Grandma-style or for women with larger busts than what I have. And… it turns out that’s what people (my shopping buddy, my sister… though to be fair, I WENT bra shopping with my shopping buddy and did not get this kind even with the lady at the bra store measuring me and hard selling) have been meaning when they’ve been telling me I need better bras for my clothing to fit better. So… lesson learned. Pay more for better bras and better bras aren’t ones that look fancier, but ones that have more coverage. And how is it that DH is better at buying women’s underwear than I am?
While we’re on the subject of women’s clothing, I got some amazing tights from Target online. The brand is A New Day (not sponsored) and all of the tights I got from them have been crazy amazing, from the plain black, to the patterned, to the super soft super warm fleece lined tights that are warmer than a lot of pants. No tears yet! 100% recommend (and we don’t get any kickbacks from Target!)
What things have you loved this past year? What purchases have made your life easier or better?