40 Essential Products to Improve Your Work-From-Home Set Up

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There's the idea of working from home, and then there's the reality. While, yes, you can pretty much do everything you need to do in your pajamas with The Crown on in the background, you'll still need some office essentials to get you through the day. Of course, there are the computer accessories and gadgets just to do the basics, and then there are the products that make your home a bit cozier to toil away in from 9 to 5.

Without the everyday comforts of office supplies, copy machines, or even those pesky co-workers who heat up fish in the microwave every day, working remotely can sometimes be a difficult endeavor. However, this list of items will help make the transition even easier than washing your hands.

1. ANKER QUICK CHARGING STATION; $36

Working from home means staying seriously plugged in to keep your computer going, your phone at the ready, and your tablet fired up so you can do your job without leaving the comfort of your chair. Stay connected with this Anker Quick Charging Station equipped with five charging ports and cool blue LED lights to tell you when the hub has power. With 63 watts of power, you can charge your devices up to 80 percent in just 35 minutes. 

Buy it: Amazon

2. DURAFLAME ELECTRIC FIREPLACE; $190

Nothing says cozy like a fireplace, but not everyone is so blessed to have one and run it all day long. Luckily, the Duraflame electric fireplace can help keep a home workspace warm by providing up to 1000 square feet of comfortable heat with adjustable brightness and speed settings. You can even operate it without heat if you just crave the ambiance of an old-school gentleman's study.

Buy It: Amazon

3. SAICOO LED DESKTOP LAMP; $90

If you want to look your best during your Zoom calls—even if you’ve just rolled out of bed—you’re going to want some good lighting. This Saicco LED lamp has a touch-sensitive panel that allows you to easily control color and brightness. It also has a special light reflection feature to reduce eye fatigue and a built-in charging port, so you’ll be able to charge your phone while in a Zoom meeting.

Buy it: Amazon

4. AMAZON BASICS MICRO-CUT SHREDDER; $55

Many jobs require the printing of sensitive documents, but it could create very costly consequences if they left your secure home. That’s why the Amazon Basics High Security Micro-Cut Shredder is a must-have for anyone working from home. Anything that goes into the machine—from papers to credit cards—turns into “confetti-like” pieces on the other side, ensuring that any confidential matters stay that way.

Buy it: Amazon

5. SPACE SEATING PROFESSIONAL AIRGRID OFFICE CHAIR; $175

Supporting the lower back is key while working at home and sitting in your chair all day long. AirGrid knows this and has developed a chair that conforms to your lower back along with adjustable, tilting armrests. This chair will not only help with improving your work but with your body too as you find the sweet spot for your daily routine.

Buy it: Amazon

6. LAPGEAR HOME OFFICE DESK; $45

While you can certainly work from the comfort of your bed in most cases, a hot laptop takes all that comfort and throws it out the window. Avoid that with this lap desk from LapGear. It fits most laptops and features a convenient slot for your cell phone and an integrated mouse pad. Plus, it’s designed to both ventilate your laptop and keep you feeling cool—something everyone needs during their shift on the couch.

Buy it: Amazon

7. SONY WIRELESS NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES; $278

Drown out of the surrounding sounds with these wireless noise-canceling headphones from Sony. These are designed to create a “virtually soundproof” listening experience, and they’re Alexa-enabled for easy connection to music, podcasts, and news updates. These headphones will last for 30 hours after a single charge and are equipped with touch controls while smart listening technology adjusts to ambient sounds so you'll get through most of the week without being bothered.

Buy it: Amazon

8. NEXSTAND LAPTOP STAND; $39

For taller people, this portable laptop stand is a back-saver. It folds down flat so it can be stored at home, tossed into the bag, or taken to the coffee shop, where it often generates an admiring comment or two. It works best alongside a portable external keyboard and mouse. Make working from anywhere a bit easier on yourself with this portable laptop stand.

Buy It: Amazon

9. GLERUPS BR SLIPPER; $76–$141

When you’re getting cozy while working from home, don’t forget your feet! These unisex wool slippers will conform to the sole of your foot for the perfect fit. They come in a variety of colors and have a rubber sole so you can wear them outside if necessary. There’s also a version without a rubber sole for in-house use only.

Buy it: Amazon

10. SIMPLEHOUESWARE MESH DESK ORGANIZER; $25

This mesh desk organizer from SimpleHouseware will make your kitchen table feel like an office desk. Made with a stylish and space-saving mesh design, it comes with two side load letter trays, a three-compartment drawer, and five dividers so you can store papers, folders, notebooks, and more. And best of all? No tools are needed to assemble it, so building your own mini home office will be a snap.

Buy it: Amazon

11. HÄNS SWIPE-CLEAN; $15

If you're carting your laptop and phone from the coffee shop to meetings to the co-working space, they're going to get gross—fast. HÄNS Swipe is a dual-sided device that cleans on one side and polishes on the other, and it's a great solution for keeping germs at bay, especially in cold and flu season. It is easily portable and refillable while the polishing cloth is washable and re-wrappable making it a more sustainable solution than single-use wipes.

Buy It: Amazon

12. VIVO Standing Desk; $180

If you're the type that likes to stand up, stretch, and walk around the office a bit, the VIVO standing desk can help you stick to that routine. The VIVO's simple height-locking mechanism allows you to go from sitting to standing in one easy movement, while the desk itself has enough space for two monitors. Not only will it allow you to take a much-needed break from sitting, but standing desks have been shown to potentially reduce back pain and increase your overall mood

Buy it: Amazon

13. Fluidstance balance board; $189

If you are looking for more ways to get a bit more exercise in your daily life while at work, the FluidStance balance board might be the answer. Lightweight and made from recycled materials, the FluidStance is all about engaging your core muscles, which helps improve your balance and burns calories along the way. Now you can make time for work and play.

Buy it: The Grommet

14. AMAZON ESSENTIALS TERRY SHORTS; $13–$14

Many of us want to wear comfy clothes for working at home, but sometimes full pajamas can make you feel like you're suffocating from heat. Consider trying out these terry cloth shorts from Amazon, which can go from the couch to an at-home workout and back with ease. Made with comfortable terry cloth material, you can combine them with your other favorite comfy outfits to create the perfect cozy environment to work or rest in without feeling like you are going to overheat. 

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

15. FLASH FURNITURE HIGH BACK MESH EXECUTIVE CHAIR; $111

If you have been looking for the perfect desk chair to upgrade your work from home office, this is your chance. The Flash Furniture chair has amazing features that set it apart when looking for the perfect chair to work in all day long. The waterfall seat will help with leg circulation while the mesh back will keep you cool and the high headrest can be adjusted specifically for your height. It's like a best-of chair, combining all the standout features on this list.

Buy it: Amazon

16. LOGITECH WIRELESS MOUSE; $22

Give your wrists a break with this wireless Logitech mouse. This mouse comes with a USB receiver, which pairs perfectly with your laptop or computer to make your work-from-home experience a smooth one. It’s designed to conform to both right and left hands (a score for lefties everywhere), and will last for two years on just two AA batteries.

Buy it: Amazon

17. TIJN BLUE LIGHT GLASSES; $16

Eye strain is a big problem for many people who work in front of computers all day. Give your eyes a break with these blue light glasses from TIJN. The frames can effectively block 100 percent of harmful UV rays and relieve eye fatigue, allowing you to get through any grueling Zoom meetings without looking tired. The frames are super light and abrasion-resistant, too, and they’ll be comfortable and durable enough to last you for however long virtual meetings are the norm.

Buy it: Amazon

18. COMFILIFE GEL-ENHANCED SEAT CUSHION; $33

Whether you’re working from home or commuting to the office part-time, many of us are sitting a lot more these days. To make your meetings feel more like a trip to the spa, a memory-foam seat cushion may be just what you need. This cushion is ergonomically designed to reduce pressure on your tailbone and improve your posture with each use. You can double up your back support with an additional lumbar support pillow, so you can sit up nice and tall for every meeting without discomfort.

Buy it: Amazon

19. LOGITECH NOISE-CANCELING HEADSET; $50

A headset is a great solution for improving both sound and speaking quality, especially if you do more phone Zooms than video. This model from Logitech lets you easily adjust the volume or mute the microphone via its in-line audio control button, and it even has an LED indicator light so you’ll know whether you’re actually on mute during a meeting. These headphones are designed to cancel out any outside noises, but you can also easily adjust the microphone to muffle sound on your end, too (which makes it great for when you're snacking while chatting).

Buy it: Amazon

20. FOLDING BOOK STAND; $7

Useful for anyone who works with books or documents, this thick wire frame is strong enough for heavier textbooks or tablets. Best of all, it folds down flat, so you can slip it into your backpack or laptop case and take it out at the library or wherever you need it. The stand does double-duty in the kitchen as a cookbook holder, too.

Buy It: Amazon

21. UBEESIZE RING LIGHT WITH TRIPOD STAND; $40

For a great light that doubles as a phone stand, you’ll want to try this combination tripod and ring light from UBeesize. This set comes with three different lighting rings—warm light, cool light, and day light—which can all snap directly onto the tripod. You can adjust each ring to 11 brightness levels, and the set even comes with a remote for your smartphone that can turn your camera on without awkwardly having to adjust it before a presentation.

Buy it: Amazon

22. LAPTOP SIDE TABLE; $70

Sometimes you don't want to be stuck at a desk all day long. This industrial-chic side table can give you more workspace options in your own home. Not only can it act as a side table it can also be a place for your laptop with room for your computer, coffee, notes, and more. It also works as a TV table—not that you would ever watch TV during work hours.

Buy It: World Market

23. OFM EXECUTIVE OFFICE CHAIR; $61

Have you ever leaned too far back in an office chair and felt like you were going to topple over? OFM decided to take care of that issue with this model, which offers tilt control, so you can decide just how far back this chair can lean. This heavy-duty chair is made to last so you can know you've made the right choice for a long time. Take back control in your life with a chair that lets you. 

Buy it: Amazon

24. MIROCO LIGHT THERAPY LAMP; $40

In the midst of social distancing, it can be hard to get outside. But with this Miroco light therapy lamp, you can receive the benefits of the sun without having to worry about getting within 6 feet of your neighbors. The UV-free light provides the medically recommended 10,000 Lux a day you need for effective light therapy—working to boost your mood and help with your concentration. It has three different light modes, and its built-in timer means you can decide how long you want your “sun exposure” to last. You might not be able to get as much Vitamin D right now as you’d like, but this lamp is the next best thing.

Buy it: Amazon

25. AMAZON ESSENTIALS SHORT SLEEVE POLO; $7–$15

For those meetings when a collared shirt is necessary, you can look put together while still keeping it comfortable in these polo shirts from Amazon. If you are looking to update your wardrobe but also keep it comfortable while working at home, these polo shirts are just the ticket. Available in men's shapes and women's shapes there are plenty to go around.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

26. ZEETRA MINI DESK HUMIDIFIER AND DIFFUSER; $22

Anyone working from home deserves to breathe easy, and a desk humidifier and diffuser is just the path to finding a moment of Zen. Just add a few drops of essential oil, choose one of the seven different light options to create some ambiance, and bingo—you have your own personal oasis. This humidifier will last six hours, so it can go for as long as you do.

Buy it: Amazon

27. HP OFFICE JET PRINTER; $100

One of the worst parts about working remotely is not having the tools that you use every day in the office. But this HP Office Jet 3830 All-In-One Wireless Printer will give your work-from-home setup a much-needed boost. Not only does this machine print in both black and white and color, but it can scan, fax, and make photocopies, too. The HP Smart app also allows you to order toner from your smartphone or print from the cloud. It even comes with an optional quiet mode setting, so your printing will never disturb any fellow “colleagues.” (Let's face it, cats make for grumpy co-workers sometimes.)

Buy it: Amazon

28. WORLD EXPLORER COFFEE SAMPLER; $32

Making sure you’ve got enough coffee to match your workload is a must, and if you’re willing to experiment with your java a bit, the World Explorer’s Coffee Sampler allows you to make up to 32 cups using beans from all over the world. Inside the box, you’ll find four bags with four different flavor profiles from a balanced, light-medium roast with fruity notes to a bold, medium-dark roast with notes of cocoa there is bound to be a coffee that surprises you and one that becomes your new favorite.

Buy it: UncommonGoods

29. SHURE MV5 DIGITAL CONDENSER MIC; $100

You’ll feel like an old-timey radio host (and not just like you’re running through your weekly update with your boss) with this digital condenser mic from Shure. Not only does it have a custom-tuned microphone to provide high-quality sound, but it also has both iOS and USB connectivity to make it easy to link to whatever device you’re using. There's also a Shure app that syncs with your microphone for easy recording, editing, and sharing afterward.

Buy it: Amazon

30. UBEESIZE PHONE TRIPOD; $14

UBeesize’s portable tripod will ensure your Zoom game is always on point no matter where you are. This tripod is built to last, with flexible legs that are reinforced with a rubber coating, sturdy foam, and nonstick feet. It even comes with a remote control for your phone so it can be used up to 30 feet away

Buy it: Amazon

31. RUBIX CUBE; $9

When working from home gets to be too much, take a break—but still keep your brain sharp—with the original brain teaser. This 3-inch-by-3-inch Rubix Cube, which has 43 quintillion possible moves, will give your eyes the rest they need from staring at a screen all day. Check out some of these Rubix Cube hacks in case you get truly stumped.

Buy it: Amazon

32. LOGITECH PRO WEBCAM; $149

If you’re doing nothing but Zoom meetings these days, you might want to try the Logitech C920 Pro. The model offers a 78-degree field of view and a 1080p HD picture that will ensure your image is crystal clear and wide enough to allow your unruly cat to make an appearance without interrupting too much. The Logitech C920 also sports two mics—one on each side—and has a frame rate of 60fps, making it an ideal choice for live video.

Buy it: Amazon

33. PRANA NATASSA CRINKLED TUNIC; $40

Making sure you feel and look sharp while working at home can be a challenge when your pajamas are only inches away. Update your wardrobe with some easy, comfy, cute essentials from Amazon. This Tencel modal tunic, which comes in two colors, is chic and designed to be crinkly—so if it’s a little extra wrinkly from time spent on your couch, no one will notice!

Buy it: Amazon

34. BOSS PRODUCTS PERFECT POSTURE OFFICE CHAIR; $75

Sitting all day can cause poor circulation, but this chair's curved waterfall seat helps combat that by promoting healthy blood flow to the legs, according to the company. Coupled with its lumbar support and adjustable armrests, this chair is built for comfort when working for long stretches.

Buy it: Amazon

35. MOLESKINE CLASSIC NOTEBOOK; $14

Plenty of people who work from home (well, plenty of people in general) find paper journals and planners essential, whether they're used for bullet journaling, time-blocking, or just writing good old-fashioned to-do lists. However you organize your life, there's a journal out there that's perfect for you. It's hard to top a good Moleskin which are available dotted (the bullet journal fave), plain, ruled, or squared, and in a variety of colors. (You can find other supply ideas for bullet journaling here.)

Buy It: Amazon

36. Cubii JR Under Desk Elliptical; $249

Known for being easier on the joints, this under-the-desk elliptical from Cubii can make your cardio routine fit seamlessly into your workday. This particular model has a built-in display showing how long you’ve been working out, the calories you’ve burned, how far you’ve gone, and more. Since it’s designed to be quiet, you can pedal your way through conference calls and video meetings without anyone even noticing.

Buy it: The Grommet

37. LOGITECH C270 WEBCAM; $53

This budget-friendly webcam from Logitech is perfect for a simple camera that still gets the job done. The Logitech C270 is designed for a high-definition video that, at 30 frames per second, has the ability to self-adjust to its lighting conditions, making nearly any room suitable for a Zoom call. The camera also has a noise-reducing mic that will allow your coworkers to hear you even if your background is on the noisy side (You: 1. Barking dog: 0).

Buy it: Amazon

38. AMAZON ESSENTIALS LOUNGE PANTS; $9–$25

These cozy joggers are super soft—the women’s are made of terry cloth, and the men’s of fleece—come in a number of colors, and, even better, they’re affordable, so you can buy a few pairs to keep the comfort going all week long. 

Buy it: Amazon (women's, men’s)

39. LAVENDER BEESWAX CANDLE; $28

People who work at home all day, especially in a smaller space, often struggle to "turn off" at the end of the day. One way to unwind and signal that work is done is to light a candle. Burning beeswax candles helps clean the air, and essential oils are a better health bet than artificial fragrances. Lavender is especially relaxing. (Just use caution around essential-oil-scented products and pets.)

Buy It: Amazon

40. Post-it Pop-up Notes; $13 

Need to capture your great ideas or jot down some notes during a meeting? America's #1 favorite sticky notes have got your back. Now on sale, you can get your hands on 18 pads (90 sheets per pad) and be sure to keep on top of reminders to tasks to complete at home.

Buy it: Amazon

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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Adorable Products You Can Buy for International Sloth Day

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Amazon

It’s that time of the year again, folks—the time when we all collectively lose our chill over a slow-moving, two- or three-toed mammal with an adorable squeak and poop that defies physics. That’s right: International Sloth Day is on October 20. Here’s a list of must-have coloring books, onesies, and Christmas sweaters that you can pick up to showcase your love of one of the internet's favorite animals.

1. Cuddly Microwaveable Sloth; $20

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Warm your heart and your body with a plush sloth that doubles as a soothing heating pad. The toy is filled with millet grains and dried French lavender, a combination intended to help you get to sleep easier.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Hanging Ceramic Sloth Planter; $18

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This flower planter pulls double duty, communicating both your love of sloths and your appreciation for plants. And it makes a tasteful piece of hanging home decor, too.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Sloth Coloring Book; $7

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Sloths themselves are already works of art, but you’d be forgiven for wanting a few more sloth-related crafts in your life. Now you can make your own masterpiece with this detailed coloring book. All you'll need are some colored pencils and you'll be ready to go.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Farting Sloth Coloring Book; $7

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But maybe traditional coloring books aren’t your thing. You’re in luck: Amazon sells a coloring book for the crowd that both loves sloths and laughs a little too much at farts.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Sloth Socks; $14

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These socks are ideal for people who might not want to wear their love of sloths out in the open but are very comfortable showing it off on their ankles.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Sloth Onesie; $40

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No list of sloth-related products would be complete without a cozy onesie, and this one from Tipsy Elves is perfect for either pajamas or a last-minute Halloween costume. This onesie even comes with zippered pockets and cuddly sloth claws!

Buy it: Amazon

7. Sloth-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweater; $69

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Why not celebrate the upcoming holiday season with this sloth-themed ugly Christmas sweater? You’re sure to be the hit of any holiday pub crawl or office Christmas party.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Sloth Mug; $10

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Embrace your inner sloth and declare your lazy feelings along with your morning cup of coffee.

Buy it: Amazon

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