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50 Guilty-Pleasure Purchases to Treat Yourself Right Now

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This historic pandemic has changed our daily lives in uncomfortable ways. A little retail therapy may seem like an indulgence, but it could be something practical. If you’re cooking more, why not spring for some gourmet cheese or a better backyard grill? If you’re trying to stay fit without going to the gym, new running shoes might come in handy. Here are 50 guilty-pleasure purchases for when you need something to help keep you going but don't want to be too frivolous. Of course, everyone's financial circumstances are different — especially at a time like this — so these picks cover a wide price range, from bigger-ticket items for those who can afford them to inexpensive options that will still feel like a treat.

Prices and availability were researched in mid-May and are subject to change.

Lodge Enamel Cast Iron 7.5 Quart Dutch Oven
Walmart
Brooklinen Luxe 7 Piece Sheet Set
Amazon

Brooklinen Luxe 7-Piece Sheet Set

Price: $294 from Amazon
Buy It
Brooklinen has become internet-famous for its next-level sheets, which earn customer praise as "the best set of sheets I have bought" and "very soft sheets, hotel quality." To really upgrade your bed and get a good night's sleep, these may be the ticket.

Related: The Best Ikea Mattresses

beFree Sound BFS-99X 2.1 Channel Multimedia Entertainment Shelf Bluetooth Speaker System
Walmart

BeFree Sound Multimedia Bluetooth Speaker System

Buy on Walmart  $59.73

Price: $60 from Walmart
Buy It
If you're looking to put together a home theater or even just want better speakers for your daily soundtrack, this sound system gets high marks from reviewers for its quality and price.

Spotify Premium Subscription
Spotify

Spotify Premium Subscription

Price: Starting at $10 per month
Buy It
After upgrading a sound system, you'll likely be listening to more music than ever. Spotify Premium allows for ad-free listening of your favorite tunes.

Cuisinart 3-In-1 Stainless Five-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner
Walmart

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless Five-Burner Gas Grill

Price: $347 from Walmart
Buy It
While you can't host a big backyard barbecue during a pandemic, there's still backyard grilling for the family. This gas Cuisinart grill is loved by reviewers for its multiple functions, smooth installation, and ease of use.

Related: 25 Grilling Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

Grill Masters Club
Cratejoy

Grill Masters Club Subscription

Price: $25 per month from Cratejoy
Buy It
If you're going whole hog (excuse the pun) into grilling, perhaps you could use a monthly box of grilling help. This subscription ships at the start of every month, and comes with four pit-master-approved grilling products such as rubs, spices, sauces, wood chips, and grilling accessories.

Related: 17 Places to Order Pork, Steaks, and Other Meats Online

Skinesque Wake Up & Makeup Prep Sheet Mask, 2-pack
Costco

Skinesque Wake Up & Makeup Prep Sheet Masks

Price: $30 from Costco
Buy It
To get into the "treat yourself" spirit, there's nothing like a good skincare mask. This pack promises to hydrate, tone, and prime the skin — and while $15 per mask isn't cheap, it's also in no way the priciest option.

Related: We Tried 7 Lotions for Dry Skin and This Is the Best

TCL 32S327 32-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV
Amazon

TCL 32" Roku Smart LED TV

Price: $150 from Amazon
Buy It
With everyone at home competing for TV time, a spare screen may be in order. Reviewers love this 32-inch model with streaming capability, saying it's easy to use and works well.

Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set
Walmart

Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set

Buy on Walmart  $38.95

Price: $39 from Walmart
Buy It
When bars are closed, you may as well learn how to whip yourself up a proper martini, old-fashioned, and other favorite cocktails. This flashy bar set includes an ice bucket, wine chiller, cocktail shaker, and serving tray to get you started.

Related: How to Fully Stock Your Bar for Under $300

SaloonBox DIY Cocktail Kit
Cratejoy

SaloonBox DIY Cocktail Kit

Price: $49 per month from Cratejoy
Buy It
This cocktail subscription comes with ingredients and instructions to make four cocktails each month, including 10 to 15 needed ingredients from alcohol, bitters, and syrup to dry fruit, honey, juice, or seltzer. Customer reviews say the cocktails are delicious, creative, and not terribly hard to make.

Related: 15 Best Tequilas Under $30 a Bottle for Your Home Bar

Cuisinart Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Stainless Steel Coffee Maker
Walmart
Radius Garden Ergonomic Hand Tool Set
Home Depot
Kitchen Aid 5-Qt. Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl
Amazon

KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Design Series

Price: $414 from Amazon
Buy It
With many bakeries closed, many have found themselves left to their own devices for savories or sweets. For those cookies, cakes, and breads you’re whipping up, this KitchenAid mixer with glass bowl will come in handy.

Related: 20 Essential Baking Tools That Every Aspiring Pastry Chef Needs

Start a Virtual Book Club
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Book of the Month Club

Price: $15 after an initial $10 from Book of the Month
Buy It
This monthly subscription for book lovers offers a selection of five books each month. You choose which one (or two) you want, and they're mailed over. You can skip a month or get a credit if you don't want any of the books in a given month.

Eberjey Women's Short Pj Set
Amazon

Eberjey Women's Short PJ Set

Price: Starting at $65 from Amazon
Buy It
We're not condoning spending all day in pajamas, necessarily, but if you do find yourself wearing them more often, why not spring for a stylish but still very comfortable set? This one is perfect for summer.

Related: Pajamas, Sweats, and Leisure Wear Perfect for Working at Home

Ozark Trail 22-Piece Camping Combo
Walmart

Ozark Trail 22-Piece Camping Combo

Buy on Walmart  $149

Price: $149 from Walmart
Buy It
Maybe you're looking to do some socially distanced camping. Maybe you just want your backyard to feel like you're camping. Either way, this set has everything you need, including a four-person tent, gear loft, two sleeping bags with pillows and foam sleeping pads, two chairs, dry bags, a lantern, and a carry-all bag. Customer reviews call it a good beginner's set, especially for the price.

AEM Hi Arts Watercolor Paint Artist Set
Amazon

AEM Watercolor Paint Artist Set

Price: $50 from Amazon
Buy It
More at-home time means more time to try hobbies. This artist set might result in amateurish work — or prove you to be the next Picasso or Frida Kahlo. There's only one way to find out.

NordicTrack Z 1300i Treadmill with 1-Year iFit Coach
Costco

NordicTrack Treadmill With 1-Year iFit Coach

Price: $1,300 from Costco
Buy It
If you're looking to get fit at home, this treadmill is sturdy and comes with preloaded workouts plus a membership to iFit, which uses Google Maps' Street View to simulate workouts all over the world. Reviewers wish it had Bluetooth but otherwise love it.

ProForm Cadence HIIT CS Elliptical Trainer with 1-Year iFit Membership
Walmart

ProForm Cadence HIIT Elliptical Trainer

Buy on Walmart  $699

Price: $739 from Walmart
Buy It
A less pricey but still effective option is this elliptical machine, which comes with the same iFit membership that mimics terrain and can help home athletes make goals in line with what personal trainers would recommend. Customer reviewers like the variety of the workouts offered and the product, especially for the price.

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit
Nike

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit

Price: $160 from Nike
Buy It
If you prefer to go running, you need a good running shoe. There are plenty of great ones out there, but you can't get more iconic than Nike, and customer reviewers say these are comfortable and durable, even on long runs.

Foam Roller, TriggerPoint GRID
Walmart

TriggerPoint Foam Roller

Buy on Walmart  $26.24

Price: Starting at $27 from Walmart
Buy It
One thing new runners sometimes forget is recovery. To relieve those sore muscles, consider a foam roller. This one has a multi-density surface to work out kinks.

Osaki OS-4000XT Massage Chair
Costco

Osaki Massage Chair

Price: $2,000 from Costco
Buy It
If you're used to going for regular massages, you're likely missing them. While it's not the same as having a trained masseur kneading you, this chair from Costco has all the bells and whistles, including an ache sensor and two stages of zero gravity, and is recommended by customer reviewers.

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 48 oz
Amazon

Vitamix E310 Explorian Professional Blender

Price: $288 from Amazon
Buy It
Maybe you have ambitions to make green smoothies, hot soups, ice cream, and more. The Vitamix is the most coveted of blenders, and customer reviews say this one works well, isn't too loud, and is easy to clean.

Monthly Japan Crate
Cratejoy

Japan Crate Subscription

Price: $27 from Cratejoy
Buy It
Don't get frustrated by travel being on hold. Make a monthly culinary trip to Japan with this box from Cratejoy, which includes versions with candy, noodles, drinks, stationery items, and more.

Fluffy Cheesecake
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Junior’s Cheesecake Box

Price: $60 from Goldbelly
Buy It
Maybe you were planning a summer trip to New York? Stream a Broadway show online while eating the famous cheesecake from Junior's for a quick NYC trip from your very own couch.

Related: A Virtual Weekend Vacation in New York

Standing Desk with Height Adjustable
Amazon
Ergonomic Office Chair
Walmart
State Cashmere Short Sleeve Crew Top Sweater
Amazon

State Cashmere Short Sleeve Crew Neck Sweater

Price: $95 from Amazon
Buy It
If you find yourself on a lot of Zoom calls, you're likely looking for tops that are comfortable but professional. Cashmere seems like the perfect intersection, and this is a reasonably priced option.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Amazon
Written Communication
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Masterclass

Price: $15 per month from Masterclass
Buy It
Colleges may be closed, but the internet is always open. Dive into a subject with instructors such as Vogue's Anna Wintour, food icon Alice Waters, comedian Steve Martin, and more.

Outdoor Green Mound Juniper Bonsai
Home Depot

Outdoor Green Mound Juniper

Buy on HomeDepot  $100

Price: $100 from Home Depot
Buy It
Find serenity in hard times and light up your home with a natural presence that's easy to care for. This pre-potted juniper is easy to maintain anywhere with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Online Cooking Class
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Online Cooking School from America’s Test Kitchen

Price: Starting at $8 from Online Cooking School
Buy It
For those who are really set on mastering the art of cooking, online cooking classes may be a great investment. America's Test Kitchen is known for its proven recipes — and now for producing instructors for this online cooking school. (Want more options? Here are 11 Online Cooking Classes to Sharpen Your Skills While Stuck at Home.)

J.A. Henckels International 10-Piece Capri Granitium Nonstick Cookware Set
Costco

J.A. Henckels International 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

Price: $200 from Costco
Buy It
Burgeoning chefs need pots and pans to make their gourmet dreams come true. This nonstick set is oven safe, dishwasher safe, and loved by customers for its versatility and ease of use.

Swedish Forged Knife Set
Costco

Swedish Forged Knife Set

Price: $90 from Costco
Buy It
Customer reviews call this knife set sharp, comfortable to use, and high quality. It makes a great starter set for beginners.

KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set
Walmart
Seligo Monthly Pasta Box
Cratejoy

Seligo Monthly Pasta Box

Price: $25 per month from Cratejoy
Buy It
Feel like leaving the pasta-making to someone else? No problem. Every month, you'll get a box with antipasto, pasta made with ancient grains, and a paired sauce or pesto. Customer reviews show appreciation for the authentic flavors and ability to turn an ordinary dinner into a special occasion.

Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 101-Ounce Tin
Amazon

Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Price: $39 from Amazon
Buy It
This 3-liter container of first cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil from Sicily would be great for cooking or finishing. If you're embarking on a host of cooking projects, you want to make sure you're stocked on pantry staples.

Deluxe Hot Sauce Kit Featuring Heirloom Peppers From 5th Generation Farmers, A Full Set Of Recipes, Storing Bottles & More!
Amazon
Corelle 18pc Vitrelle Embossed Bella Faenza Dinnerware Set
Target

Corelle Vitrelle Embossed Bella Faenza Dinnerware Set

Buy on Target  $84.99

Price: $85 from Target
Buy It
Funnel what used to be a restaurant budget into upgrading your at-home dining experience, starting with this dinnerware set with six place settings, which reviewers praise for being beautiful and durable.

12pc Avesta Stoneware Dinnerware Set Green
Target

Avesta Stoneware Dinnerware Set

Buy on Target  $19.99

Price: $20 from Target
Buy It
If you want something more colorful and less expensive, this cheerful seafoam green set with four place settings gets marks for simplicity and durability from reviewers.

Soft Cheese
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Curdbox Subscription

Price: $50 per month from Curdbox
Buy It
This subscription box will start introducing you to the great cheeses of the world. Coming from Boston cheese shop Curds & Co., this monthly box comes with three artisanal cheeses, three specialty food pairings, a pairing info card, and more. It can even serve as dinner for two to three people.

Related: 25 Snack Box Subscriptions for Every Type of Eater

Standing Stone Farms Basic Beginner Cheese Making Kit
Amazon

Standing Stone Farms Basic Beginner Cheese Making Kit

Price: $30 from Amazon
Buy It
Instead of getting cheese delivered, make your own. This kit allows you to make mozzarella, burrata, burricotta, chevre, ricotta, and mascarpone (and butter) in as little as 20 minutes. Customer reviews say it's effective and fun, and the directions are easy to follow.

Flowers
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'Make a Splash' Bouquet

Price: Starting at $59 from the Bouqs Co.
Buy It
A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a good way to brighten your day. Try a summer bouquet featuring sunflowers, dark pink roses, and hypericum berries.

Bierman Upholstered Headboard - Christopher Knight
Target

Christopher Knight Home Bierman Upholstered Headboard

Buy on Target  

Price: $126 from Target
Buy It
Getting sick of looking at your old furniture? This headboard's elegant, diamond-tufted design will dress up any drab bedroom. It attaches to any queen or full metal bed frame and is adjustable to your bed height. Customer reviews say it's easy to put together, too.

PureFit Stretch Chair Sofa Slipcover
Amazon

PureFit Stretch Chair Sofa Slipcover

Price: $38 from Amazon
Buy It
Make redesigning easy by getting new slipcovers for chairs and sofas. These are attractive and functional, and give old furniture new life.

SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad, and Wading Pool for Learning
Amazon
Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Subscription
Disney Plus

Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Subscription

Price: $13 monthly
Buy It
Streaming has sent your favorite movies and shows to too many different services to subscribe to them all. But this powerful combination will keep you busy.

Friends The Complete Series Box Set
Amazon

'Friends: The Complete Series' Blu-ray Box Set

Price: $70 from Amazon
Buy It
Not all of your favorite shows can be streamed, even in 2020. If you're looking for comfort TV right now, rewatching "Friends" by way of this box set may be exactly what you need until the series pops up again on HBO Max.

Hot Sauce
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Fuego Box Hot Sauce Subscription

Price: Starting at $18 from Fuego Box
Buy It
This hot sauce subscription has gotten good press and has options for one, two, or three hot sauces monthly, from mild to hot.

  My First Reading Club
Cratejoy

My First Reading Club

Price: $17 per month from Cratejoy
Buy It
Children up to 12 will enjoy the reading clubs from Cratejoy, which come with age-appropriate books and a little gift for mom in each box. Customer reviews say the books are fun and age-appropriate, and that children love getting packages addressed to them.

Related: 55 Subscription Kits to Entertain and Educate Stir-Crazy Kids