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As Really simple‘s shopping editor, I’m always discovering stylish or cool new products to include in stories, many of which end up in my own shopping cart. And there have been plenty of clever discoveries, like hybrid bowl plates and an elevated T-shirt, that have caught my attention this year.
These Amazon finds have been some of the most used items in my closet, kitchen and beyond. Much of my shopping has been devoted to home and kitchen items since moving to a new place, but a few fashion and beauty items also made the list. And almost all of these editor-loved products are under $50.
Like many people who move into a new house or apartment, I’ve been eagerly looking for furniture and decor to make it feel special. For many months this year, Amazon was one of the few retailers that had furniture in stock and ready to ship, which is how I found this comfortable and chic Rivet mid-century modern sofa that I chose to my livingroom.
The simple and elegant sofa arrived just days after I ordered it and it came with free delivery to my room of choice. I’ve had it for several months now and I can’t stop raving about its affordability and high-end look. I also love its deep and soft seat cushions that make movie nights and entertaining friends even more comfortable.
I have also done a lot of shopping for my new kitchen. The hybrid bowl plates I raved about months ago are still one of my favorite finds of all time – and they’re on sale right now. And these Libbey small glass bowls with lids are perfect for serving and then storing snacks, dips, spreads, nuts, sweets – you name it. I love that I don’t have to dirty another dish or container to store something I nibbled on, like homemade pesto or fresh strawberries.
Cuisinel’s cast iron skillet has been another handy kitchen item. There are so many great cast iron pots and cookware out there, but I love that this one came with a lid, which makes it great for recipes that require cooking with the stove and oven. And I put the included silicone handle covers and forehead scraper to use right away.
And earlier this year I gifted this cast iron enamel dutch oven to my mom and she can’t stop talking about it. It’s a great alternative for those who want the look and functionality of a high-end Dutch oven without the hefty price tag. She has used her elegant ivory to bake bread, make soups, prepare stews and more. And she can’t believe it doesn’t sell for hundreds of dollars.
My wardrobe has also benefited from the product testing and research I’ve done this year. To my surprise, this simple shirt has become a new favorite. The $18 piece comes from the affordable Amazon Essentials line, and it has a fun little puff sleeve that makes it look a little more elevated than your basic tee, but with the same comfortable feel of a t-shirt . It is available in 11 colors, but the bright pink feels extra fun and unique.
And I hardly ever leave the house with this N/C canvas tote crossbody. The spacious bag has enough space to hold the essentials with space for a book and water bottle. It’s great for running errands or packing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the go. The included shoulder and crossbody straps ensure you can carry it in many different ways, making it a workhorse you’ll want to reach for all the time.
These Amazon finds are just the beginning. Discover more editor-loved finds below, including the affordable silk hair ties that protect my locks from breakage and the soap-dispensing sponge holder that keeps my laundry area nice and tidy.