Bring Spa Trips, Movie Outings, Wineries, and More to Your Home With These 13 Products

Oculus/Amazon
Oculus/Amazon

When was the last time you went to the spa? Or watched a film in an actual movie theater? Went on vacation? Chances are, you're closing in on at least six months indoors at this point. While we’re not running out of the house to get a pedicure or massage anytime soon, many of us are missing the small luxuries we often took for granted before the coronavirus pandemic. To help maintain some semblance of normalcy, we scoured the internet for the best products to help you recreate these once-overlooked experiences right in the comfort of your own home.

1. Vankyo Mini Portable Movie Projector; $120

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Recreate the movie theater experience at home—either outdoors or indoors—with this compact portable movie projector. Not only is it super simple to set up and use, it also easily connects to your smartphone (and you don’t even need to install an app!), PlayStation, or Xbox. This model from Vankyo tops out at a 170-inch display with a 1080p HD picture. Just don't forget the screen if you're heading outside for movie night.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager; $50

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Nix the fancy spa treatments and avoid all outside human contact in favor of this back and neck massager from Zyllion. With just the touch of a button, this (heated!) massage pillow kneads away all of your knots, cramps, aches, and pains. The massager will even change direction every minute, so it will feel closer to the real thing. All you have to do is plug it into the wall and let it work its magic. Voila!

Buy it: Amazon

3. Cratejoy’s International Snack Boxes; prices vary

Cratejoy

If you had to put your globetrotting escapades on hold for the time being, rest assured that you can still snack like a world traveler without needing a passport or even a pair of pants. Just head on over to Cratejoy to choose from dozens of international-inspired snack boxes and food subscriptions. From Japanese treats shipped straight from Tokyo to gourmet Italian goodies like pasta and breadsticks (think of all the carbs!), the options are limitless.

Buy it: Cratejoy

4. Grub From Goldbelly; Prices Vary

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You've got similar options over on Goldbelly, except here, you can get signature meals from some of America's most popular restaurants delivered right to your door. From the mouthwatering cannoli at Ferrara Bakery (a Big Apple staple since 1892) to fresh lobster rolls straight from Beal's Lobster Pier in Maine to Lou Malnati’s famed deep-dish Chicago pizza, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some of these you can eat as is, while others come frozen for you to simply toss in the oven for a bit. If you're looking to make a night of it, you can get certain options—like Shake Shack burgers—delivered raw, so you can cook them however you want.

Buy it: Goldbelly

5. and 6. A Haircutting Set and Beard Grooming Kit; $21-$22

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After five-plus months of quarantine, chances are, you need a haircut. If you opt to DIY it, you’ll want to invest in a quality, professional-grade haircutting set. We love this one from Sirabe, which features a comb, two scissors, a neck-dusting brush, a hairpin, a handy storage bag, plus several other tools. Additionally, if you've been growing out a voluminous self-isolation beard, you should consider purchasing this grooming kit for some serious pampering. The kit includes shampoo, stainless steel scissors, a guide book, beard balm, a hairbrush, and other products to keep your beard clean, lush, and full of life.

Buy it: Amazon (Haircut set, beard kit)

7. A Rent the Runway Subscription; Prices Vary

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Remember shopping malls? Us, too. Try on new clothing from the comfort of your home (read: no sweltering dressing rooms or pesky salespeople) with a Rent the Runway subscription. For the basic membership, you can rent four items at a time for four to eight days—sans the hefty department store price tags. There are more than 10,000 styles and 400 designers to choose from, so you won't run out of options anytime soon. You can do a trial month for just $69.

Buy it: Rent the Runway

8. Oculus Quest VR headset; $500

Oculus

While the Oculus Quest is pricey, it definitely lives up to the hype. In fact, the world is (quite literally) at your fingertips with these easy-to-use virtual reality headsets. Vacation Simulator is just one of the hundreds of games you can choose from to escape your current reality, which is probably pretty tempting for most people. You can also travel to a galaxy far, far away in the Star Wars-themed Vader Immortal game, or you could just pull a cooler up to your sofa and kick back with some VR fishing.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Westin Ultra Luxe Fitted Sheet set; $179

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Though you're likely staying in your own bed for the foreseeable future, you can transform your bedroom into a fancy hotel suite with these plush, crisp bed sheets from Westin (yes, the luxury hotel chain). The ultra-soft sheets, which are handcrafted in Italy, feature 600-thread-count cotton. Even better? They’re machine washable. You can also opt to take your pillowcases to the next level with matching pillowcases, which come in a set of two.

Buy it: Amazon

10. and 11. At-Home Wine and Beer Tastings; starting at $41-$43

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Whether you’re an oenophile or a beer aficionado, you can still sample the best drinks from around the country (and hold a group tasting via Zoom in the process). Winos will appreciate a California Wine Club membership, which features curated bottles from artisan wineries. There are multiple levels to this club, including memberships devoted to international wines, aged Cabernets, and one that focuses solely on vino from the Pacific Northwest. Though the specifics change with each, you're looking at two to four bottles of handpicked wine per month.

Meanwhile, beer lovers should join The Original Craft Beer Club, where you can get some of the best beer from around the country shipped straight to your door. Shipments range from 12 to 24 bottles or cans (four styles, three of each for the smaller subscription), and you'll receive a selection of IPAs, pilsners, stouts, and other varieties from breweries you otherwise would likely never get to experience on your own.

Buy it: California Wine Club and The Original Craft Beer Club

12. and 13. DIY pedicure and manicure Kits; $14-$59

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Treat yourself to a much-needed mani or relaxing pedicure right in the comfort of your home. The Deborah Lippman Nail Essentials Kit includes everything you need for an at-home manicure, including hand cream, two nail polishes, a base coat, a top coat, a nail file, a nail buffer, and nail polish remover finger mitts (!). Meanwhile, this 18-piece pedicure set makes at-home pedis a breeze.

Buy it: Sephora and Amazon

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10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

Mr. Heater/Amazon
Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

Lasko/Amazon

This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

Alrocket/Amazon

Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

Buy it: Amazon

3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

De’Longhi/Amazon

If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

Aikoper/Amazon

Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

Isiler/Amazon

For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

Buy it: Amazon

Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

Hiland/Amazon

The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

Solo Stove/Amazon

This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

Dr. Infrared/Amazon

You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

Buy it: Amazon

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10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

Mr. Heater/Amazon
Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20

Lasko/Amazon

This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25

Alrocket/Amazon

Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

Buy it: Amazon

3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79

De’Longhi/Amazon

If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70

Aikoper/Amazon

Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Isiler Space Heater; $37

Isiler/Amazon

For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

Buy it: Amazon

Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various

Hiland/Amazon

The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

Solo Stove/Amazon

This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

Dr. Infrared/Amazon

You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

Buy it: Amazon

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