Looking to do a little retail therapy? Me too, always actually! Welcome to our Editor's Picks roundup – each week I'll be sharing what I've (@anniecollyer) bought (or been #gifted) and what I am loving using at home. Whether it's a kitchen appliance, cosy bedding or a hair tool. Just to give you some inspo on what to spend your money on, of course. And you'll have peace of mind that someone has tried and tested.
January might usually be a spending ban month for all of us, after the Christmas present madness, but this month – and seeing as we can't leave our houses – you may as well treat yourself, right? Here are five things to buy in January 2021 to make this month a little kinder. Or, if you just want to be nosey, keep scrolling.
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1. This Nespresso machine to save sleepy mornings
Nespresso Essenza Mini Coffee Machine with Aeroccino by Magimix | £140 at John Lewis & Partners
Not to be dramatic, but this coffee machine has changed my life. For obvious reasons I no longer walk past a Pret or Costa every day, so for the last however many months I have been starting my morning with supermarket Americano – yes, awful times. I got this coffee machine for Christmas and I've used it every single day since – sometimes three times a day. It's super compact so great if you have a lack of worktop space, and it's SO easy to use, even when you are half asleep. Pop your pod in, put your cup under and select a size. It also comes with a milk frother that takes seconds to make your milk foamy. Honestly, I wish I had this combo years ago.View Deal
2. This Argos desk that's pretty and practical
Argos Home Concrete Style Office Desk | £90 at Argos
After accepting that we'll all be working from home for the foreseeable, I decided to transform my spare bedroom into a home office (or cinema room in my partner's mind). First thing's first: I bought this desk! Admittedly, the first one I ordered arrived damaged but the next one was perfectly fine. It's easy to assemble, it's the perfect size and it has a drawer for stuff I want to hide, and a shelf for my laptop and various notepads and diaries. I've been working from here for a good few months now, and no issues thus far!View Deal
3. These super comfortable Amazon slippers
LIBWYS Women's Cross Band Slippers | £15.99 - £18.99 at Amazon
Since I bought these slippers in December, I'm not sure I've actually taken them off. They are super comfortable, true to size and SO fluffy! They also have a hard bottom so I sometimes wear them outside (in my garden, obvs, not to my local park). Because you're not working from home unless you are wearing slippers, right? And, you can never have too many pairs. Also not going to show you a photo of my feet because... well that would be gross.View Deal
4. An essential oil diffuser that doubles as a lamp
Ellia Adore Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser | £59.99 at Homedics
I didn't realise how much my life was lacking an essential oil diffuser until this one came along. It doubles as a diffuser, lamp and it even plays calming music, and it looks nice, too! I have it in my living room and like to pop it on once a day to make my flat smell nice. Whenever it's on I always feel like I am in a spa, getting ready for a massage or facial – In my dreams, eh. Only thing is, it doesn't come with any oils. I bought these ones from Amazon for just over a tenner and they work a treat.View Deal
5. The Cloud Nine Wide Iron – for super straight hair that actually lasts for days
Cloud Nine The Wide Iron | £159.99 at Selfridges
I am currently reviewing these hair straighteners, and when I say they are the best I've ever used – sorry, GHD – I mean it. I have shoulder-length thick hair that's very untameable – even the Dyson Corrale couldn't keep my hair straight for a few hours. I used this straightener the other day, before going for a dog walk, and to my actual amazement, when I got home my hair was still dead straight. And the day after, too! You can also change their temperature if you want to be kind to your hair and they are unexpectedly super light.View Deal